Thursday, July 12, 2012

“F” is for Fake, Felon or Fraud 2: The Real Romney?

(Yeah—I did just double-post and had to quickly edit But this is appropos.)

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

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Another Audience, Another Mitt

Note: Heh. You wait 12 hours for a post and two come along at the same time! Vixen’s on the nightshift about this same issue, and has a video link. Check it out.

Mitt Romney is on some sort of roll right now. Hotfoot from his stellar performance at the NAACP Convention, which, as intended, is going down a treat in the rightwing media, he headed straight for a fundraiser at the Daly Mansion in Hamilton, Montana. Buzzfeed reports his remarks to the audience of 150 donors:

“I had the privilege of speaking today at the NAACP convention in Houston and I gave them the same speech I am giving you. I don’t give different speeches to different audiences alright,” he said.

Perhaps inevitably, Romney then proceeded to give a different speech to this different audience:

“When I mentioned I am going to get rid of Obamacare they weren’t happy, I didn’t get the same response,” Romney added. “That’s ok, I want people to know what I stand for and if I don’t stand for what they want, go vote for someone else, that’s just fine.”
“But I hope people understand this, your friends who like Obamacare, you remind them of this, if they want more stuff from government tell them to go vote for the other guy—more free stuff.

From what I’ve seen on the Web so far tonight, plenty of people are doing a whole scad of reminding. For context, Mitt expanded:

But don’t forget nothing is really free. It has to paid for by people in the private sector creating goods and services, and if people want jobs more than they want free stuff from government, then they are going to have to get government to be smaller. And if they don’t want to repeal Obamacare they are going to have to give me some other stuff they are thinking about cutting ...


... but my list takes Obamacare off first and I have a lot of other things I am thinking of cutting.”


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Posted by YAFB on 07/11/12 at 10:18 PM

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Yeah, It’s About that “Other Guy”....

(Video link here.)

Romney himself has said at this point that he expected that he wouldn’t get a warm reception from the NAACP audience.  It’s just really clear to me that he doesn’t entirely understand why he didn’t exactly “make friends and influence people” there. He also expects to get African-American votes.  If Pat Buchanan got votes from Jewish seniors in Florida, I guess anything is possible.

Posted by Vixen Strangely on 07/11/12 at 10:00 PM

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Less an NAACP Convention, More a Gong Show

Mitt Romney took his customary patrician charm to the NAACP. The results were predictable.

I believe that if you understood who I truly am in my heart, and if it were possible to fully communicate what I believe is in the real, enduring best interest of African-American families, you would vote for me for president.

Aw, cuuuute.

That went so well, he gave an encore:

And here he is fully communicating:

Speaking at the NAACP conference in Houston, Texas, Mitt Romney asserted that he would repeal “wasteful” programs that don’t promote job growth. “Including Obamacare,” Romney said, to a resounding chorus of boos from the crowd.

I think the only way it could have gone better is if he’d turned up in blackface and talked about how much he liked chittlins while moonwalking.

The Guardian‘s inimitable Richard Adams has the full grisly blow-by-blow here. His chief takeaway:

What will be overlooked in discussion of the booing of Mitt Romney is what he actually called healthcare reform: a “non-essential programme”.

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Posted by YAFB on 07/11/12 at 10:52 AM

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

You Wouldn’t Like Mitt When He’s Angry, You Guys.

Via Buzzfeed, Mitt Romney is “fed up” with all these attacks about his outsourcing and stuff. Just because jobs that used to be in the US were moved to other countries does not either make him an outsourcer.

He’s an off-shorer, folks. Get it straight.

But anyhow, he’s going to open up a non-small container of posterior assault on the Obama campaign by calling them lying liar-faces.  Really.  Serial liar Mitt Romney is going to call his opponent a liar.  That’s rich.

(Yeah. And so is Mitt—from his weirdly successful IRA to his eyes-wide-shut trust situation. As if we need reminding.)

