Mitt Romney Is A Dick
Sorry, I wish I could be more, how shall we say it, delicate. But the adopt-a-wingnut mindset of a guy who comes from one of the most prominent liberal, Establishment Republican families is really growing tiresome.
The bs about becoming pro-life because of the "cloning debate" in Massachusetts, which supposedly led a guy who bragged that his mother was one of the orgininal supporters of Roe v. Wade--during earlier runs for higher office in his home state--to move to the right of Orrin Hatch and Trent Lott on this issue and oppose stem-cell research. The "I've been hunting all my life" Mitt, which means twice, but one time was when he was 15 (and he's hunted "varmints," damn you!). The "I will be better than Teddy Kennedy on gay rights" Mitt who now seems to think all homosexuals should get the cattle prod.
This is sad enough. But this weekend he spoke at Pat Robertson's Regent University, you know the one that has provided the Bush Administration with all those unnqualified, bigoted morons like Monica Goodling. Here is what Mitt had to say:
"It seems that Europe leads Americans in this way of thinking," Romney told the crowd of more than 5,000. "In France , for instance, I'm told that marriage is now frequently contracted in seven-year terms where either party may move on when their term is up. How shallow and how different from the Europe of the past."Obviously, someone as well-educated and worldly as he is knows this is utter crap. But why let that stop you from pandering to the ignorance and xenophobia of your audience (see Bill Maher's New Rules from this past Friday attacking the GOP for their sad, obsessive hatred of all things French).
Then Romney blamed video games for what happened at Virginia Tech, not paying attention to the fact that the homicidal nutjob who shot 32 people didn't play video games. But I guess that didn't fit the right-wing narrative, so what the hell, lie.
This sad, pathetic human being has soiled a once-respectable family name. Must be fun looking in the mirror, huh Mitt?
UPDATE: This is even worse than I originally thought. It turns out that Romney didn't get this hokum about seven-year marriage contracts in France from a film, but a bad science-fiction novel by Orson Scott Card (h/t The Plank).
You may remember that the obviously erudite Romney let it slip that his favorite tome was Battlefield Earth, the L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology novel which was turned into an unbelievably crappy movie (or possibly like movie, like book).
But when you start using bad science fiction as a source for policy critiques you're entering Bush territory. Well, without the mother with the splendiferous visage and hard-hearted compassion of the Crypt-Keeper.