We all know the sitcom trope of the wacky next door neighbor. A much less acknowledged sitcom trope is the boring straight man or woman. These characters are often confronted with fairly tame propositions — such as staying out past 10 pm on a weeknight — which they view as wacky and wild.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the New York Times and Mitt Romney — both the metaphorical sitcom straight men that they are — recently referred to Newt Gingrich as "zany" in a video interview…
New York Times: Is there some worry that as President should he win that there might be some zany things coming from the Oval Office?
Mitt Romney: Zany is not what we need in a president. Zany is great in a campaign. It’s great on talk radio. It’s great in print, it makes for fun reading. But in terms of a president, we need a leader, and a leader needs to be someone who can bring Americans together.
Sure, Newt Gingrich has the scientific understanding of a child from the 50's, but he's nothing compared to the other candidates. At least he believes that science is a thing that exists.
The sad truth is that both Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are the relatively-boring Ross Gellers of the primary race. And I miss the days when the Kramers and Reverend Jims and Urkels and of the Republican party were the frontrunners.
Hell, at this point, I'd even go for a Potsie.
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Tags: Mitt Romney, New York Times, Newt Gingrich