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For my money, the most entertaining video clip from last night's clown show in Tampa was the stunned reactions of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and Andrea Mitchell after Clint Eastwood all but told President Obama to go ** himself while interviewing an empty chair:

But while Clint Eastwood may have stolen the show by attempting to interview an empty chair, the emptiest thing on stage last night was Mitt Romney's speech. The first half of his speech was basically a list of things Romney wishes were on Wikipedia page, but notably absent was any discussion of his record as governor. Romney did brag about having tapped a female to be his lieutenant governor and chief of staff, but there was nothing more than that—no mention of Romneycare, no mention of his jobs record (he was 47th out of 50 states in job creation, so it's hard to blame him for that).

Romney's speech didn't just sanitize his political and business careers, it also sanitized his policy proposals. In the more than 4,000 words in his speech, he offered virtually no specifics on the central issue of this campaign: how to grow the American economy. Aside from self-serving platitudes like "in America, we celebrate success—we don't apologize for success," here is grand total of what Romney said on the topic:

I have a plan to create 12 million new jobs. Paul Ryan and I have five steps. First, by 2020, North America will be an energy independent by taking invented of our oil, are coal, our gas, our nuclear, and renewables. Second, we will give our fellow citizens the skills they need for the jobs of today and the careers of tomorrow.  When it comes to the school your child will attend, every parent should have a choice, and every child should have a chance. Third, we will make trade work for America by forging new trade agreements, and when nations cheat in trade, there will be unmistakable consequences. And fourth, to assure every entrepreneur and every job creator that their investments in America will not vanish, as have those in Greece.  We will cut the deficit and put America on track to a balanced budget. And fifth, we will champion small businesses, America's engine of job growth.  That means reducing taxes on business, not raising them.  It means simplifying and modernizing the regulations that hurt small businesses the most, and it means we must rein in skyrocketing cost of health care by repealing and replacing Obamacare.
Even that was impossibly vague. He wants to replace Obamacare? Okay, but with what? He wants to be energy independent by 2020? Okay, how? He wants to maintain confidence in the stability of American investments? Alright, how? There will be consequences for nations that break trade agreements? Okay, name some. He'll give Americans the skills they need to get a good job? Great idea ... please, tell us more. (And by the way, does that mean Mitt Romney blames American skills for slow economic growth?)

Romney followed up those five points with the most specific policy promises in his entire speech, though two of the three had nothing to do with the economy, and the passage as a whole featured one of the strangest non-sequitors I've ever seen in a speech like this.

Today women are more likely than men to start of business. They need a president who respect and understand what they do. And let me make this clear.  Unlike President Obama, I will not raise taxes on the middle class of America. As president, I'll respect the sanctity of life.  I'll honor the institution of marriage.
That's really an amazing jumble of words. Romney goes from claiming women are more active in business creation than men to pledging not to raise taxes on the middle class to pledging to be "pro-life" to pledging to be anti-gay marriage. Even if you didn't know that Romney's tax plan would raise taxes on the middle class (or explode the deficit) and even if you didn't know that Romney had just said abortion was a settled issue and that it shouldn't be in the political campaign, this was a real head-scratching portion of his speech—why in the world would he include a call to respect women, a pledge to not raise taxes, a pledge to repeal Roe v. Wade, and a pledge to oppose gay marriage all in the space of 56 words? It really was just weird.

On foreign policy, the speech was no better. Romney thanked President Obama for getting Osama bin Laden, but lambasted him for allegedly apologizing for America. Yeah, I'm sure bin Laden took that apology real well. Romney hinted that he wanted to go to war over Iran, but he completely avoided discussion of Afghanistan, the one war in which we are currently embroiled.

Compare Romney's speech with President Obama's 2008 convention speech. President Obama's speech was longer, by about 600 words, but it also was less about him. Romney's speech dwelled ad nauseum on his own personal biography; Obama also talked about his personal story, but spent much less time on it. Instead, the speech was about us, and what kind of country we want to be. And his speech wasn't just about principles—it was about specifics. Whether it was health care reform, getting Osama bin Laden, developing alternative energy, or expanding educational opportunity, then-Senator Obama talked about what he wanted to accomplish and how he wanted to accomplish it. In that important sense, his speech was dramatically different from Mitt Romney's.

Perhaps the most revealing line from Mitt Romney last night was this:

This isn't something we have to accept.  Now is the moment when we can do something.  And with your help, we will do something.
Yes, we need to do something. But what might that something be? Well, Mitt Romney doesn't want to tell you. Because he's afraid it might hurt his campaign. And you can't blame him for that, can you? After all, he's running for office, for Pete's sake.

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  •  He didnt mention US Troops nor Afghanistan (18+ / 0-)

    "Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

    by LaurenMonica on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 06:35:03 AM PDT

  •  He needs better translation software. (7+ / 0-)

    More than a few garbled sentences in there.

    And remember: If you don't like the news, go out and make some of your own. - Scoop Nisker, the Last News Show

    by North Madison on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 06:35:16 AM PDT

    •  Someone needs to overlay his stump speeches and (0+ / 0-)

      this biggest moment ever for him. I heard too loudly the over-pointed dig about climate change, the five kids in the bed, the mother's failed campaign for office, and a rewrite of how to dig at China for trying to go to the moon by inserting a eulogy for Neal Armstrong. And not much else.

  •  Clint Eastwood is on my official boycott list (9+ / 0-)

    Not that I have spent money to see his movies for a long time.

    Glad I'm not supporting another oppressor.

