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September 17, 2012


proud American

His campaign is in free-fall, plus the added bonus of him blowing more of the right wing money.


Yes, Mitt Romney wants to help all Americans and stated in the first sentence. So a left wing rag like Mother Jones, edited the tapes and AP and Bloomberg swooped on them and tried to editorialize what they thought he meant. Ooooooo- geeee Mitt Romney was caught not being politically correct.

Red meat for this blog, but its bristling with half truths - from the media from where this post was plucked. The debate will continue - Mitt Romney vs. the dead-beat, food stamp and nanny state & habitual liar of a president - bring it...


the worst campaign (according to Pat Caddell) - guess he forgot about McCain against the worst President ever.


Except that The Romney campaign came out today and admitted it was him and that was what he said....and Reince Priebus said he agreed with it. Just heard that Romney admitted the comments were "off the cuff" and not "elegantly stated."

Romney is in a box. The far right will be all over his ass if he backs down from this, but he has pissed off a whole new section of the electorate.


McCain did have Palin around his neck, but he didn't stick his foot in his mouth every day.


First of all, had his grandparents been born in Mexico, he never would've gotten the GOP nomination. Second of all, if his grandparents were Mexican, he'd have asshole Republicans demanding to see his birth certificate, and sheriffs in Arizona and secretaries of states in Kansas claiming that his birth certificate was fake. Thirdly, his problem with Latino voters has nothing to do with his pastiness, and everything to do with the fact that he's against everything that's important to the Latino community, from comprehensive immigration reform, to the DREAM Act, to his association with the likes of Joe Arpaio and Kris Kobach.


Mitt said he wasn’t going to worry about those people (the 47%) and he wasn’t going to try to appeal to these people. He was not trying to be politically correct. And now he’s apologizing.

proud American

Rancid Penis has the unenviable job of defending Rmoney, who hates half of america...


To about half the people in this country (let's call it 40%), it's more or less what they believe. It only sounds horrible to those of us who wouldn't vote for Romney at gunpoint. I DO think all of those things he mentioned are human rights, and that the government should provide all of them. People on the right do not, so, to them, these sorts of statements aren't horrifying. Eventually, they will die out, the demographics will tip in our favor, and we'll get the refined form of European-style socialism that we all deserve as human beings.


As I sit here sighing. Eye rolling. Mitt dear. You probably need to stop talking.


“bring it...”? It has been brought and Mittens has been found wanting.


Glen, many of those 40% are retires. And if you include the ultra wealthy with offshore accounts the percentage can rise. Do you think Mittens should let them go untaxed?


Romney had one chance, and one chance only, to stop this controversy dead in its tracks at his L.A. news conference. He didn't take it, instead those floundering comments he said could very well be part one of his concession speech.


I think Mittens has proven Dirty Harry wrong.

“What do you want me to tell Romney? I can’t tell him to do that. I can’t tell him to do that to himself.”

Turns out, Rmoney is very capable of doing just that.


KC....McCain didn't run against G.Bush! Get your facts straight as what the rags reported was EXACTLY what he said. Makes you feel foolish, doesn't it?


One silly fact you might want to consider - 53% are good with what he said, while the 47% have their panties in a wad - they are the minority - too bad !

The AP and Bloomberg can go ahead and schtook themselves for running such a fine story and ignoring the Al Qaeda uprising in the Arab spring countries. That is going to be one big-ass cluster fornication.


Mitt said he wasn’t going to worry about those people (the 47%) and he wasn’t going to try to appeal to these people. He was not trying to be politically correct. And now he’s apologizing.

Posted by: Dr.Zoom | September 17, 2012 at 07:30 PM

He only said that the message was clumsy then and wanted to clarify what he said, which he said was mostly correct. That is not the same thing as apologizing - he did not regret the message, but acknowledged it could have been delivered more succinctly.

Thirdly, his problem with Latino voters has nothing to do with his pastiness, and everything to do with the fact that he's against everything that's important to the Latino community, from comprehensive immigration reform, to the DREAM Act, to his association with the likes of Joe Arpaio and Kris Kobach.

