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It seems painfully evident at this point that Mitt Romney's campaign seriously sucks at, well, campaigning. Their singular message for the last week or so has been all about how the president of the United States dared to suggest that America's noble businessmen benefit from things like "roads and bridges," specifically, and dared point out that it is the cruel, oppressive American government and cruel, oppressive American taxpayers that provide those roads and bridges, and how horrible the president must be for thinking such things.

Indeed, apparently this rather banal and oft-repeated observation about the interplay between government and business was considered such an insult to the business community, a community of which Mitt Romney is self-appointed lord and master, that the Mitt campaign felt compelled to respond with all possible force. And their response, consisting in part of an ad showing a John Galtish businessman being outraged by Obama saying such mean, anti-business things, sucks worse than the history off all the things that have previously sucked in the Mitt Romney campaign, and that is saying something.

Because that businessman complaining up there? He's a poster child for government assistance to businesses:

The New Hampshire Union Leader’s John DiStato today reports that in 1999 the business in question, Gilchrist Metal, “received $800,000 in tax-exempt revenue bonds issued by the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority ‘to set up a second manufacturing plant and purchase equipment to produce high definition television broadcasting equipment’…” In addition, in 2011, Gilchrist Metal “received two U.S. Navy sub-contracts totaling about $83,000 and a smaller, $5,600 Coast Guard contract in 2008…”

The businessman, Jack Gilchrist, also acknowledged that in the 1980s the company received a U.S. Small Business Administration loan totaling “somewhere south of” $500,000, and matching funds from the federally-funded New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Center.

“I’m not going to turn a blind eye because the money came from the government,” Gilchrest said. “As far as I’m concerned, I’m getting some of my tax money back. I’m not stupid, I’m not going to say ‘no.’ Shame on me if I didn’t use what’s available.”

So the guy the Romney campaign went to for their attack ad has a business has received $800,000 in tax-exempt bonds, another $500,000 or so in small business loans, does contracting work for the U.S. Navy, but he's pissed off that Obama said that government helps businesses. Say what you will, but that sounds like the perfect Mitt Romney voter, right there.

By itself it would be a minor act of comedy, but the Romney campaign has apparently been basing their entire pushback on non-government-helped businessowners who, glory be, actually get government help. Last week he held an anti-Obama pushback at an auto repair shop, saying "this is not the result of government," etc., only to have have it undermined almost immediately:

[I]n an interview with Boston-based reporter Jon Keller of WBZ-TV, Maloney acknowledged that his business received some government help. “The only way I was able to come here, because I had no money, was with an industrial-revenue bond,” Maloney said in the interview. Industrial-revenue bonds are typically issued by local and state governments to attract new business to an area.
... and his "We did built it!" rally today (good gawd, really?) featured, yes, multiple defense contractors. Because nothing says "government never helped my business" more than cashing regular checks from that same government.

There's at least two possibilities here. Possibility one is that the Mitt Romney campaign sucks so very, very badly at messaging that it didn't even occur to them that their multiple publicity stunts and advertisements touting business independence from taxpayers and the government should probably not involve businesses that have had significant assistance from taxpayers and the government. The other possibility, though, is that Mitt Romney's business friends are such a cloistered community that Mitt sincerely doesn't know anyone whose business hasn't gotten direct and substantial assistance from the government. He doesn't know any, and in the entire sphere of American businessmen who are Mitt Romney supporters, his entire campaign staff can't find any either. (To be fair, most of Romney's friends are from Wall Street, and there's not one damn person in the whole financial industry who could credibly be propped up as being "independent of government" in the last few years.)

So I'm not sure what's going on at this point, but the Mitt Romney campaign either needs better campaigners, better friends, or both. Propping up a bunch of defense contractors, small business loan holders, bond grantees and others who are willing to sneer at all the help America has given them makes both them and Mitt look like gigantic, pompous jerks.

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  •  Jack Gilchrist is also not as independent (23+ / 0-)

    politically as he professes. His company was visited by both Romney and Huntsman during the primaries, he officially endorsed Huntsman and then switched his allegiance to Romney, appearing on a Romney campaign conference call in June.

