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Romney ’47 Percent’ Remark Is Yale Quote of the Year

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The associate librarian at Yale Law School has released his list of notable quotes for the year, and Mitt Romney’s two huge campaign gaffes are numbers one and two.

Romney’s “47 percent” remarks is number one on the list (I wrote about that gaffe here), and his “binders full of women” remarks were number two (I wrote about that gaffe here).

Prezzy O made the list, too. Number three on the list, likely due to the trumped-up freakout by the Republican Party with a big assist from the media, is Obama’s “you didn’t build that” comments, which only counts as a gaffe if you ignore the context of the remarks, which the GOP and media gleefully and idiotically did. In fact, it still irritates me that the “gaffe” got as much air as it did. But I’m not going to start setting any small fires, because my man won the election. Still — media? You fail.

And, hilariously, number four on the list is Obama’s Libya smackdown during the foreign policy debate: “Please proceed, governor.”

Via HuffPo:

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s comments about 47 percent of the population dependent on the government and “binders full of women” topped this year’s best quotes, according to a Yale University librarian.

Fred Shapiro, associate librarian at Yale Law School, released his seventh annual list of the most notable quotations of the year.

“Debate remarks and gaffes actually seemed to play an important role in the ups and downs of the election campaign and may even have affected the ultimate outcome of the election,” Shapiro said.

Romney, who lost the November election to President Barack Obama, made the 47 percent comment at a private fundraiser in May that was secretly recorded and posted online in September by Mother Jones magazine.

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what … who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims. … These are people who pay no income tax. … and so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives,” Romney said.

Romney spoke about reviewing “binders full of women” as governor when he sought to diversify his Massachusetts administration.

“It contributed to an image of him as being somewhat out of touch and maybe particularly out of touch with issues related to women,” Shapiro said.

Obama made the list, too, for his “you didn’t build that” comment, his contention that people who built businesses had help, from teachers, family and other supporters – and sometimes the government.

Poor Mitt Romney. All he’s going to be remembered for is his gaffetastic campaign run, and getting his ass handed to him by a black man.

::cue Nelson laugh::

*** Check HuffPo for the full list.

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Mitt Romney’s Sad Trombone

It’s still a goddamn Mittastrophe.

If Mitt Romney wasn’t such a lying douchebag who played to the worst elements of his base with repeated racist, classist, misogynist, and every-other-kind-of-ist-you-can-imagine comments, I might feel sorry for him. No wait — I probably wouldn’t.

Via WaPo:

SAN DIEGO — The man who planned to be president wakes up each morning now without a plan.

Mitt Romney looks out the windows of his beach house here in La Jolla, a moneyed and pristine enclave of San Diego, at noisy construction workers fixing up his next-door neighbor’s home, sending regular updates on the renovation. He devours news from 2,600 miles away in Washington about the “fiscal cliff” negotiations, shaking his head and wondering what if.

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The defeated Republican nominee has practically disappeared from public view since his loss, exhibiting the same detachment that made it so difficult for him to connect with the body politic through six years of running for president. He has made no public comments since his concession speech in the early hours of Nov. 7, and avoided the press last week during a private lunch with President Obama at the White House. Through an aide, Romney declined an interview request for this story.

After Romney told his wealthy donors that he blamed his loss on “gifts” Obama gave to minority groups, his functionaries were unrepentant and Republican luminaries effectively cast him out. Few of the policy ideas he promoted are even being discussed in Washington.

“Nothing so unbecame his campaign as his manner of leaving it,” said Robert Shrum, a senior strategist on Democratic presidential campaigns. “I don’t think he’ll ever be a significant figure in public life again.”

Yet friends insist Romney is not bitter. Bitterness, said one member of the family, “is not in the Romney genetic code.”

One longtime counselor contrasted Romney with former vice president Al Gore, whose weight gain and beard became a symbol of grievance over his 2000 loss. “You won’t see ‘heavyset, haggard Mitt,’” he said. Friends say a snapshot-gone-viral showing a disheveled Romney pumping gas is just how he looks without a suit on his frame or gel in his hair.

Well, at least he’s not gonna get fat like Al Gore, mirite?

