by Gwynn Guilford
Paul Waldman thinks Romney's laugh will come to personify him:
Some public figures get defined by a single image, or a single statement ("Ask not what your country can do for you"; "I am not a crook"). Others have a characteristic linguistic tic or hand gesture that through repetition come to embody them….
For Mitt Romney, it's the laugh. I'm sure that at times Romney laughs with genuine mirth, but you know the laugh I'm talking about. It's the one he delivers when he gets asked a question he doesn't want to answer, or is confronted with a demand to explain a flip-flop or a lie. It's the phoniest laugh in the world, the one New York Times reporter Ashley Parker wrote "sounds like someone stating the sounds of laughter, a staccato 'Ha. Ha. Ha.'"
Andrew gave his thoughts on Romney's pinched cackle here. Money quote: "[He] talks as if he's learned the English language from some tribe of extremely cheerful, mainstream, extremely white Americans from around 1958".