Say Anything, Starring Multiple Choice Mitt

I really can not believe this is the guy the establishment is pinning their hopes on:

Mitt Romney has been forced to get into some serious verbal gymnastics over his previous declaration about seeing his father, the late Michigan Gov. George Romney, marching with Martin Luther King. A close examination of the historical records shows that the elder Romney, while he was a strong support of civil rights, never actually appeared with King.

“I’ve tried to be as accurate as I can be,” Romney told reporters. “If you look at the literature or look at the dictionary, the term ‘saw’ includes being aware of — in the sense I’ve described.”

“I’m an English literature major,” he added, after the questions didn’t stop. “When we say I saw the Patriots win the World Series, it doesn’t necessarily mean you were there.” (Yes, he did speak off the cuff about the idea of a football team winning the World Series.)

And then you have this (via Sully):

Mitt Romney went a step further in a 1978 interview with the Boston Herald. Talking about the Mormon Church and racial discrimination, he said: “My father and I marched with Martin Luther King Jr. through the streets of Detroit.”

Yesterday, Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom acknowledged that was not true. “Mitt Romney did not march with Martin Luther King,” he said in an e-mail statement to the Globe.

When I was a kid, I saw my dad quarterback the Steelers as they became World Series Champions. If, of course, your definition of saw means “I imagined the shit while mildly buzzed from scotch and thinking it would sound cool and impress people.”

Seriously- the Republican field is just an exercise in absurdity. The leading candidates are a flat-earth religious huckster, a serial liar, and a cross-dresser with an authoritarian streak and mob ties. Is this really the best the GOP has to offer?






121 replies
  1. 1
    Mary says:

    The GOP. When you care enough to send the very weakassed.

  2. 2
    Zifnab says:

    Gasp. Republicans lie through hyperbole and are generally full of shit. I am both shocked and astonished.

    Remember when Bush ran around in a Flight Suit trying to convince people he single-handedly napalmed half of Vietnam while Kerry was busy shooting himself in the foot? Or when McCain declared himself a “maverick” and argued for tax cuts and war funding and pro-life policies that would really stick it to the man?

    This bullshit has been thrown at the general public for years. The only thing that should amaze us is when lying Republican politicians get caught (as Democratic politicians get dissected by the media so regularly and so enthusiastically, they don’t even have to do something stupid to get blamed for it).

    But yeah. Nothing new.

  3. 3
    akaoni says:

    The funny thing is that this will get much less play than Gore’s fictional claim to have invented the internet or John Edwards’ hair.

  4. 4
    Bombadil says:

    The funny thing is that this will get much less play than Gore’s fictional claim to have invented the internet or John Edwards’ hair.

    I don’t think I’d use the word “funny”, but yeah.

  5. 5
    Dreggas says:

    This one time, at mormon camp I saw my daddy win the battle of Troy.

  6. 6
    HyperIon says:

    Is this really the best the GOP has to offer?

    YES.
    SATSQ vol. MCVII
    i couldn’t resist….

  7. 7
    Jake says:

    Is this really the best the GOP has to offer?

    Yes. SA2SQ Vol. LMCXXI

    “If you look at the literature or look at the dictionary, the term ‘saw’ includes being aware of — in the sense I’ve described.”

    And really, this latest episode of Mitt Romney: Did he or didn’t he? encapsulates almost everything I fucking loathe about the GOP. Not only do you have the exploitation of Dr. King to prove you love you some black folks, but the persistent savaging of the language (while hypocritically calling to make English the “official” language of the US) makes me want to choke a bitch.

    Here Mitt is trying to claim he used the verb “to see,” in the way a normal person would say “I see you got a hair cut,” or “I see you’ve been playing in the mud.” Either use is legitimate but the speaker must be talking of something he knows happened, otherwise he may as well admit he dropped a lot of acid and is prone to flashbacks. That would at least make sense.

  8. 8

    Is this really the best the GOP has to offer?

    I miss the good ol’ days of Nixon and Agnew. Those were the days my friend.

  9. 9
    Garrigus Carraig says:

    The leading candidates are a flat-earth religious huckster, a serial liar, and a cross-dresser with an authoritarian streak and mob ties. Is this really the best the GOP has to offer?

    Sometimes I wonder if GOP aren’t bringing their A Team because they know it’s not their year. So why should someone blow political (& real) capital on a campaign destined to end in tears? That being said, who is the GOP A Team right now? All the current crew in Washington is tainted by the touch of the C-Plus-Augustus. Maybe there’s a Republican governor somewhere who could make some noise in 2012/2016. But I haven’t heard of anyone.

    The funny thing is that this will get much less play than Gore’s fictional claim to have invented the internet or John Edwards’ hair.

    Wait, that’s true though. Al Gore did invent John Edwards’s hair.

  10. 10
    Punchy says:

    I see I just laid Jessica Alba.

  11. 11
    Michael D. says:

    Maybe there’s a Republican governor somewhere who could make some noise in 2012/2016.

