SCHADENFREUDE

Thursday, April 12th, 2012 | Uncategorized

I can’t remember the last time that any political gaffe by anybody has been this incredibly impressive.  Democratic adviser Hillary Rosen steps in it and by “steps in it,” I mean does a cannonball right into the septic tank:

ANDERSON COOPER: To the Romney campaign’s point, they say they’re focusing on the economy, and that’s what women say they overwhelmingly care about right now in poll after poll. And whether it’s a typical pattern or not, women are seeing jobs come back much more slowly than men are. Is there anything really wrong then, on reaching out to women on an issue that they care about, on the economy?

HILARY ROSEN: Well, first, can we just get rid of this word, “war on women”? The Obama campaign does not use it, President Obama does not use it—this is something that the Republicans are accusing people of using, but they’re actually the ones spreading it. With respect to economic issues, I think actually that Mitt Romney’s right, that ultimately, women care more about the economic well-being of their families and the like. But he doesn’t connect on that issue either. What you have is Mitt Romney running around the country saying, “Well, my wife tells me what women really care about are economic issues.” And, “When I listen to my wife, that’s what I’m hearing.” Guess what? His wife has never actually worked a day in her life. She’s never really dealt with the economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing—in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school, and how do—why we worry about their future. So I think it’s, yes, it’s about these positions, and yes there will be a war of words about the positions, but there’s something much more fundamental about Mitt Romney—he just seems so old-fashioned when it comes to women, and I think that comes across, and I think that’s going to hurt him over the long term. He just doesn’t really see us as equal.

Almost instantly, the Democrats threw Rosen under the bus and then sprinted for the tall grass as fast as their legs could carry them.

The Obama campaign on Thursday moved to quickly distance itself from comments made by a Democratic strategist who said that Ann Romney, the wife of GOP front-runner Mitt, “never worked a day in her life.”

An Obama campaign aide told The Hill that the strategist, Hilary Rosen, is not an adviser of any kind to the campaign and likewise doesn’t serve as an adviser to the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

The aide’s comments echo those of Patrick Gaspard, the DNC executive director, who said in an interview on MSNBC that Rosen, a renowned Washington communications adviser and strategist, is “absolutely not a paid adviser to the DNC or to the Obama campaign, absolutely not.” 

Gaspard, the former political director at the Obama White House, called Rosen a smart strategist but said her comments were “absolutely out of bounds.”

“Ann Romney is someone who obviously has worked hard to raise five good boys, and she’s made some tough choices in her life, I’m certain,” Gaspard said. “Families should be absolutely out of bounds in this discussion.”

First lady Michelle Obama wrote on Twitter, “Every mother works hard and every woman deserves to be respected.”

“I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina wrote on Twitter. “Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize.”

Senior adviser David Axelrod also called the comments “inappropriate and offensive.”

Even Debbie Wasserman-Schultz pretended to be “disappointed.”  For her part, Rosen initially doubled down.

Spare me the faux anger from the right who view the issue of women’s rights and advancement as a way to score political points. When it comes to supporting policies that would actually help women, their silence has been deafening. I don’t need lectures from the Republican National Committee on supporting women and fighting to increase opportunities for women; I’ve been doing it my whole career.

So it begs the question, is Ann Romney Mitt’s touchstone for women who are struggling economically or not? Nothing in Ann Romney’s history as we have heard it — hardworking mom she may have been — leads me to believe that Mitt has chosen the right expert to get feedback on this problem he professes to be so concerned about.

While adding this sneeringly condescending pat on the head.

I have nothing against Ann Romney. She seems like a nice lady who has raised nice boys, struggled with illness and handles its long-term effects with grace and dignity. I admire her grit in talking about her illness publicly.

Later on, though, she issued an Episcopalian apology.

Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen apologized Thursday for her comments about Ann Romney, which set off a political fight over women who don’t work outside the home. 

“I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended,” Rosen said in a statement. “Let’s declare peace in this phony war and go back to focus on the substance.

“As a mom I know that raising children is the hardest job there is,” Rosen said. “As a pundit, I know my words on CNN last night were poorly chosen. 