    Republicans believe you need an ID to vote but you can donate millions to any candidate completely anonymously. (h/t jbou)

    by Calouste on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 03:33:26 PM PDT

  •  why is willard's ad on the front page? (2+ / 0-)
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    Navy Vet Terp, Janet 707

    Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle. -Helen Keller

    by ridemybike on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 03:34:19 PM PDT

    •  Romney doesn't suck - (4+ / 0-)

      - at messaging.  I simply lies.

      He has been quoting the President as saying that business owners didn't build their businesses.

      He didn't say that.

      It is a lie.

      Could the news report: "Romney lies again about Obama"?  Of course not.  That little piece of fact would be viewed as biased.

      •  Oops. I meant to say, HE simply lies. (1+ / 0-)
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        DEMonrat ankle biter

        I get excited sometimes.

      •  It's up to the OFA (1+ / 0-)
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        to push back with counter ads detailing these hypocritical businessmen because the media isn't going to do it.

        OFA needs to go after these lying businessmen in television ads.

        •  No (2+ / 0-)
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          Janet 707, pademocrat

          The President going after small businessmen will not play well, at all. That will become the story.

          This latest Romney gimmick has no staying power. Let the OFA communications team handle it at the local level and it'll fade into Olympics coverage. And, hopefully, more coverage on Willard's taxes.

          •  Who says it won't play well? (0+ / 0-)

            The narrative is being set that Obama is anti-business.  Why is doing nothing always the "best" option?

            How about going after Republicans in Congress for not passing legislation that would help small businesses or pointing out that most businesses rely on an educated work force to build their businesses?  Show a list of all the good pieces of legislation for businesses that Republicans have blocked from being voted on.

            You can counter the "Obama is anti-business" without making the disingenuous businessman out to be the bad guy.  I'm hoping the OFA doesn't sit on their hands on this one.  Show the country they can play a little defense.  Isn't it an age old truism that defense wins championships?

  •  "I'm not stupid. I'm not going to say no..." (18+ / 0-)

    ... says the small-businessman who accepted money from the government to build his business.

    Well, duh.

    Until Mitt finds a highly successful businessperson who never went to school who has created a business that requires no use of public roads, local utilities, the Postal Service, or any employees educated in public schools, I say, "MEH!" to his argument.

    And if Mitt finds someone who delivers hand-crocheted doilies by dogsled and has made a million doing so, I'll still say, "MEH!"

    •  even then! issue of benefiting from 15,000 years (7+ / 0-)

      of OTHER humans breeding dogs from wolves and foxes to make those handy dandy dogs pulling your sled which itself is a benefit from thousands of years of human ingenuity creating such a contraption

      Heck the whole making a doilie by hand relies / benefits again from thousands of years of human women going all the way back to the first women who observed spider webs and though of weaving palm leaves together

      nope sorry, nothing is possible without others either here and now and or others who have gone before

      we all stand upon the shoulders of giants

    •  No man is an island, entire of itself (4+ / 0-)
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      ms badger, MeToo, mmacdDE, Janet 707

      Each is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.

      No religion stresses helping  (at least co-religionists) like the Mormons, and for them religion and government were coterminous in the early days in Utah and surrounding areas.  Mitt can twist it any way he wants, but we are all connected, even if he is self-important and narcissistic to think he did it all himself and can ignore the entire legal and social fabric that makes his money-making possible.

      The scientific uncertainty doesn't mean that climate change isn't actually happening.

      by Mimikatz on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 03:55:19 PM PDT

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    •  But these bozos really DO believe (0+ / 0-)

      that they are self-made men. That they never took nothing from nobody. That every penny they have is earned by the sweat of their own personal brow. No matter how much they have received from the government or gained from the work of other people.

      This is an article of faith for them. This is how the red-state voter thinks of himself. It's about self-image and ego.

      And yet such cognitive dissonance is only a fraction of the issue. It's also a matter of religion -- not the so-called "christianity" they practice, but the religion of money and business and the Chicago school of economics. A religion of ego and arrogance, that worships money and self above all things and sees government and taxes as the ultimate evil.

