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Hello, human diary. It is I again, Mitt, your better.

Our campaign suffered a major gaffe today. This is almost unthinkable, since both my campaign and myself have been known for our astonishingly gaffe-free behavior to date, but I suppose it was bound to happen.

Supporters of my opponent had released an ad in which one of the countless people my investment company fired (I have many anecdotes related to firing people, most of them humorous, but now is not the time) noted that he had lost his health insurance after being fired, and soon afterwards lost his wife to cancer. My press secretary, whom I have not yet fired, responded by noting that if that person and his wife had lived in Massachusetts, he would have still had health insurance because of the law I signed as governor intended to help families such as that.

This is quite a blow. Our base does not react well to suggestions that people with cancer ought to receive treatment regardless of their employment status, and the implication that that law I signed in Massachusetts may have actually helped someone in such a situation, even theoretically, could be a fatal error if not dealt with immediately. Our full staff has assembled in order to determine how best to recover.

While various suggestions have been made, such as coming out with a strong pro-cancer statement or vowing to use my own business connections and expertise to spread as much cancer as possible, the consensus is that I must at least condemn the notion that people with cancer should receive treatment if they do not live in Massachusetts, and that I need to make it clear that treating people who have cancer is a choice best left to the states, as not all states will wish to treat people who have cancer, and that if elected I will ensure that as few people with cancer as possible receive health care, regardless of locale or employment. I have directed the staff to craft language to that effect.

I am despondent, Mr. Diary. Things were going so well, and heaven knows I have tried at every juncture in my own business career to provide as little help to commoner units as possible—only now to be accused of providing substantive assistance to sick people. I believe my press secretary knows the severity of her error. My only hesitation as to firing her is the thought that she would probably get better health insurance working for another employer, and that seems too much reward to give someone who has botched things so badly.

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  •  Posing with Poultry like Product was not helpful (14+ / 0-)

    The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

    by JML9999 on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 06:05:31 PM PDT

  •  Your best yet... (16+ / 0-)

    It's been a great series, but his is your best yet. Perfect pitch, something Romney and his people obviously lack...

    Progress 365 not just a slogan a goal - 300 progressive seats in the House and 65 progressive seats in the Senate.

    by jusjtim35 on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 06:15:58 PM PDT

  •  Brilliant, this: (22+ / 0-)
    I must at least condemn the notion that people with cancer should receive treatment if they do not live in Massachusetts, and that I need to make it clear that treating people who have cancer is a choice best left to the states, as not all states will wish to treat people who have cancer, and that if elected I will ensure that as few people with cancer as possible receive health care, regardless of locale or employment.
    Just brilliant.  He knows not of that which he speaks, (or something like that).

     Thanks, Hunter!

    Hey, Republicans, the whole world is watching.

    by TAH from SLC on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 06:18:06 PM PDT

  •  Go ahead and fire her, Mitt, the better. (9+ / 0-)

    She is young, brainless and attractive so she will have a lucrative position as a Fox News Reader.  

    Although they may require that she lighten her hair and shorten it to the correct height.   They seem to have standards about such things.

    Was a cold and dark December when the banks became cathedrals...

    by althea in il on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 06:22:18 PM PDT

  •  Very well done (5+ / 0-)

    You guys can call him what you want, after today he'll forever be known to me as Mitt the Inept., and Lady Ann his wife.

    by nellgwen on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 06:24:49 PM PDT

  •  Firing? (7+ / 0-)

    Is Mitt honest enough to admit that he's firing people or would he say he is rightsizing surplus worker units to provide maximum returns for units of great wealth?

    To Republicans, the plural of anecdote is data
    Mel and Floyd

    by bramish on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 06:35:02 PM PDT

  •  Excellent diary addition (5+ / 0-)

    for those other people who may or may not be dying of cancer, which is, untoward, that could have been helped geographically, but who now or Mitt's presidency, should not be favored geographically, but should die and other units might be sad, but not Mitt, everybody's better.

  •  "If elected, appointed, coronated, and/or such (2+ / 0-)
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    awaiting, my 1st official act of office is to outsource the verbage word 'gaffe' ".

