Oh the Inanity: Romney Blimp Crash-Lands in South Florida

Via Addicting Info: Luckily, no one was hurt. But sweet ultralight Jeebus, that’s funny! And maybe a sign of things to come.

55 replies
  1. 1
    C. Isaac says:

    Considering this is Florida:

    Oh, the huge manatee?

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    mai naem says:

    We need Romney like a lead balloon to our heads. Ari Fleischer is not an attractive guy. The NH poll has Obama way ahead. Wonder why Romney’s doing so bad in the states where they know him the best?

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    Jay in Oregon says:

    …I got nothin’.

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    raven says:

    Gloria Steinem is on Tweety and apologizing to “real Republicans” for these dopes. Tweety has to tell her how great she looks. Fucking brain dead.

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    beltane says:

    You know what other right-wing leader’s blimp crashed and burned? Is the FSM trying to warn us.

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    NotMax says:

    With the amount of hot air being spewed by Romney-Ryan, it should have stayed aloft on that alone until the next century.

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    Haydnseek says:

    @C. Isaac: “Odie Hugh Manatee, please pick up the white courtesy phone…….”

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    dmsilev says:

    Annals of Statistical Torturing: I noticed that somehow TPM has moved PA into “Tossup” status, so I looked at their compendium of PA polls. Their average lists Romney as having 46.2% support. That’s a neat trick, since the highest reported polling result for Romney in PA, going back as far as January, is 46.0%, with the exception of a single poll commissioned by the PA GOP.

    What. The. Fuck.

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    Yutsano says:

    A BLIMP?? Really?? That is just hilarious on so many levels.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    Liking the photoshop of Romney message onto the Hinderburg.

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    SFAW says:

    “As God is my witness, I thought this turkey could fly”

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    The Other Chuck says:

    @dmsilev: TPM wants their horse-race too. Just about everything with less than a 20-point margin they’re marking “tossup”. I get that maybe they don’t want to be in the prediction business, but in that case maybe they should just take the bloody poll tracker down.

    ThinkProgress has replaced TPM on my bookmarks now.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    Just reading the post title, I thought you were talking about Rush Limbaugh.

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    raven says:

    @David in NY: Have you ever heard the live report? My dad, a grizzled WWII vet, would laugh that the notion that 36 people being killed was one of the “Greatest catastrophes the world had ever seen”!

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    dmsilev says:

    @The Other Chuck: That’s pretty much it, I think. They claim that any state with a lead of less than 2 points one way or the other is rated a tossup, which is fair enough, and oddly PA is 2.0 points of Obama lead.

    Nate Silver lists PA as 4.7 points +Obama, as a straight polling average before any other adjustments from his model.

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    David in NY says:

    ED: Actually, probably this one. http://tinyurl.com/9n62hvt

    Appears two links in one post are moderation death.

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    The Dangerman says:

    When I need Romney, a high fiber diet works well.

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    P Diddy once said that he “can’t stop until I see my name on a blimp”. Mitt, can you stop now? Can’t stop, won’t stop, uh uh, uh uh.
    Mo money mo problems.

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    raven says:

    @David in NY: That is one fucked up link.

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    David in NY says:

    @raven: I think I remember seeing a TV documentary about it when I was a kid in the ’50’s. I have a real visual memory of it, and no idea how else I could have acquired it.

    Disasters are relative. I believe there was a train crash near what is now the Prospect Park subway stop in Flatbush, Brooklyn, that killed 93, and that nobody’s every heard of.

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    @C. Isaac:

    No, and don’t blame me for this either!


    I did! ;)

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    May his campaign go the same way!

  24. 24

    @dmsilev: Josh Marshall hedge to the village. He’s gonna buy Bobo’s house one day.

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    Yutsano says:

    @The Dangerman: So no Milk of Romnesia for you? :)

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    Herbal Infusion Bagger says:

    @mai naem:

    C.Issac FTW.

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    David in NY says:

    @raven: The link in comment 17 works for me. My first comment has been disappeared by the authorities, apparently for too many links.

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    MikeJ says:

    Remember the old joke what’s the difference between Rush Limbaugh and the Hindenburg?