How badly did Rosen screw up?  This badly.  Think Progress frantically tried blame the whole thing on HOAMUHFOABEEYA!!

No one is arguing that raising children isn’t work. Democratic strategist and CAP Action board member Hilary Rosen is a single mother of twins who had to go through the expensive and challenging process of adoption with her then partner Elizabeth Birch. Now, she’s trying to stick up for other mothers who don’t have the luxury of millionaire husbands to help fund their child-rearing duties, and the backlash is getting ugly.

Except that TP was the first to bring up that little nugget of information.

Breitbart thinks this may have been a trial baloon sent up by the Obama Administration.  If so, it failed and we’re talking Hindenburg “Oh, the humanity!!” level here.  Will it cost Obama in the fall?  The President’s media toadies will do their best to change the subject.  But that film is out there and if Mitt Romney doesn’t use it in a campaign ad, you can bet that a number of other people will be uploading their own to YouTube.

55 Comments to SCHADENFREUDE

Bill2
April 12, 2012

Maybe Hilary Rosen and Hilary Clinton can have a cookie baking party to show solidarity with stay at home mothers…Oh wait, Hilary Clinton doesn’t bake cookies.

midwestnorwegian
April 12, 2012

This election ain’t going to be pretty folks….

The Little Myrmidon
April 12, 2012

This just staggers the imagination. Perhaps Ms. Rosen should direct some of her sneering condescension towards President Obama, since he genuinely hasn’t a clue about the economy. Ann Romney raised 5 boys while battling MS and later cancer – Oy Gottenyu!!

Barney
April 12, 2012

I had a difficult time reading the transcript… It was in English, I recognized each word… but I had to struggle with context… then I realized… this person is a (insert insult) liberal… liberals do not need to make sense.. they exist in a higher planetary plane that thee and me..

The Little Myrmidon
April 12, 2012

Just remember that Obama recently declared, “I don’t want my daugher to be punished with a baby.” Now Rosen thinks raising 5 boys isn’t “real” work. But they’ll tell you, with a straight face that they aren’t waging a WAR ON WOMEN.

John
April 12, 2012

Who is Hillary Rosen?
We all know that President Obama does not like attacks on candidates wives or children.
Stupid remark by a talking head, it will have no effect on the election.

dwstroudmd+
April 12, 2012

Hillary Rosen is a Democrat elitist, John, just read her remarks.

Of course, if some GOP commentator says the same thing about a welfare MOM with 5 kids who hasn’t worked a day in her life because of public support in the absence of a father-provider, well, I’d bet that’d be racist or something much worse than just dissin’ mothers like Mrs. Romney, wouldn’t it?

And who cared that Rosen was a partnered same-sex parent type? That has as much to do with her stupidity and vapidity as her choice of facial creams.

Brize
April 12, 2012

Who is Hilary Rosen? Someone who has officially visited The White House thirty-five times in the past four years, that’s who. And by the way, that’s more than General Petraeus, VP Biden, and Leon Panetta combined.

She’s also managing director of SKDKnickerbocker, a firm which played a major role in the 2008 Obama campaign.

Katherine
April 12, 2012

This will blow over, since Rosen is merely a DNC advisor and not a White House employee.

It has been an amusing few hours, though, and of course conservatives have been remembering the other Hilary’s comment that she could have stayed home to bake cookies but had better things to do.

As a side note, it is not at all clear that the Romneys were millionaires while their children were small. Mitt earned their money, and not the first year out of college, either.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
April 12, 2012

Rosen’s idiocy is so blatantly obvious the Leftists have to throw out the HOAMUHFOABEEYA canard to try and give her some cover. I actually had no clue (nor do I care) that she plays with the same team.

John
April 12, 2012

Brize. You must have listened to Hannity today or get the same talking points. Can you verify the WH visits and who she was visiting? Does it matter?

Deacon Michael D. Harmon
April 12, 2012

Of course, John, we listen to Hannity (or Rush, or whomever) to get information the liberals won’t give us. That’s how we learned about Fast and Furious, and the Rather forgeries, and so much else. And her visits to the White House matter because they prove she is not some stranger off the street, but a trusted administration confidant.

