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Shabi writes: "Mitt Romney isn't on an ordinary world tour. He's on an insult-the-world tour, during which he's constantly trying to outdo his previous personal best."

Republican Party presidential candidate Mitt Romney at an event in Jerusalem, 07/29/12. (photo: Alex Kolomoisky/AFP/GettyImages)
Republican Party presidential candidate Mitt Romney at an event in Jerusalem, 07/29/12. (photo: Alex Kolomoisky/AFP/GettyImages)



Mitt Romney's Insult-The-World Tour

By Rachel Shabi, Guardian UK

31 July 12

 

In his enthusiasm to attract Jewish donors, Romney fails to acknowledge Israel's iron grip on Palestinian economic hopes.

itt Romney isn't on an ordinary world tour. He's on an insult-the-world tour, during which he's constantly trying to outdo his previous personal best. How else to explain the Republican presidential candidate's horribly offensive comments about Palestinians during his recent trip to Jerusalem, so soon after the clunking insults levelled at his British hosts in London last week?

Over a £16,000-a-plate campaign fundraiser breakfast with Jewish donors in Jerusalem, Romney aired his deep thoughts on "the dramatic, stark difference in economic vitality" between the Palestinian and Israeli economies. These thoughts were obtained by reading books, he prefixed, before surmising that Israeli accomplishments were down to "at least culture and a few other things" – oh, and also, "the hand of providence". So Romney thinks that Palestinians are screwed because Israelis have a better culture and a better god. It's a shame he didn't add something about bad karma and the Palestinians not doing their positive affirmations properly.

The presidential hopeful doubtless believes this standard-issue, superiority-complex racism – and that it's what his donors want to hear. Romney was, after all, only in Jerusalem to assure rightwing Israelis that he is an even bigger fan of their peace-quashing ways than President Obama. Sitting next to the Republican candidate at that Israeli hotel breakfast was American casino-billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who bankrolled Romney's visit and has indicated his readiness to part with $100m (£63.5m) for the Romney campaign. Adelson thinks that the Palestinians are an "invented people", supports Israeli hard-right prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and vigorously opposes a two-state solution, so we can presume that Romney's remarks were designed to help him reach for his wallet.

Or perhaps, when the Republican visitor noted that Palestinians were stumped by "a few other things" he was just using internationally recognised shorthand? Maybe he meant "things" like Israel's 45-year occupation, which has kept a chokehold on Palestinians, while at the same time creating a captive market for Israeli products, boosting the occupier's economy. Maybe he's parsing for "things" like the checkpoints, barriers and roadblocks that thwart movement of Palestinians and products – and thereby railroad any attempts to revive an economy. And he couldn't possibly have referenced "things" without it also alluding to America's generous aid package to Israel, the largest annual recipient of US financial assistance and whose military aid was upped just prior to Romney's visit.

Romney must know all of this, because it's practically impossible to avoid. He could have just glanced out of that Jerusalem hotel window and seen the Israeli separation wall, which has helped to stifle the Palestinian economy – and Palestinian cultural life with it. He could skim through a just-issued World Bank report, which puts the blame for the crawling Palestinian economy firmly at Israel's feet. The report notes that "the removal of Israeli restrictions on access to markets and to natural resources continues to be a prerequisite for the expansion of the Palestinian private sector." The bank concludes that, while there are other factors (these not including god or culture), "Israeli restrictions remain the biggest impediment to investing".

In addition to those books, Romney could read any number of reports about Gaza, including from the IMF and the World Bank, which state that its crippled economy is down to Israel's five-year blockade.

Palestinians have, quite naturally, responded with outrage at Romney's remarks. "The statement reflects a clear racist spirit," said Palestinian labour minister Ahmed Majdalani. "If Romney came here to rally Israeli and Jewish support in the US election, he can do that without insulting the Palestinian people."

Some Israelis noted that Romney's comments weren't exactly complementary to them either. "You can understand this remark in several ways," political scientist Abraham Diskin told the Associated Press. "You can say it's anti-Semitic. 'Jews and money.'"

But beyond these necessary rebuttals, there are really only two sensible reactions to this offence-prone presidential contender. One is to set up a sweepstake on the rate of insults generated by Romney while overseas. And the other is to pray to providence that he doesn't come to a country near you.

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+188 # AndreM5 2012-07-31 12:40
A third reaction should be to ensure that there is no way this bumbling racist/corporat ist is elected POTUS.
 
 
+10 # independentmind 2012-07-31 19:33
Another doubleu?
 
 
+159 # akh752 2012-07-31 13:06
Mitt and his 'swillionaire' backers (Adelson, Koch brothers, et al.) are going all in to buy the U.S. government and use it to enrich the wealth while impoverishing the poor and middle class. This is the group who believe 'corporations are people,' the wealthy are overburdened and picked on, and everyone else is jealous and engaging in 'class warfare.'
 
