Shorter Romney to Campaign Aides: Cabs are for Closers

Apparently, Mitt Romney cut the financial cord before some of his aides had even made it home after his concession speech, forcing them to pay for their own cabs:

BOSTON — From the moment Mitt Romney stepped off stage Tuesday night, having just delivered a brief concession speech he wrote only that evening, the massive infrastructure surrounding his campaign quickly began to disassemble itself.

Aides taking cabs home late that night got rude awakenings when they found the credit cards linked to the campaign no longer worked.

“Fiscally conservative,” sighed one aide the next day.

What a cheap bastard.

[read full post at ABLC]

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122 replies
  1. 1
    beltane says:

    He really is Montgomery Burns.

  2. 2
    Violet says:

    What a dick. So glad he didn’t win. Just vanish into one of your countless homes, Romney clan, and stay there.

  3. 3
    Baud says:

    @beltane:

    Smithers, release the hounds.

  4. 4
    gbear says:

    More leftover money for himself. What an asshole.

  5. 5
    redshirt says:

    Dick move, but I have a hard time feeling sorry for people actively working to elect Romney. Hoof it!

  6. 6
    LanceThruster says:

    Are private jets for closers?

    Mittenstein should walk home.

  7. 7
    MattF says:

    So I guess we’re not going to see coin-operated toilets in the White House after all.

  8. 8
    Ben Franklin says:

    Aides taking cabs home late that night got rude awakenings when they found the credit cards linked to the campaign no longer worked.

    Sheldon Adelson canceled the credit line. Woooo hoooo.

  9. 9
    General Stuck says:

    After Romney and Rove burned through over a billion plus billionaire dollars for naught, they might want to split a cab fare to an undisclosed location in Paraguay.

  10. 10
    Baud says:

    “Turns out that when we built that stage rode in that cab it was like building my own coffin riding in my own hearse, and it just made me sick.”

  11. 11
    Ben Franklin says:

    2nd prize; a set of steak knives…

  12. 12
    trollhattan says:

    (Repeating myself, but anyway) Remember, this is the Olympics Committee head that charged the other committee members a buck a slice for takeout pizza at working meetings.

    What’s that saying about knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing? Loser is a loser.

  13. 13
    Schlemizel says:

    back in the day when he was the wealthiest man on Earth J. Paul Getty told an interviewer that he had pay phones in the guest rooms of his mansions.

    I do hope the paid staff kept a little of that bonus money they got after the convention cuz I bet their last paycheck bounces

  14. 14
    Roger Moore says:

    @Baud:

    Smithers, release the hounds.

    And take their carrier off the top of the limo.

  15. 15
    LanceThruster says:

    The Obama campaign should graciously offer to pick up the tab from his OFA warchest as they were truly unsung heroes and instrumental in his ultimate crushing victory.

    He should open the email notification of same with, “Don’t worry. I got this.”

  16. 16
    LanceThruster says:

    @trollhattan:

    No shit?

    Bidnit man knows his bidnit.

    He could have destroyed a baseball franchise far quicker than Shrubya.

  17. 17
    Bubblegum Tate says:

    OK, that headline fucking rules.

  18. 18
    Robin G. says:

    @Roger Moore: The internet, it has been won.

  19. 19
    red dog says:

    Maybe Rove and Limbaugh should pay the tab. They made a nice profit. Taibbi is right about the GOP being like a 1950s marriage…his analogy is priceless.

  20. 20
    dmsilev says:

    As I mentioned in the previous thread, someone really should make a parody Mastercard commercial of the Romney campaign:

    – Untruthful advertisements: $100 million
    – A sucky ground game: $10 million
    – Renting a convention center on Election Night: $500,000

    (shot of Obama taking the oath of office)
    – Watching your opponent win the Presidency: Priceless

  21. 21
    PsiFighter37 says:

    Can’t have The Help mooching off the teat once the game’s up, can we?

    That’s pretty dick. I bet there’s still a few nickels left at the bottom of the piggy bank to pay for one more night.

