“For Mitt Romney, it’s the laugh. I’m sure that at times Romney laughs with genuine mirth, but you know the laugh I’m talking about. It’s the one he delivers when he gets asked a question he doesn’t want to answer, or is confronted with a demand to explain a flip-flop or a lie. It’s the phoniest laugh in the world, the one New York Times reporter Ashley Parker wrote ‘sounds like someone stating the sounds of laughter, a staccato Ha. Ha. Ha.‘ Everything Mitt Romney is as a candidate is distilled within that laugh — his insincerity, his ambition, his awkwardness, and above all his fear. When Mitt laughs that way, he is not amused. He is terrified. Because he knows that what he’s saying is utter baloney, and he knows that we know it.” — Paul Waldman
Romney’s amazed by sandwiches at Wawa. Good God — this machine made my sandwich! I’ve never had a sandwich that wasn’t delivered to me under a silver dome by my man-servant… AMAZING!
We’re reminded again how flabbergasting average food from average places is for Mittens (remember the cookies and donuts). Mitt shouldn’t try to be funny or amusing. Or likable. There isn’t any level of human contact where this guy can interact successfully (or even naturally) with persons below the $1 million threshold. He has no idea what average people like, think, want, know, or care about. So he guesses, he tries to sound funny… and he sounds like that instead.
This is Mr. Burns wanting to pal around with the Simpsons — temporarily. Until the votes are counted. I can’t even imagine how many bottles of Purell Romney goes through in a day.
Watch Mitt Romney struggle to identify a chocolate doughnut:
His butler must call them something else. That clip is like Mr. Burns having dinner with the Simpsons.
After sitting around with the poorz for a spell, Mittens then had the nerve to say, “[Obama] said the private sector is doing fine. Is he really that out of touch? I think he is defining what it means to be detached and out of touch with the American people.”
Right. Obama’s the one who’s detached and “out of touch” with American people, not the multi-millionaire with five (more?) mansions who has bank accounts in places like the Cayman Islands and Switzerland, and says he likes to fire people, isn’t concerned about the very poor, and thinks corporations are people — definitely not that guy.
And then there’s this: Mitt Romney held a roundtable discussion at an Iowa restaurant but the Des Moines Register reports that security ushered the owners and staff “to a back portion of the restaurant and they were unable to meet the former Massachusetts governor.” Perfect.
A demonstration of how emotions were programmed into the Romneybot:
This is a demo illustration of a program called Wild and Crazy Inside 2.0. It was tweaked a little for Mitt and downloads when certain narrative text begins to play, such as: ‘my dog loves the car roof’ or ’I like to fire people’ or ‘I don’t believe I thought that fellow was a homosexual.’
Mitt Romney poised for Tuesday sweep – If Mitt Romney is able to win with these kinds of margins—big double-digits in Romney-friendly states, high single-digits to low double-digits in states where Rick Santorum originally had a chance—there’s no question that he’ll win enough delegates to hit the magic number while primaries are still ongoing. So I guess Republicans have the shortest memory in the world. After spending three years yelling about President Obama, health care reform, and high taxes … they are about to nominate the guy who invented Obamacare and who raised taxes while governor of Massachusetts. Of course, he denies all that, and apparently Republicans are willing to believe him. But things are going to get interesting when Romney tries to move into Etch-A-Sketch mode, trying to erase the things he said during the Republican primary in order to appeal to swing voters. And assuming tomorrow goes as PPP’s polling suggest it will, that day is coming soon.
Wisconsin, Where the Romney Pushback Begins – So, suddenly, with women running away from the Republican party and its putative nominee as though he’s gone radioactive, we get a story that tells us that the White House “fears” the power of “rock star” Ann Romney, the woman with several Cadillacs? As near as I can tell from that Politico story, the main sources of Ann Romney’s “power” are that she’s Mitt’s only first wife, and that he’s a little bit less of an animatronic foof when she’s around. She’s his “link” to “the base” simply because they’ve stayed married to each other. [...] The work of humanizing the Romneybot — recreating him as a “moderate,” so that we can actually have the horse-race that people want so badly come the fall — is going to continue and accelerate. His campaign has been stunningly adequate throughout, just about up to the task of spending a quintillion quatloos to crush a field of lightweights and rodeo clowns. He’s outspending Santorum 55-to-one in Wisconsin and has built up a virtual monopoly on television advertising, and his lead is still only in single digits. And he’s being stunningly adequate in a state that is in a merry chaos of superheated politics. For the first time since Fighting Bob LaFollette was in there swinging, Wisconsin is the red-hot core of American politics.
