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Instead of condemning Rush Limbaugh, Mitt Romney merely said
it was "not the language" he would have used
 
David Axelrod on Anderson Cooper's CNN show last night (video here):
Everyone should have stood up and said this was inappropriate as apparently many of Rush's advertisers now have said it was inappropriate.

I was kind of shocked, Anderson, when Governor Romney all he had -- all he had to say about the thing was, well, that isn't language I would have used. What about the spirit of what was said? I thought that was a cowardly answer and it was a test of leadership and one that he failed.

Axelrod said he believed Romney gave such an evasive answer out of fear of Rush Limbaugh:
I think one of the reasons why Governor Romney and others were so timid in speaking out is because Rush is the de facto leader of the Republican Party, so to take him on would be to risk your own standing within the party.
Romney said Limbaugh's words were "not the language" that he would have used. But this wasn't just about Limbaugh's word choice: it was about the substance of what he said. And by refusing to comment on that, Romney was effectively condoning it.

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  •  "Inappropriate"? (19+ / 0-)

    Axelrod is right to call out Romneys' weak response, but then Axelrod looks weak himself when all he can muster is an 'inappropriate.'  "Inappropriate" is wearing white shoes after Labor Day.  Rush's vile and sustained attack on a young woman was utterly reprehensible and unacceptable -- and it should be clearly and firmly labeled as such.

    •  Here's the whole transcript (25+ / 0-)

      Link: http://transcripts.cnn.com/...

      One excerpt:

      COOPER: David, Rush Limbaugh made the point today that the president's approval ratings have been sliding among women and that he raised this issue to try to score himself some political points. What's your response?

      DAVID AXELROD, OBAMA CAMPAIGN SENIOR STRATEGIST: Well, I guess Rush was in collusion with us by being vile and inappropriate in his comments. I mean, no, that's ridiculous. And, you know, if Rush has any concerns about this, he ought to look in the mirror because this was a -- this was an event of his own making.

      The president sought to comfort a young woman who had been vilified nationally for speaking her mind on a matter of importance to her. Rush distorted what she was saying and he called her horrible names, and in so doing he slandered not just her but all women of America, so I think it was entirely appropriate for the president to offer support for that young woman even if Rush doesn't like it.

      COOPER: It is unusual, though, for the president of United States to reach out to an individual like this. I mean are you really saying politics had nothing to do with it?

      AXELROD: It's also unusual for someone with a -- with a large audience to vilify an American, a young American speaking out as she did. So there's a lot about this that was unusual. I thought it was unusual that so many leaders on the other side of this debate in terms of the political debate took a pass on this whole thing, a powder on this whole thing.

      Everyone should have stood up and said this was inappropriate as apparently many of Rush's advertisers now have said it was inappropriate.

      I was kind of shocked, Anderson, when Governor Romney all he had -- all he had to say about the thing was, well, that isn't language I would have used. What about the spirit of what was said? I thought that was a cowardly answer and it was a test of leadership and one that he failed.
       

      •  That's better. (3+ / 0-)
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        AllanTBG, jhannon, OldDragon

        Thanks for the excerpt.

        "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~ Steven Biko

        by Marjmar on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 07:55:25 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  Why has no one asked Mr. Romney (2+ / 0-)
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        Gordon20024, sherlyle

        and every one else who is parsing this as a word faux pas, just what words would you have used to convey the message Limbaugh was clearly and unambiguosly conveying?

        BTW, Jed, I want to thank you for the 7 minute clip of Limbaugh. A conservative friend was trying to couch Limbaugh's tirade as a single incident, and offering as an explanation a short video clip showing that his speech was slurred, his mouth open, he was confused easily, and he might have started using drugs again, implying that this was a drug induced slip - we all have done stupid things when under the influence - and maybe he needed to get back to rehab. I played your clip for her [yes, this was a women offering an explanation for this outrageous slander] and she was taken aback by the maliciousness and relentlessness of the attack.

        •  Lots of us have asked (0+ / 0-)

          He's not answering until after his inauguration, if that day comes.

          Democrats must
          Earn the trust
          Of the 99% --
          That's our intent!

          "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back." -- Saul Alinsky OCcupy!

          by Seneca Doane on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 08:28:50 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  Again... (3+ / 0-)
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        Gordon20024, sherlyle, thomask

        ..he keeps saying "inappropriate" -- the transcript shows he says it three times in fact.  He gets in a few other descriptors, but "inappropriate" is the one he keeps relying on.  