  22. 22
    trollhattan says:

    Am thinking Taco may have also been trolling LGM the entire time. If so, busy busy Taco.

    http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblo.....y#comments

  23. 23
    Roger Moore says:

    @Robin G.:
    The Seamus jokes never get old.

  24. 24
    LanceThruster says:

    In fairness to Mitt, those lucky duckies will be able to write the cab fare off on their taxes.

  25. 25
    Hoodie says:

    Fuckin’ 47 percenters, wantin’ all that free stuff.

  26. 26
    red dog says:

    Read Taibbi’s Rollong Stone comment. He equates the Gopers campaign to a 1950s marriage…priceless

  27. 27
    patrick II says:

    They are starting early. I was just at “Political Animal” and a picture of a smiling, waving Hillary popped up with a title “Hillary expects gun ban!”.

  28. 28
    Tin Roof says:

    Totally

  29. 29
    jwb says:

    @trollhattan: Taco sounds an awful lot like our own Political Observer.

  30. 30
    Jay in Oregon says:

    http://youtu.be/UvDwNo254V0

    An Oklahoma Fox affiliate traffic guy shows people who threatened to move to Canada if their candidates lost on Tuesday the quickest route to the border.

  31. 31
    Anoniminous says:

    Florida called for Obama.

  32. 32
    jeffreyw says:

    “Of all the indignities involved in losing a presidential race, none is more stark than the sudden emptiness of your entourage. The Secret Service detail guarding Governor Romney since Feb 1. stood down quickly. He had ridden in a 15-car motorcade to the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston for his concession speech. He rode in a single-car motorcade back across the Charles River to Belmont. His son, Tagg, did the driving.”

    via

  33. 33
    Bill E Pilgrim says:

    @LanceThruster: I finally figured out why Mitt never released his tax returns. He didn’t want people to see that he tried to deduct the dog carrier as “overhead”.

  34. 34
    jeffreyw says:

    “Of all the indignities involved in losing a presidential race, none is more stark than the sudden emptiness of your entourage. The Secret Service detail guarding Governor Romney since Feb 1. stood down quickly. He had ridden in a 15-car motorcade to the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston for his concession speech. He rode in a single-car motorcade back across the Charles River to Belmont. His son, Tagg, did the driving.”

    via

  35. 35
    PsiFighter37 says:

    @Jay in Oregon: The thing that is supremely idiotic about these right-wingers claiming to move elsewhere if they lose – they’re moving to places that are even more left than the U.S. It doesn’t get through their thick frakkin’ skulls that they’re already living in Wingnut Paradise(TM) when it comes to the industrialized/developed world.

    But what the hey, maybe it’d be good for them to move somewhere else, enjoy the sweet milk that flows from the socialist teats of other countries, and get hooked.

  36. 36
    Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn says:

    Totes O/T, but here comes trouble:

    Iranian Fighter Jets Fire on US Predator Drone

    The Pentagon disclosed today that an unarmed U.S. military Predator surveillance drone was fired at by Iranian military jets last week in international airspace over the waters of the Persian Gulf.

    And by “trouble,” I mean the yips and yowls of righty protest that Team Obama suppressed this info specifically as to not hurt his chances on Tuesday. You may depend upon it. (Do I hear articles of impeachment being drawn up as I type this…?)

    Oy.

  37. 37
    gf120581 says:

    As Charles Pierce said, there are two kinds of people in the House of Romney; Romneys and the Help.

    And this is how they treat the Help, especially when things don’t go their way.

  38. 38
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    I just love it. All those people who have been whining about Obama’s attacks on “this decent man”, worn-out exhausted and probably coming down from a week long rush of adrenaline and delusion, thinking they did their best for someone they respect, and all the sudden… “This card is invalid, I need $47.50”. and all those cabbies who probably got stiffed.

  39. 39
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Bill E Pilgrim:

    Is there an emoticon for “groanyface”?

  40. 40
    Raven says:

    @jeffreyw: Xin Loi shithead.

