Last night, in the opening moments of the GOP debate, Mitt Romney shocked the political world by making a not entirely awkward reference to popular culture. After receiving an unexpectedly robust round of applause in the middle of his introductory remarks, Romney joked, “As George Costanza would say, ‘When they’re applauding, stop.’”
Now, granted, Romney, at best, only managed to loosely paraphrase this particular piece of Seinfeld wisdom — George never said those words, and it was actually Jerry who first advised George, “When you hit that high note, you say good-night and walk off.” But that’s nitpicking. It was a good effort.
Still, there are many Seinfeld quotes that could apply to Romney even better than the one he mentioned last night. Here are just a few!
- George Costanza: “I lie every second of the day. My whole life is a sham!”
- Jerry Seinfeld: “You’re going to really see me being a phony, now. I hope you can take this. Maybe you should go in the other room.”
- George Costanza: “Just remember. It’s not a lie … if you believe it.”
- Jerry Seinfeld: “If every instinct you have is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right.”
- George Costanza: “We’re just trying to come up with the best possible lie. That’s what this is all about.”
- Jerry Seinfeld: “I think I’m pretty much like you, only successful.”
- Morty Seinfeld: “I’ll tell you what I’m looking at: the next condo president of Del Boca Vista, Phase Three.”