One more time on Romney Campaign staffer credit cards

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Just hit me tonight (I don’t think it’s a novel thought) but still::

It’s crazy that Mitt Romney’s campaign was so inefficient they couldn’t manage GOTV, they couldn’t see through their own polling b.s. (so much so he was confident didn’t have a concession speech) but he was able to have some sort of contingency plan ready to cancel his staffers credit cards in case he lost they wouldn’t get one more red cent out of Mitt Romney.

President Obama Addresses Campaign Staff

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President Obama: “Im Really Proud of All of You.” – YouTube.

One style thing I like about this President is how he shows up at his campaign HQ, talking to kids mostly right out of or in college and he gives them this kind of treatment and respect. The effusive gratitude is from the President of the United States. This kind of treatment keeps people believing in the good fight. Something they won’t forget and won’t betray.

Meanwhile: Mitt Romney cut off his campaign staff’s expense cards in the middle of the night.

There is a difference: Romney keeping parents off their children’s birth certificates #Vote

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After the Massachusetts Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in 2003, then-governor Romney thwarted efforts to change the birth certificate entry for “father” to “father or second parent,” requiring his lawyers to sign off on each individual birth certificate. Murray Waas reports on Romney’s “extraordinary effort” to this effect – at the expense of gay parents and, especially their children, denied by Romney himself from having two parents on their birth certificates.

source: Romney’s Relentless Hostility To Gay Parents – The Dish | By Andrew Sullivan – The Daily Beast

on the last debate

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He knows he’s just lying about what he’s offering. He knows a lot of people know he’s bullsh*tting, but if he can get enough people to buy what he’s selling, he makes his numbers for the election and it’ll be all good! Andrew Sullivan’s live blogs are fun reads, especially when he wigs out, but this wig out is definitely merited:

9.31 pm. Romney went very soft on Israel; some difference that “existed” – past tense – was merely “unfortunate.” Watching this man shape-shift in front of your eyes is staggering. I’m fascinated by the purity of the cynicism. Seriously, I’ve never seen any human being up close like this – a mechanical, unstoppable machine of say anything, forget everything in the past, refuse to take any responsibility for anything he has said in the past, and just smile and golly-gee smile his way along. There’s a a machine-like quality that chills me. I have no idea what he would do in office on anything. I believe nothing he says.

10.35 pm. [...]

[Obama's] flawed; he’s made mistakes; but who hasn’t? If this man, in these times, with this record, against this opposition, does not deserve re-election, then I am simply at a loss for words. I have to believe the American people will see that in time.

source:  Live-Blogging The Foreign Policy Debate – The Dish | By Andrew Sullivan – The Daily Beast.

Obama pivoted to painting Romney as a know what to say to whoever he is selling to: a Joe Isuzu. The battleships/bayonets/horses vs aircraft carriers/nuclear submarines line destroyed Romney’s stupid, nutty ship argument. It was snark, but deserved: If you want to make idiotic points for know nothings  (like Sarah Palin guffawing about NIH and other scientific research using fruit flies), you should be talked to like a know nothing. Mitt Romney is a smart guy running a stupid campaign. The great thing about democracy: we get the government we deserve. I hope we deserve better than Mitt Romney’s cynicism.

Note: Bob Scheiffer did solid job, but no climate change. no good.

 

It’s not a draw, we lose

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Before the debates, the political press pool covering Mitt Romney plays football with the candidate and his staff:

Mr. Romney joked that his team should try to win at all costs.

“Don’t worry about injuries guys — this counts,” he said. “Win!”

During his brief beach appearance, Mr. Romney also was asked — and ignored — several questions about the news of the day.

“Governor, as president, would you be open to one-on-one talks with Iran?” asked one reporter in the wake of a New York Times report suggesting that such talks were in the offing. The other two questions dealt with recent poll numbers and Monday night’s debate.Garrett Jackson, Mr. Romney’s body man, tried to brush the questions off: “Guys, this is a football game,” he said. “Come on. Are you kidding me?

source:  A Football Draw for Romney’s Staff and the Press – NYTimes.com.

It’s not a football game. it’s an election, i wish the press would remember that.

