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Mitt Romney holds up Boston Herald after winning gubernatorial race in 2002
The beginning of an era of Mitt Romney being bipartisan the same entitled jerk he always is.
Mitt Romney made much of his supposed bipartisan skills in Wednesday night's debate. By this time, it may not surprise you to hear that he was stretching the truth.
As a Republican governor whose legislature was 87 percent Democrats, he said, "I figured out from Day 1 I had to get along, and I had to work across the aisle to get anything done." The result, he said, was that "we drove our schools to be No. 1 in the nation. We cut taxes 19 times."
Romney didn't deserve credit for Massachusetts schools that were already great when he became governor, the tax cuts include a number that came from the legislature, "routine extensions of existing tax reductions that were due to expire," and two one-day sales tax holidays. Additionally, Romney was famous for raising fees on basically everything he could think of.

And about that bipartisanship. Massachusetts state legislators, though heavily Democratic, were used to working with Republican governors. But while there were moments Romney worked with them successfully—passing the precursor to Obamacare, for instance—Massachusetts legislators by and large remember him as exactly the entitled jerk we see running for president now. One frequently cited example of that entitlement is the elevator in the State House that Romney reserved for himself, banning state legislators from using it. They also talk about the security ropes he had installed outside his office. And about how it was impossible to get a meeting with him and he didn't bother to learn the names of the legislators who he now tells us he worked so hard to get bipartisan with.

It's not just legislators, either. Romney also kept his distance from the state's mayors:

John Barrett, who was mayor of the city of North Adams during Romney's governorship, described him Thursday as "a governor who just ignored us, who didn't want our effort," saying he never met with mayors or sought their input. "He believed that a PowerPoint presentation would solve all our problems," Barrett said.
One Democratic mayor did have a positive experience with Romney. But:
When Kalisz relayed the story to his fellow mayors, though, a funny thing happened: Nobody believed him. “They thought I was joking when I said he was physically in my office,” Kalisz says.
Taking a shared elevator and keeping it for himself, security ropes, refusing to meet with legislators and mayors. Sound like bipartisanship to you? And that was in a state mostly controlled by Democrats—Romney wouldn't face nearly the same pressure to work with Democrats when it comes to a sharply divided U.S. Congress. The meetings with Democrats that he claims would happen on Day One would be much more likely to happen on Day Never.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 10:05 AM PDT.

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  •  Veto overriding majority forced bipartisanship on (5+ / 0-)

    me is what Romney is really saying. This is the essence of his health care bill too. Yes, the elements were conservative having originated w/ Heritage Foundation, but the fact is that a governor must by necessity be "bipartisan" when he faces 87% opposition in the legislature.

  •  Maybe be something about the Harvard MBA (0+ / 0-)

    GM later provided O'Neal a scholarship to attend Harvard Business School, where he attained his MBA in 1978 and later rejoined GM as a Treasury Analyst.[5]
    When Thain arrived at Merrill he scrapped O'Neal's practice of having the security guards always hold an entire elevator bank open excusively for him.
    Thain being the exception

    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 Oct 05, 2012 at 10:12:55 AM PDT

  •  Hey! (0+ / 0-)

    That memo he told some staffer to deliver to them "whenever you feel like it" IS meeting with them! In Romney-land, that is.

  •  He portrays himself as some renegade... (0+ / 0-)

    ...the rarest of anomalies in Massachusetts politics--a Republican Governor.

    Massachusetts has had 32 governors since 1900, 19 of whom were elected Republicans, 20 if you count Jane Swift who was appointed to finish out Cellucci's term.  That's a 59% election rate.  More then norm than the exception.

    The man is 110% pure fraud.  He has systematically abused people and positions of power for sheer personal ambition.  When he belittled the 47% he was being kind.  In his mind that number really is closer to 99.8%

    "It is never too late to be what you might have been." -- George Eliot

    by paulitics on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 10:27:35 AM PDT

    •  Scott Walker has this clown beat (3+ / 0-)
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      He's got a private tunnel to escape from his office.  No one can even come close to the exit where his chaeuffer and massive security force amass for his very private entrances and exits.  And you are met by security every step of the way as you get close to Walkers office - no rope bridges for this guy.

