I’m no Ashton Kutcher. I don’t pull a lot of practical jokes, but I have seen enough episodes of “Candid Camera” to understand the principles employed. That’s probably why I didn’t find the “prank” pulled on Mitt Romney nearly as funny as his
peripheral devices handlers did.
Presenting, for your viewing pleasure, a 34-second example of what Romney campaign staffers think is a clever April Fool’s joke:
I have no complaints about the concept–the problem lies in the execution. Do some setup. Tell Mittens that he might be disappointed with the turnout. Don’t let him look into an empty room that isn’t really empty because it’s full of other Romney drones whose subservient faces have shit-eating grins affixed on them. Don’t let him hang for TWO SECONDS before looking at him and laughing. DON’T LAUGH AND GIVE HIM THE CUE TO LAUGH TOO–HIS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE MERELY MIMICS LAUGHTER WHEN OTHERS DO IT SO AS TO NOT GIVE ITSELF AWAY.
It’s particularly disappointing to see Paul Ryan take part in this poor attempt at a prank; I’m told that his entire congressional career is one elaborate practical joke on the American public.
Yes, executing an actually good prank that makes Mittbot secrete the mechanical equivalent of sweat is probably inappropriate for a Romney campaign handler to do. But it’s the principle of the thing.
That’s probably what Romney meant when he said “you guys are bad” at the end. They are bad at pranks. Sources tell me that Romney fired the aide who led him into the room, and that he kept trying to fire Representative Ryan before being informed that he couldn’t actually do that.
Romney’s son is able to pull off a way better prank than these stooges, using nothing but a soundboard and the tears of downsized American manufacturing workers.
Can’t you see how bad this election is? Can’t you see how terrible it is?