Stacey Dash isn’t your problem

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In calling Stacey Dash bullshit as opposed to calling her views bullshit, people are engaging in misogyny (directly by berating her on twitter) and inward hatred of black autonomy. Not acknowledging that a black person can come to a different point of view, cultural orientation and political ethic than the majority of black folks is part and parcel of denying the existence of black humanity and in feeling free to berate her, engaging in ugly misogyny.Do those intent on calling Stacey Dash a “house nigger” think there aren’t any “niggers” being slung at Oprah Winfrey or Kerry Washington by snail mail, e-mail or twitter for outwardly supporting President Obama? Well, they are in the same boat as those folks. Props to folks like Russell Simmons for putting that in basic terms:

He [Russell Simmons] disagrees with her but as he continues, “Here’s my point: Being angry Progressives is equally as bad as being angry Conservatives. And I don’t support it. In fact, I admire her courage and I support her right to use her voice, even if I personally think her opinions are misguided and “bullshit.”

source: Russell Simmons Defends Stacey Dash’s Romney Endorsement…Sorta.

To me, being angry that Dash supports Romney is really the work of cowards. Being a performer, she probably lives in a state that Obama will win handily.

The political failure in outwardly assailing Dash’s views is that she has no constituency. There’s no value in it for the rest of us.

No one follows Dash or sees her as any kind of political thought leader. At least, no one of consequence to the black diaspora in America. Mega Church preachers with thousands in the pews and thousands more listening online who stomp around and say gay marriage destroys manhood, (because some gay dude getting married somewhere sets off some kind of chaotic butterfly effect of homosexuality across the universe) have constituency they can move to not  support liberals like President Obama and Vice President Biden who support gay marriage and marriage equality. If they even shame some of their constituents from rounding up their family and making them go to the polls, than they may be impacting Obama in North Carolina or Virginia, two Obama 2008 states that the President may not win in 2012.

Remember, fear of marriage equality was a 2004 wedge issue that gave Bush a larger share of the black vote than his platform should have garnered. These black preachers used currency afforded them by strong ties to civil rights movement to make religious people of all colors feel more comfortable about excluding gays from the legacy of the ever expanding civil rights movement. (Like when Romney went to the NAACP or black charter schools in West Philly, it wasn’t for the black people it was to show suburban whites any dog whistle politics was just our imaginations because he is tots comfortable around the folks).

George W. Bush used that 2nd term to throw more of our black men and women in uniform into Iraq and under-staff the ones who were serving in Afghanistan, ratchet up the privatization of schools with NCLB, let the banks continue to run wild serving sub-prime mortgages to our black and brown neighbors and to appoint a FEMA director that knew nothing about disaster abatement or emergency measures so 5 years into this still new century, we had such advanced technology to be able to see and hear the super dome while our fellow black Americans starved  and drowned in New Orleans. Bush also appointed some awesome Supreme court justices in that second term, namely a very conservative John Roberts and ultra conservative Sam Alito! (man 2005 sucked). But at least gays aren’t getting married!

If you really believe you are being sold out, who even has the voting constituency to sell out? Your anti-marriage equality preacher with sermons heard by full pews and online viewers? Or Stacey Dash? Who deserves the talking to, and how should you talk to them? I don’t think “house nigger” really does anything to protect our homes. Neither does assailing Dash. If we believe in the value of President Obama’s candidacy, then we’ve got to understand the most valuable ways to advocate for that candidacy. Stacey Dash’s politics are perplexing, but not poisonous to us. I can say directly opposite of black preachers saying that we straight christian blacks should be bigoted against LGBT Americans.

“Please proceed Governor” – politely letting Romney walk the plank

“Please proceed Governor” – politely letting Romney walk the plank
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This is when Romney thought he had the debate in hand:

OBAMA: Secretary Clinton has done an extraordinary job. But she works for me. I’m the president and I’m always responsible, and that’s why nobody’s more interested in finding out exactly what happened than I do.

The day after the attack, governor, I stood in the Rose Garden and I told the American people in the world that we are going to find out exactly what happened. That this was an act of terror and I also said that we’re going to hunt down those who committed this crime.

And then a few days later, I was there greeting the caskets coming into Andrews Air Force Base and grieving with the families.

