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The Most Misunderstood Man In Tampa Explains His Words

David Brooks regrets your sense of humor.

Posted on August 28, 2012, at 12:12 p.m. ET

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David Brooks' parody capsule biography of Mitt Romney today ("The Romneys had a special family tradition. The most cherished member got to spend road trips on the roof of the car. Mitt spent many happy hours up there, applying face lotion to combat windburn.") was met with wide incomprehension.

The reflexively partisan quarters of Twitter weighed the column for allegiances and decided that Brooks had sold Romney out.

I ran into Brooks in the sweaty line outside the convention's media center, where he was rueful and said he should have anticipated the incomprehension at a column that was "originally intended as a parody of the media storyline."

The reaction, he said, was "regrettable but predictable."

"Taste in humor is entirely partisan."

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

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