Sunday, May 06, 2007

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.

37 Comments:

At 7:08 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

You mean...Mitt's not the consistent, thoughtful, gun-totin', varmint-killin' stand-up guy that he says he is?

There goes my faith-based faith in rightie self-righteousness.

I'm such a gullible fool.

 
At 7:29 PM, Blogger Cliff Schecter said...

I know gottalaff, shocking...but the whole French thing is so ridiculous coming from him, knowing his family's background, that I finally lost it.

 
At 7:43 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

Oh, my dear pal, Cliff...

You lost it some time ago.

Did I neglect to tell you?

 
At 7:51 PM, Blogger Cliff Schecter said...

Yes, damn you, you did!

You could have saved me all this time and all those therapy bills Gotta...

 
At 1:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps if you read Battlefield Earth (Mitt's favorite book) you would understand more about his qualifications as a great leader. Hair is very important.

 
At 3:05 AM, Blogger Daniel said...

You are regurgitating the MSMedia's tiresome template.

1. Can people only become enlightened by changing their minds in YOUR direction?

2. You clearly have never owned more than a postage stamp lot. Like Mitt, I have always lived on small acreages and always hunted, but have only been on ONE HUNTING TRIP. A hunting trip involves planning, travel, bad food and getting lost.

4. Have you been to Europe lately? The intelligentsia are NOT HAVING KIDS. Europe is dumbing down. The Muslim immigrants are having kids. More than one way to have a Caliphante

 
At 3:08 AM, Blogger Daniel said...

About the Tech Shooter. Romney listed several things, pornograpy, violent movies & video games, among others. It was from this "Cesspool" that the shooter had drunk, according to Romney. He did not say he partook of every single item listed...please, do better than this. But, oh, when you are drinking from the same cesspool, I am sure such comments can't be left alone.

 
At 3:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many of you are just a little too worried about Mitt Romney. You seem to be grasping at straws to find something for which to condemn him. He's a pretty squeaky clean guy and I suspect that is what bugs you the most.

I like what Ann Coulter said about him and his abortion position ~ that she likes a guy who can hoodwink liberals.

 
At 4:20 AM, Anonymous kajc said...

So, I see some trolls have been here lately.

Seriously, you think Europe is dumbing down because immigrants are having kids and not the "intelligent" people? That's a very racist thing to say, maybe you should take your white sheet elsewhere.

By the way, George's parents weren't immigrants, and they even had loads of money to send him to college with. So what the hell is his excuse for being so dumb?

 
At 10:13 AM, Anonymous Sam Smith said...

I just wish we could at least count on places like the Times and Post to acknowledge when they're reporting an overt lie. I don't think that's asking too much, do you?

 
At 10:49 AM, Blogger Cliff Schecter said...

Yes, we do have trolls! How fun. I wish I had time to waste trying to get down to your third-grade intellect, but alas, I am busy.

You're right though, Daniel and anonymous. Mitt is great. Also the budget is balanced. Iraq is going swimmingly. Katrina was handled well. And Bush will be considered one of the best presidents ever!!!!

Thanks for stopping by guys!

 
At 11:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"About the Tech Shooter. Romney listed several things, pornograpy, violent movies & video games, among others. It was from this "Cesspool" that the shooter had drunk, according to Romney. He did not say he partook of every single item listed...please, do better than this. But, oh, when you are drinking from the same cesspool, I am sure such comments can't be left alone."


Interesting. So, as long as the rhetorical "cesspool" contains at least one item that might actually legitimately be connected to what the Virginia Tech guy did, then it's ok to throw anything else in there too? So, for example, if Al Gore gets on TV and says "The Virginia Tech shooter was drinking from the cesspool of violent movies, pornography, and human-created global warming," you're going to speak out supporting him, since after all he never, never, never never never said that global warming had anything to do with what the VT shooter did? Right? Yes?

 
At 12:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually, the tragedy at Va Tech can be traced to a family that believed more in demonic possession than in mental illness and accordingly sought religious, rather than medical, help

 
At 4:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cliff Schecter said:

"You're right though, Daniel and anonymous. Mitt is great. Also the budget is balanced. Iraq is going swimmingly. Katrina was handled well. And Bush will be considered one of the best presidents ever!!!!"

You've mad an excellent case for Romney as president here. Comparing Romney to "W" is not like comparing apples to oranges, but more like comparing apples to the gum stuck to the bottom of your shoe.

 
At 4:44 PM, Blogger lecollye said...

Great post, I'm with you all the way.

http://anyonebutromneyin08.blogspot.com

 
At 4:54 PM, Anonymous Savea said...

