Mitt Romney Panders to the Snooki Demographic and Appreciates a Woman Who Can Quickly Lose Her Pregnancy Weight
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Mitt Romney Panders to the Snooki Demographic and Appreciates a Woman Who Can Quickly Lose Her Pregnancy Weight

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | September 17, 2012 | Comments ()


In an interview on "Live with Kelly and Michael," in addition to giving us the horrifying image that he likes to sleep "with as little as possible" on, revealing that his monstrous guilty pleasure is "peanut butter sandwiches and chocolate milk," and singling out Gene Hackman's terrific performance in The Birdcage and noting that he'd like Hackman to play him in the movie of his life, Mitt Romney also revealed -- two years after "Jersey Shore" exhausted its cultural relevance -- that he's a fan of Snooki.

I'm kind of a Snooki fan," Romney confessed. "Look how tiny's she's gotten. She's lost weight. She's energetic. Just her spark-plug personality is kind of fun.

Really, Mitt Romney? You're a fan of Snooki? Why? Is Jersey in play this year? Have you ever even seen "Jersey Shore"? For real?

Look: It's a facile news bit from a breezy morning talk show, but that answer to me speaks loudly about how disingenuous Romney can be. What's further sad about the statement, as the Village Voice pointed out, is how Romney can't even pander correctly, highlighting a show that basically vacated the American zeitgeist two years ago (in fact, the show has just been cancelled).

Romney sounds like that kid in high school who shows up at a conversation with the cool kids during lunch and starts talking about something that was cool, like, ten years ago to impress them. "Just her spark-plug personality is kind of fun," Mitt told Ripa and Strahan. No, Mitt, no it's not - we realized a while ago that Snooki's 'spark-plug personality' is just really annoying to listen. And yes, America, you are the cool kids; shake your head in shame for this poor fellow's lack of trendiness.

MTV_Snooki-520x350.jpegOh, and what does "she's lost weight" refer to? Is Mitt Romney congratulating Snooki, who gave birth THREE WEEKS AGO, for losing her pregnancy weight? Is that something that Romney should really be applauding? Congratulations, Snooki: You've prioritized getting yourself back into shape just days after leaving the hospital. What a wonderful mother you are! Thanks so much for giving into the societal pressure put on celebrity mothers to get back into shape as soon as possible so you'll look great posing with your new baby on the cover of People magazine.

President Obama has expressed fondness for "Boardwalk Empire," "Homeland," and "The Wire," among others, and here is Mitt Romney fawning over a character from "Jersey Shore." I don't believe for a second that a guy whose biggest sin is peanut butter sandwiches and chocolate milk actually watches "Jersey Shore," I just find it odd that Romney would choose to pander to young people through that particular show, which he probably only highlighted because he saw Snooki on the cover of a celebrity magazine in the green room before he and Ann (who wants Michelle Pfeiffer to play her in a movie) before the interview.

Look: Everyone keeps saying this election is about the economy, but like the 2004 election, it's mostly about likability. Obama's team has done a pretty great job of steering the focus toward that issue, and Romney -- who currently only has a 25 percent chance of winning the election -- is playing right into his hand. And he's doing so horribly.

Obviously, I'm a huge Obama supporter (and if you haven't read Michael Lewis' engrossing, revealing, and fascinating Vanity Fair profile on Obama, you really should), but this shouldn't be that hard an election for Romney to win. The problem is, he's following the advice of poker players: "Don't play your cards, play your opponent." That's ridiculous advice when your cards are this good, and you're a much, much worse player than your opponent. If Romney wants a chance at this, he'll stop playing the player and lay down his goddamn cards.

(Source: ABC News)

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  • Sick Of It.

    I'm fairly sure that he's so out of touch that he didn't even realize Snookie had a babie. He's talking about Snookie from last year who went on a PR binge about her weightloss. Cause let's be real - he's too busy knocking the 47% of people who don't pay income tax. He doesn't pay attention to anyone who isn't a rich, white male.

  • Strand

    Each time Romney drops one of these lines, to prove how much of a common man he is eg. loves Walmart/American Idol/Snooki, it just comes off as the most calculated, insincere pandering. It reminds me of that Simpsons gag where Nixon, trying to steal Kennedy's thunder in the debate says something like "I uh... too like that particular brand of beer! (Duff)"

    It's even worse than that because we all love beer but no-one gives a shit about Snooki. Romney's even more robotic than the Nixon head.

  • BierceAmbrose

    So, here's my problem, again, still ...

    That Vanity Fair profile is a puff-piece. Another one. What to do with a "press" that links-around a piece like that, or feeds interviewees questions about the awesomeness of President Obama like Rolling Stone *wouldn't stop asking Bob Dylan*, yet black hole's Woodward's book? (Woodward- one of the pair credited with taking down Nixon.) It used to be that "press" got points for digging into stuff the administration wants to hide. Not so much these days, because we like the guy, or something.