(h/t Baud)

[cross-posted at Balloon Juice]

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If You Voted for Obama, You Probably Are On Food Stamps and Like Free Stuff

20121115-111736.jpgThe bizarre fantasies that conservatives will concoct in order to ignore the fact that We the You People rejected their Randian utopia has officially reached Level Ridiculous, with this gem from some fresh-faced assclown who writes for CNS News and calls himself Ron Meyer:

If all 47 million food stamp recipients voted for President Obama, it would account for 75.4 percent of Obama’s 62.3 million votes.

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Not everyone on food stamps votes or votes Democrat (and no one polls this subset of the population), and I don’t want to overstate the effects of the growth in welfare.

If citizens vote in their own personal, short-term interests, with 49 percent of the population receiving some sort of federal aid, Republicans will never win another election. Thankfully many of those 49 percent are elderly voters who want a bright, debt-free future for their children.

In fact, conservatives should take heart that this election was as close as it turned out. It means that at least some of those receiving federal aid are open to conservative anti-poverty ideas.

While liberals throw federal money at voters, conservatives must offer them something more substantial. It’s tough to beat politicians handing out free stuff, but we have to hope that careers and purposeful opportunity will appeal to American’s ethos.

Got it? In pursuit of his dream to plant his Randian flag into the sweet earth somewhere in the “every man for himself” land of milk and honey, Meyer laments that if all the hapless assholes who receive some sort of federal aid continue to vote what’s in their short-term interest, instead of what might be good for them in the never-gonna-happen event that they somehow move from the 47 percent to the 1 percent, then Republicans are never going to win another election. Ever!

But it’s not the GOP’s fault! And it wasn’t Mitt Romney’s fault either! Blame the moochers. Blame the 47 percent. Blame the sewage-dwelling swine-lords who shuffle through the underbelly of our society trading stamps for low-grade high-fructose food and foraging for scraps left for them by their Galtian betters.

But most of all, blame Obama and those damn dirty fascist Demonrats who bribed uppity youngsters with promises of government-subsidized book learnin’; bribed unmarried sluts with promises of guilt-free contraception-laden whoredom; and bribed Mexican anchor babies with promises of a fair opportunity to not get rounded up and deported.

Republicans didn’t lose, you see — they were tricked. They got cheated out of what is rightfully theirs. Nothing is their fault — it’s the fault of Democrats, liberals, and progressives, all of whom are nothing but communists handing out free stuff to poor bastards. What were these poor bastards to do in the face of such socialist charity? The temptation of “free stuff” is too much to bear when one spends one’s life eating Doritos Locos Tacos and trying desperately not to shit oneself.

Of course they were going to vote for The Black Socialist.

Which brings me to the following:

WHERE’S MY FREE SHIT, MR. PRESIDENT?

According to Mitt Romney, you were reelected only because you gave “big gifts” to young voters, blacks, browns, and bitches. At all times, I am at least half of those things — AND YET I HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY FREE SHIT.

So, Mr. President — IF THAT’S YOUR REAL NAME — I want my free shit, and I want it now.

kthx.

Mitt Romney Aides Had to Pay for Their Own Cabs Home on Election Night

cold-blooooooded.

20120824-111131.jpgApparently, Mitt Romney cut the financial cord before some of his aides had even made it home after his concession speech, forcing them to pay for their own cabs:

BOSTON — From the moment Mitt Romney stepped off stage Tuesday night, having just delivered a brief concession speech he wrote only that evening, the massive infrastructure surrounding his campaign quickly began to disassemble itself.

Aides taking cabs home late that night got rude awakenings when they found the credit cards linked to the campaign no longer worked.

“Fiscally conservative,” sighed one aide the next day.

What a cheap bastard.

And then there’s this, which made me snort derisively:

In conversations on Wednesday, aides were generally wistful, not angry, at how the campaign ended. Most, like their boss, truly believed the campaign’s now almost comically inaccurate models, and that a victory was well within their grasp.
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Romney was stoic – thanking the team for their hard work and telling them he did not plan to disappear. (Aides to Romney said they were optimistic he would be receptive to a sincere offer from the president to work together)

Work together to do what, exactly, Mr. Errrrybody knows I’m an American and that That One might be Kenyan“? On what, precisely, do you think you should get to work with the president?

