He Tweets That Rocked the Vote

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He Tweets That Rocked the Vote


Byline: As told to Michael Moynihan

Comedian Rob Delaney on taking all the hot air out of the campaign.

Mitt Romney was so transparent in his pandering, his shape shifting, that making fun of him was easy. As a comedian, I would begin my day making jokes about Mitt as warm-up for making jokes about more substantive topics. If making fun of things that I truly care about was the heavyweight match, Mitt Romney was the speed bag in the gym.

This election was more fun than 2008 because Sarah Palin was just a caricature. She was a slow-moving varmint. Mitt Romney, after a lifetime of wanting to be president, was like a thoroughbred dressage horse--and as an admirer of all things equestrian, I found him more enjoyable to lasso.

One of the more popular tweets I did was, "'Ha, ha, ha! Terrific'--Mitt Romney every time Jar Jar Binks appears on screen."

I was contacted some months ago by the people who run Obama's online army. They asked if I wanted to be involved in any capacity with the campaign. I first came on their radar because I was doing fake retweets of Obama, saying things that were patently ridiculous. So I said to them, "Let me tell you a few things and then you tell me if you still want me to be involved: I will talk about specific policy, but I won't talk about Barack Obama 'the man' or 'the candidate. …

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