C(ash) R(ules) E(verything) A(round) M(itt)


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Willard “Mitt” Romney, on the road, hustlin’ the dolla-dolla! First, harvesting on his Olympics cred, per Matt Visier at the Boston Globe:

On the eve of the Olympic Games, Mitt Romney is planning two separate fundraising events in central London hosted by a variety of banking industry officials, according to copies of the invitations obtained by the Globe.

The events involve a reception – at a cost of $2,500 per person – and a high-dollar “private dinner with Governor Mitt Romney” that will cost from $25,000 to $75,000 per person. Both events will be held at a location in “central London” that has not yet been named…

London is one of the world banking hubs, with plenty of Americans who are involved in the securities and investment industries that Romney has targeted. This is Romney’s second trip to London to raise money for his presidential campaign…

Only American citizens or US green card holders are allowed to contribute to a presidential campaign, and Romney’s fundraising invitations note that attendees “must provide copy of US passport.”

And you worry about handing personal details to small-time scammers via a hacked website. Presumbly Frenchy-looking berets will not be distributed as table favors, although if there are keepsakes, they’ll probably also have been made in China.

Afterwards, it’s on to Jerusalem! Via “Learned Mother of Zion” at LGF:

“Presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will host a fundraising event in Jerusalem at $60,000 or more per plate on July 29, The Jerusalem Post learned on Wednesday.

Delegates are set to fly in from the US for the event, which a Republican source said would be ‘a small meeting, but a big fundraiser.’…

The Republican candidate will stay in Jerusalem for two days, Israeli Republican political consultant Jonny Daniels told The Jerusalem Post, during which Romney will meet with President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, opposition leader Shelly Yechimovich (Labor) and senior Palestinian officials….”

Read more at Jerusalem Post.

July 29 is the fast day of Tisha B’Av, on which Jews mourn the destruction of the Temples of Jerusalem, the Expulsion from Spain, the Holocaust and other tragic events in Jewish history. It is the second most significant fast day, after Yom Kippur.

Well, as long as Eric Fehrnstrom manages to avoid any “From the Mormon perspective, you guys are the gentiles” gaffes, I’m sure it’ll turn out well enough. I mean, even the Romney campaign wouldn’t suggest a lunch meeting with those ‘senior Palestinian officials’ during Ramadan, right, guys?

What’s really surprising me, though, is that I can’t find any current hot breaking details from the Politico papparazzi about tomorrow’s Big Love Party:

Embracing perhaps the most polarizing figure in the Bush administration, Mitt Romney will hold a fund-raiser at the Jackson Hole, Wyo. home of former Vice President Dick Cheney this summer.

The Romney campaign confirmed Monday that it sent a save-the-date e-mail to supporters advertising the “memorable event” in a “beautiful summer destination” on July 12.

Have the optics changed, for Pete’s sake, since the Globe broke that story back in May?

80 replies
  1. 1
    lamh35 says:

    FUCK MITT ROMNEY..

    From Maddow tonight Romney at a fundraising event responded to booing;

    “Remind them of this, if they want more stuff from Government tell them to go vote for the other guy-more free stuff. But don’t forget nothing is really free.”

    Reported by Pool report

  2. 2
    Alison says:

    @lamh35: I like to think I’m hard to shock these days, at least in regard to GOP bullshit, but my fucking jaw dropped when she talked about that. Like…SERIOUSLY DUDE? That is so close to just cold breaking out the n-word. I mean, good lord.

    What a contemptible piece of shit he is.

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    pseudonymous in nc says:

    It’s the Summer Of Schmoozing The New Global Elite. Rmoney will be content among his people.

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    Valdivia says:

    @lamh35:

    he said that? really?

    I have no words.

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    Anya says:

    @lamh35: I hope they have an audio. What a contemptible piece of shit. How can this rotten apple fall that far from the tree?

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    jnfr says:

    @lamh35:

    Maddow was on fire about Bush/Cheney and Romney tonight. If anyone missed it, get to her website at once!

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Romney!!! For White America!!!
    Romney!!! The last defender of White Civilization!!!!
    Eine Reich!!! Eine Volk!!! Eine Romney!!!