GTFO. Go home and buy another Cadillac for Ann.

UPDATE: This made me laugh OL:

[NBC First Read]

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Romney Middle East Geography Fail

Apropos of Romney claiming yet again last night that Iran is Syria’s path to the sea – it isn’t; he is confusing Iran and Iraq, and it’s not the first time he has done so.*** — here is a very funny map:

I love that Rhode Island is off the coast of Israel and West Germany.

***I mean, I guess Syria could be Iran’s path to the sea — if you ignore the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman (ignore these gulfs!), and if you ignore the Caspian Sea (it’s more of a lake!):

Mitt Romney has been making this geographically unsound claim since April.  SINCE APRIL.  Did no one on the Romney campaign think to upload Google maps to Mitt3PO’s hard drive at some point between fucking April and last night?  NO ONE?

COME ON, SON.

(h/t Milt Shook)

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Ann Romney Comes To Florida For A Shameless Breast Cancer Photo Op [by @BeachPeanuts]

This post is by Martha Jackovics aka @BeachPeanuts.  Before you read it, you must understand that Mitt Romney supports the Blunt Amendment which would permit your employer to deny you breast cancer screenings (as well as a laundry list of other preventive healthcare services primarily used by women). Period. -ABLxx
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Last week, Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan barged his way into an empty soup kitchen after it had already served dinner in order to “wash” dishes that were already clean for a shameless photo op. He wanted to appear as if he cared for the needy when in fact his and Mitt Romney’s policies would actually be devastating to those in need.

Well, today in Orlando, it was Ann Romney’s turn. She came briefly down off her high horse to mingle amongst the “you people” to pretend she and her husband care about women’s health. Specifically breast cancer:

Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, joined the sea of pink bras, pink feather boas, pink socks and pink hats in Orlando on Saturday as she walked in support of breast cancer.

….Romney weaved through downtown for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K.

The annual fundraising event — the largest breast-cancer walk in Florida — drew more than 40,000 participants Saturday, packing the streets around Lake Eola Park, near where the walk started and finished.

Romney posed for photos alongside Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, shown here in a photo Romney tweeted to her followers:


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer? What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Notice anything unusual in this photo? I did right away. Normally when there’s a breast cancer walk or similar fundraising event, those pink t-shirts the participants wear promote the effort in the battle against the disease. Call me crazy, but I don’t see anything on the front of those t-shirts that mentions breast cancer. However, they do promote the effort that Ann Romney cares about most:

Getting her husband into the White House. Continue reading

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Mitt Romney Tells Employers To Tell Employees Who to Vote For [audio]

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I can’t not laugh at this.

In These Times leaked audio of Romney on a conference call telling employers that they should tell their employees who to vote for, at the 26:44 mark:

“I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections. And whether you agree with me or you agree with President Obama, or whatever your political view, I hope, I hope you pass those along to your employees.”

And several businesses, notably Koch Industries, have done just that.

Despicable.

[via Alan Colmes; image via Christwire]

#Debates: Romney’s #BindersFullofWomen Tale is a Lie

Last night during the debate, Mitt Romney regaled the Town Hall audience with a tale of affirmative action for ladies. You see, Romney was so concerned about the dearth of women in his cabinet that he told his people to go find some bitches for him to hire. And they did! Bitches fell from the sky! Binders full of bitches! And Romney had his pick of the lot:

CROWLEY: Governor Romney, pay equity for women?

ROMNEY: Thank you. An important topic, and one which I learned a great deal about, particularly as I was serving as governor of my state, because I had the chance to pull together a cabinet and all the applicants seemed to be men.

And I — and I went to my staff, and I said, “How come all the people for these jobs are — are all men.” They said, “Well, these are the people that have the qualifications.” And I said, “Well, gosh, can’t we — can’t we find some — some women that are also qualified?”

And — and so we — we took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet.

I went to a number of women’s groups and said, “Can you help us find folks,” and they brought us whole binders full of women.

I was proud of the fact that after I staffed my Cabinet and my senior staff, that the University of New York in Albany did a survey of all 50 states, and concluded that mine had more women in senior leadership positions than any other state in America.