Isn’t it just delicious that she is a media adviser?

Jay Random
April 12, 2012

Deacon Harmon:

We also like to check those sources against first-hand information whenever possible. For instance, I found out about the Rather forgeries by looking at (photographs of) the documents and applying my noodle. The alleged memo was set in Times New Roman, a typeface that was available only on professional typesetting equipment in the 1970s; and the National Guard has never provided anybody with professional typesetting equipment for typing up memos.

Once I have personally verified that a source is telling the truth, that gives me grounds to extend some degree of trust to that source on matters that I cannot personally verify.

tl;dr: I caught the mainstream media lying and don’t trust them. I caught Hannity telling the truth and trust him more.

See how that works, John?

Allen Lewis
April 12, 2012

Such hateful, spiteful people on the Democrat side. It just blows me away how much pure venom their is in various Democrat organizations.

Bill2
April 12, 2012

Well, she’s also lying through her teeth. Nancy Pelosi and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz have repeatedly used the phrase “war on women.”

She’ll be hidden away for a while, but she’ll be “consulting” for Captain Awesome down the road in a less visible capacity.

Clown Celebrant
April 12, 2012

I hate Rush. I can’t stand Hannity (aka Lou Costello?). Nevertheless, there are actually couples out there who make the choice to take an economic hit so their children can be tended to and raised by their mother. (Sometimes their father.) For most families (unlike the Romney’s) this means they will make some sacrifices. In the Romney’s case it did not involve economic sacrifice, it only involved a coolness sacrifice. But, for most families this means they don’t get to have some things two income families get to have. Plus, they have to endure the condescending comments that come with the admission your family harbors a “stay-at-home Mom.” Democrats? Kiss my floppy oversized clown shoes. Republicans? Can’t you find somebody better than a freaky underpants wearing Mormoboy to run for Prez?

Brize
April 12, 2012

The official list of White House visitors is here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/disclosures/visitor-records

The White House does not release data regarding with whom the visitors spent time.

SKDKnickerbocker’s role in the Obama campaign as they represent it is here: http://www.skdknick.com/work/far-reaching-role-in-election/

They’re not “talking points,” they’re facts, the significance of which is that Rosen is at the very least a more than moderately well-connected Obama team member.

Christopher Johnson
April 13, 2012

Normally, I’d agree with you, John, that at the end of the day, this is probably not going to turn out to be that big of a deal. Except for the undeniable fact that the Democrats are all acting like this is a HUGE deal. Witness the speed with which they disavowed Rosen. Where there’s smoke and all that.

Athanasius Returns
April 13, 2012

It’s leftist damage control in action. If some toady or even the entire high and almighty elitist cadre sully the message that progressivism (whatever in dark hell that really is) is the only game worth voting for, then the damage control machine (DCM) leaps/erupts dramatically and with GRAVITAS into the forefront. (It’s practically comical in a mechanical sense.) The DCM then airbrushes and/or “airaudibles” the offending matter, et voilà, a pristine, utopian ideal is all the media-hypnotized masses can see and/or hear. Would love to see a white text on black background scrolling video ad that starts out:

FYI – recap of the Democrat Party’s record of accomplishments from 1/2009 to present:

bullet points would follow with things like:

>OUR current US debt – $15,582,078,681,189 (per capita $50K)
>attempted abrogation of the 2nd amendment to the US Constitution (and the 4th, the 1st, and others)
>Solyndra, anyone? … anyone? … Bueller? …
>Zero effective energy policy (really less than zero, Keystone pipeline, anyone?
>(insert short list [due to attention span limitations of viewers] of other “accomplishments”

End with “Is this what the USA needs more of?”

LaVallette
April 13, 2012

Foot meet mouth!!! OOOPS!!!

Allen Lewis
April 13, 2012

I think the Democrats are really, really afraid that they just might lose this election this time around. The reaction to this stupidity jis just so uniformly viscious that it smacks of fear of losing POWER!

That is really what this election is about: power and, of course, money and who gets to have it and keep it. I am not really that smitten with Mitt – how’s THAT for a slogan? But he would be 1000 times better than the condescending, elitist, class-warfare mongering Ivy League dictator that we have in office now.