    Sonny Perdue! [ /ducks ]

  12. 12
    Raenelle says:

    My dad WAS Martin Luther King, Jr., and I remember him rope-a-doping George Foreman, winning the Triple Crown, nominating John Kennedy for president in 1960, discovering the double helix, and banging Marilyn Monroe.

  13. 13
    Bombadil says:

    All the current crew in Washington is tainted by the touch of the C-Plus-Augustus.

    I knew I wasn’t the only Charlie Pierce fan here!

  14. 14
    Keith says:

    A shiny new penny to the first person to photoshop Mitt Romney into the famous MLK assassination photo so he’s pointing to where the gunfire came from.

  15. 15
    Face says:

    Here’s what I dont get–THE GUY IS FROM MASSACHUSETTES. HOW THE FUCK DOES HE CONFUSE THE SUPER BOWL (Pats champs ’02 ’04 ’05, and ’07 (to be)) AND THE WORLD SERIES (the Red Sox won in ’04 and ’07)??

    I can see if he’s from Cleveland or Seattle…but he’s from the winningest state in the f’in nation!

  16. 16

    […] Update 2: Is imitation flattery?  I dunno, but John Cole wrote on this subject a day after B4C and titled it Say Anything, Starring Multiple Choice Mitt.  I guess he really does read Blogs 4 Conservatives. […]

  17. 17
    Psycheout says:

    I wonder which part was figurative the “saw” or “marched?”

    I don’t really care, but it does seem clear that Mitt was being intentionally misleading, yet crafty enough to have a way out when the truth was discovered (if it ever was).

    Does this remind anyone of a certain President attempting to redefine the word “is?”

  18. 18
    Neal says:

    We have a decent GOP governor here in Florida. Charlie Crist. Problem is, because he is decent and somewhat sensible, he is automatically called a RINO by the batshit insane crowd – so yeah, he probably won’t be the GOP savior in ’12 or ’16…although there has been talk of him being a good VP for one of these clowns. I sure hope not. I’d rather him just wait it out…or switch parties.

  19. 19
    Psycheout says:

    Gore’s fictional claim to have invented the internet or John Edwards’ hair.

    Wait… Al Gore invented John Edwards’ hair?

    STOP THE PRESSES!

  20. 20
    Face says:

    Sorry, but this is just funny.

  21. 21
    Bombadil says:

    Here’s what I dont get—THE GUY IS FROM MASSACHUSETTES. HOW THE FUCK DOES HE CONFUSE THE SUPER BOWL (Pats champs ‘02 ‘04 ‘05, and ‘07 (to be)) AND THE WORLD SERIES (the Red Sox won in ‘04 and ‘07)??

    I can see if he’s from Cleveland or Seattle…but he’s from the winningest state in the f’in nation!

    No, he’s not from here. His company, Bain Capital is here, and he lives here, but he’s not from here. He’s a carpetbagger, and Massachusetts should have known better than to elect him.

    People used to ask me if I was embarassed that Mike Dukakis was my governor. I wasn’t embarassed by the Duke, but the election of Multiple Choice Mitt is truly a black eye on the Commonwealth.

  22. 22

    Here’s what I dont get—THE GUY IS FROM MASSACHUSETTES. HOW THE FUCK DOES HE CONFUSE THE SUPER BOWL (Pats champs ‘02 ‘04 ‘05, and ‘07 (to be)) AND THE WORLD SERIES (the Red Sox won in ‘04 and ‘07)??

    Simple. He doesn’t watch sports?

    I couldn’t tell you who won the world series or the superbowl last year, much less any time in the past 100.

  23. 23
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  24. 24
    Librarian says:

    Wait… Al Gore invented John Edwards’ hair?

    Yep, he did. They ran into each other one day in the Capitol mens’ room, and Gore said, “John, you’ve got to get a better hair style,” took out his comb, and the rest is history.

  25. 25
    bob says:

    All republicans. All full of shit. All the time. No exceptions.

  26. 26
    rawshark says:

    I was in Memphis when Dr.King was shot. By that I mean I’ve heard the song ‘Pride (In The Name Of Love)’ by U2.

  27. 27
    rawshark says:

    Face Says:

    Here’s what I dont get—THE GUY IS FROM MASSACHUSETTES. HOW THE FUCK DOES HE CONFUSE THE SUPER BOWL (Pats champs ‘02 ‘04 ‘05, and ‘07 (to be)) AND THE WORLD SERIES (the Red Sox won in ‘04 and ‘07)??

    He’s a Utah mormom who became governor of a democratic state to boost his chances to become president. Kind of like being born in connecticut, attending Harvard and Yale yet calling yourself a rancher from Texas.

  28. 28
    Face says:

    Simple. He doesn’t watch sports?

    I couldn’t tell you who won the world series or the superbowl last year, much less any time in the past 100

    I’m pretty sure you’re not calling to congrats every winning Boston team (almost) every year, unlike Mitt. When almost every year you’re participating in (or at least made aware) of a championship parade thru yer biggest town, you’d think Mitt could keep straight what team wins which trophy.

  29. 29
    rawshark says:

    Psycheout Says:

    Gore’s fictional claim to have invented the internet or John Edwards’ hair.