 
+45 # newsmom 2012-07-31 17:01
Quoting akh752:
Mitt and his 'swillionaire' backers (Adelson, Koch brothers, et al.) are going all in to buy the U.S. government and use it to enrich the wealth while impoverishing the poor and middle class. This is the group who believe 'corporations are people,' the wealthy are overburdened and picked on, and everyone else is jealous and engaging in 'class warfare.'


if every one of us who responds to rsn posting were to give $5 to the obama campaign, those elephants would sit up and take notice...and by the way, those repubs are a real insult to elephoants..
 
 
+13 # Barbara K 2012-08-01 08:10
I gave $25 to Obama campaign. He needs all the help we can give him. The Rs are swimming in money. Too bad they can't use any to do some good for the country.
 
 
+138 # walthe310 2012-07-31 13:16
The world's verdict:
Mitt Romney, not ready for prime time.
 
 
-215 # Robt Eagle 2012-07-31 14:51
Woah, Romney hasn't done anything to insult anyone compared to Obama. Obama is leading the insult campaign on those who pay taxes in the US, the business owners and real working class. Obama, with the help of Eric Holder allowing fraudulent voting to be rampant by non-citizens, is hoping to have the masses living on the public dole (freebies) to vote him into another term in the White House. If Obama is re-elected then you can kiss America goodbye. He will declare himself Emperor Obama, get rid of the Constitution, obviate Congress by using Executive Orders to circumvent the Senate and House, and next you will be answering to his minions like Rham Emanuel who is appointing Louis Ferakhan to control the streets of Chicago. Seems the Chicago Police are not allowed to go after criminals because it might hurt Obama's chances of re-election. Chicago politics all around the country and Holder aloowing all sorts of bad deeds to go without any prosecution. Just like leaking classified info to the NY Times by a White House staffer, but Holder refuses to appoint an independent to find out the truth. We are doomed if Obama is re-elected.
 
 
+125 # Reductio Ad Absurdum 2012-07-31 15:29
The vote-repressing Republicans in Pennsylvania had to admit — make that confess — that there is no known substantive problem of voter fraud in their state. Earth to Robt Eagle: There is no rampant voter fraud ANYWHERE – but Republican voter repression everywhere.

It must be hell for you to live in your deep, dark cavern of self-fabricated fear. Bush & Co amassed the Decade of Disaster and not a whimper from you. Obama's trying to clean up after their sewage tsunami and you Republican long knives wait in the dark to stab any progress — or any hope of any progress — in the heart. YOU are the greatest threat to America. YOU are the greatest threat to democracy.
 
 
+71 # macrhino 2012-07-31 15:53
Quoting Robt Eagle:
Woah, Romney hasn't done anything to insult anyone compared to Obama. Obama is leading the insult campaign on those who pay taxes in the US, the business owners and real working class. Obama, with the help of Eric Holder allowing fraudulent voting to be rampant by non-citizens, is hoping to have the masses living on the public dole (freebies) to vote him into another term in the White House. If Obama is re-elected then you can kiss America goodbye. He will declare himself Emperor Obama, get rid of the Constitution, obviate Congress by using Executive Orders to circumvent the Senate and House, and next you will be answering to his minions like Rham Emanuel who is appointing Louis Ferakhan to control the streets of Chicago. Seems the Chicago Police are not allowed to go after criminals because it might hurt Obama's chances of re-election. Chicago politics all around the country and Holder aloowing all sorts of bad deeds to go without any prosecution. Just like leaking classified info to the NY Times by a White House staffer, but Holder refuses to appoint an independent to find out the truth. We are doomed if Obama is re-elected.


Meanwhile, the rest of live in this universe.
 
 
+69 # kurt.cagle@gmail.com 2012-07-31 16:11
Er...um - have you taken your meds lately?

Obama is a centrist Democrat, and overall has not done anything that any other president has not done. Romney, if elected, will hew more closely to his corporate backers, and is more smoke than substance, but he will also likely govern pretty much towards the center-right if elected - he really has very little choice. I rather doubt that either one of them harbors any desire to "declare himself an Emperor", and if they did, they have no real power backing to do so.

Take off the tin-foil hat and turn off the radio or TV, and spend some time learning the truth rather than the blather that you're spouting from Fox News. The world is just a wee bit more nuanced than you think.
 
