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Will Ron Paul Lose It All?

February 19, 2008

L. Ron PaulNo wonder Ron Paul decided to “scale back” his hopeless Presidential campaign.  It would appear he is in danger of not only losing the Republican Presidential nomination, but his own congressional seat.

Despite millions of dollars and devoted online support, Ron Paul’s idiosyncratic campaign for the Republican presidential candidacy never caught fire. Now, polls show Dr. Paul falling behind relatively unknown challenger Chris Peden in his 14th Texas District endangering his congressional seat in the Texas primary.

Uh oh.  In Internet parlance, I LOL’d (laughed out loud).

While pursuing his thus far quixotic quest for the presidency, Congressman Paul has fallen behind by over ten points in the polls (43-32) in the fight for the Republican nomination in the Texas 14th to challenger Chris Peden, according to internal polls from both campaigns.

Ron PaulHe’s spent an incredible sum per delegate, thanks to the fanatical support of the Ron Paul Revolution cult, with little actual impact on the race.  And in the meantime, his hold on his Texas district has been slipping.

With reports for January 2008 not yet out, Congressman Paul has spent (according to OpenSecrets.org) $20,262,084 on his presidential campaign – well over a million dollars per delegate (he has 14 to John McCain’s 903). Paul still has nearly eight million in his presidential war chest, possibly more when the new report comes out on Feb. 20, but cannot use any of it in his contest against Peden unless the OBGYN-politician drops out of the presidential race.

Perhaps some are actually paying attention to the writing on the wall and seeing through the misguided fantasy campaign.

Paul’s supporters themselves seem to be worried. They have switched fund-raising efforts on their website The Daily Paul in recent days from the presidency to his congressional race.

Maybe after 2008, we’ll have heard the last from this kook.  We can only hope.

— Psycheout

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The Death of Authenticity

January 16, 2008

Mitt RomneyYes, friends. Michigan has failed America. With a little help from Daily Kos DemocRATs, the mitten state has chosen a pander bear rather than a leader. Michigan has been a failure for decades, and now it has proven the inability of its own people to make informed choices. I weep for our nation.

Mitt Romney’s victory in Michigan was a defeat for authenticity in politics.

The former Massachusetts governor pandered to voters, distorted his opponents’ record and continued to show why he’s the most malleable – and least credible – major presidential candidate.

And it worked.

Poor deluded fools. Perhaps there should be an intelligence test prior to voter registration. If you’re too stupid to think, you probably shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

Here’s Mr. Say Anything in his most blatant pander:

“I’ve heard people say that the auto jobs are gone and they’re never coming back,” Romney told his audiences. “Well, baloney, I’m going to fight for every single good job.”

Of course, he’d fight for every job. So would McCain, or any future president. But how?

How about showering tax dollars on his home state at our expense? Sure, why not. This is Mittens employing classic double-speak:

“I’m not open to a bailout, but I am open to a workout,” Romney said of the auto industry, even as he vowed to spend $20 billion over five years for research on energy, fuels, automotive technology and material sciences. How many Michigan voters mistook that that for a multibillion-dollar bailout pledge?

A workout, not a bailout? What in the world does that even mean? Words have meanings, but it doesn’t matter to this unprincipled used car salesman. Mitt Romney’s nose grew and his pants are on fire, but nobody seemed to notice. The idiot voters fell for it. Pathetic.

Let’s hope voters in other states aren’t quite so stupid to choose I, Robot. Mitt Romney is the Zelig of politics. Why can’t some people see through this chameleon?

— Psycheout

Weeping Willard

January 11, 2008

No More TearsMichelle Malkin is onto something. She points out Mitt’s latest boo hoo moment (a craven attempt at the Clinton strategy that paid off in New Hampshire):

In his first state campaign stop in Grand Rapids, a voter fondly recalled his father, George, former Michigan governor and CEO of AMC. “He was a great man and I miss him dearly,” said the candidate, choking up.

And then she points out the obvious:

Look, I hate to sound harsh, but we live in a time of war. If the Democrats want to nominate a 9/10-era candidate whose eyes leak like a faucet whenever push comes to shove, fine.

But Republicans do not need an Oprah in a three-piece suit.

Republicans should not nominate a phony who will say anything and even weep on cue. We’re better and smarter than the left.

Turn off the waterworks. Mitt Romney becoming Weeping Willard won’t turn my vote. It only turns my stomach. Is he going to cry for the terrorists so that they won’t be mean to us? Give me a break. Give America a break.

— Psycheout

NH Union Leader Assesses Mitt Romney

December 26, 2007

Mitt RomneyAnd doesn’t like what it finds.