    Rec'ed Jed

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 06:36:28 AM PDT

  •  Whatever you do do, Mitt, please do it in... (4+ / 0-)
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    ...the appropriate place for, um, uh...

    ...don't do it here. Do do it, there.

    "So, am I right or what?"

    by itzik shpitzik on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 06:37:19 AM PDT

  •  Thanks, Clint! (2+ / 0-)
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    I'm a Chevy man now!

  •  A chicken in every pot, empty promises, vague... (8+ / 0-)

    and totally lacking in substance. I didn't hear anything new. I hope the undecided voters were paying attention to what wasn't there. There was no plan.


    The difference between stupidity and genius...genius has limits. ~ Einstein

    by jim in IA on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 06:39:14 AM PDT

  •  Who was responsible for letting the old man go (7+ / 0-)

    on stage with that tuft of hair sticking up? That made him look kinda like a doofus to begin withm icon or not.

    Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

    by JTinDC on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 06:41:52 AM PDT

  •  Mitt Romney sings "Daisy" (4+ / 0-)
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    Someone tweeted this, and I forgot who it was, but I thought that just about summed it up.

    Why did the Washington Post hire Bellatrix LeStrange? And why did she change her name to Jennifer Rubin?

    by NoFortunateSon on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 06:42:03 AM PDT

  •  That's how you win this election (14+ / 0-)

    Romney offers nothing but platitudes.  So fill in the blanks for him.  Use the actions (and inaction) of the House over the last two years and the actions of the GOP in the States they won in 2010 (Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan) which have been pretty radical.  Show that what they say is very different from what they do.  Let the American people come to the conclusion that a Romney administration would bring "change that we can fear".  Do not count on voters caring about all the lies that are caught, about how silly Clint looked, about how well the President does in the debates.  None of that will matter. What will is the realization that Romney does not have their best interest at heart and that a Romney/Ryan Presidency will be a disaster (just like Bush's) for the middle class, for women, for minorities for most of us.

    The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones! - John Maynard Keynes

    by Do Something on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 06:42:29 AM PDT

  •  My gut tells me (7+ / 0-)

    Obama will have some kind of game changer in his speech, something that's been held for it. It could be a major immigration plan, an accord with Iran and Israel, I don't know what specifically, just something. Of course, I could just be hoping for a game changer because it's so frustrating for it to be anywhere near this close.

  •  An imaginary Obama. (19+ / 0-)

    That, ironically, is not only what Eastwood was talking to. And it's what Romney is running against. Mitt is trying to run against an Obama who told small business owners that they didn't build their busnesses. An Obama who destroyed the economy. One that got every bill passed that he wanted. One that retroactively closed an auto plant. One that encourages welfare.
       The list goes on and on. To bad for Mitt that the real Obama is the one who is his opponent. That Obama is going to beat him in a couple of months.

    Romney/Lyin' - 2012

    by kitebro on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 06:43:11 AM PDT

  •  I wonder who Andrea Mitchell (0+ / 0-)

    is voting for?

    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 Aug 31, 2012 at 06:43:26 AM PDT

  •  Somewhere.... (2+ / 0-)

    The corporate owners of the GOP sat back in their fine leather chairs, and smiled, as the commercial for their latest product drew to a close.
    As the commercial faded, one owner was heard to say,
     "By God, We Built That"!

  •  Same old Republican sh*t, different day (6+ / 0-)

    So what's new in here?

    Tax cuts for the "job creators" (meaning billionaire donors)
    Austerity for everyone else
    Trade policy that doesn't work for anyone except billionaires
    Education for none ... except those with money. Career of tomorrow?  Being slaves to the billionaires I suppose.
    Energy "independence" ... ha!  Drill, drill, drill ... Frack, frack, frack while giving away your tax dollars so the stuff gets exported to the highest bidder.

    Nothing to see here.

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

    by noofsh on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 06:44:06 AM PDT

  •  NBC anchors self-censoring again. (5+ / 0-)

    They're too nervous about the ubiquitous "liberal bias" charges. They can't say what they're obviously thinking, which is that it was awful. That would be liberal bias.

    They did the same thing after Obama's '08 convention speech, which was one of the most impressive convention speeches in modern political history. But, Brokaw couldn't bring himself to come right out and say it was good. They were flabbergasted because none of them could say what they were all thinking.

  •  What? There's a Typo or 2 in There Somewhere (2+ / 0-)
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    by taking invented of our oil, are coal, our gas, our nuclear, and renewables.
    That couldn't have been in the original. Could you correct that?
    •  not the first time I've seen that in print... n/t (0+ / 0-)

      "There's nothing serious about a plan that claims to reduce the deficit by spending a trillion dollars on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires." - President Obama

      by fhcec on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 11:05:47 PM PDT

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  •  even ras shows no bump (2+ / 0-)
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    He has Romney ahead 45-44 but with Obama with 49% approval.
    I figure after the democratic convention Obama will be back ahead.

    •  And we know how skewed Ras is (0+ / 0-)

      Bottom line is that the 2 opportunities to get a free bump- vp choice and convention have turned out to be duds. Don't forget, in elections past, these events would push polls 10-15 points. But, with Mitt, there is just no meat on that bone. Obama, however, will likely see a decent (3-5 point) bounce after his speech. Of course, in this election, we only have 10 percent of the population in play.

      •  of registered voters (0+ / 0-)

        but some huge percentage is not even registered... per a recent article.

        if we want to be effective, it's in registering voters and following up with them.

        CA has a same day registration now, just passed the legislature, I believe, and on the way to the Gov.