  41. 41
    Fuck ALL the chickens! (né Studly Pantload, t.e.u.u.) says:

    @Anoniminous: I keep seeing people saying that here and there, but never with an attribution (e.g., AP call Florida for Obama). All I can find on Google News is that Team Romney is sorta throwin’ in the towel on that state, but of course, it’s not their call to make.

  42. 42
    Badmoodman says:

    Evidently, Willard expected his aides to self-teleport.

  43. 43
    Quaker in a Basement says:

    @Anoniminous: Florida called for Obama.

    Rove: Nooooooo! Turn those machines back on!

  44. 44
    Raven says:

    @gf120581: that’s “hep”.

  45. 45
    Bill E Pilgrim says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Tough crowd.

    Now I need the emoticon for pulling my tie sideways

    ;/ ~

  46. 46
    Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn says:

    FYWP, I already told you once I’m dropping the chickens from my handle.

  47. 47
    PsiFighter37 says:

    @Anoniminous: The only thing relevant / mildly entertaining left in Florida is to see how white Allen West’s knuckles turn when he gets dragged – kicking, screaming, and ejecting bodily fluids all over the place – from his congressional office as he holds onto the door frame.

  48. 48
    Jay in Oregon says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:
    My guess is, those cards would have been no good even if he had won.

    They were probably all canceled that day; the campaign was over, so it’s time to start cutting unnecessary expenditures.

  49. 49
    jshooper says:

    Not surprised…I knew Mitt was a major asshole when I heard him during the secret recordings joking to his rich friends about how he didn’t want to leave any money to his “future” grand kids…He was actually bragging about it…How anyone could support this asshole is beyond me…His campaign staff gets what they deserve.

  50. 50
    Anoniminous says:

    @Fuck ALL the chickens! (né Studly Pantload, t.e.u.u.):

    Got it from a friend in Florida.

    Looking for a link now.

  51. 51
    MaxxLange says:

    Aides to Romney said they were optimistic he would be receptive to a sincere offer from the president to work together

    LOL. Obama seems far too uppity to give co-President Romney a proper role in his administration. Same way he treated co-President McCain, after beating him.

  52. 52
    Gex-mobile says:

    When you are all pushing to advance the FYIGM worldview, can you even be surprised when Mitt stiffs you? Why’d they even try using the cards?

  53. 53
    burnspbesq says:

    @patrick II:

    That ad about telling your Senator to oppose the UN Handgun Treaty (whatever that is) has been popping up here for the last few days as well.

  54. 54
  55. 55
    Davis X. Machina says:

    Just a taste of what we’ve been spared — ‘Running the country like a business’ — when the business is aluminum siding or payday loans.

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  57. 57
    Jay in Oregon says:

    @Gex-mobile:
    I’ve seen several people on Twitter suggest that one reason why support for Romney was so high was because everyone assumed he was lying to the other guys.

  58. 58
    Raven says:

    go hokies

  59. 59
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  61. 61
    Jay in Oregon says:

    @Gex-mobile:
    I’ve seen several people on Twitter suggest that one reason why support for Romney was so high was because everyone assumed he was lying to the other guys.

  62. 62

    @Quaker in a Basement:
    Damn I know that reference but damned if I can remember it right now.

  63. 63
    Raven says:

    go hokies

  64. 64

    @Quaker in a Basement:
    Damn I know that reference but damned if I can remember it right now.

  65. 65
    Chris says:

    That anonymous clan of slack jawed troglodytes cost him the election. What else should he do?

  66. 66
    Chris says:

    That anonymous clan of slack jawed troglodytes cost him the election. What else should he do?

  67. 67

    @Quaker in a Basement:
    Damn I know that reference but damned if I can remember it right now.

  68. 68
    Raven says:

    go hokies

  69. 69
    Gex-mobile says:

    @Jay in Oregon: Typical conservative thinking. Reminds me of this: TeaTard changed her tune on Obamacare when all of a sudden it helped her. It’s a related psychological phenomenon.

    They are special, their not the ones being lied to.
    They are special, they don’t need health care assistance.

    People with no imagination, foresight, or empathy. They should be nowhere near the controls.

