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Just a brief thought to get out there.

I listened this morning to John Kerry describing Mitt Romney as the closer who will say anything to close the deal, even if he does not know that much about it.

While that might be true of his business experience, I think there is a far more powerful meme.

Mitt Romney is a used-car salesman.

The used-car he is trying to sell you is the Bush economic plan, the idea that tax cuts magically create jobs.

He doesn't want you to look under the hood - he won't give details of his tax plan.

He won't give you the CarFax -  the data that shows that cutting taxes for the rich has never created jobs the way Republicans since Reagan have argued, and that the highest job creation correlates pretty well with higher taxes for the wealthy, taxes that both reduce deficit pressure and provide funds for the government to stimulate the economy.

One more thing -  he wants you only to look at the paint job, not the mechanical damage.  That is, he does not want you to realize that his definition of small business would include most hedge funds, because they dont have that many employees despite the billions of dollars they control.  And remember, by his rationale most of the various entities set up by Bain to avoid taxation would also qualify as small businesses.

Would you buy a used-car from Mitt Romney?

If not, why would you buy an economic plan?

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  •  some personal disclosure for what it is worth - (11+ / 0-)

    in the transition between being a computer person and a school teacher, I spent about 4 months as a car salesman.  I was actually pretty good.  Most of my sales were new cars, but I did sell several used cars.   I spent enough time with the people who specialized in used cars to understand how they had to operate.  I dont envy them.  But I think I understand how they approach sales.

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 05:36:33 AM PDT

  •  Would you buy a used car from this man? (2+ / 0-)
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    ontheleftcoast, cocinero

    Its an old ad, but I could see mileage in it.

    Mitt Romney, wasn't good enough to beat the guy that wasn't good enough to beat George W. Bush .

    by ewan husarmee on Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 05:58:07 AM PDT

    •  That was basically my sig for the last few (2+ / 0-)
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      PrahaPartizan, cocinero

      weeks. But I took it one further and noted that he wasn't even qualified to be a successful used car salesman. Now I'm calling him out on his sleazy attempts to "mine for gold" in the Libya incident. Yes, Romney and his ilk would mine a graveyard looking for gold teeth. That's how crass and vulgar they are.

      Every time Romney and Republicans mention Benghazi it proves they are the sort of opportunists that would mine for gold in a graveyard.

      by ontheleftcoast on Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 07:03:00 AM PDT

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  •  as someone who sold cars back in the 70s, the (2+ / 0-)
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    polecat, Egalitare

    manager told us sale reps that the easiest people to con/sell to are family and friends..

    "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones."

    "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

    by roseeriter on Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 05:58:33 AM PDT

  •  Anybody But Obama?...........dumbass republicans. (0+ / 0-)
  •  And he wants you to buy from him.... (4+ / 0-)

    ...because in the past he was successful at buying cars at low cost, then selling them off for the parts.

  •  You do used car salesmen a disservice (4+ / 0-)

    First, you actually get to test drive the car and inspect it.  Romney's refusal to give details on his tax plan, or health care plan, etc. is the equivalent of making you buy without a test drive and without even being able to look under the hood.

    And second, in the end they have to present you with a Truth-In-Lending form that shows you, in plain english and numbers, exactly what you are getting and how much you are paying for the car.  With Romney, there is no truth-to-voter form that shows you anything.

    No, I wouldn't buy anything from him.

    Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

    by absdoggy on Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 06:17:09 AM PDT

  •  Sawdust in the automatic transmission. /nt (1+ / 0-)
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    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 06:42:41 AM PDT

  •  Ya know.... (0+ / 0-)

    Knowing about Willard Mitt Romney from what I've heard/seen while listening and watching (ie. paying attention), and knowing he stands for everything and nothing, he will (and DOES) say anything to anyone to become President, he is shameless in his prevaricating mendacity.
    And he's absolutely the very last person I'd let near the White House.
    Every time he speaks he lies, little ones, medium ones and big whoppers.  Even low information voters notice.  Your dirty little secret's out, Mitt, you're a bald faced liar.
    After November 6, when he has more time to himself, hope he uses some of his enormous wealth to seek help in controlling the serious issues he has with telling the truth.
    Or not, after all, he'll only be lying to his wife and sons then, and apparently they're ok with it.

