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Pierce writes: "Romney won because he had the most money. And because he had the most money, enough of the Tea Party 'base,' which was supposed to hate him like gum disease, decided thusly: What the hell? The important thing is to get the Muslim Kenyan Usurper Negro out of the White House, so this is the horse we have to ride."

Mitt Romney reclaimed his position as the GOP frontrunner in the Florida primaries. (art: DonkeyHotey/The Politics Blog)
Mitt Romney reclaimed his position as the GOP frontrunner in the Florida primaries. (art: DonkeyHotey/The Politics Blog)



Mitt Romney, Florida's Psycho-Killer Superhero of Cash

By Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Magazine

01 February 12

 

ere is something else Thomas Paine once said:

"But charters and corporations have a more extensive evil effect than what relates merely to elections. They are sources of endless contentions in the places where they exist, and they lessen the common rights of national society.... This species of feudality is kept up to aggrandise the corporations at the ruin of towns; and the effect is visible."

And here is something else he said:

"Yet here again the burthen does not fall in equal proportions on the aristocracy with the rest of the community. Their residences, whether in town or country, are not mixed with the habitations of the poor. They live apart from distress, and the expense of relieving it."

And, finally, here is something else he said:

"When it shall be said in any country in the world, my poor are happy; neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive; the rational world is my friend, because I am the friend of its happiness: when these things can be said, then may that country boast its constitution and its government."

At this point, I can take almost anything out of Willard Romney's perfect mouth, out of the perfect teeth through which he so perfectly lies. He won the Inevitability Primary in Florida out-and-out on Tuesday night, and only had to outspend Newt Gingrich five-to-one to do it. So he gets to crow a little. Over the next couple of days, he's going to be bathed in loving analysis from the smart kidz about how he "turned it around" after being outcrackered in South Carolina. But I'm not going to sit there and listen to the cosseted plutocrat son of a millionaire auto dealer - one who is running on a platform that will make himself and everyone like him richer while warning the rest of us, as he did in his victory speech in Tampa, that "If you're looking for cradle-to-grave help from the government, I'm not your candidate" - go and dragoon into that effort Tom Paine, who would have spat in Willard Romney's face if he'd ever met him. Mitt Romney is someone whose children have a trust fund totaling $100 million. His great-great-grandchildren are not ever going to have to worry about money from their cradles to their graves. Thomas Paine? I'm sorry, but there are levels of bullshit to which I will not agree to descend.

Romney won because he had the most money. And because he had the most money, enough of the Tea Party "base," which was supposed to hate him like gum disease, decided thusly:

What the hell? The important thing is to get the Muslim Kenyan Usurper Negro out of the White House, so this is the horse we have to ride.

There were something like 13,000 commercials aired in Florida over the past couple of weeks. Ninety-two percent of them were negative, the overwhelming number of which said negative things about N. Leroy Gingrich, Definer of Civilization's Rules and Leader (Perhaps) of the Civilizing Forces, on behalf of the man who told us on Tuesday night that we should follow him into the old America of hope and joy and not bumper stickers. That is how you win the Inevitability Primary. You buy Inevitability. It doesn't come cheaply.

Very early in the evening, the MSNBC embed with the Romney campaign opined that following Romney around the last couple of days, when it became clear that the election was in the bag, was something like watching an episode of Dexter, the TV show about the charming-as-hell serial killer. Even the kindly Doctor Maddow was taken somewhat aback, and I suspect the kid is in for an interesting morning, both from his bosses and from the Romney campaign, but, dammit, he was dead-on and I wish I'd thought of it first. In addition to being a singularly appalling liar, Mitt Romney also has all the basic qualities of a considerable bully. He ruthlessly shoved aside a hapless but nonetheless incumbent Republican governor in order get himself elected in Massachusetts. You've seen him have to rein it in a little on the debate stage. (Believe me, there's more of that to come.) And you saw it on Tuesday night, when Willard accepted victory, and then launched into his usual litany of lies about the president (the president doesn't "want to amass record deficits" - honestly, no, he doesn't) - spiced with just the right amount of upper-crust sneering.

I was particularly amused by this little aside:

"Like his colleagues in the faculty lounge who think they know better, President Obama demonizes and denigrates almost every sector of our economy."

Except, one supposes, the auto industry, which Romney suggested we should let fail. But that "faculty lounge" crack is a good one. There was Willard, knocking back a couple at his corner local with the boys, when they said, "You know, you could do as good a job as that smarty-pants up there on the TV." Jesus, what a foof.

And that touching anecdote about talking to "a father who was terrified that this would be the last night he would be able to spend in the only house his son had ever known." Perhaps Willard then explained to this terrified father how much better things would be if we'd just, as he told a newspaper in Las Vegas last October, not tried to "stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the bottom." The fellow would have been comforted, I'm sure.