        C'mon David, you can do better than that.  Take a tip from John McCain who called Rush's comments "totally unacceptablein every way" and "should be condemned" by people across the political spectrum.  

        •  Axelrod's use of "inappropriate" (3+ / 0-)
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          thomask, Sue B, Matt Z

          in the full context of the interview sounded like snark to me.

          ...but maybe that's just the way I think.

          "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

          by Sybil Liberty on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 08:08:19 AM PST

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          •  Really? (3+ / 0-)
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            sherlyle, thomask, Terminus
            Everyone should have stood up and said this was inappropriate as apparently many of Rush's advertisers now have said it was inappropriate.
            That doesn't sound like snark to me.   That sounds like a guy who thinks Rush's comments were "inappropriate", and who thinks everyone else who objected should have also used the word "inappropriate".  

            Thanks, Axelrod, but I prefer to use my own description of Rush's comments:  "vile, disgusting, reprehensible and completely unacceptable".  

            •  well, Axelrod did say "vile", (0+ / 0-)

              but I'm with you, limbaugh is an anal cyst on our society and I wouldn't have minded if Axelrod had actually put it in those terms.

              "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

              by Sybil Liberty on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 08:30:45 AM PST

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        •  He also said "vile" and "Vilify" (3+ / 0-)
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          Sybil Liberty, Mistral Wind, Matt Z

          That works for me.

          What would Jesus do? Whip the exploiters out of the temple!

          by jhannon on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 08:10:51 AM PST

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        •  He also used the word "timid" (0+ / 0-)

          according to the above transcript.

          I think one of the reasons why Governor Romney and others were so timid in speaking out is because Rush is the de facto leader of the Republican Party, so to take him on would be to risk your own standing within the party.
          It would be really nice if that word stuck, instead of  "Inappropriate".  

          Real Amurecan guys & their womun, know what that word means!

      •  I have to side, reluctantly, with George Will (3+ / 0-)
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        JAM11, Terminus, boophus

        on the use of inappropriate. What the Rushbomb said was deplorable, dispicable and vile, not just inappropriate. As George said "inappropriate is using your salad fork to eat your entree" insulting a brave young woman is more than inappropriate.  

    •  So true (14+ / 0-)

      Exactly what are the "appropriate" words to say something like this?:

      "The fact that she wants to have repeated, never-ending, as often as she wants it sex -- given. No question about that. Of course, it's normal."
      Or this?:
      "She's having so much sex it's amazing she can still walk, but she made it up there."
      Answer: there are no "appropriate" words. The very concept of villifying a woman for being sexually active and then going on to characterize her as some wanton sex addict who can stop having sex long enough to get a job to pay for her birth control is so offensive at its core that it should have been and should continue to be called out for what it is and then eradicated from our airways.

      "Back off, man. I'm a scientist."
      -- Dr. Peter Venkman


      Join me & LOLGOP at Eclectablog.com.

      by Eclectablog on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 07:42:30 AM PST

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    •  I agree. (6+ / 0-)

      I thought George Will, of all people, had a stronger response; he said precisely what you said in re: "inappropriate"

      "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~ Steven Biko

      by Marjmar on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 07:53:25 AM PST

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    •  Misreading Axelrod's response (3+ / 0-)
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      pademocrat, thomask, Sue B

      Axelrod was clearly, specifically, speaking to the suggestion by Cooper that the President calling Sandra Fluke was inappropriate.  What Axelrod said about Rush's comment was much stronger:

      The president sought to comfort a young woman who had been vilified nationally for speaking her mind on a matter of importance to her. Rush distorted what she was saying and he called her horrible names, and in so doing he slandered not just her but all women of America, so I think it was entirely appropriate for the president to offer support for that young woman even if Rush doesn't like it.
      I think Axelrod's answer conveyed the "appropriate" condemnation.  

      Shame on You, Susan G. Komen Foundation, when Republican political ideology matters more to you than women's breast health.

      by Tchrldy on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 08:05:00 AM PST

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  •  Make them own the moldy cheese loaf (13+ / 0-)

    Good politics if Axe can get the MSM to start associating RMoney with Rush.

    More of this please.

    The only difference between (Mitt) Romney and George W. Bush is that Romney hasn't destroyed the American economy, yet - MoT

    by Herodotus Prime on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 07:37:13 AM PST

  •  Mitt Romney and Iran (27+ / 0-)

    So we're supposed to believe Mitt Romney can keep Iran from building a nuclear weapon when he's too afraid to take on blowhard talk radio asswipes like Limbaugh?