      R-Money only had an elevator all to himself.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 04:02:20 PM PDT

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    •  absolutely (1+ / 0-)
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      If he was such a great - or even an adequate - governor in Massachusetts, ask yourself why would he be trailing in the polls here by double digits just 6 years later?

      There is no support for him anywhere in the state. Even the state Republicans want nothing to do with him. Scott Brown would rather chew off one of his own limbs than say anything in support of Romney. I would be surprised if he gets more than 30 percent of the vote in Massachusetts - and it ain't because we're all flaming lefties here.

      Romney is a fraud. He was then. He's a bigger one now.

  •  I like that: Day Never. (0+ / 0-)

    The problem with liars like Romney is that they sound good when they are talking.  It's the follow-up that matters.  I make it simple for family and friends: Romney won't carry the state where he was governor.  Enough said.

  •  One thing (2+ / 0-)
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    that Obama did not, in fact, could not address, was to comment on Romney's outrageous remark that he would reach across the aisle to the other side.  Well, Obama was classy enough NOT to say that he has tried harder than any other president in history to work with the other side only to be met with complete hostility and and a total lack of compromise on the part of the GOP.

  •  FINE...but I want results... (0+ / 0-)

    Please some kossack in Massachussets must know why they don't want him back, even to live in the state. Not just his persaonality.
    I expected Rachel Maddow too, but I bet NBC has told her NO NO NO don't go there.

    DEMOCRACY is a Relay Race... and you pass the baton by VOTING! So don't vote for OBAMA, VOTE for M&M's, MEDICARE and MIDDLECLASS

    by LOrion on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 11:13:29 AM PDT

    •  she wouldn't go along with that and she has (1+ / 0-)
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      talked about his record in MA critically.

      We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

      by Tamar on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 03:39:01 PM PDT

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    •  Part of the problem . . . (7+ / 0-)

      is the last part of his term. You know the part where he was "Running for President for crissakes(tm)".  He was absent from the state a "few times" to be on the campaign trail.

      This would be an issue, albeit a minor one. The biggest problem of that run, at least to this MA resident was treatment of the state on the campaign trail before and after his term finished.

      I mean, you are the Governor of the state. This means you are lead politician, lead booster, lead salesman for the entire state.

       He disparaged the state throughout his entire 2006-2008 extended campaign.  Most people will laugh the stereotypes of their state within reason, but Mitt just outright insulted the state was leading the whole time.

      Here is an example from 2008. I know there are earlier ones but this is a good example:

      It got so bad, during the 2006 gubernatorial debate. one of the journalists on the panel asked Kerry Healy the GOP LG who was running. Would she ask Mitt to stop his jokes/insult about MA. I found the clip

      I actually found this weekend a copy of the "Mid-term Report" Mitt sent to every household.  I might scan it in and share it. It was certainly interesting reading.

      •  Ah, Kerry Healy (3+ / 0-)

        Thanks much for posting these!

        She was klassy with a k, eh? Between this and the racist ads against Deval, man am I glad she's not in the picture anymore -- she was so annoying, especially when journalists would suggest that all of us women should be so psyched about KH. Ummmm, no. Me thinks we can do much much better in terms of female candidates. Exhibit A: Elizabeth Warren.

        "The country we carry in our hearts is waiting." ~ Bruce Springsteen

        by abs0628 on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 04:03:05 PM PDT

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      •  After behavior like that, (3+ / 0-)
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        why on earth would anyone want him to be POTUS?

        His behavior was not only undignified, but also atrocious.