        "There's nothing serious about a plan that claims to reduce the deficit by spending a trillion dollars on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires." - President Obama

        by fhcec on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 11:07:52 PM PDT

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    •  Yeah, and the Ras polls are par for the course (0+ / 0-)

      an either candidate 1pt lead/tie has become the norm.

      Scotty boy's been fluctuating between a 3pt O lead recently and his best for Romney was 48-43 back in June-July which lasted for... oh..  a day...

      "Never trust a man who, when left alone with a tea cosy, doesn't try it on!!"

      by EcosseNJ on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 08:17:57 AM PDT

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  •  Al Capone was successful too... (2+ / 0-)
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    ... and you don't criticize success, or you will be sleeping with the fishies.

         Al also didn't want to show us his tax returns.  ;-)

  •  Hey, Jed. (10+ / 0-)

    Thanks for the great job live-blogging this mess. You refuted the lies, one-by-one, and had many great "zingers" along the way.

    Fun for the whole family.

    "This is the platform of the Republican Party, It's not the platform of Mitt Romney." - Reince Priebus

    by jnhobbs on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 06:46:24 AM PDT

  •  This is not Carter / Reagan in 1980 (8+ / 0-)

    Romney's not nearly as popular or strong ... Obama's not perceived as nearly as weak.  Sure, a swath of people can't stand that he's black.

    But to the extent that Repubs are staking their hopes on repeating the ejection of a sitting president, they're deluded if they think their effort this year will accomplish it.

    I feel really good about our position right now.  And next week the Dems will own broadcasting, and then come the debates.  I like our chances ...

  •  The speech was an absolute trainwreck (11+ / 0-)

    I can't understand the newscasters and pundits saying that it was a 'powerful highlight' of the night, and that it was 'Mitt Romney's best speech ever'.

    Disjointed ramblings, a confused stream-of-consciousness given by the Chairman of the Springfield Rotery Club. I can't imagine an ultra-wealthy businessman succeeding as he has with these pathetic speaking skills, it's like he's never spoken to a large group of people who needed convincing - which is what business is supposed to be about.

    (romney)/RYAN 2012 - I could never eat as much as I'd like to vomit.

    by Fordmandalay on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 06:47:37 AM PDT

    •  I have to disagree with you a tiny bit (5+ / 0-)

      All things considered, it was (at least for him) the best, most cogent, most compelling reason to vote for him he has made during the entire campaign.  Having said that, offering vague platitudes and being overshadowed by a doddering old Hollywood icon and an empty chair is not the best way of showing potential voters you're ready for the Oval Office.

      •  Give me ONE example of cogency, and how he was (3+ / 0-)
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        compelling.

        'Vote for me because I'm not Obama' doesn't count.

        (romney)/RYAN 2012 - I could never eat as much as I'd like to vomit.

        by Fordmandalay on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 07:03:19 AM PDT

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        •  I said it was the best for him (2+ / 0-)
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          Considering has past speeches which have been all over the place, and the whole etch-a-sketch and "trees are all the right height" moments, this was downright Reaganesque.  Even so, he almost promised to go to war with Iran and didn't even mention Iraq or Afghanistan in is speech at all.  He also said he would create 12 million new jobs without offering even a hint of strategy to do that.  If anything, he showed last night he could read a teleprompter without looking seriously uncomfortable.

          And yet no one will remember his speech because of Clint Eastwood and that empty chair.

  •  Where can I find a video (3+ / 0-)

    Or Bohner speaking
    Everybody said he appeared quite drunk

  •  Really, I try to give a person a break, (3+ / 0-)

    just as a fellow human being, but Romney is about as awful a speaker as you can possibly be! of course rambling old men with crazy hair aside. From the first sentence even! Dear Lord, I thought he was going to run out of oxygen and he sounded like Peter Brady going through a voice change. wow.
    AND I never realized he had no neck. the most unattractive, good looking man ever.

    If there is a Free Press, End the false equivalency. The differences that matter are not between left and right, but between Truth and Lies.

    by vibarama on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 06:48:18 AM PDT

  •  Romney's lack of specifics on how he would (4+ / 0-)

    accomplish anything as President reminded me of Richard Nixon's secret plan to end the war in Vietnam in 1968.  Since that war dragged on for seven more years and outlasted Nixon's Presidency, it became obvious that Nixon had no plan to end the war other than to escalate policies which had not worked in the past.  

    Romney apparently plans to continue the disastrous economic, foreign, and tax policies that didn't work during George W. Bush's reign (with many of Bush's advisors back at the helm).  However, Romney doesn't want to let the American people know that, just as Nixon didn't want to tell people that he intended to keep following Lyndon Johnson's war plans.

  •  So how did Brian and Andrea (2+ / 0-)
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    respond to Mitt's speech?

    I had choir rehearsal and missed everything. The only buzz I've heard is about Clint Eastwood. My friends are deeply disturbed about that. But few in my circle say anything about Mitt on his supposedly big night.

  •  He's Right About Trade (8+ / 0-)

    Our trade agreements suck. They suck money out of the American economy and distribute it to the undeserving.

    What's he going to do about it? Nothing. He doesn't have a solution. A solution would mean sacrifice for his class. And I mean the class of 1000 wealthiest households in the world.

    BTW, the solution to our trade problem is an international minimum wage and uniform tariffs. I'll spare you the details, since details don't seem to be important to this campaign.

  •  my issue with his non-sequitor (7+ / 0-)

    is that he starts with women are more likely to start a business, ie, be independent of a male's income and not homemakers.  He promises a president who understands that by supporting marriage and women being barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen.    What dumbass thinks lack of birth control, lack of personal choice and being stuck in a box designed by old white men supports women in business, be they straight or gay.  And what makes him think women care half so much as old white men that only men and women can marry.   He's out of touch and his handlers are unable to craft a message for him or explain not everybody is a Mormon or other religious fundamentalist and takes a vow for men to be men and women to be property.