Oh, and the other thing he’s going to do?  Call Obama the “outsourcer-in-chief.”  That’s right. “I know you are, but what am I?”

If none of these things work, be sure to look out for the “purple nerple”.

(X-Posted at Strangely Blogged.)

Posted by Vixen Strangely on 07/10/12 at 11:13 PM

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Monday, July 09, 2012

I get mail

It occurs to me that some of you may not have deranged relatives who forward absurd anti-Obama emails. It also occurs to me that it would be selfish to hog all the wingnutty goodness, so here’s an excerpt of an email forward that landed in my inbox last week:

Forwarded as received, but without comment, please do the same. Yes, he told us in advance what he planned to do. Few were listening.

The following is a narrative taken from a 2008 Sunday morning televised “Meet The Press.”

From Sunday’s 07 Sept. 2008, 11:48:04 EST, Televised “Meet the Press” the then Senator Obama was asked about his stance on the American Flag.

General Bill Ginn, USAF (ret.), asked Obama to explain WHY he doesn’t follow protocol when the National Anthem is played.

‘Senator’ Obama replied: “As I’ve said about the flag pin, I don’t want to be perceived as taking sides…..” “There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression….” “The anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air, and all that sort of thing.”


Obama continued:, “The National Anthem should be ‘swapped’ for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song ‘I’d Like To Teach the World To Sing.’ If that were our anthem, then I might salute it. In my opinion, we should consider reinventing our National Anthem as well as ‘redesign’ our Flag to better offer our enemies hope and love. It’s my intention, if elected, to Disarm America to the level of acceptance to our Middle East Brethren. If we, as a Nation of warring people, conduct ourselves like the nations of Islam, where peace prevails - - - perhaps a state or period of mutual accord could exist between our governments ......”

“When I become President, I will seek a pact of agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity, and a freedom from disquieting oppressive thoughts . We as a Nation, have placed upon the nations of Islam, an unfair injustice, which is WHY my wife disrespects the Flag, and she and I have attended several flag burning ceremonies in the past.”


My wife and I look forward to becoming our Country’s First black Family. Indeed, CHANGE is about to overwhelm the United States of America.”


If you go to (which I always advise the forwarders and everyone cc’d to do prior to hitting “send”—to no avail), you’ll find that the absurd dialogue attributed to President Obama was from a satirical piece, a thing that should be immediately obvious to any sentient creature. But the people who forward emails like this to their entire contact list apparently believe it is plausible that then-candidate Obama went on Meet the Press and:

1) Proposed changing the national anthem to “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing”
2) Advocated disarming the US to please “our Middle Eastern Brethren”
3) Admitted attending flag-burning ceremonies with the future First Lady
4) Threatened to overwhelm America with blackity-black-black-oogity-boogity prior to the 2008 election.

Here’s the thing for all those who are—as I often am—tempted to assume the 27% comprises only mumbling old coots who spend all day in urine-stained Barcoloungers watching Fox News and cleaning replica Civil War rifles: People who are gullible enough to find that email plausible aren’t necessarily drooling morons, at least about ALL topics.

They rotate your tires. They vaccinate your children. They process your cable bills. And they vote. Sweet dreams!

[X-posted at Balloon Juice]

Posted by Betty Cracker on 07/09/12 at 09:13 PM

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TBogg: Funniest Motherfucker in the Universe

I simply adore the Basset Master for posts like this one. An excerpt, in which a pair of whiny dickheads who discovered to their horror that Barack Obama is—gasp! a politician!—are righteously ridiculed:

And what is Michael Zambrelli’s greatest achievement in life? Well, he is the man who helped to rebrand Chuck E. Cheese from a teenager forced into wearing a moth-eaten rat costume reeking of sweat, old cheese and minimum wage while entertaining packs of feral children eating slightly warm cardboard and ketchup-flavored pizza when they’re not cavorting in one of those Ball Pits of Childhood Diseases into a backwards-hat-wearing “hip, electric-guitar-playing rock star” just like Scott Stapp but with less Jesus.

