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The Eternal Victimization Of Mitt Romney

You may have heard that His Royal Mittster and Ladye Anne Mittster, aka, Mitt and Ann Romney, appeared on Fox News Sunday. A lot of choice excerpts from that appearance have been making the rounds, including Ann’s blaming the media for not giving Mitt “a fair shake” and Mitt blaming all the poors and their free Obamaphones.

Oh the poor dears. It’s all just so unfair!

But no, what everyone seems to have missed is this, regarding his “unfortunate” 47% comment (and you need to watch the video at the link to hear it):

“It was a very unfortunate statement that I made. It’s not what I meant, I didn’t express myself as I wished I would have. When you speak in private, you don’t spend as much time thinking about how something could be twisted and distorted and can come out wrong and be used …”

“When you speak in private??? Let’s remember where Mitt’s infamous 47% remark was made: at a $50,000 a plate fundraiser at the Boca Raton, Florida, home of controversial private equity manager Marc Leder.

Mother Jones reported there were 150 people in attendance at the event. That’s not exactly “speaking in private.” It is speaking to people who share your elitist views about “makers” and “takers.” By those standards, I suppose giving an interview to Fox News could qualify as “speaking in private.”

Mitt still doesn’t get it. He’s playing the victim, whaah it’s so unfair that he was secretly recorded having a private conversation with one other person in an elevator! Except that’s not what happened. He was giving a campaign speech to 150 like-minded elites at a massive fundraiser for people just like him. Of course he said what he meant. Of course he said what he believed. He said what everyone else in that room believed, except the underpaid busboy or bartender with the courage to make that tape.

Sorry, Mitt and Ann. We saw you “you people” for exactly for who you are and we said, no thanks.

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Mitt Is Never Ever Going Away

[UPDATE]:

OMG. There’s another one:

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Mitt buying Cheerio’s? This is the weirdest image rehabilitation campaign EVER.

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First there was Mitt Romney pumping gas:

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Then there was Mitt Romney at Disneyland:

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Then there was Mitt Romney at CostCo:

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And now we have Mitt Romney at the Pacquiao-Marquez fight:

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Am I the only one who finds all of these “he’s just like us” Mitt sightings a bit weird? The Las Vegas fight pic may be the outlier here, but all of the others seem like tone deaf attempts to humanize the Mitt-bot. The same kind of strange stuff we saw during the campaign.

You know, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit to learn Mitt was trying to keep the door open. Or if not Mitt, then Ann. They were that close, I can hear them thinking; with the national mood turning against those Tea Party crazies, Mitt could really have a chance next time!

I can hear Ann whispering in his ear: “Mitt, you could run as the sensible, moderate Republican you always wanted to run as! That you should have run as! But you couldn’t, because of the fringey, white trash base! There’s still a shot, darling! The country’s mood has changed! It’s still our turn!”

I mean, seriously. They’re that out of touch, that insulated from reality. And Mitt is the master flip-flopper, as well as the master of self-delusion.

Nope, a Romney 2016 exploratory committee would not surprise me one bit. Why on earth wouldn’t he, unless all of his Wall Street buddies decided they had better things to do with their money and told him to hit the road?

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Garage Full Of Campaign Supporters

Good grief. Check out Mitt Romney’s campaign tumblr, just now:

A “garage full of supporters”? Is that anything like “binders full of women”? Dude, you sure you’re not standing in front of a Foxconn factory in China?

What the hell is wrong with these people? Who thought having Mitt Romney waving outside a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire was good optics? Especially in light of recent reports like this one.

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Factories Full Of Women

This video about Mitt Romney’s China dealings is making the rounds:

Around the 0:45 mark you can hear Romney talking about a tour he took of a Chinese factory. You hear him talk about how awful the living conditions are in these factories, how many hours a day these people work, the crappy wages, and how they live 12 girls crammed into one room, with one tiny bathroom serving 10 rooms. And how the factory is surrounded by a huge fence with barbed wire and guard towers. Take it away, Mitt:

And we said, “Gosh I can’t believe how you keep these girls in. And they said, ‘No, no, no. This is to keep other people from coming in! Because people want so badly to come work in this factory that we have to keep them out or they’ll just come in here and start working and try to get compensated! This is to keep people out!’”

Riiiiight. Mitt Romney is either dumber than a box of hammers or he thinks his audience is.

I wonder if he thinks this is a plan for American workers? I’ll bet he does.

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Romney’s Tax Plan

Finally, those elusive details we’ve all been waiting for.

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Creepiest Mitt Romney Video Yet

Y’all, if ever we had any doubts that the Romneys might be pod people from outer space, this video has completely settled the matter:

And the money quote:

“Bain Capital is an investment partnership which was formed to invest in startups and ongoing companies, then to take an active hand in managing them and, hopefully, five to eight years later, to harvest them at a significant profit.”

Harvest?? Are you kidding me? Like the way we “harvest” a cadaver for organs? So, you folks who worked for AmPad, Sensata Technologies, and CSI: you were “harvested” for the sake of Bain’s profits. Hey, Randy Johnson of Marion, Indiana — you and your fellow employees just got “harvested.” Sucks to be you. You didn’t need that kidney, did you?

