Posted by: Rick | Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Understatement Of The Day


Dick Morris:

I’ve got egg on my face. I predicted a Romney landslide and, instead, we ended up with an Obama squeaker.

More than just an egg, Dickwad. An omelette, a frittata, a quiche, a soufflé, and a platter full of huevos rancheros with extra chili sauce. Will O’Reilly and Klannity let you on their crappy shows anymore? They shouldn’t.

This is your shittiest prediction ever. Even worse than this one:

Posted by: Rick | Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Real Running Mates: Why Obama Won

George W. Bush was not your run-of-the-mill bad president. He was historically, monumentally, catastrophically bad, and after eight years of his stewardship, the American economy was in such a shambles that the memory of his epic failure remains seared in the minds of even the most clueless voter. From yesterday’s exit polling:

Four years after Barack Obama was elected, more voters — 52 percent — still blame George W. Bush for the weak economy rather than Obama. The exit polls found that 39 percent of voters blamed Obama for the state of the economy.

This is why Mitt Romney’s economic message could never get any traction. Voters knew it wasn’t fair. And when Bill Clinton — the most trusted politician in America — assumed a leading role in the campaign, it was game over. Only an awful performance by Obama in the first debate kept Romney from losing in an electoral landslide. But the ultimate outcome was never really in doubt. The pollsters had Obama ahead all year, and they were spectacularly correct — notwithstanding Charles Krauthammer’s “gut.”

It certainly helped Obama’s cause that Romney, as Mike Huckabee once said, reminds people of “the guy who laid you off.” Romney’s career as a vulture capitalist provided Democrats with plenty of ammunition, but any other Republican would have been saddled with the same Bush legacy and the same warmed-over Bush agenda. That’s one reason why no A-list Republicans except Romney entered the race.

They didn’t want to run with Dubya.

Posted by: Rick | Monday, November 5, 2012

Political Percentages: Election 2012 Final Edition

Chance that Barack Obama is re-elected: 90%

Chance that Democrats hold the Senate: 95%

Chance that Democrats take the House: 1%

Republicans who are absolutely certain that Mitt Romney is going to win: 80%

Democrats who are absolutely certain that Barack Obama is going to win: 15%

Chance that we won’t know the winner of the presidential race on Tuesday night: 10%

House Republicans who, if Barack Obama is re-elected, will promise to work with him in his second term: 75%

House Republicans who, if Barack Obama is re-elected, will actually work with him in his second term: 5%

Chance that, if Barack Obama is re-elected, a House Republican introduces Articles of Impeachment based on the president’s alleged malfeasance in the Benghazi incident: 90%

Chance that, if Mitt Romney loses, Dick Morris, Karl Rove, and Sean Hannity blame the loss on at least four of the following factors: the liberal media, Chicago-style politics, rampant voter fraud, Obama’s racism, and Hurricane Sandy: 100%

Chance that Rush Limbaugh makes a racist comment on Tuesday: 100%

Chance that Rush Limbaugh makes a racist comment on Wednesday: 90%

Republican senators who, if the GOP does not take the Senate, will privately blame the Tea Party and other extremists: 80%

Republican senators who, if the GOP does not take the Senate, will publicly blame the Tea Party and other extremists: 0%

Chance that, if Mitt Romney loses, the Republican Party becomes less right-wing: 2%

Chance that Hillary Clinton is the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016: 75%

Chance that Fox News institutes, beginning Wednesday morning, a policy of demonizing Hillary Clinton whenever possible: 100%

Posted by: Rick | Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Romney Still Trying To Nail Down The KKK Vote

You would think that by now Mitt Romney has shaken the sycamores for every racist vote out there. But apparently not. Here’s his latest ad:

The racist tell here is the line about “able-bodied adults” on food stamps. That’s classic Republican code for “lazy Negroes stealing the white man’s hard-earned tax money.”

Romney’s getting desperate.

Posted by: Rick | Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bad Day At Mitt Rock


New Jersey Governor Chris Christie went on Fox & Friends this morning and heaped praise on President Obama for his help in dealing with the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy. He also had the following exchange regarding one Willard M. Romney:

STEVE DOOCY: Over the last couple of months, you have appeared throughout the country, Governor, on behalf of Mitt Romney. We hear that perhaps Mr. Romney may do some storm-related events. Is there any possibility that Gov. Romney may go to New Jersey to tour some of the damage with you?

CHRIS CHRISTIE: I have no idea, nor am I the least bit concerned or interested. I’ve got a job to do here in New Jersey that’s much bigger than presidential politics and I could care less about any of that stuff. I have a job to do. I’ve got 2.4 million people out of power, I’ve got devastation on the shore, I’ve got floods in the northern part of my state. If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics then you don’t know me.