    I think, therefore I am........................... Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose....AKA Engine Nighthawk - don't even ask!

    by Lilyvt on Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 06:46:49 AM PDT

  •  Romney is more like an Amway pitchman (2+ / 0-)
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    Egalitare, PrahaPartizan

    what he sells is literally unsustainable, unbelievable.

    •  Amway - Michigan's shame (3+ / 0-)

      Owned by the odious, secretive, super-rich  DeVos family, major right-wing Romney supporters.  

      Wife of CEO Dick DeVos, Betsy Prince DeVos has a brother Eric who made news a couple of years ago as founder of infamous Blackwater Security, the Bush administration's private thug patrol.  Prince is the same asshole who re-located to Abu-Dubai rather than face mounting legal problems here.  He's running a private army from there with major clients among the regions repressive autocratic sheikdoms and dictators.

      Betsy herself is a major player in the move to privatize ALL US schools.

      Romney and Amway, a perfect fit and a real nightmare..........

      Labor was the first price paid for all things. It was not by money, but by labour, that all wealth of the world was originally purchased. - Adam Smith

      by boatwright on Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 07:40:48 AM PDT

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  •  Third Interview Rule (1+ / 0-)
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    Just remember the "three interview" rule.  It takes three interviews to strip out all of the self-serving crap that a sociopath will throw up around their performance in prior positions.  In particular, it takes that much time to expose the discrepancies which exist between what they claim to have done and what they actually did.  Usually, one finds out that they stepped into a position which had was finally turning around based on the work of the prior incumbents in the position or changes in the industry due to sheer luck.  It takes that much talking to get real detailed descriptions of what was actually done, who was hired, how decisions were reached, what sort of contingencies were incorporated into planning and how general economic conditions affected the business.  If the position is important to the life of the enterprise, it's worth conducting three good intensive interviews to understand the candidate.  Romney's coming up on his third interview and it will deal with the weakest skill set, where he has zero experience to bring to the table.  It should be interesting to see what Governor Romney's background will look like when totally unclothed to the public after the third debate.  Conversely, President Obama could just make sure that everyone realizes the Governor's suit is made up of whole cloth.

    "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

    by PrahaPartizan on Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 08:03:52 AM PDT

    •  it's a male moderator (2+ / 0-)
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      tofumagoo, PrahaPartizan

      and they are each behind a podium where Romney's stiffness and awkwardness are not so obvious

      Romney will feel free to try to bully a male moderator.

      The difference is Schieffer has the examples of the other two moderators in the Presidential debate and of Raddatz in the VP debate to see that he will need to be assertive.  He will do so in a somewhat low-key fashion but one that can be devastating.

      The general topics are already out, so Romney will have prepared talking points for each.  But the real question is what happens if you go deeper than one level -  on this ANY sitting President has a huge advantage, because he has been dealing with even minutiae for almost four years.   It did not help the first Bush because the American people had little concern for anything foreign and thus Clinton's lack of experience did not matter.

      Where Romney will have to try to connect is how our international relations make a difference to jobs and our economy.   Last night he made a number of statements that actually open him up to attack -  on China and its currency for example, on being tough on China.  

      I fully expect him to try to go after Syria, to try to argue that Obama is making the US weaker, to try to point Obama as weak on Israel.

      Here's the problem for Romney.  On most of the foreign policy issues likely to come up, he is already locked in, both in the first two debates and in what he has been saying in speeches.

      He has not got much wiggle room.

      Nor does he have any realistic chances of a surprise topic to try to throw Obama off.

      He will do well if he can simply show himself as credible as Commander in Chief and as chief diplomat.  The latter may be particularly difficult, especially if either Schieffer or Obama bring up the reactions of the Brits, including David Cameron, to Romney's foot in mouth about the London Olympics.  It is easy to call the UK our oldest and closest ally (although technically the relationship with France is older, during the Revolution), and that one manages to piss them off at a time of national pride for them is something I thing could cut against Romney.

      I fully expect him to accuse Obama of apologizing -  to which Obama can point to statements from George W. Bush for the latest example of a Republican.

      And then there is Romney's statement that he would not override Pakistani sovereignty to get Osama bin Laden.  That is a real minefield for him.

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 08:17:55 AM PDT

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