  •  Nelson Rockefeller's BOMFOG on steroids (2+ / 0-)
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    A famous example of this comes from Governor of New York Nelson Rockefeller, who would constantly use the phrase "the brotherhood of man, under the fatherhood of God" toward the end of his speeches during his multiple bids for the Republican Party presidential nomination. Reporters covering Rockefeller came to abbreviate the expression as BOMFOG.[4]

    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 Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 06:50:27 AM PDT

  •  Mitt should have talked about the GOP bills passed (12+ / 0-)

    Yes, Mitt Romney should have talked about his team, the GOP and Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, and all of the work they have done to create jobs, and all of the bills they wrote, and passed to help create jobs, and help our economy.  Only problem is, the Republicans have done everything possible to halt job creation, or to improve the economy.

    We all know the Republicans have blocked every single possible bill that would have created jobs.  These guys have done more damage to our country than Usama Bin Laden ever dreamed of.  They have sabotaged our economy, intentionally, lowered our credit rating, and as they put it, done everything possible to make President Obama a one term president.

    This is so Un American.  

    Mitt Romney can't talk about how the Republicans damaged our economy to help his election.  We can.  We should.  

    " With religion you can't get just a little pregnant"

    by EarTo44 on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 06:50:30 AM PDT

  •  Conventional speech (2+ / 0-)
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    "We measure progress by how many people can find a job that pays the mortgage; whether you can put away a little extra money at the end of each month so that you can someday watch your child receive her diploma. We measure progress in the 23 million new jobs that were created when Bill Clinton was president - when the average American family saw its income go up $7,500 instead of down $2,000 like it has under George Bush."
    From Obama 2008 acceptance speech
    http://www.zimbio.com/...

    So Lewison is correct, people say all sorts of things when they are running for office.

  •  MOST chairs at the GOP conclave were "empty." (2+ / 0-)
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    Tt certainly was a vacuous bunch of delegates and speakers.

    Just goes to show how much Clint Eastwood needs a riveting script. But was there one - for anyone - during the Tampa convention?

    This is a party without positive ideas. Code phrases, epithets and applause lines, yes ... but tangible details on plans and programs, not so much as a whisper. Because the specifics of the GOP's incredibly negative approach to government and domestic issues are downers to voters who want to tie down what Republicans will actually do if they get into office.

    We have strong evidence of what might be in store from states with GOP legislatures and governors. And so far, much of the GOP's national/Federal policies seem to dismantle the Federal government - all but the military - and give states more power to do things their way. Ye Gods!

    Obama and strong Democratic majorities in 2012!

    by TRPChicago on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 06:51:52 AM PDT

  •  In 2008, Obama said, "This election isn't about me (8+ / 0-)

    it's about you."

    Romney's about Romney.  And that's why he'll never hold a candle to President Obama, even if he manages to acquire the White House.

    Romney's speech was about himself.   And even he doesn't believe in what he's selling.

    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right. I'm riding for MS in September. Please donate here if you can.

    by darthstar on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 06:52:00 AM PDT

  •  Like Thomas Dewey in 1948, Romney can't (5+ / 0-)

    talk about specifics without alienating somebody. Truman, in 1948, laid out a specific program and blamed the Republican Congress for the state of the country.

    We know how that came out. Truman won.

    "Mistress of the Topaz" is now available in paperback! Link here: http://www.double-dragon-ebooks.com/single.php?ISBN=1-55404-900-8

    by Kimball Cross on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 06:52:42 AM PDT

  •  Think of this as Romney's thought process (5+ / 0-)
    "Today women are more likely than men to start of business. They need a president who respect and understand what they do. And let me make this clear.  Unlike President Obama, I will not raise taxes on the middle class of America. As president, I'll respect the sanctity of life.  I'll honor the institution of marriage."
    Could an "executive" who thought in such an unfocused way actually make rapid decisions in a fast-moving situation?

    What's the goal to be accomplished? How does it get there?

    Why didn't anyone catch this directionless phrase and excise it? I would suggest that no one dared question the authoritarian Romney. No one dares to question a thin-skinned dictator.

    OK. The alternative is that he simply read the speech someone else wrote for him to give. That's just as bad. If that is the case then Romney totally lacks the judgement needed to supervise subordinates.

    In either case Romney presented this garbage as part of his effort to demonstrate that he should be elected President. His effort is a total failure to accomplish that goal. Instead it demonstrates his utter unsuitedness for the job to which he aspires.

    Really good catch, Jed!

    The US Supreme Court has by its actions and rhetoric has ceased to be legitimate. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - over

    by Rick B on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 06:52:52 AM PDT

  •  Specifics? You can't handle the truth. (2+ / 0-)
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    Besides, we haven't come up with it, yet.

    He just wants power and to be surrounded by (as few as possible) Republican Tea Party operatives as he can get away with.

    Good luck with that.

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 06:54:25 AM PDT

  •  He had to use up all that air (3+ / 0-)
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    just to attempt to tell us who he is, not what he would do or how he would make a better President. His campaign said the convention is when we would finally get to know Romney. I think we've already seen enough of him to know what he's truly like. This desperation to explain WHO he is is just another sign of a truly terrible candidate.