      This is Romney's true religion. It is the true state religion of modern America. It is the religion of the media. It is the religion which informs these ads.

      And, as a religion, it needs no proof and responds to no logical refutation. It doesn't matter that this guy is full of shit. HE believes what he is saying with all his heart and bloated ego. Asking him to question his illogic or hypocrisy is like asking a heroin addict to reach down and examine what drives him to shoot up. It ain't gonna happen. He's too invested in his own personal myth and glory.

      Just like Mitt Romney.

      Just like the media.

      Just like Wall Street.

      One thing Obama has to understand is that he is not fighting a political campaign this year. He is fighting a religious war.

  •  Romney will push this theme for all it's worth (6+ / 0-)

    Their campaign was reacting to the Bain Capital/Tax Return news and trying to shift the story. It was tactical and reactionary...and about as well thought out as the choice of Palin for VP.

    four more

    Eagles may soar, but at least weasels don't get sucked into jet engines

    by SnyperKitty on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 03:38:23 PM PDT

  •  But will anyone but us know? (14+ / 0-)

    The average voter isn't going to know the stupocrocy (a new word I just made up that means both stupid and hypocritical) of these campaign stunts.

    Also, I can kill you with my brain.

    by Puffin on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 03:40:07 PM PDT

    •  The Stupocrocy, it burns! (2+ / 0-)
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      DEMonrat ankle biter, tekno2600

      I like it....:o)

      "May today be as great as yesterday, and tomorrow be greater than both!" Author, Sharon B.

      by secret38b on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 03:48:18 PM PDT

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    •  Not unless OFA puts it out debunking ads (3+ / 0-)
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      FiredUpInCA, Janet 707, pademocrat

      and even then the anti-Obama crowd won't believe.

      True story: I had a Facebook friend put up a silly photo of a sandwich shop with the Obama didn't build my shop and then when I replied with the complete quote and the fact that the sandwich shop owner probably didn't build the roads that brought the customers to his establishment, one of her friends posted a reply that it didn't matter because Obama was anti-business.  When I asked for specifics, I got nada.  They believe without facts which is what makes these lies so dangerous because it gets picked up by the undecideds.  OFA played pretty good offense with the Bain ads.  Now they need to play good defense by debunking these businessman lies.

      •  because it's religion (0+ / 0-)

        The entire red-state mind set is based on the religious model that doesn't require anything but so-called "faith." Logic, rational thought, facts, truth, reason mean nothing to these people.

        Just watch Fix News: their entire con is based on "just so" stories that cannot stand up to rational analysis, but sound good. Stories that stroke the ego of the Fux Noize viewer. That tell stupid, ignorant people that they are smart and savvy for believing the lies and falsehoods.

        Even blatant lies are embraced because of this model of religious "faith." It doesn't have to be true -- what religion is? -- it just has to make them feel good and allow the hatred and egotism to flow.

        This is a religious war.

    •  Nixon (3+ / 0-)
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      MeToo, Janet 707, pademocrat

      ...had a prankster nemesis who would show up at his rallies with foreign-language (Japanese?) signs asking about a financial irregularity.  

      We need a modern-day version bedeviling DubyaMitt at every stop with signs asking "Where Are The 1040's?"

      America, we can do better than this...

      by Randomfactor on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 04:45:30 PM PDT

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  •  If anyone needs a new sig line ... (6+ / 0-)
    Mitt Romney's campaign seriously sucks at, well, campaigning. ~ Hunter

    "Four more years!" (Obama Unencumbered - The Sequel)

    by jwinIL14 on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 03:45:35 PM PDT

  •  Or maybe they have their messaging where they want (11+ / 0-)

    it to be.

    It seems ludicrous to us that he would say such a thing that is so patently false but this IS his trade.  The same constituents fall for this.

    The counter attack in my opinion is to do a divide and conquer strategy of saying "Come on Mitt, do you think so little of "Ohio" voters to think they would fall for such a crass lie?  The businesses you've highlighted today ALL received numerous government assistance awards AND contracts to start and grow their business.  So, stop trying to dupe the American people.  The fact is, everyone gets to where they are with help from somebody and often times, their government, Federal, State or Local has had a hand in getting you to where you are today. Patriotic Americans should thank God for the opportunity to live in and contribute to a country such as the United States that looks after its citizens and fosters opportunity and justice."