If Mitt is a dick, then you are a pussy. At least he's dick enough to acknowledge his change of mind with some of the issues. You seem to be looking only for the negative stuffs on Mitt. You remind me of people that get up in the morning, see a dark and dreary day and complained, "What a lousy day"! Look into the goodness of people and you'll find them. Stop throwing stones unless your house is in perfect order.

 
At 5:51 PM, Blogger laca said...

Savea--Um, OK. I'll play. Let's all talk about Mitt's positives.

1. He has GREAT hair.

2. ummmmm, he has great hair.

3. wait, I'll think of something . . .give me a minute . . .no,no, hang on. Really.

 
At 6:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding Romney's ever-changing attitudes on social issues; What, aside from political opportunism, causes somebody to become LESS progressive on gay rights?

And, regarding one of his responses at the GOP debate; Why would we even want a president who thinks there's nothing - nothing - wrong with America?

Mitt is a whore.

 
At 7:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

David,
the one "dumbing" down is you, please at least learn how to spell in your own language. The word is Caliphate not Caliphante. I visit Europe on business and pleasure trips almost every year, sometimes three times a year, and believe me there are not dumber people in the world than the Americans. I now hide my passport so I am not taken by one of those like you.

read more and travel more, so you know what other people think of Americans like you. YOur kind is the dangerous one to any species...I hope your kind one day will be an extinct one.

 
At 7:42 PM, Blogger Shallow Throat said...

Anyone who doesn't support stem cell research can't honestly call themselves "pro-life."

 
At 7:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I applaud anyone who changes his mind about past political views in the face of new and scientific information, I must question Romney's change as being totally political. His "Massachusett" views suited that electorate's majority; his "updated" views appear nuanced to suit the fundamental rightwing's views. It is so blatant in its pandering premise. I am also amused that his politcal career isn't rooted in Utah. Would Utahans have voted for a candidate who supported a woman's right to choose. . .

 
At 2:27 AM, Blogger Daniel said...

Anonymous--Glad you won the 5th grade spelling bee, but you never touched the substance of my argument. The intelligentsia class is not having kids in Europe.

So dear world traveler I can see your experiences has enlightened you as is apparent by your vitriolic response. Clearly I need to get out to the French slums and start more cars on fire and then I could learn to respond with your level of hatred. As far at the myth that we are hated by Europe, how about that election in France. Funny how a pro-American candidate (his opponent called him an American with a passport) won by a landslide. Even the French eventually get it. Hated, by some, envied by most. Keep lying low in cowardice on your travels fearing you might have to defend your country. When I travel with my six bright and respectful kids I charm and disarm the rude people you find and leave America with a better reputation in the process. I guess we see reflected back what we project to others.

 
At 12:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Setting cars on fire is equivalent to commenting on a blog? Who knew?

Very bright trolls, indeed.

 
At 12:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daniel--regarding your silly observation about some imaginary "intelligensia class" and their choice not to have kids. Smart people frequently give birth to stupid kids, and vice-versa. There are plenty of children of well-known "intellectuals" who work as laborers in the construction and service industry as it better suits them.

And there are lots of academics, corporate chiefs, scientists, etc. who are muslims. A large number of the high technology businesses in California have been run by immigrant Iranians. Their religion has nothing to do with their ability.

 
At 12:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're right though, Daniel and anonymous. Mitt is great. Also the budget is balanced. Iraq is going swimmingly. Katrina was handled well. And Bush will be considered one of the best presidents ever!!!!

Forgot one... the earth is flat.

 
At 1:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Daniel please!

You and other Mitt supporters are trying to get some play out of the argument that no one complains when a pro-lifer becomes a pro-choicer. I call BS. You need to spend more time reading left-leaning blogs where many, many people criticize Kucinich for his campaign-eve conversion to pro-choice politics. And these criticisims are coming from those who themselves are, by and large, pro-choice. I have not heard anyone complain about candidates who change their positions when there is a believable rationale for it, but change for political expediency is pathetic. And criticism of such changes are entirely valid. Mitt's explanations for his many changes in his policy positions simply do not ring true to anyone not already enamored with his candidacy. I have followed Mitt's political career closely since 1994 and I have no doubt that Mitt is not being true to himself - he is saying what he thinks he needs to say to get elected. An that, my friend, does indeed make him a dick.

 
At 2:10 AM, Blogger The Black Cat said...

Of course Mitt is a whore. Living in Mass I can attest to that. He'll say absolutely anything to get elected. But there is one other positive thing to say besides he has great hair. He has great teeth too!