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

    by jwinIL14 on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 06:39:35 PM PDT

  •  You have outdone yourself, sir. (8+ / 0-)

    Best Chronicle of Mitt in quite a while.

  •  Brilliant. But please, don't give him any ideas, (7+ / 0-)

    such as

    coming out with a strong pro-cancer statement
    The staff who creates his advertising (pictured below) might think it's a good tactic.  Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug

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

    by SottoVoce on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 06:51:25 PM PDT

  •  "Spreading as much cancer as possible" (2+ / 0-)
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    Ginny in CO, dhcallahan

    LMAO!!!

    He should buy Big Tobacco...

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 07:02:39 PM PDT

  •  Best CHRONICLES yet! (8+ / 0-)

    I think you landed harder jabs than Rush Limbaugh, Erick Erickson and Ann Coulter combined! "Pro-Cancer" is uproariously funny and despondently sad at the same time. Perfect satire.  

    What this shows is that Romney's support is a millimeter deep. Republicans are looking for any excuse to dump this guy, as they don't want to be associated with a loser. Again.

    I would tip you, but the man took away my tips.

    by Tortmaster on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 07:08:18 PM PDT

  •  Isn't that ad false? (1+ / 0-)
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    Ginny in CO

    Maybe I'm wrong, but didn't that woman lose her health insurance because she was laid off from her own job a year later? Also Rane Soptic died five years after Joe's layoff.  

    Maybe I'm digressing from the point of this post, but I would have expected people on Daily Kos to point out the inaccuracy of the Obama advertisement.

    The Soptics' tragedy is enough to prove why we need universal health-care. Our side's distortion of their lives is a denigration to their story, is beneath the principles progressivism propounds, and should be something we're ashamed about.

    Unfortunately no one here has made that big a deal about it.

    •  It has been discussed in some shows (16+ / 0-)

      and I think some comments here. It was a Super Pac ad - not from OFA. They had run the original GST ad. Haven't seen anything from them about the content, changing or pulling it.

      One of the observations has been that the couple had lost the security from his employment - he had not been able to get another job and they couldn't afford health insurance after she lost the job she had.

      I have both seen this many times with home care patients and am now going through it myself. Around that age, once something really stressful happens you start getting sick. One thing leads to another, or it's a big one like CA or an MI, or both. If it starts before you are eligible for Medicare, it sucks to be you. People who have a good amount of equity in their homes see it evaporate with surgeries or treatments. It's the whole disregard for the efforts people have made to provide for their financial security in old age so the profits focused vulture capitalists can increase their wealth.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 07:47:01 PM PDT

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    •  What do you mean by false? (12+ / 0-)

      Do you mean that it is false that Mitt Romney took direct action that caused a woman to die of cancer?  Why yes, if the ad said such a thing it would be false. But  if you mean that the ad is false because  Mitt Romney, as seen by his involvement with Bain, doesn't seem to care about the real life consequences of his actions, then I'd have to say that all of your concern is unwarranted.  Or maybe you think it is false when Mr. Spotic said that after he lost his job his wife became sick but didn't seek treatment because they couldn't afford it. Does the fact that she also lost her job make it any less true that Mr. Spotic's job loss made them unable to afford health care?   But again, does any of this make the entire premise, that Mitt Romney doesn't care about those consequences, less true?   I see your concern for strict adherence to chronological truth -- at least as far as Mr. Romney is concerned. But I'm not sure the premise of this ad, or the conclusions reached can be called false. Certainly it isn't in the same league as saying President Obama says you didn't build this, or went on an apology tour. Maybe you think those ads are truthful because the individual words were actually spoken even though the conclusions were a gross distortion. Personally, I think the souls and legitimacy of Progressives are safe with this ad. But again, thank you your concern.

      I also note that you were very concerned about Progressives behaving badly when poor Ms. Romney was criticized for her "you people" comment.

      "Speak the TRUTH, even if your voice shakes."

      by stellaluna on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 07:58:31 PM PDT

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      •  I'm not suggesting an equivalence... (0+ / 0-)

        ...between Romney's ads and Obama's. Some of Romney's ads are egregiously mendacious.