    Wait… Al Gore invented John Edwards’ hair?

    STOP THE PRESSES!

    You wingnuts are so uninformed everythings like a revelation. Yes he invented Edward’s hair. Edward’s hair is the internet.

  30. 30
    Faux News says:

    “I SAW GOODY ROMNEY WITH THE DEVIL”!!!

    Romney’s father was a famous writer whose secret pen name was “Arthur Miller”. Mittens helped his father write all his books, and in fact gave him the quote above.

  31. 31
    Faux News says:

    Damn, I messed that up pretty badly.

  32. 32
    bob says:

    If a governor of Massachusetts can’t tell the difference between the Red Sox and the Patriots…………..

  33. 33
    myiq2xu says:

    The GOP doesn’t have an “A” team, just a bunch of Bush leaguers.

  34. 34
    rawshark says:

    (Pats champs ‘02 ‘04 ‘05, and ‘07 (to be)) AND THE WORLD SERIES (the Red Sox won in ‘04 and ‘07)

    If The Supreme court had decided that Al Gore is president would any of the above have happened? (Yes I did use a weak excuse just to see all that in pixels again):)

  35. 35
    Robert Johnston says:

    The leading candidates are a flat-earth religious huckster, a serial liar, and a cross-dresser with an authoritarian streak and mob ties.

    Aren’t all the leading Republican candidates serial liars? They all go well beyond the normal political puffery into the realm of total fantasy on pretty much a daily basis.

    Mitt’s distinguishing characteristic isn’t the frequency of his lies; it’s how incompetent he is at lying. He forgets that political lies should always be on topics where there’s at least an element of subjectivity to the truth or where the truth is not easily determined. Mitt tells lies that just can’t be spun away.

  36. 36
    Zifnab says:

    If a governor of Massachusetts can’t tell the difference between the Red Sox and the Patriots…………..

    Red Sox = They beat the Yankees! = Horray! = Fan Memorabilia for Everyone!

    Patriots = They beat the Giants! = Boo! = Tom Brady sucks and you’re a bunch of cheaters!

    See, its simple.

  37. 37
    Quiddity says:

    I distinctly remember when the Steelers became World Series Champions. Who could forget that game where Steely McBeam pitched a no-hitter on two days rest? The ninth-inning home run by Issac “Ironhead” Helms? The brilliant fielding of shortstop Freddy Forge? And a richly-deserved MVP awarded to relief pitcher, Gregg “The Galvanizer” Goodling.

    Wonderful memories, impossible to forget. I don’t understand why John asserts his dad was a quarterback on the team. That doesn’t make any sense and I suspect it’s a dig at Mitt, for some reason or another.

  38. 38
    ThymeZone says:

    Is this really the best the GOP has to offer?

    Yes, as Hyperlon has already stated.

  39. 39

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  40. 40
    rawshark says:

    Is this really the best the GOP has to offer?

    Need they offer more? I know dozens of people who constantly say they will vote for whoever the republicans put forth as the candidate. If there is a R next to the name, he gets the vote. And yes I feel confident taking that dozens I know and expanding it across to the whole country. The people I know aren’t unique.

  41. 41
    ThymeZone says:

    Need they offer more? I know dozens of people who constantly say they will vote for whoever the republicans put forth as the candidate. If there is a R next to the name, he gets the vote. And yes I feel confident taking that dozens I know and expanding it across to the whole country. The people I know aren’t unique able to form a thought in their heads, apparently.

    Considering that the choices are from a list of lying lunatics who either think, or will pander to people who think, that the earth is 6000 years old and that the US can establish the first ever successful liberal democracy in the Arab world, and that Terri Schiavo was trying to recite the periodic table when they starved her.

    But hey, who’s being picky?

  42. 42
    Robert Johnston says:

    The GOP doesn’t have an “A” team, just a bunch of Bush leaguers.

    Of course they have an A team–how else do you think they all got to be howling mad?

  43. 43
    Wilfred says:

    They’re going to come with McCain and the Bomb Iran rap – that’s all they have and he’s the only one who can pitch it effectively. Flirtations with Huckabee, Romney and Rudy were always just that.

  44. 44
    myiq2xu says:

    Of course they have an A team—how else do you think they all got to be howling mad?

    Kool-aid?

  45. 45
    ThymeZone says:

    They’re going to come with McCain and the Bomb Iran rap

    Well, then, they lose. Game over. Any viable Dem can beat McCain.

    He looks like a corpse, and lies like a rug. All we have to do is play his “bomb, bomb Iran” ditty day and night for 30 days before the election, and he’ll lose by a Goldwater landslide, and for the same (well deserved) reason.

    He’s unfit to be president of a homeowner’s association.

  46. 46

    I agree with Wilfred. Not least, the recent polls from Iowa and New Hampshire (granting all caveats) are, well weird. One poll showing McCain as spiking to be equal with the rest of the leaders is an outlier. Three… if it’s not thumbs on the scales, then McCain is going to be the nominee.