    How is this dog torturing, one time governing, dead Jew converting, ass clown a serious presidential candidate again?

    •  Because he's the best they've got (8+ / 0-)

      Seriously. Be afraid; be very afraid.

      In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'ya aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il ya toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

      by blue aardvark on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 07:43:04 AM PST

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      •  My fear is that… (5+ / 0-)

        …Obama doesn't get 500 electoral votes in December.

        Teh stoopidTM, it hurts. Buy smart, union-printed, USA-made, signs, stickers, swag for everyone: DemSign.com. Get your We are the 99% Yard Sign.

        by DemSign on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 07:45:07 AM PST

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        •  Honey (husband), is that you? ;) (3+ / 0-)
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          wishingwell, mangusta, pademocrat

          My hub said exactly the same thing yesterday.

          "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~ Steven Biko

          by Marjmar on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 07:57:20 AM PST

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          •  LOL!! (1+ / 0-)
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            Marjmar

            I keep telling myself not to get too over-confident, but common sense would say, I think, that the presidential election should be a rout.

            •  "Common sense"...indeed. (2+ / 0-)
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              jakewaters, Sue B

              I'm keeping the faith; the general public still possesses a modicum of "common senese."

              It should be a rout...and the over-confidence you cite is a little scary.  We cannot afford to be complacent.

              "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~ Steven Biko

              by Marjmar on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 08:13:05 AM PST

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              •  Don't forget to tar state and local R candidates (1+ / 0-)
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                Marjmar

                with Limbaugh's vile mouthings.  

                It will help the president's coattails immensely if every republican candidate for any office has to either defend the indefensible or show their own moral timidity in the face of their fear of Rush, the (empty) head of the GOP.

                "I'll press your flesh, you dimwitted sumbitch! " -Pappy O'Daniel

                by jakewaters on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 09:08:39 AM PST

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                •  Around here... (0+ / 0-)

                  ...they seem to be doing a fine job of it, themselves, right out of the gate!

                  :)

                  The local Republican party just held and endorsement meeting, and one of the hopefuls showed up with an asshat from IFI (Illinois Family Institute) and the Republican Committeeman (a somewhat "moderate" pol) went ballistic!...immediately gave the endorsement to the lesser-known and not-likely-to-stand-a-chance-in-the-general primary opponent.  This was all "in-house," so to speak, but a friend of a friend was at the meeting.

                  To say I'm delighted is an understatement.  They know they're in deep poop.

                  "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~ Steven Biko

                  by Marjmar on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 09:15:40 AM PST

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    •  Romney called Obama feckless (14+ / 0-)

      in his foreign policy leadership in an op-ed
      this morning.

      All I could think was

      This from a man who can't even stand up to
      Rush Limbaugh and he wants to call someone else out
      on their leadership.. the guy who got Osama bin Laden
      is feckless?!

      Or as George Will said of all the candidates

      The want to bomb Iran and they can't stand up to
      Limbaugh.

      At their core they are cowards.

      Today's problems are yesterday's solutions. Don Beck

      by Sherri in TX on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 07:51:26 AM PST

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      •  Something I noticed about Romney - (1+ / 0-)
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        Matt Z

        Remember when his first reaction to the contraceptive issue was, "No, that's a silly issue to get in the middle of"? and then just an hour or two later there he was on national tv doing a triple lutz backflip and saying of COURSE he supports the bill?
        Whoever it was that got on the phone and called Romney - THAT'S who would be the real prez should this plastic man win election.
        Who's the real power behind the puppet?

    •  Romney would be all too willing to take on Iran. (2+ / 0-)
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      sherlyle, rustypatina

      Romney can easily, in a manner of speaking, stand up to Iran even though he can't and won't take on Limbaugh.

      The problem with Romney is that he doesn't know who to stand up to, nor how to stand up to those that need standing up to.

      He'll ignore Limbaugh even while that jerk helps sink America. He'd likely take on Iran in such a way that things will blow up on us, possibly sinking Iran and our own country at the same time.

  •  Now to essentially put Rush Limbaugh on the GOP (12+ / 0-)

    ticket... If the Democrats can do that, force Rush onto the Romney or Santorum or Gingrich tickets, I think they've iced this election.

