Political observer Norman Ornstein is a keen observer of Washington, D.C., politics, but he could have a second career as a standup comic.
Ornstein, who spoke Thursday at the Jefferson Educational Society’s Global Summit in Erie, rattled off several funny lines before his lecture turned serious.
Ornstein said he called GOP strategist Karl Rove the day after the election to tell him that “depression is fully covered under Obamacare.”
But he was just getting warmed up.
He said he had left northern California, where it “82 and foggy, just like Clint Eastwood.”
When the Republican National Convention was interrupted by Hurricane Isaac, Ornstein said he saw Rick Santorum at the Tampa Zoo, “gathering up two of every creature.”
Referring to Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women” presidential debate comment, Ornstein said “we referred to him afterward as ‘Lord of the Three Rings.’ ”
Noting that Sarah Palin’s popular autobiography was called “Going Rogue,” the balding Ornstein suggested possible titles for a future memoir: “Going Rogaine” or “Going Several Times a Night.”
He said he would understand if any members of the audience had to leave to visit the restroom.
– John Guerriero