Maybe it’s because I once had to crawl into a urine-stinking human Habitrail at Chuck E. Cheese and haul out a naked feral child who was blocking the exit chute, thus entrapping a dozen children, including my then five-year-old daughter, that I found TBogg’s description so howlingly funny. Or maybe it’s just because TBogg is the funniest motherfucker in the universe. Rock on, Mr. Bogg.

Posted by Betty Cracker on 07/09/12 at 04:39 PM

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Class Warfare. Oh, it’s on.

I don’t really have much to say about this heart-warming article about Romney donors, except that, no, wait.  Listen, why don’t I just post the bit that made my jaw drop, and you all can take it from there, okay?

A New York City donor a few cars back, who also would not give her name, said Romney needed to do a better job connecting. “I don’t think the common person is getting it,” she said from the passenger seat of a Range Rover stamped with East Hampton beach permits. “Nobody understands why Obama is hurting them.

“We’ve got the message,” she added. “But my college kid, the baby sitters, the nails ladies—everybody who’s got the right to vote—they don’t understand what’s going on. I just think if you’re lower income—one, you’re not as educated, two, they don’t understand how it works, they don’t understand how the systems work, they don’t understand the impact.”

Now, don’t any of you all mind me, I’ll just be back in the shed sharpening the pitchforks and fixing the torches.

Posted by Vixen Strangely on 07/08/12 at 08:34 PM

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Saturday, July 07, 2012

Mitt Romney—Meet Your Base; Base—Meet Mitt Romney

Yesterday, during his bus tour, President Obama breakfasted at Ann’s Place in Akron, OH, where he met the owner, Josephine “Ann” Harris. An hour or so after the visit, Ann Harris—who had been suffering from ill health for some time and had a medical history of recent heart attacks and a stroke—was taken ill, and died not long after in hospital.

Such a sad coincidence is no doubt newsworthy, judging by the coverage in media from the exalted HuffPo to the lowly wingnut blogs. Drudge carried a link to the original report in the Akron Beacon Journal, and from there the newswires and numerous bloggers picked up the news.

Gawker carried a straight report, “Owner of Ohio Restaurant Passed Away Shortly After Serving POTUS Breakfast,” which sparked the commenters there to vie in wry speculation about how Fox News might cover Ann Harris’s passing, the suggestions including “Fox news: ‘Obama kills elderly woman,’” “Obama bad for small business owners,” “Obama Begins Enforcement of Death Panels,”  and “Obama’s lead in Ohio narrows.”

These folks know their rightwing media well enough, but Fox News’s coverage was straitlaced in this instance: “Ohio restaurant owner dies shortly after meeting Obama.” However, it spawned a flurry of activity on Twitter.

You see, there’s one small detail that makes a big, big difference when you dangle a story like this in front of some: Ann Harris was an avid supporter of President Obama, and had been thrilled by the visit:

You know it’s great,” Harris, 70, said Friday morning, shortly after Obama left her family-owned restaurant on South Hawkins Avenue.

Harris, who didn’t know Obama planned to visit until earlier that morning, sat at a booth with a wet towel around her neck.

“He treated us like one of the brothers,” she said. “He hugged all of us and ... got his picture taken with all of us.”

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Posted by YAFB on 07/07/12 at 11:28 AM

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Thursday, July 05, 2012

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Mitt Romney?

Damn if I know, but this article is pretty damn fascinating:

Romney’s advisers insisted that he would keep his inner circle intact amid growing concerns about the Republican presidential candidate and his campaign. The tempest began with a weekend tweet from media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and burst Thursday onto the pages of his newspaper the Wall Street Journal, as its conservative editorial board opined that Romney’s advisers were “slowly squandering an historic opportunity” to beat President Obama.

