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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 |

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | September 17, 2012 |

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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