Mitt Romney is stepping aside now from the race to the White House. The fact that he couldn’t win California, I think finally made it clear he could not be the nominee. Let’s see who he endorses. I can only hope he endorses Barack Obama, but that will be highly unlikely, seeing that he’s shifted to the right of McCain.
So what are conservative Christians going to do? Will they keep voting for Huckabee in the hopes that McCain takes him on as his VP?
Washington Post has a great article about Mitt Romney’s mission in France, detailing the terrible crash that killed his mission president’s wife. This makes me feel sad about today’s Mitt Romney. I feel he sold his soul for the conservative vote he won’t even get. If you run as a religious man to get the votes of people who don’t view your religion very positively, you’re most likely going to fail. I don’t get why he didn’t just run as the moderate he has always been. It’s a shame, because he is a good man, and he would set a good example. But dangnabit he had to go and support torture!
Mitt Romney felt the heat today from the press our political leaders should ALWAYS feel. If only the press were to be this aggressive all the time.
Former Bay State Gov. Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign furiously denied rumors yesterday that his own supporters were involved in calls placed to voters in Iowa and New Hampshire that spread anti-Romney smears under the guise of conducting a poll.
Political strategists and bloggers slung accusations at Romney’s camp yesterday after a scathing article appeared in the National Review titled “Did Mitt Romney Push Poll Himself?” which identified several Romney supporters at Western Wats, a Utah-based firm believed to have made the calls. The practice of using phony polls to plant a negative message is commonly known as push-polling.
“The idea that Mitt Romney or his supporters are spreading negative information about him is preposterous,” Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom told the Herald. “These paranoid delusions aren’t worthy of a serious response.”
The New Hampshire attorney general launched an investigation into the calls, which may violate state election laws requiring all political advertising and phone pitches to identify the candidate being supported.
Jim Kennedy, assistant attorney general in charge of election law enforcement in the Granite State, vowed that subpoenaed phone records and other evidence will unveil the culprits, despite client confidentiality clauses repeatedly cited by Western Wats.
Among the questions asked during the 20-minute calls placed last week were whether the person polled knew Romney received Vietnam-era military deferments while serving in the Mormon missionary in France, that none of his sons served in the military and that the Mormon religion didn’t accept blacks as bishops until the 1970s.
The calls also included flattering questions about the military service of Sen. John McCain, whose camp immediately denied responsibility and filed a complaint with the New Hampshire attorney general Friday, as did Romney’s.
New York Times has a fascinating piece today about Mitt Romney’s time in France. His mission came during the height of the Vietnam war, and of course that war affected his relations with the French, who mostly slammed their doors in Mitt’s face when learning he was American. One of the most fascinating quotes about that time comes from one of his companions, Byron Hansen who said:
Mr. Romney described it as “a very interesting firsthand view of a very volatile setting.” But his friends say the strikes were terrifying and reinforced their respect for authority. “The social system failed. The country came to a stop,” said Byron Hansen, another missionary and now a car dealer in Brigham City, Utah. “It affected me and I am sure it affected Mitt.”
The missionaries had often met with hostility over the Vietnam War. “Are you an American?” was a common greeting, Mr. Romney recalled, followed by, “‘Get out of Vietnam! Bang!’ The door would slam.” But such opposition only hardened their hawkish views. “We felt the French were pretty weak-kneed,” Mr. Hansen said.
Most of the missionaries, though, were also relieved that their service meant a draft deferment. “I am sorry, but no one was excited to go and get killed in Vietnam,” Mr. Hansen said, acknowledging, “In hindsight, it is easy to be for the war when you don’t have to worry about going to Vietnam.”
It is easy to be for the war when you don’t have to worry about going to Vietnam. Indeed it is.
Also fascinating was the steps BYU’s administration took to fight the dastardly scourge of liberalism on BYU’s campus:
Mr. Romney switched to Brigham Young from Stanford to be near his high school girlfriend, now wife, Ann. But the move also continued his isolation from the upheaval of the era. Brigham Young was one of the few places where students had demonstrated in support of the war in the mid-1960s. When Mr. Romney attended, the university president enlisted students to spy on supposedly liberal professors, and the handful of students who displayed peace signs in their windows were told to remove them. Although liberal groups were banned, a chapter of George Wallace’s American Independent Party flourished.
I’ve always wondered about BYU administration folks. I mean, here they send 19 year old wet-behind-the-ears boys and 21-year old girls to save the souls of men, yet they cannot trust these same kids on personal hygiene and political views. How sad.
What does it take to raise the level of discourse of these Republican candidates for president? Here we have Mitt Romney responding on the new sanctions placed on Iran that he is in favor of “a military blockade or “bombardment of some kind” to prevent Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon.”
