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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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Bizarre

Middle Tennessee lands at the center of another national political story, and this one is just too bizarre to be true. Apparently some anonymous group claims it hacked Mitt Romney’s tax returns from the Franklin, TN office of PricewaterhouseCoopers and they are holding the documents for ransom. The Secret Service has seized a supposedly encrypted flash drive and letter that was sent to both the Democratic and Republican parties of Williiamson County.

The thieves want $1 million in bitcoins.

This whole thing is so strange. I’m calling it a scam, but as the Nashville Scene reminds us, Sarah Palin’s e-mail hack came out of Tennessee, too. So who the hell knows.

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Sociopath, Liar or Both?

Interesting. This story hit the media back in May but seems to have been forgotten. Looks like the victim hasn’t forgotten, though:

What I find interesting is the way these kinds of stories are handled in our discourse. Imagine how this story, or an even odder one — say, the whole White Horse Prophecy thing, would be handled if Romney were a Democrat?

For one thing, it probably wouldn’t have started on the front page of the New York Times and Washington Post, discussed for a week, then forgotten as we moved on to the next order of business. No, it most likely would have started as an e-mail FWD:, landing square in the in-boxes of your right-wing relatives. It then would have percolated around the wingnut media — WorldNet Daily and Newsmax, maybe Tucker Carlson’s Daily Fouler Caller. After marinating there for a while, it would bubble up to the level of TV authenticity: Sean Hannity, Fox & Friends, Bill O’Reilly, etc. From there it would jump to the rest of the MSM (cough*cough*CNN!*cough*cough), which just couldn’t ignore the story any longer. By then it would have been repeated so often by so many different “trusted” sources that the 27% would be certain that it’s true, regardless of whether it is or not.

If, as in the case of John Kerry’s Swift Boat record or Obama’s birth certificate, the story ended up being wholly fabricated, well, that’s just more evidence that the media has a liberal bias! By this point the wingnut audience has an emotional attachment to the tale and it will have its own credibility by virtue of its artificial staying power. As the coup de grace, Regnery Publishing will then fast-track a book on the subject by a known author — Jerome Corsi, perhaps, or maybe Richard Miniter — and it will be given an amygdala-tweaking title like “Dangerous Prophecy,” or “Bully For Power.” The book will “land” on the bestseller lists thanks to massive block purchases of the tome by, you guessed it, Newsmax and WorldNet Daily, which then gives it away as a premium to new subscribers or as a premium for registering for some wingnut conference with the word “Freedom” in it. And because our author, say Mr. Corsi or someone else, is now “on the bestseller lists,” he gets to appear on all the talk shows — maybe even The Daily Show or Bill Maher, so those guys can score some “we’re not biased” points. And the story is repeated, and reinforced, and more firmly entrenched in the national narrative than ever before.

This is Introduction To Right Wing Marketing. Call it Wingnut Wurlitzer 101. There is simply nothing comparable on the left. We do not have the phony think tanks, the ones who start with the premise first (“Free markets, good! Regulation, bad! Tax cuts, good! Government, bad!“), then work back from there. We don’t have the newsletters and Patriot Depot-style mass e-mail forwards to known lists of political true believers. Our lefty magazines — Salon and Mother Jones and even Rolling Stone — they don’t have the same heft and influence over the national conversation as the wingnutosphere has over Fox News. In fact, they have zero. The fact is, the right wing fringe dominates conservative messaging, and that in turn has tremendous influence over the national conversation. Progressive media has zero influence over the national conversation. Read an issue of Mother Jones or Grist and tell me how many of those stories you even see mentioned in the national news media on any given day.

No, if Mitt Romney were a Democrat, this would have been handled completely differently. But he’s not a Democrat. He’s a Republican. And this, along with his other highly suspicious behavior — the funny money, or that he used to dress up as a police officer and pull people over for shits and giggles, or the whole weird Mormon thing, is not discussed, but relegated to the obscurity of fringe blogs like this one.

Just thought I’d point that out.

