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The inestimable stenographer over at CBS, Jan Crawford includes an interesting tidbit in her "GOP in disarray" story today datelined Warsaw.  After reviewing the warm reception Poland's rightwing leaders have given Romney on his tour there (but somehow missing the fact the Solidarity trade union explicitly criticized the Republican for his anti-labor policies), with the obligatory nod to the ongoing controversy over Romney's impolitic remarks about Palestinian culture, Crawford tells of an exchange between Romney and his press entourage at the Polish Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  Here's how Crawford tells it:

Romney visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Tuesday, and as he left, reporters shouted questions at him about the Palestinians and their response.

He didn't answer.

An aide told reporters to show respect, that it was a holy site for the Polish people. But the questions continued,and the aide told reporters to shove it.

The aide later called to apologize, confessing he'd lost his cool.

Some people think Romney is fine with the press firestorm surrounding his London and Jerusalem gaffes.  He's not.  He's feeling the heat, and it's taking a toll.

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  •  Tip Jar (18+ / 0-)

    Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free
    ¡Boycott Arizona!

    by litho on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 04:53:00 AM PDT

  •  One Word (7+ / 0-)


    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

    by Rosalie907 on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 04:57:41 AM PDT

  •  and this is why businessmen make such bad (15+ / 0-)

    politicians -- they are used to people doing exactly what they want out of fear of getting fired... Romney has lost all of his leverage and he's lost his cool. After reading that he berated a 14 yr old volunteer at the SLC Olympics (letting the F word fly), I'm guessing his staff is getting the brunt of his anger at the moment. So now they are losing their cool as well.

    The Republicans keep laughing about Barack Obama being a community organizer, but it was ideal training for politics.

    The search for truth and knowledge is one of the finest attributes of a man, though often it is most loudly voiced by those who strive for it the least -- Albert Einstein

    by theKgirls on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 05:09:50 AM PDT

    •  That's ONE of the reasons (3+ / 0-)

      There's also the fact that a businessman's first priority is ti his investors at the expense of his employees (the 1% over the 99%), can sell off or close unproductive branches (Mississippi), can outsource labor (privatize everything), and can take a golden parachute payout and quit early (Sarah Palin)

      I am progressive. I am liberal. I make no apologies. - Kos

      My political compass: - 8.38,-6.97

      by pucklady on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 05:59:32 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Did press mention racism in Poland during... (4+ / 0-)

    Euro 2012 Soccer Tournament in their background reporting on romney's warm welcome from the rightwing types?  

    After a visit to Auschwitz, the Dutch soccer team experiences racist jeering from local Polish fans...

    (June 8, 2012) Dutch captain Mark Van Bommel was appalled: Just one day after he and his players had made an emotional pilgrimage to Auschwitz, they were targeted by the same vile racism that the Nazi death camp’s architects used to rationalize their crimes—the dehumanizing people they deemed the “other.” As Holland’s players jogged out for a training session in front of 25,000 people in a stadium at Wroclaw on Thursday, black players like fullback Gregory van der Wiel and midfield enforcer Nigel De Jong were targeted by a section of the crowd making monkey noises — a signature gesture of racists populating Europe’s stadiums...

    and this:  Far right on the march as austerity fuels racism, Europe warns...

    Austerity policies, the eurozone debt crisis and the wider economic recession is fuelling racism and the rise of the far-right, Europe’s human rights watchdog has warned...

    “Xenophobic rhetoric is now part of mainstream debate and extremists are increasingly using social media to channel their views,” said the report...“Xenophobic parties have obtained more support in recent elections and gained seats in government coalitions and/or the parliaments of several European countries,” the report concluded...

    Romney has been accused of race bating and xenophobia, Juan Cole commented on Romney's statement about his "Anglo-Saxon Heritage" making him better suited to understand and relate to the British than President Obama, with this post:  Romney and Aryan Racial Theory as a Basis for Foreign Policy.

    Romney did nothing to dispel the perception of him as a dogwhistling racist with his comments at a fundraiser in Israel:  Palestinian Leaders slam "racist" comments by Romney.

    One has to wonder if Romney's racist/ bigoted/ xenophobic comments are "gaffs" or if they are deliberate dogwhistling to those right wing leaders who may very well share his views.  

  •  it's growing more and more clear, (2+ / 0-)
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    Occam was an optimist, litho

    that Romney just isn't up to the job.

    The guy can't even handle a campaign.  How on earth would he be able to handle the 500 things he'd have to juggle as president?

    "A recent study reveals Americans' heads are larger than they were 150 years ago but sadly there is no indication that the extra room is used for anything." - entlord

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 07:08:17 AM PDT

    •  Picture Willard getting a 3 a. m. phone call, say (1+ / 0-)
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      like this:

      "A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere ". C. S. Lewis

      by TofG on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 07:22:16 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Exactly, and he's been retired for HOW many years? (0+ / 0-)

      Meanwhile his opponent has the most important FULL TIME JOB in the world, and still manages to run a decent campaign, while coping with an obstructionist congress and the worst economic crisis in 80 years.

      Romney's appalling judgment is seeping out through the thin veneer of respectability purchased by sheltered money and utterly dependent on religious fervor.

  •  Well hey, John McCain defended Romney's (0+ / 0-)

    Iran threats, and he didn't even have to read them to do so.

    "A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere ". C. S. Lewis

    by TofG on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 07:17:13 AM PDT

  •  I'm so freakin sick and tired of "dogwhistle" (0+ / 0-)

    A dogwhistle is not a regular whistle, because it can only be heard by creatures in an extreme (high) frequency range.

    The racist garbage spewing forth these days is loud and it is clear:  it is racism.

    If you want to call it a dogwhistle, then please specify it is a special low-frequency variety, which can be understood by all.

    Otherwise, to me, the GOP dogwhistles are screeching like referee's whistles these days.

    Aldus Shrugged : The Antidote to Ayn Rand. @floydbluealdus1

    by Floyd Blue on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 08:07:32 AM PDT

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