    Actually, even if it IS thumbs on the scales it’s a big boost for him, and a major hurt on all the current “leaders”.

  47. 47
    bob says:

    How does Fred Thompson wink? He opens one eye.

  48. 48
    MBunge says:

    Are any of the GOP candidates running now really any worse than George W. Bush running in 2000?

    Mike

  49. 49
    rawshark says:

    who…think…the US can establish the first ever successful liberal democracy in the Arab world,

    While not believing the US is a liberal democracy. They think we live in a world where telling a king to ‘take his tea and his taxation w/o representation and shove it up his ass’ is a conservative notion. God knows everything I’ve ever learned about the noble class tells me they are quite likely to turn against the hand that established them.

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    Tsulagi says:

    I know its use has been tainted here, but this one really does deserve a LOL! Guess Every Choice Mitt being a Mormon couldn’t attribute the hallucination to Scotch, so he went with in a metaphysical spirit he saw his dad marching with MLK. Pretty much confirms again for me he’s one of those big-picture seers.

    Sorta Mitt and nuance topic related, and funny too, was a recent exchange I saw on RedState. In a thread, a commenter called out Leon for using sock puppets to diss Rudy and promote Mitty. Indignant, Leon corrected him. He did not use sock puppets, he used “aliases.” Big difference. No nuance there. Then in typical vaunted Republican man upness, Leon added “Besides, other directors do it too.”

    Vote Republican! Bringing “honor and integrity” since 2000. Let Orwell be your daddy.

  51. 51

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  52. 52
    Wilfred says:

    Well, then, they lose. Game over. Any viable Dem can beat McCain.

    I fucking hope so, but I’m still worried. By November 08 it’ll be 7 years of demagoguery, including the final surge as we near the election: McCain/Petraeus – For the Lives of Our Children, yakety-yak.

  53. 53
    Robert Johnston says:

    Of course they have an A team—how else do you think they all got to be howling mad?

    Kool-aid?

    Looks like someone didn’t spend enough of his youth watching cheesy 80s television.

  54. 54
    Tax Analyst says:

    Who could forget that game where Steely McBeam pitched a no-hitter on two days rest?

    NO! NO! NO! – Steely McBeam was the guy who pitched a no-hitter on LSD. I was there…in fact, I WAS the LSD.

    As God (who I’m like “This” with) is my Witness.

  55. 55
    Robert Johnston says:

    Are any of the GOP candidates running now really any worse than George W. Bush running in 2000?

    Sadly, yes. Giuliani and Huckabee are pretty clearly worse IMO, almost certainly the two worst serious major party candidates of my lifetime. Giuliani is one of the most corrupt people walking the earth and would love nothing more dearly than to play “football” with Iran; Huckabee is a hardcore theocrat. McCain, Thompson, and Romney are probably better than Bush, but Romney at least is a close call

  56. 56
    Jay B. says:

    Honestly, it’s not the field which is weak, it’s the party. They’re fucked.

    Within the past couple of years, Rudy was “America’s Mayor” who lorded over NYC during the terrible days after 9/11, John McCain was known as a war hero and has long been one of America’s most visible and most respected politicians, Mike Huckabee was on the cover of Time Magazine and an inspiration because of his commitment to his personal health, Romney was elected in a liberal state (and had “shoulders like an aircraft carrier”) who EVERYONE thought was presidential material and Ol’ Houndog Thompson was a ‘dynamic’ personality who could easily take the party and the nation by storm.

    These are high-profile and accomplished people, all of whom, at another point in American History, would be considered not only top-tier and worthy candidates, but favorites.

    But this is the rub: They represent the face of the GOP. And everyone hates the GOP precisely because of what they represent.

  57. 57
    Dreggas says:

    I heard Mitt Romney’s, father’s, cousin’s, nephew’s, bother’s illegitimate black child which he had with the housekeeper marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. in Detroit!

  58. 58
    Tony J says:

    Considering that the choices are from a list of lying lunatics who either think, or will pander to people who think, that the earth is 6000 years old and that the US can ever intended to establish the first ever successful liberal democracy in the Arab world, and that Terri Schiavo was trying to recite the periodic table when they starved her.

    But hey, who’s being picky?

    Hey. I am.

  59. 59
    Jen says:

    I am so going to watch the Tar Heels win the Triple Crown this year. Duke is not even going to take the bronze.

  60. 60
    Tony J says:

    I’m sad to say that, despite the obvious and finely-honed crapness of the GOP candidates, I picked up my copy of the bloody Guardian today only to read that John McCain is going to win the Republican nomination and go on to sternly challenge for the Presidency based on his record of opposing Bush’s Iraq policy, opposing torture, and being a maverick who can even win over Democratic voters, based on his endorsement from a former Democratic candidate for the Vice-Presidency.

    I mean, WTF? I kind of get the impression that The Guardian’s ‘foreign correspondent’ in Washington is getting a little to pally with the Beltway locals. Which would suggest that the MSM are hoping to hell that McCain does win so they can redo 2000 all over again sans Bush.