A bombardment of some kind? A military blockade? Just what in the hell will those do? Are Republicans really this far unhinged? This shows a real poor understanding of foreign policy on Mitt Romney. It shows that he would rather pander to an out of touch political Right than state things as they are. Com’on Mr. Romney, you were a stake president for Pete’s sake!
Was this purposeful?
During a speech today, former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) said, “Actually, just look at what Osam — Barack Obama — said just yesterday. Barack Obama, calling on radicals, jihadists of all different types, to come together in Iraq.” Kevin Madden, a Romney spokesman, claimed Romney “misspoke” both times. “He was referring to the audiotape of Osama bin Laden and misspoke.”
Is this the quality of a presidential candidate, who lowers himself to childish 7th grade insults? He is supposedly talking about Osama Bin Laden’s tape, but says Barack Obama’s name TWICE! This was no “misspeak.” Are you really that childish, Mr. Romney? You were a stake president for crying out loud! Is this how a stake president acts? What a dope.
Well, Mitt Romney has hired retired General James “Spider” Marks as his new national security adviser. This is the same General Marks who said:
TOM FOREMAN (voice-over): If you could save the life of a soldier, rescue the hostage children; stop the next terrorist bomb by torturing a prisoner for information, would you do it?
JAMES “SPIDER” MARKS, MAJOR GENERAL, U.S. ARMY (RET.): I’d stick a knife in somebody’s thigh in a heartbeat.
FOREMAN (on camera): Retired General “Spider” Marks, a CNN consultant, worked for U.S. Army Intelligence, teaching interrogation.
MARKS: The kinds of enemies we’re fighting have no sense of right or wrong. They will go to any depths to achieve their ends.
FOREMAN: Do we have to go with them?
MARKS: We don’t need to go with them. We need to preclude them from going there. And that might include some use of torture in order to prevent it.
FOREMAN (voice-over): Polls have shown that more than 60 percent of Americans think torture can sometimes be justified. But here is the catch. Experts, including General Marks, are convinced with the vast majority of prisoners, it just doesn’t work.
FOREMAN: …So in your experience and in your view, torture as a policy should be against the law?
FOREMAN: And yet, we might still have to use it.
As Greg Seargant writes: “That would appear to be an explicit endorsement of illegal torture.”
Indeed. If he would stick a knife in someone’s thigh in a heartbeat, one has to wonder how much time it will take him to think about sticking that same knife in someone’s heart. And why does Mitt Romney want to side himself with such sick people?
DemFromCT puts it in perspective what Bush’s veto of the child health care bill really means.
George W. Bush is requesting $180 billion dollars for next year ALONE. The child health care bill would have cost $60 billion OVER FIVE YEARS. This is the priority of the Republican party. The four top contenders on the Republican side were all against this bill. Put them in office, America, and your children will never see health care. But you will see more warfare.
Oh and Ron Paul? What did he think? he voted against it.
hit him where it hurts.
Update: I changed the video, (thank you Brian). For some reason the first one is no longer available.
So, I should have asked this question with the post when I wrote it last night, but what do you all think about Romney’s attempts at being someone he is not?
Showing that indeed he’s turned to the dark side and forever given up his moderate roots, Mitt Romney will speak to the extremist secret combination group, The Council for National Policy, where Dick Cheney will speak too. Here is what this group thinks:
“The media should not know when or where we meet or who takes part in our programs, before of after a meeting,” the New York Times reported.
Hmmm, I wonder why…
What do they want?
In the summer of 1981, Woody Jenkins, a former Louisiana state lawmaker who served as the group’s first executive director, told Newsweek bluntly, “One day before the end of this century, the Council will be so influential that no president, regardless of party or philosophy, will be able to ignore us or our concerns or shut us out of the highest levels of government.”
Huh, sound familiar to y’all, my fellow Mormon readers?
The DailyKos diary I just linked to provides the most information about them, and is aptly titled Sith Lords of the Ultra-Right.
Get to know this secret combination, America. They’ve been ruling the country for twenty of the past twenty eight years.
well well well, the plot thickens. Blackwater, America’s terrorist organization (what else would you call a group of armed men who go around killing civilians for no reason at all: worse still, they are state sponsored—paid for by the American taxpayer— and they have the protection of that state to willfully use violence at their discretion with full immunity), has strong ties to Mitt Romney’s campaign. Blackwater’s vice chair Cofer Black sits on Romney’s senior advisors on counter-terrorism and national security. As such, Romney’s campaign has been painfully silent on the murder of Iraqis at the hands of Blackwater employees.