By day’s end, talk radio host Laura Ingraham had asked listeners whether the vacationing candidate should “get off the jet ski,” and influential commentator William Kristol, who recently returned from a private retreat with Romney and his senior strategists, had bemoaned the campaign’s “dangerous self-delusion.” Without a course correction, Kristol posited, Romney would suffer the same fate as the last two presidential nominees from Massachusetts, Michael Dukakis and John F. Kerry, both Democrats.

Romney’s advisers strongly rejected the course-correction suggestion but said they have been in the process of recruiting more political muscle to his Boston-based headquarters.

The campaign plans to bolster its rapid response and overall messaging operations and to assemble a senior staff for the eventual vice presidential running mate, according to strategists close to the campaign. They said some Republicans who have been informally advising the campaign may assume more official duties, including appearing as surrogates on television. The strategists said the moves could be announced as early as next week.

Up for a game of musical deck chairs on the SS Titanic, anyone?

As might be fitting to a meditation on the relative merits of Romney as candidate, I am of several minds regarding what the GOP candidate and/or his staff is doing wrong. For one thing, access to the mainstream media is really essential—they don’t mind being nicknamed and fed turkey and whatnot, so long as they get the odd quote—oh wait. Sometimes Mitt gives the very odd quote. That might not be so ideal. For another, they might want to dial back on relying on Ann Romney as a surrogate to “humanize” Mitt. Seriously, whenever she comes out to make Mitt seem more sympathetic, I actually find myself wondering what her deal is.

I guess they could give more policy specifics out, if their plans weren’t one part what the swine bathed in and one part what the cattle rancher stepped in. Then again, Romney could run on his record as a public figure, if the GOP didn’t hate everything he did and said back then. Or maybe run on Romney’s career as a successful businessman, if he wasn’t a vulture-capitalist job-outsourcing probable tax cheat.

Is the problem really the staff? Or could we safely call it the candidate by this point?

(X-posted at Strangely Blogged)

Posted by Vixen Strangely on 07/05/12 at 10:18 PM

Categories: PoliticsElection '12MittensNuttersOur Stupid Media

Does Our Mr. Brooks Really Think We Should Replace Obamacare With . . . Obamacare?


Either the altitude at the Aspen Ideas Festival has gone to Bobo’s head or he’s making no bones about the fact that he doesn’t read the sources he pulls quotes from.  Possibly both?

He starts out by delivering the news that the ACA will actually throw millions of people off of their health insurance policies.  Or not?

The law also creates the sort of complex structures that inevitably produce unintended consequences. The most commonly discussed perverse result is that millions of Americans will lose their current health insurance.

A report by the House Ways and Means Committee found that 71 of the Fortune 100 companies have an incentive to drop coverage. But nobody really knows what’s going to happen. A Congressional Budget Office study this year estimated that 20 million could lose coverage under the law or perhaps 3 million could gain employer coverage. Or the number could be inside or outside the range.

Got it.  Clear as, uh, mud.  And those “Fortune 100 companies” would have one pretty good incentive to not drop coverage - retaining employees.  People tend to expect such little bennies from their Fortune 100 companies.

He then goes on to, without citation, predict dire consequences for both Medicare and Medicaid before snapping out that the ACA doesn’t even do anything to fix underlying problems in the current system:

The law threatens to do all this without even fixing the underlying structures that make the American health care system so inefficient. It fails to fix the fee-for-service system that rewards people for the volume of services provided. It fails to fix the employer tax exemption that hides costs and encourages overspending.

All of which is rather masterfully debunked by Josh Bivens of the Economic Policy Institute (via driftglass).

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Posted by marindenver on 07/05/12 at 03:48 PM


Tango-horse lady Ann Romney is sick of Democratic meanies picking on her Mitt, you guys!

