Thursday, May 17, 2012

PolitiFact Finds Another Way to Be as Useless as Teats on a Boar


Ambulatory Sears mannequin Mitt Romney made a swing through the Sunshine State this week, kissing ass (“Gosh! The energy. The Cuban American energy and passion is so wonderful!”) and collecting a couple of mill from wizened snowbird socialites for his campaign war chest.

He also delivered speeches containing scads of well-documented lies. So what does PolitiFact do when a big fat liar comes to its hometown to tell big fat lies?

It sifts through the veritable mountain of bullshit disgorged from the Romney gullet and finds a meaningless, minor pebble of a point to subject to its high-powered scrutiny. It finds Romney wrong in a minor way on the facts and disingenuous in a major way on the substance and renders its verdict: MOSTLY TRUE!

Don’t ever change, PolitiFact: You are the appendix of our political intestines.

[X-posted at Balloon Juice]

Posted by Betty Cracker on 05/17/12 at 08:01 AM

Categories: NewsPoliticsElection '12MittensOur Stupid Media

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Can’t Believe I Forgot These Guys—Oh, Wait, I can

You know, I kind of miss the uncertainty of the primaries when it really, just maybe, sort of could be someone other than Mitt. Now that Ron Paul isn’t actively campaigning (just doing what, now, with delegates?), all we’re going to see is Willard running against himself, and that’s sad. His campaign knows he’s too awkward, and it shows:

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Romney campaign is renowned for its hyper-disciplined approach to the news media. Question-and-answer sessions with reporters are exceedingly rare. Aides avoid on-the-record briefings. And the candidate’s latest outreach to voters, a series of casual meetings with middle class Americans, is shielded from public view.

But on Wednesday morning, the campaign took that restrictiveness to a new level, leading to a brief kerfuffle with reporters and, later, an apologetic clarification.

After Mitt Romney finished delivering a speech, campaign aides told members of the traveling press corps that they could not join the audience or approach the rope line where Mr. Romney shakes voters’ hands and engages in casual conversation with them.

It’s the old “chameleon on plaid” problem. They just can’t be sure what old “Walkbalk Willard” will say in front of the media-types.  That’s why he’s also keeping mum on details regarding his foreign policy and what he really means to do for the economy, I’m sure.  It couldn’t possibly be because he’s been running for president for something like six years (or his whole life) and has simply never nailed down where he stands on things.  Unless, you know, it’s because he hasn’t.

Which is why I’m still holding out for an interesting VP pick, no matter what the experts say. So I’m back looking at some more possibilities for the Veep hunt—or rather, covering two names I missed because….I just wasn’t casting the net out that far, you know?

On the off-chance Ron Paul is using that delegate business for some kind of convention leverage, why not take a second look at Aqua Buddha, I mean, Rand, Son of Ron?

Oh, yeah.  He’s kind of a dumbass. (Even reliable hater Tony Perkins thought that went too far.) There is that.  And then there’s his whole light bulb/toilet fetish thing. And how he doesn’t seem to know what government is for.

You know, I just can’t see this one.

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Posted by Vixen Strangely on 05/16/12 at 10:07 PM

Categories: PoliticsElection '12MittensNutters

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Ruined Runes: Another Day, Another Poll, Another Headfuck

According to the top headline at Memeorandum at the moment, a bunch of folks are either whooping it up or uttering bewildered ZOMGs, depending on their political persuasions, over the latest poll from CBS News/New York Times which shows Romney with “a slight edge” of 46—43 over Obama among registered voters:

Washington Post:  Both establishment and tea party could lose in Nebraska
Datechguy / Datechguy’s Blog:  Demoralized as Hell: Et Tu CBS/NYT poll?
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:  New CBS/NYT Poll Finds One In Four Voters Less Likely To Vote For Obama After Gay Marriage Endorsement…
Maggie Haberman / Politico:  Romney leads Obama 46- 43 in new NYT/CBS poll
Allahpundit / Hot Air:  NYT/CBS poll: Romney 46, Obama 43
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:  CBS News/New York Times Poll: Romney Takes Slight Lead Over Obama
Katrina Trinko / National Review:  Poll: Romney’s Pulling Ahead