At least Romney respects the rule of law. Cannot say that about Obama.

Katherine
April 13, 2012

Again, I would encourage some of you to read a Romney bio. He and Ann were married when he returned from his Mormon mission in France. They had two children while still at BYU, and lived very frugally while MItt did a four-year Harvard joint business and law degree program. They did not participate in the usual Ivy League social scene. Once he finished and went into consulting no doubt their financial situation improved considerably even before he struck it rich, but to say that having Ann stay home with small children involved no economic restrictions is likely not true in the early years of the marriage.

Smurf Breath
April 13, 2012

John, you have some decency after all, thank you. Sometimes I feel that there is NOTHING someone high on the leftist food chain (such as Rosen) could ever say, that the average Dem on the street would ever disagree with. I apologize for my unjust paranoia.

Geosez
April 13, 2012

Of course it was a “trial balloon”. Despite all the so-called apologies, the so-called disappointment from various corners, the seed has been planted in the jury’s mind. Any trial lawyer can tell you about that technique.

Sybil Marshall
April 13, 2012

Fashionable thought holds even worse things about those of us who opted, after marrying, to stay home “EVEN THOUGH!” we have no kids. Some of it is not repeatable here. And the fact that one wears package t-shirts and hubby’s faded cargo pants (you can cinch them up with a bootlace through the front belt-loops on each side LOL) 90% of the time and often has real mud (or sawdust, or paint) on them on an errand to Menard’s– and does not Do Lunch, watch TV, or want fancy vacations/houses– does not assuage their wrath a bit. (“Stays trim and keeps her hair long; you just know she slicks up before he gets home from the office so she can meet him at the door and…”) (Well, sometimes, yeah– what’s it to ya? A lot, I suspect, and further across the political spectrum than makes sense, unfortunately, but oh well.) The larger point with these people is man-hatred and, at a level beyond that, hatred of life. Ann, like Sarah, pushes all their buttons, by her very existence. (They just can’t refer to one of her kids as “it”, and as far as I know she does not shoot.) There will be more of this, and worse than this; it will only take another form. Well, let’s HUNT some Orc, then! Go Mitt, Go Ann!

Bill2
April 13, 2012

The funny part was Jay Shipman (Carney) fumbling around about how involved Rosen was with the White House. He said he knows several Hillary Rosens and couldn’t speak to any specific ones. Seriously? Is there a Hillary Rosen fetish over there? Let’s see if our “watch dog” press actually holds these toad’s feet to the fire for their incredible craptastic attempts at spin.

Bill2
April 13, 2012

Sadly this is taking too early in the process for it to have any effect on the election. But it shows the sneering condescension the dems have anything that smacks of traditional family structure. Ann Romney raised 5 boys, by all reports, well behaving, contributing members of society. She lives with MS and is a cancer survivor.

It isn’t that they discount her opinion, like all dems they feel she doesn’t even have a right to speak out against their disastrous economic policies.

The Bamster’s jobs on his resume only have one prime characteristic: spending other people’s money. He’s a leftist economic ideologue with no idea how capital moves and creates jobs.

Sybil Marshall
April 13, 2012

WRT Hilary (Hillary) the First, I wished then for a t-shirt that said *I BAKE COOKIES AND I VOTE*. Maybe we could print them now, as a reminder (especially if The Hilldebeast replaces Biden)….& WRT Mitt, he’s not our first choice either– we far preferred it had been Jindal or at least Perry– but wishes are not horses, it is now deployment time and you go to war with the army you have, and we just consider ourselves put on notice to also work all the harder down-ticket. Also think Mitt is not as bad as a lot of people claim– and he at least lives on the same planet we do!

Scott W.
April 13, 2012

P.J. O’Rourke noted long ago that liberals prefer the victims they champion to be brain-dead and addled which is why animal rights is such a big hit–you can’t get much more brain-dead and addled than a dead laboratory rat. When the victims actually do things or speak, it wrecks the narrative.

bob
April 13, 2012

All mothers work. Some get paid.