So this is how the ownership class looks on the rest of us peons. Right, you “nails ladies” and lower income folks, you just don’t understand how it works, you don’t get it. You need to remember that your purpose in this life is to someday be harvested by the 1%.

I mean, Jesus. Bain Capital is supposed to be the reason Romney is qualified to be president. And the soulless, sadistic “harvesting” of American jobs and intentional bankrupting of American companies so they can be “harvested” for profit is not a selling point for most of us. Romney didn’t build that, he just “harvested” it.

{shudders}

Can someone tell me what the hell is wrong with these people? Are they completely incapable of talking like normal humans? Is there some kind of human emotion chip missing or something?

Oh and by the way, in case you missed it, yesterday Ann Romney told an interviewer that her biggest concern if her husband gets elected is for his mental health. What the hell? Honey, is there something you should be telling the rest of the country?

I’m going to echo this guy who noticed that whenever a Romney tries to humanize Mitt, they just make him sound like a sadist or a sociopath. Seriously, just shut up already. Every time you guys tell a supposedly charming and heartwarming Mitt Romney story the rest of the country recoils in horror.

Ill Doctrine: What is the Polite Way to Tell Mitt Romney’s Family That We Think He’s a Weirdo? from ANIMALNewYork.com on Vimeo.

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“Screw ‘em”

Oh goodie, we get to talk about Mitt Romney’s taxes now. { giggles }

Seriously, there’s not much I can say that wouldn’t just be piling on an already ample avalanche of criticism for Mitt Romney’s obvious contempt of Americans. Let me just direct people to Jonathan Chait, who takes those bogus comparisons to Obama’s “clinging to guns and religion” remark and makes this obvious distinction:

Obama was aspiring to become president of all of America, even that part most hostile to him, in the belief that what they shared mattered more than what divided them. Romney genuinely seems to conceive of the lowest-earning half of the population as implacably hostile parasites.

This attitude is standard among Republicans. We saw it all during the Bush years, this notion that people who didn’t vote for the president don’t matter. We heard it from Rove and Cheney and everyone in that Administration: Bush was president of the people who voted for him and screw the rest. This is what Republicans believe, to their core: to the victor go the spoils (and to the loser go the spoils too, if that loser is a Republican!). We saw it with obstructionist Republicans on the night of President Obama’s inauguration, people like our own Sen. Bob Corker, who met at a fancy to dinner to plot to make the newly-elected president a one-termer, not try to work across the aisle to pull the nation out of the worst financial crisis in over a generation. We saw it in Speaker John Boehner, who in the midst of the debt crisis negotiations refused to take President Obama’s phone call. This is the difference between Republicans and Democrats. Republicans believe you just have an obligation to the people who agree with you, not the nation as a whole. It’s at the core of who they are.

The other thing I need to point out is that Romney shows his ignorance of why so many people do not pay taxes in this country. A lot of it is because of policies that Republicans pushed for, going all the way back to the days of Saint Ronald. I’m talking child tax credits, mortgage deductions, “tax reform” and the like. The other reason is a large number of them are retired or elderly and have no income to be taxed. And finally, has anyone pointed out that after 30 years of lowering taxes, suddenly it sounds like a Republican candidate is criticizing low/no taxes? How weird is that?

Of course, he’s not saying that. He’s saying people who don’t pay taxes are dependent on the government and don’t have that “personal responsibility” to go and make something of their lives. This is so patently false and insulting that it’s no wonder he’s gotten into trouble. I mean, you can’t have it both ways: you can’t make tax breaks and low taxes the centerpiece of your every waking thought, and then tell people who aren’t paying taxes based on policies your side promoted that they’re useless leeches. Also? A lot of those people — especially the senior citizens, who make up the majority of the no-income-tax crowd — are your core voters. So, major fail.

I’m remembering at one of these Hamptons fundraisers — maybe even this one, where this recording was made — the guests were recorded saying things like how “the nails ladies” just don’t understand “how the world works.” Something to that effect. So that just shows you how endemic this Romney elitist worldview is. It’s gross, but no surprise.

And finally, I have to say one thing about Romney’s claim that 47% of Americans are “dependent on the government” and 53% are not. Let’s just set aside the dubious math here and point out that all of us are dependent on the government for something, at some point. Whether it’s keeping the country safe from invading armies or keeping the roads in working order or operating the prisons and jails that keep the criminals locked up, or making sure the Lear Jet can take off and land without running into a commercial airliner, everyone is dependent on the government to some degree.

The fact that one group recognizes this and the other does not tells you everything you need to know about the differing worldviews of the two political parties. I think failing to recognize the government’s impact on every citizens’ life pretty much disqualifies you from being put in charge of it.

[UPDATE]:

Another round of Romney fundraiser video was released today, and this one is possibly even worse. Asked about peace in the Middle East he said:

Romney was indicating he did not believe in the peace process and, as president, would aim to postpone significant action: “[S]o what you do is, you say, you move things along the best way you can. You hope for some degree of stability, but you recognize that this is going to remain an unsolved problem…and we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it.

Magic! Isn’t that the Republican solution to everything? Just hold off taking any action at all and hope something magically happens to solve it?

So not ready to be president.

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