It should go without saying (and I certainly don’t want to end up having to point this out every frikkin time people who have their own agendas to shore up or who should know better go apeshit over the next pollster freakout) that one poll in isolation—in particular this far out from election day—indicates very little. Without wishing to totally dampen any motivating angst among Democrats, here’s a few other points that make me less than inclined to panic:

* CBS News itself observes: “Romney’s slight advantage remains within the poll’s margin of error, which is plus or minus four percentage points.”
* For those jumping to draw conclusions about any impact of president Obama’s declaration on marriage equality, or his or Romney’s standing among women or independents or whatever, it also observes: “The error for subgroups is higher.”
* It’s a callback poll, re-polling part of the same sample polled in the last CBS News/NYT poll that no doubt caused heads to explode or jubilation to break out when it was released—read the blurb at the bottom of the article: “This poll was conducted by telephone on May 11-13, 2012 among 615 adults nationwide, including 562 registered voters, who were first interviewed for a CBS News/New York Times Poll conducted April 13-17, 2012.” Aside from the smaller sample size, there’s every possibility that those who bothered to respond to the follow-up call were self-selected to be more exercised about certain issues.

It may or may not be a slight improvement on inspecting entrails or observing the flight paths of geese. Maybe somebody someday should stage a controlled experiment.

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Posted by YAFB on 05/15/12 at 08:32 AM

Monday, May 14, 2012

blackwaterdog is back!

Her blog, if for some reason you don’t have it bookmarked, is here.  This is good news.  To defeat the Republicans we need, as she says, all hands on deck.  Make no mistake.  If Willard is elected President this is what he and the rest of the Rethuglicans will do to our country.

And I’m really tired of hearing “lesser of two evils” BS.  Obama, whatever ponies he failed to deliver or whether you disagree with some of his actions and policies, is not evil.  Or incompetent, ineffective or weak. Willard?  I think you could make a real argument for his being a basically evil person.  We definitely know he’s a bully, he has no empathy for people not in the 1%, he likes to fire people and he luurrves to strip him some assets out of companies to line his pockets and match his silver spoon.

I honestly do believe the future of our country is hanging in the balance here.  Time to roll up the shirtsleeves and GOTV.  Take back the House while we’re at it! 

Posted by marindenver on 05/14/12 at 04:47 PM

Categories: PoliticsBarack ObamaPoliblogs

Romney vs. Paul Primary Fever Continues

Many have noted that during the earlier stages of the GOP primary campaign, Mitt Romney seemed to be soft-pedaling his attacks on Ron Paul, while Paul’s supporters have been exploiting their grasp of how the primary and caucus system actually works to gather loyal delegates, mainly through the cunning ploy of not going home once the initial voting has taken place. Judging by events at the weekend’s State Republican Conventions in Norman, Oklahoma and Phoenix, Arizona, that uneasy truce is getting a little uneasier.

Allan Stevo of Run Ron Paul alleges:

David Van Risseghem, Rick Santorum’s Oklahoma state coordinator, sent out an e-mail May 9 to Oklahoma Republicans attempting to get them to turnout in opposition to Ron Paul and therefore presumably for Mitt Romney, the only other candidate in the race. The note was apparently sent from an e-mail address owned by the suspended Santorum campaign.

The vitriolic note from the Santorum campaign stated, ”It’s time for all values voters to work together to keep our communities safe for the next generation. Several Ron Paul activists want to legalize recreational drug use, decimate obscenity laws, and sanction prostitution.”
The note from Santorum’s campaign is again another sign of a struggling Romney campaign in the face of Paul surging. It now looks like Paul may win as many as 12 states and may even have ardent Paul loyalists outnumbering Romney loyalists at the Republican National Convention – the highest legislative body of the Republican Party.

Mitt Romney believed and the media has reported that after Santorum left the race the rest of the nomination process would be easy for Romney. To the contrary, it’s become evident to many watching that he is unfit as a leader in the GOP as he can’t inspire convention goers – the most dedicated of Republicans – and he has so far failed at uniting the party.

