Selling Romney: “I Care!”

September 27, 2012

photo: David Richard/AP

Look, everybody: his jacket is off! his sleeves are rolled up! he’s sweating! Gosh darn it, Romney is a man who’s working hard to get your vote!

Just as described in the best-selling book “The Selling of the President 1968,” (about the Nixon campaign), a strategy of no-details-on-policy coupled with showing-voters-you’re-working-hard has won in the past.

The Romney campaign began with, and is sticking to, giving no details on policy.

Now, it’s time to show he “cares” about the voters, and is working hard to get their vote. Romney is going through the motions of “working hard”… Now if only he can get rid of that crazed, desperate look in his eyes.


Egyptian Woman Wishes Screaming Protester Husband Would Go Bonkers For Her Once In A While

September 22, 2012



photo: The Onion

“As soon as he hears about a depiction of Muhammad, or some other brazenly evil work of the infidel, there’s this smoldering gleam in his eyes. But he never looks at me like that anymore.”

Read the entire article from The Onion (and other satirical depictions of the news) here.

September 13, 2012

This excellent blog post is from Under the Mountain Bunker

Under the Mountain Bunker

image: soupisnotameal

The reviews on Mitt’s smirking Libyan remarks are endless. Here are a few:

Jonathan Chait:

The miscalculation at work here is that Romney believed his “Apology Tour” method would neatly fit the events at hand — take an event that sort of vaguely resembled an Obama apology to Muslims who don’t like us, twist it around, and call it a day. But Romney had grown accustomed to spinning fantasies cobbled together from months-old Obama speeches and nurtured into legend by extensive repetition and exaggeration in the conservative subculture. What he failed to realize from the outset was that the embassy attack was an immediate, high-profile event that he could not hope to rewrite so brazenly. Forced to confront the yawning chasm between reality and the fantasy he had wallowed in so long, Romney was exposed and, justifiably, discredited.

Daniel Larison:

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Suck It, Rush

September 10, 2012

photo: teleprompter montage by Soda Head 

Mr. Hater, aka Rush Limbaugh, loves to hate people who have written down what they want to say. He developed this rabid hatred of notes after Obama was elected. Limbaugh spent show after show railing against teleprompters like some OCD lunatic.

However, Limbaugh had to abandon his “a-teleprompter-made-him-say-it” mantra after Romney was heard extolling its virtues. “It keeps you from saying something you don’t mean, you get the message out precisely the way you want to get the message out,” Romney told Sean Hannity in 2010.

Enter Bill Clinton, ad-libbing brilliantly to millions during his DNC speech last week.  

He’s better than you, Rush! Smarter! More influential! Loved by many!

And as Limbaugh’s own bile eats away at his insides, his scorn turns out to be a badge of honor.

Just look at Sandra Fluke. She was just a law student speaking out for health coverage for women. Yes, sometimes “the pill” – a contraceptive – is needed when a woman has fibroids, or any number of conditions (besides pregnancy) that men don’t encounter because they don’t have a womb, or ovaries, or fallopian tubes.   

Displaying his ignorance very clearly to at least 51% of the population, Rush called Sandra a slut and asked her to make porn tapes that he could watch.  Were you ad-libbing, Rush?

Now Sandra Fluke is speaking at the DNC,  and you lost a boatload of advertisers.

Erick Erickson’s Penis Monologue

September 6, 2012

CNN “conservative” commentator, Erick Erickson called the first night of the Democratic National Convention, “The Vagina Monologues.”

To be fair, let me quote his tweet exactly: First night of the Vagina Monologues in Charlotte going as expected.”   

A tweet is so quick, one could even call it A Quicky. It was over so fast, gave no pleasure to his partner (employer), and left quite a mess: 34,000 women signed a petition asking CNN to fire him (in less than 24 hours).

It’s ridiculous to reduce a group of people to a piece of their anatomy. But, he’s a professional.

If women speaking about health care, veterans’ rights, and civil rights is just a bunch of talking vaginas, then it is fair to say that Erick Erickson is just a talking penis.

I wish he’d keep it in his pants.

If your penis doesn’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all, Erick!

Wall Street Burned At Burning Man

September 5, 2012

An effigy of Wall Street was built and burned to the ground at Black Rock City, Nevada, during this year’s Burning Man gathering in the desert.

That included: a life-sized replica of the NY Stock Exchange, “Bank of Un-America,” “Goldman Sucks,” “Merrill Lynched,” and “Chaos Manhattan.”

With 70 volunteers, the buildings were built, and on the final day were burned along with “The Man” of Burning Man.

Burn Wall Street” was conceived, designed, and engineered by Oakland, CA, based artist, Otto Von Danger, who told SF Weekly: “Wall Street is manipulating the political parties to divide the Tea Parties and the Occupiers when they both want the same thing. They think of themselves as enemies when the real enemy is the thing that got them both mad in the first place.”

NY Magazine poetically quipped that the site of the burning buildings was also a scene from Hank Paulson’s recurring nightmare.

Mitt Romney Is As Mexican As Elizabeth Warren Is Native-American

September 1, 2012

photo: Mexican Mitt

During the final day of the RNC Convention, a video was shown touting Mitt Romney’s “Mexican Roots.” Wow, what a surprise! Mitt is Mexican? Well, no.

Mitt Romney’s white, American great-grandparents fled to Mexico in 1885 to escape anti-polygamy laws because his great-grandfather was married to four women. At the time, polygamy was legal in Mexico, and lots of Mormons moved there together.

According to ABC news, “It was there in Mexico that Mitt Romney’s grandfather, Gaskell Romney, grew up and where his father, George Romney, was born. Gaskell and George Romney moved back to America before Mitt Romney was born to avoid the violence of the Mexican Revolution.”

Mitt admitted, way before the RNC Convention, that his family never assimilated enough during a couple generations of living in Mexico to even pick up the language.

He has as much Mexican in him as Elizabeth Warren, another white person who claims some exotic ethnicity to gain a few points/votes – in her case in academia, where this blond, blue-eyed lady had the balls to call herself a “minority woman of color.”

Why do they do it? It’s just so bizarre.

In her case, her Native-American roots might be real, and a DNA test might even prove it. Warren says she never used it to get a job; however, Harvard and Penn used the information to make their faculty look more diverse. She listed herself as Native-American in staff directories, although she never said it during her campaign to gain points. A reporter found the information in her employment history.

I don’t want to deride oral history, but if all you have are some family stories, why make the claim? Family lore is unprovable. 1/32 Cherokee? 1/64th? C’mon. If my great-great-grandfather was a red-headed Albanian—which he was—it might be true, but I’m not going to put it on official employment documents. That’s just weird.

In Mitt’s case, he’s not one drop Mexican. Till now, he has never said he was Mexican. But he’s letting his campaign say it; he’s letting his Spanish-speaking son imply it, anything, anything to get elected.

The contradictory element of this story is the guy doesn’t even want to talk about his Mormonism. But his Mormonism is why his ancestors fled to Mexico. His great-grandfather had four wives and 30 children. He was breaking the law. Does Mitt really want to say he’s proud of it?