Posted by: Walt | September 17, 2012 at 07:27 PM

The fact is that a plurality of legal Hispanics don't like the Dream Act. Comprehensive Immigration reform (Amnesty) was a Bush bill in 2007, which enough GOP's voted against. Both parties are at fault for high number of illegal aliens and a lack of a cohesive policy - If you like illegal immigration, I have a question; Walt, when did you have your lobotomy ?


Again, an obsession with what Romney said, or didn't say, or meant to say, while Obama's foreign policy mess gets a pass. You all have your heads in the sand...or up your asses.


Whatever, you amuse me with your attempts at pithiness.

Hedge Fund Hal

Whatever, people out and about in America ARE paying attention to the bottom falling out of Obama's middle east policy, as the rioting continues in Muslim countries. Only on Blatherwatch and MSNBC do a few clumsy but harmless comments by Mitt demand s "Stop the Presses!! " response, amidst all this huge news elsewhere. Susan Rice came out and made a laughable, and in my opinion completely disingenuous assertion that unorganized , different individuals who just happened to have RPG, mortars etc. in their closets came running out of their apartments when they saw the crowds rioting down at the Libyan comsulate and did an ad hoc, improvised attack on the buildings. The Libyan official came out and said, supported by news reports, that this was an organized Al Qaeda assault, carried out by foreigners preplanned weeks if not months in advance. haahSusan haha susan ...bwaahahaha


MoJo has a new edition of the Rmoney secret tape foofaroo. In this tape he weighs in on foreign policy. Yes, Putz and Thomas has their dream come true, though it may not be as you like. Rmoney made a silly geography error, he places Syria on the West Bank borders, which for the record is not the case.

But here is the quote which will strike him like a lightning bolt today.

And so what you do is you say, “You move things along the best way you can.” You hope for some degree of stability, but you recognize that this is going to remain an unsolved problem. We live with that in China and Taiwan. All right, we have a potentially volatile situation but we sort of live with it, and we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it.

Yeh, Mittens.

Finis Hominis

Well, here’s a foreign policy mess from Mittens; to borrow a quote

......sound of crickets chirping........

From: Hedge Fund Hal | September 14, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Gentlemen Rouge

And David Brooks’ take on Mittens?

“Romney, who criticizes President Obama for dividing the nation, divided the nation into two groups: the makers and the moochers.”


Also from Brooks;
“This comment suggests a few things. First, it suggests that he really doesn’t know much about the country he inhabits. Who are these freeloaders? Is it the Iraq war veteran who goes to the V.A.? Is it the student getting a loan to go to college? Is it the retiree on Social Security or Medicare?”

KS blathers

Brooks is on the fence this time, but supported Obama in 2008. Usually, he is a good editorialist, but if he failed to compare Obama's lack of knowledge about the same things, he is guilty of being biased in favor of Obama. Seems like the last two posts are taking sound bytes that only bolster their case for increasing mediocrity. Why bother to vote for President then if you don't see a decent candidate ?

When did you say you had your lobotomy, Walt ?

KS blathers

David Brooks' op-ed was written before Mitt Romney had a press conference to clarify his comments, which he admitted were clumsy at the time, but was unaware that they were recorded, ya know like Obama's comments about his similar meeting with bundlers when he talked about "those clinging to their guns and religion" or his campaign stop in Roanoke, VA when he famously said, "You didn't build that"...

Romney's press conference clarified what he said and he didn't take back his original premise. Also, the entire tape - not just the part the leftwing media was salavating to get out will be forthcoming. Let the chips fall where they may - Obama is the president for the deadbeat dads and welfare queens. This debate won't go away. Be careful what you lib progs wish for.

Jay Leno weighs in on the current state of unemployment in his monologue;

JAY LENO: Well, according to the Labor Department, unemployment fell from 8.3 to 8.1 percent last month. But that was because only, that's because, rather, 368,000 Americans gave up looking for work. And today, President Obama said that's a step in the right direction, and he is encouraging more Americans to give up looking for work so the numbers will come down a little bit.

In reality, most of the drop in the unemployment rate since its 2009 peak is due to a decline in the labor force.

In fact, according to Zero Hedge, the real unemployment rate is currently 11.7 percent.