A Romney nomination spells defeat for the Republicans, as it will no doubt leave Paul’s supporters feeling alienated, perhaps even searching for a candidate outside of the GOP.

Van Risseghem foresaw trouble ahead:

In the note, Santorum’s campaign theorized that this weekend’s Oklahoma Republican convention might get nasty: “There will assuredly be a passionate struggle for control of the convention, the national delegation, and the party’s future.”

And so it came to pass. KFOR-TV featured eyewitness reports and cellphone footage of a few altercations between Romney and Paul supporters that descended into fisticuffs which spilled out into the parking lot:

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Posted by YAFB on 05/14/12 at 06:22 AM

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

There’s Something About Romney

The Marquis de Mittens’ former Lt. Governor Kerry Healey went on CNN yesterday to counter charges that her old running mate is a heartless prick. As evidence, she cited his reaction during a GOP debate when a certain goofy bastard could not remember all three of the government agencies he vowed to abolish as president:

In defending Romney as “deeply compassionate” and “unfailingly kind,” she pointed to moments during the GOP primary when Romney was “being attacked from every side.”

“His response was always professional, calm, civil,” she pointed out. “In fact, he even intervened on behalf [of] — to try to help — Gov. Perry when he was stumbling [in attempting to remember a talking point during a debate]. His impulses are very kind impulses and there should be no debate about whether or not Gov. Romney is a bully.”

For some reason, I was reminded of this scene from “There’s Something About Mary:”

Matt Dillon’s character is a lot like Romney, only without the gazillions of dollars. He’s a liar who tries hard to be ingratiating but kind of sucks at it.

[X-posted at Balloon Juice]

Posted by Betty Cracker on 05/12/12 at 07:07 AM

Categories: PoliticsElection '12Mittens

Friday, May 11, 2012

Worldwide Parody & Satire Industries Collapse

NEW YORK – May 11, 2012 – Roiled by a lengthy Republican primary that featured sickly-wife dumper Newt Gingrich in the role of family values advocate, prissy uterus invader Rick Santorum as a small government champion and multimillionaire vulture capitalist Mitt Romney shedding Armani suits in favor of mom jeans and “work” shirts as he positioned himself as a regular guy (with a car elevator), the global parody and satire industries utterly collapsed Friday.

The market sector had teetered on the verge of collapse this week following an accusation from thrice-married four-times-married drug addict Rush Limbaugh that President Obama had attacked the institution of marriage by coming out in favor of same-sex unions. But some analysts had thought the sector was positioned for recovery.

Those hopes were dashed early Friday when parody and satire futures were bludgeoned by the publication of an opinion piece by 21-year-old single mom Bristol Palin. The daughter of failed vice-presidential candidate and serial quitter Sarah Palin criticized the president for allowing his daughters to influence marriage equality policy, decried the persecution of conservative Christians and urged the president to direct his children since “dads should lead their family.”

“Parody and satire were already on life support thanks to Rush,” said analyst Seymour Butts of the Under the Bleachers Report. “But when Bristol let loose, even hard-bitten industry veterans who had survived the Nixon and Reagan years threw in the towel.”

Most experts were unable to articulate a scenario under which parody and satire could recover. However, at least one long-term analyst envisioned a resurgence contingent upon a direct asteroid strike on the earth that wipes out all existing life, after which single-cell organisms might once more emerge and evolve to acquire language skills.

[X-posted at Balloon Juice]

Posted by Betty Cracker on 05/11/12 at 11:32 AM

Categories: NewsPolitics

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mitt Romney Got Away With It. Probably A Lot.

