Romney's British Tiff & Santorum's Idiotic Tweet

Here's our roundup of the best tweets, quotes and late-night jokes of the week

1. Romney’s British Belly Flop
Part of a larger international tour meant to make Mitt Romney seem ready for the presidency, the GOP candidate is in London for the Olympic Games. No stranger to gaffes, Romney offered his own critique of the much-publicized security issues at the games. This prompted British Prime Minister David Cameron to tell reporters Thursday that obstacles necessarily arise when such an event is held in a busy city rather than "the middle of nowhere.” The remark was presumably a jab at Romney, who was among the organizers of the Olympics a decade ago in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Cameron: 1, Romney: 0!

2. Romney Campaign’s “Special” Moment
Mitt Romney would be better than President Obama at underscoring the Anglo-Saxon relationship between the U.S. and Britain, according to the London Telegraph’s interview with two advisers to the GOP hopeful who didn’t give their names for the story. An advisor told the paper, “We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he [Romney] feels that the special relationship is special. The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have.” This prompted a tweet from David Axelrod: “Mitt's trip off to flying start, even before he lands, with stunningly offensive quotes from his team in British press,” with a link to the news. Now isn’t that special?

3. Santorum’s Chick-Fil-A Tweet
Whichever side you fall on the marriage equality debate, you might agree Rick Santorum’s recent tweets have been -- if we may -- rather distasteful. The former Republican presidential hopeful took to social media to announce his support for fast food chain Chick-fil-A in the wake of backlash incited by its CEO’s recent comments against gay marriage. In a series of tweets, Santorum touted the "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" initiative launched by former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee earlier this week, even offering rave reviews of the restaurant’s food: “With two of my boys, Enjoying chick-in-strips and an awesome peach shake at Chick-fil-A. See you here next Wednesday!” Classy move, Rick.

4. Boston’s Boycott
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino also didn't take Chick-fil-A-gate lightly, saying he’d work to keep Chick-Fil-A out of the city, and even writing a letter that caught fire all over the Internet slamming the chain. It contained such strong words as, “In recent days you said Chick-fil-A opposes same-sex marriage and said the generation that supports it has an 'arrogant attitude.' Now -- incredibly -- your company says you are backing out of the same-sex marriage debate. I urge you to back out of your plans to locate in Boston … There is no place for discrimination on Boston's Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it."

5. Stewart Calls Out Romney
It’s the most-discussed part of a single speech in recent weeks: "If you've got a business, you didn’t build that, somebody else made that happen.” The president made that remark earlier in the month, as part of a larger comment about how infrastructure -- like roads and bridges -- is part of what helps any business achieve its success. Since, candidate Mitt Romney has taken the line out of context to attack the president for being anti-business. That material made for much late-night fodder this week. On his Daily Show, Jon Stewart played a clip of a conservative commentator on CNN saying, “This is just grade school Marxism that he’s uttering.” Stewart responded with, “Yes! Grade school Marxism. Or, as your second grade teacher might have referred to it, sharing.” Later in the clip, Stewart added this rhetorical question for Mitt Romney: “You really want to hang your entire campaign on a willful, out-of-context misunderstanding?"

6. Colbert’s Take on “You Didn’t Build That”
On The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert also seized on the ongoing debate over the remark. To demonstrate that his own success was the result of his brilliance and hard work, he attempted to broadcast a segment without the aid of his crew, using only his iPhone, a desk lamp, and a whiteboard. “Folks, I’ve always said relying on other people is overrated,” he said, as he bumbled through his lines with a dry-erase pen cap in his mouth during the amateurish segment that looked right out of the Blair Witch Project.

7. Fred Armisen’s Obama Impersonation Tips
Saturday Night Live cast member Fred Armisen, who has been impersonating President Obama since before he was elected, took to the Late Show on Tuesday and told David Letterman about his approaches to the role. Among them: shaking his head slightly in a knowing, presidential gesture that seems to say, “It’s going to be OK,” he said.

8. Ted Nugent’s Attack on Dianne Feinstein
In the wake of the Aurora, Colorado shootings, rocker Ted Nugent was at it again, baring his no-holds-barred opinions all over Twitter and traditional media. He had words, for instance, for Senator Dianne Feinstein, who had been a strong supporter of gun control in the past, but has pulled back lately because of the political climate. "Dianne Feinstein, who's just literally going berserk on the misinformation about the weapons and the ammunition -- this is the woman who had a concealed weapons permit but denied California citizens the right to have a concealed weapons permit," Nugent said. "She demonized the concept ... This is lunacy." But how do you really feel, Ted?

9. Bob Beckel’s Romney Rant
Co-host Bob Beckel let Romney have it on Wednesday's "The Five” on Fox News, calling him a "punk" with the personality of "Ken doll." Beckel went on to say, "He's never done anything. He’s a hedge fund operator who didn’t release his taxes and then ... had tax havens for people who didn’t want to pay U.S. taxes." Snap!

10. Bill Maher’s Pot Jab
Bill Maher, host of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher and well-known advocate for the legalization of marijuana, took to Twitter to express his disapproval after the Los Angeles City Council outlawed medical marijuana dispensaries on Tuesday. He tweeted, “If California gets any stupider in its crackdown on pot (on top of voting down gay marriage) it shld change its name to West Arizona.” That’s one way to kill two states with one stone, Bill!

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and iVillage's chief election news blogger. Follow her on Twitter: @alicedubin.

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