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Excerpt: "In this Presidential campaign of 2012, a Mitt Romney spokesman may have invented a slogan that is just as simple and is, unintentionally, the clear and unvarnished essence of the Romney campaign."

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Jerusalem July 29, 2012. (photo: Ronen Zvulun/Pool/UPI)
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Jerusalem July 29, 2012. (photo: Ronen Zvulun/Pool/UPI)

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+59 # Peacedragon 2012-08-02 10:52
Great article. Funny and true.
+91 # Barbara K 2012-08-02 10:58
I think that slogan pretty much sums up Romney's attitude. What an awful candidate he is. I cannot believe that the Rs won't sneak in a replacement at the last minute. This jerk is definitely not Presidential material. No morals, scruples, honesty, or any other good thing about the ignoramous.
+33 # Third_stone 2012-08-02 12:16
Who? Sanitorium, the closet homo? Palin, the Alaskan idiot who has already faded? Gary
johnson? If I would vote for him, they won't do it. Jeb the Bush? They might, but they want a candidate to the right of the devil himself, which is really far right, like maybe in Cheney's neighborhood.
+56 # Barbara K 2012-08-02 12:32
Makes no difference to me, I'm voting Democratic anyway. The Rs don't have a single person in the lot that I would even be tempted to vote for. The Republicans have morphed into the sleaziest of disgusting hatemongering bigots ever. To them, it was never about us, and never would be.
+37 # thomachuck 2012-08-02 17:18
All because an African American was duly elected to a position of power and influence. In a country that was established by white supremacists, it should be no surprise what you are going to get when the extremists on the right clamor for a "return to the principles of our founding fathers." Bigotry has found a safe house in the GOP.
+13 # WestWinds 2012-08-03 09:34
It all boils down to the only thing the Republicons have to offer We the People is poverty, abuse and destruction of everything we hold dear as worth having. They really are THE most negative bunch ever. And yet, to hear them tell it, they have God on their side... oh, really? Can't be the same God the rest of us have.
+45 # aitengri 2012-08-02 12:43
Just as a point of historical accuracy, Cheney is not "far right", he is a vicious opportunist and capitalist hack for the Pentagon and his own twisted egotism. The "right wing" masses, like those who just voted in Texas, are parochial, under-educated, and easily manipulated by the Machiavellian power brokers of the so-called 1%
+37 # CAMUS1111 2012-08-02 13:04
No, Cheney is far right, but many--if not most-- gop'ers are further right. There are no gop'ers any more who are not extremists. [You have to chuckle when you hear the oxymoronic term "moderate republicans."] The real problem is that these right wing extremist gop'ers have dragged the dems with them to the right so that there really is no longer any truly liberal wing of the dem party (at least in congress).
+18 # newsmom 2012-08-02 21:14
i live in texas and you have no idea how scary it is here...just please, please, please, everyone of you who post on this site, do the best you can to get 10 people to the polls in november. it's imperative that we make a showing, even if we can't donate millions to various campaigns. is there a democratic opposite of the kochs and adelson? we 99% are so screwed if that dreadful romney man is elected.
+12 # WestWinds 2012-08-03 09:39
Dear lady, my heart goes out to you. I truly don't think Romney will get in, but if they tweak the elections, as they are want to do, and they do count him in, it will trigger the biggest mass revolt this planet has ever seen.
+3 # WestWinds 2012-08-03 09:36
LOL! Thank you for that clarification!
Well said!!!
+13 # WestWinds 2012-08-03 09:32
Jebby is working on his "right of the devil". When he was here in Tampa for a Repulicon meeting, he rolled up in his sports car convertible, spit on one of the protesters (in front of her young son), and then gave us the middle finger salute along with his back (side) as he disappeared into the hotel. Gee, I thought, what a great and gracious president he would make!"
+9 # DPM 2012-08-02 22:37
And yet, the electorate, as a whole, is dumb enough and racist enough to turn over the entire government to Romney and the Republicans. Amazing, isn't it? Makes you proud to be an American, doesn't it?
+9 # WestWinds 2012-08-03 09:39

Only taxpayers are true Americans.
+5 # TrueAmericanPatriot 2012-08-05 11:55
Quoting Barbara K:
I think that slogan pretty much sums up Romney's attitude. What an awful candidate he is. I cannot believe that the Rs won't sneak in a replacement at the last minute. This jerk is definitely not Presidential material. No morals, scruples, honesty, or any other good thing about the ignoramous.