  61. 61
    Dreggas says:

    Tony J Says:

    I’m sad to say that, despite the obvious and finely-honed crapness of the GOP candidates, I picked up my copy of the bloody Guardian today only to read that John McCain is going to win the Republican nomination and go on to sternly challenge for the Presidency based on his record of opposing Bush’s Iraq policy, opposing torture, and being a maverick who can even win over Democratic voters, based on his endorsement from a former Democratic candidate for the Vice-Presidency.

    I mean, WTF? I kind of get the impression that The Guardian’s ‘foreign correspondent’ in Washington is getting a little to pally with the Beltway locals. Which would suggest that the MSM are hoping to hell that McCain does win so they can redo 2000 all over again sans Bush.

    Oh please, McCain is a turd Joe Lieberman is a tapeworm on the turd.

  62. 62
    bill says:

    A simply answer yes.

  63. 63
    Tax Analyst says:

    Duke is not even going to take the bronze.

    But they WIll! After all, they only have to beat those nappy-headed ho’s from Rutgers to get it.

    It must be kinda fun being Mitt Romney – ’cause ya’ get to be all that you could be but never were and deny all of what you actually were when that isn’t conducive to becoming all that you want to be but never-ever should even remotely be considered for.

  64. 64
    Grand Moff Texan says:

    “When we say I saw the Patriots win the World Series, it doesn’t necessarily mean you were there.”

    Good thing Mitt isn’t a Democrat or he’d already be the John Kerry of 2008.
    .

  65. 65
    dnA says:

    We have a decent GOP governor here in Florida. Charlie Crist. Problem is, because he is decent and somewhat sensible, he is automatically called a RINO by the batshit insane crowd – so yeah, he probably won’t be the GOP savior in ‘12 or ‘16…although there has been talk of him being a good VP for one of these clowns. I sure hope not. I’d rather him just wait it out…or switch parties.

    Charlie Crist will always have my respect for restoring voting rights to former felons in his state. Especially since most of them don’t vote Republican.

  66. 66
    Jen says:

    he’d already be the John Kerry of 2008.

    I’m kind of hoping for Carter in 1980, but I’d settle for Kerry too.

  67. 67
    Dreggas says:

    Grand Moff Texan Says:

    “When we say I saw the Patriots win the World Series, it doesn’t necessarily mean you were there.”

    Good thing Mitt isn’t a Democrat or he’d already be the John Kerry of 2008.

    Heh I made this comparison to my father the other day (He wants Mitt to win only because he sees him as the LEAST craptastic). I told him flat out, that he botched about Kerry being a flip-flopper he needs to look at Romney again.

    Of course I may have him convinced to pull the lever for Obama. As much of a rethug as he can be he’s sane enough to see that all the Republicans are offering is to take this country even further down the shitter than we’ve already gone, he shudders at the idea of Huckabee or Giuliani being nominated because he sees both as bat shit stupid and crazy.

  68. 68
    myiq2xu says:

    Are any of the GOP candidates running now really any worse than George W. Bush running in 2000?

    There’s the 2008 GOP slogan waiting for the primary non-loser:

    “Vote (insert name) He’s not as bad as Bush”

  69. 69
    jcricket says:

    Did you see the “Mitt to English” translator on the web?

    Good times. Good times.

  70. 70
    myiq2xu says:

    Andrew Sullivan (via TPM) found a this from Multiple Mitt in a 1978 interview:

    “My father and I marched with Martin Luther King Jr. through the streets of Detroit.”

    Oh yeah? Well my father and I marched with Sherman through Atlanta.

  71. 71
    Grand Moff Texan says:

    I’m kind of hoping for Carter in 1980

    Perhaps the only flop bigger than Galactica 1980.
    .

  72. 72
    Dreggas says:

    Grand Moff Texan Says:

    I’m kind of hoping for Carter in 1980

    Perhaps the only flop bigger than Galactica 1980.

    Gigli?

  73. 73
    Cain says:

    I marched with Jane Fonda.

    cain

  74. 74
    Jon H says:

    Mitt was using “saw” in the sense that Joseph Smith “saw” holy Mormon texts translated into English through his magickal holy Mormon optical devices.

  75. 75
    Jon H says:

    Or maybe it was one of those posthumous Mormon dealies: after the assassination, Mitt’s dad held a protest march with MLK after baptizing MLK into the church.

  76. 76
    Grand Moff Texan says:

    Gigli?

    In 1980, I mean.
    .

  77. 77
    Dreggas says:

    Jon H Says:

    Mitt was using “saw” in the sense that Joseph Smith “saw” holy Mormon texts translated into English through his magickal holy Mormon optical devices underwear.

    Fixed for accuracy.

  78. 78

    “I’m an English literature major,” he added, after the questions didn’t stop.

    Mitt is still in school? Hey Mitt–stop making the rest of us with English degrees look bad.

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    jcricket says:

    Gigli?

    Think the Genghis Khan movie with John Wayne as Genghis (financed by Howard Hughes in his crazy stage).

    It’s really awesome. John Wayne’s wooden delivery with some of the worst dialog ever written. “Ju-moo-gah. This Tar-tar woman’s fer me. And I aim to take her” (paraphrasing from memory here).