  •  i still can't get past the "ocean's rising" bit-- (8+ / 0-)

    THERE IS FUCKING FLOODING IN THE SOUTH!
    it's not just that romney is tone deaf.
    it's his freakin staff and advisors.
    my god, that was an awful comment.  just horrible!
    he needs to pay for that.  he's going down.

    Romney/Ryan: I can't. I just can't.

    by stagemom on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 06:55:41 AM PDT

    •  I immediately (4+ / 0-)
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      cringed when he said that. How crass a statement considering this convention was postponed due to a hurricane that was currently flooding LA and parts north. Also now a record number of named storms already this year.

      That was awful and since he said it last, it left a very bitter taste to the entire speech. He actually ENDED his speech mocking Obama and climate change instead of going for a high note. Bully.

      Truth is harmonious, lies are discordant.

      by Babsnc on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 07:12:42 AM PDT

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  •  Mitt speaks to the RNC; (5+ / 0-)

    Mitt Brother is watching you!

    Mitt Brother

    (romney)/RYAN 2012 - I could never eat as much as I'd like to vomit.

    by Fordmandalay on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 06:55:54 AM PDT

  •  That lady w the pink te-bag laden cowboy hat, (3+ / 0-)
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    gotta be part of Mitten's Brain trust.  

    An example of the type of women he likes to surround himself with?

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

    by jakewaters on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 06:56:13 AM PDT

  •  Sanctimoniousness (8+ / 0-)
    Unlike President Obama, I will not raise taxes on the middle class of America. As president, I'll respect the sanctity of life.  I'll honor the institution of marriage
    Word salad.

    1 President Obama did not raise taxes on the middle class. That makes his first claim impossible to accomplish.

    2 The last thing I want him to do is to "honor the institution of marriage". What would that mean? I'm single. Does he mean that he's going to further discriminate against me?

    3 And as for respecting the sanctity of life, I presume that means he's vegan. Not. He's proposing to fight a war with Iran. How many innocent people would that kill?

    Throw this salad in the garbage can.

  •  I wasn't listening closely (7+ / 0-)

    but I do remember this part:

    Today women are more likely than men to start of business. They need a president who respect and understand what they do. And let me make this clear.  Unlike President Obama, I will not raise taxes on the middle class of America. As president, I'll respect the sanctity of life.  I'll honor the institution of marriage.
    Striking me as "WTF?" Huh? Did he just segue from suck to working women to cutting taxes to fighting abortion and gays in the space of like 30 seconds.

    PS Obama didn't raise anyone's taxes.

    You're not being "oppressed" when another group gains rights you've always enjoyed.

    by Scott Wooledge on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 06:58:11 AM PDT

  •  The use of language in presidential (3+ / 0-)
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    acceptance speeches needs to be a whole lot better than the level Romney spoke at last night.  

    It was a crap speech laden with crap sentences.  It's just astonishing how many crap sentences were in that thing.

  •  "America! Fuck Yeah!" (4+ / 0-)

    That was the essence of the GOP foreign policy to the degree is was addressed by McCain, Rice, Ryan and Romney. Hollow rhetoric about "American exceptionalism," weak-tea attacks against President Obama for not getting what it is to be an American, and a few hawkish incitements to stir up some machismo like right-wing Viagra. Rice's comment re "free peoples and free markets" summarized the scope and depth of these clowns' foreign-policy agenda.

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 06:59:52 AM PDT

  •  As a CEO I doubt (4+ / 0-)

    that Romney has ever had to do more than come up with talking points.  The fuller picture would have been filled in with assignments made by his assistants suggestions.  "while tugging on his forelock, the little weasel polishing his shoes suggested J.D.Dumb to head a committee to finish the sentences" "it had become patently obvious that Mr. Romney, sir, was exhausted from tying his tie that morning and needed the additional brain cell help".  The Dumb Committee as it was called finished every sentence with a bow and shrug, leading to the conclusion that despite being dumb they were also dumber than their boss.

    Mr. Romney probably hasn't had an idea of his own since the Koch Brothers and Mr. Adelson along side Grover Norquist signed the final papers for sale of the presidency.

  •  Women in positions of political power (3+ / 0-)
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    Well maybe.  Romney mentioned several women who hold political office, runs companies, etc., but doesn't understand that women must be in control of their own bodies.  There is a form of insanity working there.

  •  Wait a damn minute ... (5+ / 0-)

    ... did he actually say that the president had raised taxes on the middle class?

    Did I miss something here?

  •  Dirty Harry argues with empty chair; (2+ / 0-)
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    chair wins.  Another antiquated tough-guy bites the dust....

    I count even the single grain of sand to be a higher life-form than the likes of Sarah Palin and her odious ilk.

    by Liberal Panzer on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 07:03:14 AM PDT

  •  Because of Eastwood's speech, I'm afraid... (3+ / 0-)
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    ...to use any of the empty chairs in my house, because of the possibility that Invisible Obama might be sitting in them.

    Even if I get up from the chair that I'm sitting in now, how do I know that Invisible Obama won't sneak in there and take my seat?  If I sit on the President, will invisible Secret Service agents tackle me?

    Damn you, Rowdy!

  •  They got nothin' (3+ / 0-)

    That's what all the lies, all the vagueness, all the hate directed at Obama are telling you.

    They got nothin'. There is no good reason to vote for Romney. The Republican Party has failed, they know they have failed, and they cannot admit it.