Jason Horowitz’s WaPo piece revealing young Mitt Romney as a “prankster” whose version of pranking involved on one occasion, walking a visually-impaired teacher into a door and on another, involved physically assaulting another student with scissors in the company of a mob, actually turned the screw for me. My original perception of Romney was “clueless”—I thought he suffered from just a bad case of privileged boobery combined with a mild empathy-impairment. I upgraded my estimate to: “and a gutless coward, too” as the only explanation for his squishy weaseling on the issues not long ago. But that article just made me see a sociopath. That wasn’t the behavior of a dumb kid making mistakes. That was a pattern of preying on the weak and thinking their weakness was amusing. It was intolerance of differences. And I don’t think he learned thing one from his experiences because no one bothered to teach him that it was cruel, or wrong.

From the article:

A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the school’s collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Lauber’s hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.


The incident transpired in a flash, and Friedemann said Romney then led his cheering schoolmates back to his bay-windowed room in Stevens Hall. Friedemann, guilt ridden, made a point of not talking about it with his friend and waited to see what form of discipline would befall Romney at the famously strict institution. Nothing happened.

It’s noted later in the article that Lauber was expelled for smoking.  They are very different things, after all. Administering a beating and a haircut at the head of a mob is a very different thing when you are the son of someone very important from smoking while being a victimized kid of someone….probably not quite as important. I think the lesson young Mitt would have really learned is all too clear—

Whether he acknowledges how and what he learned is, of course, not quite a task Mr. Romney is up to.

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Posted by Vixen Strangely on 05/10/12 at 11:01 PM

Categories: PoliticsElection '12Mittens

Let’s Do the Time Warp Again


Mrs. Mitt seems like a nice enough person—she comes across as exponentially more human than her husband. Admittedly, that’s a low bar since anyone who seemed less human would be relegated to the cargo hold of a commercial airliner without a notarized document from an anthropologist.

But Mrs. Mitt seems as pleasant as a clueless rich lady could possibly be when she’s trying to sell you an animatronic plutocrat with an anti-99%, anti-woman and anti-gay agenda. Sort of like a defanged Lynne Cheney. So I don’t mean to pick on her. But this passage of a Mothers’ Day op-ed she penned for USA Today struck me as odd:

People often ask me what it was like to raise five boys. I won’t sugarcoat it. There were times I wanted to tear my hair out. I can remember visiting my friends’ houses, seeing their daughters’ manners, the way they helped with the chores. Then I would return home to my boys, hoping only that my house was still intact.

Sweet al dente Flying Spaghetti Monster, is she actually suggesting that daughters are universally better mannered and tidier than boys? I’d disabuse her of that notion by posting a picture of my teenage daughter’s room right now, but that would be invading the kid’s privacy. Trust me, I’d stack that girl’s smart mouth and capacity for generating household-roiling mayhem against all five Little Lord Fontleromneys.

But that’s not all that bugs me about the piece. It illustrates something more broad and disturbing—a weird trapped-in-amber vibe to both Romneys, something that can’t really be explained away as a generational thing. They are about the same age as my parents, and though my parents’ political views differ significantly from the Romneys’ (my dad is way to their right and my mom is way to their left—divorced ages ago, obviously!), you can tell my parents experienced the decades that followed 1959 and took away certain lessons, for good or ill.

The Romneys, not so much. To paraphrase a line from “Field of Dreams,” it seems like they had six helpings of the 1950s and landed in the second decade of the 21st century pretty much unscathed. It will be a weird rolling-back in more ways than one if, FSM forbid, Mittens becomes president.

[X-posted at Balloon Juice]

Posted by Betty Cracker on 05/10/12 at 11:27 AM

Categories: PoliticsElection '12Mittens

Romney’s De-evolution Flip Flop Flopsweat

Sometimes wedge issues can give you the mother of all wedgies.

“Well, when these issues were raised in my state of Massachusetts, I indicated my view, which is I do not favor marriage between people of the same gender, and I do not favor civil unions if they are identical to marriage other than by name,” Romney said during a visit to Fort Lupton. “My view is the domestic partnership benefits, hospital visitation rights, and the like are appropriate but that the others are not.”

Mitt Romney, 2012

I have the same view on marriage that I had when I was governor. I believe marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman.
This is a very tender and sensitive topic as are many social issues, but I have the same views I’ve had since running for office.

