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April 19, 2012

Romney Cutesy-Teases a Woman; Media Decides It's a Scandal

It's called "teasing." People do it.

If someone talks about how no real pie has anything but a homemade crust, and how she'd never call a pie with a store-bought crust a real pie, and you eat some, and you say, "Mmm, this is good, where did you buy the crust?" newsflash, media: This is called teasing.

But apparently it's now "CookieGate.

Romney’s Comment Sparks ‘CookieGate,’ Democrats Add It to ‘Foot in Mouth’ List


The former governor met with local residents at an outdoor roundtable lunch in Bethel Park, Pa., during which he joked about a batch of cookies.

“I’m not sure about these cookies,” Romney said, and continued teasing a woman at the table: “They don’t look like you made them. No, no. They came from the local 7-11, bakery, or whatever.”

But the cookies came from Bethel Bakery, a local hot-spot since 1955.
“We are a local landmark in Bethel Park,” Julie Lytle, the bakery’s sales and marketing assistant, told ABC. “When we found out the governor was coming, we sent him cookies to welcome him. We didn’t realize what a big ordeal it was going to become.”

After locals expressed outrage through fiery comments on Twitter and the bakery’s Facebook page...

I've lost track -- now this outrage is real and not manufactured by Democrats, right?

I know that half of these are "manufactured outrage" and half are genuine and newsworthy but I can't remember which is which.

You know, here's one of the funniest bits of teasing I can remember. ABCNews should make this into a national story.

steve_in_hb had just bought a big high-def tv. A Samsung (I mention this so they know to be outraged by it). He was very proud of it, and amazed by the clarity of picture (it was his first HDTV). So he's bragging about it for a week or two.

So, I'm over there, and neither_steve_in_hb_nor_not_steve_in_hb shows up. I'll call him "Neither" for brevity. He looks at the TV and says, "Nice TV. Did it not come in HD?"

So steve gives him a look and says "It is HD." Neither shrugs, like "If you say so."

Ten minutes later we're watching it and steve asks if the volume is okay. "The volume is fine," Neither says. "It's the focus that's bothering me. Can you make it clearer?"

Steve gives him a look.

Ten minutes more and now Neither is rubbing his temples and saying, "This TV's giving me a headache. Why is it so blurry? Is it supposed to be 3D? Are there special glasses?"

I don't know how to explain "teasing" to someone who actually knows exactly what it is but wants to play dumb to gin up an Obama-loving story out of nothing.

And by the way -- Tied in Pennsylvania. So, suck it.

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