 
+53 # sameasiteverwas 2012-07-31 17:39
It is a strange, weird, dark world that the right-wingers inhabit, and one almost entirely removed from objective reality. One feels something like pity for these folks as the talking points come rolling out, one after another, spiraling downward from freaky to outright laughable...exc ept that the intense belief in these lies is what is fueling a large percentage of the electorate. Since it's nearly impossible to actually talk to someone who is frothing at the mouth, and charts and graphs and history and, well, you know, facts, make no dent in their obsession, what are we to do? This race shouldn't even be close -- but between wide-spread voter suppression, GOP gerrymandering, and unfixed Diebold machines -- or should I say,"fixed" Diebold machines -- still being used by districts too broke to change them out -- there is every possibility that this insular, incurious, utterly oblivious man could be president, and we end up back in a nightmare of complete economic collapse and world wide wars. What the hell do we do to reach any common ground at all?
 
 
+18 # Texas Aggie 2012-08-01 08:42
Thomas Mann: "Science strove, on the plane of decent, objective truth, to confute the dynamic lie; but arguments on that plane could only seem irrelevant to the champions of the dynamic, who merely smiled a superior smile. . . . They could scarcely contain their mirth at the desperate campaign waged by reason and criticism against wholly untouchable, wholly invulnerable, belief."

Read the literature on cognitive dissonance and authoritarianis m and you begin to realize that there isn't anything that you can do to deal with people like Eagle. The only thing is to teach them to question while they are young before they are beaten into submission. And right wing religionists of ALL stripes will fight you tooth and nail because every fundamentalist religion from orthodox catholicism to fundamentalist protestanism to orthodox Judaism to the fundamentalist Hindus and Moslems absolutely depend for their very existence on the authoritarian mindset among their adherents. When believers start asking questions, then dogmatic organizations fall apart.
 
 
+15 # rsnfan 2012-07-31 20:19
I don't think you read enough. I read that the states where fraud was claim had next to none.
And today I just saw something where the Republicans voted against a bill for small business.
 
 
+14 # mdhome 2012-07-31 22:42
You do not have any evidence for this tirade from Rush Limburg, please get the truth before spouting off such a pile of stinking crap.
 
 
+7 # dkonstruction 2012-08-01 14:01
"rampant" "fraudulent voting" -- source and evidence please -- and you are so concerned about fraudulent voting here but not a word about Romney holding a fundraiser on foreign soil? So, we are just supposed to trust that all those at the fundraiser or who donated are American citizens?

Rham Emanuel is "appointing Louis Ferakhan (sic) to control the streets of Chicago" -- source and evidence please

"Seems the Chicago Police are not allowed to go after criminals because it might hurt Obama's chances of re-election -- source and evidence please (what about those arrested even before the recent the G8 meeting?)
 
 
+7 # coach777b 2012-08-01 15:26
Whoah. I thought this was an article about RMoney's trip to Israel. Nowhere on the trip was Obama or Holder seen or heard. Your comments are typical Rethug tactics. Divert attention, try to change the subject.
Unfortunately, it's not working. The article is about the racist remarks made by RMoney. You might want to respond to this subject matter. Obama and Holder are the subjects of another article
 
 
+1 # rockieball 2012-08-03 09:05
Their were more UFO sightings reported in 2010 than their was voter fraud reports. In fact more people got hit by lighting or won the lottery in 2010.
 
 
+1 # rockieball 2012-08-03 09:07
Besides he was their to kiss butts and raise foreign money for his campaign.
 
 
+27 # vicnada 2012-07-31 15:27
"The world's verdict:
Mitt Romney, not ready for prime time." ...nor was Palin as the world quickly discovered.

From their point of view, US Dumb-ocracy is scary exercise. Imagine if you didn't have a vote.
 
 
+121 # goodsensecynic 2012-07-31 13:27
Ignorance of foreign affairs has rarely kept a man from the presidency, especially when his gaffes are treated with utter indulgence by the corporate media. The fact that his blundering in Britain was merely "bad manners" and his war-mongering in Israel was "downright dangerous" (never mind immoral) will not be distinguished is another problem. In both cases, he is being given a "pass."

Of course, Romney's blurtings may not cost him a single vote from among his existing supporters, few of whom care about anything outside "the greatest country in the history of humanity."

What's worse, of course, is the fact that vast numbers of working and middle class people will vote for him because of his alleged skills with respect to the economy. And, in that domain he has plenty of foreign experience - for example, shipping other people's jobs overseas and sending his own funds to tax havens in the Caymans, Bermuda, Switzerland, and so on.

What a guy!
 
 
+93 # mayordoug 2012-07-31 14:16
Had the President said such nonsense, does anyone believe Faux News wouldn't be screaming 24-7 about him? Thought so.
 
 
+8 # Skippydelic 2012-07-31 22:44
Yeah, but it would be lost amongst all the *other* things that Faux Noise screams about!
 
 
-121 # RightForAReason 2012-07-31 15:07
Ignorance of foreign affairs? Like a community organizer from Chicago?
 
 
+53 # macrhino 2012-07-31 15:56
Quoting RightForAReason:
Ignorance of foreign affairs? Like a community organizer from Chicago?