    It’s made worse by the fact that they filmed it in the desert where they did all the atom bomb testing (there’s “making of” footage showing people with Geiger counters going off-the-scale and everyone laughing). Then the compounded this problem by shipping like 100 tons of radioactive sand back to the Hollywood studios for soundstage shots.

    And has the campaign already been going on for long enough that we’ve forgotten Mitt’s “my sons are serving their country just like the soldiers by campaigning with me” gaffe? Oy, I can’t believe we’ve got another year of this.

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    Margaret says:

    These things have a tendency to happen when lying becomes the default position. Politicians seem to lie even when they don’t have to. I hear conservatives constantly barking about “a return to traditional values” or even “xtian” values but lying…bearing false witness… seems to have received a special dispensation at some point. The hypocrisy is staggering.

  81. 81
    Andrew says:

    MASSACHUSETTES

    Are they Massachusetts’ official cheerleading squad or something?

  82. 82
    RSA says:

    Of course they have an A team

    I went to the same high school, years later, that “Murdoch” attended. Also John Waters.

  83. 83
    caustics says:

    Chris Mathews had Mitt’s press secretary on. It was like clubbing a baby seal with perfect teeth and hair.

  84. 84
    Buck says:

    A shiny new penny to the first person to photoshop Mitt Romney into the famous MLK assassination photo so he’s pointing to where the gunfire came from. -Keith

    Keith, how’s THIS?

  85. 85
    Hedley Lamarr says:

    You forgot the old guy whose claim to fame is getting caught bombing civilians in another bogus undeclared war.

  86. 86

    Tony J,

    That British correspondent may have an early edge instead of being way off base. Here’s the deal — three recent polls have shown McCain to be with or above the flipflopper and the theocrat. By the way, they’re split between NH and IA.

    Now, one would be an outlier. Three mean something’s happening. The weird part (to me) is how suddenly the spike occurred. I mean, going from ~8% to ~24% in two weeks is just…

    The following possibilities exist.
    a) an extraordinary set of outliers;
    b) Thumbs on the scales, which in turn may or may not translate to votes;
    c) It’s real.

    If it’s the latter, I’ve a bet with myself as to the source. They’re the voters abandoning Rudy, who as plunged just as steeply as McCain has climbed. Now, Rudy was the darling of the Nativist/Nationalist crowd, and there’s no doubt this leg doesn’t competely trust McCain. But of the bunch, he’s the only one who has demonstrated (or pseudodemonstrated — Rudy) understanding of The Military.

    And if McCain can pull off 1st or 2d in the first two states, he suddenly becomes, well, the frontrunner. And unless Romney is the other one in BOTH states, it becomes a race between McCain and Huckabee.

    I’m aware of the chain of ifs, but there’s no getting around the peculiar spike in the polls.

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    Margaret says:

    It’s worth noting that there was no way Mitt Romney could have seen his father marching with Martin Luther King. At the time dear Mitt was in the middle of his Mormon mission in La Havre France. So not only is he a serial liar, he is either too stupid or too arrogant to believe that something so easily discredited would not be. Establishment candidate? Maybe but only McCain has even an outside prayer of defeating the least and most reviled of the Democrats. The Republicans have been running so far right in order to pander to the winger crowd that there is no way possible they can credibly move even marginally toward the center for the general election. They have come to the realization that the Bushies were insane too late in the game and still refuse to fully embrace the truth. Admitting that one was mistaken is not a weakness but not facing the fact that one was mistaken is.

  88. 88
    Cain says:

    Keith, how’s THIS?

    Is this some kind of urban fantasy island? “The plane, boss! The plane!”

    Actually, there was a non-PC version in my head but I didn’t want to blurt that out because I might have to kiss Jesse Jackson’s ass to apologize.

    cain

  89. 89
    Wilfred says:

    I wrote here a while back that the GOP would eventually come with a McCain-Lieberman ‘fusion’ ticket. That way they nick Florida and Ohio, and then what? We’re at WAR, remember? They’re already resurrecting McCain in the press and at Repub sites.

  90. 90
    sidereal says:

    Maybe there’s a Republican governor somewhere who could make some noise in 2012/2016. But I haven’t heard of anyone.

    He’ll be back.

    It’s so obvious that Arnold is primping for a Presidential run that I can’t believe the bumper stickers aren’t already being printed. It’s not like the rest of the Constitution is enforced. Might as well skip the nativity requirement as well.

    A shiny new penny to the first person to photoshop Mitt Romney into the famous MLK assassination photo so he’s pointing to where the gunfire came from

    Oof. Please don’t. I hate that picture. I hate knowing that MLK was murdered and cynical sociopaths like Rove are going to comfortably grow old and rich.

    Photoshop him into this one instead

  91. 91
    bob says:

    photoshop him into the cop

  92. 92
    myiq2xu says:

    Mitt not only marched with MLK, he has produced several hip-hop CD’s under his street name, “Why T.”