        "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

        by politicalceci on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 04:14:46 PM PDT

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    •  Worst. Governor. Ever (3+ / 0-)
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      I.  Romney couldn't have run for reelection because he was so despised by the end of his first term that he would NEVER have won.
      2.  He cut local aid to cities and towns every year he was in office.  That meant that as we headed into the financial meltdown in 2008, the schools and city/town services had experienced deep cuts for years, leaving us in even a deeper hole.  The schools are first rate because the next governor (Deval Patrick) has done his best to restore local aid, but it's been very hard on every community in the state.
      3. He essentially walked away from the job after his second year.  I've never understood why no one has investigated the number of days he spent off the job or out of state for two full years.  His Lieutenant Governor basically ran the state during that period of time.
      4.  The most galling incident that speaks to his despicable  character occurred after he had  abandoned the state.  We had a tragic accident in which a large cement block from the ceiling of one of the Big Dig tunnels fell onto a car with 2 people traveling to the airport to pick up relatives.  The cement block fell onto one passenger crushing her to death.  Her distraught husband was in the tunnel frantic, knowing that his wife had been killed.   As usual, Romney was out of state at the time but came running back the next day for a photo op of him  marching into the tunnel in a hard hat while his lieutenant governor who'd been running the state trailed behind him.  The city was in mourning over the tragedy that had befallen this family, but for Romney, it was just a photo op.  He left the state soon after the cameras left.  
      5.  There remains serious questions about his residency in Mass. when he ran for Governor.  One theory Mass. residents have about his refusal to release his tax returns is that they would show that he was actually paying state taxes in Utah at the time, and not Mass. and was not a legal resident of the state when he ran for governor.

      Mitt Romney was the worst governor Mass. in my (long)
      lifetime, and that says something. We've had a number of Republican governors, but there's only one who has earned the universal disdain in the state that Mitt Romney has.  Look at the Mass. polling number for the Presidential race - they're not that lopsided because we are ever so blue.   People here know Mitt Romney and can't stand him.  With good reason.

      •  It's not a coincidence that (4+ / 0-)
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        16 years of Republican governors here came to an end with Romney. His big attempt to boost the state Republican party during mid-term elections - and by boost, we mean have enough legislators to, say, force a roll call vote - failed dismally, and the state GOP ended up with the fewest number of seats since sometime in the 1800s. His hand-picked lieutenant governor thankfully lost in her bid to succeed him  with her not-very-veiled racist campaign against Deval Patrick (remember the scary dark parking lot ad? The leak about Deval's sister and brother-in-law's marital problems?)

        The disparaging of Massachusetts on his national campaign circuit sure didn't sit well -- what governor DOES that? -- especially for those of us who remembered all his I'm a moderate lies. We know the guy will do or say anything, and throw anyone under the bus, to get what he wants. We also know he's not interested in doing the job, only having the title.

  •  private ropes & secure car elevators: we all hang (5+ / 0-)

    separately in Mitt's USA

    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 03:32:21 PM PDT

  •  He's Greg Marmalard- (2+ / 0-)
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    Any college pictures of him in his MGA?

  •  just got this link from a winger (3+ / 0-)
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    it's on Foriegn policy

  •  Didn't he claim weekly meetings with the leg. ? (1+ / 0-)
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    I thought he said he met with them every Monday. Why, so he did.

    I'll sit down with leaders — the Democratic leaders as well as Republican leaders and — as we did in my state. We met every Monday for a couple hours, talked about the issues and the challenges in the — in the — in our state, in that case
    Doesn't that sound cozy and collegial? Sitting down for a few hours every week, probably with coffee and maybe some sort of round glazed thingy. After a hundred Mondays or so you'd learn some names whether you tried to or not.
    And about how it was impossible to get a meeting with him and he didn't bother to learn the names of the legislators who he now tells us he worked so hard to get bipartisan with.
    Wonder if anybody from that era will directly call him out on that "weekly meeting" claim

    " can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem." Mitt Romney

    by Catte Nappe on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 03:44:09 PM PDT

  •  OFA needs to slam this slime. He DID get a bump. (2+ / 0-)
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    and I am already sick of reading about it. Maybe i need to send Obama another donation today.

  •  30 days left.... (3+ / 0-)

    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 03:45:36 PM PDT

  •  One thing I thought of watching the debate (2+ / 0-)
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    was that Mitt kept dodging the need for details by saying he'd work things out with Congress.

    That means his budget will be the Ryan budget. The House GOP already passed it and Ryan is his VP.