Here's an even better idea Barbara K! Let "We The People" each take our turn to "kick his ***" on Election Day...OBAMA 2012!!!!
+58 # Robert B 2012-08-02 11:42
I wouldn't be a bit surprised if Romney gets his ass jettisoned at the convention in Tampa. Nobody likes this guy, not even Republicans. All Republicans ever say is how terrible Obama is, but never how wonderful Romney is. Romney is NOT wonderful! Watch him not even make it as the GOP running mate.
+34 # NanFan 2012-08-02 12:53
Quoting Robert B:
I wouldn't be a bit surprised if Romney gets his ass jettisoned at the convention in Tampa. Nobody likes this guy, not even Republicans. All Republicans ever say is how terrible Obama is, but never how wonderful Romney is. Romney is NOT wonderful! Watch him not even make it as the GOP running mate.

This could definitely happen if someone who knows the facts and has the proof that Romney lied to the SEC about Bain Capital would come forward with that information. It would nail his coffin shut because THAT is a felon.

Not to mention if the IRS could, indeed, show that Mr. "Kiss My Ass" did not pay 10 years of taxes!

Then, we could say, "Don't let the door hit you in your ASS as you go out," a favorite of my father's to people he didn't care to ever see again.

I'm not holding my breath for this to happen, but it would be SO great! The guy is a pariah at best.

He would completely ruin what's left of our democracy. GET HIM OUT NOW!

+12 # WestWinds 2012-08-03 09:42
I wouldn't hold my breath about anything bad happening to Mitt Robme if it is proved he didn't pay his taxes. I mean, *allegedly* neither did Clarence Thomas (declare his wife's income for five or six years,) and look at the pass he got.
+15 # lexy677 2012-08-02 16:18
If he is jettisoned then it will be Jeb Bush and then for sure "bye bye Obama".....beca use the average white male will vote for Jeb Bush and unless his females stick with Obama, we are f**ked. At least we can be reasonably sure Romney he will help defeat himself come November so lets pray he is not "jettisoned"
+10 # WestWinds 2012-08-03 09:45
I don't know if Jebby has that kind of power on the Right any more. Dubya pretty well put the lid on the Bush dynasty. But then there is no accounting for Reich-wing stupidity.
+64 # VoiceofReason613 2012-08-02 11:43
Based on the following facts, it is a slogan that applies not only to Mitt Romney but also to the entire Republican party:

1. Mitt Romney and other Republicans are promoting policies similar to or often worse than those that had such disastrous results during the Bush administration, including converting a three-year major surplus, which was on track to completely eliminate the total federal debt, into a major deficit, creating very few net jobs (none in the private sector), and leaving the country on the brink of a depression, with an average of 750,000 jobs being lost during its last three months.

2. Republicans have obstructed efforts to get our country out of the tremendous ditch they left us in by voting no on and sometimes filibustering many Democratic proposals, some of which they previously supported and sometimes even co-sponsored. Hence, it is not surprising that a recent poll showed that 49% of Americans believe that Republican Congress members are purposely sabotaging the U.S. economy in order to defeat Obama and other Democrats, while only 40% disagree.

3.. Republicans support continued tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans and highly profitable corporations, while basic social services that middle class and poor people depend on are being cut and teachers, police officers, fire fighters, and others are losing their jobs.
+57 # VoiceofReason613 2012-08-02 11:45
Additional reason that the slogan applies to the entire Republican party:

4. Republican legislators have voted against providing funds to save jobs of teachers, police officers, and fire fighters, providing unemployment benefits to long-time unemployed people, and providing medical benefits to 9/11 responders.