Now Christie didn’t have to give Romney the back of his hand, but he did. From this I draw two conclusions: 1) Christie thinks Obama is going to win. 2) Christie is not afraid of Romney.

Christie respects Barack Obama. He does not respect Mitt Romney. Christie has taken the measure of the Mittwit, and he knows the man is weak. He knows that even if Romney is elected president, he’ll be a cardboard cut-out with no independent power base. He’ll be the puppet of Congressional Republicans.

There’s no downside for Christie in disrespecting Romney. No one will make him pay for it.

Posted by: Rick | Monday, October 29, 2012

Bus To Nowhere

Mitt Romney never misses an opportunity to act like an asshole. With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the East Coast, he’s commencing “Operation: I Care.” From Daily Kos:

Romney was originally slated to campaign over the weekend in Virginia, but canceled plans there and joined running mate Paul Ryan in Ohio. Curt Cashour, Romney’s Virginia communications director, tweeted Monday that the campaign bus will instead be used to transport basic supplies to local storm-relief centers. The Romney campaign will also be collecting supplies at its offices in North Carolina, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania.

Laura Clawson at DK continues:

Because a campaign bus is just what emergency workers want to see coming down the road in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. And no doubt the Romney campaign will be distributing those supplies equally to the blue states that are projected to take the fiercest hit from Hurricane Sandy, right? Because I would totally make the trip to watch the Romney bus pulling up in Manhattan’s Lower East Side sometime in the next couple days. I’m not too worried about having to make the trip, though.

Meanwhile, on television just now, Romney put on his plastic “concerned” face and moved his head back and forth like a metronome. His voice took on its treacly “concerned” timbre as he asked the people of Ohio to send money to the Red Cross.

But he didn’t say anything about this:

Last year, after a major tornado and flood struck the United States, Romney was asked in a debate about federal disaster relief funding. Romney not only suggested shuttering FEMA and sending responsibility for disaster relief “back to the private sector,” but also said it would be “immoral” for the federal government to fund disaster relief efforts without cutting the budget elsewhere. “It makes no sense at all,” Romney concluded.

This guy is utterly repulsive.

Posted by: Rick | Wednesday, October 24, 2012

“I Would Do Nothing To Hurt The U.S. Auto Industry”: A Lie Too Far

Yesterday on Hardball, Howard Fineman noted the sheer audacity of Mitt Romney’s campaign strategy. While most presidential candidates ultimately move toward the center, they do it gradually, in bits and pieces. But Romney, after running slightly to the right of Genghis Khan for the past year, has chosen, in the final days of the race, to transform himself into Moderate Mitt virtually overnight, unleashing a barrage of lies, flip-flops, and personality makeovers absolutely unprecedented in political history. In Monday night’s debate, Romney practically endorsed his opponent. The mendacity is breathtaking.

Now this “shock and awe” strategy is not as crazy as it seems. Most voters don’t know anything about the issues, and they never will. Moreover, a hundred lies can be more effective than a single lie. Few people not working in a psychiatric ward have ever encountered anyone as pathologically dishonest as Mitt Romney. If you try to tell a normal person that Romney lies about everything, he simply won’t believe you. He’ll take Romney at his word. It’s easier than sorting through the details.

Which brings us to Romney’s Waterloo. Ohio.

Romney’s blizzard of lies won’t work in Ohio, because in Ohio the Obama campaign can focus on one Romney lie, and voters will pay attention. Romney’s fatal op-ed on the auto bailout takes a little explaining, but people in Toledo viscerally get it. They’ve lived it, and their personal experience cuts through all the desperate prevaricating we saw at the end of Monday night’s debate:

MR. ROMNEY: I just want to take one of those points. Again, attacking me is not talking about an agenda for getting more trade and opening up more jobs in this country. But the president mentioned the auto industry and that somehow I would be in favor of jobs being elsewhere. Nothing could be further from the truth. I’m a son of Detroit. I was born in Detroit. My dad was head of a car company. I like American cars. And I would do nothing to hurt the U.S. auto industry. My plan to get the industry on its feet when it was in real trouble was not to start writing checks. It was President Bush that wrote the first checks. I disagree with that. I said they need — these companies need to go through a managed bankruptcy, and in that process they can get government help and government guarantees, but they need to go through bankruptcy to get rid of excess cost and the debt burden that they’d — they’d built up.

And fortunately the president picked —

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Governor Romney, that’s not what you said.

MR. ROMNEY: Fortunately, the president — you can take — you can take a look at the op-ed.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Governor, you did not —

MR. ROMNEY: You can take a look at the op-ed.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: You did not say that you would provide, Governor, help.

MR. ROMNEY: You know, I’m — I’m still speaking. I said that we would provide guarantees and — and that was what was able to allow these companies to go through bankruptcy, to come out of bankruptcy. Under no circumstances would I do anything other than to help this industry get on its feet. And the idea that has been suggested that I would liquidate the industry — of course not. Of course not.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Let’s check the record.

