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Posted by on Feb 23, 2012 in Politics | 2 comments

Jason Alexander Zings Romney for George Costanza Quote

One of my favorite shows that I can watch over and over and over and over and over is Seinfeld, which featured the highly talented (he is a fine song and dance man as well as a character actor) Jason Alexander as George Constanza, a character reportedly based on the great Larry David who co-wrote many of the shows. At last night’s CNN Republican Presidential debate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney referred to George Costanza and quoted the character.

And Alexander Tweeted back.

First the details via The Huffington Post:

In his opening statement at Wednesday night’s CNN debate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney took inspiration from an unlikely source: “Seinfeld” character George Costanza.

“I want to restore America’s promise, and I’m going to do that,” Romney said during his remarks. But before he could continue, the audience began clapping, so Romney joked: “As George Costanza would say, when they’re applauding, stop.”

Very early Thursday morning, the actor Jason Alexander — who played the famous TV character — responded to Romney on Twitter, writing, “Thrilled Gov. Romney enjoys my old character. I enjoyed the character he used 2 b 2. If he’d embrace that again, he’d b a great candidate.”

Romney has referenced the “Seinfeld” character before. At the Dec. 7 debate, also hosted by CNN, Romney said, “Remember the George Costanza line? When they’re laughing and applauding, you sit down.”

At a South Carolina town hall in December, Romney also said, “As George Costanza said, ‘when they applaud, just stop.'”

Romney is referring to a March 19, 1998 episode of “Seinfeld” in which Costanza devises a plan to end every conversation on a “high note” and “leave them wanting more.

Via Mediaite the Tweet:

And the segment:
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Alexander is not alone. This fall on the East Coast leg of my 9 month road trip all over the US in my other incarnation, I was often struck by people on the East Coast who really liked the ORIGINAL moderate Republican Governor version of Romney — the Romney the 2012 Romney is running away from.