THERE IS A reason Mitt Romney has not received a single newspaper endorsement in New Hampshire. It’s the same reason his poll numbers are dropping. He has not been able to convince the people of this state that he’s the conservative he says he is.

Like a lot of people in New Hampshire, we wanted to believe Romney. We gave him the benefit of the doubt. We listened very carefully to his expertly rehearsed sales pitch. But in the end he didn’t close the deal for us. Now, two weeks before the primary, the same is happening with voters.

And the paper also adds this truism: “In this primary, the more Mitt Romney speaks, the less believable he becomes.” Nothing truer has ever been said.

Will New Hampshire voters reject Mitt Romney? Time will tell.

Update: Hot Air has more, including reaction from the Romney campaign. Meanwhile, Michelle focuses less on Romney and more on McCain.

Update 2: The San Diego Union-Tribune also has reservations about Mitt.

— Psycheout

Clintonian Parsing

December 23, 2007

Bill ClintonContinuing with the theme of Mitt Romney, the candidate who will say anything, or in the case of allowing others to spread misinformation that benefits him, say nothing, here’s some maddening clips of Romney’s skilled use of Clintonian parsing.

The video runs for under two minutes, but it will stun you. This is a must see for those who still naively assume that Mitt is a fine upstanding regular guy, or for anyone that is nostalgic for the heady days of serial liar-in-chief President Bill Clinton. Roll the tape….

Whether it’s about the definition of “saw” or “lifelong hunter” or “is” or claiming endorsements he never received, Romney is nearly as slick as a Clinton. And Mitt’s fanclub is as blindly loyal to him as Clinton’s was at the height of impeachment.

Is that what we, as Republicans, really want? I certainly hope not. Leave the shysters and congenital liars to the Democrat party. We’re Republicans. We can do better.

Hat Tip: Flap’s blog.

See also: Last night, LJ over at Race 4 2008 documented some more Mittisms in Romney’s Distortions, none of which include those documented here in the last couple of days. A man could make a career out of documenting Mitt’s abuse of the truth. It just never ends!

Mitt Romney - Man Bear Pig?Upon reflection: There’s more to Mitt Romney that aggravates me than just his Clintonian aspects. He actually reminds me very much of the last two loser DemocRATs to run for President. Mittens is also part al-Gore (the serial exaggerator and “inventor” of the Internet) and John F’n Kerry (windsurfer and consummate flip-flopper’s flip-flopper).

Mitt is the worst of all worlds: he’s Clinton-Gore-Kerry all rolled up into one slimy package (Clorry – the man-bear-pig). In short, he’s a phony, lying, flip-flopping weaselly mess of a candidate. He’s spent millions of his own bankroll in an attempt to fool us all, but when you come right down to it, he’s still man-bear-pig.

Update: I’m glad someone else gets it. And that someone is AllahPundit over at Hot Air.

It’s like the Clinton camp, except less smart.

Exactly.

— Psycheout

Say Nothing

December 23, 2007

See Nothing, Say NothingMitt Romney is the definitive Say Anything candidate, that’s for sure. First he claimed that “I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.” Then he said it was figurative, not literal, that he “saw” it — doing his best impression of Bill Clinton redefining the word “is.”

In the past, Romney has also been quoted as having bragged, “My father and I marched with Martin Luther King Jr. through the streets of Detroit.” But it also turns out to be nonsense. What should we make of this?

Mitt Romney never marched through Detroit with Martin Luther King, as the Romney campaign now acknowledges. Nor is it true that the GOP candidate “saw” his father, a former governor of Michigan, join King on a civil rights march, as he has been claiming on the presidential campaign trail. (He now says that “saw” was a “figure of speech.”) It is conceivable that George Romney marched with King at some point, but this is disputed.

Mitt Romney, LiarRomney’s tall tales and the subsequent backpedalling renewed the obvious questions about Romney’s credibility and his annoying tendency to, let’s say, stretch the truth to the breaking point. Team Mitt needed the subject changed, and quick.

Then something magical happened which Romney supporters energetically used to beat down those valid criticisms and to cleverly change the subject away from Willard Romney’s self-aggrandizing lies to the late George Romney’s admirable civil rights record.

A couple of seemingly credible witnesses were conveniently rolled out, who conveyed a warm and fuzzy story about George Romney and MLK marching arm in arm in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. It was a slick PR team’s dream come true!

Shirley Basore, 72, says she was sitting in the hairdresser’s chair in wealthy Grosse Pointe, Mich., back in 1963 when a rumpus started and she discovered that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and her governor, George Romney, were marching for civil rights — right past the window.

Aw, it really brings a tear to one’s eye, doesn’t it? It’s almost like Mitt was there, marching proudly with the civil rights icon. What a heroic figure he must have been! And everybody lived happily ever after. The end. Poppycock!