I believe Obama has 3.x years of experience as the President. That's pretty good "foreign affairs" experience. Perhaps that is why he joys a 15 point advance over Romney in foreign affairs in most polls?
 
 
+75 # angelfish 2012-07-31 15:59
Quoting RightForAReason:
Ignorance of foreign affairs? Like a community organizer from Chicago?

The difference between President Obama and Romney is, that the President studies up on what he doesn't know and becomes INFORMED. Romney's mouth takes off like a Whippoorwill's a** in berry picking time! He is an embarrassment to America and is UNFIT for the Presidency! Wake up, fellow citizens. Never, EVER vote ReTHUGlican!
 
 
+87 # Kenwood 2012-07-31 13:30
How about Americans as invented people?
 
 
+73 # Todd Williams 2012-07-31 14:30
Any Native American will agree with that statement.
 
 
+23 # brux 2012-07-31 15:27
Any people are an invented people. So how do we de-invent countries and start over new and fresh when so many identify themselves with countries of former countries?
 
 
+6 # Douglas Jack 2012-07-31 17:59
In order to "de-invent" 'exogenous' (Latin = 'other-generate d') countries, we can all learn about our particular 'indigenous' (L = 'self-generatin g') heritages from various homelands around the world. www.indigenecommunity.info compiles humanity's worldwide universal indigenous heritage. Exogenization (creation of thief nations) was/is progressive worldwide violent invasion, spreading of disease, brutalization, institutional indoctrination & alienation of each people as they are conquered. Our indigenous roots are denigrated as 'primitive' ('primary'), 'savage' (from 'sylva' = 'of the tree') etc. As modern people, we all carry 'emotionally-sc arred-memories' . Celtic peoples of Europe as most indigenous people pre-contact & conquest lived in multihome dwellings, organized economically through specialized Production Societies, used a form of String-shell progressive ownership accounting, involved women's councils etc. The most urbanized densest populated peoples of the world were in the Americas pre-'1491' (excellent history by Charles C. Mann). Indigenous design of housing is: multihome, water-side, ecological (solar, wind, precipitation, recycling of fecal, urine, vegetable cuttings), a whole system sustainable integrated social & economic design, way beyond what exists in invented nations. Indigenous peoples kept records through their graphic (like Chinese) writing & oral mnemonic systems containing many thousands of years of people, names, epidemiology, events
 
 
+78 # fredboy 2012-07-31 13:36
Then team him up with Rubio, who can't even get his own family history straight. They fled Castro, no they left Cuba years before Castro...wait a minute...
 
 
+35 # aurum79 2012-07-31 13:45
This trip should more properly be called Mitt's World Circumlocution
 
 
+14 # Skippydelic 2012-07-31 22:46
Or "Around The World In 80 Stumbles"...
 
 
+81 # Merschrod 2012-07-31 13:45
I'll bet that there are 1000's if Israelis who heard Romney's comments and just plain understand that the US political scene is full of idiots, stupid, non-thinking, money and vote grubbing schnooks.
 
 
+102 # Barbara K 2012-07-31 13:54
This self-serving ignorant buffoon proves that one doesn't have to be intelligent to be wealthy. Just be born into it and know how to screw people out of their money and jobs. For him to go to foreign countries to beg for campaign funds at $50,000 a plate fundraisers is embarrassing enough to U.S. Citizens, he has to insult the foreign countries on top of it. He is a Candidate, not the President of the United States and we need to make sure he stays that way.

Don't vote Republican at any level.

But do get out and VOTE, our future is at stake. Romeney and his ilk are just waiting to pounce on us and destroy any thing we still have, especially our Freedom and Livelihoods.
 
 
+23 # mayordoug 2012-07-31 14:17
So....Can Romney spell tomato?
 
 
+3 # AndreM5 2012-08-01 10:24
I think it was "potatoes" that was misspelled by that paragon of intellect, GHWB's Veep. Never even heard from that guy after the election.
 
 
+51 # Artemis 2012-07-31 14:00
Sorry, but only in America could one even stretch so far as to consider an idiot, and I do not use that word lightly, like Romney (or Gingrich...shoc k therapy please) as presidential candidate. For chrissakes. Well, actually, in Italy Berlusconi owns the media and is one of the richest men, besides having some very dodgey supporters in the Mafia and fascist parties...sort of parallel when I think about corrupt right-wing Sheldon Adelson. Well, Americans, Bush took you down a very bad road and just look at Italy.
Vote for the Pirates!
 
 
-48 # RightForAReason 2012-07-31 15:09
Or Obama.
 
 
+29 # angelfish 2012-07-31 16:04
Quoting RightForAReason:
Or Obama.