    Oh by the way on that fundraiser in Jerusalem, I hope some enterprising young Israeli Journalist will ask about the LDS penchant for proxy baptism of Holocaust Victims, and you think the reaction of the African American crowd, today was bad.

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    Will there be a bonfire and a toast to King Billy at the Darth Cheney event?

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    Valdivia says:

    @Alison:

    happy birthday and also, many years of happy reading!

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    lamh35 says:

    Question, who are the pool reporters and why havne’t they reported on this? Or they waiting ’til tomorrow?

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    Yutsano says:

    @lamh35: How dare those uppity darkies boo me! I’ll show them who’s boss! Fire them all!!

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    Alison says:

    @Valdivia: Thanks :) Reading is pretty much all I do these days, so money for books is suh-weet. One friend was all “I’m sorry I couldn’t come up with something more original” (she gave me a gift card to an indie bookshop) and I was all NEVER APOLOGIZE FOR GIVING ME BOOKS.

    I am a nerd :)

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    Alison says:

    @lamh35: I vote for waiting till the day after never, because they all suck. That quote SHOULD be on the front page of every damn paper. People need to know how disdainfully he views them.

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    Mojotron says:

    Man, the lede on the London one got buried- the original host, Bob Diamond, resigned as he had personal matters to attend to.

    Seriously- the host for his overseas fundraiser is someone accused of lying to parliament and manipulating the global economy for personal gain and had to give back his fat bonus. How is this not major news?

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    Hill Dweller says:

    It was only a matter of time before that piece of shit started race-baiting, but I didn’t think it would come this early.

    Willard really is a vile human being.

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    jl says:

    I cannot imagine a room temperature hell more frightening than these quiet back rooms. I hate the smell of subtly sanitized hallways in luxe meeting sites in the morning, afternoon and evening.

    Probably can’t even scarf up a little free food at these places.

    Hallways follow like a tedious emolument
    Of insidious intent
    They will ask you the overwhelming question…. 10
    “Contribution, how much is it?”
    Bring your checkbook when you visit.

    Through the rooms corrupt schmoozers come and go
    Talking of the power and the dough.

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    dead existentialist says:

    Sixty grand per plate at a fast sums up what Rommel will do for America if he wins. Oopsy! I meant Romney.

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    The Dangerman says:

    @lamh35:

    “Remind them of this, if they want more stuff from Government tell them to go vote for the other guy-more free stuff. But don’t forget nothing is really free.”

    Wow. I see bumper stickers:

    “Remind them of this, if they want Medicare, go vote for the other guy”

    “Remind them of this, if they want more education than they can afford, go vote for the other guy”

    etc.

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    rikyrah says:

    @lamh35:

    TELL IT, LAMH.

    TELL. IT

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    Valdivia says:

    @Alison:

    I so get it! I am a total book dork myself. :)

    @jl: love the phrase insidious intent.

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    jl says:

    @Valdivia: Hey, you been scarce. Things going OK with you? Your peeps OK?

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    CW in LA says:

    @lamh35: That’s right, nothing is really free. And that definitely includes the tax breaks for Willard and his Enemy Of The People friends, not that you’ll ever hear any of them admit as much.

    PS to Willard: I’m about as white as you are, and I’d just like to add my BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooo to the chorus. You don’t hear that nearly as much as you deserve.

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    lamh35 says:

    This was reported as Breaking news, but so far I haven’t seen any pool reporters reporting on it. That’s why I was wondering who the pool reporters were.

    If there is one thing I can say about Maddow, she is not usually one for stupid breaking news coverage. She usually doesn’t go for the meme of the day newstory. She sticks to the issues she’s been discussing unless something really “outrageous” happened that needed to be reported.

    I don’t actually think that Maddow was gonna address the NAACP story much at all, then she reported what Romney said as Breaking News.

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    NotMax says:

    Waiting for the other shoe to drop. Something along the lines of:

    “There’s plenty of jobs available as lawn jockeys on my friends’ estates.”

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    Anya says:

    @lamh35: Since Rachel’s source is the pool reporter, then the pool reporter did his/her job by reporting what the degenerate asshole said. The rest is up to other reporters, cable talking heads and democrats.

