NPR Game Show Mocks Romney NAACP Speech With Zombie and Dog Car Trip Jokes

NPR's weekend game show Wait Wait Don't Tell Me! was mocking Republicans again on Saturday. Host Peter Sagal joked that Romney didn't realize he wasn't speaking to "country club people" instead of "colored people." Then he joked that he wanted to try other groups that would award him with boos, like the "National Association for Advancement of Dogs on Car Trips."

The leftish tilt of the NPR audience was also on display as one caller/contestant mocked Romney as comparable to a flesh-eating zombie.

First, they discussed Romney's NAACP boos:

PETER SAGAL: Man, Romney  might have been surprised when the group booed him, when he told them he wanted to repeal Obamacare, as he put it. And that's when he finally realized, NAACP does not stand for the National Association for the Advancement of Country Club People. (Laughter)

His aides were like, "Sir, no. That would be NAACCP." But in general, going to the NAACP was good for Romney. He got props for showing up and making his case to an audience that wasn't on his side. And for the first time ever, he invoked a passionate response from an audience. (Laughter)  Sure, it was fear and loathing, but it's a start.

He enjoyed it. He enjoyed getting that kind of reaction. He's scheduled a bus tour of places where he can get a similar response: The National Association for Advancement of Dogs on Car Trips. The American Society of People with Pre-Existing Conditions. (Laughter)

Later in the show, even liberal callers got into the mock-Romney act, as they filled in the blanks on limericks:

CARL KASELL, announcer: I can face all the undead hordes calmly, even if they can learn how to bomb me. In my fort I keep fresh, and they won't eat my flesh. My new home will protect me from?

ROSALEEN MOORE, caller: Romney. (Laughter and applause)

PETER SAGAL: A Romney-proof home is what you're suggesting. (Laughter) The answer is not Romney. Let's hear it again.

MOORE: Okay.

KASELL: I can face all the undead hordes calmly, even if they can learn how to bomb me. In my fort I keep fresh, and they won't eat my flesh. My new home will protect me from?

MOORE: From zombies.

SAGAL: Zombies, yes.

At least this time there was a little poking fun at Obama and Biden when the NAACP was the topic:

PETER SAGAL: Now, we contrast him, Mr. Romney, to President Obama, who didn't even show up at the convention. He sent Joe Biden to entertain. That's right, send a loose cannon white guy to whip up the crowd at the NAACP.

BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT, comedian: He said: I see your white and I raise your white.

Tim Graham
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