Actually, I’d much prefer Flanders to Mitt Romney. At least Neddy has convictions. The Anchorman is so mistrusted that people are justifiably questioning his “gee whiz” demeanor:
Geoffrey Nunberg, a linguist at the University of California at Berkeley and author of “Talking Right,” a study of how conservatives use language to defeat liberals, said he does not buy the “Happy Days” presentation.
“He’s the son of a governor who went to Harvard Law and Harvard Business School, who ran a leveraged buyout firm — who talks like Jimmy Stewart,” he said.
“It’s condescending, because it implies listeners are going to be taken in by that sort of thing. It doesn’t impute a very high level of intelligence to Republican voters.”
Some examples of Mitt-speak:
At a rally in Ames, Iowa, on the eve of last weekend’s straw poll, Mitt Romney invited his siblings onstage with his children and grandchildren. “Boy, we’ve got the whole gopher village up here,” he told the crowd with a grin. “This is so much fun.”
“Whoop-de-do!” he says of John Edwards’s proposal to let Americans save $250 tax-free. “Gosh, I love America,” Romney said during one GOP debate. After hitting a long golf drive in one of his campaign videos, he shouts, “Holy moly!”