The Real Problem: England Is Not The Right Height.

Thanks to Joshua Keating, posting over at Foreign Policy, we learn what Romney really, truly thinks of his current hosts (h/t Atrios):

England [sic] is just a small island. Its roads and houses are small. With few exceptions, it doesn’t make things that people in the rest of the world want to buy. And if it hadn’t been separated from the continent by water, it almost certainly would have been lost to Hitler’s ambitions. Yet only two lifetimes ago, Britain ruled the largest and wealthiest empire in the history of humankind. Britain controlled a quarter of the earth’s land and a quarter of the earth’s population.

That’s from his increasingly ironically titled book, No Apology.

Well, (a):

Suck. On. This. Mr. Mitt:

 

Top that with some steroidally swollen MacMansion in Malibu La Jolla, you unctuous, climbing, nouveau slime-doggy*

And (b): Mitt shouldn’t worry about apologizing for America to foreigners; if what we’ve seen just in a few hours is any guide, he’ll have a months-long (at least) backlog of personal sorries to deliver by next Tuesday.

Oddly, I think I’ve got to start reading Mitt’s golden prose soon.  I’ll tell you all why after I’m done with it….

Bonus Romney allegorical image:

*”Slime-doggy” is an insult directed at Arnie in some otherwise long forgotten episode of L.A. Law. I have for years longed to fling it at just the right target.  I feel….satisfied.

Update:  Via the Guardian’s live blog of Mitt gaffes I learn (first) that John Podhoretz, of all people, has started to pile on:

Romney in London. Come on. We needed this. It’s a little comic relief. Kind of like Mr. Bean, only he’s an American.

As the Guardian puts it, that would be would-be-President Bean to you proles…not exactly the image sought at the first dance of a candidate’s foreign policy debutantant ball.

And then there’s the genially oafish Tory Boris Johnson at the torch lighting ceremony, taking the piss out of Mitt in front of a live audience of zillions and a broadcast viewership of gazillions:

I hear there’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know whether we’re ready. Are we ready?

Some guy.

That’s gotta hurt.

Images:  Jones’ Views of the Seats, Mansions, Castles Etc. of Noblemen and Gentlemen, View of Blenheim Palace, 1829.

Jan Prost, Death and the Miser, before 1529.

Cross posted






185 replies
  1. 1
    Valdivia says:

    I love this post. Every image and every single snarky dagger dipped in wit and elegance. Thank you.

  2. 2
    Davis X. Machina says:

    We sent the UK a real, breathing, Tom Buchanan.

  3. 3
    rikyrah says:

    did the Mayor of London clown Willard?

  4. 4
    jibeaux says:

    I thought this story couldn’t get any better until I saw headlines that he was “walking back” his criticism of the Olympics. The man can’t even resist flip-flopping his insults!

  5. 5
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    As I pointed out on a previous thread, that teensy little island once had an empire that controlled nearly a quarter of the Earth’s land surface.

    Not bad for a “nation of shopkeepers”.

  6. 6
    beltane says:

    @rikyrah: Yes, and in front of a crowd of 60,000.

  7. 7
    redshirt says:

    Well, do they have sprawling McMansions with car elevators everywhere? No. #Mittwasright

  8. 8
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Davis X. Machina:

    Every bit as careless and clueless as the fictional original, too.

  9. 9
    BGinCHI says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: Are you referencing the Graham Parker song?

  10. 10
    Petorado says:

    This is pure genius from the Mittster’s campaign: Mitt goes overseas and trashes America’s reputation; the Obama Administration then comes out and says something like “Hey Europe, all Americans aren’t this idiotic”; the Romney campaign goes ballistic over how “there you go again” Obama is apologizing for America when Mitt knows America is too exceptional to ever apologize for, even when he tactlessly insults a foreign nation he’s visiting. Brilliant! Fox News will be all over it!

  11. 11
    BGinCHI says:

    We’ve said it here a hundred times already, but this is what happens when you are very rich. You do not know how the world works or how to deal with situations in which things happen that are mundane.

    Romney has been living in a bubble his whole life.

    Moops.

  12. 12
    quannlace says:

    Sweet Jesus, somoebody wanna remind Romney of a little thing called the Blitz, where London was bombed almost nightly? Right, that mightly Channel was all that kept the Nazi’s from marching into Picadilly.
    Never mind the RAF and the courage of the British people.
    Man, I’m getting all indignant on the Brit’s behalf!

  13. 13
    Keith says:

    Mitt love small island.

  14. 14
    beltane says:

    Mitt Romney may be whiter than Wonder Bread but that doesn’t mean he understands the first thing about the British. What a Moroni.

  15. 15

    Yes, but aside from the law, a rich literary tradition, the industrial revolution, and economics, what have the British ever done for us?

  16. 16
    beltane says:

    @Comrade Dread: They gave us The Beatles and Adam Ant, what more could anyone ask for?

  17. 17
    Tonal Crow says:

    What a train-wreck.