    How about we like what he's done, or the situation we're in, or the concrete policies he's proposed?

    This scares me. I think administrations - Presidencies - do the good sensible things only when forced into it and politics requires that absent challenges, solving the three problems we really have to solve around Health Care turns into the monstrosity we got. I'm worried to death what we'll end up with another term of pretty words wrapped around big ideas, while herds of devils party in the details.

    For example, have you *thought through* what the (conveniently timed) Stimulus III *means*? Where's the headlines on that? It's a big f***ing deal, whether you agree with it or not. Oh, here's a Vanity Fair profile to follow the Letterman appearance.

    Let me be clear ... I'm sliding toward hoping for a Romney administration simply because the press will stay on him & them like rabid terriers, vs. being completely in the tank for the one alternative.

    (And, BTW, the drum beat of "looking for competence" from the last administration turns out to be as real as the endless anti-war objections. We put a Democrat in office who can't seem to wind down the two wars, while dabbling in a few more, and the "anti war movement" is silent. Competence was a big deal with the last administration, but now we can't say a thing about having no budget, or investing in failed energy companies, or getting Ambassadors killed.

    I'm sorry to use three examples that have been flogged by the R's and their minions. I gotta pick stuff people might have heard of, and that's the point. This stuff ought to be page 1 / lead story, every time. There's a ton or other stuff, like QEIII that ought to be a big f***ing argument, and isn't even getting a mention.

    Partisan hacks, not an independent press.)

  • Greedy

    Who downvoted? Brian Williams and Chuck Todd?

  • Maguita NYC

    Young people who had previously voted for Obama, and will now be voting for Romney.

  • BierceAmbrose

    The problem is, he’s following the advice of poker players: “Don’t play
    your cards, play your opponent.” That’s ridiculous advice when your
    cards are this good, and you’re a much, much worse player than your
    opponent. If Romney wants a chance at this, he’ll stop playing the
    player and lay down his goddamn cards

    True that. Good godtopus it is un-frakking-believable. How far into "not clear on the concept, here" can that campaign get?

    Of course, in the previous presidential election, Romney did lose the primary to John McCain, so really, why am I surprised? Maybe I forgot how bad it was, or was hoping he'd learned something in the intervening four years, just because I prefer people competent, especially in what they do in public.

    (For more bothersome public amateurism, see "celebrity sex tapes." While some of the - er - talent shows a fine degree of professionalism and dedication to craft, disturbingly many of these recorded "sessions" are awkward, icky and dispassionate all at once. Good Godtopus, releasing having a tape stolen to revive a dead career as a complete, if convenient accident, you'd expect to see some passion or enthusiasm in the self-produced audition tape personal sexy-times. They're auditioning in love, or at least lust, after all. File those tapes under "not clear on the concept", in a painfully apt analogy to Romney's campaign.

    I now apologize to all celebrities, fading or nascent, who's naughty bits have been on interweb display without a proper payday for comparing them to politicians.)

    While I am obviously the opposite of a huge fan of President Obama, I'm getting a feeling of cosmic justice in his ever more likely second term. It's like the run up to Shrub's first term. I look at the opposition and think "If this is the best you can do, you deserve what you get."

    In Shrub's case, the D's did it to themselves. When the sitting vice president of a popular president, in a still expanding economy, with what passes for effective, competent governance, having no particular wars or disasters, absent any personal scandals - the VP, not the administration - is anything but a slam-dunk up against a born-again, strutting Texican with a history of malapropisms and alcohol abuse, it's malpractice.

    The guy would have to be an idiot to sweep less than 30-35 states, and given that a Democrat in the US cannot loose California or New York, win by less than 100 electoral votes. Or, if not an idiot, the candidate could be a wooden, off-putting patrician who radiates a sense off entitlement to lead. If you watched that campaign you know Gore threw it away, regularly, relentlessly, every day in a workmanlike fashion - that and he forget the parable of the frog and the scorpion when dealing with the outgoing president.

    Wait, maybe they used Gore as the model when they programmed The Romney bot? Did they remember that this was supposed to be a negative example?


  • stardust

    Wait. Why is Mittens drinking chocolate milk? Chocolate has caffeine. Am I missing an exception to that No Caffeine rule?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Some Mormons eat chocolate. It has a questionable/negligible amount of caffeine. And chocolate syrup has pretty much nil.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    He's a rebel. He'll shotgun a half gallon of the stuff like it ain't no thing because dude's an animal, he's like honey badger-- he just don't care, yo.

  • googergieger

    I was watching Dinosaurs the other day. The old T.V. show not actual Dinosaurs. The Baby's favorite toy was called Snookie. Now you may ask what this has to do with anything, at all, ever...

