Skip to main content

Time to pick the last of the final four semifinalists! The bracket is here. We have the GOP debate audience that booed the gay soldier versus Rick Santorum's preaching against sex for pleasure. Today, you decide who gets to face off against Mitt Romney's Etch-a-Sketch.

1. MITT ROMNEY THINKS CORPORATIONS ARE PEOPLE, MY FRIENDS

Original writeup here.
Corporations are people, my friend... of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to the people. Where do you think it goes? Whose pockets? Whose pockets? People's pockets. Human beings my friend.
And by "people," Romney means this ...
Romney flashing cash with Bain partners
... though I doubt the guy in the middle qualifies as a "human being."

2. GOP AUDIENCE CHEERS "LET HIM DIE!"

BLITZER: A healthy 30-year-old young man has a good job, makes a good living, but decides, you know what? I’m not going to spend $200 or $300 a month for health insurance because I’m healthy, I don’t need it. But something terrible happens, all of a sudden he needs it.

Who’s going to pay if he goes into a coma, for example?  Who pays for that?

PAUL: Well, in a society that you accept welfarism and socialism, he expects the government to take care of him.

BLITZER: Well, what do you want?

PAUL: But what he should do is whatever he wants to do, and assume responsibility for himself. My advice to him would have a major medical
policy, but not be forced –

BLITZER: But he doesn’t have that. He doesn’t have it, and he needs intensive care for six months. Who pays?

PAUL: That’s what freedom is all about, taking your own risks. This whole idea that you have to prepare and take care of everybody –
(APPLAUSE)

BLITZER: But Congressman, are you saying that society should just let him die?

CROWD: Yes! Yeah! (LAUGHTER)

What, you don't think it's hilarious when people die? Liberal.

Poll

Today's winner is

35%1881 votes
64%3417 votes

| 5301 votes | Vote | Results

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  Let him die easily advances! (9+ / 0-)

    And my fugly four prediction from way earlier will become true

    (You can check my comments to verify date I made this prediction!)

    Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

    by Mannie on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:03:35 PM PDT

  •  Predicting the championship: (10+ / 0-)

    "Audience boos gay soldier" vs. "Let him die."

    The way to combat noxious ideas is with other ideas. The way to combat falsehoods is with truth. - William O. Douglas

    by PSzymeczek on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:04:00 PM PDT

    •  That's been my expectation (7+ / 0-)

      Both supersede any individual gaffe or stuipidity from any particular candidate; and instead epitomize the entire right wing, candidates and supporters both. For that reason at least one of those needs to make the finals.

      from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

      by Catte Nappe on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:13:33 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Both sum up the modern GOP (4+ / 0-)

        in a nutshell. They're all about "supporting the troops" unless the particular "troop" happens to be gay, and they could give a rat's ass about anyone else as long as they've got theirs (or even if they don't because only evil sinners who reject God's grace would be gravely ill without insurance).

        Mitt Romney: the Etch-A-Sketch candidate in the era of YouTube

        by Cali Scribe on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:35:32 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  the candidates suck because the GOP sucks (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Catte Nappe, PSzymeczek

        If you don't pander to the sociopath base, if you try to make even a modicum of sense, if you try to be even the least bit practical or realistic, if you show the smallest bit of human decency... THE BASE WILL DESTROY YOU.

        They got these awful candidates because the few remaining rational Republicans either didn't run, or got wiped out (right, Huntsman?)

        [Law is a] mixture of customs that are beneficial to society, and could be followed even if no law existed, and others that are of advantage to a ruling minority, but harmful to the masses of men, and can be enforced on them only by terror. -Kropotkin

        by Orbital Mind Control Lasers on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:48:39 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  I nailed the fugly 4 easy, but championship? (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Gooserock, Catte Nappe, PSzymeczek

      "Audience boos gay soldier" vs No sex for pleasure

      Even the most stupid redneck repug LOVES sex.  The 1%ers even want to take away something we enjoy. They want to control us even more!

      Once I predicted the fugly 4, I am still 50/50 on this match.

      "Let him die." vs Etch-A-Sketch

      Etch-A-Sketch is just so perfect and will be with us until the election (and I pray not after, if you know what I mean!)

      Once I predicted the fugly 4, I am still leaning towards let him die, but am not 100% sure on this one yet.

      Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

      by Mannie on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:18:48 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Doesn't Matter if They Love It or Do it On the Sly (0+ / 0-)

        Sex for pleasure is a sin and since almost everybody does it it provides maximum opportunity to punish people with no threat to private property.

