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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Politics of Desperation

Mitt Romney

I've been away from the constant barrage of political garbage for about a week, but now I'm starting to put my toe in the water to see if it's OK to go back in. Hurricane Sandy has taken a lot of the luster out of the presidential election, as it should. We're still going to have an election next Tuesday, whether we like it or not. Hopefully, we come up with a clear winner Tuesday night, so we can go onto solving the problems that have been ignored.

We normally give politicians a little latitude because we know their limitations and their tendency to exaggerate. I had already given up on Romney’s  tax plan that didn't add up but now Mitt Romney is running an ad in Toledo, Ohio, where they make the jeeps in question, saying that Obama bailed out Chrysler, and they repaid us with plans of moving their entire operation to China. Forget politics; just think what that does to the worker's morale. Mitt Romney knows that story came from a blogger with no credibility whatsoever. It's not only the ad which may be out of Romney’s control  but it’s the lie Mitt is repeating in Ohio. Politifact gave him four Pinocchio's for the outrageous claim but Mitt Romney has doubled and tripled down since then, knowing some unsuspecting voters might not notice the lie. This morning, MSNBC's political consultant Mark Halperin tried to make excuses for Mitt by saying that Chrysler will build some jeeps in China. For example, let's say China agrees to buy 10,000 jeeps if Chrysler builds 3000 of them in China. That doesn't leave Mitt Romney off the hook because he said Chrysler would move the whole jeep operation to China. In that example, the 3000 jeeps built in China is part of a contract negotiation and it doesn't mean that those 3000 jeeps ever had a chance of being built in the United States.

It's normal for a sitting president and a governor of a stricken state to coordinate FEMA's efforts to bring relief to the citizens of those states as quick as possible. The governor normally accompanies the president when he takes to the air to see the damage, so they can show him why he needs some resources and where. The president has the ability to cut through red tape and eliminate some of the normal power plays between the federal agency and the state officials.

The Republican governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, praised President Obama for his leadership and corporation during his state's initial attempts to recover from the storm. I didn't think much of it but apparently the political pundits did. Charles Krauthammer said Christie's words were equivalent to $200 million of campaign funds. One of the stupidest remarks I've ever heard came from one of the stupidest hosts I've ever seen, Fox and Friends, Steve Doocy." Mr. Doocy asked Governor Christi this question " Over the last couple of months, you have appeared throughout the country, Governor, on behalf of Mitt Romney… (W)e hear that perhaps Mr. Romney may do some storm-related events. Is there any possibility that Gov. Romney may go to New Jersey to tour some of the damage with you?" Only to be slammed dunked in shame by Christie when he said, " I have no idea, nor am I the least bit concerned or interested. I’ve got a job to do here in New Jersey that’s much bigger than presidential politics and I could care less about any of that stuff. I have a job to do. I’ve got 2.4 million people out of power. I’ve got devastation on the shore. I’ve got floods in the northern part of my state. If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics, then you don’t know me."

As far as I can see, the political landscape hasn't changed much, the race may be getting a little tighter, but it's still about Ohio.


born2Bme said...

I've been watching this and it is politics as usual, on Romney's side. The man has no shame and is a consummate liar.
How fake was his photo-op with the hurricane relief? And then, to just go back to campaigning. Why didn't he actually get his hands dirty and go in and help where help was needed, and I don't mean taking up governors' time for photo-ops at this critical time.
He's fake.

Mike said...

You would think a man of his stature in the Mormon church would not stoop so low into political lies.

On another note:

Mitt Romney reminds me of today's VA poster named Tim Foerster commenting on a MOCK ELECTION at Dudley Magnet school "Dudley Elementery students in a mock election voted for Obama by 73%. Percentage of students in Victoria who receive a free or reduced lunch is 72.3%....Sounds official but as usual,way off the mark because the number of ELIGIBLE children for free or reduced lunch in Victoria County is 50%....Number one, these kids would probably have voted for the incumbent regardless;because they heard the name before...Number two,Mr. Foerster would rather the children starve and probably calls himself a Christian.

The politics of divisiveness.

Oh,I almost forgot...I have a link.

Edith Ann said...

Are you missing the political letters in the paper? I guess it is harder than we think to write sincerely about someone you really don't endorse.

As for Mittens and his hurricane response, I like what Bill Clinton recently said: That's what this whole election is about, we gotta decide whether we want a 'we're all in this together' country or a 'you're on your own' country.

Mike said...

I am missing the pro-Romney endorsements but then what Romney will they endorse?

Will they endorse Moderate Mitt or right wing Mitt?

He 's been on both sides and now 48 hours after being asked about the FEMA response,he now approves the agency and will make sure it gets full funding despite the cuts in the Ryan budget and what he said in the GOP Primaries.

"During a CNN debate at the height of the GOP primary, Mitt Romney was asked, in the context of the Joplin disaster and FEMA's cash crunch, whether the agency should be shuttered so that states can individually take over responsibility for disaster response.

"Absolutely," he said. "Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that's the right direction. And if you can go even further, and send it back to the private sector, that's even better. Instead of thinking, in the federal budget, what we should cut, we should ask the opposite question, what should we keep?"

"Including disaster relief, though?" debate moderator John King asked Romney.

"We cannot -- we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids," Romney replied. "It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids, knowing full well that we'll all be dead and gone before it's paid off. It makes no sense at all."

That's a great Bill Clinton quote and it fits because according to BuzzFeed

"But the last-minute nature of the call for donations left some in the campaign concerned that they would end up with an empty truck. So the night before the event, campaign aides went to a local Wal Mart and spent $5,000 on granola bars, canned food, and diapers to put on display while they waited for donations to come in, according to one staffer. (The campaign confirmed that it “did donate supplies to the relief effort,” but would not specify how much it spent.)

" But even as Romney, clad in blue jeans and rolled-up sleeves, hustled around his area of the gym, shaking hands, thanking supporters, and stacking cases of bottled water on top of each other, signs of stagecraft remained.

As supporters lined up to greet the candidate, a young volunteer in a Romney/Ryan t-shirt stood near the tables, his hands cupped around his mouth, shouting, “You need a donation to get in line!”

Empty-handed supporters pled for entrance, with one woman asking, “What if we dropped off our donations up front?”

The volunteer gestured toward a pile of groceries conveniently stacked near the candidate. “Just grab something,” he said... Two teenage boys retrieved a jar of peanut butter each, and got in line. When it was their turn, they handed their “donations” to Romney. He took them, smiled, and offered an earnest “Thank you.”


Enough said...Romney said borrowing money for disaster relief is immoral.

Mike said...

Romney walking away from his former position on climate change cost him the coveted endorsement of NYC Mayor Bloomberg.

Climate change or global warming did not cause Sandy but it's highly unusual for a hurricane to survive in the north because the water has to be in the mid 80s to upper 80s...It's time to have an adult conversation about climate change.

I hear tomorrow's job numbers will trending in the right direction.

Mike said...

Mayor Bloomberg's endorsement of President Obama should shut the mouth of Joe Scarborough who was laughing and carrying on because the mayor did not accept the president's offer to visit the damage around NYC.

Mike said...

I'm sorry but I just can't get this picture out of my mind of Mitt Romney scurrying up to nearest microphone saying " I love climate change..I love Al Gore..I never said I didn't believe in climate change."...You know the drill.

Edith Ann said...

Good comments--