Or Reagan, or Bush II...? The ReTHUGlicans HAVE no Candidates, or if they do, they have wisely decided to wait until the Tea Party is over before leaping into the fray!
 
 
+96 # Fairbs 2012-07-31 14:02
Does anyone find it insulting that he's going to these other countries to get campaign donations? Isn't he trying to win over the American people and their votes?
 
 
+30 # Bodiotoo 2012-07-31 18:25
Very insulting that he is openly asking money from foreign groups. Romney's America is a very scary thought....
 
 
+42 # ramblinjim 2012-07-31 14:04
But worst of all is that Romney is a Mormon, and a Mormon "bishop" (whatever the hell that is) to boot. People who don't live in the West like I do don't know what these Mormon freaks are like. Mormonism is NOT a religion or denomination but a CULT and their beliefs boggle the mind. Only a young child, a retarded person, or mental patient could believe such palpable holy nonsense. BUT DON'T TAKE MY WORD FOR THIS. If you're thinking of voting for this deranged zealot it's important FIRST to read some of the Book of Mormon and (2) spend 2-3 months in Salt Lake City. If you do this I guarantee you will not only vote for Obama regardless of how much you dislike him, but you will begin to wipe out every Mormon you have contact with.
 
 
+58 # CAMUS1111 2012-07-31 15:02
True. Mormonism is an absurd cult. But look closely--so is all religion. Ask the pope, for example and watch the evangelicals and....
 
 
+14 # brux 2012-07-31 15:24
Good point, but Mormonism is the kind of thing where someone is a Mormon, means they are an active Mormon, there are virtually no people who call themselves secular Mormons. It is crazier than Christianity, is as much of a cult as Islam. As a agnostic, but former Christian, when I hear Mormons claim they are part of Christianity I find it laughable.
 
 
+21 # CAMUS1111 2012-07-31 16:20
sorry to abuse you: Christianity is as much of a cult as Islam.
 
 
+9 # CAMUS1111 2012-07-31 16:25
*disabuse
 
 
+26 # Interested Observer 2012-07-31 15:41
A religion is just a cult that is large enough, old enough, and has successfully outlived its founders. Joseph Smith was the L.Ron Hubbard of 19th century America. The christian cults are waiting for Jesus to come back, the cargo cults are waiting for airplanes that will never come. They are all cargo cults.
 
 
+24 # kurt.cagle@gmail.com 2012-07-31 16:21
I've worked for Mormons. They are very devout, hard working and in general sincere in their beliefs, but otherwise not any different from the mainstream than any other religious group (though drinking Starbucks while working there is not recommended).

Romney comes from a privileged background and overall tends to embody many of the worst characteristics of that background (arrogance, lack of empathy for those less fortunate, an attitude of entitlement and so forth), but to tar Mormons with the Romney brush is unfair.
 
 
+11 # Robert B 2012-07-31 20:35
I don't have any problem tarring Romney with the Mormon brush, though. Anyone who believes this preposterous rubbish has no business in a position of power, at any level, anywhere in this world – especially a guy like Romney who has spent years in the upper echelons of this crackpot religion. If people want to be "tolerant" of these crazy beliefs, it's your business, but to me Mormonism is just too crazy to have anything to do with. Romney should not be President for that reason alone.
 
 
+6 # ramblinjim 2012-07-31 22:01
If you have even one kind word about Mormons then you have never worked with them
 
 
+65 # vgirl1 2012-07-31 14:19
Romney showed an incredible lack of states' manship and diplomatic acumen on what was supposed to be his premier introduction to the people of the US and the world as to his preparedness for prime time.

The idea of putting the face of America into the hands of a man who has to walk back every pronouncement he makes presents a scary and dangerous prospect for the world view of the US.

The Democratic SuperPac(s) through constructive ads should keep the Romney foreign tour fiasco in the faces and minds of the electorate from now through election day.
 
 
+76 # MEBrowning 2012-07-31 14:47
I'm reminded of the massive hue and cry of outrage among Republicans when the Dixie Chicks made a fairly innocuous comment about G.W. Bush during a concert in London. "They insulted the president — and on foreign soil!" shrieked the self-righteous. As a result, the group was dropped from playlists across the U.S., their records were destroyed during mass meet-ups, and for several years, they were deprived of their livelihood (a feat worthy of Bain Capital)

So where's the outrage among Republicans now that Romney has repeatedly blasted President Obama in London, Israel and elsewhere?
 
 
+9 # mdhome 2012-07-31 22:55
Good point, but it is OK to dis this president, because he is "not one of us" (black).
 
 
+28 # Buddha 2012-07-31 15:19
His comments were just red meat being thrown to his base here at home. Tell Israel that they can do anything they want and the US will back them up, much like Russia backing up Assad in Syria? Check. Slap in a dash of Islamophobia by stating the Islamic "culture" is not capable of producing a successful economy? Done. While us on the Left in the USA, and the rest of the rational world looks on idiots like Romoney, and other clown-car favorites like Bachmann and Herman Cain and W, with utter revulsion, the very same statements are what endears these fools to the Republican base.
 