Barney
April 13, 2012

This is really the first “shot across the bow” in a diabolical campaign to reduce the middle class and abscond with the privileges we have work so hard to earn. Every Despot or the 20th century started by proclaiming they had the welfare of the people in mind…

Whitestone
April 13, 2012

What is important to note is the media response has been negative to a previously immune-to-censure class (lesbian) and may signal the fix is in – ‘Obama Out – Romney In.’

Romney is not much right of Obama in policies.

Except for the color of their skin and one is an Islamofascist and the other a Mormon left of Kennedy-liberal.

There would possibly be an improvement (we may escape destruction, murder and mayhem by the BLTs, Nation of Islam, Hezbollah Islamists and Soros/Hoffa’s teams of OWS rowdies, which would be a pleasant surprise) but the economic, social, judicial and monetary policies will remain liberal left and uncorrected and unsustainable.

Romney will not solve, restore or reform anything major. He’s just a surface change.

Katherine
April 13, 2012

Left of Kennedy? Which Kennedy? Have you read any of his recent statements and policy papers, Whitestone? Either you haven’t, or you think he’s a deliberate liar. In my opinion, he’s not the ideal conservative, but without question a lot better than Obama. “Not much right of Obama” is just hyperbolic nonsense. You mean he’s not as much right of Obama as you are, presumably.

Ed the Roman
April 13, 2012

Left of Joe Sr., maybe. Ted? No.

Whitestone
April 13, 2012

He’s a liar. He’s moved right to run for POTUS. I caught 8 lies in the last two debates alone. His ads lie, his denials are lies.

Romney enacted SSM by EXECUTIVE FIAT.

He’s a fake conservative. It’s a damnable act.
The more I researched, the more disgusted I became about Romney.
Even the SLC Olympics (a private corporate enterprise) got bailed out by 2 billion US taxpayer dollars. His businesses got bail outs, while he drained pension funds, leaving the taxpayer to pick up the bill. Romneycare got bailouts, the state of MA got bail-outs. Heck – the US citizen made the Romneys rich.

http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-12-14/politics/30515127_1_mitt-romney-ddi-corp-bain-capital

Next up – Romney’s liberalism (can’t put more than one link per comment)

He’s a pretty face

Whitestone
April 13, 2012

Short video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyolbpbeAMI

Here’s what Mitt Romney supported as Governor of Massachusetts:
1. Pro-abortion with taxpayer funding (added it to RomneyCare, refused to line-item veto it).
2. Pro-government mandated healthcare.
3. Pro-government mandates in general (“I like mandates” his own words on tape).
4. As governor, Romney passed over Republican lawyers for three quarters of the 36 judicial vacancies he faced and nominated 2 open homosexuals.
5. Romney claims to stand for religious liberty and freedom of conscience, however, he supported the passage of the state level, Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would force churches and other religious organizations to hire homosexuals and transvestites or face criminal fines and prosecution.
6. Pro-gay marriage with full state sponsorship (was first Governor to install it, had earlier broke the law in his quest to issue gay marriage licenses, then called opponents of his actions “right-wing”).
7. Pro-gay adoption – he signed into law gay adoptions in Massachusetts with NO RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION.
8. Pro-transgender education to children in public schools (promoted by Governor Romney’s administration).
9. Pro-global warming caused by human activity (his own words)
10. Pro-environmental regulations to combat global warming (imposed massive environmental regulations in Massachusetts, according to the Wall Street Journal).
11. Pro-taxes on businesses (closed loopholes, then raised business taxes by $300 million as Governor of Massachusetts, according to USA Today).
12. Pro-amnesty for illegal immigrants (path to citizenship for illegals, his own words)
13. Anti-second amendment (supported the strict gun control laws of Massachusetts).
Romney’s track record is to the Left of most Democrats.

