Reporting John King’ contention that Mitt Romney “‘stepped on’ [on good polling news] with his Birth Certificate joke“, Ace wonders
. . . if Romney didn’t do that on purpose. Since our unserious, unprofessional, unintelligent, partisan press is determined to talk about distractions (given that all substance favors Romney), why not give them a distraction of your own choosing?
If the choice is between Rape!!! and Birth Certificate, isn’t it better to talk about Obama’s Birth Certificate? Neither is what Romney wants to talk about, but the press is determined to only report on irrelevancies; so give them one that doesn’t much hurt you.
Romney’s joke wasn’t funny, observes Jennifer Rubin, but the media were “hysterical“, giving the word its original meaning. CNN spent more time on this awkward joke than it did on any issues in the current presidential contest — at least they did in the hour I wanted that I watched while working out.
“From the moment this sentence [i.e., the Birth certificate joke] escaped Romney’s lips,” writes Allahpundit,”it was a metaphysical certainty that it would dominate political coverage for the rest of the day, with MSNBC’s pants-wetting expected to last well into the evening.”
We get 2,410 results when we do a google news search of “No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate.” And when we do a similar search for “It is very rare I come to an event where I’m like the fifth or sixth most interesting person,” we only get 759 results.
A few days ago, the president spoke those words at New York fundraiser which included “numerous basketball luminaries” and added:
Usually the folks want to take a picture with me, sit next to me, talk to me. That has not been the case at this event and I completely understand.
That may well be true, but secure men don’t need say such things. Jennifer Rubin finds the comment “so intellectually needy, you wind up admiring Bush and Ronald Reagan, neither of whom would dream of saying such a thing, even in jest.” Indeed, it betrays a certain insecurity which could impact the man’s capacity for leadership.
You’d think a revealing comment like that would get more coverage. When a Republican makes a gaffe, it generates news and talking heads clucking about how significant it is. When Obama makes one, well, it’s not really news. It’s just an odd statement full of interesting words, signifying nothing.
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