        Maybe I don't fully understand this but, if Mrs. Spotic hadn't lost her health insurance, would she have been able to get the necessary health insurance irrespective of what happened to Mr. Spotic's job? In that case, Romney's actions only affected the Spotic family in conjunction with whoever laid off Mrs. Spotic.

        And re. Ms. Romney's quote, I am still absolutely convinced she meant the 'fourth estate' rather than revealing her aristocratic snobbery - even if that makes me a turncoat in other's eyes. I think progressives overreacted on that one.

        I guess i'm a fairly conservative Democrat (but oddly, I consider myself a progressive too) who supports 95% of what is being said on Daily Kos, but will only comment on the last 5% that I disagree on or have a question about.

        I'm a stickler in the sense I would like the ad to mention something like 'after Mrs. Spotic also lost her health insurance a year later...' but - again I can't reiterate this enough - I am not saying Obama is worse or even equal to Romney. But we're meant to be the good guys so we should act like it.

        •  Re Ann Romney's comment. (0+ / 0-)

          Did you see this article: Daily Beast interview with Brigham Young's Great Great Granddaughter?

          3rd page, sixth paragraph up from the end. It won't sink in as much if you don't read her information leading up to it.

          "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

          by Ginny in CO on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 01:53:00 AM PDT

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          •  Thanks for the read Ginny (1+ / 0-)
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            Ginny in CO

            ...But I'm still unconvinced. She writes that most Mormons are good people with integrity and morality. Yet she equates the Romneys with the minority of sleazeballs who distort their religion in the same way that an equally sleazy minority of Christians or Muslims or Hindus or Jews or any other religious group with distort their own faith as a means to an end or a rationalization of unethical behavior without actually knowing the Romneys.

            I honestly do believe the Romneys are decent and good people -at least as far as politics goes - with inane and deleterious political views. There are a lot of politicians who are closely affiliated to their faith yet its wrong to conflate them with their faith's worst practitioners.

            Thin evidence really, because that interpretation, lying is okay, is just one particular interpretation. I know for a fact that there are Mormons who believe that lying is a categorical sin. I know the Romneys have lied in their political campaigns but so has literally every politician, democrat or republican.

            As a Christian, I know that a literalist Christian would believe that homosexuality is an abomination.  But I read my Bible differently and believe that God loves all of us equally. It would offend me, if I ever ran for office, and someone said I hated gays because I served as an altar boy and believed it was okay to lie if it meant proselytization or believed that homosexuality was abomination just because some other leaders of my Church had those beliefs.

            The same articles could be written about Barack Obama if you just replaced 'Mormon leaders' with 'Jeremiah Wright' or John F. Kennedy if you talked about some anachronistic or reactionary factions within the Catholic Church.

            Nevertheless, it was a fascinating read and I need to know more about Mormonism before I make a definitive judgement. At the moment, given what I know about Mormonism and seeing the attacks she launched, this didn't change my opinion but I appreciate you digging this up for me.

            •  It's been discussed in a diary here. (1+ / 0-)
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              niebuhrsbulldog

              I have been involved in religious study because my Unitarian Universalist church promotes

              A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.

              Which includes studying religion. As an RN, especially in critical and home care, I've seen the gamut of religious and secular beliefs. My own search has included philosophy and ethics (college level), including Ayn Rand - who was recommended by my best friend, college roommate and maid of honor. An Episcopalian, her mother was a librarian. The other influential recommendation: The Phantom Tollboth.

              In 88 I wanted to get active in politics and tried to join the GOP during the primary in order to support Dole. I was stunned, scared and furious at the level of control the local evangelicals had in the AK GOP. I became a Dukakis Dem and also was invited to join a local seminar at a mainline church on the national and international activities of the religious right, including infiltration of the US military, not wanting everyone to vote and rewriting the Constitution. It was mind blowing.

              I've watched this stuff since, even The Family was another shocker. The amount of power and destructive change these groups have brought to our country, partly because of how the 1% have gotten them to vote for their candidates. So I do not trust the ways people are capable of distorting their religious beliefs to gain power and change our politics.