    Suggested tag: Romney’s worse than Sarah Palin.

  18. 18

    Another verdict from1 Romney mtg: ‘Apparently devoid of charm, warmth, humour or sincerity’

    Whitehall insiders after their meeting with Romney

    I am having way too much fun with the #romneyshambles hashtag today.

  19. 19
    blondie says:

    Why does Romney want Great Britain to hate us?

  20. 20
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @BGinCHI:

    Quoting another “Master of the Universe”, a Corsican of minor nobility who caused something of a ruckus at the beginning of the 19th century.

  21. 21
    rlrr says:

    Britain ruled the largest and wealthiest empire in the history of humankind. Britain controlled a quarter of the earth’s land and a quarter of the earth’s population.

    That was not necessarily a good thing for those that were controlled…

  22. 22
    SteveinSC says:

    Didn’t I read somewhere that Romney graduated with a degree in English from BYU? Jesus, that was a waste of tuition money.

  23. 23
    BGinCHI says:

    @beltane: The Puritan strain in American politics?

  24. 24
    beltane says:

    @BGinCHI: I don’t recall Prince Charles throwing around gratuitous insults every place he goes. Mitt’s problems extend beyond those of the average rich bubble boy. He is just a born asshole.

  25. 25
    catclub says:

    @Comrade Dread: Blancmange

  26. 26
    rlrr says:

    @beltane:

    What a Moroni.

    I see what you did there.

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  28. 28
    El Cid says:

    All these unwarranted attacks by a buncha Yurrpeen soshullists prove that Yurpeens hate Amurka and love Obama soshullism.

  29. 29
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Comrade Dread:

    Well, given that modern wingtards talk a lot about Adam Smith, but have clearly never bothered to crack open the tomes, it’s not surprising that they don’t know of the British contribution to the study of economics.

    Well, if you want to be really detailed, the Scottish contribution, but hey, UK 1701 and all that rot.

  30. 30
    beltane says:

    One has to wonder if Mitt was this charming while attempting to proselytize the French during the Vietnam War.

  31. 31
    BGinCHI says:

    @beltane: There is a huge cultural difference there. At least most of the nobility are urbane.

    Your rich American guy doesn’t know shit except for how to make money and how to spend it on stuff his friends all have.

    They mostly know fuck all about culture or a lot of things about the world.

  32. 32
    dmsilev says:

    Well, at this rate he might as well stay and watch his wife’s dancing horse. I mean, it’s not like things could get any worse.

    Um, right?

  33. 33
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Comrade Dread:

    Well, given that modern wingtards talk a lot about Adam Smith, but have clearly never bothered to crack open the tomes, it’s not surprising that they don’t know of the British contribution to the study of economics.

    Well, if you want to be really detailed, the Scottish contribution, but hey, UK 1701 and all that rot.

  34. 34
    Calouste says:

    @beltane:

    Well, Prince Charles is not going around throwing gratuitous insults every place he goes, because his dad is a lot better at that. Not Romney-level, but pretty good.

  35. 35
    chopper says:

    good thing mittens never actually practiced law. “drunken hicks of the jury…”

  36. 36
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @beltane:

    Given the mass conversion of the French to LDS, I’d say he was a smashing success!

  37. 37
    schrodinger's cat says:

    He is insulting mummy, how rude.

  38. 38
    Feebog says:

    Can’t wait until the romneybot 2.0 arrives in Isreal. He will probably make some comment about how all those beanies are missing their propellers.

  39. 39
    Legalize says:

    @jibeaux:
    That sounds like apologizing for America to me.

  40. 40
    canuckistani says:

    Triumph Speed Triple.
    Highland Park 15 YO Scotch Whisky.
    The Clash.

    Case closed.

  41. 41
    trollhattan says:

    @dmsilev:
    You mean Prince Gluey?

  42. 42
    Tonal Crow says:

    @Feebog:

    Can’t wait until the romneybot 2.0 arrives in Isreal. He will probably make some comment about how all those beanies are missing their propellers.

    Ya. Can’t wait ’til he offers Netanyahu a ham sandwich.


    Tag: Romney’s worse than Sarah Palin.

  43. 43
    trollhattan says:

    @canuckistani:
    Mmm, Speed Triple.

  44. 44
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @rlrr:

    Given that the 13 North American colonies departed from the Empire, through violence, in the latter half of the 18th century, before the Empire reached its zenith, it would appear that some did indeed not think the Empire to be a good thing.

    Still, the Rmoneytron’s brilliant public relations coup today in the UK was clearly forseen by him two years ago.

  45. 45
    pseudonymous in nc says:

    Britain: where lots of people live in small houses that are older than Mitt’s religion.

  46. 46
    beltane says:

    @Feebog: I fully expect Bishop Romney to make some form of offensive statement that will make the religious crazies there erupt in even more craziness. Also, Netanyahu and Adelson might not have a problem with the posthumous baptism of Holocaust victims and other Jews, but other people feel very strongly about the issue.