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    Mike G says:

    RMONEY: Invest in Bermuda

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    Valdivia says:

    @jl:

    Thank you, yes, all my peeps are now on the road to recovery from a week of rotating flus. Back now in time for the RomBot musings. Timing, I haz it! :)

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    “I bank in Switzerland and have rallies in London and Jerusalem…but I believe in America! No really, I do!”

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    danielx says:

    Have the optics changed, for Pete’s sake, since the Globe broke that story back in May?

    A fundraiser at Dick Cheney’s house? Optics? We don’t need no stinkin’ optics…

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    HEY YOU says:

    I’m waiting for someone to open the Pandora’s Box of Mormonism.

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    jl says:

    @Valdivia: That’s good.

    And no, I would never alter ‘insidious intent’. That line is key for the topic of this post, darn straight.

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    beltane says:

    My hunch is that more damaging information is about to come out regarding Romney’s finances and that this appeal to white supremacism is an attempt to deflect attention away from it.

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    Valdivia says:

    Good link from The Guardian. Please note that the booing came not only because he called it ObamaCare but he said he was going to cut non-essential wasteful programs, like the ACA. So healthcare is wasteful non essential porgrams? Asshole.

    ETA: the link you should read is at 11:23 am

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    Anya says:

    @lamh35: My understanding is the pool reporter is chosen among the list of reporters who accompany candidates or the president to cover events because all of the reporters are not allowed in the event. The pool reporter then shares with the rest the details, so that they can use it in their news items.

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    Hypatia's Momma says:

    @dead existentialist:
    Please. Rommel was actually competent. I know he was a filthy Nazi pig-dog but equating him with Romney is just rude.

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    jl says:

    @danielx:

    ” A fundraiser at Dick Cheney’s house? Optics? We don’t need no stinkin’ optics… ”

    I think at this point the cat is out of the bag, the kitty litter is scattered all over the floor, and the smell of stale tuna in the air.

    The right wrong (I give up, fill in wedge group here) people booing.

    No point in pretending anymore.

    Bam ‘n’ JoeB are right, very clear choice this time. Everything is on the table.

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    Anya says:

    I hope the British journalists hound his entitled ass when he does his fundraiser in London.

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    Valdivia says:

    @Anya:

    yes, yes. I hope they eat him for English Breakfast! :D

    @jl:

    I love not just the meaning, so apt here, but the play of the words. How they reinforce each other, darkly.

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    jl says:

    I heard on the radio that the Democrats are trying to adopt ‘Obamacare’ as a good word, to use with pride.

    Serves me right for believing skeavy political operatives on the radio news. PPACA it is again, for the time being.

    But after it starts working, it will be ‘Obamacare’ and very few will boo at the word.

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    WereBear says:

    @The prophet Nostradumbass: That gave me Wicker Man flashbacks.

    The first one; not the Nicolas Cage one, which isn’t good, but is good-bad.

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    NotMax says:

    From Caribou Barbie:

    Romney, he has said before that he doesn’t want to have to light his hair on fire. Well, there are a lot of his base supporters, independents who are saying, ‘Well, light our hair on fire, then!… Source

    Your honor, it is indisputably clear she requested – nay, pleaded – it be done.

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    CW in LA says:

    @Valdivia: Yeah, but I was wondering: Was Willard being deliberately inflammatory, calling the ACA “Obamacare” in that setting, or was that just his usual oblivious self?

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    jl says:

    @Valdivia:

    I think the rhythm embodies a dulled empty cruelty. Whether cheap hotels or wealthy corruptathons in deluxe digs makes no difference.

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    beltane says:

    @NotMax: I’m glad he took Ms. “Blood Libel’s” advice. Maybe in November he and his creepy family will also be given their own reality show.

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    jl says:

    @Valdivia: My comment on why I think that line works is in moderation.

    Was it the phrase ‘c H * * p H * t 3 Ls?’

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    handy says:

    They’re not booing, they’re saying “Goooooooooperrrrrr!”

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    jl says:

    Let me get this straight. Every thing I type get moderated?

    Edit: I guess stupid stuff like this comment doesn’t. That’s about all.

    I thnk Cole’s blog is broke down again.

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    burnspbesq says:

    I love Rachel, but she has a few blind spots.