    Romney economics: Feed our seed corn to the fattest pigs and trust them to poop out jobs.

    by blue aardvark on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 07:04:52 AM PDT

  •  Wow, that was a dud of a speech (5+ / 0-)

    As Ryan set the record for lying in a speech the night before, Romney set the record for most words used to say absolutely nothing. Poor delivery and snarky, at best.
    The few things that he did convey were scary- war with Iran, saber rattling Russia, and a trade war with China. Guess all that shit will be off budget. He scoffed at global warming and didn't make a mention of our war in Afghanistan. And, as usual, there were all these promises of more jobs and lower taxes and absolutely no mention of how to pay for it all. Bullshit through and through.

  •  The most telling moment to me... (2+ / 0-)
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    ....was in the first few sentences.  He had just gotten started, and before he talked about himself, or his ideas or his country...he.....re-introduced paul ryan??  it was as if he was the veep and he was setting the stage for paul ryan.  in the first minute, he had re-mentioned ryan's story, his fmaily and ryan's wife as well.

    At that moment, i knew this speech would not help him.

    Aldus Shrugged : The Antidote to Ayn Rand. @floydbluealdus1

    by Floyd Blue on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 07:07:09 AM PDT

  •  It's Not My Job to Work (6+ / 0-)

    You were expecting detail?

    That's not what CEOs do. You all are expected to do the work. It's your job to fill in the details and make them happen.

    This is consistent with Ann Romney's speech. As I mentioned here her speech was a perfect metaphor for the Republican Party.

    A hurricane is bearing down on you. We're going to pray and hope that none of you get killed and none of your property gets blown away!
    You fill in the "details". You figure out how to keep the sea out of your house. You pick up the pieces and nurse the wounded and bury the dead.

    These guys are the "welfare queens" of the twenty-first century.

  •  Oh, and about that rose on the bedside table bit (0+ / 0-)

    That sounded amazingly simiilar to the story in HP and the Half Blood Prince about the magic fish that Harry's mom gave one of her professors.

    Every day? Even weekends? I dunno. It makes a great story. But was it just that? A great story? It's not like Mitt doesn't have a history of just making shit up.

    Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

    by JTinDC on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 07:09:07 AM PDT

    •  yes, his parents were lovely people. mitt? (2+ / 0-)
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      not so much.

      Romney/Ryan: I can't. I just can't.

      by stagemom on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 07:11:45 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I'm not questioning the loveliness of his parents. (0+ / 0-)

        My understanding is by today's standards they probably would be fairly decent Dems.

        What I mean to suggest is Mitt is not above lily guilding, making his own parents into fairy tale characters for his own gain.

        Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

        by JTinDC on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 07:21:06 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Even Larry Kudlow (3+ / 0-)

    whom I abhor, agrees w you. They have a vid clip of Kudlow's reaction right after the speech and he said he was "very disappointed" No specifics. John Hartmann, whom I generally like because he tries to just report, was doing his darndest however to keep things "positive". No question the whole CNBC crowd is "in the tank" for Romney and Kudlow is the cheerleader with the shortest skirt. So his reaction is quite telling IMO.

  •  Q: Am I the only one who thinks Romney looked (2+ / 0-)
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    kind of weird last night, a bit spaced out? His eyes? Sorry I cannot articulate this better, I have to go out to dr. appt but am dying to know if Mitt's blank look struck anyone else. I'd listened without watching any closeups of him then later saw his face close up and was aghast at eyebrows up, eyes like beads and expressionless.

    "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

    by Gorette on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 07:12:21 AM PDT

  •  GOP's hope is the Media will ignore Them (3+ / 0-)
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    My take is Ryan and Romney go into a room close the door and hope that the media will not do its job and ask questions. Sort of like when Bush was in office. You remember Saddam is making nuclear bombs. Yellow cake from Africa etc. Our news leaders kept their heads in the sand then. So these two are saying maybe it will happen again. It is our responsibility to keep a fire under medias butt and make sure that they are asking the questions. I send emails post comments whatever.  Send them a note and tell them to stay on it...

  •  Though the speech was ho hum. C+ with lies. (0+ / 0-)
  •  Romney wants to talk about the economy (3+ / 0-)
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    Can we finally put to rest the notion that Mitt Romney wants to talk about the economy?  It is clear that Romney does not want to talk about the economy.  Last night Romney had the opportunity to talk about the economy and to describe his economic policies with a national audience, and he refused to do so.  

    His campaign has been underway for more than a year, but Romney has found every excuse not to talk about the economy.  He and his staff just say that they want to talk about the economy as a way of avoiding talking about his tax returns, his time at Bain, his record as governor, his off-shore accounts, his past policy positions, his current policy positions or any other issue.  

  •  Romney & Repubs didn't want Obama to succeed (1+ / 0-)
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    I was laughing when I heard him say that. From day one they wanted him to fail. Ryan was with those 50 somethings Republicans who were plotting the President's demise. And I do believe Republicans think that Obama is a bad person, they believe he's the anti-Christ himself. Regardless what Rubio says. So please don't give me this bullshit, like they personally like the President and they believe he's a good man.

    If Romney wins (which he won't) I hope he's fails miserably. What goes around comes around. So they shouldn't be crying when we wish that. Repubs want Obama to fail, so we should hope Romney fails. That's good for us, Tit 4 Tat.

    Moderate Progressive, Born in Cairo, Raised in NY-11, Living in NJ-13.

    by BKGyptian89 on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 07:18:14 AM PDT

  •  health care fallacy (4+ / 0-)
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    ``we must rein in skyrocketing cost of health care by repealing and replacing Obamacare.''  --- is romney really so out of touch that he thinks health care costs weren't skyrocketing before obamacare??  does he really think americans will buy this nonsense??

  •  the things we leave behind... (1+ / 0-)
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    "Romney did brag about having tapped a female to be his lieutenant governor and chief of staff..."