  47. 47
    schrodinger's cat says:

    Romney’s worse than Sarah Palin.

    McCain thought so too.

  48. 48
    IowaOldLady says:

    In the last few hours, I’ve seen at least a dozen semi-kind nostalgic things said about W. THAT is how bad this is.

  49. 49
    bemused says:

    @beltane:

    The Guardian live blog is brutal and hilarious. We need an equivalent live blog for Poland and Israel.

    @Feebog:

    Adelson will be there holding Mitt’s hand.

  50. 50
    Culture of Truth says:

    English motherfucker, do you speak it!?

    They exported that you mormon twat!

  51. 51
    trollhattan says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:
    From comments on BBC website:

    American technology is simply amazing. Romney is so lifelike, how do you do it? Industrial Light and Magic is it?

  52. 52
    Culture of Truth says:

    Spiderman, Batman, Abe Lincoln, all British

  53. 53
    pseudonymous in nc says:

    Top that with some steroidally swollen MacMansion in Malibu, you unctuous, climbing, nouveau slime-doggy

    If you read contemporary accounts — especially Jonathan Swift’s — there’s some funny stuff written about the spiralling cost of Blenheim Palace, because a grateful nation basically gave it to John Churchill without setting a limit on the total bill. It’s a monument to a pretty huge ego; of Vanburgh’s great houses, Castle Howard’s much prettier.

  54. 54
    bemused says:

    @IowaOldLady:

    And that is so damn wrong. Someone make it stop.

  55. 55
    beltane says:

    @bemused: Haaretz will certainly have a good liveblog but they are now behind a paywall and I’m not paying. Maybe The Guardian will oblige us and send a reporter or two to Poland and Israel.

  56. 56
    Tom Levenson says:

    @canuckistani: Vincent Black Shadow.

    Just the pure distillation of awesome. No arguments to the contrary will be heard.

    Just ask this guy.

  57. 57
    Tonal Crow says:

    @trollhattan:

    @Villago Delenda Est:
    From comments on BBC website:

    American technology is simply amazing. Romney is so lifelike, how do you do it? Industrial Light and Magic is it?

    No. Lifelike Doll Co.

  58. 58
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @trollhattan:

    Yup, the snark is flowing freely in the UK today.

  59. 59

    Nobody wrote a return address on the back of Mitt’s neck, right?

    Have to agree with u about this @Mittromney fella …..what a complete Bellend .”

    Oh I love my fellow countrymen on days like this.

  60. 60
    moonbat says:

    @canuckistani: You are correct, sir!

  61. 61
    bemused says:

    @beltane:

    Seriously, reporters worldwide should get in on covering the Mitt circus.

  62. 62
    jimmiraybob says:

    I know that it’s only a rumor at this stage but do you think there’s anything to the story the the Secret Service codename for Mitt (R-Anglo Saxons) is Clark Griswald?*

    *I know that it’s probably a violation of an internet tradition but I’m bringing this up from the basement. The start of good rumors needs space.

  63. 63
    Culture of Truth says:

    Bear in mind this is a man who turned a plate of free homemade cookies into an incident.

  64. 64
    the Conster says:

    Now everyone knows how us Bay Staters feel about that asshole. He started shit talking us half way through his term when he couldn’t fill the legislature with his Republican buddies. It only took Londoners one day to figure it out.

  65. 65
    bemused says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt:

    What is a Bellend?

    @jimmiraybob:

    I laughed but Clark Griswold was a lovable fuckup.

  66. 66
    pragmatism says:

    la jolla mcmansion with car elevator rather than malibu. but otherwise spot on, Dr.

  67. 67
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @jimmiraybob:

    Please. Clark Griswold was the model of a polite goodwill ambassador of the United States compared to OvenMitt.

    I fully expect OvenMitt to say something about visiting the Polish resort at Auschwitz when he hits Jerusalem.

  68. 68
    paulfl says:

    The narrative of Mitt Romney as a clueless and out of touch elitist businessman with no skills at handling the most important topics that would face a president is no stereotype; it is reality. Romney has already destroyed his only major foreign trip as presidential candidate, deeply and cruelly insulting our closest allies in the entire world with a thoughtless and baseless remark. An election of Romney to the White House could very well lead us into another conflict with England, because why would he tone down his arrogant rhetoric when he truly doesn’t think he’s said anything wrong? Romney is a bumbling and dangerous neophyte on the world stage.

  69. 69
    Mino says:

    Romney is doing such a job in England that I’m afraid, when he goes to Israel, the Israelis will declare war on us and forget about Iran.

  70. 70

    @bemused:

    A certain bit of a man’s anatomy.

    Team Romney “American’s don’t care about foreign press”

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo......fpnewsfeed

    Helloooooo! The fucking internet! How does that work!

  71. 71
    The Thin Black Duke says:

    Dear God, please don’t allow Mitt Romney to become President of the United States. I don’t think I could stand the rest of the world mocking us stupid Americans for the next four years.

