Tuesday, September 04, 2012
But one of his high priced side- kicks needed to get into his ears and teach Mitt how to connect to normal folks. Especially normal folks who are experiencing real problems.
"It was already a risky decision for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to visit Hurricane Isaac-ravaged New Orleans immediately following the Hurricane Katrina anniversary-timed Republican National Convention, a risk exacerbated by conservative gloating that Romney had beaten President Obama to the “prize.”
Already open to criticism that he was using the disaster as a political prop, Romney could hardly have asked for a worse headline than what he reportedly told one flooding victim.
When the White House’s announcement that President Obama would visit New Orleans on Monday followed the Romney campaign’s announcement by a few hours, conservatives were quick to childishly declare he was simply following Romney’s lead, despite the fact that the President’s trip had already been planned, and despite the fact that the President actually has a legitimate purpose for going to tour a disaster. While this delighted right-wingers, it could only seem crass, at best, to everyone else.
Still, Romney isn’t responsible for what his stupidest supporters say, and could have as easily faced criticism had he decided not to go. When faced with one of the victims of the flood, however, Romney came up well short in the empathy department:
"Romney and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) spent close to an hour meeting with first responders and local officials. Romney shook hands with National Guardsmen outside the U.S. Post Office and talked with a local resident, Jodie Chiarello, 42, who lost her home in Isaac’s flooding.
“He just told me to, um, there’s assistance out there,” Chiarello said of her conversation with Romney. “He said, go home and call 211.” That’s a public service number offered in many states.
Chiarello said she will likely seek some other shelter because her home was submerged in the flooding." [Source]
"GO HOME AND CALL 211"? Sorry Jodie, it's time to rebuild your home.
Maybe you can get some republicans to help you, because, if you let them tell it; they built damn near everything else.
Finally, let me say for the record that I think that the dumbocrat who compared Paul Ryan and his lies to Joseph Goebbels was wrong. It's never cool to use the Nazi analogy. As much as I despise wingnuts I do not think that comparing them to Nazis is fair or appropriate. John Burton was wrong, and those who called him out for his characterization of Paul Ryan were right to do so.
Having said that, a comparison to Pinnochio would have been more apropos.
"Republican vice-presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has been getting so much ink for being an exceptionally prolific liar that it was inevitable the media would miss a big one, but he snuck out a doozy on Thursday that deserves some kind of an award. NBC News’ Brian Williams confronted Ryan about the Republican Party Platform’s abortion plank, which contains no exceptions for rape, incest, or the life of the mother. Ryan’s response was literally unbelievable.
'Are you prepared to leave this gathering and own the fact that the platform of this party allows a woman who has been raped no exception but to carry that child to term?' Williams asked.
'Well, I think the platform is– is silent on that particular issue,' Rep. Ryan replied. “Mitt Romney has a position on this. The president of the United States sets the policy. And Mitt Romney’s position is that there are exceptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother.”
'There’s no exception in the platform,' Williams astutely, correctly pointed out.
'Well, I think the platform’s silent either one way or the other on that,' Ryan repeated. “The platform – of which I think is a great document. I’m proud of the platform – it’s something that was produced by the delegates, and the president of the United States sets policy on this issue. And Mitt Romney’s policy is well known....
For the life of me, I’m trying to cut Brian Williams some slack for not turning to Ryan and saying “Pardon me, but how the eff can you be silent about an exception? An exception is, by definition, something you have to say out loud in order for it to exist. That’s like saying ‘This pizza isn’t plain, it’s just silent on the issue of toppings,’ or ‘I’m not naked, I’m just invisible on the issue of clothing.’” [Source]
But this is what makes republicans so good at what they do. This isn't talking out of two sides of your mouth; this is talking out of your ass and making it look like your lips are moving.