  •  I didn't see it as cowardly, so much (4+ / 0-)

    as tepid and phoney.

    The Republican motto: "There's been a lot of progress in this country over the last 75 years, and we've been against all of it."

    by Hillbilly Dem on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 07:38:49 AM PST

  •  Romney is going to need Rush... (9+ / 0-)

    ...to keep the extremist teabagger base in line, while he attempts to move to the center in pursuit of moderate voters. A move that will enrage already distrustful conservatives.

    Let's see how well that works.

  •  And remember (21+ / 0-)

    Bain Capital owns Clear Channel.

    That is, Mitt's friends - good friends, some of his best - sign Rush's paychecks.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'ya aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il ya toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 07:41:44 AM PST

  •  Kick him some more Axelrod..he can't feel a thing. (5+ / 0-)
  •  "But Daddy, I can't stand up to him!" (8+ / 0-)

    "He'll beat me up!"

    Mitt Romney: a tower of jello.

  •  Most GOPs won't even comment... (5+ / 0-)

    like keeping their mouths shut will make the "Rush" problem go away but I think that they are all going to find out that this one can't be stuck in a drawer & we're not going to let him get by with it...

    Rommey gaffed this one big time and will no doubt pull a "Palin" gotcha moment defense..

    “And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

    by JMoore on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 07:46:30 AM PST

  •  Words choices do matter and I think we need (5+ / 0-)
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    Hirodog, JeffW, PinHole, zestyann, Matt Z

    to stop using "de facto" in describing Druggie Rush's hold on the GOP.  He's their mullah.  Rush, the GOP mullah, scares them.  We need to use words average, uneducated Americans can easily understand.  It's one thing that Newtie Gingrich is really good at.  Using words to cast aspersions, but making sure the words are dumbed down for general consumption.  He just called President Obama's talking about algae for energy "crazy cuckoo" not "highly suspect" - let's get basic with our words, folks.

    Rush Limbaugh, the GOP mullah, scares people like Mitt Romney.  In fact, mullah Rush scares all the "leaders" of the GOP.

    Best. President. Ever.

    by Little Lulu on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 07:46:41 AM PST

  •  Their cowardice has made the story bigger (11+ / 0-)

    Really, I can't say enough about how vile Rush's attacks were. It wasn't one sentence, it wasn't two words, it was a concerted, sustained attack.

    The thing is, not one of these repubs stood up and said that. Not one of them said, it wasn't just the choice of language, the incredible stupidity about how the pill is used, the lack of any realization about any actual facts. It was about a vile smear campaign.

     Not one of these men, who want to be commander and chief of the armed forces, and president of a country that actually has women as citizens, had the guts to call it the garbage it was. And so, they have made this story bigger, and far more damaging to them, than it ever needed to be. How lovely.

  •  "I mean are you really saying..." (9+ / 0-)

    "...politics had nothing to do with it?"

    I may be naive but I don't think the President's phone call had anything to do with it.  He's a parent - more than that, a father of two daughters.

    All people, democrat or republican, that don't object to that nasty diatribe by Limbaugh, are cowards.

    •  Anderson Cooper is failing miserably as a (0+ / 0-)

      "journalist" and as a talk show host.  That whole squinty-eyed, attempt to look incisive as he asks such ridiculous questions is downright laughable.

      The MSM--what a joke they've become.

      His silence says everything we need to know.

      by livjack on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 08:13:12 AM PST

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  •  Romney avoids apologizing to Rush (0+ / 0-)

    With the milquetoast take on Rush's commentary, Romney doesn't have to go back later and apologize to the defacto head of the republican party. That would be horrible.

    What happens if I can't come up with a snappy sig line?

    by bobinson on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 07:51:04 AM PST

  •  What gets me about Rush's comments (4+ / 0-)

    is the sheer depth of the hatred and ugliness  there. (Layers of ugly, if you will.) Every time I turn them over in my mind (try as I might not to), I find some other angle that makes them even more disgusting.

    And yes, the cowardly meme needs to take off. Not that anyone on the right would admit it, but it appeals to the reason they can't stand him either.

  •  Only two explanations... (0+ / 0-)

    Axelrod is quite right on this. Either Romney is in substantial agreement with the essence of what Limbaugh expressed, beyond those "two words", or he is providing evidence that Rush is the Moral Leader of the Republican base, not a mere entertainer.  Because of Romney's transition to a very "strict" conservatism, any criticism of Rush now would be doubly problematic as it would negate all his efforts to appeal to the extremist wing of the Party.

