by Tommy Christopher
8:47 am, September 26th, 2012
At a Tuesday campaign stop in Dayton, Ohio, the crowd gave Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney a moment that summed up his candidacy in sad, yet hilarious fashion. Upon introduction of Romney running mate Paul Ryan, they cheered wildly and began to chant “Ryan! Ryan! Ryan!”
When Romney tried to redirect them into a “Romney/Ryan” chant, however, they petered out like a rusty faucet. MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough provided a priceless reaction on Wednesday’s Morning Joe.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney introduced Rep. Ryan to
uproarious applause, weirdly saying “Wow! That’s quite a guy, isn’t it?
Yes, Governor Romney, and this is some delicious pizza, isn’t he?
When the crowd started chanting “Ryan! Ryan! Ryan!” Romney tried to
get them to include him. “Wait a second, wait a second,” he said.
“Romney, Ryan! Romney, Ryan! Romney, Ryan!”
The crowd ignored Romney like he was Andrew Ridgely at a Wham!
concert, except maybe one guy down in front, whom Romney thanked. That
man, if he existed, later told reporters “I thought we were going to a
bar, I was actually saying ‘Romney’s buying!’”
On Wednesday morning’s Morning Joe, co-host Mika Brzezinski played
the clip for an aghast Scarborough. When it was all over, Scarborough
had his face buried in his hands. “Oh, sweet Jesus,” he said.
Scarborough was so shaken that he began misquoting the Ave Maria.
“What do the catholics say? Holy Mary, Mother of God? Pray for us
sinners in thy hour of peace?”
Actually, Joe, it’s “…pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our
death,” perhaps a more apt prayer for Romney’s prospects, anyway.
Of that deadly enthusiasm gap, Scarborough said, “You don’t fix it,”
adding that while “Mitt Romney’s a great man” and a “great father, a
great husband. He is a great businessman, great turnaround guy,” he
concluded that Romney is “a horrible politician. He’s one of the worst.”
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