  93. 93
    Zifnab says:

    It’s so obvious that Arnold is primping for a Presidential run that I can’t believe the bumper stickers aren’t already being printed. It’s not like the rest of the Constitution is enforced. Might as well skip the nativity requirement as well.

    Yeah, that would go over real well with the nativists.

    I think Mr Schwarzenegger is firmly out of the running for Prez, although I wouldn’t be surprised to see him pick up a cabinet position. Even then, I doubt he’d wield more influence than he does right now as governor of California.

  94. 94
    myiq2xu says:

    I think Mr Schwarzenegger is firmly out of the running for Prez, although I wouldn’t be surprised to see him pick up a cabinet position.

    He’ll prolly get nominated for Secretary of defense cuz he got all that military experience making action movies.

  95. 95

    I’m really surprised Mitt would bring up the World Series. Half the Republican base probably thinks that to win it, you had to compromise with the French.

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    Tax Analyst says:

    “I’m the Ali of today. I’m the Marvin Gaye of today. I’m the Bob Marley of today. I’m the Martin Luther King, or all the other greats that have come before us. And a lot of people are starting to realize that now,”

    Quiz: Who said this?

    Choices:
    a) Tommy Flanagan (“The Pathological Liar” from SNL)
    b) R Kelly
    c) Mitt Romney
    d) Scooter Libby

  97. 97
    Tsulagi says:

    Another funny thing, in one of those videos where Mitt is proudly talking of his dad marching with MLK, there are more potentially “figurative” remembrances. In this MTP vid with Russert, when the Mormon Church began allowing blacks into the priesthood in 1978…

    “I can remember when I heard about the change being made. I was driving home from, I think it was law school, but I was driving home going through the Fresh Pond rotary in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I heard it on the radio and I pulled over and literally wept. Even to this day, it’s emotional.”

    Must have been a really long drive home as Wiki has him graduating from Harvard Law School in 1975. Seems his vivid recollection of that event is every bit as clear as that of his dad marching.

    Carrying on the Bush legacy one lie at a time. Go Mitt!

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    Psycheout says:

    Keith, how’s THIS?

    I like it. Can I use it?

    It’s kinda funny that Mitt’s pointing the wrong way. He remembered marching with his dad, so it would make sense for him to be wrong about where the shot came from.

  99. 99
    Pug says:

    I see I just laid Jessica Alba.

    Figuratively, of course.

    Seems like Mitt has confused Grosse Pointe, where his Dad might have seen MLK (or maybe not), and Detroit. Detroit is where the Romneys do not hang out.

  100. 100
    sidereal says:

    And done I predict that photoshopping Romney into MLK pictures becomes something of an underground hobby.

  101. 101
    sidereal says:

    John, start a contest thread. Let’s put those photoshop skills to the test

  102. 102
    Buck says:

    It’s kinda funny that Mitt’s pointing the wrong way.
    -Psycheout

    Exactly! I was looking for a Mitt “pointing” image and that’s the only one I found. But later, thought that it actually fits for Mitt to be pointing the wrong way!

    hehehe

  103. 103
    D-Chance. says:

    And, in 2009 when the Democrat president begins doing things that leave the country saying, “Waaaaidaminnit. Why didn’t we know this before? Why weren’t we warned?”, we can return to these fond moments when the ISSUE OF GRAND IMPORTANCE was not the Iraq War or overall GWOT, not the impending recession, not the mortgage crisis, not illegal immigration, not health care reform, not the debt, not China, not ‘global warming’, not restoring habeus corpus and other lost civil liberties; but was… whether someone saw his dad in a march 44 years ago.

    Right…

  104. 104
    Cain says:

    not ‘global warming’, not restoring habeus corpus and other lost civil liberties; but was… whether someone saw his dad in a march 44 years ago.

    Damn you, Scott Beauchamp!!

    cain

  105. 105
    Darkness says:

    Faux News Says:

    Damn, I messed that up pretty badly.

    Yeah, but you made me choke on my chardonnay… I just read that story last night for the first time.

  106. 106
    Psycheout says:

    Thanks to Buck’s researching skills, the “Say Anything” meme can be nearly put to rest. Actually I’m still waiting on a photo of Mitt actually marching with MLK or, barring that, a photo of him watching his pops marching with MLK or winning the Superbowl or the Olympics.

    I’ve sent out several emails to various sources and have the B4C and B4B Teams working on it. If any of you can help out with tips, it would be greatly appreciated.

  107. 107
    ThymeZone says:

    the ISSUE OF GRAND IMPORTANCE was not the Iraq War or overall GWOT, not the impending recession, not the mortgage crisis, not illegal immigration, not health care reform, not the debt, not China, not ‘global warming’, not restoring habeus corpus and other lost civil liberties; but was… whether someone saw his dad in a march 44 years ago.

    Oh oh, I think someone just discovered blogs.

  108. 108
    Jake says:

    Mitt is still in school? Hey Mitt—stop making the rest of us with English degrees look bad.

    Mitt saw himself graduating suma cum laude from Harvard.

  109. 109
    Robert Johnston says:

    Of course they have an A team

    I went to the same high school, years later, that “Murdoch” attended. Also John Waters.

