Posts Tagged Mitt Romney
Interesting interview with one of the mini-Mitts:
BILL LUMAYE: I’m going to ask something I think a lot of people want to know, or at least I do. What is it like for you to hear the President of the United States call your dad a liar. How do you react to that?
TAGG ROMNEY: Jump out of your seat and you want to rush down to the debate stage and take a swing at him. But you know you can’t do that because… Well, first there is a lot of Secret Service between you and him but also because this is the nature of the process.
You know another question we could ask Tagg or Catch or Hula Hoop or whatever his name is? How about “how does it feel to hear the President call your dad a liar, and then have the fact checkers back it up?” We could also phrase that as ‘how does it feel to know your dad is a liar and pathetic sack of shit?’”
But then Foursquare or whatever his name is is the same quality jerk. What is his worry about taking a swing at a guy for being right? Oh yeah, the secret service.
They sure raise those Romney’s to be classy.
We are witnessing the end-days of the GOP. R.I.P.
The question becomes, who will win the final battle; the racist Religious extremists, the racist Tea Baggers or the tired old-guard racist Republicans?
I wondered at first why Romney didn’t object at all to the fact that American athletes’ uniforms were made in China. Until I heard someone suggest that the uniforms for the 2002 games were made in Canada. Really? That sent me in search of my official beret from 2002. And here’s what I found. Romney apparently had no problem outsourcing in 2002.
Crossposted at RedStateBlues
. . . Romney’s sense of privilege, and a relationship to the world around him that is alien to most Americans and reinforces everything that is wrong with the 1% in America.
The key part of what’s off-putting about the gaffe isn’t the first part about liking to fire people, so much as the second part about “who provide services to me.” Liking to fire people is bad enough, but this is the real kicker.
When it comes to basic services like healthcare, almost no one in America sees the relationship that way. Most of us wouldn’t speak of “firing” our health insurance company. No matter how much we might detest our insurance company, we probably wouldn’t describe the experience of removing ourselves from their rolls an enjoyable one.
Mitt Romney isn’t at fault for having been privileged, he’s at fault for having no sense that other people aren’t:
Romney talks about paying for health insurance as if it were the same as getting a pedicure, hiring an escort or getting the fancy wax at a car wash. It’s a luxury service being provided to him, and he doesn’t like it, he can take his business elsewhere. Romney’s is the language of a man who has never wanted for anything, never worried about where his next paycheck would come from, never worried about going bankrupt if he got sick.
It is the language of an entitled empowerment utterly alien to the experience of most Americans, who feel victimized and bled dry without recourse by these rentier corporations. Romney sees himself as in charge of the relationship between himself and these entities. Most Americans don’t. That’s why the statement rankles and feels so off-putting to us. The mention of enjoying the act of “firing” them is just icing on the cake.
The divide between Romney’s experience and the experiences of most Americans is vast. Most of us can’t imagine firing our insurance company because – as sucktacular as they are – we can’t risk being without their half-assed, unreasonably priced sevices.
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and others are calling for Rick Perry to repudiate the hateful words of a Texas Pastor who described Romney as a cultist and unchristian because of his affiliation with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The Perry team says that the call to repudiate is an attempt to change the subject as if the call to condemn is somehow unwarranted. By doing so they are trivializing the pastors words and giving a tacit endorsement to his hateful comments.
Until Perry publicly renounces the comments and the un-christian like pastor he is unworthy to be the nominee for the Republican Party. If Perry has a problem with Mormons he should have the courage to say so himself instead of using surrogates such as the pastor. It is time for Rick Perry to end his presidential bid and go back to private life.