And the suggestion that anybody in my team, whether the Secretary of State, our U.N. Ambassador, anybody on my team would play politics or mislead when we’ve lost four of our own, governor, is offensive. That’s not what we do. That’s not what I do as president, that’s not what I do as Commander in Chief.

Romney aggressively, moved in for what he thought would be the kill, and Obama implored him: “Please proceed Governor”….

Romney, walked right into a trap he built for himself:

CROWLEY: Governor, if you want to…

ROMNEY: Yes, I — I…

CROWLEY: … quickly to this please.

ROMNEY: I — I think interesting the president just said something which — which is that on the day after the attack he went into the Rose Garden and said that this was an act of terror.

OBAMA: That’s what I said.

ROMNEY: You said in the Rose Garden the day after the attack, it was an act of terror.

It was not a spontaneous demonstration, is that what you’re saying?

OBAMA: Please proceed governor.

ROMNEY: I want to make sure we get that for the record because it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror.

OBAMA: Get the transcript.

CROWLEY: It — it — it — he did in fact, sir. So let me — let me call it an act of terror…

OBAMA: Can you say that a little louder, Candy?

CROWLEY: He — he did call it an act of terror. It did as well take — it did as well take two weeks or so for the whole idea there being a riot out there about this tape to come out. You are correct about that.

ROMNEY: This — the administration — the administration indicated this was a reaction to a video and was a spontaneous reaction.

CROWLEY: It did.

ROMNEY: It took them a long time to say this was a terrorist act by a terrorist group. And to suggest — am I incorrect in that regard, on Sunday, the — your secretary —

OBAMA: Candy?

Romney’s response was a product of his party’s own cultivation of warped perceptions, not the truth. Let me explain: while President Obama was busy dealing with the September 11th 2012 attacks on US Embassies Romney was busy turning Libya into political point scoring opportunity to appease his base. This strategy was made evident in the less popular parts of the 47% tape:

Questioner: I think it had to do with the fact that the Iranians perceived Reagan… That’s why I’m suggesting that something that you say over the next few months gets the Iranians to understand that their pursuit of the bomb is something that you would prevent. And I think that’s something that could possibly resonate very well with the American public.

Romney: I appreciate the idea. One of the things that’s frustrating to me is that in a typical day like this, when I do three or four events like this, the number of foreign policy questions I get are between zero and one. And the American people are not concentrated at all on China, on Russia, Iran, Iraq. This President’s failure to put in place a status of forces agreement allowing ten to twenty thousand troops to stay in Iraq- unthinkable! And yet, in that election, in the Jimmy Carter election, the fact that we had hostages in Iran, I mean, that was all we talked about. And we had the two helicopters crash in the desert, I mean, that was the focus, and so him solving that made all the difference in the world. I’m afraid today that if you simply got Iran to agree to stand down on nuclear weapons, they’d go, “Now hold on. It’s really a-” I mean, if something of that nature presents itself I will work to find a way to take advantage of the opportunity.

Instead of actually paying attention to what the president said the day after the attack on September 12th in the Rose Garden during his Presidential Address and at a campaign stop September 13th the next day he was using his own campaigns lazy opposition research, Fox News, the manufactured outrage of politicians like Darrell Issa (who voted for funding for cuts to State Department security funding) and Drudge and Limbaugh pumped theories as primary sources about the President’s response to Libya. The right will forever hate Candy Crowley because she dared pipe up with the truth that contradicted Romney’s foolish attack. They should harbor resentment Mitt Romney for not being careful enough.

Note: I appreciate Martha Raddatz and Candy Crowley ignoring these inane rules negotiated by the campaigns. Not that I consider Jim Lehrer a bad a calamity like everyone else, but the point of a debate is to get the candidates answering questions, making assertions and challenging each other. Raddatz and Crowley got a lot of it from the Vice Presidential and Presidential candidates.

The next debate

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The reason Romney could pretend he was a moderate is because what the base wants Romney to do is to berate, disrespect Obama and he did that with his I debate my 5 boys line. Remember, the Republican base loved the Eastwood/Chair conversation. They love Joe Wilson, Michelle Bachmann and the like. Orrin Hatch is fighting for his life. The Republican primary were full of contempt for Obama, not his policies (his policies were never presented in anything approximating good faith). It always goes back to:

Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger” — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states’ rights and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now [that] you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I’m not saying that. But I’m saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”

The people in Obama’s inner circle may not get that, but that is what Republicans want their candidate to do.