              I have seen the differences between true believers and ugly ones in every faith. Romney has all the traits of someone who may honestly believe many good aspects of Mormonism. It is his other actions that clearly indicate a different underlying value system than what many believe. Which is the insight that Young's descendent brings to the understanding of Willard.
              There is an article/interview with the head of the PAC that produced the ad on Memeorandum (www.com) now. And all the articles linked to the ad that are negative still blame Obama and OFA for the ad.

              Oh, there is a book that has been cited quite a bit on Mormonism. I heard it on Thom Hartman's show with Mike Papintonio filling in. Also saw it in the comments in the diary here. Basically informative with a lot history, etc. Sorry I am blanking on the author and title.

              If you haven't been following the research and application of how conservative brains are different, it is very important to understand what has been learned and how strongly the research has been correlated with behavior. Great start is Bob Altemeyer's The Authoritarians. A PDF overview of his 40 year study as a psych professor and researcher. Free, 261 typewritten pages with a lot of good stuff in the footnotes. John Dean used it heavily in Conservatives without Conscience and promoted Altemeyer's work extensively in interviews and talks about his book.

              The recent excellent contributions are by Jonathan Haidt, another psych professor and Chris Mooney. Both have books and articles out there.

              I want to say I appreciate your answers and background information. It seems to me many misunderstandings are created when people respond to a comment very briefly, expecting all readers to understand what many of us who have been active at this for decades know. It takes some courage to explain yourself here and I hope you continue. It is always good for any of us to question our own beliefs, no matter how uncomfortable. At some point, even a very simple, nuanced difference in articulating a concept makes it clearer. Holding off on a negative judgement until you sense the information you have is enough is very wise. I tend to get there when my search is coming up with what I already have learned.

              Enjoyed the discussion. If you have a question that is hanging you up and want to Kosmail, I will be glad to share what I think, know or sources. My situation is changing a lot. I may have to go to public internet access for awhile which will decrease the time I have to check in here and respond.

              Oh, Full disclosure: I have hyper focused ADD and TWO degrees in BS (nursing and sociology)  ;)

              Shalom

              "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

              by Ginny in CO on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 10:03:51 AM PDT

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              •  The book is probably (2+ / 0-)
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                Ginny in CO, niebuhrsbulldog

                Under the Banner of Heaven, by Jon Krakauer. It cuts back and forth between the history of the church and a religiously-motivated double murder committed by fundamentalist (not LDS) Mormons.

                "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

                by sidnora on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 10:24:08 AM PDT

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                •  That's it. Hopefully the history is (2+ / 0-)
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                  niebuhrsbulldog, sidnora

                  worthwhile. The Mormon fundamentalists are about as relevant to Mormonism as Kool Aid Jones was to Christianity.

                  This is where I love Amazon's reviews and Look Inside feature. Gives me a reasonable sense of the validity of the information and specifics to what is in the book compared to what I know and what other books on the subject offer.

                  Thanks.

                  "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

                  by Ginny in CO on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 10:44:35 AM PDT

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                  •  the history is eye-opening. (1+ / 0-)
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                    Ginny in CO

                    And IIRC, he spends time delineating the fractures between the LDS establishment and the various splinter groups.

                    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

                    by sidnora on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 12:53:07 PM PDT

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              •  The stuff by evolutionary psychologists seem... (1+ / 0-)
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                Ginny in CO

                Really interesting. I've read some stuff by Haidt (who unfortunately became conservative after researching all this) but I'll give the others a check.

                And thanks for the discussion!

                •  You bet. On Haidt. There is a Kossack (0+ / 0-)

                  here that works with him!. I had seen an interview on Up with Chris Hayes, which included Mooney, and heard him explain that he had tried very hard to go to an independent perspective and felt this had helped him be more objective. The guy who works with him agreed. I think you could probably pick up some of the most important points from his articles.

                  The kind of person I like to check out to challenge my own convictions :).  

                  "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

                  by Ginny in CO on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 01:04:57 PM PDT

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    •  I see nothing "false" about it at all (1+ / 0-)
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      sidnora

      It certainly sounds like you're saying it was her husband's fault she died because he didn't find another high-paying job with excellent health insurance coverage.

      If he hadn't been fired from his good job, he could very well have still been carrying good health insurance that would have covered much of her illness. They would have been able to pay the costs that kept her from seeing a doctor. How hard is that to understand?