    Exhibit A: based on last night’s show, I am reluctantly forced to conclude that she doesn’t understand the difference between a loan and a guarantee. Which doesn’t make her unique, but it’s an unpleasant surprise nonetheless.

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    lamh35 says:

    Found the full quote:

    Romney Unfazed By Boos, Attacks Obama For “Crushing People” With Tax

    But I hope people understand this, your friends who like Obamacare, you remind them of this, if they want more stuff from government tell them to go vote for the other guy — more free stuff. But don’t forget nothing is really free. it has to paid for by people in the private sector creating goods and services, and if people want jobs more than they want free stuff from government, then they are going to have to get government to be smaller. And if they don’t want to repeal Obamacare they are going to have to give me some other stuff they are thinking about cutting, but my list takes Obamacare off first and I have a lot of other things I am thinking of cutting.”

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    beltane says:

    My last comment also got put in moderation though it did not contain a single forbidden word.

  53. 53
    Micheline says:

    @Valdivia: It was still dumb for the booing to occur. This is now a major distraction.

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    David Koch says:

    No difference btwn Bush and Gore.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Micheline:

    Yup. As I said about six threads ago, the Romney campaign got exactly what it wanted out of his appearance at the NAACP.

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    gVOR08 says:

    The snark, and the attack ads, write themselves.

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    burnspbesq says:

    Yo, ABL: you owe your fans a post about today’s district court hearing in Mississippi.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07.....ended.html

    I am not at all surprised at the shenanigans of the Republican governor and the Republican-controlled legislature. They obviously believe that if they force reproductive rights advocates to keep litigating, they will eventually win one, and they only need to win one.

    Eternal vigilance, y’all. It’s what’s for dinner.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    I can’t believe he _literally_ said “free stuff from the government.” I have used that as a running punchline describing the Republican mentality for years. It was supposed to be an obnoxious exaggeration.

    BTW, he does realize that the law was scored to _reduce_ the deficit, yes? Is he being deliberately ignorant, or, well, deliberately ignorant a different way?

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @lamh35: Why is a “smaller government” a requisite for jobs? What the fuck does that mean? They say things like that all the goddamn time. They make no sense. And no one makes them explain it, they just nod along.

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    mai naem says:

    @lamh35: Romney is a POS. He’s just a plain old fashioned A-hole. This mofo paid less in taxes than he gets out of this country. He will have no problem with giving free money to corporations but he’ll want to cut social security,medicare etc. for people who have paid into it. Don’t forget there was enough money until Bush Jr. decided to give his 1% buddies a massive tax cut. People have short memories. Greenspan was the one under Reagan who pushed for increased payroll taxes because social security was in dire straits and needed to be shored up right away because of the boomers. So we build up some money and Greenspan decides, oops, we don’t need any money set aside for the boomers.

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    David Koch says:

    Romney to NAACP: “I don’t know any black people but some of my friends own NBA teams. What? Did I say something wrong?”

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    burnspbesq says:

    @FlipYrWhig:

    BTW, he does realize that the law was scored to reduce the deficit, yes

    Surely you’re not assuming that Romney actually knows how to read and understand a Joint Committe revenue estimate, particularly one that is good news for the near Preznit.

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    NotMax says:

    @burnspbesq
    Think the campaign will absolutely run with it, yes, but that you give them too much credit for pre-event competence and/or adroit cleverness.

    Romney essentially gave his standard stump speech, and I think the campaign bigwigs may have experienced some genuine shock by the reaction from a non-cherry-picked crowd.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @NotMax:

    you give them too much credit for pre-event competence and/or adroit cleverness.

    We may have to agree to disagree on this point. I think anyone with an IQ of 17 or above would have predicted, within five minutes after learning that Romney would be addressing the NAACP, that he would get a frosty-to-hostile reception.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @burnspbesq:

    ETA (FYWP): why else would he go there, other than to harvest red meat for the base? He certainly couldn’t hope to pick up a lot of votes delivering that message to that audience.

