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  •  Romney's Memory (8+ / 0-)

    My sister was mentioning there were a number of videos of Romney losing his cool and asked me to look. I came across the one linked above.

    Romney talks about when he worked in Iowa in the 70s. He names the man worked for, what he did, etc. He goes on to talk about eating steaks at Rubes Steakhouse in Montour, IA and cooking his own steak and then taking it back because it wasn't cooked well enough. Again, according to Romney this happened in the 70s. Impressed by the details of his recollection, the radio host asks Romney if he has a photographic memory.

    The exchange happens in the first minute and a half of the clip.

    So Mitt can remember cutting into a steak he had in the 70s and taking it back but he can't recall cutting a gay boys hair off and is unwilling to take that back with a true apology.

    •  Perhaps he was bothered more by (2+ / 0-)
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      an unsatisfactory dining experience than by the lifetime of pain and humiliation he inflicted on another human being. My impression is that Mitt is very much all about himself ("I enjoy firing people") and had a sort of Scarlett O'Hara moment: "As God is my witness, I will never eat a poorly prepared steak again!" But acknowledging actual harm  to another person would be acknowledging a common humanity with that person - I don't think Mitt has it in him.

      Your black cards can make you money, so you hide them when you're able; in the land of milk and honey, you must put them on the table - Steely Dan

      by OrdinaryIowan on Sat May 12, 2012 at 11:42:28 AM PDT

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    •  “I don’t have any memory of what she is (3+ / 0-)
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      referring to, although I certainly can’t say it could not have been me.”

      Romney acknowledged having counseled Mormon women not to have abortions except in exceptional cases, in accordance with church rules. The woman told Romney, she wrote, that her stake president, a doctor, had already told her, “Of course, you should have this abortion and then recover from the blood clot and take care of the healthy children you already have.” Romney, she said, fired back, “I don’t believe you. He wouldn’t say that. I’m going to call him.” And then he left. The woman said that she went on to have the abortion and never regretted it. “What I do feel bad about,” she wrote, “is that at a time when I would have appreciated nurturing and support from spiritual leaders and friends, I got judgment, criticism, prejudicial advice, and rejection.”

      That denial of recall reminded me of his denial of the bullying incident (quoted & linked for easy reference):

      “I don’t remember that incident,” Romney said, laughing. “I certainly don’t believe that I thought the fellow was homosexual.
      Asked specifically about having interrupted a closeted gay student in English class, Gary Hummel, by shouting, “Atta girl!” Romney said, “I really can’t remember that.”

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