April 3, 2012 at 10:18 AM ET
Jon Stewart would like for GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney’s supporters to be just a little bit more enthusiastic about endorsing their choice for president. Also -- following a clip in which he showed former presidential candidate, Senator John McCain, saying "Obama" when he meant "Romney" -- he'd like them to be able to keep their tongues from not tripping over those endorsements.
In a segment he dubbed "Jumping on the Blandwagon," "The Daily Show" host pointed out how those who have thrown their support behind Romney seem to be picking him only because the pickings are slim.
“We’re entering a phase where I think it becomes counterproductive if this drags on much longer,” said Rep. Paul Ryan, “so that’s why I think we as conservatives need to coalesce behind Mitt Romney.” A solid argument, Stewart joked: "We have voted enough." Florida senator Marco Rubio was also shown saying he’ll endorse Romney “because he is going to be the Republican nominee.” As if there’s nothing anyone can do about it.
According to Stewart, these endorsements pale alongside late senator Ted Kennedy’s endorsement of President Obama back in 2008 -- a rousing thumbs-up speech that had the surrounding crowd standing and cheering with excitement. It didn't even compare to actor George Kennedy’s 1996 endorsement of the product BreathAsure, he said.
Stewart did hold out hope for Romney’s base to show some promising support, but that was quickly deflated when former New York governor George Pataki was shown saying, "Mitt is not a perfect candidate, he has a number of problems, and he needs to do more to reach out to the Latinos...."
So who was left to really sell Mitt to the populace? His wife? Nope.
Stewart aired a clip from a phone interview with Mrs. Romney, where the reporter asked if Mitt was really as stiff as he comes off. She hesitated before saying, "Well ... I guess we better unzip him and let the real Mitt Romney out because he’s not stiff.”
Lots of room still on that Romney bandwagon, guys.