 
+5 # Cassandra2012 2012-08-01 15:24
But his 'culture' remark , aside from showing us what an unconscious twit and bigot he is, managec to insult both Jews and Palestinians with one dumb remark!
Would this robot know a culture if he fell into into it?
 
 
+34 # wwway 2012-07-31 15:36
Palin lowered the bar for Republicans so much that, given Republican embrace and love for her, it stands to reason that a male candidate was going to follow her example.
I heard that the reason Romney won't release any more tax returns is because he didn't pay any taxes for 10 years prior. That means he probably got nice refund checks.
Yes, I've noticed that middle class Republicans are being really really quiet. As Chickens for Col. Saunders are they awaiting their demise with complete and loyal peace?
 
 
+22 # charsjcca 2012-07-31 16:16
It is hard not to remember the real history of America. Despite Tom Brokaw's characterizatio n of the 'greatest generation' we still must remember red lining, restrictive covenants and outright segregation that abounded. No one is mistaken about Mormonism. What goes on here is that some Americans will sacrifice their souls to keep the playing field unlevel. If anyone examined what a dowry truly represents they would recoil-pay me to take this daughter off my hands. She is of no value herself. Understand America and the culture that spawned it.
 
 
+28 # Guy 2012-07-31 16:16
The man has no style/finesse at all.How could the republicans be so stupid to elect him as their leader.
Definitely not leadership material.
 
 
+17 # Majikman 2012-07-31 16:39
Like they have someone better?
 
 
+9 # Skippydelic 2012-07-31 22:52
Did you see the candidates who were *worse* than Romney?

Even as pathetic as he is, Romney is the *best* the GOP has at this point...
 
 
+5 # SpyderJan 2012-08-01 10:59
Quoting Guy:
The man has no style/finesse at all.How could the republicans be so stupid to elect him as their leader.
Definitely not leadership material.


Fortunately they haven't elected him yet. But take a look at the long list of morons that they have elected, and you can see that Romney isn't any different. Repugs don't want a leader, they just want someone who will tow the line.
 
 
+3 # Cassandra2012 2012-08-01 15:26
Or, as Grover Norquist has said, publicly, "hold a pen" and sign on the dotted line!
 
 
+16 # panhead49 2012-07-31 16:27
I readily admit I am not all that familiar with Autism Spectrum Disorders but I get the feeling Mitty may have some form of it - he really does not seem to have any 'filters' when he opens his mouth. Palin lacked them also, but I think she knew it and enjoyed it.
 
 
+3 # Skippydelic 2012-07-31 22:54
Don't insult autistics like that!
 
 
+9 # Texas Aggie 2012-08-01 08:51
You aren't the first person to wonder about that. He really does seem to be totally unaware of other people's feelings, totally lacking in empathy. He really can't put himself in other people's place and imagine what it would be to walk in their shoes.
 
 
+29 # newsmom 2012-07-31 16:59
..it's hard to improve on the words of the late texas gov. ann richards who famously admonished george ("shrub") bush, so i'll paraphrase: "poor mitt; he was born with a silver foot in his mouth."
 
 
+5 # hobbesian 2012-07-31 17:03
"....weren't exactly complementary to them either. "

I think you mean "complimentary" . They are very different. Sorry.
 
 
+25 # ansleypk@aol.com 2012-07-31 17:14
Robt Eagle's misinformed diatribe (I'm being kind here)is stunning. (First Whoa is not spelled Woah.) It saddens me to see the right wing fanatics spew this kind of venom (ok, not so kind) and I'm sure he is sincere in his ignorance of the facts. Now it is the M.O. of the far right (is there a middle anymore?) to totally destroy (assassinate) Democrats rather than just say, I totally disagree and here is why. But there is where they run into a problem because the "why" puts us right back to the policies that got us here. How soon Robt forgets how robust this country was under Clinton with higher taxes. It is so easy to pander to the simpletons to keep lowering taxes and get rid of the government. Ok, no Government. No roads or highways. Forest fires will burn themselves out--or not. Citizens victimized by catastrophes will fend for themselves with floods and fires and earthquakes. No police. No stoplights. No FDA (Food and Drug Admin). No NIH (National Institutes of Health). No court system. Crime will run rampant. No Congress to pass any laws or regulations. Oh wait, there won't be any regulations or laws. Whooee. Their beloved Reagan scammed the people by convincing them that Government was BAD--as he was collecting a GOVERNMENT paycheck! Grover Norquist is deranged. And the sheep who signed his pledge are worse.
The right wing wants to get rid of the two party system--that leaves a totalitarian regime. You do understand that, don't you?
 
