Columnists say the darnedest things!


Petri grows up fast: In Saturday’s Washington Post, Alexandra Petri scolded Mitt Romney for the previous day’s birther-tinged remark.

To her credit, Petri scolded Romney for what he said. But somehow, she knew the remark was a joke—even though the audience seemed to applaud the remark more than it seemed to laugh. Somehow, she also knew this, expressed as she ended her column:
PETRI (8/25/12): This was off the cuff. The crowd liked it. Birther jokes are not new on the campaign trail. So it is easy to see how it slipped out. “Ha,” you can picture Mitt thinking. “The president’s birth certificate is a topic that people sometimes make jokes about! I, too, will make such a joke!”

But still.

Birtherism itself is a joke. And not a particularly amusing one. It’s the kind of embarrassing joke you wish people would stop telling.
What made Petri think she knew that the remark was “off the cuff?” That the remark “slipped out?”

Was Romney's remark off the cuff? Like the all-knowing columnist, we don’t know. That said, it didn’t look or sound off the cuff to us, although it may have been.

Why would Romney deliberately make that remark? Surely, Petri can think of possible reasons. We can think of several reasons, starting with Todd Akin.

(The base doesn't like the dissing of Akin. Let's throw a bone to the base.)

The youngsters really do grow up fast, as we recall on back-to-school day. They may grow up especially fast when they’re being paid good fough and being made part of the club.

They know which things they’re supposed to say. They know which things they mustn’t.


  1. Uttered contemporaneously with commercials saying (1) Obama has done away with the work requirement in welfare legislation (thus allowing you-know-who to collect welfare while sitting on their butts), and (2) Obama has stolen $716 B from the Medicare Trust Fund you mostly white seniors or near-seniors built in order to pay health insurance for those same mostly minority [not true, but who cares?] moochers, and considering he had his hand gesture towards "his" ground where he was born down pat, I would say the odds it was off-the-cuff are between slim and none -- and slim just left the building.

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