Salon limerick contest

Poets take on the 47 percent

Published September 26, 2012 12:03PM (EDT)

Five rhyming lines might be the ideal way to describe Mitt Romney’s ill-starred campaign fundraiser in Florida:


At a meeting in Boca Raton,

Mitt Romney was filmed by a phone

as he quipped to his host,

"Through this race I would coast,

If I just had a darker skin tone."

Mike Moulton,

Gainesville, FL


This man of the uppermost class,

Who hopes to gain critical mass,

Leaves nothing to chance, sir,

But pulls every answer

Reliably out of his ass.

Chris Mazzara

Cary, N.C.


The ultimate truth that explains

The smouldering mess that remains

Of the Romney campaign

Is not taxes or Bain...

But the fact that they've got Mitt-for-brains.

Paul Bamborough


This is the political season.

So let us all strive for cohesion,

By forsaking our manners,

And hoisting up banners,

That proclaim the demise of our reason!

Gary Sandy

Woodland, Calif.


For a mere 50K, legal tender,

Eat with the plutos defender.

For that sum of cash

Enjoy a sumptuous bash

And a very attentive bartender.

Quentin Sullivan,

Haverhill, Mass.


While speaking at Boca Raton,

I ad-libbed some words of my own,

Not elegantly stated,

Yet all were elated....

God damn that video phone!.

William Taylor,

Laguna Woods, Calif.


Romney’s father was once “on relief.”

47 percenter — good grief!

Does that mean that Mitt’s dad

Would not vote for his lad?

Was he Michigan’s Victim in Chief?

Madeleine Begun Kane
Bayside, Queens, N.Y.

Send your entries to The deadline is 5 p.m. ET on Sunday. Please include your name and hometown. Good luck!

By Alex Halperin

Alex Halperin is news editor at Salon. You can follow him on Twitter @alexhalperin.

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