    Well, I went to the same high school as Ron Jeremy, and if I start analogizing him to the Republican field we’ll be here all night, and the next night, and . . . . well, we’d be here a really long time.

  110. 110
    Darkness says:

    Zifnab Says:

    Yeah, that would go over real well with the nativists.

    This is double sarcasm, right? Arnold has the pedigree to make the nativists put his poster on the wall of their mom’s basement, just above their bed so they can blow a kiss to it good night. Aye Karumba. What part of “Nazi storm trooper father” would not bolster his image on this point?

  111. 111
    Krista says:

    They ran into each other one day in the Capitol mens’ room, and Gore said, “John, you’ve got to get a better hair style,” took out his comb, and the rest is history.

    And there you have a fundamental difference between Dems and Repubs: what they do to each other in the washrooms.

  112. 112
    Gus says:

    Yes, it’s truly unbelievable that this is the guy the establishment is pinning their hopes on if you haven’t followed politics for the last 50 years.

  113. 113
    Anne Laurie says:

    Mitt’s distinguishing characteristic isn’t the frequency of his lies; it’s how incompetent he is at lying. He forgets that political lies should always be on topics where there’s at least an element of subjectivity to the truth or where the truth is not easily determined. Mitt tells lies that just can’t be spun away.

    Mitt is a natural CEO, in both his professional and his religious career. Remember Dilbert’s pointy-haired boss? In CEO-land, and Mormon-world, the P-HB makes a statement and it’s everybody else’s job to see that the Village will thereafter conform to P-HB’s opinion. Because doing it the other way around is for the Reality-Based Community, and CEOs make their *own* reality. That’s the Tragedy of Willard — his natural career progression to the Oval Office has been seriously damaged, like so much else in America, by the Fortunate Son now serving as Cheney’s sockpuppet.

  114. 114
    jack fate says:

    Seriously- the Republican field is just an exercise in absurdity. The leading candidates are a flat-earth religious huckster, a serial liar, and a cross-dresser with an authoritarian streak and mob ties. Is this really the best the GOP has to offer?

    And yet, at least they’re more interesting than the Democrats. . .

    *sigh*

  115. 115

    And yet, at least they’re more interesting than the Democrats. . .

    After the last 7 years, I’d give my left nut for a boring but competent president. Unfortunately, no matter which Democrat winds up being President, the right-wingers won’t allow for boring, no matter how competent he or she winds up being, since they depend on outrage to stay in their jobs.

  116. 116

    Didn’t James Thurber write this short story?

    “The Secret Life of Waffler Mitty”?

    And, hey, Mitt DOES look something like Danny Kaye.

  117. 117
    Phoenician in a time of Romans says:

    I miss the good ol’ days of Nixon and Agnew. Those were the days my friend.

    Reagan made these guys look good. Come to think of it, Reagan *still* makes these guys look good.

  118. 118
    4tehlulz says:

    OK, it turns out that George marched with King in MI, but his son is too retarded to a) document his claims before he makes them, and b) lie effectively even if they were bullshit.

  119. 119
    Tony J says:

    That British correspondent may have an early edge instead of being way off base.

    My problem didn’t come from his thinking that McCain might win the nomination, he might, he might not, but he’s doing better than he was a few months ago, and the other candidates seem to be doing their very bestest to put off voters outside the 28%ers come 2008. So the GOP Establishment might well decide that he can give them a fighting chance of not losing too badly next year.

    My problem was with a newspaper like the Guardian blandly regurgitating the Beltway wisdom on why McCain might be doing better, and what it might mean for the Presidential election. I mean, opposing torture? Opposing the Bush policy on Iraq? Getting Lieberman’s support making his a bipartisan candidate? Simply not true, and it annoys me that the Washington correspondent for the bloody Guardian couldn’t bother his arse to do any actual journalism before he filed his puff-piece.

    That’s what I was annoyed about.

  120. 120
    jones says:

    I’m a longtime, partisan Republican. I’d rather see Hillary! as president than Romney. Romney will split the party and could destroy it for a generation. I find him a glib, slick, dishonest huckster who in the bargain is a member of a racist, sexist, intolerant cult that preaches hate-speech as its very core tenets.

    If Romney is the nominee, I’ll not only vote for his rival, I’ll work on their behalf against Romney, as well as leaving the Republican party. I find him despicable.

    The most ironic thing about this entire MLK thing is that in ’63, Romney’s sainted father was a fanatical member in good standing with a cult that would refuse to ordain (or make a full member) a black man for another 15 years.

    Civil rights starts at home (and at church)- instead of out leading a parade, why didn’t he either work to reform his own racist cult, or barring that, leave it, instead of doing missionary work to bring more members in, and sending his children out to do the same.

    Disgusting gall on Romney’s part. This story IS a big deal because it has resonance. Romney IS a lying sack of shit, and this just points it up in a very clear way to the average voter.

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    Jon H says:

    Considering Mitt’s fondness for government surveillance, someone should photoshop him into a picture of MLK’s home, listening at the window.

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