A Planet Called “Retrospect”?

“Our week was good, in retrospect;
The polls should make that clear.”
Where is this place called “retrospect”?
It sure as hell ain’t here.

Heh. The article at the National Review Online is titled “Priebus: ‘In Retrospect,’ Last Week ‘Good Week’ for Romney Campaign” Priebus seems to have looked back on a very different week than his fellow Republicans. It takes industrial strength spin control to tumble-polish a turd like last week. Don’t try this at home, kids.

Or maybe “Retrospect” is the name of the planet Romney will rule over in the afterlife.


  1. Johnny Vector says

    Hey, isn’t that supposed to be in limerick form?

    For the man who’s got specifics “coming out of his eyeballs”, according to the linked story:

    Dissing poor among high-flyin’ guys,
    Romney stumbles, so then Ryan tries;
    Makes it worse. Now 5 pints
    Won’t convince me that Reince
    Is preferred to my own lyin’ eyes.

    I hate that the RNC chairman has a name that rhymes with almost nothing, but I love that the first line in his Wikipedia entry is currently “Mr. Priebus claims he has specifics coming out of his eyeballs! [2]”

  2. machintelligence says

    “I think that we had a good week last week,” Priebus said on ABC’s This Week. “I think in retrospect, in that we were able to frame up the debate last week in the sense of what future do we want and do you want out there for your kids and grandkids, and clearly, things are not going well.”

    I think that this violates at least two of the three canons of good spin doctoring.
    1. It cannot be an outright lie. –Instant fail.
    2. You have to be able to say it with a straight face. — Perhaps.
    3. It should seem profound. — It doesn’t seem very profound, and what debate?

  3. Cuttlefish says

    I actually probably *should* have used it for Headline Muse, but didn’t actually think of that.

    In the race for Republican seats
    Party spin and the truth rarely meets
    So they have to make do
    With fake bullshit (sham poo)
    Which Reince, in a lather, repeats

  4. Johnny Vector says


    Also, does anyone else, upon hearing “Reince Priebus” think of Rance Burgess from the Heart of Gold episode of Firefly? It seems appropriate, in so many ways.

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