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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Shame on you,Mitt Romney

I've been pretty easy on Mitt Romney because I think he's a great family man with moral values, and he did a fantastic job reviving the Winter Olympics. I don't resent his wealth because he didn't do anything illegal, and he should run as being a successful businessman.

I do wish, that he would be more forthcoming with his tax returns and business dealings because, if you're going to and call your opponent a liar, I think he should have the facts to back it up. I won't take back my flip- flopping comments because it's very hard for me to believe a person can come from saying, " I'll be to the left but Ted Kennedy on gay rights, and I'll fight hard to retain Roe v Wade" to the position he holds today. It's a complete 180 degrees on fundamental social issues.

I have to give Mitt Romney his props for attending yesterday's NAACP convention in Houston, Texas, unless he was using it for a prop. I'm not a political analyst or a psychiatrist but observing his reaction to the boos, he received, I’ve come to the conclusion that the boos inspired him. It had to be planned because he didn't have the look of surprise; it was more of a look of satisfaction, with a wink and a nod to his base and to the moderates looking for him to pander on that issue. His campaign team knew that repealing health care would be met with resistance, but I don't think they knew why, and I'll give you a couple of examples. The crowd though he used the word Obamacare in the pejorative manner because he doesn't call his health care plan in Massachusetts; Romneycare. The second and most telling is what he said to fundraiser in Hamilton, Montana: "By the way, I had the privilege of speaking today at the NAACP convention in Houston, and I gave them the same speech I am giving you. I don't give different speeches to different audiences alright. I gave them the same speech. When I mentioned I am going to get rid of Obamacare, they weren't happy; I didn't get the same response. That's ok, I want people to know what I stand for, and if I don't stand for what they want, go vote for someone else, that's just fine. But I hope people understand this, your friends who like Obamacare, you remind them of this, if they want more stuff from government tell them to go vote for the other guy-more free stuff. But don't forget nothing is really free." 

It's expected that Newt Gingrich would call President Obama, the food stamp president and Rick Santorum targeting black people by saying he doesn't want to make their lives better by giving them welfare. So far, Mitt Romney stayed away from categorizing black people as food stamp recipients. As you can see from the statement Mitt Romney gave, he is resorting to the same tactics. Shame on you, Mitt,you did nothing to stop the bleeding because your speech drove President Obama's approval in the African- American community from 95% to 98%. Mitt Romney must feel pretty good, thinking he made some points with the base, but it's how he did it. Granted, he was in hostile territory but no one was asking him to pander. He could have spoken about the common ground of wanting better education and jobs, to a community that's lacking in both.


Edith Ann said...

I disagree about the bad reaction being planned. I do believe that they figured it would not be well received. The blank stare was the 'planned' part. He often has that blank stare. NO EMOTION! And he laughs at allthe wrong things. He may exhibit morals and certainly he's a family man--good Mormons are, and then some--but he has some real anit-social characteristics. The charisma just helps most overlook the scary parts.

Good businessman? Off shore accounts, Swiss accounts, slashing jobs. Sure, none of it is illegal, but to make a smaller anlogy would be watching the owners of Dick's Food Store doing their weekly grocery shopping at HEB. If YOU don't think it is good, why should I buy what you are selling?

I don't know.

But I am glad you are blogging more! thanks!

Mike said...


You are certainly welsome

Yes I remember that possum eating grin of his, when his opponents were attacking him but yesterday he seemed aloof for about 2 seconds of the 14 second round of boos and then he regained his composure remembering what he had rehearsed..IMO

All politicians are rich but Mitt Romney doesn't carry his richness well and he's supposed to represent all of the people..FDR and JFK were extremely rich but they didn't try to run away from it and act as though there were one of us. When Romney said that students should borrow $20000 to $ 30,000 dollars from their parents, rather than apply for student loans; it showed how out of touch he really was. He'll never be able to take back " corporations are people my friends."

Good businessman make money for their shareholders; he certainly did that. A good politician he is not; any politician worth his salt had to know that if he was going to run for president( he has been running for prez for 8 years now) he had to bring all his wealth to America. That would have brought a lot of tax consequences but you have to weigh the differences between political ammunition for your opponent and your willingness to release tax returns. I don't think the people care about tax shelters because they would certainly use them, if the opportunity came up but they're not running for president. Optics are very important in a political campaign, so not releasing a lot of tax returns makes voters think that you're hiding something. FDR & JFK didn't hide their wealth nor did they have offshore accounts.

I still praise John McCain for refusing to stoop to satisfy the extreme right by using Jeremiah Wright and the birther issues.

After yesterday, I’m not so sure as to how low Mitt Romney will go if he gets far behind. That’s why I think this issue is important.

Mike said...

welsome?..They just had to put the "s" key above the "c" key..:-)

Edith Ann said...

Oh, we're supposed to spellcheck? I'm glad no one is grading this!

He's just plastic, Mike! All I see is plastic!

Mike said...

Oh,I agree he's made of plastic,synthetic at that,but he's the new leader of the GOP,so I hope he doesn't go down that dark road making the Chicago political machine pull out the Mormon card etc.

born2Bme said...

In my opinion, Mitt looked like the cheshire cat when the booing started. Looked totally planned to me and it was saying to his base that he didn't care about minorities, or their hardships. He was telling his base, "see, I'm not going to give in when I am elected and they can just go ####### themselves".
Mitt doesn't have an inkling of what the majority of Americans go through every day in their daily lives, and he doesn't care.
He's just another George Bush and Ronald Reagan, but in more ways than not, he's worse because he isn't going to even try to understand.

born2Bme said...

Oh, and he's not going to even try and appear that he cares about the minority vote because he thinks his buddies will do enough with the voter ID laws to take that power away from the minorities.

Mike said...

Agree with all of your points born, and I understand the politics but I just can't and see how Mitt Romney allows himself to be manipulated.

This might be a bad analogy but this the best one I could come up with at the moment.

I can imagine any scenario where President Obama would go to the NRA Convention and blame them for the Gabrielle Gifford’s shooting in Tucson, Arizona just to look good to his base. I understand and that Obama is more popular with his base than Romney is with his but my point is that you don't go to a venue just to antagonize them.... It was a perfect setting for him to pull out his version of a sister Souljah moment. He could've said" there are some members of my party that don't reach out to you but that will stop in my administration." And for emphasis he could've added "on day one."... Even Bush coined the term" compassionate conservatism" but I don't think he ever spoke before the NAACP....This group of Tea Party Republicans thinks that President George W. Bush was a liberal...:-)

Edith Ann said...

Good points all.

Tophat said...

There is something, I can't put my finger on it, but something that makes me very distrustful. In part I think it is because he acts, looks, and has the lifestyle of a televangelist.

As most would know, I am a Republican- but I will not vote for him. My plan is to not vote (presidential)- but if it looks like he has a chance of winning, I will cross party lines in a heart beat.

I think he is particularly unqualified for any public servant position.

Mike said...

I do remember you making a similar statement and it took me by surprise then because I was looking at his record on paper and it wasn't so bad...then we looked under the hood..