“Can’t change Washington from the inside” observation was no gaffe, it was a battle cry

Because we, the voters, can change Washington from the outside.

Wil Wheaton: in other words…

Obama: I tried to change Washington on my own, but I couldn’t do it because Republicans refused to work with me and Democrats. I was able to accomplish some pretty good things, though, because the American People wanted those things done, and they pressured Congress to act. If I get a second term, I want and need the American People to be even more involved in governing our country.

Romney: ZOMG GAFFE! HE SAID YOU CAN’T CHANGE WASHINGTON! HE ADMITS HE’S A FAILURE FOR PETE’S SAKE! MARVELOUS!

American People: Um, that’s not what he said at all, Mitt.

Romney: FORTY-SEVEN PERCENT OF YOU NEED TO SHUT UP AND KNOW YOUR PLACE. AREN’T YOU PAYING ATTENTION?! IT! WAS! A! GAFFE!

American People: This is why you’re going to lose, jack ass.

Jonathan Bernstein wonders why Romney picks such feeble attacks. One theory: All Romney’s campaign has to do is pull out a sentence and call it a gaffe, and it instantly becomes one. It blows up on twitter, it goes straight to Fox News and most of the conservative radio shows…it’s all over the place. Indeed, if it’s in those places, it’s also going to be in Politico and Buzzfeed, too. So on the one hand, it must encourage laziness to know that all you have to do is come up with something vaguely appropriate to movement conservatives in order to get that effect; on the other hand, it must just feel as if you’re making something happen when you do it. And the more it hits the sort of things that the GOP-aligned media loves, the more you get the immediate effect. Really, for campaign operatives, it must be incredibly temping to do it. (via: Andrew Sullivan)

Greg Sargent: “If Romney thinks the promise to engage more Americans in the political process is a gaffe, that is certainly newsworthy.”

Dave Weigel: “The distractable style of the Romney campaign, the focus on “gaffes” like this, seems to be re-emerging.”

Steve Benen: “Romney mentioned Obama’s remarks three times at the beginning of his rally in Sarasota. It’s almost as if our political discourse is getting dumber as the election draws closer.”

Meanwhile, President Obama just turns it around…

Obama Mocks Romney: What Kind Of Inside Job Is He Talking About?

John Sununu says stupid shit about the President, thrills Buzzfeed: “Romney campaign lets the dogs out”

We’ve already heard several of the off-the-wall things that Romney surrogate and former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu had to say about President Obama today, such as:

“I wish this president would learn how to be an American.”

Or, “He has no idea how the American system functions. And we shouldn’t be surprised about that, because he spent his early years in Hawaii smoking something, spent the next set of years in Indonesia, another set of years in Indonesia, and, frankly, when he came to the U.S., he worked as a community organizer, which is a socialized structure, and then got into politics in Chicago.”

It’s not surprising that this kind of crazy talk is beyond thrilling for Romney’s online PR firm, Buzzfeed — and especially for their Rovin’ Romeny reporter, McKay Coppins (who, coincidentally, happens to be Mormon).

Here’s how Coppins subtitles this load of crapola: “The Romney campaign lets the dogs out.” Yeah, because Mitt’s a badass like that. 

Coppins gives Sununu / Romney high marks in summary: “The Romney campaign is coming off a week of of absorbing tough blows to the Republican’s business record and personal finances, and Republicans have been calling on their nominee to step up the intensity of his pushback. Today’s call could be an answer to that encouragement — as well as a bid to change to subject of the national conversation.”

Really. So we’ll pretend that legitimate questions about Romney’s tax returns and business record at Bain Capital (like actually seeing returns and when did he actually LEAVE Bain), are equivalent to shouting “Nyah, nyah!” and character attacks from 2008?

Besides wanting to give the wealthy more tax cuts, they really got nothing. Maybe it’s time to have Trump on a conference call to talk birth certificates?

Fuzzing up Mittens: riding the tire swing for Mitt Romney

Recently Romney campaign spokesman Lenny Alcivar outlined how the campaign will avoid journalists and cooridnate and communicate their message through Brietbart.com and the Drudge Report, according to Think Progress.

Alcivar said: “When this election is over, one of the lessons that will be learned by the mainstream media is that they no longer have a toe-hold on how Americans receive their news…We no longer allow the mainstream media to define the political realities in America. The rise of Breitbart, Drudge and others, combined with an aggressive Romney campaign is a powerful tool in the arsenal of the conservative movement. …The governor will no longer allow the mainstream media to dictate the terms of this debate. This is just the beginning… We are witnessing the rise of the center right media.”

So how did mainstream journalism take that news? Like a spurned, lovesick 14-year-old girl who would do anything (anything!) if Mitt would talk to her again.

Here are two examples from Political Wire:

The AP takes an interesting look at Mitt Romney’s religion which requires “three hours nearly every Sunday for services.” He attends church nearly every week: “The family’s devotion to the Mormon faith is a part of Romney’s life that the electorate rarely sees. Romney himself almost never mentions it in public. And his campaign typically bars the media from seeing him participate in a religion with which many Americans are unfamiliar. But it’s a part of his life that could help him connect with an American public that’s only just now starting to get to know him — one that includes many church-goers.”


Photo: AP: The vacation home of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is seen on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, N.H. , Monday, July 2, 2012.

Washington Post: “By day, the Romneys kayak and water ski — one sport at which Mitt excels — play tennis and basketball, stage a “home-run derby” and horse around on a slip-and-slide. Most of the grandchildren (there are now 18) put on a talent show on a stage that Papa, as they call Mitt, constructed in the backyard. And he helps them roast s’mores over a campfire and leads them on treasure hunts. He grills chicken and salmon and teaches the kids how to drive his lawn tractor. At night, the adults gather for family meetings, with each evening focused on a frank and full discussion of a different son’s career moves and parenting worries.”

I’m in a diabetic coma. Ozzie and Harriet live! Before the mainstream media’s new “We Love You Mitt Romney, Please Talk To Us!” campaign makes us convert to Mormonism so that we too can hold treasure hunts and talent shows while enjoying s’mores on the vast acreage of one of our many vacation homes (see above), let’s take a moment to remember who they’re talking about:

This guy:

think-progress: Not a care in the world.

Note: reference for ‘riding the tire swing’