Mitt Romney always gets a good yuk when he tells his “polygamy joke“:
“I believe marriage should be between a man and a woman … and a woman … and a woman,” Romney quipped at the 2005 St. Patrick’s Day breakfast in Boston. He made the same joke on Don Imus’ 2006 St. Patrick’s Day show.
Not a bad line. Too bad Romney (or his staff) didn’t come up with it. It appears to have been invented by the notoriously naughty Stanford University Marching Band, which got itself in trouble for using it at a game at BYU on (oddly) Sept. 11, 2004.
Stanford Athletic Director Ted Leland publicly apologized and the Stanford Band agreed to impose sanctions on itself after it performed a halftime show that mocked Mormonism at a home football game against Brigham Young University on Sept. 11….
Most controversial was a swipe at polygamy in which the Bands assistant manager, senior Tom Hennessy, pretended to marry all five Dollies, who donned wedding veils for the skit. [Band announcer Mark] Ruben spoke through the public address system about the sacred bond between a man and a woman … and a woman … and a woman … and a woman … and a woman.
The joke was not lost on Brigham Young fans, and the visiting contingent unleashed a hail of boos.
Nothing like stealing material from someone else for your self-deprecating jokes!