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It’s Dubya but… same thing.
After Mitt said that to NASCAR fans, Bill O’Reilly asked him: “And you know you’re always going to be portrayed as a rich guy who is out of touch with the folks, condescending to the folks. Am I correct? I mean that’s the way you’re going to be portrayed no matter what you do?…is it worth it for you even to say those things?” and Romney replied:
“Look I have worn a garbage bag for rain gear myself. And we’re out there in the rain. And the rain was getting us soaked. I didn’t — I didn’t have a rain coat myself. I would have liked one of those.”
Mitt’s horribly awkward “joke” at servers in NH: jokes that make others look / feel stupid are never, ever funny:
The best humor includes you, for everyone’s enjoyment:
Here’s that Priorities USA ad, featuring Joe Soptic, who lost his job and his health insurance because of Bain Capital (and his wife subsequently died of cancer):
“To that point, if people had been in Massachusetts, under Governor Romney’s health care plan, they would have had health care. There are a lot of people losing their jobs and losing their health care in President Obama’s economy.” — Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul, yesterday, counterattacking a Priorities USA ad in which a laid-off steelworker blames the presumptive GOP nominee for his family losing health care.
This kind of problem is something that “Obamacare” — aka the Affordable Care Act, based on Romneycare — is trying to remedy.
Oh, what was that you said last month, Governor Romney?
Joe Soptic would have been better off in Massachusetts, back when Romney felt one way about universal health care. He feels differently now though. Like education, Mitt Romney thinks we should only get as much health care as we can afford. I kind of think a $77,000 tax deduction on a horse is non-essential. But that’s just me.
Instead, pay 15¢ more at another pizza place (a better pizza place) — because 15¢ is a small price to pay for more people in America having health care.
And another thing:
Brian Beutler discusses the plot twist that occurred yesterday in the Romney campaign narrative — and the absurd contradiction in messaging that Andrea Saul offered in Romney’s defense to a new Priorities USA ad (links and emphasis below are mine):
The background here is a new Priorities USA ad, which tells the story of a man, Joe Soptic, who lost his job — and thus his health insurance — after Bain bought out his plant. Years later his wife died of what may have been a preventable death of cancer.
His particular story doesn’t perfectly illustrate the problems with the country’s safety net. But far from suggesting Romney killed anybody (as his outraged supporters claim) it neatly exposes an enduring source of middle class uncertainty. If you get very sick almost anywhere in America, and then your employer goes out of business, or lays you off, you’re already running out of options. Romneycare fixed this problem in Massachusetts. Obamacare is designed to fix it for the rest of the country.
Enter the Romney campaign, which notes quite correctly that Romney’s mandated, subsidized health care system might have saved Soptic’s wife if she’d lived in Massachusetts. But if that’s such a good thing, then unless President Romney’s going to recommend that all sick and laid off people move to New England, his pledge to repeal Obamacare just falls apart.
Because of Andrea Saul’s response to that Priorities USA ad, Ann Coulter shambled onto the set of The Sean Hannity Cartoon Hour wearing her rage face to screech a little bit about the ad, but mainly to screech at “moron” Andrea Saul and the Romney campaign:
“Anyone who donates to Mitt Romney, and I mean the big donors, ought to say if Andrea Saul isn’t fired and off the campaign tomorrow, they are not giving another dime, because it is not worth fighting for this man if this is the kind of spokesman he has…
There’s no point in you doing your show [Sean Hannity], there’s no point in going to the convention and pushing for this man if he’s employing morons like this. This ad is the turning point and she has nearly snatched victory from the jaws of defeat! She should be off the campaign.”
It will be interesting to see where Romney goes from here. With his business “experience” and personal wealth being examined and attacked and questioned at every turn, now the shrillest exploding heads on Fox are threatening mutiny (on a ship they never wanted to be on) because he needs to score some points on an achievement, which Romneycare was.
But as Benjy Sarlin at TPM notes, “By trying to reclaim Romney’s health care law as part of his political resume, however, Romney is now inviting the issue back into the campaign. If he wants Americans to elect him based on his Massachusetts reforms, it’s only logical to ask him why he doesn’t want them for everyone.”
“Governor Romney released an ad today alleging that the Obama administration had weakened the work requirements of the 1996 Welfare Reform Act. That is not true.
“The act emerged after years of experiments at the state level, including my work as Governor of Arkansas beginning in 1980. When I became President, I granted waivers from the old law to 44 states to implement welfare to work strategies before welfare reform passed.
“After the law was enacted, every state was required to design a plan to move people into the workforce, along with more funds to help pay for training, childcare and transportation. As a result, millions of people moved from welfare to work.
“The recently announced waiver policy was originally requested by the Republican governors of Utah and Nevada to achieve more flexibility in designing programs more likely to work in this challenging environment. The Administration has taken important steps to ensure that the work requirement is retained and that waivers will be granted only if a state can demonstrate that more people will be moved into work under its new approach. The welfare time limits, another important feature of the 1996 act will not be waived.
“The Romney ad is especially disappointing because, as governor of Massachusetts, he requested changes in the welfare reform laws that could have eliminated time limits altogether. We need a bipartisan consensus to continue to help people move from welfare to work even during these hard times, not more misleading campaign ads.”
Another day, another lie for the Romneybot version 2.012.
How tough is it for Mitt Romney to have to “deal with” Harry Reid’s accusations that a Bain Capital insider told him Mitt hasn’t paid federal taxes for 10 years?
It’s NOTHING compared to what Democrats have had to deal with.
BooMan nails it:
Mitt Romney isn’t really a Mormon. He’s an atheist who only went along with his father’s faith so he could duck the Vietnam draft. He didn’t actually try to convert anyone when he was in France either. In reality, he spent all his time in Monte Carlo gambling and buying high-end hookers. When his daddy found out what he was doing, he made him come home and marry his high school sweetheart. Actually, he only made him marry her after the second time she got pregnant. The first time, they got an abortion. Then Romney started using some of the mafia connections he had made in Marseilles to import heroin. By the time he became governor, they were flying it straight into a secret airport they set up in the Berkshires. When one of the pilots started to talk, Romney had him killed.
Wait for it….
Now, if we started telling these stories to people, and a substantial percentage of the population started to actually believe these stories, and if congressmen humored and even encouraged the people who believed these stories, and if media figures talked about these stories, and if Congress actually had hearings about some of these stories, then Mitt Romney would know what it’s like to be treated like a Democrat.
Also, too from Steve M:
Poor Mitt. Logic tells us that Reid couldn’t possibly have heard this from multiple sources, so he’s just blowing smoke. And yet, even if it’s a lie, Reid’s put Romney on the spot, because what he’s saying sounds plausible to a lot of people.
Y’know, it’s a bit like saying that the current president is a secret Muslim socialist who lied about his U.S. birth and has a fake Social Security number and is secretly plotting to take away all privately owned guns if he’s reelected, either before or after he finishes the job of deliberately destroying American capitalism. It’s also a bit like saying that the previous Democratic president was a drug dealing serial murderer and rapist whose lesbian wife had her male lover killed when she wasn’t hanging sex toys on the White House Christmas tree.
It’s almost like that. The difference is that Romney’s not facing an ever-expanding list of accusations, most of them truly grotesque and preposterous, many of them of a felonious or treasonous nature, spread by multiple prominent rumormongers over the course of years, and believed in every particular by roughly a third of the country…
Romney says Reid is lying. To make this ONE accusation disappear, all Mittens has to do is release his returns and *poof* problemo no mas. Right?
Might as well… this is the closest we’ve been to Friday all week long.