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 02:11:33 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  My top four were (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      PSzymeczek

      Boo at Soldier
      Speechifying (I knew it was a long shot)
      Let him Die
      Etch-a-Sketch

      Im with you on the finale prediction of boo vs die

      Now that winner, hell that's a toss up. That's Vegas odds right there.

      --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

      by idbecrazyif on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:30:16 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Too bad they GOP audience won't let (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    bherner, Spirit of Life, Gooserock

    corporate people "die". Assholes want immortal corporations and dead people.

    All my sig lines are hand-crafted by demented elves living in my skull.

    by ontheleftcoast on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:04:15 PM PDT

  •  How can you vote against (6+ / 0-)

    corporations are people? It defines the Rombot!

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

    by blue aardvark on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:04:25 PM PDT

  •  Paul is now irrelevant (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    OldGrandet

    Yes, I know that the point behind what was posted here was that a bunch of pro-Paul supporters hollered "let him die", but it's a pretty big stretch to say that the majority of the republicans in our country actually think that way.

    This isn't something I hope the Obama team uses to garner independent/undecided voters.  They won't buy the implication.

    Just my point of view, of course.

    - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

    by r2did2 on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:09:23 PM PDT

    •  How do we know they were Paul supporters? (2+ / 0-)

      as opposed to your garden variety GOP asshole?

      No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.

      by Magster on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:12:24 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  We don't, of course (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Gooserock

        So, that goes to my point.  If 10 or 100 of tens or hundreds of millions of republicans in our country say "let him die" at a Ron Paul rally, it is horrible of course but doesn't mean that this is predominant republican belief.  

        Again, it's just my point of view.  Thanks.

        - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

        by r2did2 on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:16:00 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Ending Social Safety Net, Keeping a Hundred Millio (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          ItsaMathJoke

          and more from having full access to health care, high infant mortality, shorter lifespans, --that is all literally letting people die.

          It's a core conservative value.

          We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

          by Gooserock on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 02:14:26 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  Not the majority of Republicans (0+ / 0-)

      But a goodly number of the far right, which Mitt is still having to court, and which will have a whole lot of influence on what Congress looks like for the next few years. Those "let him die" cheers represent a non-trivial subset that is going to be challenging every bit of any health care reform that gets past the SCOTUS.

      On the "Corporations are people" - that's a mis-speak. Intended meaning pretty clearly was that corporations consist of individual people who earn their pay checks as a result of corporate endeavors. Hillary Clinton had a somewhat similar experience: “A lot of those lobbyists, whether you like it or not, represent real Americans,”

      from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

      by Catte Nappe on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:20:01 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Uh...really? (0+ / 0-)
        Hillary Clinton had a somewhat similar experience: “A lot of those lobbyists, whether you like it or not, represent real Americans,”
        Not sure those two can be compared.  I do see your point about what the impetus of what Romney said was, but comparing these two statements is kind of a stretch.  

        I think Romney was trying to defend the SCOTUS ruling that "corporations are like people" in Citizens United.  And, from that point of view, I totally disagree with him.

        - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

        by r2did2 on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:26:09 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  You may have missed the reaction (0+ / 0-)

          When Hillary made that statement she took all kinds of heat. The statement was made at YearlyKos (predecessor to Netroots Nation), she was booed, and was exccoriated all over the blogosphere for months.

          from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

          by Catte Nappe on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:43:36 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  I understand that (0+ / 0-)

            (Only one "c" in excoriated"), but my point was about the comparison.  Thanks.

            - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

            by r2did2 on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:52:37 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  Thanks for the spell check ;) (0+ / 0-)

              I do know that, but am sometimes a bit lead fingered at the keyboard.

              The reasoning behind my comparison:

              "Corporations are people" can be understood as
              Romney is too damn chummy with greedy corporatists
              OR
              Romney points out that regular people earn a living by working for corporations

              "Lobbyists represent real Americans" can be taken as
              Hillary is too damn chummy with greedy K Streeters
              OR
              Hillary points out that lobbyists represent teachers, nurses, environmentalists, etc.

              It works for me. It doesn't have to work for you.

              from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

              by Catte Nappe on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 02:07:02 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

    •  When you look at the opposition (0+ / 0-)

      to universal health care ("death panels!"), it's not really that big a stretch. And with the current anti-abortion bills being circulated, you could easily substitute "let her die" if you're talking about a woman with an at-risk pregnancy.

