-This excellent article highlights some of the key differences in recent voting records between the two Democratic candidates in the MA Senate primary to be held on April 30th.
Not listed here are perhaps the two issues where these candidates differ most- their votes on the Affordable Care Act (Lynch voted against it) and their voting records on abortion (Lynch is Pro-Life). We'll be posting a follow up story covering those positions in more detail. For now, we present, Mr. Cook...
Mass twitter hilarity ensued just after former Senator Scott Brown tweeted these three gems at around 1:00 am this morning:
Anyone who follows politics in America knows all about Republican puppet master Karl Rove and his bag of dirty tricks. One of his favorite moves has always been to identify the weaknesses of his own candidate, and then attempt to paint his Democratic opponent in that same light. Paul Ryan did exactly that today at the Voter Values Summit when he said this about President Obama:
“And we all know this; no politician is more skilled at striking heroic poses against imaginary adversaries. Nobody is better at rebuking non-existent opinions. Barack Obama does this all the time and in this campaign, we are going to call him on it.”As he said that, I couldn’t help but think he was talking about Mitt Romney:
“no politician is more skilled at striking heroic poses against imaginary adversaries.”It started during the primaries and has continued during the general election. We’ve seen Mitt standing oh so strong against the evil empires of China and Russia. What’s next on his list, speaking out against the growing forces of Nazi Germany? And of course there’s the imaginary Obama that Romney campaigns against all the time. The imaginary President who has been soft on defense, hates the private sector, is responsible for more debt than all humans ever in existence combined, and wants a country that is entirely reliant on big government. In retrospect, Clint Eastwood should really be forgiven for talking to an imaginary Obama in a chair because Republican leaders have been talking about an imaginary Obama for the last four years!
The second part of what Paul Ryan said is just as revealing… But again, about Mitt:
“Nobody is better at rebuking non-existent opinions.“Really Paul? Nobody? Because again, it sounds to me like you're talking about Mitt Romney. Romney’s whole campaign has been based on rebuking imaginary opinions. The whole fraudulently edited “You Didn’t Build That” crap, the “President Obama wants to take the work out of welfare”, the “$716 Billion Medicare” lie, the “apology tour”, and the latest, “Obama wants to take God off your money”. So far, Mitt Romney’s entire campaign has been based on exactly what Paul Ryan said about President Obama today, rebuking non-existent opinions. But you know what Paul? We’re calling you on it.
So a guy walks into my office the other day looking for high leadership position in our company. We currently have someone in that job, but his contract is up soon and we’re not sure if we’ll be renewing it, so we decided to interview this new person and see what he’s all about. The job interview went like this:
US: I see here on your resume that you’ve worked in a highly successful financial industry in the past, can you tell us a little about your time at that business?
APPLICANT: I can tell you a little, but only a little. We had some successes, but I really don’t like to talk too much about that part of my life.
US: Ok… Well… The position you are applying for involves the overseeing of extremely large amounts of money, so we typically like to see your financial records. You can also tell a great deal about a person’s integrity and responsibility levels by the way they manage their money. As this is such an important position in our company, I’m assuming you wouldn’t mind releasing your personal financial reports?
APPLICANT: If I release some of my personal financial records, you’ll just attack what’s in there. Besides, I don’t think your company really even cares about personal financial records.
US: Ummmm… ok… Let’s try something else. If you were to be hired for this position, can you tell us what you would do to improve productivity in the company?
APPLICANT: I would make everything better. I would cut costs while raising profits and make everything just right.
US: That sounds good, but how would you do that? What costs would you cut? And can you provide any specifics about policies or practices that you would implement to raise profits?
APPLICANT: I don’t think I really need to tell you that right now. I’ll tell you how I would change things, but not until after I’m hired.
US: Soooo, let me make sure I have this correct. You don’t want to go into detail about your business experience, you won’t show us your financial background, AND you won’t even tell us anything specific about how you would do the job?
APPLICANT: You’ll just have to trust me.
Would you hire this person if you were the one doing the hiring? Because if you haven’t guessed by now, the applicant’s name is Mitt Romney. And the person doing the hiring? That is you. Mitt seems to be completely oblivious to the fact that HE’S the one applying for a job here. No employer in their right mind would hire the person in the interview above. And neither should you.
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