  70. 70
    YoohooCthulhu says:

    This isn’t surprising. If you read any of the “personal Romney” pieces during the election–he’s famous for being cheap. But like most rich people, he’s cheap in ridiculous ways–pennywise and poundfoolish because he enjoys the image of being frugal. Scott talked about his dad opting for the “smallest, cheapest rooms in the hotel”, Craig talked about “If you needed some money you went to my mom, my dad was too cheap”, etc.

    It would be in line for my expectations for him to pass out bus fare to the staffers and cancel their credit cards.

  71. 71
    Anoniminous says:

    @Anoniminous:

    That Anoniminous guy is a dick head, passing on wrong information. The information came from the unofficial <a href=" page of the Florida Division of Elections

    Apologies. Should have checked before posting.

  72. 72
    David Koch says:

    this is a guy with car elevators, whose wife wears $1,000 sweat shirts and he won’t pay the cab fair for employees who had just worked to three o’clock in the morning.

  73. 73

    Grab a box of tissues and watch this. POTUS thanking his team.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....e=youtu.be

  74. 74
    MikeJ says:

    @jeffreyw:

    He rode in a single-car motorcade back across the Charles River to Belmont.

    “Single-car motorcade?” Damn, I have one of those everyday!

  75. 75
    joes527 says:

    Bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

    Jennifer Rubin explains that the Republicans need a new broom to make a clean sweep.

    Forgets to mention that she is the old mop.

    I swear. Even if it wasn’t for the whole “save the nation from certain doom” thing, re-electing Obama has been worthwhile just for the comedy.

  76. 76
    Roger Moore says:

    @YoohooCthulhu:
    Mitt admitted that he found it painful to give money to the church. I guess I can understand that, but I can’t imagine a high church official talking about it unless he’s a total ass.

  77. 77
    Roger Moore says:

    @joes527:

    Jennifer Rubin explains that the Republicans need a new broom to make a clean sweep.

    I guess the one she’s been riding is all worn out.

  78. 78
    cckids says:

    @MaxxLange:

    LOL. Obama seems far too uppity to give co-President Romney a proper role in his administration. Same way he treated co-President McCain, after beating him.

    Toure, on MSNBC this afternoon, apparently seriously suggested that Obama appoint Romney to some Sec. of Business spot; that Romney was such a successful businessman & it would really show Pres. O’s “bipartisanship”. Jesus wept.

  79. 79
    Baud says:

    For Obots, nice emotional Obama speech to campaign volunteers.

  80. 80
    Tonal Crow says:

    Sorry son, yer gravy train just done got de-railed. What’d ya think, Mitt had a scintilla of compassion? Ha. Ha. Hahahahahahahahahaha stupid sheep.

  81. 81
    Bokonon says:

    Suddenly, the Romney campaign’s own staffers are part of the 47 percent.

    Bunch of deadbeat, jobless, worthless parasites that are a drag on productive society. With an outsized feeling of entitlement. Sure, they were employed a moment ago in a great movement to restore America, but that was so five minutes ago.

    Get a job, you losers. Go read “Who Moved My Cheese”. Maximize your career opportunities. And don’t ask for cab fare on your way out.

  82. 82
    Tonal Crow says:

    Sorry son, yer gravy train just done got de-railed. What’d ya think, Mitt had a scintilla of compassion? Ha. Ha. Hahahahahahahahahaha stupid sheep.

  83. 83
    blingee says:

    Get out the tissue paper. If this doesn’t bring a smile and tear to your eye I don’t know what will! I just love this guy.
    http://youtu.be/pBK2rfZt32g

  84. 84
    Roger Moore says:

    @cckids:

    Toure, on MSNBC this afternoon, apparently seriously suggested that Obama appoint Romney to some Sec. of Business spot; that Romney was such a successful businessman & it would really show Pres. O’s “bipartisanship”.

    Maybe we can make him Ambassador to the Cayman Islands. And Herman Cain can be Ambassador to Uzbekibekibekistan.

  85. 85
    David Koch says:

    @Roger Moore: Sadly, Rubin broke her arm today — she fell off her broom.