5. Republicans are generally in denial about the tremendous dangers from climate change, in spite of a very strong consensus in peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and statements by scientific academies all over the world that climate change is a major threat, largely caused by human activities, and the many wake-up calls we have been receiving in terms of severe storms, tornados, floods, heat waves, droughts, and wildfires,. Anyone who thinks that climate change is a hoax promoted by liberals should visit the website of the “Republicans for Environmental Protection.” ( . This conservative group was only able to endorse four percent of Republicans in the 2010 U.S. midterm elections because so many Republicans are in denial about climate change and other environmental threats.

6. The Republican Party has moved far to the right under the influence of the Tea Party. There are very few moderate Republicans in Congress today.
+49 # newsmom 2012-08-02 12:02
7. The tone and tenor of public discourse has taken a dramatic turn for the worse,, thanks to the tea partiers who, no matter what they say, are dominated by mean and narrow-minded republicans and/or their supporters.

8. if the congressional stalemate continues under obama or -- god forbid -- advances under romney, it's not going to be pretty. we already have a disgruntled, frequently homeless middle class comprised of people who thought "it" would never happen to them. if stripping social services continues and no works programs are implemented, i suspect it's in fact gonna be ugly.
+27 # Phoenician 2012-08-02 11:53
Good article. Never a truer word spoken.
+38 # Stephen 2012-08-02 11:54
"Corporations are people, my friend", said Mr. Romney Rmoney.

He might have continued, "And some people are corporations- like me, my friend."

He's been a CEO and Sole Owner so long, he thinks and behaves like a corporation.

As for the election, the puppeteers have once again pulled off a heads I win tails you lose game. We are offered a choice between Globalist Bankster Capitalism with a modernized visage and reduced looting, or a vulture capitalist- a corporate double-down and full speed ahead on that looting.

Either way, life for the 99% is going to get worse. The two-party system is a duopoly functioning to preoccupy, distract, and entertain while the looting goes on at varying speeds, sometimes in bursts, but unabated.
-17 # grouchy 2012-08-02 11:58
However, isn't Romney pretty!
+11 # hbheinze 2012-08-02 17:12
That IS a joke, isn't it???
+16 # thomachuck 2012-08-02 17:14
Michele Bachmann is, too, but I wouldn't let her near the nuclear launch code briefcase
+9 # reiverpacific 2012-08-02 17:54
Quoting grouchy:
However, isn't Romney pretty!

"Pretty bloody awful!"
+4 # Billy Bob 2012-08-02 20:22
Is that prison talk?
+11 # DaveM 2012-08-02 12:03
The 21st Century equivalent of "The Buck Stops Here"? The buck, alas, does not stop any more.
+8 # WestWinds 2012-08-03 09:48
At least not until it hits the Caymans or Switzerland!
+12 # Stephen 2012-08-02 12:14
What should we do? 3rd party alternatives are still not very convincing, and a significant 3rd party progressive vote would likely give it to Rmoney. How many electoral rounds of GOP victories would it take for a 3rd party to reach say 40%, a plurality? Maybe we could reach it on the second round, in 2016. Of course, by then Jeb Bush will be there, if Rmoney isn't, and you know how America loves the Bush Family. So maybe we're looking at 2020? Or 2024?
Unless Rmoney makes it so suddenly worse that everything changes. That's one of the reasons given for deserting Obama, who has gotten away with corporatist policies without a peep from 'the left'. But can 'everything' ever change when the media is controlled by the Corporate Power? Is it too late for America to right itself? To course-correct? Does a society like ours become at some point fixed? When all public discourse is controlled and manipulated by the Corporate Elite to maintain and reinforce their profit-power in the status quo? I'm having some difficulty trying to be optimistic.
+32 # Robert B 2012-08-02 13:28
The "peep" from "the left" was 2010, when so many of them didn't vote. They wanted a protest vote, they got it. They might as well have voted Republican. Sorry that Obama isn't FDR, but how's that Tea Party House of Representatives working out for ya?
+5 # WestWinds 2012-08-03 10:11
Yes, peeps, PLEASE go out and vote. Let's hold the Hill at least for one more term while Occupy, the Green Party and other third party groups collect themselves and ready to do battle in 2016. Don't be foolish like the last Mid-Term, please go out and vote and help others to get to the poles, too.
+3 # WestWinds 2012-08-03 10:07
I think America IS in the process of righting itself.