Animatronic foof!! That’s exactly why I read Charles P. Pierce, who in my mind is a national treasure. #WIN
Here are some things the Romneybot has done / said recently, all of which TeamRomney will now attempt to either “soften” for moderate voters (the majority of folks who aren’t likely to think Jesus would have voted for more tax cuts for the wealthy), or will just straight up amend, change, or lie about in the future. We need to keep score:
1. He’s going to ‘get rid of’ Planned Parenthood.
2. Romney supports the Blunt Ammendment which would allow employers to deny health insurance coverage on the basis of moral objections.
3. Romney is fighting a covert battle against contraception, even if he is doing his best not to call it that.
4. Romney failed to condemn Rush Limbaugh’s characterization of Sandra Fluke as a “slut.”
5. Romney supports restricting access to abortions. He has called Roe v. Wade “one of the darkest moments in Supreme Court history.”
One of NOM’s Top Secret Donors Revealed: Mitt Romney – We often talk about how hard NOM works to hide their donors – even if it means circumventing the law – but now, we’ve learned the identity of one of their high-profile financial supporters: Mitt Romney. Financial documents obtained by HRC reveal that Mitt Romney donated $10,000 to the National Organization for Marriage in 2008 – essentially funding NOM’s strategy of using racial division and unfounded scare tactics to attack LGBT equality, at the same time that NOM was fighting for Prop 8 in California. via: sarahlee310
Tax Cuts in GOP Budget Would Give Millionaires $265,000 on Top of Bush Tax Cuts; Would Cut Top Rate to Lowest Level Since Hoover Administration – “I’m very supportive of the Ryan budget plan. It’s a bold and exciting effort on [Ryan’s] part and on the part of the Republicans.”— Mitt Romney [source]
Ad War Update – Romney’s online ad strategy is to tell people what they want to hear, literally: In the past campaign speeches often tried to include one line or two to satisfy each type of voter. But increasingly campaigns are figuring out exactly what people like you would need to hear to vote for them, and then giving exactly that message to people exactly like you. Another group of people will hear another message directed explicitly at their concerns.
Mitt Romney Keeps Lying – Mitt Romney is not only lying more often as the primary draws to close, he’s also telling bigger lies. “We know that under Barack Obama, 800,000 jobs have been lost. We know that under Barack Obama, 2.3 million homes have been foreclosed upon. We know that under this president, chronic unemployment is the worst it’s been in American history.” No, it is not the worst it’s been in American history. I expect the general election will be filled with one lie after another, because there is no credible way for Romney and the Republicans to attack the president without lying…
Romney (and the rest of the GOP) can’t ever make a point without acting like they’re in a junior high lunch room: “Our president doesn’t have the same feelings about American exceptionalism that we do,” Romney told a conservative crowd. Obama rebuffs Romney on ‘exceptional’ America – “It’s still primary season for the Republican Party,” [Obama] said, but then took aim at Romney’s central argument. “It’s worth noting that I first arrived on the national stage with a speech at the Democratic Convention that was entirely about American exceptionalism and that my entire career has been a testimony to American exceptionalism. But, you know, I will cut folks some slack for now because they’re still trying to get their nomination.”
Bob Cesca on Mitt’s speech in Des Moines Tuesday night:
At the last minute, his advisers yanked the prompters because Santorum didn’t use prompters. Again, the stupid anti-Obama prompter meme coming back to haunt the Republicans.
Consequently, all of Romney’s awkward herky-jerky animatronic characteristics were on full display.
Yesterday: “I’m really here for one reason and one reason only, and that is to make sure that we make Mitt Romney the next president of the United States of America.” — Sen. Juan McCain, perpetual crank, angry white man, lifetime politician, STILL smarting from 2008.
On Thursday, the Romneybot 2012 charged President Obama with being insensitive for discussing facts:
“When the president’s characterization of our economy was, ‘It could be worse,’ it reminded me of Marie Antoinette: ‘Let them eat cake,’” said Romney.
[...] “It is actually laughable that the ‘Quarter-Billion-Dollar Man’ would call President Obama out of touch — and use the example of a French monarch to make the point,” DNC spokeswoman Melanie Roussell said in a statement to The Huffington Post on Thursday evening. “This is the same guy who joked that he was ‘unemployed,’ offered a $10,000 bet as casually as one might buy a cup of coffee, and said ‘corporations are people.’ He’s also the same person who, as a former corporate buyout specialist for Bain Capital, made his fortune firing thousands of workers, cutting benefits, bankrupting American companies and outsourcing jobs overseas. He’s the one who won’t release his tax returns — most likely because we would all learn that he pays a lower tax rate than middle class wage-earners. Laughable.”
Tightening the screws a bit, Obama campaign Press Secretary Ben LaBolt quickly followed suit, tweeting out a link to a video of Mitt Romney speaking French for an introduction of the volunteers at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Obviously, the Romneybot has been programmed for self-parody. bleep! blork! blah blah…