      Mitt Romney: the Etch-A-Sketch candidate in the era of YouTube

      by Cali Scribe on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:39:27 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Beaten to death if Doughy pantsload had his way nt (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    annieli

    Doctor Mitt Romney Brain Sturgeon-The Operation was a success but the patient died, where's my fee?

    by JML9999 on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:13:09 PM PDT

  •  These two fit together like birds of a feather. (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    filby, Spirit of Life

    Who better than corporations, i.e. people like Mitt Romney, to let the uninsured die?

    Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

    by SottoVoce on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:15:24 PM PDT

  •  I suspect that the entire competition will be (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    annieli, Spirit of Life

    upstaged by a floor fight at Tampa over whether delegates can vote their consciences on the first ballot.  Paul has been sneaking his supporters into Romeny's delegate pool.  I find it impossible to believe he only did this in caucus states.  Reagan tried this in 1976 and came close.  If Paul succeeds where Reagan failed, it will roil the party at the grassroots level.

  •  my bracket was busted a while ago, but I do (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    citizenx, basket

    the "tournament" gets some exposure.

    slutty voter for a "dangerous president"; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; Warning-Some Snark Above"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Sciant terra viam monstrare." 政治委员, 政委!

    by annieli on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:20:27 PM PDT

  •  No doubt, Romney is proving, more and more, (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    citizenx

    each day to the GOP electorate that he is a true asshole, and as a result each day they grow closer to him.

    The definition of INSANITY: Voting Republican over and over and over and expecting the economy to get better.

    by pollbuster on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:21:21 PM PDT

  •  Tougher choice than I thought (0+ / 0-)

    Corporations are People will be a great campaign commercial but the classlessness of the elite republican base which attend those debates is astonishing.

  •  Colbert is milking the comment for all it's worth! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Magster

    so so funny!

    "You can't think and surf at the same time" Yogi Surfdog

    by surfdog on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:22:51 PM PDT

  •  Another tough matchup! (0+ / 0-)

    I really thought about reading the comments before voting, hoping someone could win me over to one or the other; but the insight came first.  I really effing despise Mitt Romney and the oligarchical rule he represents and as voiced in his "corporations are people" comment.  Still, the visceral disgust at people so inhuman as to cheer for the death of an indigent has to trump that.  I went with "let him die."

    You can't spell CRAZY without R-AZ.

    by rb608 on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:25:27 PM PDT

  •  No winners here.... (0+ / 0-)

    only losers.

    The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government. - Thomas Jefferson

    by ctexrep on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:26:10 PM PDT

  •  I find it hard to "laugh" at right wing insanity (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    WheninRome

    when they remain very much in power - and are threatening to take it all in November.

    I find it f*cking dismal in fact.

  •  hmmm...... (0+ / 0-)

    PAUL: That’s what freedom is all about, taking your own risks. This whole idea that you have to prepare and take care of everybody –

    Unless it's rich people or corporations or Wall St. Then everybody has to come together so they won't have to pay taxes or suffer from bad/risky choices.

  •  Suggestion about Romney fans (0+ / 0-)

    Get them on the record about letting people die--woule they agree to let their family members die if there weren't enough money to pay for their care?.....
    Let their loved ones know where they stand.

    Is there some way  to ask Romney and his fans
    "What Would Jesus Do" ?

    Meanwhile, I'm feeling totally stupid about spending so much time enjoying Daily Kos's endless tidbits about bad things Republicans say and do........and I'm not doing enough to keep Republicans from harming everyone.

    Must do more......but what?

  •  the two worst things in the GOP campaign (0+ / 0-)

    Mitt Romney, and the GOP base.

    The likes of Santorum, Gingrich, Perry? Small potatoes next to THOSE villains.

    [Law is a] mixture of customs that are beneficial to society, and could be followed even if no law existed, and others that are of advantage to a ruling minority, but harmful to the masses of men, and can be enforced on them only by terror. -Kropotkin

    by Orbital Mind Control Lasers on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:45:55 PM PDT

  •  "Let them die" (0+ / 0-)

    We've already got etch-a-sketch.

  •  Oh, you got to go with CORPORATIONS ARE PEOPLE! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Magnifico

    "Let him die" was the expression of a couple of people in the audience. "Corporations are People!" inadvertently revealed Mitt's truest, more preciously-held belief, the motivation for him running in the first place, and it's a great tag line for the campaign.

    Some people are intolerant, and I CAN'T STAND people like that. -- Tom Lehrer

    by TheCrank on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 02:16:25 PM PDT

  •  This is really tough... (0+ / 0-)

    The GOP's greatest hits keep on coming.  

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site