One: When a tsunami/tidal wave hits, the first thing it does is pull back from the shore leaving the fish flopping around on the sand.

Two: I think this is where we are right now. Things have drastically changed, the safety nets and country we know is gone, there's a lot of flopping around, but We the People are gathering out there on the horizon of tomorrow (like the Green Party).
+4 # WestWinds 2012-08-03 10:08
Three: When we collect ourselves enough and hit critical mass, the tides and times will change in a flooding shift of collective unconscious and after the blast, we will see things like a Constitutional Amendment banning corporate personhood and putting some of these turkeys in jail.

Four: The glide path the Republicons have us on is unsustainable. People are not going to give up their TVs, sports, beer, week-ends and rides so that 17 greedy old white men can tell themselves they're gods and abuse everyone and everything to prove it to themselves.

Five: If you read the history of this country (check out "The Academic American")you will see that we have been here before and if we are vigilant we will work ourselves out of this hole, too.

Six: The biggest danger with this lunatic Far Right is, if they get in they will remove all systems of elections, courts and any other avenue we use to redress wrongs.

Seven: These people are dangerous and we'd better not kid ourselves, take them lightly, or give them half a chance to do what they do best; destroy everything and make the most vulnerable (in an ever widening circle) miserable.
+56 # Todd Williams 2012-08-02 12:16
Is it just me, or has anyone noticed how uncomfortable Lord Romney looks when he puts on his middle clas, working man costume? He's got the blue workshirt and jeans that are supposed to make hime a middle class kinda guy. But those 2 items of clothing probably cost more than my entire closte full of old duds. This guy is as phoney as a $3 bill.
+11 # thomachuck 2012-08-02 17:13
He just probably picked his ensemble from the wrong closet, you know, the one labeled "dress down day at the country club"
+29 # Regina 2012-08-02 12:22
With the combination of greed and stupidity
Romney is the epitome!
+5 # Robert B 2012-08-02 13:29
He's got a long way to go before he beats George W. Bush.
+4 # bingers 2012-08-02 20:46
Quoting Robert B:
He's got a long way to go before he beats George W. Bush.

Hardly, he claims that he would be Bush on steroids, which utterly disproves your theory.
+4 # WestWinds 2012-08-03 10:13
Yes, but after that Middle Eastern tour, you've got to admit, he's working on it!
+25 # Dumbledorf 2012-08-02 12:23
Most disgraceful presidential election in memory...
+10 # thomachuck 2012-08-02 16:59
Yeah, you're right. But the conundrum is, it's disgraceful and yet it has never been more important for thinking people to show up at the polls. Wait, make that thinking and desperate people. The categories probably overlap somewhat, but you get my drift.
+4 # WestWinds 2012-08-03 10:15
"...thinking and desperate."

yes, exactly.
+29 # qasee 2012-08-02 12:23
"The Buck Stops Here". Unfortunately, our politicians have misinterpreted this phrase. They think it means "The Money Goes in my Pocket"
+18 # newvisionamy 2012-08-02 12:46
So where can I get one of these bumper stickers?
+9 # NanFan 2012-08-02 13:07
Quoting newvisionamy:
So where can I get one of these bumper stickers?

Make them and pass them around.