  86. 86
    Lurking Canadian says:

    Seems to me those staffers are lucky they didn’t have to ride home on the roof of the campaign bus.

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    Tonal Crow says:

    @cckids:

    Toure, on MSNBC this afternoon, apparently seriously suggested that Obama appoint Romney to some Sec. of Business spot; that Romney was such a successful businessman & it would really show Pres. O’s “bipartisanship”. Jesus wept.

    I suggest that Obama appoint Romney as permanent ambassador to Camp X-Ray, all expenses paid, no travel necessary. He can then spend the rest of his days blowing kisses at his money just out of reach on the Cayman Islands.

  88. 88
    Suffern ACE says:

    @David Koch: my guess is that when they ordered the cards they figure they should have an expiration date of November 5. If Romney had conceded at 11pm, they might have been able to go home and charge one more bag of chips at the 711.

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    jwb says:

    @David Koch: I thought everyone agreed that Nate Silver was the witch.

  91. 91
    Shawn in ShowMe says:

    @Baud:

    I’ll have what he’s having.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @Baud: That’s good stuff.

    I do wonder if Obama is going to stay active in politics at all after he’s done. I think it’d be great in some capacity, but I almost feel like he’s going to be spent and will take a lot of time off. He doesn’t love the game like Bill Clinton does.

  93. 93
    Suffern ACE says:

    @cckids: Jeebys. Where do they get these dolts. Where? Maybe he could ask meatloaf to play at his inauguration? Maybe Ann Coulter will be his press secretary?

  94. 94
    gogol's wife says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt:

    That is so nice. I wish his mother and grandparents could have lived to see all this.

  95. 95

    OT you guys but this is cool. Amazon has a “registry” for the Covenant House in Newark that desperately needs baby supplies for families affected by Sandy. You can go in and order whatever they need and get it shipped to them. For those inclined here is the link.

    http://www.amazon.com/registry/baby/3LES7MA5NDRM2

  96. 96

    @gogol’s wife:

    Me too, I cannot imagine how proud his Grandma was when she saw him nominated, it was one of the saddest things I have heard that she died before he was elected.

    This is what it is all about, Romney cancels his staff’s credit cards the minute he loses, Obama goes and thanks his staff and cries when he tells them how proud he is of them. Character matters. It has been shown in spades who has character here.

  97. 97
    Cantrip says:

    @Bokonon: plus 1 internets to you!

  98. 98
    RSA says:

    Also from the article:

    Ann Romney’s remarks brought several staffers to tears as she told the assembled group that they would always be part of the fabric of the Romney family.

    Sure, they’re part of the family–the part that gets cut out as soon as they’re off the property.

  99. 99
    aimai says:

    @Baud:

    I cried. Really. that was amazing.

    aimai

  100. 100
    bjacques says:

    Well, they weren’t escorted off the premises by security guards. Romney shows his human side at last.

  101. 101
    mainmati says:

    @LanceThruster: Love it, that would be so sweet but also so cruel.

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    Mike in NC says:

    Think of the neat stuff Rmoney is going to try deducting on his next tax return.

  103. 103
    Roger Moore says:

    @bjacques:

    Well, they weren’t escorted off the premises by security guards.

    Only because those ungrateful wretches took back Mitt’s Secret Service detail as soon as he had lost the election, so he didn’t have enough security guards to throw them out.

  104. 104
    j says:

    @burnspbesq: That old chestnut?

    It was debunked in 2010.

    SNOPES:

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/untreaty.asp

  105. 105
    j says:

    @burnspbesq: That old chestnut?

    It was debunked in 2010.

    SNOPES:

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/untreaty.asp

  106. 106
    Warren Terra says:

    @RSA:
    I remember his grandmother’s death. I learned of it while pounding the pavement in New Hampshire, up for the day from Boston. I was already emotional, and found up crying about his grandmother’s death in the parlor of a very nice Obama voter.

    @cckids:

    @MaxxLange:
    LOL. Obama seems far too uppity to give co-President Romney a proper role in his administration. Same way he treated co-President McCain, after beating him.

