02/12/2012 12:58 pm ET

Saturday Night Live's Mitt Romney Primary Cold Open (VIDEO)

"Saturday Night Live" kicked off its Zooey Deschanel-hosted episode with a message from Mitt Romney to the American people. Frankly, any excuse to get Jason Sudeikis to reprise his Romney impression is a good one.

It seems that anyone under the impression that Romney's been performing poorly these past few weeks hasn't been paying close enough attention. See, it's all part of his plan. He wants us to not like him too much right now, so he can surprise us toward the end of the race with what a regular, likable person he secretly is and get a last minute surge of support. It's still unclear how he plans to do that, but apparently it's all part of the strategy.

Now if only he could get Newt to drop out. Or that dog to stop barking.