+11 # 2012-08-02 13:09
What is the problem with Machiavelli? He was a pragmatist. We could use a few in Congress instead of opportunists and corporate whores.
+6 # T4D 2012-08-02 13:20
Obviously you never knew Tom Dewey.
+30 # julileegal 2012-08-02 13:25
I envision a country free from the Cheneys, Koch bros, Russ Limbaughs, Eric Cantors, John Boehners. A country where enough taxes are paid in so that our Government can pay for medical care, education, repair our infrastructure, roads, new schools, and all the other stuff we are used to having. A good sharp military, but not one
Full of waste, but who is there to protect us. We need cops who don't attact peaceful protesters. Big Ag and big oil are destroying our land and we all know the root of it all is M O N E Y ! Can Romney give us back our country? I doubt it. VOTE Democratic! At least then, we have a chance!
+9 # thomachuck 2012-08-02 17:03
You are seeing it about as clearly as it can be seen. This election will very likely be decided on the basis of people voting against something as for it. Voters need to see how important it is to rein in the destructive policies and criminal inertia of the GOP. Call it damage control; that's probably what a vote for Obama will amount to. Sad but true.
+3 # WestWinds 2012-08-03 10:19
Yes, a "damage control" vote. Because ALL of the wackadoodles on the Far Right have sworn to end on a dime Medicare/Medica id and Social Security (so they can steal the money). These guys are the evil-doers.
+2 # WestWinds 2012-08-03 10:16
Yes, vote Dem or we can all move to Iceland together!
+19 # GeeRob 2012-08-02 13:32
According to one poster here yesterday, another bumper sticker could read:

Romney 2012-It's none of your business
+3 # WestWinds 2012-08-03 10:20

Romney 2012 - Kiss My A**!
+12 # pernsey 2012-08-02 14:14
Thats the Romney way, and I agree, the dems should print this slogan (kiss my ass) next to Romney in every ad, every chance they get. The righties dont get that after hes elected thats what hes going to tell them if they arent billionaires.
+7 # WestWinds 2012-08-03 10:29
I don't think Righties care. The reason they keep voting for the Far Right against their own best interests is because they want unfair leverages against certain subgroups like women, blacks, latinos, native americans, etc.

The men at the top of the Far Right are abusive Aryan Nation skin head types (or is that Ayan Rand Nation types?) Anyway, the Right-wing constituents identify with this abusive mentality and this is why they vote for them; they are familiar to their human template and lock in to them comfortably. It's really quite sick. These people at the top are a clinical poster for mental illness in their attitudes toward all life (and the only reason they would give a hoot about an unborn fetus is because it represents future workers, business and revenues.)
+22 # tuandon 2012-08-02 14:27
I am 65...I wouldn't vote for this Zombie if he were the only one running. Of course, if the Rethugs keep up their shenanigans, we will BE a one-party state, and Rethugs will BE the only ones running. Don't you wonder how he can at once be a stuffed shirt and an empty suit?
+9 # thomachuck 2012-08-02 17:11
If Romney wins, anyone of modest means can kiss their own ass goodbye in terms of lost support systems they have paid into all their working lives. The runup to all this started with Ronnie Reagan--everyon e's hero (?) and it has been downslide for the middle class ever since. I have always been a moderate swing voter but no more.
+4 # WestWinds 2012-08-03 10:30
Nothing is moderate these days. We live in some kind of surreal, through-the-loo king-glass world of extremes.
+7 # jcdav 2012-08-02 18:46
and a dolt, and a greedy power hungry pig,
and on and on.
+22 # Susan1989 2012-08-02 14:44
Met this arrogant, haughty, and disdainful man years ago...and was convinced he was under the delusion that he was royalty
+15 # Bev 2012-08-02 15:37
Romney doesn't really know who he is. He's like a bad actor trying out for the role of President.He lacks authenticity and is really pathetic. The election is easily controlled and if the Republicans use their tricks as they did in Florida, then God help us!
+10 # robniel 2012-08-02 15:52
Hopefully the yo-yos on Romney's campaign staff will be retained through October to further destroy his chances.
+12 # cordleycoit 2012-08-02 16:21
We are all ready a one party state. The rich are throwing their party. We are not invited
+4 # Tigre1 2012-08-02 16:45
If Mr. Rawmoney's campaign wishes to use my copyright phrase, to wit: "Kiss my Ass,"
he may apply to me personally, and prove three times that he knows the meaning thereof and can demonstrate such on my very own sweet lefty patootie. If he passes this test, we may negotiate...
+5 # vgirl1 2012-08-02 17:42
...because YOU PEOPLE have all you need to know!
+4 # vgirl1 2012-08-02 17:49
... romney will be the nominee and we will lose.
+1 # charsjcca 2012-08-02 19:21
Romney will be the nominee but I will not lose. I was born a Republican in 1936. This journey is not about the Republican Party. This is not the Bill Scranton/Nelson Rockefeller/Chu ck Percy/ Margaret Chase Smith/Frank Church/Howard Baker party of the past. This is an America that makes sense to Karl Rove, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Rush Limbaugh.
+2 # fredboy 2012-08-02 18:58
Good advice, Joe. Now try to find someone in the Democratic Party with the guts to take it. I am serious. Been supporting Dems for decades, and watching them fumble the ball.
+5 # WestWinds 2012-08-03 10:36
If they were fumbling the ball, it is because they allowed themselves to be bought off by K Street reps. They lost their grip on what's real and important and got sucked down the rabbit hole of corrupt money. This is why we MUST have Glass-Steagall re-enforced and get rid of corporate personhood.
+6 # douglassmyth 2012-08-02 20:30
... romney will be the nominee and we will lose.