  72. 72
    David Koch says:

    He’s a non-stop gaffe robot. Like Don Adams, without the intended humor.

  73. 73
    Culture of Truth says:

    small. wet. good.

  74. 74
    David Hunt says:

    @trollhattan:

    American technology is simply amazing. Romney is so lifelike, how do you do it? Industrial Light and Magic is it?

    .

    I sometimes wonder if Mitt’s plan for retirement after the Presidency is to go to Disney World, sit in the Hall of Presidents and wave at the audience a few dozen times a day…

  75. 75
    homerhk says:

    I would encourage you all to see this video of Boris Johnson, Mayor of London. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19006480

    As a Londoner, I can’t stand the guy but really it’s quite funny and I love the call and response at the end – very deliberately asking for “yes we can” as a response.

    When you have tossers like this taking the piss out of you, I’m afraid it’s all over.

  76. 76
    pseudonymous in nc says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt:

    Oh I love my fellow countrymen on days like this.

    A foreign visitor hasn’t prompted this much support for Tory leaders since the Luftwaffe.

  77. 77
    redshirt says:

    @the Conster: Amen! Preach it. How anyone in MA could vote for this clown after how he performed here is beyond me. But then, I must confess I simply don’t understand the insane mind.

  78. 78
    redshirt says:

    @Mino: Hmm. That might work out best for all related parties.

  79. 79
    Liberty60 says:

    If I wasn’t such an Alinskyite, Chicago-Way leftist thug, I would almost feel sorry for Mitt.

    Almost.

  80. 80
    Liberty60 says:

    @pseudonymous in nc:

    A foreign visitor hasn’t prompted this much support for Tory leaders since the Luftwaffe

    For the Win!

  81. 81
    amk says:

    Is the corrupt american media covering his sorry a$$ yet again ?

  82. 82
    Culture of Truth says:

    @Mino: First Romney united all England – until recently a grumbling mix of class and races – next, the whole world!

  83. 83
    beltane says:

    @pseudonymous in nc:

    A foreign visitor hasn’t prompted this much support for Tory leaders since the Luftwaffe.

    OK, you win, nothing more to say about the matter.

  84. 84
    trollhattan says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:
    The smokestacks will doubtless be of the right height. Will he invoke Joseph Smith’s persecution and say, “I totally relate to what ‘you people’ went through.”

  85. 85
    Raven says:

    @paulfl: It’s will help him with his base.

  86. 86
    fuzed says:

    and how long until we go to war with UK/England/London?

  87. 87
    the Conster says:

    @redshirt:

    I commute in and out of Boston, and the Obama:Romney stickers are running about 20:1. I travel to Maine quite a bit and it’s the same thing, except pick up trucks from NH are all for Romney.

  88. 88
    Rob in CT says:

    Given this part:

    Yet only two lifetimes ago, Britain ruled the largest and wealthiest empire in the history of humankind. Britain controlled a quarter of the earth’s land and a quarter of the earth’s population

    I have to assume this was to set up a bit about how their superior culture/institutions allowed this small, rather insignificant island to dominate the planet. We should, obviously, emulate this (by having low low taxes on rich people) and since we’re already awesomer… well… great country or Greatest Country? Amirite?

  89. 89
    Tonal Crow says:

    @trollhattan:

    @Villago Delenda Est: The smokestacks will doubtless be of the right height. Will he invoke Joseph Smith’s persecution and say, “I totally relate to what ‘you people’ went through.”

    Please let it be so. Maybe he can also say something about tax hikes being “like Hitler”.


    Tag: Romney’s worse than Sarah Palin.

  90. 90

    @pseudonymous in nc:

    I agree. Internet won for the day. I am so stealing it.

  91. 91
    wrb says:

    Boris Johnson mocking Romney in front of 600,000:

    The Geiger counter of Olympo-mania is going to go zoink! off the scale! People are coming from around the world, and they’re seeing us, and they’re seeing the greatest country on Earth, aren’t they? There are some people who are coming from around the world who don’t yet know about all the preparations we’ve done to get London ready in the last seven years. I hear there’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know whether we’re ready. Are we ready? (crowd goes wild)

  92. 92
    NancyDarling says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: I had to look up “Bellend”. What a classy way to say “dick”. I love your countrymen too!

    I learn stuff at BJ.

  93. 93
    wrb says:

    Romney in London. Come on. We needed this. It’s a little comic relief. Kind of like Mr. Bean, only he’s an American.

    -John Podhoretz

  94. 94
    Patricia Kayden says:

    Y’all should really read the entire Guardian blog re Mitt’s gaffes. Hilarious! Perhaps The Bot and his Anglo Saxon self can get himself elected over there and leave us alone.

  95. 95
    Mino says:

    @redshirt: In a Mouse That Roared sense?

  96. 96
    homerhk says:

    @NancyDarling: technically speaking Bellend is not a dick, just the end of one.

  97. 97
    fuzed says:

    ok, does Mitt make George W. Bush look good or what?