Obama doesn’t need to throw back “liar” he needs to hit Romney on Bain/Let Detroit go Bankrupt/47% all debate and contrast that with his record. Reporting on Bain owned Sensata in the NY Time helps to bolster that:

It is often difficult to determine precisely how much Mr. Romney benefits from specific investments by Bain funds, since his money goes into a pool used to buy stakes in companies. In the case of Sensata, however, it is clearer because he reported a charitable donation of $405,000 in Sensata stock that he received as “partnership distributions” in 2010 and 2011, according to his tax returns.

Jiangsu Province, where most of the Freeport jobs are moving, is one of China’s designated “export bases” for auto parts. Asimco, the other auto parts manufacturer in Bain’s portfolio, also has factories in Jiangsu Province and three other regions designated as export bases.

The Chinese government incentives offered to companies in those “bases” set off a complaint from the United States to the World Trade Organization last month. The United States asserted that in 2011, China spent $1 billion on grants, tax preferences, lowered interest rates and other subsidies to increase exports of auto parts in violation of fair trade rules.

Mr. Romney has been critical of these types of Chinese incentives to bolster exports.

That complaint: set off by the Obama administration.

7.8% unemployment helps. Romney wanting to repeal medicare helps. Romney/Ryan tax cuts for rich while taking away deductions that many middle and low income Americans use helps. Stock market as high as it is help. Flip Flopping/lying allegations should be a supporting argument, not the main argument. Obama bet on American people, Romney bet against them. That’s the message. Period. No matter what he says, it’s what he will do that matters. The news media wants a confrontation, Obama needs to discredit Romney by crediting his record. Lead people to accept he is a liar.

Here are the Romneys calling Obama a child one way or another.

Mitt Romney:

Ann Romney:

Josh Romney:

Reason 1 to vote against Mitt: This mutha’ f##&r plagiarised “Clear Eyes. Full Heart. Can’t Lose.” from Coach Taylor

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This cuts across all humanity as it concerns awful phrase stealin’ Mitt Romney and one of my favorite TV Shows of all time: Friday Night Lights. Well at least filmmaker Peter Berg , the cousin of former Democrat Buzz Bissinger, knows Mitt Romney is a snake!

In a letter to the Romney campaign sent Friday and obtained exclusively by The Hollywood Reporter, Berg calls the use of “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose” an act of stealing. “Your politics and campaign are clearly not aligned with the themes we portrayed in our series,” Berg writes in the letter. “The only relevant comparison that I see between your campaign and Friday Night Lights is in the character of Buddy Garrity — who turned his back on American car manufacturers selling imported cars from Japan.”

BOOM! Vice President Joe Biden ain’t the only one gettin’ loose on Romney/Ryan!

Mitt Romney is the guy who sent coach Taylor to the East Dillon Lions and then took his spoiled kid and left the minute East Dillon started kicking Dillon Panther ass.

I can hear a tumblr about this right now, but I can’t wait for this meme to materialize. Instead, after listening to Coach Taylor, I’m going to cure a disease, or save people in a fire or a cat in a tree or go pick up my laundry and go out and get lit. Probably the last thing, but if I had to anything on that list, I could do it…you know why? “Cle…” …never mind.

The portrait of the undecided voter

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Shorter Buzz Bissinger: 

I like Mitt Romney because of years of saying he would do the opposite, this one night, he looked into my eyes and said Buzz, forget all that I said before, and remember that I have compassion for all of you who don’t work for PBS especially millionaires like you Buzz who Obama would cast into the ocean with his “Clinton era tax rate and Millionaire/billionaire Pariah act”. This retirement age Mormon who has fundraised more than campaigned: he’s going to rejuvenate all of us. And he won’t bomb Iran because I feel it. Did Obama solve the “Afghanistan” problem? No? That’s why Romney would be better in Iran.

The longer you are undecided, I have to believe this type of political calculation is typical.