  •  mittens, whose best campaign strategy (5+ / 0-)

    has been railing against the "failed" presidency and "lack" of leadership of Barack Obama can't seem to "lead" his own campaign out of 2012's worst-EVER field of Republican ass-clown-candidates.

    bomb-bomb-mcCain's (if not Iran, then certainly Syria) preferred candidate to run against "THAT One"....such a pathetic FAIL

    "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

    by Sybil Liberty on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 07:56:50 AM PST

  •  Did Rush ever actually listen to Flukes testimony? (3+ / 0-)
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    Gordon20024, pademocrat, Matt Z

    I was listening to msnbc last night and heard a clip of a rush 'apology' where he claims he got his info on Ms Flukes testimony from CNS so if it was inaccurate its because its the fault of CNS and THAT got me thinking... "did Rush ever actually listen to Sandra Flukes testimony"  and I think HE DIDN'T.  I think he wrote his disgusting rant without ever actually knowing WHAT Ms Fluke said at that hearing...  which is why it is full of nothing but total CRAP that had nothing to do with what she actually testified.  and THAT makes this so much worse.

    Rush made this up... or it was a preplanned attack handed to RUSH to 'put out' to the base.  and why would RUSH be the one to push the lies?  because RUSH has been considered, up until now, UNTOUCHABLE.

    So is there any way to find out if Rush ever actually listened to Sandra Flukes congressional testimony???  

    "Orwell was an optimist"

    by KnotIookin on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 07:57:14 AM PST

  •  Mittens (0+ / 0-)

    Dosen't care about anything but money and power., he's a moral failure of epic proportions.

    "Political ends as sad remains will die." - YES 'And You and I' ; -8.88, -9.54

    by US Blues on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 08:01:03 AM PST

  •  As an old math professor of mine (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Gordon20024

    used to say, this is a a preview of pleasures to come, Mr. Romney :-)

  •  the debt-ceiling debacle (2+ / 0-)
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    AllanTBG, Gordon20024

    was another demonstration of Romney's world-class cowardice:
    while the debt ceiling stand off by the Tealaban wing of the GOP was roiling world markets and threatening to bring down our economy last year, Romney refused to weigh-in on the issue; he basically hid under his bed until the storm had safely passed

  •  Mitt's a wimp, a wuss, a coward. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Sue B

    He makes Bush I look like Rambo.

  •  Romney Flunked On Fluke (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    zestyann

    And now he's Flucked!

    I can't wait for Mitts move to the middle and the Tea Party throws him overboard

  •  Such High Standards (1+ / 0-)
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    pademocrat

    Why would anyone expect Romney to say more than he said. The guy has ZERO principles and makes John Kerry look like a man with a spine of steel. I mean he has ZERO principles and is an absolute coward scared shitless of the base (and they are base for sure) of his own goddamned party. This coward is the best the GOP can come up with? Really? Obama's machine will eat through him, spit him out and pick its teeth with Romney's bones.

    •  high standards? (1+ / 0-)
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      mchestnutjr

      because he's running for president and the american people have the right, nay, the DUTY to hold thier presidential candidates up to the highest standards! You post was probably snarky, but I think its a point that needs to be made. On the standards by which we must measure our presidents, all four GOP candidates can only be found wanting.

      This fall will not be a contest between great leaders with differing ideas on how this nation should be led. we've seen those before and the nation is always better for it. This fall will be a contest be a much clearer choice, and god help all of us if the majority of americans get it wrong.

      "There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: Make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible." - Henry Ford

      by sixeight120bpm on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 08:51:37 AM PST

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  •  Actually (0+ / 0-)

    I have a question.  Does Bain Capital own Clear Channel the radio station that Rush spews his hatred on?  If so, that explains a lot to me about Romney's idiotic reaction.

  •  There's another possibility. Mitt doesn't know (1+ / 0-)
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    PBen

    What "Slut" means. After all, Daniel Boone and Leave it to Beaver never explained it, and that sure seems where Mitt gets his ideas about the real America. He probably thought it was a golf term, or something to do with sewing.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 08:24:07 AM PST

  •  Why doesn't some one ask the obvious question? (2+ / 0-)
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    AllanTBG, boophus

    Ok, Governor, then what words would you have used instead of "slut" and "prostitute?"