 
+8 # Majikman 2012-08-01 05:09
"and I'm sure he is sincere in his ignorance of the facts." Nah, his check finally came in from Troll Inc. so he's back
 
 
+22 # sameasiteverwas 2012-07-31 17:54
Meanwhile, Michelle Obama was visiting London, and the Olympians, and meeting with the Queen, all the while exuding warmth and charm, whole-hearted engagement and visible good humor -- that glorious smile always on display. What a contrast with the Romneys. (I have a hard time dealing with Anne Romney as a person after her comment that "WE tithe ten per cent of our income to our church --" that snide, brittle, uber-entitled tone of the "We" wiping out any of the humility and compassion that such tithing should represent...)
I don't grok what the right wing misses when they see such a contrast. The rest of the world can see it. Do they just hate, hate, hate this president so much that they are entirely blind to every rational measure of him as a charismatic, widely respected leader? How do we reach them? What will it take?
 
 
+23 # independentmind 2012-07-31 21:24
I still think that there is an undertone of racism in their hate. They do not want to see this president win.
 
 
+9 # newsmom 2012-08-01 07:47
UNDERTONE? i admire your facility for restraint; we'll see that "undertone" in full flower if these tea party people have their way -- witness the texas result yesterday for the senate seat vacated by kay bailey hutchison. if dems don't get out the votes, they're doomed!
 
 
+14 # Regina 2012-08-01 01:00
Yes, they "hate, hate, hate" Obama for one reason: He's Black. He wasn't "supposed" to win the election, because he's intrinsically inferior. The Republican Party then sat down on the floor in total obstruction, determined to make him fail. And their flaky adherents went off on a total toot about his birth -- he could not be legitimate. After the birth certificate was sent by Hawaii and posted, the ultra-kooks started yowling for his university records -- after all, a Black isn't supposed to be academically accomplished, so he couldn't legitimately have those qualifications. No other hypothesis fits their three-year (so far) tantrum. If Obama can win this election, over the shenanigans of the "red" states' campaigns to disqualify all voter categories that might vote for him again, their behavior will get even raunchier. And the 2016 campaign will make this one look civilized.
 
 
+10 # Texas Aggie 2012-08-01 08:58
You have to realize that if he DIDN'T tithe, he would be considered persona non grata by the Mormon hierarchy. He would lose not only access to any of the major benefits, but he would also be ostracized. That would not look good on his CV.

To brag about tithing in the Mormon religion is similar to a tax payer bragging about how he pays his taxes every pay check. There really is no other viable choice.
 
 
+5 # AndreM5 2012-08-01 10:30
And if he doesn't tithe he won't get his own planet in the afterlife.
 
 
+12 # chrisconnolly 2012-07-31 19:28
I thought foreigners couldn't contribute to our elections. Why should we allow the world to help or hinder our presidential elections with their money for favors contributions.
 
 
+12 # Erdajean 2012-07-31 22:33
Uhhh, is this not the rather large issue in the Citizens United "corporate personhood" outrage? That a corporation can give as much as it pleases, whether its funds are accrued as dollars or yens or marks or rupees, it all spends the same in an AMERICAN election campaign?
Yes, Chris, it IS preposterous and an abomination -- thanks to our Supremes.
 
 
+4 # spercepolnes 2012-07-31 20:20
It amuses me to see what some Americans consider to be "left wing" The Democrats left wing? Puleez! There is virtually no difference now between the Dems and the Republicans that I can see - other than the Republicans are bigger Looney Tunes the the Democrats. Both parties seem to be out to totally shaft the country at the expense of the population, and it seems more people outside the USA can see this, than inside. Mr Robt Eagle, take off your blinkers and actually have a long hard look at what is happening in and to your country - Obama is not good, but, at least compared to the alternatives - he does at least appear sane! Mind you, given what is happening to your nation, that could be seen to be a worry in itself!
 
 
+8 # ramblinjim 2012-07-31 21:56
It's had to imagine, nay,causes havoc to the mind to think that some religious cult member could even become a candidate in any election anywhere in the world, much less in this one. If he wind the election I will renounce my citizenship and move to another country. I'm really too old and tired to do that but I cannot abide this Mormon freak living on Pennsylvania Avenue
 
 
+12 # LAellie33 2012-07-31 22:55
OBAMA IS STEADY AND SANE.
RMONEY IS AN ETCH-A-SKETCH, TWO STEPS AWAY FROM A LOONY BIN.
 
 
+11 # Babbz 2012-08-01 10:14
I think the GOP didn't really care who became their candidate -- they just needed a warm body that can hold a pen and sign his name on a bill and appoint supreme court judges. That comment about the 17 wealthiest men buying America is not far off. The amazing stupidity of the American Public makes me think we're getting the kind of government we deserve.
 