    That's the social contract we founded at the beginning of our Republic. It's good then, it's good now.

    And on the occasion of his visiting Hoover dam:  "Oh Mitt, see that really big thing behind you?  Guess who built that?  It was the American people through their government. It has served our country well for nearly NINE decades now. Providing power and water for our crops without regard to your station in life serving one and all.

    --Mr. President, you have to earn my vote every day. Not take it for granted. --

    by chipoliwog on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 03:46:02 PM PDT

  •  Romney fixed the sign, "We DONE built it" (1+ / 0-)
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    Now that's more clear, ain't it?

  •  Businesses can't exist without!!! (5+ / 0-)

    Every Business gets federal help just to exist, if not directly, and many do some constantly, then in the infrastructure needs, much more then roads and bridges, paid for by the contributions from all of us which we use and need as well, thing is in the past decades it's Us and not them at the top paying for all those needs at the front and to maintain!!

    Add in the employee's, treat them like shit and watch your turnover not to mention how long you stay in business!

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 03:49:49 PM PDT

  •  They don't comprehend it (6+ / 0-)

    I pointed all this out to a galtish type business owner, and he totally didn't see it.  Totally fucking brainwashed.

    "I Welcome Their Hatred." - FDR

    by dehrha02 on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 03:50:58 PM PDT

  •  federal government (2+ / 0-)
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    FiredUpInCA, geejay

    keep your hands of my goverment contracts!!!!

    of topic, however, i think jack gilchrist is kinda hot looking (go ahead, sue me).

    hope springs eternal and DAMN is she getting tired!

    by alguien on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 03:51:11 PM PDT

  •  hypocrisy (11+ / 0-)

    “I’m not going to turn a blind eye because the money came from the government,” Gilchrest said. “As far as I’m concerned, I’m getting some of my tax money back. I’m not stupid, I’m not going to say ‘no.’ Shame on me if I didn’t use what’s available.”

    I see this exact argument from conservatives time after time after time. They said it when Ayn Rand was exposed for receiving Social Security: "oh im just getting my tax dollars back. this is MY money, its owed to me".

    But somehow, whenever anyone else takes money from the government, its a handout. I swear to god, every Republican thinks theyre the only person on Earth who has ever worked a day in his life.

  •  Is this really a surprise? (2+ / 0-)
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    chickeee, Janet 707

    Mitt doesn't even know who he is anymore. The man just lies, lies, and lies and he takes credit for anything good done by someone else. He's trying to keep his ass on Survivor by doing anything to win the immunity necklace.

  •  The upper class feels the most entitled (6+ / 0-)

    I have experienced it at dinner parties.   They may take deliveries of their yachts offshore so they don't have to pay US taxes and keep them 1/2 year in Canada so that they don't have to pay state taxes, but they still feel entitled to every penny of social security and medicare (all the while bitching about the state of our infrastructure) because some time in their life they may have paid taxes to somebody.

    It is really pretty eerie.   It is not a subject that you can challenge and get invited to more parties.

    Meanwhile, I never noticed that attitude among the very poor (in my pre tech-bubble life.)

  •  regulation creates jobs! (6+ / 0-)

    they love to talk about what a huge burden regulation is, but what about all the regulations that spur business? Where would motor vehicle inspection (and repairs that might result from same) be without government regulation?
    How many accountants and IT professionals would be employed were it not for Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPAA? Or the IT people tasked with setting up state health insurance exchanges?
    How about consultant engineers, architects, and medical professionals who specialize in compliance issues?
    What about people who do contract work to bring buildings up to code? Or make them compliant with the ADA?
    How about asbestos abatement?
    If we weren't required to buy auto and home insurance, where would that leave insurance companies?
    Regulation creates jobs!

