Worth watching if you haven’t seen it (part of the reason The Daily Show won its 10th Emmy in a row last night). Excellent.
Yep, the one who said “lucky lady” was Brian Kilmeade, renowned rocket scientist and celebrated brain surgeon.
Mitt Romney wrapped the most important speech of his life… around an extraordinary reinvention of history — that his party rallied behind President Obama when he won in 2008, hoping that he would succeed. “That president was not the choice of our party,” he said. “We are a good and generous people who are united by so much more than divides us.”
The truth, rarely heard this week in Tampa, Fla., is that the Republicans charted a course of denial and obstruction from the day Mr. Obama was inaugurated, determined to deny him a second term by denying him any achievement, no matter the cost to the economy or American security — even if it meant holding the nation’s credit rating hostage to a narrow partisan agenda.
— From NY Times Editorial: Mr. Romney Reinvents History
Transcript of the reinvention:
Four years ago, I know that many Americans felt a fresh excitement about the possibilities of a new president. That president was not the choice of our party but Americans always come together after elections. We are a good and generous people who are united by so much more than what divides us.
When that hard fought election was over, when the yard signs came down and the television commercials finally came off the air, Americans were eager to go back to work, to live our lives the way Americans always have – optimistic and positive and confident in the future.
That very optimism is uniquely American.
The sad reality: the night of President Obama’s inauguration, Republican leadership met over dinner and plotted how to take back the White House in 2012 — THE NIGHT HE WAS INAUGURATED! That’s an unusual way of “coming together” in a “good and generous” way to support the new president, isn’t it?
The dinner lasted nearly four hours. They parted company almost giddily. The Republicans had agreed on a way forward: Go after Geithner. (And indeed Kyl did, the next day: ‘Would you answer my question rather than dancing around it—please?’) Show united and unyielding opposition to the president’s economic policies. (Eight days later, Minority Whip Cantor would hold the House Republicans to a unanimous No against Obama’s economic stimulus plan.) Begin attacking vulnerable Democrats on the airwaves. (The first National Republican Congressional Committee attack ads would run in less than two months.) Win the spear point of the House in 2010. Jab Obama relentlessly in 2011. Win the White House and the Senate in 2012.
And of course, this: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” –- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, quoted in National Journal, November 4, 2010
Either Mitt Romney is simple minded or he just hopes the rest of us are.
“Obamacare is socialized medicine,” says the Republican Party. No, no — excuse me — socialized medicine is what we have now! People without insurance can go to an emergency ward or throw themselves on the mercy of a doctor, and the cost of all this uncompensated care is shared by all those who have insurance, raising your rates and mine. That is socialized medicine and that is what Obamacare ends. Yet Obama — the champion of private insurance for all — has allowed himself to be painted as a health care socialist. – Tom Friedman