Mitt Romney, 2012

To the Members of the Log Cabin Club of Massachusetts:

I am writing to thank the Log Cabin Club of Massachusetts for the advice and support you have given to me during my campaign for the U.S. Senate and to seek the Club’s formal endorsement of my election. The Log Cabin Club has played a vital role in reinvigorating the Republican Party in Massachusetts and your endorsement is important to me because it will provide further confirmation that my campaign and approach to government is consistent with the values and vision of government we share.

I am pleased to have had an opportunity to talk with you and to meet many of you personally during your September meeting. I learned a great deal from those discussions and the many thoughtful questions you posed. As a result of our discussions and other interactions with gay and lesbian voters across the state, I am more convinced than ever before that as we seek to establish full equality for Americas gay and lesbian citizens, I will provide more effective leadership than my opponent.

I am not unaware of my opponent’s considerable record in the area of civil rights, or the commitment of Massachusetts voters to the principle of equality for all Americans. For some voters it might be enough for me to simply match my opponent’s record in this area. But I believe we can and must do better. If we are to achieve the goals we share, we must make equality for gays and lesbians a mainstream concern. My opponent cannot do this. I can and will.

We have discussed a number of important issues such as the Federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which I have agreed to co-sponsor, and if possible broaden to include housing and credit, and the bill to create a federal panel to find ways to reduce gay and lesbian youth suicide, which I also support. One issue I want to clarify concerns President Clinton’s “don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t pursue” military policy. I believe that the Clinton compromise was a step in the right direction. I am also convinced that it is the first of a number of steps that will ultimately lead to gays and lesbians being able to serve openly and honestly in our nation’s military. That goal will only be reached when preventing discrimination against gays and lesbians is a mainstream concern, which is a goal we share.

As we begin the final phase of this campaign, I need your support more than ever. By working together, we will achieve the goals we share for Massachusetts and our Nation.


W. Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney, 1994


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Posted by YAFB on 05/10/12 at 08:56 AM

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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Evolution Accomplished

  video platform   video management   video solutions   video player

Well done, Mr. President.

[H/T: ABL at Balloon Juice]

Posted by Betty Cracker on 05/09/12 at 02:56 PM

Categories: LGBTPoliticsBarack Obama

Open Thread


Posted by Betty Cracker on 05/09/12 at 10:32 AM

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Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Santorum’s “Endorsement” of Romney

Shorter Santorum:

Well, at least the Obamacare-inspiring heretic isn’t a blah person.

An endorsement via email? Isn’t that like breaking up with someone on Facebook?

Honest to god, I have zero faith in the American people’s sagacity (the dumb motherfuckers almost elected George W. Bush twice!), and the economy will probably still be in the shitter this November, which should doom the president’s reelection chances under normal circumstances.

But these aren’t normal circumstances. Romney is just an awful, horrible, terrible, heinous, unlikable candidate, and I’m not sure “at least he’s not Obama” will be enough to put Mittens over the top, since that line really only resonates with people insane enough to think Santorum, Gingrich, Perry, Bachmann, Cain, et al, aren’t bug-eyed loons and/or booger-eating idiots.

It’s not exactly where I’d hoped we’d be in the summer of 2012, but hell, I’ll take it.

[X-posted at Balloon Juice]

Posted by Betty Cracker on 05/08/12 at 01:54 PM

Categories: PoliticsBarack ObamaBedwettersElection '12MittensNutters

The Surprising Adventures of Baron von Mitthausen


One fun thing about a GOP campaign that’s permanently fixated on the current news cycle in a world where everybody has the attention span of a goldfish is that you can never guess what’s coming next, and when it does, you can’t remember what it was once it’s happened. Or apparently that’s the hope among Baron von Mitthausen’s minions.

The Baron—always a marvelous fabulist—is dialing it up to 12 with his latest tall tale, as Noreen Malone at New York Magazine reports:

Mitt Romney Tries to Cast Memory Spell Over Nation

Mitt Romney, infamous for penning a 2008 New York Times anti-bailout op-ed entitled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,” declared yesterday in an interview conducted at a Cleveland auto-parts-maker that, in fact, he deserves a great deal of credit for saving the auto industry, and that President Obama had in fact followed his lead, per the Associated Press.