Ann Romney said it’s all part of a plan to portray her husband “in a light that is just completely wrong… they don’t’ get him at all.” Pressed by Crawford on what qualities in her husband she sees most misrepresented, she said, that “he’s not as approachable as I am or something like that. That’s like, really kind of funny to me because it’s all - it’s all backwards.” ... One opening the pair has to usher in an “everyday” persona is their search for a running mate.

That really is the perfect way to relate to the everyday American. I wish I had a nickel for every time I’ve struggled to find the perfect running mate, preferably one who would match my curtains and kind of tie the room together.

[X-posted at Balloon Juice]


Posted by Betty Cracker on 07/05/12 at 09:53 AM

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Wednesday, July 04, 2012

“One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other—Honest.”

I’d intended to take a break from the old politics things today in observance of your holiday and all that, but apparently The Flipflopper-in-Chief never sleeps:

Directly contradicting his senior adviser, Eric Fehrnstrom, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney told CBS that the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate is “a tax.”

Earlier this week, Fehrnstrom said in a TV appearance that Romney has the same view as the White House on the individual mandate: that it’s a penalty, rather than a tax. Romney instituted a state-level mandate to buy health insurance as governor of Massachusetts.

But Romney shifted gears in a sit-down with Jan Crawford, declaring that President Barack Obama broke his pledge not to raise taxes by imposing the individual mandate.

“While I agreed with the dissent, that’s overtaken by the fact that the majority of the Court said it’s a tax and therefore it is a tax. They have spoken. There’s no way around that,” Romney said. “The American people know that President Obama has broken the pledge he made — said he wouldn’t raise taxes on middle-income Americans.”

CBS hasn’t posted the full video of Romney’s interview yet, so it’s not clear if Romney addressed Fehrnstrom’s comments, or whether his remarks on the mandate today mean he also raised taxes in Massachusetts. Republicans have urged Romney to campaign comprehensively against the law known as Obamacare, even if that means talking around his record as governor.
UPDATE II: In longer interview excerpts released by the Romney campaign, the Republican candidate argues that there’s a distinction between a state mandate and a federal mandate when it comes to taxation. The Supreme Court said the federal government can only impose a mandate as a tax, Romney argues, but that doesn’t mean a state mandate has to be defined as a tax.

Talk around this, Mitt:

Massachusetts is a model for getting everybody insured. The right way to proceed is to reform healthcare. That we can do as we did it in Massachusetts.—Governor Mitt Romney

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Posted by YAFB on 07/04/12 at 04:01 PM

Happy Independence Day


How are you celebrating this auspicious holiday?

Open thread.

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Posted by YAFB on 07/04/12 at 07:24 AM

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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Will Willard Slink Away from the Healthcare Debate?

The Romney camp may roll over and piddle on its belly rather than engage in the healthcare debate, according to the National Journal (via General Stuck in the open thread):

Romney Campaign Declaring Cease Fire on Health Care

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court health care ruling, the early conventional wisdom was that an unfavorable health care ruling at the court would be good for Republicans politically, even as it was a serious policy setback for conservatives. But that’s not shaping up to be the case. Mitt Romney, after giving a brief statement decrying the decision, has been virtually silent on criticizing the health care law. He’s been on vacation and his campaign has been giving off clear signals that it doesn’t want to make health care a major part of the election.

I don’t buy this. Sure, Romney is vulnerable on healthcare since he enacted a virtually identical scheme in Massachusetts and the Republicans have nothing to offer to replace the ADA except “Die at great expense in the emergency room, poors!”

But since when have astounding hypocrisy and cruelty ever interfered with a Republican talking point? Maybe Willard really is too busy concocting schemes to trip a toddler grandchild and take the gold in the Romney Olympics sack race to bother with this shit right now, and his team is regrouping in the Sister Wives cabins to plan the attack.

Cease fire my ass. We haven’t even begun to hear the lies and demagoguery yet, is my guess.

[X-posted at Balloon Juice]

Posted by Betty Cracker on 07/03/12 at 09:15 AM

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