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Team Obama Mocks Mittens

12 Responses to “Team Obama Mocks Mittens”

  1. LYT says:

    I want to like it, but it’s awkward, never quite making 100% apples-to-apples comparisons. Were I a determined rightie blogger, I could easily find weasel-room in there.

  2. SamLowry says:

    Maybe it’s because I’m from an industrial state, but I’ve been aghast at the concept that either Romney or any of his rich pals are “makers”. You don’t even need to bring Marx into the argument to admit that the people who work with their hands, the people who build, assemble, and create are the makers, while the parasites who live off the value added by this labor are the real takers.

    What, exactly, has Romney “made”? Oh, there is that one company he helped to create that, like the Mafia, exists only by skimming profits off of companies that are actually making and selling products. How is that not “taking”? How is that not the definition of parasitic behavior? And when profits are hard to find, Bain takes the workers’ pensions, takes their benefits, takes their pay raises and eventually their jobs if they can’t hand over a big enough check to their corporate overlords.

    If you’re having a hard time wrapping your head around the concept, just watch A BUG’S LIFE, a parable about the 99% rising up against the parasitic 1%.

  3. Christian says:

    And that is why Romney was never going to be president from the get go.

  4. etguild2 says:

    Has there ever been a more incompetent candidate/campaign, running against such a competent campaign? I doubt it considering Obama will end up being outspent two and a half to one.

  5. MDOC says:


    Good question you dont have to go that far back, Kerry – Edwards vs Bush – Chenney.

  6. LYT says:

    Kerry wasn’t very competent, but he almost won nonetheless. McCain and Dole were both pretty bad, as was Gore (though he practically defines the term “almost won”)

  7. Christian says:

    I’ve been saying this for a year now but the Romney campaign is the most inept in modern American political history. One of the big reasons that is that he’s beholden to talk radio and their ideology is collectively insane. A majority of Americans do not want Rush Limbaugh calling the shots. But the liberal media has allowed Romney to get away with the most outrageous lies and hypocrisies. America will not.

  8. palmtree says:

    The thing with Mitt is that he might have been a good candidate had he been able to run as the moderate conservative that he actually is. But because of the dominance of the far right, he’s skewed and screwed himself out of a much better campaign.

  9. Christian says:

    That is the sad irony that Romney as Mass governor would have been much more formidable opponent to Obama. But then you’re trying to create a new mitt Romney that doesn’t pander nonstop.

  10. David Poland says:

    Not so ironically, the far right that now dominates The Republican Party is a steaming cesspool of hateful abusers and the stench will need to clear before the Party can compete legitimately again. I don’t know what the House will be lost this election cycle, but if not, look for it to be lost in 2014.

    And then, centrists can rise again.

    What we really need is a Democrat/Republic merger and a new party or two that legitimately compete… actually have different ideas. The Tea Party should be a party. I respect their right to be idiots and to run for office on that basis. But the main parties now? Only a few social issues really separate them… aside from the fanatics who would be happy to destroy the country to save the country.

  11. christian says:

    What needs to happen immediately probably won’t: the immediate dismissal of the FOX/AM media axis as a source for GOP political posturing and pandering. If you can stand to watch, FOX News is having a psychic meltdown of “truly epic proportions” to quote Mr. Han.

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