  98. 98
    Maude says:

    @amk:
    Romney wouldn’t answer US press questions. He’s toast with them.

  99. 99
    redshirt says:

    @the Conster: I agree with your anecdotal evidence, making the same trips. I’ve seen a flowering of Obama stickers in the last few weeks. Warms the cockles it does.

  100. 100
    Culture of Truth says:

    @pseudonymous in nc: Win

  101. 101
    Greed Is God says:

    A Counterfeit Yankee In King Arthur’s Court.

  102. 102
    jimmiraybob says:

    I retract the secret service code name Clark Griswald rumor. The problem is that any possible comparison to any comparable bumblers that I can think of runs into the “but they have human qualities” problem.

  103. 103
    fuzed says:

    there’s a compiled list of gaffe’s
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/worl.....f-comments

    “At Downing Street: ‘Looking out through No 10’s backside’
    There are two things you should know before you “look out of the backside of 10 Downing Street”, as Mitt Romney did on Thursday.

    Firstly, in Britain, “backside” means “ass”. As in the part of the body. Secondly, “10 Downing Street” is often used in political reporting as a synonym for a press spokesman for the prime minister, in the same way as “the White House” can say things or have opinions.

    Gaffe rating: 2/10. A minor linguistic misunderstanding.

  104. 104
    redshirt says:

    @Mino: Cool reference. Had to check it out – interesting! But the opposite was my intent.

  105. 105
    beltane says:

    @the Conster: There are far more Obama than Romney stickers on the cars I’ve seen in northern NH at least. Here in VT I am waiting patiently for my Republican neighbors to put a Romney sign up as they’ve done for every other GOP candidate in the past but so far nothing. Other Republicans around here are still stubbornly clinging to their Ron Paul lawn signs; I have a hunch these people probably won’t be won over by Ann Romney’s dancing horse.

  106. 106
    rea says:

    I particulary liked Prime Minister Cameron’s response to Mitt’s Olympic comments:

    We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world. Of course it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere.

  107. 107
    Greed Is God says:

    The GOP Network’s new sitcom: “Everybody Hates Mitt”

  108. 108
    kay says:

    These aren’t gaffes, they’re put-downs, and Romney does this constantly.

    He’d be incapable of going to a city hosting the Olympic games without weighing in critically.

    That’s why he went there. So he could bring up his role in managing the Olympics. I think he, his campaign advisors and pundits are wrong about the importance of his managing an Olympics anyway. They’ve so over-sold it that it now seems almost comical.
    Too, they’re RIGHT about London versus Salt Lake City. It WAS easier in Salt Lake City.

  109. 109
    Tom Levenson says:

    @pseudonymous in nc:

    A foreign visitor hasn’t prompted this much support for Tory leaders since the Luftwaffe.

    Spot on. Just tweeted it.

  110. 110
    beltane says:

    @fuzed: “Backside” also means “ass” in the USA, at least it does here in the northeast. Why does Mitt say such weird things?

  111. 111
    Tonal Crow says:

    @Greed Is God:

    A Counterfeit Yankee In King Arthur’s Court.

    A Confederate symp in King Arthur’s Court.


    Tag: Romney’s worse than Sarah Palin.

  112. 112
    Bobby Thomson says:

    @Comrade Dread: Win.

  113. 113
    redshirt says:

    @beltane: Needs OS upgrade.

  114. 114
    Culture of Truth says:

    Never have so many taken so much offense by so few words.

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    The Right Honorable Member for, the Very Reverend Mother, Her Duchal Serene Highness. Dr. Hortense Sussudio Fuuckerfaaster says:

    in a way romney is right. forget that he is a politician, just think about how england was able to conquer the world by being bigger scumbags than anyone else. no one wants to admit it, and romney is being flamed for alluding to it, but on a scumbag to scumbag level, romney is trying to relate.

    speaking of, i was trying to read some science articles. man you can really tell that science journalism is the autistic redheaded stepchild of the recognized university discipline panoply. its like how the church in pre-enlightened europe was the catch-all for the misbegotten scions of the noble ranks.

    seriously, with science journalism in the utterly incapable hands of smallpeter principled stewardship, is there any doubt why the forces of ignorance, superstition, and organized chicanery rule our public policy anywhere scientific understanding might provide a needed bulwark?

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    Tom Levenson says:

    @pragmatism: Thx. Brain bubbles. Or rather, drunk on alliteration. But now fix’t

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    bemused says:

    I’m wondering how our intrepid US press is coping with Mitt giving them the cold shoulder while watching the UK press properly rip Mitt to shreds in just one day that they couldn’t/wouldn’t do in over a year.

  118. 118
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @kay:

    These aren’t gaffes, they’re put-downs, and Romney does this constantly.

    He doesn’t realize how his put downs are annihilating the minuscule Q rating he already had.

    I’m convinced the AI cannot help it, his staff is slowly going insane, knowing that the are part of a team that is losing and the nomination isn’t actually his yet. He’s still presumptive at this point.