    What the he failed to mention, however was that he forced an incumbent, sitting, Republican female Governor (the first in MA history) out of the race so that carpetbagging financial question mark could be crowned Governor by the boys in the Republican back room.

    I've come to believe that Romney is a force of nature, unlike anything else in the universe- statistically, given how much he runs his mouth, something truthful would have to come out of it at some point. But it hasn't in years.

    Not intentionally, anyway.

    Dickweed.

    "When you're skating on thin ice, you might as well dance." Jesse Winchester

    by The Poet Deploreate on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 07:20:56 AM PDT

  •  I wonder when anyone is going to... (3+ / 0-)
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    ...call Mitt Romney's claim that President Obama wants to raise taxes on the middle class what it is-- a lie. Of course, it depends on what he calls "middle class,"-- like those making over $250,000 (like he does)? Maybe I'm by myself on this, but I wish I could call Romney out on this claim and call him what he really is-- a liar.

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

    by alaprst on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 07:25:21 AM PDT

    •  The mandate (1+ / 0-)
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      The unenforcebable mandate, that the Supreme Court calls a tax, is the tax that I suspect his people will claim as raising taxes on the middle class.

      I guess all political conventions are a kind of unreality where the tribes go in their respective corners and gear up for voting day.

      But this convention was completely unmoored from facts and reality.

      The choice of our lifetime: Mitt Romney, It Takes A Pillage or President Barack Obama, Forward Together.

      by FiredUpInCA on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 07:58:28 AM PDT

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  •  As a Small Business Owner (6+ / 0-)

    I can honestly say the the Federal government mostly leaves me alone. Like most genuine small business owners, I am S Corp which means all profits from my business flow down to my W2 so I am not effected by corporate tax rates. The big one is paying both sides of SS and Medicare for myself and spouse.

    Pretty much all of the fees and regulations I deal with come from the state and municiple governments, which I think is probably the case for most small business which are local.  I could think of things I'd like my state, county and city governments to address, but the Federal government? Not so much. Whenever I hear national leaders talk about small business I think of the fake small business partnerships that some of the most profitable companies use to avoid paying taxes. For most people it is probably just a feelgood line because they don't really understand what running a small business is like.

  •  SKills (2+ / 0-)
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    Romney didn't say he would give Americans the skills to get a good job he said he would give them the skills they need for the jobs of today.
    I read that to mean menial jobs, service jobs because that's where the "jobs of today" are

  •  Substance? See Clint Eastwood's speech. n/t (0+ / 0-)

    Prefers Obamacare over Vouchercare

    by Palafox on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 07:55:29 AM PDT

  •  Mitt reminds me of Monty Python's "How to do it": (1+ / 0-)
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    "How to Rid the World of All Known Diseases":

    Alan: Hello.

    Noel: Hello.

    Alan: Well, last week we showed you how to become a gynaecologist. And this week on 'How to do it' we're going to show you how to play the flute, how to split an atom, how to construct a box girder bridge, how to irrigate the Sahara Desert and make vast new areas of land cultivatable, but first, here's Jackie to tell you all how to rid the world of all known diseases.

    Jackie: Hello, Alan.

    Alan: Hello, Jackie.

    Jackie: Well, first of all become a doctor and discover a marvelous cure for something, and then, when the medical profession really starts to take notice of you, you can jolly well tell them what to do and make sure they get everything right so there'll never be any diseases ever again.

    Alan: Thanks, Jackie. Great idea. How to play the flute. (picking up a flute) Well here we are. You blow there and you move your fingers up and down here.

    Noel: Great, great, Alan. Well, next week we'll be showing you how black and white people can live together in peace and harmony, and Alan will be over in Moscow showing us how to reconcile the Russians and the Chinese. So, until next week, cheerio.

    Alan: Bye.

    Jackie: Bye.

    Mitt is funnier when he isn't trying to be funny.

    These are troubling times. Corporations are treated like people. People are treated like things. ... If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now. — Rev. Dr. William Barber, II to the NAACP, July 11, 2012

    by dewtx on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 07:57:08 AM PDT

  •  Eastwood's ode to Ralph Ellison's book. (2+ / 0-)
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    What no one seems to have noticed, is that to black viewers - and savvy folks of other flavors - it that the whole bit brings to mind a rather famous novel.

    And the idea that black men are invisible, or worth less to society.

    So what Eastwood just did suggests Obama - as a black man - is not as good as Romney, the white guy.

    While the convention got remixed for Isaac, this was a terrible way to start off the most viewed hour of the entire three day event.

    But it says exactly what the RNC has been messaging for months.

    Black men are not as good as white men.

    cheerleaders need not apply.

    by kravitz on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 08:04:19 AM PDT

    •  I thought the same thing (1+ / 0-)
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      about the empty chair.  I have not read Ellison's book, but the whole idea of talking to an empty chair is too demeaning for the President of the United States.  There's just something not quite right about it.

      Which is really weird, since Eastwood's movies don't strike me as racist.  The guy is into Jazz, did the movie Bird, and features important black characters in many of his movies.  

      "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

      by Subterranean on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 08:53:18 AM PDT

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  •  Clint Eastwood (0+ / 0-)

    must have an evil twin.  No way is that the same guy who made Unforgiven, Bird, Million Dollar Baby, and Mystic River.  That was the same evil twin who made all the Dirty Harry films and hillbilly porn like Any Which Way You Can.

    "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

    by Subterranean on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 08:18:11 AM PDT

  •  Mitt, show me your carfax --- (0+ / 0-)

    What state issued a driver's license to Mitt while he was scamming outrageous amount of our government tax dollars to clean up the Olympic mess that fellow mormons built?