“I pushed the idea of a managed bankruptcy, and finally when that was done, and help was given, the companies got back on their feet,” said Bloomfield Hills’ native son. “So, I’ll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry has come back.”
The new Romney campaign trail feint arrives concurrently with a new ad from the Obama camp, “Go,” in which the president reminds voters of the darkest days of 2008–09, and how Obama handled things like, oh, for instance, the auto bailout with aplomb.

The new Obama ad also echoes a newish Joe Biden catchphrase: Osama Bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive. Romney already went after the first half of the slogan with his recent criticisms of Obama’s decision to use the Bin Laden raid as a campaign talking point and by saying it wasn’t exactly a tough call to make (despite his own stance at the time on the wisdom of the operation); now, it seems, he’s trying to deflate the auto-industry half as well — again, despite his own stance at the time on the wisdom of the operation.

Yup, here was the Baron in black and white back in 2008:

Let Detroit go bankrupt
If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for on Tuesday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.

Without that bailout, Detroit will need to drastically restructure itself. With it, the automakers will stay the course - the suicidal course of declining market shares, insurmountable labor and retiree burdens, technology atrophy, product inferiority and never-ending job losses. Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.

He doubled down on that op-ed even after GM had been granted federal aid:

Romney also spoke out on his opposition to the government loaning money to the industry in 2009, placing some of the blame on Bush.

“Bailout of enterprises that are in trouble, that’s not the right way to go,” Romney told CNN’s Larry King in 2009. “I know President Bush started it with the auto industry. I thought it was a mistake.”

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Posted by YAFB on 05/08/12 at 10:34 AM

Categories: PoliticsElection '12MittensNuttersOur Stupid MediaSkull Hampers

Monday, May 07, 2012

Romney Hears A Wha—?

This audience member in Ohio asked GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney a question about restoring the Constitutional balance of the branches of government, but not before accusing President Obama of treason and “acting outside of the structure of the Constitution”. She wasn’t specific about what she found treasonous in President Obama’s execution of his office, but without missing a beat, Romney gave an answer regarding the awesomeness of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and some right wing boilerplate complaint about Obama’s statement that the Supreme Court finding the ACA unconstitutional would be unprecedented. (Really? Is another Harvard Law school graduate actually going to accuse Obama of not understanding the process of judicial review, when he was talking about the historical precedents in favor of the commerce clause? Actually, that kind of got to me more than blowing off the treason charge did.)

But, wait—what about that claim of treason? Didn’t Mitt find anything a little weird about that?

Well—no!  She did get a little applause for it, after all. These days, I don’t think that sounds too weird to Republicans anymore.  He’s been compared to Hitler and to Chamberlain. The Republicans are just looking for an angle to impeach him over, so, what the hell, why not accuse him of treason? After all, the candidate himself has accused Obama of apologizing for America all over the world (and would he be so good as to tell us where those speeches were so we can queue’em up on YouTube? Oh, that’s right, it’s a damn lie.)  By saying she wanted to see Obama on trial for treason. she was just saying “hello”. It’s not that Obama has to be guilty of treason, after all.

She’d just like to see him on trial for it, is all. Then watch the sentence and the execution thereof. Nothing to see here—just a Republican who wants a Democratic president facing a firing squad. And candidate Romney understands. So he gave a standard reply: Constitution, good. Declaration of Independence good. Obama, dumber than wet paint.

Now, he does develop a sense of endangered rep when called on it later by journos. But in the moment? Why would it sound funky at all? Of course Obama is guilty of treason.  He’s in Mitt Romney’s way.

I’d say it was another episode of Profiles in Something Other Than Courage for Mitt, but if I have to cluck every time he plays the coward I’ll be thinking I’m a chicken before all this is over. And he wasn’t being a coward right there, exactly. He was just being a Republican.

Posted by Vixen Strangely on 05/07/12 at 11:00 PM

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