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    lamh35 says:

    @Micheline: @burnspbesq:

    “It’s the Lack of Respect ”
    http://www.boomantribune.com/s.....224011/933

    …that’s not the only reason that Mitt Romney was lustily booed today at the NAACP when he promised to eliminate the Affordable Care Act. He chose to use the word “ObamaCare” to refer to the bill. In my experience, blacks are extremely sensitive about people showing the proper respect for the Office of the Presidency now that it is occupied by a black man. They don’t like it when people fail to refer to him as “President” or “Mr. President.” And they don’t like to see his name used in a derisive and demeaning way. Mitt Romney was booed primarily because of this lack of respect, which the audience experienced as a lack of respect for them…

    Here’s the thing, before the “obamcare” line Mittens was getting at the very least, polite applause and minimal heckling (which we can get into if a speaker has a good cadence, pay attention to Biden’s speech tomorrow). Even when he said “if you want to see a President who will do better for African American…take a look right here”…even then minimal heckling, polite claps.

    AA have to take enough shit from some co-workers, bosses etc all day and we hold our tongues, but then to come into our house and piss on our leg and tell us it’s raining??? Well then yeah, I’d boo…period!

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    @beltane: @jl:

    FYWP is playing up. I’m rescuing comments as fast as I can…

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    Calouste says:

    @Hypatia’s Momma:

    Rommel was forced to commit suicide by Hitler because of his involvement in a plot to overthrow Hitler.

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    Redshift says:

    @FlipYrWhig:

    BTW, he does realize that the law was scored to reduce the deficit, yes? Is he being deliberately ignorant, or, well, deliberately ignorant a different way?

    Ignorant or lying, who can say? It’s an article of faith in the wingnut-o-sphere that health care reform is massively expensive and adds to the deficit. Mitt is never going to contradict the wingnut-o-sphere. Maybe he knows he’s lying, maybe he just ignores contrary information, maybe he’s enough of a sociopath that he genuinely believes what he’s saying at any given moment. But it’s still blatantly false.

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    Ash Can says:

    Romney seems to be getting worse by the day. I really have to wonder how big a shmuck he’ll become before this election is over and done with. At this rate he’ll be tossing the n-word around by the middle of next month.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @lamh35:

    Well then yeah, I’d boo…period

    I get that. I’m not saying that Romney didn’t deserve to be booed. I’m just saying that he got what he went to Houston to get.

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    BethanyAnne says:

    C.R.E.A.M.? Shame on a Pony! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVGI6mhfJyA

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Ash Can:

    The Republican Party’s reason for existing is to prove that Lenin was right.

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    jl says:

    @Sarah, Proud and Tall:

    Thank you SPaT, mistress of the dark arts of law and bloggery.

    Sorry, not sure that came out right. Blogosphere. ‘Of the blogosphere’ is what I meant.

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    Nellcote says:

    @jnfr:

    Maddow was on fire about Bush/Cheney and Romney tonight. If anyone missed it, get to her website at once!

    She goes in on the reporting at the WaPoo in a delightful way also, too.

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    Redshift says:

    @burnspbesq:

    I’m just saying that he got what he went to Houston to get.

    That’s what I assumed, though he did actually look a little startled when it started.

    There was also the bit that Romney did on Fox afterward, where he claimed that “African-American leaders at the conference talked to him afterward and told him that they were disappointed in Obama blah blah blah.” This one may not have been a blatant lie, just highly misleading — apparently Romney brought a group of black Republicans with him, who were “at the conference” only for his speech.

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    @jl:

    I’m pretty good at the bloggery, if I do say so myself.

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    dead existentialist says:

    @Hypatia’s Momma: I called “Oopsies.”

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Redshift:

    There was also the bit that Romney did on Fox afterward, where he claimed that “African-American leaders at the conference talked to him afterward and told him that they were disappointed in Obama blah blah blah.” This one may not have been a blatant lie, just highly misleading—apparently Romney brought a group of black Republicans with him, who were “at the conference” only for his speech.

    As Romney sees it: “People whose paychecks I sign are eager to agree with me. Just as the Angel Moroni and the inventor of the MBA degree intended.”

    Around normal humans, Willard really is Dilbert’s Pointy-Haired Boss made flesh-lite.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Sarah, Proud and Tall: Don’t restrain yourself hon. We don’t want a repeat of the Studio 54 incident. No that other one.

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