I have a sense of humor. I like Jimmy Fallon. I think the Slow Jam segments are some of his funniest stuff. There is also the possibility that President Obama's involvement in that feature could be a stroke of genius in terms of relatability, likability, that "I want a President just like me" factor.
Well, I said it when they used that line to support Bill Clinton, and I'll say it now. I don't want a President like me. I want a President better than me. And I want a President who respectfully passes on opportunities to do late-night TV comedy bits.
The consistency test is: would I want my party's nominee to do it? And that's a hell, no. There has been talk of Romney doing something on Saturday Night Live. Please, Mitt, don't do it. I don't care if you are cool. I just want you to fix the country. I don't care if you share my sense of humor. I just want you to bring an agenda wholly different from the nightmare we are in today. And I want you to be serious about it. Not humorless, not severe. Just above the silliness that some politicians have engaged in to score hipness points. I know a lot of hip people, and most of them I wouldn't let wash my car. I know a lot of people with stunted senses of humor, and some of them are geniuses. Please, Mitt, just be presidential. Ignore the modern tug to roll around in the mire of today's comedy culture.
And again, I say this as a fan of that culture. Watch the Obama slow jam with Fallon-- by any measure, it is truly funny. But we have to figure out what we want our leaders to do and what we preferred they not do. And it just so happens the RNC has assembled a brilliant ad featuring how Obama and Romney spent their evenings. It illustrates the point perfectly.