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Mitt Romney, Abortion Profiteer

I just don’t see how much longer the pro-life crowd can keep lying to themselves about Mitt Romney. He’s already been on shaky ground with the fetus-fetishers, thanks to his own unwavering words in support of a woman’s right to choose:

But it’s one thing to be pro-choice because that is the law of the land. Some pro-lifers have defended Romney’s flip-flop thusly: “Well, he had to say stuff like that to have a political career in a liberal state like Massachusetts. What counts are his actions, and he acted pro-life.” Hmm, okay. But did he really? Because it’s looking like that’s another lie. It’s looking like he personally profitted from abortion. Fattened his own wallet with the procedure you guys liken to the holocaust.

The issue of Bain’s investment in Stericycle, a medical waste company that disposes of aborted fetuses, has been percolating for some time. David Corn did an excellent job outlining all of the mounting evidence showing Romney is indeed an abortion profiteer. This Kos piece also contains a lot of good links and other information that should give the anti-choicers pause.

The best defense the anti-choicers have contrived is here. The basic claim is that Stericycle wasn’t in the aborted fetus business until 2003, after even liberals admit Romney was long gone from Bain. But how do they know this? The rabidly homophobic right-wing outfit Repent America said so! Repent America — a group so right-wing, they called President George W. Bush “evil” for appointing a gay ambassador — launched an anti-Stericycle campaign in 2011, but their look into the company’s fetus disposal business only goes back to 2003! So that proves … er, what, exactly? That Repent America only went back to 2003 researching this company?

Yup. Sorry folks, but in 1991 Stericycle began construction on its Washington State medical waste facility, prompting the Seattle Times to report on the company’s many OSHA violations at its Arkansas plant. Among the string of violations listed was this one:

Body parts, fetuses and dead experimental animals – pathological waste the company accepts as a convenience to its clients – were stored, until incineration, in an unmarked cooler, putting employees at risk.

If Stericycle wasn’t in the fetus disposal business, then where did these fetuses come from? It seems to me that Stericycle always handled fetuses as part of its medical waste business. Unless the fetus people want us to believe that the company disposed of fetuses in the 1990s, stopped in 1999, and then started up again in 2003? That scenario needs to be washed down with a healthy dose of right-wing Kool-Aid to be believed.

The other defense we keep hearing is that Romney left Bain in 1999, so “not his fault.” The previously-mentioned OSHA violations make that 1999 date irrelevant. But also, over the weekend that 1999 claim unraveled, as well.

But we also have Stericycle’s 1999 SEC filings, which show Romney as having sole “voting and dispositive power” of stock compromising 11% of the company. All told, the Bain investment in Stericycle comprised 22.64% of Stericycle. As Corn noted:

If Romney had fully retired from the private equity firm he founded, why would he be the only Bain executive named as the person in control of this large amount of Stericycle stock?

Why indeed?

So far the fetus folks have concocted some pretty flimsy arguments in an effort to defend the likely Republican candidate. And none of it holds water. The original argument — “that’s what a Massachusetts Republican has to say to get elected” — should really be the most troubling to these folks. Because what they’re really saying is, Mitt Romney is a man who will say whatever he has to in order to get elected. Which is basically what we on left have been saying about him since forever.

If you’re going to believe that, then you have to accept that Romney is telling you lies now for the same reason. There’s just too much evidence in the memory hole debunking the spin coming from camp Romney on this. It doesn’t add up, and if your basic premise is “he said what he had to in order to get elected,” well, you’ve said a mouthful.

I’m really not trying to concern-troll the pro-lifers, though I realize that’s what this sounds like. No, what I’m trying to do is point out that the Republican Party is poised to nominate someone who not only is on record for being pro-choice, but who actually profited financially from abortion. If this is going to be acceptable to the pro-life “values voters,” then they are bigger hypocrites than even I could have imagined. I mean yes, being “pro-life” while supporting war and the death penalty is definitely hypocritical in my book, but there’s plenty of that stuff in the Old Testament. I can see someone justifying those things with a selective reading of the Bible. I’m not saying I agree with it, because I don’t. But I can see how someone could justify it in their minds.

But this? Nope. No excuse. Mitt Romney is an abortion profiteer and I just don’t see how someone who thinks this is the issue of a generation can vote for him.

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