And, of course, there was the inevitable barefaced non-fact about health care, and about how "President Obama wants to put a government bureaucrat between you and your doctor." No more, actually, than you did up here, Willard. I went to my doctor a month ago. I did not trip over an Under-Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services on the way.

(Note to Gingrich surrogate Bill McCollum: Where in the hell did you get the talking point you were spouting on Tuesday that we here in Massachusetts "have to wait 48 days to see a primary-care physician?" I suspect it may have come from the extensive research done by the late Professor Otto Yerass, but I could be wrong.)

But it was how Romney delivered the speech that was so revelatory. This is a rich kid who likes flogging The Help. There were just enough shit-eating, country-club grins as he delivered his rancid material to show you what the guy must have been like in those golden moments when he realized that there was more dough in wrecking a company than in investing in it.

As I said here the other day, the nomination of Willard Mitt Romney is inevitable, so we're all going to have to get used to all of this for a while. But I will not stand for Tom Paine being used in this fashion. I have my limits.

And here's something else he once said:

"I hope we shall ... crush in [its] birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations."

No, wait. That was the other Tom. That Jefferson guy. My bad.

 

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+54 # AndreM5 2012-02-01 12:25
The most disgusting thing about our corrupt UN-DEMOCRATIC process is the simple fact that the electorate can be bought by campaign cash; that we are so shallow as to be influenced by silly TV ads, to be swayed by obvious lies and hypocracy, to have our brains re-wired by the super rich such that up is down and black is white, to allow our very language to be usurped, to believe that money is speech and corporations are people, to allow the rich to devour the poor and call it righteous.
 
 
+59 # fredboy 2012-02-01 12:50
Sometimes feeling like the lone Democrat among the panting, glassy-eyed GOP multitude in Southwest Florida, I watched the recent Romney-Gingrich spectacle and pass a few lessons on to my candidate, President Obama:
1. When your opponent is a liar, clear and effectively show he is a liar. Gingrich repeatedly lied and exaggerated (he's all hot air), and Romney exposed him, over and over.
2. When your opponent is vicious, expose him as vicious. Ditto.
3. Use past lies, quotes, etc. serve as a noose to hang your opponent. Romney showed news video of Gingrich's Congressional collapse--and the reasons why.
Thus, get the public's attention and fight like hell.
Obama needs to show, repeatedly, the GOP failures from 2000-2008 AND their effort to gridlock the House from 2010-2012. Over and over and over and over. In a clear, concise, and compelling way.
If he hopes to win.
 
 
+3 # allie 2012-02-02 13:51
Quoting fredboy:
Sometimes feeling like the lone Democrat among the panting, glassy-eyed GOP multitude in Southwest Florida, I watched the recent Romney-Gingrich spectacle and pass a few lessons on to my candidate, President Obama:
1. When your opponent is a liar, clear and effectively show he is a liar. Gingrich repeatedly lied and exaggerated (he's all hot air), and Romney exposed him, over and over.
2. When your opponent is vicious, expose him as vicious. Ditto.
3. Use past lies, quotes, etc. serve as a noose to hang your opponent. Romney showed news video of Gingrich's Congressional collapse--and the reasons why.
Thus, get the public's attention and fight like hell.
Obama needs to show, repeatedly, the GOP failures from 2000-2008 AND their effort to gridlock the House from 2010-2012. Over and over and over and over. In a clear, concise, and compelling way.
If he hopes to win.


We can only hope he runs an agressive and no holds barred campaign....and not make the same mistakes Kerry made during his bid.
 
 
+39 # For Freedom 2012-02-01 13:27
How can people vote for someone that is part of the problem. We all know that the top 1% has been ripping our country apart at the seems, and still people vote for Romney, which is part of the top 1%!!! He rips apart companies and destroys jobs if it will benefit himself and fill his pockets with cash! Yet, people trust this guy?!! What gives?
 
 
+6 # For Freedom 2012-02-01 13:35
Where's my comment.....DID SOPA already start?


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+17 # lcarrier 2012-02-01 14:18
If the situation in Florida had been reversed, and Gingrich had spent five times the campaign funds that Romney did, then Newt Gingrich would have won Florida and assumed the mantle of inevitablility. Then we would have had another ethically challenged, serial liar to head the GOP ticket in November.
 
 
+25 # GeeRob 2012-02-01 14:25
In an interview this morning, Romney said that he "wasn't concerned with the very poor." A multi-millionai re venture capitalist with offshore accounts who isn't worried about the poor sounds like the ideal Republican candidate to me.
 
 
+12 # MidwestTom 2012-02-01 14:41
If I heard NPR correctly, Romney ran 6900 television ads, and Gingrinh ran 210. All he could afford.
 
 
+10 # Billy Bob 2012-02-01 20:34
But if you asked newt he wouldn't have a problem with that. Afterall, that's what "Citizens United" was all about. This is just newt's philosophy in action. He just happened to be at the short end of it this time.