Mitt Romney. The Stepford President.
Don't forget your sacred underwear Mitt!

 
At 3:12 AM, Blogger The Dour Salmon said...

Daniel

six kids! It's a wonder you have time to get angry at strangers on the internet! I am single with no kids and I only can do it a little bit. My guess here (and this is a wild stab, could easily be wrong) is that a lot of people love Mitt becuase he's a Mormon. People love Mormons (they love to hate them too, but most of all, the conserva-gentsia (we need a better suffix)) love 'em because they are all totally into family values. Like having a whole fuckload of kids. How are we gonna complain about undocumented workers (oh, I'm sorry, I meant nun-raping ILLEGALS, forgot there were trolls here for a second) when we don't have enough laborers to do the jobs we Americans need done? What will happen to our precious, precious lawns? (not to mention the crops. We'd be straight FUCKED if the farms affiliated with ConAgra et al. never used undocumented workers. You think we subsidize too much now? You ain't seen nothin' yet) No, clearly the lunati...I mean Christian Conservative Right (not all christians and not all conservatives, mind you, because I can actually tell when someone is able to defend their point and not just changing the god-damn subject) think it is in our best interests to breed out the opposition so that we can complain 20 years later how there are no jobs available for our students and then go to war with India or something to get our precious, precious telemarketer positions back. Good lord, people are fucking stupid. I'm all for engaging in debate, but I for one and sick and fucking tired of the Right trying to change topics when, OMG, it turns out that your arguments have been based on morally corrupt theories! Well, we can't own up to mistakes, can we? That'd be flip-flopping! Only democrats can flip-flop. Republicans change their minds. Hope that fascism treats you right, and I hope I didn't spell anything incorrectly so you can falsely jump on that point as opposed the body of my argument. 'cuz changing the topic? Shit ain't cool. (That last point was directed at anonymous. Jumping on spelling errors won't win you any points, it'll just make you seem like a dick. Don't be a dick.)

In conclusion, Mitt Romnney's a liar. But then again, he's a politician. Politicians have to be expert liars. He's not an expert liar. Therefore, I do not want him to be a politician in the employ of my country. I want a GOOD liar. One who will get shit done. One who will do great things for the country out of mortal fear that we'll can his ass. That's why we vote, people! To fire politicians that are terrible liars!

 
At 3:33 AM, Blogger Batocchio said...

That's a great summing up of why not to vote for Mitt. And it's still early in the campaign season!

 
At 6:25 AM, Blogger Proud Liberal said...

Mitt was my gov. I hated him and I didn't vote for him. He put Massachusetts in Debt. Near the end of his term, he supported the gay marriage ban.

 
At 8:17 AM, Blogger miken said...

Orson Scott Card actually used to write good science fiction. After September 11th, he lost it big time.

Also, alternative marriage contracts are a staple of science fiction and can be found in many novels.

 
At 10:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Romney is a weasel. He got the Mass governorship with the promise he'd get the Big Dig under control like he did the Olympics. Instead he was worse than useless, unable to do anything but blame others for his failures. When the panel fell he even put on a hard hat and hindered repair efforts for a nauseating "I am too presidential!" photo shoot. He's an incompetent leader, a flip-flopper on a grand scale, and seemingly incapable of accepting responsibility. Hey wait, he does sound presidential!

 
At 10:53 AM, Blogger 5th Estate said...

Can't politician's chamge their minds without being labelled hypocrites or being accused of pandering?



Of course they can...IF they provide some logical reasons as to how they've arrived at their new perspective.
Romney, Giuliani, McCain are all changing their minds according to their audiences---apparently clueless to the fact that everyone, not just the crowd in fromt of them, hears what they are saying.

 
At 11:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He reminds me more and more of Clinton... and I liked Clinton. The right has a moderate, charismatic, smooth talking prospect here. This from an independent. I also like Edwards and Obama, but Romney & Paul both put in good showings at the first pres. debate.

 
At 12:01 PM, Anonymous YoYoBoy said...

Cliff, How did you miss the obvious Orscon Scott Card - Mitt Romney tie in? Orson is a famous MORMON author and mormons are well known for taking fiction and turning it into gospel.

 
At 2:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not believe that anyone except a Scientologist would list a book by L. Ron Hubbard as their favorite novel.

Someone needs to ask Mr. Romney point blank whether he is, in fact, a Scientologist.

I doubt that he will give an honest answer, but I'd bet big that he is.

That would put a crimp in his campaign.

Carl from L. A.

 
At 5:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cliff, you are gay, aren't you? You look like one and you like dicks too.

 

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