Doctor Romney, I Presume?


Mitt Romney’s quest for a “defining moment” took a sharp-turn off-road this week.  In an effort to reconnect with the 47% of “your tired, your weak, your longing to be free of Lyme disease,” Mitt promised the State of Virginia, specifically, that he will find a way to deliver them from the ravages of the deer tick, in a campaign mailer delivered this week.

The mailer (see below: credit: The Weekly Standard) declares the disease a “massive epidemic threatening Virginia” and says that the Republican presidential nominee and his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will do more to fight the spread of the disease by “improving synergy” between agencies and “increasing awareness” among the public.  It is a little-known fact that the disease, carried by tiny ticks that ride on whitetail deer, flourish in environments, such as Virginia’s, where “interdepartmental synergies” are particularly sub-par due to the failures of the Obama administration.

Unlike his opponent, Barack Obama, who rattles on continuously about jobs and boring stuff that affects everyone, Candidate Romney cares deeply about the .00002 percent of the population of battleground states afflicted by Lyme disease, where the tick-borne scourge threatens whole communities of TEA Party activists who conscientiously keep their health insurance up to date and never mooch off the taxpayers.

The mailer’s text is reprinted below, compliments of Huffington Post:

It’s a disease that begins with small bug…

But Lyme Disease has quickly become the most common vector-borne disease in the United States, devastating our families and our pets.

It’s a serious problem - that demands immediate attention.

As president, Mitt Romney will ensure that real action is taken to get control of this epidemic that is wreaking havoc on Northern Virginians.

Ensure that government agencies have an open line of communication and work with patients, researchers, doctors, and businesses in an objective, comprehensive manner.

Work with federal and state health agencies to support Lyme Disease awareness efforts to help prevent further spread of the disease.


Who says this guy’s a cold fish?

P.S.  The more I think about it, the surer I am that one of Romney’s “debate zingers” is going to be about Lyme disease.  POTUS better bone up on this trending topic in a hurry.

Posted by Bette Noir on 09/30/12 at 08:54 AM • Permalink

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If I were charitable, I might surmise that Ann’s struggles with MS led them to awareness of Lyme Disease (the latter can be misdiagnosed as the former—I know a couple of folks to whom this happened).

But I’m not charitable, so forget what I just wrote.

I think it’s Mitt’s roundabout way of trying to get David Frum back on board.

I am so glad the polls currently show this doofus soundly losing the election. I jut hope it stays that way.

Did my part. Absentee ballot in the mail. Not that the rest of oh so red Georgia will agree with me. :P

@domynoe wait a minute!  isn’t one blue vote worth three red votes in oh so red Georgia?

@Bette No idea. All I know is Georgia comes up very very red in most political maps. Not pink. Not red with bits of blue. RED. If I recall correctly, Georgia went to McCain in 2008. It was depressing.

Also, Georgia is one of many states trying to get an exemption from Obama’s health care. I’d move, but can’t afford it, and hub’s culinary career is just starting to get off the ground here, so…stuck.

@domynoe are you at least lucky enough to be in Atlanta?  I remember as a little island of sanity in the surrounding yahoo-ness.

We’re not in Atlanta proper, but where we’re at tends to be quiet in terms of craziness. Thank God.

Oh, and EXCELLENT program for autistic students. My boyo has improved impressively out here. :D

@domynoe wait a minute!  isn’t one blue vote worth three red votes in oh so red Georgia?

Every vote helps to move the needle- whodathunk that North Carolina would be in play?

I canvased this past weekend in an established, obviously well-loved custom home ‘hood, and I have to admit I figured the wealth factor would skew the place to rethug.  I can report that of the few people who did answer the door, all but one was voting Obama. 

I know they keep saying CO is a toss-up, but I think the lean to blue is pretty firm at this point.  I suppose it helps that out and out crazy plutocrats like Joe Coors are running; as one old friend commented yesterday: “every time he opens his mouth, he just sounds more stupid than the last time he opened his mouth”.  Word.

SOAS: I love on-the-ground reports like that. Especially when they’re cheery!

I can’t believe what a big-gummint-liberal Rmoney is turning out to be. People should have the freedom to choose whether they want Lyme disease or not and not have health imposed by Big Brother.


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