    Toure, on MSNBC this afternoon, apparently seriously suggested that Obama appoint Romney to some Sec. of Business spot; that Romney was such a successful businessman & it would really show Pres. O’s “bipartisanship”. Jesus wept.

    This suggestion would be silly, but it’s worth remembering that in 2008 Obama did try to reach out to McCain, perhaps expecting McCain would try to recapture some centrist credibility for his legacy, as he had before 2000 – and McCain effectively told him to go fnck himself.

    I don’t really see what possible use Romney could be to the administration. Maybe ambassador to France; he’d be harmless, and he speaks the language and already has practice living in a palace in Paris. Would be a headache for the Secretary Of State, though, as they’d have to work around him (to the extent we have contentious issues RE France), and would screw some actual Obama supporter or some civil servant out of a job.

  107. 107
    cckids says:

    @Roger Moore: I do not begin to understand Democrats advocating for this shit. I believe in true compromise & working together, but WT everloving F?? Was there even ONE Repub anywhere who thought that Bush should make some gesture towards Gore (or Kerry) because half or more of the electorate voted for him?

    Of course not. And truly, why should they? I know Lincoln did it, but most of his team of rivals actually gave a shit about the country. Can’t say that about most of the ravening WOLVERINES!! on the other side today.

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    j says:

    @joes527: How did this idjit get a column at the WaPo?

    She spells like a teabagger:

    … liberal media figures drop scraps into the pool and insight bloodletting…

    And she has a real problem with the use of adjectives and adverbs.

    She has the grammar expertise of a 7th grader.

  109. 109
    j says:

    @joes527: How did this idjit get a column at the WaPo?

    She spells like a teabagger:

    … liberal media figures drop scraps into the pool and insight bloodletting…

    And she has a real problem with the use of adjectives and adverbs.

    She has the grammar expertise of a 7th grader.

  110. 110
    Ruckus says:

    Why on this green earth would The President even offer zomney a job?
    Could you trust him? I didn’t and don’t trust him in the least. I want him as far away from power as possible, although if I wasn’t pretty sure he’d fuck it up I might offer to send him to Mars. He could take the whole family and they could all ride inside, that’s how nice I am.

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    rikyrah says:

    if you worked for Willard, why would you be shocked by this.

  112. 112
    rikyrah says:

    if you worked for Willard, why would you be shocked by this.

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    rikyrah says:

    if you worked for Willard, why would you be shocked by this.

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    Barry says:

    @Schlemizel: “I do hope the paid staff kept a little of that bonus money they got after the convention cuz I bet their last paycheck bounces”

    I hope that the paid staff made sure to help themselves to whatever they wanted, including data and files.

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    JoeShabadoo says:

    @rikyrah: True. Its like feeling bad for a bank robber because his partner robbed him.

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    Barry says:

    @PsiFighter37: “That’s pretty dick. I bet there’s still a few nickels left at the bottom of the piggy bank to pay for one more night.”

    Good question – on the one hand, I’d think that there are tens of millions left (to be moved into Romney hands); on the other I’d bet that Romney looted the place weeks ago, and left worthless IOU’s from shell corporations set up for just that.

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    Lavocat says:

    The perfect rimshot to a perfectly douchey campaign.

    C’mon now! Tell me you didn’t see this shit coming miles away.

    The cheapest bastards in the world are those with the most money. Which actually makes sense when you really think about it.

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    Applejinx says:

    I know in New Hampshire the Republicans didn’t pick up their lawn signs. They may still be out there unless the Dems went and cleaned up that mess too. All the dem signs disappeared as if by magic, the Republican signs still litter the roadways.

    I wanted to get spray paint and paint smiley faces on them. If they’re still there next week, maybe I even will.

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    John Weiss says:

    I think that ‘cheap bastard’ is an understatement. I think that ‘sociopathic bastard’ is apt. I hope to never see his face with that snide smile again.

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    John Weiss says:

    I think that ‘cheap bastard’ is an understatement. I think that ‘sociopathic bastard’ is apt. I hope to never see his face with that snide smile again.

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    redoubt says:

    Petty aristocracy is petty.

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