Gentlemen Rouge

KS, I hate to break it to you but Rmoney doesn’t want your vote if you’re in the 47%. The only thing which will help your poor Mittens is a tour of the rural areas and some specifics on how he’s going to help them. This is anathema to the points you made.

“Tweets mentioning “Romney” or “@MittRomney” per hour tripled in the hours after the Mother Jones post was published at 4 p.m. ET, peaking at 76,243 mentions between 10 and 11 p.m. ET.

But what the tweets said is worse for the Romney campaign than than the volume of them.

The 15 top related terms — words, phrases, or hashtags used most frequently in the set we searched — included these: #47percent, trashes, americans, implosion, wealthy, millionaire, welfare and dodgers.”

KS blathers

More lib prog spin, Rouge. So you support the President for the Deadbeat Dads and Welfare Queens and you didn't build your life by yourself...

Be careful what you lib progs wish for...


In my view Pres Obama is re-elected by a decent margin. He is liked by many and when push comes to shove, in the privacy of one's vote, it's who you like. Government has a role, Obama knows this and the numbers will play this out. Sorry KS, you may want to sleep in on Nov 7th. Haha

Gentlemen Rouge

Spin? Someone caught Mittens behind the scenes and he was relating exactly what everyone thought. He’s a rich man’s candidate. This is why he can’t relate to us, he won’t give us details on how he would be president and “he’s neither a true conservative nor a courageous moderate”. What everyone has been given is a personal view of this man when he’s talking his true constituency.


As did Obama back in 2008 with his infamous "clinging to their guns and religion" gaff. Candidates say the strangest things at their own fundraisers, don't they?

Obama seems to be losing his convention bump in the polls--now down a full percentage point from his post-convention high according to the Real Clear Politics average.

And as details of the middle east debacle become clear, a weakened Obama will continue his downhill slide.

The debates will finally put the two candidates in the same room. Will Obama's nonexistent teleprompter or Romney's loose tongue decide things once and for all?

Like it or not, it's still a race, boys and girls. And like it or not, it's a relatively small percentage of undecided voters who will make the final call.


Aaaah, but grasshopper the fix is in, doncha know. Hahaha

Gentlemen Rouge

One difference, Obama was talking to urban city dwellers on the subject of reaching out to rural voters. Rmoney is cutting away a whole half of the populace. He is talking about no more coddling the servants.

By the way, the polls regarding his handling of the Middle East problem aren’t looking good. Here’s a new article on the subject of this. Romney’s Libya Response May Have Done Real Damage.

Poor Mittens Howl the third


And here all these (unknowing) moochers and freeloaders and deadbeats had been listening to Mitt and Paul Ryan and the rest of the conservative free marketers shouting that it is praiseworthy to use all available legal means to avoid paying income taxes. I can't keep their arguments straight. I know, I'm easily confused. I need the intellectual giant, Paul Ryan, to explain it to me again in layman's terms.
Rich and don't pay income taxes? GOOD.
Poor or middle class and don't pay income taxes? BAD.
I think I have it now...


In the famous 7-11 store poll...where you take the coffee cup with the picture of your preferred candidate, Obama is comfortably ahead.

Who cares, you say?

This 7-ELECTION has been accurate in 2004 and 2008.

"University of South Florida Professor of Political Science Dr. Susan MacManus says the sheer size of the net cast by the 7-Eleven poll may partly explain why it's been so accurate.

"You're getting the rural, the suburban and the urban vote and you're getting people of all income levels. But you're partially getting a large number of middle class voters, which of course are the bulk of the electorate," MacManus said."

A sampling of states in the Obama column: (only 4 aren't)

Florida 54-46
South Carolina 52-48
Texas 58-42 (yes Obama is trouncing Romney in Texas)
Ohio 68-32 (68?!?)
Missouri 60-40 (Akin doesn't like coffee either)
Wisconsin 59-41
Pennsylvania - 55-45
Colorado 60-40
Virginia 57-43
Arizona 55-45
California 61-39
Indiana 52-48

And to be fair - there are 4 states that are favoring Romney now:

West Virginia 47-53
Idaho 44-56
New Hampshire 49-51
Vermont 49-51

Bill Cat

There is another difference, Obama won and there were many a shit sammich eaten that day.

proud American



President Obama in an appearance on “Late Show with David Letterman” taped Tuesday.