  •  ha ha ha (1+ / 0-)
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    Yougottahavehope

    The robb'd that smiles steals something from the thief. -- Shakespeare

    by not2plato on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 08:39:20 AM PST

  •  The GOP wants us to elect a coward ! (5+ / 0-)
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    fuppet, not2plato, boophus, Chris Jay, Matt Z

    As an earlier comment stated, Mitt's a "hide-under-the-bed- until-it-all-goes-away" kinda guy.  

    When the Zippy the Pinhead and his caucus threatened to limit the debt ceiling for the first time in his career, Mitt said nothing.  Had no opinion, no leadership.

    He weanies out in front of the biggest coward on the planet with his panty-waste response to Rush's most recent rant; such a lame statement is wholly insufficient. At best, it's just not quite an endorsement of Limbaugh.

    There must be a very strong, unambiguous repudiation of Limbaugh and all the destructive monologue, anti-everything-but-me that he is.

    The R presidential candidates being the mealy-mouthed shuffle-butts they are were similarly aghast.

    Mitt: "It's not the language I would have used." Maybe the same message, though.  It was the message not the language, Mitt.

    Rick: "He's being absurd. But that's, you know--an entertainer can be absurd."  Absurd?  Absurd is you as a candidate for high office.

    Rush is vile. He is not funny, he's not being absurd, he is not joking, he is not satire. He's not studied commentary or analysis.  He's a warm steamer on the lawn and needs removal.

    Will Rogers and Mort Sahl were satire. Jon Stewart, Bill Maher and Stephen Colbert are satire.  And they are the best coverage of domestic events. And reality has a liberal bias; it always did.

    Only one "Republican" candidate made a clear refudiation repudiation and he's not really a Republican.

    Rush needs to be a dust swirl in the rear view, on Clear Channel, on Premiere, on Armed Forces Network, everywhere!  

    I think that Republicanism is revealing itself as a personality disorder, not so much an ideology." -- Naomi Klein

    by AllanTBG on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 08:43:50 AM PST

    •  You got it, AllanTBG (1+ / 0-)
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      I think its amazing that Rush has lasted this long.  It seems to be that nobody ever tried, but I am no sure that is so.  

      At any rate, he and his radio career are surely mortal.  That is, with enough pressure he could be forced out, like Glenn Beck.  

      Getting him removed from Armed Forces Network alone would be a tremendous boost to the left and to all opponents of officialdom's support for ignorance and demagoguery.  

      That this bully and prick has been tolerated for so long says a great deal about this country and its moral sensibility.  To have morals, a society must protect them.  Do we protect moral values like honesty?  Not in enough places, I would say.  Where are the Christians who are supposed to deplore gossip?  Where are the Christians who are supposed to deplore those who re-marry after divorce?  Where are the moralists who care about integrity and fair play, and why are they not policing our air waves?  

      I guess I am saying, There are a lot of nations where Rush's style would not be tolerated.  

      The robb'd that smiles steals something from the thief. -- Shakespeare

      by not2plato on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 09:46:19 AM PST

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  •  At best, the question is this... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...if Mitt Romney is afraid to confront Rush Limbaugh, why should we trust him to confront, say, Iran and North Korea, when confrontation is due. At worst, it speaks loudly not only about Mitt Romney's tone deafness when it comes to Limbaugh's despicable remarks, but also about the failure of Clear Channel (Rush's syndicator via Premiere Networks) to condemn Rush and remove him from its airwaves. And, to take that one step further, at least part of Clear Channel is owned by Bain Capital (yes, that's Romney's old company). Romney had a chance to show leadership, and he failed miserably and has more than earned his outright rejection by voters of his presidential application.

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." --Gandhi

    by alaprst on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 09:10:48 AM PST

  •  romney agrees with rush (0+ / 0-)

    it's not only that they fear him, they actually agree with the grand master pig limbaugh

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

    by noofsh on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 11:57:15 AM PST

  •  3am. The phone's ringing. Mitt ignores it. (0+ / 0-)

    In times of moral crisis...... Mitt is Mitt.

    Democrats are not always right, but Republicans are insane.

    by BobBlueMass on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 12:38:09 PM PST

  •  There's nothing unusual about Pres Obama... (0+ / 0-)

    reaching out to an individual.  My wife had a student who got a White House internship.  Before she started Obama personally called her to get to know her and talk about the position.  That's just who he is.

    Of course, in this case, it's smart politics, too.

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