Not unless raw money can buy a convincing majority of voters. From what I've heard recently, wall to wall political ads are already counterproducti ve. So, the money war may not win the election.

And Romney, so far, is such an unconvincing candidate: a robber baron.

That's what we've got to hope for, anyway. Obama and the D's may be less than we'd like, but at least they're rational and know that lower taxes for the wealthy will NOT create jobs when the wealthy already have huge amounts of cash and the economy lacks necessary demand to make investments attractive.

The R's are the party bought and paid for by the billionaires; the D's may be attracted to all that money, but they are only petty practitioners in the great game of bribery and extortion: the Republicans are the craven go-fers for the thieves.
+3 # bingers 2012-08-02 20:39
I think I have a better slogan. It works for his supporters and his opposition equally. It's "Mitt's my ass."
+9 # Byronator 2012-08-03 00:16
How about "The Clothes Have No Emperor"?
+5 # pernsey 2012-08-03 09:42
Quoting Byronator:
How about "The Clothes Have No Emperor"?

My thoughts exactly Byron!
+4 # WestWinds 2012-08-03 10:38
How about:

Lord Romney? HELL NO!
+9 # Charles3000 2012-08-03 12:19
Folks over 65 support Romney?! There must be another "flip" age because I am 80 and I would never support that "poster boy" for the 1%.
-4 # RICHARDKANEpa 2012-08-04 22:03
oe Lapointe, please stop deluding yourself.

I am sad and I am scared.

Romney knows what he is doing and doing it well.

Most are too disgusted to vote. But the people Romney is ass-kissing are rearing to go.

A huge attitude in the country is I guess I have vote for Obama because Romney is worse. But on election day comes some will still be planning to reluctantly vote when the poles close. Obama constantly compromises in the direction of those who are attacking him.
In Israel he kissed Netanyahu's rear so hard that most American Jews found it disgusting but the few Jews that are one issue only were inspired and will do everything they can to get a neighbor naive about politics to vote for Romney as well.

The Democratic Party machine believes that progressive 3rd parties take votes from Democrats. But something like 1/3 of the people planning to vote Green will in the last minute get cold feet and Vote Obama. If instead they sadly and disgustingly thought they had to vote for Obama, more of then will in the end stay home and defeating both Obama and anyone half progressive as well
+1 # RICHARDKANEpa 2012-08-04 23:16
oe Lapointe, please stop deluding yourself.

In Israel he kissed Netanyahu's rear so hard that most American Jews found it disgusting but the few Jews that are one issue only were inspired

Sorry, I meant to say, "Romney kissed Netanyahu's . . ." unfortunately some readers might think I meant both Romney and Obama.
+1 # RICHARDKANEpa 2012-08-04 22:20
Sorry Charles3000

I too am over 65 and only voted Republican once, and that was when I was temporarily Republican to vote Ron Paul in the closed PA primary.

However I live in senior housing. In the 2010 election maybe half or 1/3 of the senior voters proudly wore the “I voted” buttons passed out at the polls. Philly in Dem territory. But those proud and happy to vote I'm not sure how they will vote. If a 3rd party was in the news more people would be arguing and voting instead of staying back in their rooms.

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