Mitt Romney needs someone to write better jokes. Last night he delivered this dud:
“Hands on doesn’t mean getting a better grip on the golf club.”
There has always been something culturally disconnected about Mitt. Sort of a stuck-in-1950s vibe. When it comes to his sense of humor, lines like the “golf grip” is likely to get laughs in 1920′s Vaudeville. It was a line Bob Hope might have delivered at the 1946 Oscar ceremony, and brought the house down. But not anymore.
Compare the golf grip dud with Newt’s wicked – “you would have been a career politician had you not lost to Ted Kennedy.” The line had the sharpness of a bug zapper sizzling a fly.
Yes, yes, you serious “analytical republicans” will scoff at such trivial matters. Bigger issues are at stake; I can hear all your tut-tutting already. But you are naive if you overlook these culturally disconnected rhetorical tactics. The preplanned $10,000 bet line was a manifestation of the same genus, different species. Cultural disconnects matter.
But there is still time to fix this. I propose that Mitt hire Michael Graham (fellow Regnery author) to write funnier stuff. The Smith and Dale Act isn’t working anymore. Indeed, who ARE Smith and Dale?