Now one of the reasons I was able to get so many good women to be part of that team was because of our recruiting effort.

Fantastic, right? And here you thought Mitt Romney was just another sexist pig who thinks that “IF women are going to be in the work force” [he said "if"!] they need flexible hours so that they can get home in time to have a dry martini and a casserole waiting for their husbands at 5 o’clock.

Silly person. You are so wrong! Mitt Romney is a feminist! So much so that he made a point to go out and find qualified women to work for him. He went to a bunch of lady-groups and said “You there! Fetch me some bitches!!1″

Oh, what’s that? He didn’t recruit woman to work for him because he believes in gender equality and fair opportunity? You mean — he’s lying?

Of course he’s lying:

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#Debates: RomneyShambles, Fair Pay, and Binders Full of Women

When asked about his stance on Fair Pay for Women, Mitt Romney gave an answer that was such a monumental clusterfuck that it will go down in history as the most clusterfuckiest response to a debate question ever.

He started talking about binders full of women, then moved on to and women needing to get home in time to make dinner then started talking about poverty (like he gives a shit), and it was fucking weird, man:

ROMNEY: And — and so we — we took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet.

I went to a number of women’s groups and said, “Can you help us find folks,” and they brought us whole binders full of women.

I was proud of the fact that after I staffed my Cabinet and my senior staff, that the University of New York in Albany did a survey of all 50 states, and concluded that mine had more women in senior leadership positions than any other state in America.

Now one of the reasons I was able to get so many good women to be part of that team was because of our recruiting effort. But number two, because I recognized that if you’re going to have women in the workforce that sometimes you need to be more flexible. My chief of staff, for instance, had two kids that were still in school.

She said, I can’t be here until 7 or 8 o’clock at night. I need to be able to get home at 5 o’clock so I can be there for making dinner for my kids and being with them when they get home from school. So we said fine. Let’s have a flexible schedule so you can have hours that work for you.

We’re going to have to have employers in the new economy, in the economy I’m going to bring to play, that are going to be so anxious to get good workers they’re going to be anxious to hire women. In the — in the last women have lost 580,000 jobs. That’s the net of what’s happened in the last four years. We’re still down 580,000 jobs. I mentioned 31/2 million women, more now in poverty than four years ago.

What we can do to help young women and women of all ages is to have a strong economy, so strong that employers that are looking to find good employees and bringing them into their workforce and adapting to a flexible work schedule that gives women opportunities that they would otherwise not be able to afford.

This is what I have done. It’s what I look forward to doing and I know what it takes to make an economy work, and I know what a working economy looks like. And an economy with 7.8 percent unemployment is not a real strong economy. An economy that has 23 million people looking for work is not a strong economy.

An economy with 50 percent of kids graduating from college that can’t finds a job, or a college level job, that’s not what we have to have. CROWLEY: Governor?

ROMNEY: I’m going to help women in America get good work by getting a stronger economy and by supporting women in the workforce.

Then it was President Obama’s turn, he actually made sense, pivoting beautifully from fair pay to women’s healthcare and contraception access, acknowledging that women’s health and contraception are economic issues: Continue reading

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Mitt Romney Repeats Claim that Poor, Sick People Should Only Get ER Care

Today, in an interview with the Columbus Dispatch, Romney repeated the stupid claim he made in a 60 Minutes interview last month that sick people won’t die — they’ll just go to the ER.

This dude is wearing me out:

“We don’t have a setting across this country where if you don’t have insurance, we just say to you, ‘Tough luck, you’re going to die when you have your heart attack,’??” he said as he offered more hints as to what he would put in place of “Obamacare,” which he has pledged to repeal.

“No, you go to the hospital, you get treated, you get care, and it’s paid for, either by charity, the government or by the hospital. We don’t have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don’t have insurance.”

I just wrote a post about how preventive care is healthcare and that Romney thinks you don’t need it.

Breast care screenings? Diabetes screenings? Cholesterol and cardiovascular disease screenings? Mental healthcare?  The list goes on and on.

Mitt Romney thinks you don’t need this things.

He wants you to suck it up, America.

[via Columbus Dispatch via Daily Kos]

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