Carol Platt Liebau
Over at the Atlantic is a piece discussing Mitt Romney's sense of humor -- surprisingly, in glowing terms.

Two takeaways: Romney has an acute sense of humor, and it operates most often at his own expense.  Hey, any Mormon who can joke about polygamy knows something about self-deprecation.

My experience has always been that a sense of humor is a sign of intelligence.  And Romney's ability to poke fun at himself is a refreshing contrast to the prickly, self-satisfied current occupant of The White House -- whose jibes are most often directed toward others rather than himself.

There's a definite downside to joking for a candidate -- especially when there isn't an adoring press corps refusing to poke fun at your expense.  But self-deprecation, cleverly done, is a good way for a candidate to humanize himself . . . something Mitt Romney should keep in mind.

Carol Platt Liebau

Carol Platt Liebau is an attorney, political commentator and guest radio talk show host based near New York. Learn more about her new book, "Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Hurts Young Women (and America, Too!)" here.