      Have you never known anyone who was underinsured and couldn't afford to get medical care because they couldn't pay the deductible and copays?

      •  NOOO! (0+ / 0-)

        I don't mean to say that it's her husband's fault she died at all - and I'm pretty sure I didn't imply that anywhere either. Its a real tragedy and I feel so sorry for the guy. To feel so impotent at the time when your wife needs you most because some distant guy prioritized his bonus over your wellbeing must be infuriating and tragic. Its why I believe health care should be a universal right divorced from where/whether you work.

        Having said that, my question was this: If she had kept her job with its own health insurance, would she not have been able to get the necessary health care?

        Because if that's the case, I think the ad is slightly bending the truth by omitting this. I think the ad should have said 'a year later, after Rane also lost her job and health insurance,' she fell sick. Because if Rane hadn't lost her job (and again, I'm not saying or implying its her fault she did lose her job), she could have gotten health care coverage even after Mitt had laid off Joe (at least that's what I think as someone who doesn't know this all too well hence why I asked that question). Again this is me being a slight stickler as I understand putting this all in dilutes the punch.

        Also answering your question: to be honest, I've never really gotten to know anyone who is uninsured...I'm 20 years old and have lived pretty squarely in a very affluent bubble with boarding school and an illustrious university (think the Al Gore, George Bush, John Kerry track). So if I ask questions that may seem contrived, please don't take it personally or view it as me being a smart-alec. There are some very basic things that us absurdly lucky and undeserving Ivy Leaguers don't know like what life must be for someone living pay-check to pay-check or with a couple of jobs. Its part of the reason the Internet is so great: i can connect with people from vastly different experiences and broaden my own horizons as best as i possibly can.

  •  Your wit is brilliantly dark with today's (4+ / 0-)

    installment, Hunter.

    Particularly these bits:

    "While various suggestions have been made, such as coming out with a strong pro-cancer statement or vowing to use my own business connections and expertise to spread as much cancer as possible, the consensus is that I must at least condemn the notion that people with cancer should receive treatment if they do not live in Massachusetts"

    and

    "heaven knows I have tried at every juncture in my own business career to provide as little help to commoner units as possible—only now to be accused of providing substantive assistance to sick people"

    and

    "My only hesitation as to firing her is the thought that she would probably get better health insurance working for another employer, and that seems too much reward to give someone who has botched things so badly".

    Thank you, Hunter!!!

    That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

    by concernedamerican on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 09:41:41 PM PDT

    •  Yes. (0+ / 0-)

      It's the Citizen Kane Vertigo academy award winning segment of this continuing series.

      Part of me is waiting for this 'Mitt as Borat' charade to end at some point, but reality can be surreal sometimes.

      I wonder if this isn't just some drawn out marketing campaign for a new movie...

      sotto voice: This summer [boom boom]
      Mitt Rmoney [boom boom]
      Terminates himself [boom boom boom]
      [flashy graphics]
      Coming soon to a job near you. [boom boom]

  •  Don't worry Mitt (0+ / 0-)

    All you gotta do is make up another dog whistle lie about Obama and the RWNJs will cozy up to you again...

    Easy peasy lemon squeezey...

    Are there no prisons? No workhouses?

    by meatballs on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 11:33:10 PM PDT

  •  Outstanding diary entry Hunter, bravo. (1+ / 0-)
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    sidnora

    I was especially touched by the truthiness of this clip

    if elected I will ensure that as few people with cancer as possible receive health care, regardless of locale or employment. I have directed the staff to craft language to that effect.
    Nice to see some honesty for a change.
  •  Brilliant evisceration of the "We don't need no (0+ / 0-)

    gov't healthcare" meme.  Honestly, I just don't understand the mindset, beyond the "government is evil" trope.

    I don't know what's been trickling down, but it hasn't been pleasant---N. Pelosi

    by Russycle on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 09:08:08 AM PDT

  •  It must be getting difficult (0+ / 0-)

    to write material for these diaries that is distinguishable as satire, rather than Romney campaign press releases. Kudos for keeping up with them.

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

    by sidnora on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 10:26:36 AM PDT

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