Not sure if anyone else paid this much mind, but the other day Tim Pawlenty, former Minnesota governor/professional candidate, was trying to make the point how President Obama has lost the young voters. He came out with this dandy …
“If this was a Lady Gaga song,” he told the Iowa College Republicans in Des Moines, “the relationship between the youth vote and Barack Obama would be Bad Romance.”
Sadly, that wasn’t all. In the same speech, T-Paw (not to be confused with this guy) noted that Ed Failor (the president of Iowans for Tax Relief) lost all his hair through hard work. “When I first met Ed just some years ago,” joked Pawlenty, “he had Justin Bieber hair.”
Uh … is this thing on? Hello? Anyone? Hello?
To borrow from Bill Maher, New Rule: If you’re an older white gentleman seeking out the GOP presidential nod, don’t make pop culture references—ever. Not if your 21-year-old intern came up with it. Not if you heard Nelly mentioned on Z100 (“I thought Obama was only just a dream, and I ain’t just talking some country gramma!”). Not if you’re quite certain—like, 100 percent certain—that it’ll work (“Olivia Newton John sang Let’s Get Physical—and I’m ready to get physical in New Hampshire!”). Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever.
Unless you’re Mitt Romney.