MR. ROMNEY: That’s the height of silliness.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Let’s — let’s check the record.

MR. ROMNEY: I have never said I would — I would liquidate the industry. I want to keep the industry growing and thriving.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Governor, the people in Detroit don’t forget.

MR. ROMNEY: And — and that’s I have the kind of commitment to make sure that our industries in this country can compete and be successful. We in this country can compete successfully with anyone in the world. And we’re going to. We’re going to have to have a president, however, that doesn’t think that somehow the government investing in — in car companies like Tesla and — and Fisker, making electric battery cars — this is not research, Mr. President. These are the government investing in companies, investing in Solyndra. This is a company. This isn’t basic research. I — I want to invest in research. Research is great. Providing funding to universities and think tanks — great. But investing in companies? Absolutely not. That’s the wrong way to go.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Governor, the fact of the matter is —

MR. ROMNEY: I’m still speaking.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well — (chuckles) —

MR. ROMNEY: So I want to make sure that we make — we make America more competitive —

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Yeah.

MR. ROMNEY: — and that we do those things that make America the most attractive place in the world for entrepreneurs, innovators, businesses to grow. But your investing in companies doesn’t do that. In fact it makes it less likely for them to come here —

PRESIDENT OBAMA: All right, Governor —

MR. ROMNEY: — because the private sector’s not going to invest in a — in a — in a solar company if —

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I’m happy — I’m — I’m — I’m happy to respond —

MR. ROMNEY: — if you’re investing government money and someone else’s.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: You’ve held the floor for a while. The — look, I think anybody out there can check the record. Governor Romney, you keep on trying to, you know, airbrush history here.

You were very clear that you would not provide government assistance to the U.S. auto companies even if they went through bankruptcy. You said that they could get it in the private marketplace. That wasn’t true. They would have gone through a —

MR. ROMNEY: You’re wrong. You’re wrong, Mr. President.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I — no, I am not wrong.

MR. ROMNEY: You’re wrong.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I am not wrong. And —

MR. ROMNEY: People can look it up. You’re right.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: People will look it up.

MR. ROMNEY: Good.

There’s nothing Romney can do to talk his way out of this. Nothing.

Posted by: Rick | Monday, October 22, 2012

Third Presidential Debate: Obama Crushes Romney

If it turns out that voters really like weak leaders who don’t know anything, then Mitt Romney won tonight’s debate. Otherwise, it was an absolute total beatdown by Barack Obama. And that’s before the fact checkers go after Romney with a pair of pliers and a blowtorch.

Pitiful. More later.

Posted by: Rick | Monday, October 22, 2012

Warning To All Warmongers: The President’s Gunning For You

On the eve of the foreign policy debate, the Obama campaign is releasing this ad:

Mitt Romney is a warmonger, a fact that I hope the president makes clear tonight.

Posted by: Rick | Sunday, October 21, 2012

Third Debate Preview

Barack Obama has a number of advantages going into tomorrow’s night’s  foreign policy debate. The first one is that Mitt Romney knows absolutely nothing about foreign policy. If Obama can steer the conversation into a difficult area, there’s a decent chance that his opponent will say something stupid. Romney has none of George W. Bush’s humility. Bush didn’t know much either, and he had only a passing familiarity with the English language, but he rarely made a gaffe. His talking points were his binky, and he suckled them daily. But Romney is probably arrogant enough to wing it and insult the British again.

The tightness of the race provides another Obama advantage. Romney spent months rehearsing his domestic policy lies for the first debate, but now he finds himself having to spew those lies at a frantic pace on the campaign trail, leaving precious little time to practice his foreign policy lies. Again, more opportunities for a gaffe.

Thirdly, Obama can make Romney pay the price for running as an empty suit. If Romney won’t offer anything substantive to back up his bellicose rhetoric, then Obama needs to fill in the blanks by morphing him into — you guessed it — George W. Bush. This shouldn’t be very hard, considering that Romney’s foreign policy team is a who’s who of Bush retreads. Two wars in one decade is quite enough. The voters don’t want another one.

Finally, the sit-down format for this debate is very good for Obama. This is the same format that allowed Joe Biden to get in Paul Ryan’s face every time that little weasel went Pinocchio. Romney’s lies are sure to come fast and furious tomorrow, and Obama needs to counter them. In addition, I see an elevated “squirm factor” if Romney can’t run around the stage gesticulating and mugging for the camera. Mitt Romney is a sociopath, but nobody can lie as much as he does much without subconsciously wondering if he’s going to get caught. When Romney is effectively strapped down, it will be easier for Obama to rattle him.

So I disagree with those who say this debate isn’t important. Barack Obama has a golden opportunity for a big win, as long as he doesn’t take his foot off Mitt Romney’s neck.

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