  119. 119

    “Blimey! This Romney bloke is stupid. Or is he just drunk?” — Paul Gascoigne

  120. 120
    Jay C says:

    @SteveinSC:

    Well, that was a degree in English, obviously NOT a degree in British…

  121. 121
    Bobby Thomson says:

    @BGinCHI: These guys would beg to differ.

  122. 122
    tamied says:

    @beltane: I think he’s actually an alien that has put on a Romney suit.

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    trollhattan says:

    @bemused:
    I’m resigned to believing they’ll poke around the cushions for uneaten peanut packs while the others do their jobs. It’s a long campaign, for Pete’s sake.

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    NonyNony says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt:

    I’m convinced the AI cannot help it, his staff is slowly going insane, knowing that the are part of a team that is losing and the nomination isn’t actually his yet.

    Do you think that Romney’s team really thinks he’s doing anything wrong?

    I’d be surprised if he had anyone on his team who was that critical of what they’re doing. He hasn’t shown himself to be a man that surrounds himself with advisers who give him advice he doesn’t want to hear. He’s shown himself to be the guy who surrounds himself with people who think like he does and will say “YES” when he wants them to say yes.

    They probably really do think he’s doing an awesome job. I’ll bet they have properly tweaked poll numbers based on their projections for turnout that prove he’s scoring big points everywhere he goes and that Obama’s campaign team is being left in the dust.

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    kay says:

    Also, the horse quote is hilarious. It’s completely in keeping with Bain and everything else.

    Romney loved talking about the horse as long as the horse put his family in a sympathetic and politically beneficial light.

    Now he’s retroactively retiring from dressage. He’s not even going to SEE that horse, let alone actively manage it!

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    Mino says:

    @The Right Honorable Member for, the Very Reverend Mother, Her Duchal Serene Highness. Dr. Hortense Sussudio Fuuckerfaaster: But the English were a set of scumbags capable of being embarrassed.

    Republicans/Tea Baggers, not.

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    Tonal Crow says:

    Shh! We have secretly replaced the Republican nominee with a robot made of sand and ground glass. Let’s see whether the American electorate can tell the difference!


    Tag: Romney’s worse than Sarah Palin.

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    Mino says:

    @kay: I hope the American press can get him on tape watching the horse after being such a jerk to his wife about it.

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    redshirt says:

    @tamied: Remember when Kodos and Kang ran for office? Yeah, like that.

    “My fellow Americans. As a young boy, I dreamed of being a baseball; but tonight I say, we must move forward, not backward; upward, not forward; and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom!”

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @NonyNony:

    Oh, that comment belongs to me.

    I have this naive notion that Rmoney’s campaign staff is made up of actual political operatives, and not Mormon yes-men.

    Which is a bad on my part.

    To recap, your point is well taken.

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    the Conster says:

    @beltane:

    Southern New Hampshire is full of angry white trash ex-Massachusetts fucktards who are tribally Republican. The northern tier of New England is way more independent – they appreciate the services they get and are into community, and aren’t angry haters as a rule. I don’t think anyone in New England who was awake during Romney’s tenure in Massachusetts could name a single reason to cheer for him.

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    Jager says:

    @homerhk: That’s all he’s got!

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    Tonal Crow says:

    @redshirt:

    @beltane: Needs OS upgrade.

    My gawd don’t touch the firmware! Don’t you remember what happened the last time we tried that?


    Tag: Romney’s worse than Sarah Palin.

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    the Conster says:

    @kay:

    Good point. I recently read a quote of his that said he’d use McKinsey to choose his cabinet, so you know that’s who he’d blame for anything going wrong.

    Here’s that quote. It shocked Murdoch!

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    trollhattan says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:
    Don’t you suppose they accidentally hired a sprinkling of qualified folks, at least one of whom will write a tell-all campaign book? Of course if they want to keep receiving those sweet paychecks, they’ll keep their yaps shut ’til November.

    This fiasco reminds me very much of the Whitman California governor campaign, only with less Pete Wilson.

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    pseudonymous in nc says:

    @NonyNony:

    Do you think that Romney’s team really thinks he’s doing anything wrong?

    The US surrogates have been saying that foreign press coverage doesn’t matter, which is rich, considering that the intent was clearly to show Rmoney looking comfortable alongside foreign leaders, and the travelling US press has been shut out. As others have said, let’s see whether the US press shies away from acts of journalism.

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    kay says:

    @Mino:

    It’s typical though.

    Who outsourced? His colleagues at Bain, not him.

    Who destroyed records after the Utah Olympics?
    His former co-workers, not him.

    Whose fancy horse is that? Not his!

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    Hill Dweller says:

    The WH rubs salt in Willard’s wounds:

    White House Spokesman Jay Carney said, “In keeping with our special relationship, the president also made it clear that he has the utmost confidence in our close friend and ally, the United Kingdom, as they finalize preparations to host the London Olympics.”