Too bad it turns out that the fuzziness of the eyewitness account was literal as well as figurative. The tale told was apocryphal. Worse, Team Romney knew it was false at the time, but they contemptibly decided to say nothing to correct the record.

See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil
Team Romney: See No Evil,
Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil

How principled. How honorable. How Romney-esque!

Two women contacted the Mitt Romney campaign this week, offering their memories of seeing Romney’s father march with Martin Luther King Jr., in Grosse Point Michigan in 1963. Campaign officials were well aware that the women were mistaken. Yet, they directed those women to tell their stories to a Politico reporter.

The motives and memories of the two women are unknown and irrelevant; the motives of the campaign, however, were obvious — to spread information they knew to be untrue, for the good of the candidate.

Martin Luther King Jr. marches, without RomneyHere’s the actual facts about that alleged Romney-MLK march:

Then-governor George Romney did indeed march in Grosse Pointe, on Saturday, June 29, 1963, but Martin Luther King Jr. was not there; he was in New Brunswick, New Jersey, addressing the closing session of the annual New Jersey AFL-CIO labor institute at Rutgers University.

Need more? Yes, you do.

A King researcher editing his letters from that time has stated definitively that the two men never marched together; Michigan and Grosse Pointe historians have stated definitively that King was not at the 1963 Grosse Pointe march; Michigan civil-rights participants of the time have concurred; so have those who worked for George Romney at the time.

I know nothing!All of this evidence is important to present to the general public, but it is unnecessary for the Romney campaign — it has been clear for some time that they know perfectly well that the two men never marched together.

If this is the kind of man that Mitt Romney is, if these are the type of unprincipled charlatans that he will bring with him were he to become President, we’d all be better off if he remained in the private sector. We should not accept being lied to like this. It’s shameless and shameful. Reprehensible. Un-Presidential.

Martin Luther King, Jr.Making up lies, or at least being deliberately misleading, to associate himself with the revered slain civil rights leader, allowing misinformation to be entered into the public record for unethical personal benefit, and cynically manipulating voters through alternately saying anything and saying nothing when it suits his purpose, principles be damned… well, it’s astonishing and revolting and thoroughly unacceptable.

Mitt Romney does not deserve to become the GOP nominee for President. He’s the Republican version of Billy Jeff Clinton, a manipulative and deceptive word parser and an obfuscationist. Mitt Romney clearly doesn’t give a hang about principle and he doesn’t concern himself with the truth. He obviously only cares about himself and his unquenchable thirst for power.

Get out of my party, Mitt. You are not welcome here.

Concord MonitorUpdate: Apparently I’m not alone. The Concord Monitor in New Hampshire agrees, boldly stating the obvious: Romney should not be the next president. Read the whole thing, it’s scathing!

If you followed only his tenure as governor of Massachusetts, you might imagine Romney as a pragmatic moderate with liberal positions on numerous social issues and an ability to work well with Democrats.

If you followed only his campaign for president, you’d swear he was a red-meat conservative, pandering to the religious right, whatever the cost. Pay attention to both, and you’re left to wonder if there’s anything at all at his core.

Amen! Romney’s once strong lead in NH is whithering as McCain’s numbers experience a surge. Go Senator McCain! And as for you, Mitt, just leave. Okthxbye.

Update 2: Curt at Flopping Aces isn’t buying any Mitt malarkey either.

No way can Mitt try to stifle this story by throwing a few witnesses at it when there is so much documentary evidence to prove that he, his father, and MLK never marched together.

George RomneyGot that right. However, I’d just emphasize the point that George Romney had nothing to do with this, and would have nothing to be ashamed of other than his son, Willard, who’s trying to cash in on daddy’s record and take credit for principles he’s never had.

Mitt talks big, beyond his league. At least his father actually participated selflessly in something larger than himself. His shallow son, on the other hand, is full of nothing but himself. For Mitt, it’s all about the Mitt and nothing but the Mitt. Sadly, Willard has done a great disservice to his noble father’s memory. And that’s tragic.

Update 3: Fact Checker has revised it’s rating of the Romney-MLK lies upwards from 2 to 4 Pinocchios. Well done. This was a whale of a whopper. The fish has landed.

Here’s what one of the eyewitnesses trotted out by Team Romney had to say about his recollection:

“I was fifteen feet away from them [Romney and MLK],” said Robertson, 64, who attended Grosse Pointe high school. “You don’t forget that kind of thing.”

When I told Robertson that news reports placed Martin Luther King in New Jersey at the time, he replied: “Well, it was somebody who certainly looked like him.”

Uh huh.  Perfect.

