Not Mitting Around
It doesn't take a lot to impress Mitt Romney. At a campaign stop in Pennsylvania on Sunday, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee told a crowd that he had been astonished by a touch screen computer used to order food at the Wawa gas station chain. "Where do you get your hoagies here?"
A campaign ad that praises Mitt Romney’s performance as governor of Massachusetts presents a slanted view of his record on jobs, unemployment and taxes. To every claim, there is a “yes, but” qualifier. The Romney ad claims that as governor, “Romney had the best jobs record in a decade.” Yes — Massachusetts added more net jobs during Romney’s four years in office than during the four-year period of either his predecessor or successor. But — that ignores the national recessions before and after Romney’s time in office. If you look at how Massachusetts stacked up on job creation compared with other states, Romney actually fared worse than his predecessor and successor.
Hardly a day goes by without a new Mitt Romney lie. Despite being surrounded by media, despite every quote being saved for posterity on YouTube and in cyberspace, the Romney of tomorrow may bear little, if any, resemblance to the Romney of today. In this week’s Time Magazine , contributor, Justin Frank, M.D., weighed in on Mitt Romney’s chronic lying. Two months ago, Gulag Bound catalogued some of Romney’s lies. That was two months ago, two months in which Romney has had multiple daily appearances and multiple opportunities to lie.
NORTHFIELD, OH—Sources at the Gregson-Turner Paper Co. confirmed that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney spent the vast majority of his visit to the company's Ohio-based factory Tuesday yelling at employees to work harder. Romney, who said the stop was an essential part of his tour of America's manufacturing sector, arrived at the facility at approximately 10 a.m. and within minutes began mercilessly hounding workers throughout the plant to "get their acts together" and "start pounding out some paper, c'mon." "You people have been at work for nearly four hours and this is all you have to show for it?
Lawrence O'Donnell took Mitt Romney to task for his evolving comments on the Vietnam War and his deferments that he could have easily turned down if he was ever serious about his statements that he felt the need to serve there. O'Donnell also laid out a stark contrast between someone like boxer Muhammad Ali and his principled stance against the war and refusing to serve there, and Romney who was more than willing to support it as long as it meant someone besides himself being the one to go over there and put their life at risk by joining the military.
This is just creepy. As Lawrence reported on The Last Word last night, Mitt Romney had a police uniform that he used to impersonate a police officer. This account has now been corroborated by another witness. Via National Memo :
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday suggested that Barack Obama had been governing as a "president of doubt and deception." At a campaign event in Saint Louis, the former Massachusetts governor blasted Obama for not understanding the "free enterprise system." "Sadly, it's become clear that this president simply doesn't understand or appreciate these fundamental truths of our economic system," he insisted. "Our government has a moral commitment to help every American to help himself -- him and herself.
LA JOLLA, CA—Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, said Monday that despite her husband's public image as a shameless opportunist with no convictions whatsoever, in private he displays a rare principled side that most people never get to see. In a casual conversation with reporters at the couple's oceanfront home in California, Romney said her husband's many months on the campaign trail had caused some voters to develop a distorted view of her longtime partner, who she said actually possesses numerous core beliefs and ethical values when relaxing in the company of close friends and family. "Sure, on TV, Mitt might seem like a shameless opportunist who stands for absolutely nothing, but at home he's actually just an ordinary guy with a decent sense of morality," Romney said of her partner of 43 years.
Mitt Romney has always had trouble igniting the Republican base, and apparently some key surrogates have now taken to begging for support. Bellicose former U.N. ambassador John Bolton, who has been informally advising Romney on foreign policy, was the keynote speaker at a GOP fundraiser in Iowa last night where he pleaded, “Even if you’re not at this moment an enthusiastic supporter of Gov. Romney, will you please get yourself together in the next three or four months?
I'm not sure how the Republican party came to be known as the party of "compassionate conservatism," unless it was simply because they used to at least pretend to care about the problems of the middle and low-income class people. In this 2007 video of Republican Mitt Romney's exchange with a wheelchair bound man suffering from a rare and deadly form of muscular dystrophy, Romney's compassionate conservatism takes an icy cold form, as he turns his back on the ill young man, Clayton Holton, and walks away without answering his question. This exchange, and others like it, will no doubt keep cropping up to haunt Romney throughout his campaign.
As we’ve explained previously, Mitt “Severe Conservative” Romney is demonstrating time and again that reactionary conservatives, not moderates, would be running the show if he were to be elected President. Today’s post focuses on Romney’s strong support for Robert Bork, the former federal judge and conservative activist whose 1987 nomination to the Supreme Court by President Reagan was rejected 58-42 by a bi-partisan coalition in the U.S. Senate because of his reactionary views about the Constitution, civil rights, and the role of the courts in protecting individual liberties. Since then, it has become clear that Bork’s views are even more reactionary than they appeared in 1987.
Sequester could hamper Wall Street investigations ... which were going so well
Mary Altaffer/Associated Press Mitt Romney with a crowd in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Wednesday. Mr.
The Etch-a-Sketch candidate has done it again and this time it’s about job creation but with a painful twist. Who hasn’t heard the former Governor of Massachusetts talk about the hundred thousand jobs he created during the time he was the head of Bain Capital? It’s been a recurring theme in his campaign and the paramount reason why he says the electorate should trust him, rather than Obama, with the economy.
Mitt Romney decided to double down on his opposition to gay marriage during his commencement address at Liberty University this Saturday. After having the unfortunate circumstance of watching the entire twenty minute speech which aired on C-SPAN, if you thought some of his speeches on the campaign trail were bad, this one was worse. The response from the crowd for the better part of the speech was tepid at best except for the portion where he spoke out against gay marriage, which did get him a healthy round of applause. Romney's presence at the University was not welcomed by all.