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  •  Irrelevant. Why do you think it would be? (0+ / 0-)

    Hiring someone doesn't make you exactly like the last guy who hired him. That's silly.

    •  The people you hire says a lot about you (1+ / 0-)
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      Romney hired this guy who is well known to be absolutely ruthless, doesn't care one iota for the truth, and is willing to resort to the basest smears to win.  In fact, that is exactly why Romney hired him and is an apt reflection of his own character.

      Which, despite all his faults, is diametrically opposed to what Mr. Dukakis was.  

      If Mr. Dukakis cared about what was said on this site, I'd think he'd almost have a case for libel for this very very bizarre comparison you are trying to make.  But the point being that's he's a hopelessly nice albeit naive guy, he wouldn't do that to you!

      •  Oh, c'mon. That's ridiculous. (0+ / 0-)

        First of all, the man is a public figure and I can express whatever opinion I like about him--libel law is crystal clear on this point.

        Secondly, you have predicated your entire argument on a hiring choice, as if that magically dispels all the similarities I laid out.

        As I said, that's silly.

        •  You didn't read the New Yorker article (0+ / 0-)

          did you?

          If you did, I really don't know how you can be so lackadaisical about the situation . . . .

          It's similar to saying that Karl Rove had no reflection on George W. Bush because he's just somebody he hired.  

          No, not really, instead it goes to the core values of Romney - namely that he's a heartless, soulless scumwad of the highest order.    

          Specific to the current situation, he'd do anything to win, more or less literally.  Which is quite unlike Dukakis who took the high road.  Romney would NEVER take the high road.  Not even with his entire family strapped to the top of his car.

          •  It still doesn't address my arg. This is going (0+ / 0-)

            nowhere. Thanks for your perspective. I disagree with it.

          •  he's not being lackadaisical, imho. (0+ / 0-)

            he is being analytical.  

            and, we already know that romney has no values.  so, why would anyone be surprised at his hiring of larry mccarthy?  it fits into his overall world view - that he should do anything necessary to win!

            •  Yes, but is it necessary to use that (0+ / 0-)

              as a very personal attack on Mike Dukakis that he's really done nothing to earn.

              It is still painful for him how he was attacked on the '88 election (yes, maybe he was a wuss in over his head who shouldn't have been running, but whatever, that's not germaine here) - and now to be compared to the very group of fuckwads who did the attacking just smacks of very very bad taste. IMHO that is just completely mean-spirited and beyond the part of this diarist.  Why he has such hatred of Mr. Dukakis is probably none of my business, but it seems rather unseemly to be sure.

      •  romney hired him BECAUSE the willie (0+ / 0-)

        horton ad worked!  

        that ad played to the racist and ignorant - that is the base that romney needs to win.  hiring atwater makes perfect sense when looked at in this light.

        so, if he is condemned for the content of ads in his campaign AFTER he wins, then he can say he's sorry!  but to romney, winning this time is the only option as it is likely his last hurrah if he doesn't succeed in (buying)winning the election.

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