    But you know, the fuck does Romney saying he likes Snookie have anything to do with anything, at all, ever.

    He's a boring rhymes with runt. Is what it is. Really a hell of a lot of other reasons to get on his case. I'm sure you can still drag out about five minutes worth of material from his corporations are people too sound bite.

    I mean even him four years ago posing with black teens and then going, "Who let the dogs out? woof, woof, woof". Would be better comedic and/or talking point fodder.

    This though....


  • lowercase_ryan

    Has there been a more insincere politician ever? Say what you want about the Teabaggers, they are stupid and dangerous, but at least I think they really do believe their drivel. Mittens will say ANYTHING to get elected.

  • David Scott

    OK, You win, I give. I've enjoyed coming to this site over the last few years for news and commentary (sometimes insightful) on entertainment and pop culture. But your one-sided, distorted, and often flat-out-false political bloviating has become too tiresome to deal with. I'll go elsewhere for my information.

    I know, I know - good riddance to me, and I won't be missed. But you might spend a second or two thinking about how many others there are out here ..... just like me.

    Good luck getting President Obama re-elected. Hope it works out for you - I don't think it will work out for most of us.

  • kirbyjay

    So far their looks to be 3 of you.

  • AngelenoEwok

    "how many others there are out here ..... just like me. " Aw. Why don't y'all get together and start your own awesomesauce website with insightful reviews and witty comments? The hobby might be good for you; you seem a bit Eeyore-ish in your flounce style.

  • Slash

    It's tiresome when people read something they don't have to read and then bitch about it, as if it was forced on them from among the thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of articles generated by the internet in America every day. If you don't want to read about politics (in a story with Romney's picture featured prominently at the top), then don't read it. Typical Republican. Looking for things to feel oppressed about.

    Pajiba doesn't have to give all sides. It's not a news organization. It's a goddam movie/TV/culture website. If you want to read ass-kissing articles about how awesome Romney/Ryan are, there are tons of those on other websites. I'm guessing you already know where they can be found.

    Jeez, some people ...

  • firedmyass

    To steal a Kathleen Turner line from "The Man with Two Brains"...

    "Oh, no... you're upset."

  • The Other Agent Johnson



  • Slash

    BTW, Romney has no cards. Or just shitty ones. His cards are: we hate women, gays, Mexicans and most black people. And we think there should be no government, but please put us in charge of it so we can prove how much worse we can make it, as if having Bush Jr./Voldemort in charge of it for 8 years wasn't enough.

    People who vote Republican now are goddam idiots. Esp. if they have a vagina.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Anyone? The irony of an anti-gay marriage finding Hackman's performance as a strictly conservative politician in The Birdcage to be a highlight?

    (aside from the fact that Hackman has retired, is way too old to play him, and looks nothing like him)

    But I pretty much second Maguita's comments.

  • Stephen Nein

    I suppose Romney could screwed up more and cited Dan Futterman's breakout performance in that film. God, what a wet blanket. I'm sure the guy's talented, but when you suck as badly as Dan did in an ensemble cast has obviously way too much fun, that's a sign you really suck.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Aww...I always had a crush on Futterman. My Amstel Light man, from watching hockey on MSG in high school.

    I was really happy when he got all that recognition for writing Capote.

  • Slash

    Eh, say what you want, the Mittster is still a damn handsome man. I have no idea how old he is, but picturing him nekkid is not giving me the heebie jeebbies. Actually, this election has probably the most attractive (when you average them all) lineup ever. I'd do 3 of them. I know they're all married, just sayin'. If I HAD to do one of them to save the planet or a bus full of children, I would. You know Ryan is a freak in the sack. He probably has his wife dress like a nun. Or a priest. Whichever. And I'm cool with it.

    Hottest presidential lineup since the 1816 election, James Monroe/Rufus King vs. William H. Crawford/Simon Snyder.

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    Ah, you've put some bad thoughts (not in a good way) in my head I feel compelled to talk you down from this. Is this the best America can do? Mitt has old school vampire hair (a little Count Chocula like) and Ryan is rocking some serious Eddie Munster style widow peak. I'm sure they're freaky in the sack, but I don't care how much P90X everyone is doing, but I'd feel better if everyone keeps their magical underwear firmly in place.

  • Nimue

    And Leslie Knope has dibs on Joe Biden anyway.

  • True_Blue

    It was bad enough that Romney made me imagine him nekkid with Ann (brain bleach!)--and you go and add mental image of Ryan with his blonde wife dressed like a priest/nun/choirboy? Dang, it's too early in the morning for that.

  • Maguita NYC

    I don't understand why you are imagining them naked, when both Mitt and Ann, if one is to believe the information out there on LDS and the proceedings surrounding marital sex, and if one is to believe that both follow strictly their religion, have yet to see each other naked!

    Or have those rules also changed within LDS society?