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    Smiling Mortician says:

    @Tonal Crow:

    Tag: Romney’s worse than Sarah Palin

    I keep reading this as a quote from a Romneyspawn (isn’t one of the sons named Tagg?) which makes it doubleplus amusing. Also, what is it with Republicans naming their sons with one-syllable common nouns that start with T?

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    Culture of Truth says:

    @NonyNony: Your point is well taken, but they do capable of realizing when optics are bad, explaining Rafalca’s hooves sticking out from under that double-decker, looking much like when Dorothy and her house dropped in on the wicked witch

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    Elliecat says:

    @kay:

    Too, they’re RIGHT about London versus Salt Lake City. It WAS easier in Salt Lake City.

    Cameron was rude to say SLC is “the middle of nowhere,” though. He should have simply said it was the $1.5 billion taxpayer bailout that made it easier.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Smiling Mortician:
    I keep reading it, “Romney’s horse is Sarah Palin.”

    Nayyyyy.

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    Tonal Crow says:

    @Smiling Mortician:

    Tag: Romney’s worse than Sarah Palin

    I keep reading this as a quote from a Romneyspawn (isn’t one of the sons named Tagg?) which makes it doubleplus amusing.

    Please steal it, if you would, and use it as much as you can. I’m hoping to make it as prominent on Google as the proper definition of “Santorum”.

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    Maude says:

    @Hill Dweller:
    Ouch. Nicely done.

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    @Comrade Dread:

    Yes, but aside from the law, a rich literary tradition, the industrial revolution, and economics, what have the British ever done for us?

    They did give us our native language, or does that fall under “a rich literary tradition”?

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    redshirt says:

    @Roger Moore: Lies! Every American knows English is as old as the Bible and was created by God hisself – knowing that America would be the promised land he prophesied! Hallelujah!

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    Citizen_X says:

    @Elliecat:

    Cameron was rude to say SLC is “the middle of nowhere,” though.

    Rude, maybe, but have you ever been to Utah?

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    Tonal Crow says:

    @Roger Moore: The British gave us common law, including judges to interpret the law and juries to determine guilt or innocence. The latter, despite many shortcomings, is a vital (and much underappreciated) bulwark against tyranny, especially when jurors know and exercise their powers.


    Tag: Romney’s worse than Sarah Palin.

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    Mike E says:

    Hey London, just so you know, we’re ashamed the GOP candidate for president of the United States is from Texas Michigan France Utah Massachusetts Mexico Anglo-Saxony.

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    ChrisNYC says:

    No one’s going to see this (and maybe it’s come up already) but:

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrew.....rtoon-mitt

    The SLC Olympics made pins with Mitt’s face on them. And stuff like “We love you Mitt.” So so weird.

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    sneezy says:

    “it doesn’t make things that people in the rest of the world want to buy”

    A little googling suggests that UK exports per capita are about 1.7 times those of the US.

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    Mino says:

    @the Conster: Here’s a fill in on how it all fits:

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/.....Government

    A well developed diary.

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    Calouste says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt:

    “Blimey! This Romney bloke is stupid. Or is he just drunk?”—Paul Gascoigne

    If even an expert in both disciplines like Paul Gascoigne can’t tell the difference, you are in real trouble.

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    @homerhk: Or in other words, a dickhead.

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    Boris bringing the awesome: “I hear their is a guy Mitt Romney … “ That video is going to be making the rounds.

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    Calouste says:

    @Elliecat:

    Cameron was rude on purpose, in reply to Romney’s assholiness. It’s not a coincidence that Cameron’s buddy Boris was subsequently mocking Romney in Hyde Park.

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    Culture of Truth says:

    Romney had moved on by the time that book was written.

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    SRW1 says:

    @beltane:

    I don’t recall Prince Charles throwing around gratuitous insults every place he goes.

    Every person in the realm knows that this is Prince Philip’s job.

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    Mino says:

    BTW, Netanyahu is already saying they never held hands, much less kissed.

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    Greed Is God says:

    Spinal Tap’s final tour went better than this.

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    Davis X. Machina says:

    @Calouste:

    Cameron was rude on purpose

    “A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone’s feelings unintentionally.” Oscar Wilde.

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    the Conster says:

    @Mino:

    Bookmarked in my browser, thanks. Unfuckingreal.

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    Catsy says:

    @pseudonymous in nc:

    A foreign visitor hasn’t prompted this much support for Tory leaders since the Luftwaffe.

    You win the internets for today.

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    scav says:

    And for all the REAL ‘Mercans do-en kare ’bout nun dat For-eign Press papers, there do suddenly seem to be a lot of red-meaters clogging up the comment sections at The Guard and whinging on twitter.

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    Ash Can says:

    “We attempted to reach Mr. Romney’s campaign managers for their comments on their candidate’s first day abroad. However, the person who answered the phone was inebriated to the point of incoherence, and from what we could gather from his slurred remarks, he was the only one in the office who was even conscious at that point.”

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    Greed Is God says:

    Yes, but what does Sully think?

