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the perils of not watching “Goldfinger”

September 26, 2012

We’re just in the middle of it, but I’m nominating Mitt Romney’s airplane comment

for his Most Notable Mistake of the Week.  He said that he didn’t know why plane

windows couldn’t be rolled down, referring to an incident in which his wife Ann’s

flight filled with smoke, forcing an emergency landing.


It was really a goof more than his standard gaffe.  Reporters at the event where he

said it clarified that it was meant as a joke.  However, it was feasted on as a straight

line by the media.  Scientific American took time away from its busy schedule to

explain to Romney why it’s a fatally bad idea.


Mitt, I’m one of the 47 percent of Americans you’ve given up on.  Nonetheless, I’m

trying to take some responsibility for my life, so I want to offer you some advice:

leave the humour to the professionals.  When you deliver a punch line, it comes off

as stiffly as the brand new jeans you put on only to meet the working class for a

photo op.


Spinning tragedy into comedy is tricky business.   I know.  I’ve had countless joke

attempts blow up in my face.  At a time when you can’t seem to stay on message,

do you really think you should be multi-tasking?


And just in case you really don’t know why planes need to maintain cabin pressure,

allow me to remind you about the ending of Goldfinger.  You remember how the

villain met his demise, don’t you?  You don’t?  Here it is.

  1. Gordon permalink
    September 27, 2012 8:04 am

    And this is was a gaffe I hadn’t even heard about yet. Once again, your blog makes my week — plus getting to watch a little James Bond, who barely wrinkles his suit during the fracus.

    • September 27, 2012 8:49 am

      And then continues to defy physical law as he and Pussy G. chat while they land the plane.

  2. wade hannon permalink
    October 2, 2012 11:21 am

    thanks- nice to think that romney would be the one sucked out of a plane like thank….

    i think that we will have to form a committee to determine biggest screw-ups in the show (aka “elections”). i think there will have to many categories- you know- like the Oscars or a county fair.

    don’t rule the Demopublicans out- remember that Biden is not firing on all cylinders.

    • October 3, 2012 8:40 am

      Don’t rule them out from what?

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