LIES:
ROMNEY SEVEN DOCUMENTED LIES ON AIR – CNN Jacksonville, FL in front of 5.36 million of viewers.
1. He denied accusing Newt of exaggerating/lying about his part in Reagan’s administration only three days before on Monday night in Tampa.
2. He lied about accusing Newt of saying Spanish was a ‘ghetto language’ in an ad that bore his voice.
3. He claimed all his business was run by a blind trust, a tactic that Mitt himself called ‘the oldest ruse in the book’ in a previous campaign.
4. He said he voted for republicans in the past when there was a republican to vote for, but if you look back at the Gingrich ad exposing his lies, it turns out when George H.w. Bush and Buchanan were running, he voted for a liberal democrat.
5. He denied the cost of Romneycare to taxpayers in Massachusetts. “Half of those people got insurance on their own. Others got help in buying the insurance.”
False. In fact, 98% of the additional people insured after Romneycare was passed have it paid for or subsidized by the federal government or Massachusetts government. Of the 412,000 additional people who had health insurance in 2010 who did not have it in June 2006 (pre-reform), only 7K of the 412K (1.7%) had unsubsidized health insurance. The rest were covered through Medicaid, Commonwealth Care, or a program of subsidized care for the unemployed.
6. He denied the impact of Romney care on citizens of Massachusetts. Romneycare has increased the price of healthcare premiums for every citizen of Massachusetts. Premiums have increased by 55 percent since Mitt Romney became Governor, a rate 13 points higher than the national average and the third highest growth rate among the states.
7. He said he lowered taxes in Massachusetts 19 times. Yet he raised fees and corporate taxes twice. No wonder Massachusetts was rated near the bottom (47-49th) in job and business growth.
Romney’s departures from reality and truth are so frequent, they are disturbing…seemingly pathological.
8. LIE ARIZONA DEBATE – http://bostoncatholicinsider.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/did-romney-lie-about-cardinal-omalley-to-the-nation-during-the-wednesday-debate/

Whitestone
April 13, 2012

But, don’t take their word for it:
http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2012/02/04/pathological-liar/

There are a number of whole websites dedicated just to Romney’s lies.

I won’t bore you with links to all I have discovered about Romney (and his sons) business practices, but will just say it’s just as bad as his radical social policies and his veracity.

His campaign tactics are pure Alinsky like his father’s were. On the whole, Romney’s character is very much like Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism. It would seem that, as God promised, we become like those we hear, follow and believe.

In addition, Romney did not sign the pro-life or marriage protection pledges as did the other GOP Candidates.

He’s a pretty face but, a dirty, black-hearted man.

A repentant Newt is far better than an unrepentant Romney.

Note: Turns out Santorum is not as consistently pro-life as he has campaigned for a woman who was pro-partial birth abortion and for Arlen Specter.

Anyway – I could not vote for Romney or Obama period.

Michal
April 13, 2012

Given that the ‘Hilary’ in question is part of the cabal that effectively eliminated my line of work…mining…in this country for “environmental” excuses, I can only say that I’d work if there were any jobs available. I happen to be over a certain age, female, and w-a-a-y-y overqualified (too many graduate degrees)…none of which works in my favor. I did stay home when my own offspring was young, and have a great deal of sympathy for stay-at-home moms. This Rosen wench is contemptible!

As for the Mittster, I’ll trust McCain on that one and vote for him if he’s the nominee.

John
April 13, 2012

Whitestone. Who could you vote for? Wayne LaPierre, Dick Armey, Pat Robertson any of those?

Katherine
April 13, 2012

Whitestone, your first link, Business Insider, has a list of notable Bain Capital successes, and nothing about “bailouts” for his businesses. Your second link doesn’t work. Your third link is to an opinion writer who calls Romney a pathological liar with little to no foundation. This is fever swamp stuff. I hope not too many conservatives will take your point of view. Re-electing Obama would be a disaster for the country.

John, none of your suggested candidates is or was running this cycle.

Katherine
April 13, 2012

And Whitestone, Prof. Jacobson may not love Romney, but I note he’s defending Ann Romney as the latest in the line of conservative women who’ve been attacked in the media, pointing out that what was done to Sarah Palin should never be allowed to happen again. Wanna bet he’ll vote Romney as the best option available?

ann r
April 13, 2012

Susan B. Anthony list has come out for Romney. They’ll make him stick to his pro-life promises.

SouthCoast
April 13, 2012

“Jay Shipman (Carney) … said he knows several Hillary Rosens…” Who all take the same bus to the WH, along with all those different Bill Ayers and Derrick Bells whom Carney nose nuzzin about.