  •  Don't Romnify the economy the way Bain did to it's (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Janet 707

    partner companies take over victims. If "defense" "contractors" are such rugged individualists, quit taking corporate welfare from the government and let Mitt Romney invest/drive you into bankruptcy. See how that works out for ya!

    Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

    by tekno2600 on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 04:00:42 PM PDT

  •  BUT LISTEN to what Gilchrist says; (6+ / 0-)

    He says he didn't need it, he just took it because he is "getting his taxes back".  He's actually asserting that businesses are dirty and the programs are abused by people like him.  Does that help Mitt?

    "My taxes are of the legally correct height, and the core reason for my campaign is to make them a different, lower height, and it is none of your business what precisely either of those heights might be." Mitt, as channelled by Hunter.

    by Inland on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 04:01:06 PM PDT

  •  That was Obama's point. (2+ / 0-)
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    MeToo, Janet 707
    their multiple publicity stunts and advertisements touting business independence from taxpayers and the government should probably not involve businesses that have had significant assistance from taxpayers and the government.
    That would be like finding an Obamacare hater who's never needed medical help. Such things don't exist. That was Obama's point, and it was a courageous one to make in this cooked up atmosphere of phony "individualism". Nobody makes it on their own, and never did.

    It's always amusing to hear the cowboy capitalism fanboys shed their fake tears about how America made them what they are today, and then turn around and brag about how "self-made" they are. Or to yap on and on about "free markets" without knowing/admitting that there can be no markets at all without government. Guess it only proves once again that you don't have to be very bright to make it big time in America.

    We already tried a dumbass rich kid, remember? That really wasn't enough?

    by DaveW on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 04:01:31 PM PDT

  •  One man's handout is another man's tax refund? (3+ / 0-)
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    terabthia2, JeffW, Janet 707

    Obama got it right, but he could have phrased it differently.  No "job creator", in the United States, has ever built a business without some form of government investment helping that "job creator".  The commerce infratructure wasn't built by Native Americans, before the Pilgrims landed.

    There is no hell on earth appropriate enough for those who would promote the killing of another person, in the name of a god.

    by HarryParatestis on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 04:03:25 PM PDT

  •  There is also a third possibility: that the media (3+ / 0-)
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    Joealan, JeffW, Janet 707

    is so bad it has failed to point out the hypocrisy in these ads/statements that no one notices.

    "There's been a little complication with my complication"

    by dash888 on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 04:04:44 PM PDT

  •  If defense contractors want more FREE STUFF... (4+ / 0-)
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    msdrown, JeffW, BachFan, Janet 707

    then Mitt saying he's their man. Everybody else is a little person or one of the "very poor" who he flat out says he's "not concerned about."

    Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

    by tekno2600 on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 04:06:23 PM PDT

  •  facts do not disturb the mindset of (5+ / 0-)

    voters who do not want to face them.  They can look an easily debunked lie straight in the face and believe it, because it aligns with their party of choice or their worldview.  They can listen to unadulterated hypocrisy like this guy's, and not see it for what it is.  I was struck by how well this was explained in Olympia's excellent diary about her encounter with a Tea Party lady:

    She told me that the reason so many of the older people in her country were frightened is that Obama is:

    - a black man looking for revenge on white people
    - is a Muslim
    - is planning to make the US a Muslim country with Muslim religion and law
    - will send death panels for people like her and her husband

    ...SNIP...I could tell from the look in her eyes and her body language that she was not open to any discussion.  She had all her facts and they probably came from Faux News because she sure had all of their talking points.

    Sadly, there are enough voters who happily take their bulls**t straight up that we have to work till the last minute in November to keep Romney away from the reins of power.

    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 Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 04:11:48 PM PDT

    •  Common human failing, unfortunately (2+ / 0-)
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      SottoVoce, Janet 707

      The alternative, that all your precious beliefs are nonsense, is intolerable.  So a lie is believed if it reinforces those beliefs.

      Weirdly, I was talking about this very human failing to a buddy of mine just the other day.  He's a World War II historian and to this day, after years of study, he's still astounded that Germany followed Hitler over a cliff.  There were still believers in the last battle, the battle for Berlin.  The spell was only broken with Hitler's suicide.  Bombs falling around you, shit like you can't believe spewing out everywhere, freaking Russians in the suburbs, but hey, it's okay, because the Leader's about to unleash those superweapons he's been telling us about.  He's about to pull a plan out of his ass that will put us back on top.

