By Traci Tillman
On last night's show, Ezra discussed Mitt Romney's gaffe-ridden visit to London this past week. To help illustrate the point of the segment on the TV screen, we used the phrase "#RomneyShambles," an homage to the widespread hashtag that began across the pond.
One fine British viewer, Kevin, revealed to us today that there may be more meaning behind the phrase "#RomneyShambles" than we initially
Like much of the US Press, you noted the widespread usage of the hashtag "Romneyshambles". (Earlier today the top trending non-sponsored topic in the UK!) This is actually a little more than just the obvious meaning of "Shambles/mess involving Romney" though.
The term comes from another one which was used earlier this year to describe the terribly-designed UK government budget which then completely fell apart, caused the government to plunge 6 points in the polls, was mostly reversed on and was shredded by Left and Right alike and all major media as a total mess. That term, originating in a comedy program called 'The Thick Of It', was 'Omni-Shambles' as in, all-consuming disaster.
Omni-shambles thus gained huge popularity in the UK as "Horrible event in which everything that could possibly go wrong does so in a spectacular way".
Update: Our friends over at the Lean Forward blog found a clip of the "omnishambles" scene in question!
More after the jump.
Ned Resnikoff of Lean Forward blog writes:
In the first episode of the third season, after learning that the new minister of DOSAC is a public relations nightmare, Tucker dubs her "the [expletive deleted] omnishambles."
Warning: the clip contains a lot of swearing. In a British accent, no less. "Omnishambles" makes its appearance at around 2:38.