    Republican mantra for "state's rights" is dog whistle -- but let us explore some Mittmess.     States issue a DL to their residents to have the privilege of driving on their tax built roads.  Even if it is Mitt driving his American truck or Ann driving one of her Cadillacs.

    (Here in Florida we accomodate our multitude of long term winter visitors with state issued picture ID or DL so they can cash their out of state bank account checks and to verify where their car will be living during their visit.  They don't have to give up their home state license --- as our is clearly marked as a special category when you're just visitin'.
    It is just so hard for folks with more than one mansion to decide where they live.  But someone capable of running the nation should be able to manage little legal details like getting photo ID. *Exemption for Cheneys who run the world but don't buy a hunting license before they shoot their fellow "in sport.")

    So -- What does Utah require to register to VOTE?  Photo ID like "show me your state issued DL?"  Papers please?   In Florida it is a felony to LIE on application for DL or voter registration.  (*Please don't note the fail to jail Ann Coulter for lying on both and getting caught. IOKIYAR)    I'll guess that Utah and Mass. might also demand you state true main residence to exercise driving privilege or voting right.    

    Mitt retroactively changed his tax status "residence" from Utah to Mass. when he was nailed for claiming Utah residence to save taxes during his "excellent propaganda save the Olympic scam."  

    To do that he said he lived in son's basement -- because Mass. demand x# years of Mass. residence to qualify to run for governor.
    He backed up the claim by whining his need to be in Mass. to conduct Bain business ---- during the same time he now sez he is not to blame for toxic Bain behavior because he retroactively retired already for cryin' out loud.

    He even paid back the state's rights taxes he had avoided by trying to play the loopholes.    

    SHOW ME HIS CARFAX ----- in which state did he commit the felony of LYIN LIKE RYAN about where his residence was?

    Did he bother to register to vote or not?  Did he bother to have a valid driver's licences or not?     I don't want him in charge of spending my tax pennies if he doesn't think he and his fellow Dollar Royals must alight on terra firma and at least know where they are legal to vote.

    Do even cars with elevators have to purchase a STATE issued license plate?  Where did his cars live?

    De fund + de bunk = de EXIT--->>>>>

    by Neon Mama on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 08:51:03 AM PDT

    •  PS -- I did Incorporate My Uterus at ACLU (0+ / 0-)

      online site.     I specifically included both the Uterus and its' curtilage as MY BUSINESS and demand that deregulation proceed. Retroactively, even since Mitt can change the past at will.    

      I named my privates "proprietary data" so no one has a legal right to view it.   Stick that in your transvaginal probe.  Even tho Constitution said y'all can't make it testify against itself, and y'all can't search and seizure it or its' contents, I also invoke my right to prevent the govt. from quartering future soldiers in it --- should y'all be so stupid to think all fertile eggies already have "personhood" enough to try to negate MY legal right to habeus corpus -- to possess my own body.

      And I'm also a serial offender small business owner who never decided hiring based on a "tax break" so quit lying that I won't hire workers without being bribed by the government.  

      Ex post facto laws are supposed to be illegal ---fyi to y'all Constitution worshipping Republicans who apparently never read it.

      PPS --- I figured out why dumyas hate science.   Those darn scientists are KNOWN fact checkers.

      De fund + de bunk = de EXIT--->>>>>

      by Neon Mama on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 09:24:32 AM PDT

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  •  Mitt's speech last night was just like his (0+ / 0-)

    missionary spiel for his 'church', full of pie in the sky promises.

  •  Mitt the Twit and Lyin' Ryan.. (pass it on) (1+ / 0-)
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    Better an empty chair than an empty suit.

  •  Brian Williams looked to be on the verge (0+ / 0-)

    of hysterical, uncontrollable laughter. Look at his face when Mitchell is saying the speech was strange. I am cracking up just looking at him.

    My dog is a member of Dogs Against Romney: He rides inside.

    by adigal on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 09:59:42 AM PDT

  •  Romney said Obama wasn't American AGAIN (0+ / 0-)

    This time, though, it looks like he's getting a free pass, even from the DailyKos.  Is it because he just came out and said it without framing it as some kind of joke?  Is there a difference I don't know about?

    'Slower Traffic - Keep Right!'

    by luvbrothel on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 10:14:11 AM PDT

  •  What is this guy thinking.........? (0+ / 0-)

    Does he really believe that if he wins that he will be able to push through Paul Ryan's agenda with an evenly divided senate? Not to mention, what if the democrats gain 20-25 seats in the house of representatives.

    This speech was nothing but political fantasy. The reality, the cold hard facts, say that no matter who wins, political divisiveness is here to stay. His pick of Ryan, the most divisive voice in congress, for VP goes a long way to see into the mind of Romney. That not only is divisiveness here to stay but I'm going to throw more fuel on the fire.

    When Mitch McConnell said in 2009 that his job was not to govern but to make sure President Obama would be a one term president, he threw down the gauntlet of political divisiveness. Legislators like McConnell, Ryan, nearly all the republicans, and a few democrats are scared to death of a constitutional amendment which would limit campaign contributions or enshrine public financing of political campaigns in the constitution. Maintaining a high level of divisiveness and giving ultra wealthy investors and corporate executives massive tax breaks and corporate welfare, is for republicans, self preservation, because they can always go back later and shakedown those wealthy  investors and corporate executives for big campaign contributions.

    Knowledge is Power. Ignorance is not bliss, it is suffering.

    by harris stein on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 11:13:08 AM PDT

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