“One of the things I learned as president is you represent the entire country,” Obama told Letterman on Tuesday, according to pool reports. “If you want to be president, you have to work for everyone.”

Romney, the Republican, told donors that he had given up on winning the 47 percent of Americans who don’t pay income tax, saying they “are dependent upon government” and “believe that they are victims.”

“My job is is not to worry about those people,” Romney said

Obama said at the “Late Show” taping that Romney offered a stark contrast with his own philosophy as president.

”All of us make mistakes,” Obama said. “What people want to know though is you’re not writing off a big chunk of the country.”

He continued: “This is a big country. And people disagree a lot, but one thing I’ve never tried to do, and I think none of us can do in public office is suggest that because someone doesn’t agree with me that they’re victims or they’re unpatriotic.”
The episode, which airs later in the evening is a must view, so set your DVR folks.

KS blathers

Obama's eyes are brown. He is a hapless bullshitter.

Romney has more compassion in his little finger than Obama has in his whole narcissistic self. You all watch Letterman and Obama will serve up his specialty for you to swallow - a crap sandwich.

Finis Hominis

Not only are his eyes brown, he has his own teeth, he can walk on his own legs and he fathered black children.

KS blathers

You are weird anyway, but you don't have the cajones to say your name. BTW - I never worked in Renton.

From Pat Buchanan formerly of MSNBC -

“Read FDR, about relief being ‘a narcotic,’ a ‘subtle destroyer of the human spirit,’” Buchanan recalled. “‘We got to get off this welfare,’ is what he said. In that sense if it’s a narcotic, Barack Obama is a drug dealer of welfare.”

Sad commentary on the deteriorating state of this country since 2009.


Well, one thing is for sure. Obama is trying to do something for the whole country where Mitt isn’t at all concerned in 47% of Americans.

KS blathers

Yeah, Obama is a drug dealer for welfare. Wrong, Mitt only doesn't worry about getting their vote - but you believe the crap that AP spits.

You are a low information voter and you can take that to the bank.


Really? So the AP is putting words in Mitts mouth?


caught Bamzs on the Letterman show last night. He was calm, cordial and cool. His campaign seems to be diametrically opposite of Mittens.

KS blathers

I'll state this in rodeo terms; The AP and rest of the leftwing media are essentially being rodeo clowns to distract the public (the longhorn steer aka the raging bull) as much as possible to keep the cowboy, Obama from being bucked off trampled by the raging bull aka the truth, which is suppressed so he can get reelected.

proud American

Are you the FOX rodeo clown?

Rich McVey

I too am a retired military person. While not a parasite, I am a moocher on several levels. Oh, and I most certainly do feel entitled. I served for 26 years. Took off for foreign shores litterally at a moments notice, was avaiable for that 24/7. You know, sometimes your boss calls you to work and when you get there you wind up boarding a plane and off you go. And when we got to these foreign shores sometimes the locals were not all that happy to have our presence. At the time I signed up for this Mitt Romney road a bicycle in France and considered that a risky endeavor. Yeah, I'm just a moocher.

Hedge Fund Hal

Medved did a rundown o the most recent polls and they show Obama's conventoin bump as having completely disappeared and the raceback to dead heat status. Th stragglers who havent made up their minds have been shown to turn in favor of the challeneger as the election gets close. Being even or slightly behind in some polls at this point is not a good positon for the incumbent cnadidate to be in. You will fing that polls htis weekend will show no bump for Obama because of this non-news item concerning Romneys private remarks, just as Obama's similar remarks in 2008 didn't stop him from pulling ahead and winning. A big hohum from the general public- a huge big deal among libber Blatherwatcher's , Rachel The Sneerer on MSNBC and her cohorts there.


Poll: Obama Surges In Wisconsin, Leads Romney By 14

Three in four Americans feel little or no personal connection to Romney, Esquire/Yahoo poll finds

Except the rest of the world aren’t listening to right wing talk radio.

I salute you Rich, mooch on.

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