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

    by blue aardvark on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 03:46:03 PM PDT

    •  It's also one of the right's criticisms of Obama (2+ / 0-)
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      That he didn't "lead" with a detailed vision, but let Congress work things out.

      " can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem." Mitt Romney

      by Catte Nappe on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 04:06:39 PM PDT

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  •  The security ropes and ... (3+ / 0-)
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    ... to a lesser extent the private elevator use have a touch of paranoia to them, making wannabe Queen Ann's concerns for his mental wellbeing all the more pertinent, I think.

    •  I think he's just not comfortable around people (3+ / 0-)

      I bet he's fairly cold and distant with his family, and god help you if you cross or disagree with him. I can sense a core nastiness in him that is experienced by anyone who comes into contact with him, that's he's either oblivious to, could are less about, or actually enjoys. It would be a monumental disaster if he won.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 04:11:59 PM PDT

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  •  When he said he got results from a legislature (2+ / 0-)
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    that was 87% Democratic, Obama should have said "I could work just fine with an 87% Democratic house. It's working with Republicans that is impossible."

  •  THANK YOU!! (3+ / 0-)
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    As someone who lived through Willard's tenure as Gov, I have been waiting for someone to call him out on what a piss poor, embarrassing, insulting Governor he was.

    I would love to see a tv or web ad with some Mass electeds telling the real story about Willard as Gov. Kind of like those Bain ads with the workers. Ah one can dream...

    When he was lying his behind off about how he was such a great Gov, I had this picture in my mind of state reps and senators and mayors all throughout the Commonwealth (God save it!) laughing hysterically, their heads exploding, soda all over their tv screens, etc.

    He truly is an epic weasel.

    "The country we carry in our hearts is waiting." ~ Bruce Springsteen

    by abs0628 on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 04:00:25 PM PDT

    •  Perhaps we can hope (1+ / 0-)
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      Perhaps the Obama campaign has lined up some Dem "eyewitnesses" of that time and place; and  are holding them in reserve for an appropriate time. Would love to see Mitt's assertion about the weekly Monday morning meetings juxtaposed with presumed attendees recollections.

      " can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem." Mitt Romney

      by Catte Nappe on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 04:11:09 PM PDT

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  •  Republicans understand bipartisanship (5+ / 0-)

    as: They Talk, You Agree

    or: They Decide, You Capitulate

    it's your choice: Agree or Capitulate

    otherwise you're not being bipartisan

    and they will shoot the hostages

    "a lie that can no longer be challenged becomes a form of madness" -Debord

    by grollen on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 04:04:12 PM PDT

  •  He's just a troll (1+ / 0-)
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    A rich, well-connected, successful troll, but a troll nonetheless. Are there any top Repubs these days who are not trolls? They're trolls because the treat people who can't help them get ahead or become richer like shit, and not only don't have a problem with it, but enjoy it, and think they're entitled to such behavior.

    To hell with the tea party and their similar sense of rich white entitelment. Time for a real "second American revolution", non-violent version. It's our country as much as theirs, and there are many more of us than of them.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 04:08:57 PM PDT

  •  It sounds like Mitt being a Feudal Lord (1+ / 0-)
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    over his fiefdom. Of course, he wouldn't meet the state politicians and the mayors.  They were his serfs.

    And being the head honcho in charge, why would Mitt meet with them?  All he needed was his throne, crown and scepter.  

    The only thing that the statehouse and the mayors had to do was pass in front of his throne and kiss his ring while giving Romney tributes.

    "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

    by politicalceci on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 04:10:15 PM PDT

  •  Let's not forget his exit, either. (2+ / 0-)
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    Romney and his staff made sure to cover their tracks. Destroying hard drives, wiping emails... Remind you of someone else?

    The aristocrats have this teeny tiny little problem with accountability.....

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 05:35:17 PM PDT

  •  In other words, (0+ / 0-)

    Willard's always been a dick.

    rMoney: Just another jerk, lookin' for work.

    by OleHippieChick on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 06:45:27 PM PDT

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