    One’s a Nazi gasbag and the other is an airship.

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    raven says:

    @David in NY: Yea, me too.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @raven: Who are the dopes she’s apologizing for? Did she call herself a Republican?

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    Calouste says:


    They also have Obama at 48.3%, where 8 of the last 10 polls have him 49% or higher, and the other 2 at 48%.

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    feebog says:

    Just wondering exactly how much it costs to outfit and fly a blimp and what kind of voter would be influenced by such advertising. Not that I’m second guessing the well oiled machine that is the rMoney campaign, but I’ll bet the cost would cover a lot of phone banking or other GOTV stuff.

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    I think you’re asking the wrong question. The right question is who they’re renting the blimp from and how much they’re paying. Best guess is that the answers are “some well connected Republican grifter” and “far more than if they rented it from a regular business”.

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    We’re having a bit of a local scandal in Raleigh. It has it all: sex, money, accusations of burglary, school assignment plans….

    Oh, and both people are GOP candidates in this election, one for State House and one for State Auditor. Someone slipped the newspaper a police report

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    Spencer says:

    “God, if Florida should vote for Romney, give us a sign.” God has spoken. Praise God! Praise Florida Jesus!

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    Hungry Joe says:

    @David in NY: Had that train crash been filmed, with sound and an announcer, all of us would have not only heard of it, but we’d have watched it over and over; an iconic image would probably have come out of it. And had the Hindenberg gone down 10 miles away, in flames just as big but with no cameras around, it would have been headlines the next day and prominent in the year-end wrap-ups, but few (if any) of us would know about it.

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    EAS says:

    For all those undecideds who have been waiting for a sign from above telling them who to vote for, DID YOU SEE THIS?!

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    raven says:

    @PurpleGirl: She’s apologizing because Goldwater was pro choice and Nixon tried to push health care reform.

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    Romney spokestwerp attributes blimp crash to sabotage of gasbags by Democrat helium in three, two, one…

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    damn good mr. jam says:


    TPM has a hard-on for the horse race narrative, but in this case I suspect data entry error.

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    @Uncle Cosmo:
    I would assume that you’re an expert on blimps, at least assuming you’re Uncle Cosmo Fishhawk.

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    Tonal Crow says:


    With the amount of hot air being spewed by Romney-Ryan, it should have stayed aloft on that alone until the next century.

    You’ve forgotten that in RomneyWorld, warm air has *lower* buoyancy than cold air at the same altitude.

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    scav says:

    Essentially empty and filled with lighter-than-air, pointing whichever the way the wind decides, sneakily inflammable and known for disasterous high-visibility landings. Chiefly used in advertising but a bit of a technological dead-end. ’bout right.

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    OldDave says:

    Some of the local coverage was careful to point out this was a “thermal airship” and not a blimp that had to make an emergency landing. What’s the difference? A blimp is filled with helium or other lighter than air gas while a thermal airship gets its buoyancy from … hot air. Why am I not surprised? Maybe there’s a small sticker on the side of the thing that says “Lift by Limbaugh”.

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    A blimp is filled with helium or other lighter than air gas while a thermal airship gets its buoyancy from … hot air. Why am I not surprised?

    I’m very surprised. This must be the first time in recent memory that a political campaign has gotten in trouble because it didn’t have enough hot air. And coming from a campaign that has been 100% hot air from start to finish, it’s especially surprising.

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    Applejinx says:

    I’d really like to know if the thing’s burner was made in China…

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    chopper says:

    it blew up from too much hot air, even for mitt romney. that bends the laws of physics.

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    RSA says:

    When I think “flaccid blimp” I don’t automatically think of Romney, but other Republicans do come to mind.

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    seaboogie says:

    @Haydnseek: Thank you!

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    Ken says:

    Funny, the article mentions ‘high winds’. Watching the video, the tree leaves were barely moving. Maybe it was windy at altitude…

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    fuckwit says:


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    Meady says:

    Does the Obama campaign have blimps? This seems strangely anachronistic. Another demonstration of being out of touch and trying to go back to the fifties. Romney folks are weird…

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