 
+5 # MADASHELL 2012-08-01 11:58
Mr. Eagle, have you tried Lithium? Or don't they have it on your planet?
 
 
+5 # dkonstruction 2012-08-01 14:11
Given that American Jews are: 1) a small minority of the electorate; 2) overwhelmingly vote democratic; and 3) only a tiny fraction of them say that a politician's views on Israel determines how they vote; -- why do we think Romney made this trip and made his comments?

Is it to appeal to right-wing American Jews and their organizational support such as AIPAC; sure but that's not the main reason. Romney is still on shaky ground with many evangelicals and he desparately needs them and needs them to turn out in big numbers. And, why are they concerned about Israel? Not because they have any love of Jews that's for sure (many still consider us the "christ killer" and believe we kill christian children to drink their blood); it's because they believe that armageddon will be ushered in by a war between the Arabs and the Jews and that Israel needs to be destroyed in order to usher in the end of days and the rapture. And, that's why Romney's tough talk about going to war with Iran and all the rest is pretty frightening.
 
 
+3 # pernsey 2012-08-01 19:07
I think Mitts world tour blunders, will just give the rest of the world something to laugh their arses off about if Mitt gets elected. Im sure hes a sad joke and if (God forbid) he is elected no other countries will want to deal with him or work with him. Mitt the Twit is a joke and if elected (heaven help us) will make the US a laughing stock around the world.
 
 
+1 # Babbz 2012-08-02 09:18
Every time I read a blog comment that uses some contrived name for republican, or Romney, I find it harder to take the writer seriously. Enough already! It was cute a year ago but it's tiring now, and if by writing these comments you hope to sway folks into seeing something the way you do, then cool it with the juvenile name calling. I see the word rethuglican and frankly I stop reading. Some of you are masters with the written word and should be blogging everywhere to get the message out but the name calling is a big turn off!
 
 
+1 # rockieball 2012-08-03 09:11
Yea but REPUBLICON fits. I'll use it until the right and news media calls it the AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT instead of the REPUBLICON and Tea Party made up OBAMACARE.
 
 
+4 # robniel 2012-08-02 09:48
The birthers continue after three years to claim Barack Obama is not an American. The evidence: None.

Is Willard Romney an example of a patriotic American? The evidence:

1. He is a descendent of a family that fled to Mexico rather than to submit to U.S. polygamy laws.
2. His father was born in Mexico. How could he run for president?
3. He fled to France rather than face the draft under a curious (exclusive) deal the Mormon church cut with Selective Service for Mormon "missionaries".
4. His $100 million gifts to each son probably was done overseas to avoid U.S. gift taxes.
5. He keeps tax returns secret and may have paid NO U.S. income taxes for several years.
5. He still keeps money in secret Swiss bank accounts.
6. His investments are kept in the Cayman Islands and other foreign tax havens.
7. His company (Bain Capital) sent thousands of jobs to China, India and other foreign destinations.
8. While governor of Massachusetts he outsourced jobs to Mexico.
9. As head of the Salt Lake City Olympics he outsourced jobs to Burma.
10. His 2012 Olympic participation is in a European sport, dressage (and takes U.S. tax breaks for it).
11. He praises the Israeli and Polish socialist health care systems but wants to overturn the Affordable Health Care Act in the U.S.

In 2012 we need to elect a TRUE American.
 
 
0 # RICHARDKANEpa 2012-08-03 09:37
I would like to thank Rachel for a great article and Robniel (2012-08-02 07:48) for a great response. It's easy to accidentally insult everyone who takes their religion seriously, or all Mormons. One thing is sad Mormons crave to be accepted and hope a Mormon President would help. Like Kennedy did for Catholics. However if JFK took his religion very seriously it may have been slightly like Pakistán where the mistreatment of women went up enormously after a woman President. Sadly Mormons are so close yet so far: Since Ron Paul is still delaying Romney's nomination, a nominee who would actually lead to Mormon acceptance Jon Huntsman could still be nominated if all the Mormon delegates at the Republican convention start worrying what would happen to 6000 Mormons in Indonesia if the US was considered to be having a Mormon foreign policy. The Muslim World and indeed most of the world has never heard of Michele Bachman and her claim that Islam is an inferior religion.

All the world knows is what Obama and Romney do and say, and past Presidents like Bush who were good friends with certain Muslims.
 
 
0 # Showme 2012-08-03 15:47
Re: Taxes and tithing - Show me whether a Mormon bishop tithes 10% of his gross income or 10% of his taxable income or some arbitrary number in between. I'd like to know just how malleable Mr. Romney's ethics are. I know he is fond of the expression "What's good for the goose is good for the gander." to justify his past bad behavior. Does he treat(cheat?) his church as he does his country?
 

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