What principle do you stand on, Mr. Romney?
Here, to show how ridiculous Republicans and war supporters are, is an example from Mitt Romney, who six months ago said:
We’ll Know in Five or Six Months if Bush Iraq Plan Working. “I think that should have been done a lot earlier and should have been part of the initial plan. But, be that as it may, it’s now being added to the mission. And when you add a mission to our military that means you need to add troop strength to carry it out. We’ll see how well that plan is working. It will probably play out over a matter of five to six months, or more. But it’s months, not years.
MILFORD, N.H. — Mitt Romney says he wants to encourage a “surge of support” for the troop surge in Iraq this summer.
To that end, Romney announced at a business here that he is contributing $25,000 of his own money to seven organizations aiding the troops and their families. He also placed the names and contact information for the organizations on his campaign’s website to encourage supporters to give.
“I would like to show a surge of public support that can communicate to our troops over there that we care, we appreciate what you are doing, we want you to come home as soon as you can safe and sound,” said Romney.
Atrios also notes interestingly, that Mitt Romney is worth $250 million some odd, contribues $9 million to his campaign, but only $25,000 to support the troops in Iraq. What is more important, Mitt? That you become president, or that our soldiers get what they need?
His new ad attacks the city for being a “sanctuary city” for “illegals.” What a dope!
Remember this, America, when it comes to the general election next fall. Romney is these days playing to the hardcore base. Remember, come next fall, when he shifts back to the center to get the real votes, the ones he will actually need. Remember how he attacks places like New York City, instead of works with them to make things better. This is not the kind of man you want leading you.
“One of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping me get elected because they think I’d be a great president.”
So that it isn’t taken out of context, this was the question:
Question: “Hi, my name’s Rachel Griffiths, thank you so much for being here and asking for our comments. And I appreciate your recognizing the Iraq War veteran. My question is how many of your five sons are currently serving in the U.S. military and if none of them are, how do they plan to support this War on Terrorism by enlisting in our U.S. military?”
So it really isn’t taken out of context. The woman asked how his sons are planning to support the WOT by enlisting. Romney’s answer is that their support of this nation is by campaigning for him, because they think he would be a great president.
Can you say, OUT OF TOUCH!
It’s a beautiful thing to watch. Maybe Republicans can be saved after all…
Here is more evidence to show that Mitt Romney, and I guess all those Republicans that still support Bush, just have no idea what they are talking about. From the recent Republican debate:
This morning’s Republican presidential candidate debate in Iowa was a relatively low-key affair, but this was one of the more unusual exchanges of the event. Following a question about ending the war in Iraq:
“Just come home,” dissented Texas Rep. Ron Paul, the lone advocate of a quick troop withdrawal on a presidential campaign debate stage. He said there had never been a good reason to go to war in the first place.
“Has he forgotten about 9/11?” interjected former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Romney didn’t make clear why the attacks of Sept. 11 justify the war in Iraq, but he seemed oddly pleased with himself for making the comment.
Republicans have so strongly tied Iraq to 9/11 that even now they still see the war in Iraq as a sensible and logical response to 9/11 even though Iraq had absolutely nothing to do with it, and our enemies were not in Iraq. Is this the kind of person Americans want as the next president? Please!
You be the judge. Here is the story, and here is the image:
PS: Did you notice how that woman couldn’t even spell Momma correctly. What IS IT with conservatives and spelling!
Wow, well apparently long ago Mitt Romney had the following to share:
Before beginning the drive, Mitt Romney put Seamus, the family’s hulking Irish setter, in a dog carrier and attached it to the station wagon’s roof rack. He’d built a windshield for the carrier, to make the ride more comfortable for the dog.
As the oldest son, Tagg Romney commandeered the way-back of the wagon, keeping his eyes fixed out the rear window, where he glimpsed the first sign of trouble. ”Dad!” he yelled. ”Gross!” A brown liquid was dripping down the back window, payback from an Irish setter who’d been riding on the roof in the wind for hours.
As the rest of the boys joined in the howls of disgust, Romney coolly pulled off the highway and into a service station. There, he borrowed a hose, washed down Seamus and the car, then hopped back onto the highway. It was a tiny preview of a trait he would grow famous for in business: emotion-free crisis management.
Huh, emotion-free crisis management. Strapping the car on the roof? As Anne Marie Cox says:
In all seriousness, because it bears repeating, the truly out-of-the-box solution he hit upon here is strapping his dog to the roof of his car. Who else thought this little story would end with the dog not crapping itself but, you know, dead? Also, if this really is some kind of trademark approach, I can’t wait to hear what he thinks the “roadmap to peace” means. Israel calls shotgun!