As they say, "freedom isn't free". Obviously votes aren't either.
 
 
+4 # AndreM5 2012-02-02 13:07
Huh? Newt is only still in the "race" BECAUSE of Citizens United. He is getting $5M donations from single persons, which can ONLY happen since the Supremes non-decision.
 
 
+1 # Billy Bob 2012-02-02 15:48
Exactly! So I don't think newt deserves any sympathy.
 
 
+22 # Barbara K 2012-02-01 14:43
Neither one is worthy of the office of President of the U.S.A. Gingrich had to resign in disgrace and paid a $300,000 fine for ethics violation from the House of Reps. (now he thinks we would want him for President?) Then we get Romney, a guy who has so much money he doesn't care about the poor Americans? That is the best the thugs could come up with? Scary, isn't it?
 
 
+24 # davidhp 2012-02-01 14:45
Bragging about corporate control of the state - plain and simple fascism. Time to stand up and fight back.
 
 
+13 # JohnnyK 2012-02-01 17:12
It's been said before, but is this the best that the repugs can come up with?

Newt csn be down right scary and Mit is against the working class.
 
 
+1 # BradFromSalem 2012-02-03 14:53
There are Republicans that are FOR the working class?

He just happens to say it out loud, not smart poltically, but he is a rare Republican in that he is essentially honest.
 
 
+6 # byard pidgeon 2012-02-01 17:52
Romney has refashioned himself, or re-refashioned himself, from a "moderate" to a right winger, with some wiggling back and forth along the way.
He's playing to the base, but couldn't actually govern that way unless he got a Congressional majority (including Dems).
Obama has also re-refashioned himself, from a moderate/libera l, humane populist in 08, into a center/right inhumane president, and now, trying to morph back into the liberal.
Gingrich is merely a convenient foil for both of them, making them look far better than they are.
Face it, we're looking at ambitious politicians here...they'll dump any position, and any person, in order to get in power and stay there.
 
 
+17 # fredboy 2012-02-01 18:03
Again, Obama must factually demonize not Romney, but the GOP. The GOP. The GOP.
With headlines.
News clips.
The 9/11 failure.
Iraq.
Katrina, leaving Americans to die.
The 2008 economic collapse.
The 2010-12 House gridlock.
Over and over and over and over.
And over and over and over.
And never, ever let up.
 
 
+9 # KittatinyHawk 2012-02-01 19:24
I hope the Cultures who voted for this creep, all the creeps, the morons of the GOP/TP who came out an voted for these Naziis are happy or perhaps choking tonite on what Mitt the nit said. Either way I am waiting for the waste to float away, NJ can go also. We would save billions in Welfare alone not just poor but millionaire welfare. The SNL State "Florida" Adios. You will all learn.

Now I have a larger problem, why is RSN, the Media not telling us how many are out there voting for OB, Voting for Rocky Anderson or is there not Primaries for the better Parties. We have no facts, no figures on the voting. How many GOP are registered, how many showed up. All we here is the bored, bores telling us the facts of GOP White Trash that won ... how many votes?
I wake up to Tabloid News. I read tabloid sensationalism news. No information just trash. We do not need the Journalists (that is long shot calling them that)...just do digital robotic news after all that is what we have in makeup now
 
 
+1 # Willman 2012-02-01 22:09
I wonder when Bush will come out with his endorsement of Romknee. Prolly wont hear a peep from him.
 
 
+5 # pernsey 2012-02-02 10:54
Quoting Willman:
I wonder when Bush will come out with his endorsement of Romknee. Prolly wont hear a peep from him.


We havent heard a peep out that idiot since he left office. He ruined this country and so whatever rock hes hiding under I hope he stays there!!
 
 
+2 # soularddave 2012-02-02 00:11
Sorry, I just couldn't watch the whole video clip. However, I did like the article and the carefully chosen "clips" of Historic comments.

If we're a nation of tradition, we should more closely pay attention to the comments of those who birthed this nation. They seemed to have it right, so why did we let our nation be run off the rails?
 
 
+6 # Anise 2012-02-02 00:18
"If you're looking for cradle-to-grave help from the government, I'm not your candidate"

Well, THAT isn't true.... Romney certainly is the right one if he's talking to the richest of the rich, because he has plenty of lifelong government support to offer them.

You know, at some point people have to take personal responsibility for being stupid and/or crazy enough to vote for someone like this. Nobody is having a gun held to their head as they go to the polls. And people do have access to the information they need if they're willing to take the trouble to learn the truth. There comes a point where there is no excuse, any more than there was an excuse for Germans who VOTED Hitler into office and then stood by silently as he grabbed even more power. Those who choose Romney will have a lot to answer for.
 
 
-4 # colpow 2012-02-02 07:07
OK, Ron Paul - time to run as a third party candidate! Vote Ron Paul on the Libertarian ticket, all you disgruntled republicans!
 

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