Jacob Morgan
April 13, 2012

Axelrod’s research Dept says they need the working women voter segment. The idiotic not-making-Catholic-institutions-pay-for-sterilization equals war-on-women is from that. Taking a dig at a stay at home mom is part of it too. It may not have been a gaffe, but done on purpose.

It is pathetic that instead of a vision to actually get peole back to work, and either cut expenses or raise the revenue (which can be based on having a bigger economy to tax) to balance the budget, having a coherent policy in a world falling apart, instead of that we only have targeted fear-uncertainty-doubt campaigns aimed at demographics the statisticians say are important. The only job Obama wants to save is his own.

Christopher Johnson
April 13, 2012

For my part, I’m voting for Romney for two reasons. I don’t believe this country can survive four more years of Barack Obama, the single most disastrous president this country has ever had. Has Romney genuinely moved to the right? For his sake, I hope he has or not only will he face a challenge from the right in 2016 but the Tea Party will energize against him and the rest of the Republican establishment and 2016 will be absolute chaos.

The other reason relates to the first. I got to thinking a while back that I have been voting for US presidents since 1976 and I have voted for exactly one candidate in my life. Ronald Reagan. The rest of the time, I’ve voted against people. I was certainly no Gerald Ford enthusiast, I voted for George H. W. Bush strictly because I thought that both Michael Dukakis and Bill Clinton would have been bad for the country(obviously my Clinton assessment was way off but given what I now know about the guy, I still wouldn’t vote for him; to me, character matters quite a bit) and I never had the same passion for George W. Bush that I had for Reagan, probably because he was too much of a Republican establishment figure. But I voted for him twice because the ideas of Al Gore or John Kerry presidencies literally scared the hell out of me.

William Tighe
April 13, 2012

I voted for the first time in 1972; the only Democrat I ever voted (more fool me) was Carter in 1976, although twice later on I was so disgusted with the choices that I voted for a third-party candidate.

Donald R. McClarey
April 13, 2012

Romney is a poor excuse for a Republican standard bearer in my opinion due to his frequent flip flops on major issues. Having said that he is the second coming of Ronald Reagan compared to Obama. I will joyfully cast my vote in November to allow Obama to go on to his true vocation: World Celebrity for Life.

Clown Celebrant
April 13, 2012

In your heart, you know he’s a Mormo. That’s the bottom line. Admit it folks. You feel the same way. It’s not a character flaw, your gut is telling you “this is just too weird.” But, as bad as that is, it’s Romney’s lack of a sense of humor that bothers me more. Anyway, CJ points out he is the lesser of two evils. Perhaps. Let’s see what develops. Axelrod–Obama’s media point man–is one of the most disgusting propagandists I’ve ever seen. That alone might be a good reason to vote for Mormatron. I sure wish Ron Paul would gain some traction.

JM
April 13, 2012

“Good morning, Ms. Rosen. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to attack the wife of the presumptive GOP nominee. If you say something so stupid that our friends in the media can’t cover for you, the President, and all the President’s men (and quite a few of the President’s women) will disavow all knowledge of you.”

(The tape survived, but Rosen’s phony concern for women with families self-destructed in five seconds.)

Sparky
April 14, 2012

Karl Marx: Man is an economic animal
Liberal: Woman is an economic animal
Rosen: What an animal!

Katherine
April 14, 2012

Jay Carney is becoming as funny as Gibbs was in the press office. I googled “Hilary Rosen” and after ten pages I hadn’t found any others than the Democrat publicist. He knows three, all of whom might have visited the White House? Ooookay.

LaVallette
April 14, 2012

@ Katherine
April 14, 2012

She was wearing such clever disguises each time she visited the Whitehouse, poor Carney, did not realise it was the same person!

Katherine
April 14, 2012

:-) LaVallette, perhaps a fake beard and mustache …

Ed the Roman
April 15, 2012

Which is more prudent: a guy who promises to do what you want and may be lying, or a guy who promises to do what you abhor?

Romney may be sincere. He may not be. He might not keep his promises.

But that’s the best I can hope for from from Obama.

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