      Sorry about the violation of Godwin's Law.

      Please feel free to HR me for my informative and argumentative nature. 'To know what is right and to do it are two different things.' - Chushingura, a tale of The Forty-Seven Ronin

      by rbird on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 04:32:32 PM PDT

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  •  Why am I reminded of the borg? (1+ / 0-)
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    Janet 707

    Oh, yeah.

    "You exist to service us."

    That we want government to serve all the people is a deep affront to Mitt and his friends.

    However, as to this ad, I don't think Mitt is stupid.  This is more of the "white guys for Romney" stuff they put out to keep their base firmed up.  I believe Team Romney has given up on a broader campaign.  Their idea of a winning formula is:  (political base) + (voter suppression) = Victory.

    Please feel free to HR me for my informative and argumentative nature. 'To know what is right and to do it are two different things.' - Chushingura, a tale of The Forty-Seven Ronin

    by rbird on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 04:21:01 PM PDT

  •  I don't think the truth matters to him. As long (1+ / 0-)
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    Janet 707

    as he can put on a show of righteous indignation he's OK.

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy;the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness

    by CTMET on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 04:23:27 PM PDT

  •  Romney's trying to fire up the base (1+ / 0-)
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    Janet 707

    Of course its ridiculous to claim any business made it on nothing but hard work and bootstraps. So why is the Romney campaign even trying this ludicrous message?

    Because it feeds in to the narrative of Obama hating business, hating capitalism, hating success.  And that in turn feeds in to his wanting to take money from those who earn it (wink white people) and hand it to those lazy poor folks (wink brown people).

    Stokes up fear, motivates the base to turn out, even has a dog whistle in there. To the not-too-competent communications strategist on Team Mitt, I'm sure this seems like a great opportunity.

    Instead, it continues to take a genuinely intelligent man (think of him what you want, but Romney is a very bright guy) and make him seem as dumb as the tea partiers he wants to impress.

  •  Jack Gilchrist (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Janet 707

    Is a hypocrite, flip-flopper.  He explained that he had help along the way building his business on a news report but did not go as far as to support for Obama.

    The fact that this commercial is still running shows what a partisan hack he really is.

  •  Romney is an idiot and Staples... (2+ / 0-)
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    MeToo, Janet 707

    ...his prized Bain baby got special tax breaks from Massachusetts during his tenure. There is nothing outside of my neighbors kid's lemonade stand that operates without some kind of government assistance. Unless Romney wants to admit that Staples didn't need the tax break (which it didn't) then he has proven President Obama's point over and over again.

  •  I believe there is a third possibility (2+ / 0-)
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    hadrons, Janet 707

    The calculus is that all they need do is dream up the the position they want people to believe and then state it as fact. Truth be damned. Believing the electorate is so naive they will go no deeper than what they have heard.
    Want people to believe that Obama said something outrageous? All you have to do is say that he said it. Discussion over.

  •  The Boston event at Maloney's shop was worse (1+ / 0-)
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    Janet 707

    Here is a link to a post I did about that one:

    In short, Maloney got government backed loans and federal contracts, but as he puts it: "We don't need any more of government's help," he continued. "We haven't had any."

    R-MONEY does not even know how to vet his campaign stops for accuracy.

    "The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave." -- Patrick Henry

    by BornDuringWWII on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 05:21:18 PM PDT

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    A few years ago my wingnut then-US rep ran a similar ad, with a business owner who whined about his taxes and their job-killing effect on his effort to expand his business.

    Turns out the business was located in a tax-free "renaissance zone".

    The wingnut rep is still my US rep, and the lying businessman in the ad is now my state legislator. No bad deed goes unrewarded when you're a Republican.

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 05:27:06 PM PDT

  •  Gilchrist is on Facebook (0+ / 0-)

    Jack Gilchrist (but not his company, it seems) is on Facebook. Find him at:

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