Get ready, here it comes: expect late night comedians to have a field day with the news that Republican nominee Mitt Romney — who has never been considered an ace wit or life of the party quipster — has been working on a batch of zinger lines since August to deliver at key moments in this week’s debate with Barack Obama.

Be sure to watch Letterman, Leno, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert early this week. I bet David Letterman will have a Top 10 List of suggested zinger lines (and, Dave, if you weren’t planning to do this and you’re a TMV reader it’s always nice to help brainstorm comedy ideas).

Some comment on this and suggested lines are already appearing on Twitter. A cross section of Tweets:

6h David Simas [email protected]_simas
NYT reports that Mitt Romney will have a “series of zingers” ready for the debate with POTUS. Seems like a series of plans would be better.

34m DR [email protected]
#RomneyZingers Ann is a stay at 5 homes mom.

1h Simon Maloy [email protected]
“Whoa, last time a saw a mouth like that my manservant was taking a hook out of it!” #RomneyDangerfield #RomneyZingers

1h Vent [email protected]
Romney practicing zingers for the debate is like the guy that practices pick-up lines for that one night at the bar.

2h Frank Conniff [email protected]
Romney preparing a bunch of “zingers” for the debate. Viewers also have the option of purchasing a voucher for a zinger.

2h Danielle Blake [email protected]
Romney campaign to prepare zingers for Mitt to ensure that nothing, not even his humour, is genuine.

3h Clara Jeffery [email protected]
“Where’s the Kobe beef? #RomneyZingers

3h Jeff Gauvin [email protected]
I Was So Poor At College….I Had To Sell Some Of My Offshore Hedge Fund Certificates #RomneyZingers #p2

4h Jeff Gauvin [email protected]
Are you better off than one of my prized horses America? #RomneyZingers

4h Marta Evry [email protected]
“You’re so poor, you only have one house” #RomneyZingers

8h sfpelosi [email protected]
Rather than policy merits or zingers, focus on the way non-politicos Obama & Romney allow themselves to be vulnerable & political in debates

9h scary lawyerguy [email protected]
5, actually RT @gregpinelo: “You don’t have to own 4 houses to know housing market isn’t where it should be, Mr. President” #RomneyZingers

10h steven mink [email protected]
#RomneyZingers mr. President, who let the dogs out?
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From the #RomneyZingers Twitter page (cross section):

27m Gen JC Christian [email protected]_Christian
Obama stole my bad, I mean good, no bad heath care idea #RomneyZingers

28m Steve Ferra [email protected]
“Kenya believe how bad my opponent has wrecked the economy? Kenya?” #RomneyZingers
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1h Scott ® Crawford [email protected]
“I’ve displaced plenty of workers in my time, Mr. President. You won’t be the first.” #RomneyZingers

Rob Tannenbaum [email protected]
“He’s got the White House, but I’ve got a dozen houses.” #Romneyzingers
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5h Jeff Greenfield [email protected]
#romneyzingers “Take my wives–please!”

7h gvdfrog [email protected]
Obamacare? I built that. #RomneyZingers #MittZingers

10h Greg Pinelo [email protected]
“Mr President, you’ve left this economy on the roof far too long!” #RomneyZingers
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And also on Twitter:

alex jimenez [email protected]
“I’m a job producer. Do you think my parasite staff would be employed otherwise?” #RomneyZinger

3h Macartisan [email protected]
Leaked #RomneyZinger: “Look at his HAIR! He can’t look like that!”

6h Holy Bullies [email protected]
#Romneyzinger – “Yo mama so stupid that she got into an elevator and thought she was in my car garage.”


David Waldman [email protected]
The audience at the debate should download the “Rimshot!” app and play the sounds after every suspected zinger.

mommadona™ [email protected]
When Romney tries “here, pull my finger” zinger at debate, suggest Obama have that large “KICK ME” sign ready for Romney’s back pat ~ #SEE?

Stephen C. Rose [email protected]
I can just see Obama brushing off a Romney zinger and Romney crying but I memorized it!!!

It was a HUGE MISTAKE for the Romney advisor to tell the NY Times about him working on zingers. Everyone SUSPECTS these remarks are prepared, but usually it comes out in reportage a bit after the debate so the zinger has impact (one example is Ronald Reagan’s “There you go again..”). Now the fact that he has been preparing to look witty is out there ALREADY and if he says something — even a real, off the cuff zinger — it’ll be dismissed by some. If you know the actor’s script before the performance and then spot him performing it, it takes away some of the impact…

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4 years 20 days ago

Zingers? Perhaps Romney will follow the lead of some right wing bloggers and make derisive remarks about Obama’s mamma.

Or perhaps Mitt will head the advice given by Gingrich:
If you don’t like the question or don’t know the answer, behave indignantly and insult the person asking the question, and then give a stump speech on an unrelated topic.

Alas, this is a debate, not amateur night at the local comedy club.
Maybe Mitt will follow up his shtick with some “fancy pageant walking …”