— Psycheout

Say Anything

December 20, 2007

Ask Mitt NothingMitt Romney has sunk to a new low. Hard to believe, I know. But he’s been touting the “fact” that his daddy marched with Martin Luther King, Jr., a claim which people have so far been unable to verify. Here’s the claim:

In a major speech on faith and politics earlier this month in Texas, Mitt Romney said: “I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.”

He made a similar statement Sunday during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” He said, “You can see what I believed and what my family believed by looking at our lives. My dad marched with Martin Luther King. My mom was a tireless crusader for civil rights.”

Now that this claim is being questioned, watch the campaign backpedal.

“He was speaking figuratively, not literally,” Eric Fehrnstrom, spokesman for the Romney campaign, said of the candidate.

I literally facepalmed when I read that. Mittens is the definitive “Say Anything” to get elected candidate. Enjoy your figurative Presidency, you liar. Do the right thing: just say no to this unprincipled lying charlatan. Yuck.

Update: Over at Race 4 2008, Axel G. makes a great point:

This is a problem for a few reasons. First, Romney is caught either lying or spinning and that reinforces the impression that he will say anything. He is sounding more and more like not just flip-flopper John Kerry, but serial fabricator Al Gore. Second, obviously civil rights is a sacred topic for some and to use a slain civil rights leader to boost your campaign will be seen as offensive. Third, Romney was using this false anecdote to refute any idea that he and LDS are bigoted. His father was indeed a proponent of civil rights, but this tarnishes that image.

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

When I was a kid, I saw my dad quarterback the Steelers as they became World Series Champions.

LOL!

— Psycheout

Rudy Giuliani: All Over But the Shouting?

December 18, 2007

Rudy GiulianiOnce viewed by many as the inevitable nominee, Rudy Giuliani’s star seems to be falling.  He is all but abandoning the early primary states.  He could still make a comeback, maybe, but will he?

These are tough times for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

First the good news (for Rudy):

He’s still the leading Republican presidential candidate in national polls, but only by two percentage points over former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee….

Then the bad news (again, for Rudy):

And in early-voting states, Giuliani’s sinking fast. He’s a distant third in Iowa, a closer third in New Hampshire and has sunk to fourth in South Carolina, according to recent polls. With Iowa’s first-to-vote caucuses on Jan. 3 and New Hampshire’s primary five days later, Giuliani’s campaign appears to be sliding.

But this is good news for the Republican party.  As the poison pill nominee, Rudy would cause the GOP to implode.  Social conservatives and evangelicals would flee in terror, choosing to either vote third party or not at all.  And who knows if they’d ever return.

Giuliani’s failure may actually be the Republican party’s success, if it is to survive as a coalition.  America’s Mayor is not going to become America’s President.

— Psycheout

Mittens Not Endorsed By NRA

December 17, 2007

NRAAmerica’s hunter has a problem with guns, it would seem. And he’s stepped in it again with his tall tales, this time on Meet the Press.

Maybe it was the pressure of the moment. Being under the Tim Russert spotlight can get to anyone. Under Russert’s grilling about guns on this morning’s “Meet the Press,” former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney claimed an endorsement he’d never won.

Here’s his claim:

“I just talked about, about guns. I told you what my position was, and what I, what I did as governor; the fact that I received the endorsement of the NRA.”

Here’s the reality:

He was never endorsed by the NRA, and didn’t have their official support during his 2002 gubernatorial campaign.

A swing and a miss! Now, watch this drive.

Mitt Romney: a legend in his own mind.

Update: Mitt’s a weeper.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” today that he wept with relief when the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the Mormon church, announced a 1978 revelation that the priesthood would no longer be denied to persons of African descent.

And he can turn on the waterworks on cue.  Great.

Romney’s eyes appeared to fill with tears as he discussed the emotional subject….

Maybe he should practice biting the lower lip.  Sickening, isn’t it?

— Psycheout

Mitt Romney’s “Sanctuary Mansion”

December 5, 2007

MansionMitt Romney will get around to cracking down on illegals once he’s elected President, or so he claims.  But for now, the lawn still needs mowing and raking.  Think of the leaves!

Standing on stage at a Republican debate on the Gulf Coast of Florida last week, Mitt Romney repeatedly lashed out at rival Rudy Giuliani for providing sanctuary to illegal immigrants in New York City.

Yet, the very next morning, on Thursday, at least two illegal immigrants stepped out of a hulking maroon pickup truck in the driveway of Romney’s Belmont house, then proceeded to spend several hours raking leaves, clearing debris from Romney’s tennis court, and loading the refuse back on to the truck.

Hypocrite.

This reminds me of Tom Tancredo, the ultimate illegal immigration pimp.  Hypocrites, both of them.  They are not fit for office, any office.  Maybe they should rake my yard.  Jerks.

— Psycheout