A Little Campaign Fun

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As we have written elsewhere on this blog, running for the presidency is serious business. Nevertheless, some fun along the way can serve to lighten things up a bit. This is apparently what Mitt had in mind when he commented on Gingrich’s failure to get on the ballot in Virginia: “I think he compared that to Pearl Harbor? I think it’s more like Lucille Ball at the chocolate factory,”

Only upon seeing a comment on Twitter did I pick up on Mitt’s apparent allusion to a specific episode of “I Love Lucy,” which according to Wikipedia, aired on Monday, September 15, 1952. The fact that I missed the reference myself is not surprising, given that we did not have a television until about 10 years later!

Luckily for me, the marvel and ease of finding information on Wikipedia combined with a YouTube excerpt of the episode provide a bit of comic diversion that had my wife and me absolutely laughing out loud.

With that in mind, I cannot refrain from also drawing a comparison to the Gingrich campaign operation, not only in Virginia but also in New Hampshire where they have placed a young man in charge not yet even out of his twenties:

Newt told me, ‘You own New Hampshire. When in doubt, charge,’” said Andrew Hemingway, director of Gingrich’s New Hampshire campaign, exuding an easy confidence much like his candidate does on the campaign trail.

Christmas Video by Gingrich Headquarters in New Hampshire. From the Huffington Post.

Well let’s just say that he charged alright. He and the campaign staff there produced and posted a video on their YouTube channel yesterday. Unfortunately, it has since been removed! All that is left are a few references here and there like this one at the Huffington Post. It featured a Christmas elf prancing around with the guys and gals doing something akin to a cross between a rap and a Christmas carol. I learned about it yesterday on the chat on MittRomneyCentral. Its removal is really too bad, given that it was rather funny. I guess the campaign decided that it was also a bit embarrassing.

Well at least Newt apparently does have a sense of humor. Today he went with Callista to… wait for it… A chocolate factory!

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Michael Bush first met Mitt in 1966 when they reported for a one-week training session in Salt Lake City before heading to France on the 4th of July to serve as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 2 1/2 years. They also served at the same time in Bordeaux for several months in 1968, where they worked together quite often. Mike is on the faculty of Brigham Young University and grew up in Alabama. He graduated from Brigham Young University in Political Science. He also has an MBA from the University of Missouri and a PhD from The Ohio State University in Foreign Language Education with an emphasis in Computer Science. He is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who spent most of his career at the US Air Force Academy teaching French and doing research in the area of computer-assisted language learning. He and his wife Annie have four children and 18 grandchildren. It goes without saying that the things written on this site reflect his views and opinions and are in no way intended to reflect those of Brigham Young University or its sponsor, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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