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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Mitt Romney, David Petraeus, and Tax Lawyers: 'Incredibly Boring White Guys'

PJ Tattler, Could a Romney/Petraeus Ticket Be a Game Changer?:

According to Politico, the phrase “incredibly boring white guy” is now part of the search criteria needed to qualify one for a place on Mitt Romney’s VP short list.

Of course, Romney’s desire for a running mate bearing this awkward description stems from the negative backlash suffered by Senator John McCain in 2008 after he selected Governor Sarah Palin as his “game-changing” VP candidate and then was pounded for the choice by the mainstream media.

Several very competent “incredibly boring white guys” (IBWGs) such as Ohio Senator Rob Portman, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, and South Dakota Senator John Thune have all had their national profiles raised recently, guaranteeing them a spot on the VP short list, but precisely because they are a group of IBWGs, the needle on the media excitement meter has scarcely moved a millimeter.

In seems that IBWGs are only exciting when one is in desperate need of an experienced heart surgeon or tax attorney — or if your name is George Clooney.

However, there is someone who holds high national stature and also happens to be an IBWG and who, if he agreed to be Romney’s running mate, might actually qualify as a “game changer.”

That person is David Petraeus.

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So soon we have forgotten ... Michele Bachmann.

Posted by: Bob | May 26, 2012 10:59:24 AM

I'm proud to be a IBWG. And, this country would be better off electing IBWGs, who are more qualified than incredibly incompetent "cool" Presidents.

Posted by: Woody | May 26, 2012 8:23:33 PM

I resent the insinuating that tax attorneys are boring. I told a joke only last year .

Posted by: Thomas Carden | May 27, 2012 1:38:46 AM

Does Petreus use Brylcreem like Mitt?

Joke best understood by old IBWGs.

Posted by: save_the_rustbelt | May 29, 2012 11:57:37 AM