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    canuckistani says:

    @Tom Levenson:

    If HST were alive today, he’d ride a Speed Triple. But the Black Shadow is awesome. The British do have a talent for bikes.

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    Mino says:

    @Ash Can: Good snark, that is.

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    Tom Levenson says:

    @canuckistani: Didn’t Hunter buy a Triumph when he was riding with the Hells Angels? Part of his problem with the boys, as I recall.

    I’m not absolutely sure about the marque, and I’ve long since lost my hard cover first edition of the book, but I do remember he made the unforced error of not buying American.

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    LanceThruster says:

    “Mitt’s just this guy, ya know?” ~ Zaphod Beeblebrox

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    Robin G. says:

    @SteveinSC:

    Didn’t I read somewhere that Romney graduated with a degree in English from BYU?

    So did Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight Saga.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Tom Levenson:

    BSA Lightning, if memory serves (and memory is nothing, if not suspect WRT HST).

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    Phoenician in a time of Romans says:

    @quannlace:

    Well, the Channel *was* what kept the Nazis out of London – after the BEF was sent reeling into Dunkirk, the Wehrmacht were the undisputed masters of Europe. They’d broken the French and British armies combined. If there had been a land connection between the UK and Europe, they’d have been all over it.

    Of course, it wasn’t JUST the Channel – it was the ships and aircraft protecting it. They fought and died to ensure the Germans couldn’t control that stretch of water, and if Germany had been a bit smarter, they might well have lost.

    Much as I loathe the bastard, I’d have to rate Romney’s comment “And if it hadn’t been separated from the continent by water, it almost certainly would have been lost to Hitler’s ambitions” as accurate.

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    Tom Levenson says:

    @trollhattan: Yup. That sounds right. (More bourbon plz.)

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    Tom Levenson says:

    @Phoenician in a time of Romans:

    Much as I loathe the bastard, I’d have to rate Romney’s comment “And if it hadn’t been separated from the continent by water, it almost certainly would have been lost to Hitler’s ambitions” as accurate.

    Nah. It’s counterfactual horseshit. If Britain had been a continental power it would have had (a) a wholly different history and (b) even if you could somehow have created a distinctly British lump on the western edge of the continent it would have had a very different military than the one that confronted Hitler in France in 1940. Who knows when/whether anything like the military engagement that took place in reality could have occurred if Germany faced two France-scale land armies on its western front.

    If my dog were a dove it could fly. But that ain’t the point, innit?

    I rate Mitt’s remark as obtuse — and incapable of being either accurate or inaccurate.

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    gelfling545 says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: It gives me pause to think that McCain may well have had actual reasons for picking Palin – given what he had to choose from. More than that, actually, it scares silly to think that this is the best the GOP has to offer.

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    slightly_peeved says:

    @Elliecat:

    Considering what Dave and Boris put up with daily from British comedians, journalists, and their opponents (all three of which can be far more savage than their American counterparts, barring all the ‘the president is near’ stuff ) weak shit like Romney’s been putting up is going to get knocked down pretty fast. Especially when it comes from an ignorant colonial chav like Romney.

    If you want to see how robust British insulting gets compare the daily show to mock the week or some of the other news comedy shows.

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    slightly_peeved says:

    @Tom Levenson:

    Britain without the channel isn’t Britain. That strip of water defines Britain, from the Roman times on. It’s a ridiculous statement, as well as an incredibly insulting one.

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    Tom Levenson says:

    @slightly_peeved: yup.

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    TheMightyTrowel says:

    @slightly_peeved: Archaeologist here. you are wrong. The channel, as such, really only gained the prominence it has now in the modern era after Britain lost its continental holdings. Southern England was pretty much constantly in contact with Brittany and Nord pas de Calais/Belgium to the point that THEY WERE THE SAME COUNTRY into the early modern period and show few if any material cultural distinctions.

    Northern and western Britain are a different story. To all intents, northern and western Britain should not be considered British like southern England until the modern era (and if you ask the Scots, the Welsh and my Cornish separatist boss still shouldn’t be)

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    The beltway media is too deferential, especially to Republicans. I hope the Brits skewer Romney.

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    Phoenician in a time of Romans says:

    Nah. It’s counterfactual horseshit. If Britain had been a continental power it would have had (a) a wholly different history

    Yeah, that’s true, but it’s a second-order effect – to a first approximation, Romney’s statement was right. The Channel was the wall on which the RAF stood and broke the German momentum.

    While Operation Sealion gets argued ad nauseum on AH sites, I did run into this interesting argument – http://www.freewebs.com/heinki.....istory.htm.

    Hmmm – I may dust off ‘Hearts of Iron II’ again soon…

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    HobbesAI says:

    If Britannia had not been separated from the continent by the Channel it surely would have fallen to Gaius in 40AD.

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    Phoenician in a time of Romans says:

    @HobbesAI:

    If the Channel hadn’t existed, the British would have been conquered by the French Normans, and their monarchy would have wound up taken over by German Saxons.

    Oh, wait…

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