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I'm not entirely sure what you're referring to, but I'm pretty sure whatever it is is a myth on a par with orthodox Jews and holy sheets.

    But there is special underwear. That is a real thing.

  • Maguita NYC

    I know about the underwear, but from past articles on women who divorced their husbands and got out of LDS, apparently, you don't see each other naked.

    I was kidding with @bca9becdebd6252f588e2773199cdfef:disqus 's imagining both Mitt and Ann naked. Probably my snark did not hit the mark, but then again, I like the silly ones who make me chortle, like the one with nasal Viagra.

  • "Hottest presidential lineup since the 1816 election, James Monroe/Rufus King vs. William H. Crawford/Simon Snyder"

    i rather enjoyed that line

  • kirbyjay

    Wasn't Monroe like 5'1" and liked French furniture? Not that there's anything wrong with that but I wouldn't call him hot. Now Andrew Jackson, that was one fine wilderness stud. Old Hickory? Ya gotta know them's some big nuts. He brought a giant wheel of cheese into the White House on Inaguaration Day and let the masses feast. He also defended his wife, Susan Hayward's honor when the pols called her slutty. Stinky, messy and a brawler, that's a real man.

  • Uncle Mikey

    Yeah, pick the cool guy, no matter how terribly he's doing. That'll help.

  • The Other Agent Johnson

    Yes, that's exactly what he meant. Excellent analysis on your part.

  • Archie Leach

    Lost in this whole conversation is why Dust actually pays attention to a "show" with Kelly Ripa in it?

  • chanohack

    Okay, not that I'm a Romney defender or anything (go Obama!), but TO BE FAIR, from what I saw on the show this morning (quit judging me... it's on right after the news and they dangled Lucy Lui in front of me, it just happened), I'm pretty sure they ASKED him what he thought of Snooki, he didn't bring it up. And come on, what's he going to say? "I think she's a glorified sinner girl who teaches kids to be sinners?" No. He knows this is about likability, and he probably wanted to show that he's not a stodgy uptight Mormon dude who is too old-fashioned for "entertainment" and kids these days.

    But commenting on her weight was a bad move. When will people figure out that a woman's weight, be it positive or negative, from baby or not, is none of their business? Boo!

  • blackmarket

    In further fairness, (from another Obama supporter), I read that Romney was actuall asked by Strahan to choose between "Honey Boo Boo or Snookie".
    A no-win choice quite frankly. Would have been better off saying, PASS

    But "Double-Down" Romney made a choice and felt compelled to give a "why"!

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    In yet more fairness, it's not like they show up to the talk show and suddenly it's just all these crazy questions that he didn't expect, this stuff is pretty well outlined ahead of time. He either knew exactly what he'd be asked or had a very specific sort of general idea. Dude, or someone working for him, definitely okay'd the topic, so he gets to take pretty full credit for being an idiot on answering the way he did.

  • BierceAmbrose

    I read that Romney was actuall asked by Strahan to choose between "Honey Boo Boo or Snookie".

    Oh, for Godtopus' sake. On the one hand, that was kinda weasel-y by the interviewer. (Have you seen the stuff they feed President Obama? Good Godtopus, I'd be embarrassed to respond to ball-questions that soft. Probably why I'll never be in politics.)

    On the other hand, Romney & by extension his campaign has got to be ready for stuff like this. Getting tripped up like that is incompetence. WTF? It's like they're not even trying.

  • Maguita NYC

    He's against premarital sex, having children out of wedlock, yet admires a woman who has been filmed hooking up with different guys, and having a child out of wedlock. He's against what he labels "government handouts" to those in need, yet when it comes to big corporations, the ones who have indeed taken the most handouts from the government, as well as the richest in this country, he is all for giving them more power, tax-cuts, handouts, and voting privileges because apparently they need it more.

    Mitt Romney may be a flip-flopper, but one has got to admit, whether he flips, and right afterwards he naturally flopps, he has consistently proven that he is a dumbass.

  • zeke_the_pig

    This. A thousand times this. Cheers, Mags, you've made my hangover more bearable.

  • But commenting on her weight was a bad move. When will people figure out that a woman's weight, be it positive or negative, from baby or not, is none of their business?

  • Mr_Zito

    So it's a race between the fan of Snooki and the fan of Omar. That's a hard choice to make.

  • Nimue

    Omar comin, yo.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    One has a code, the other does not.

  • zeke_the_pig

    'but like EVERY election EVER, it’s mostly about likability'
    Fixed that for you.

  • Of course he'd compliment her for losing her baby weight! A woman's sole purpose in life is birthin' babies! And the sooner she gets back into shape, the sooner her husband will want to jump back on her and do his duty!

  • NateMan

    I've heard of taking one for your country, but man, I'd rather take a bullet than penetrate that vagina.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    FINALLY! Someone finally gets it!

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