GOP Death Watch

Romney Clinches Loss Before Election is Even Held. All He Had to Do Was Open His Mouth.

Has there ever been a worse presidential candidate than Mitt Romney (besides the fellow Republicans he bested in the primaries)? For sheer political ineptitude, Mitt is hard to beat. Either Romney resides so deep in the right-wing echo chamber that he can’t hear common sense whispering in his ear, or else his principles are so flexible that he may as well be a weather vane.

In either case, the latest Romney debacle–like most of the others, of his own making–is probably fatal. You can’t go around complaining that half the country won’t vote for you because they are moochers who don’t pay taxes and get big government checks, and expect people to like you. You especially can’t say it when your own tax returns, or those few you choose to release, show a pattern of off-shore and Swiss bank accounts.

Just for the record, it is accurate to say that 47 percent of Americans don’t pay income taxes, largely because they are retired and on Social Security or have a small income, are unemployed, or just too damn poor. Even the working poor, however, pay payroll taxes.

Now it’s true that the video, released by David Corn at Mother Jones, comes from a private fundraiser held in Florida. (The host, Marc Leder is a hedge fund manager with a reputation for throwing raucous parties.) But what candidate speaking to a group of people assumes the comments are off the record, even if no reporter is present? Clearly, Romney has never heard of the iPhone. You would think that Mitt would have learned from Obama’s own brush with controversy in 2008 from comments he made at a private fundraiser.

The irony is that the Tea-Party base of the Republican party is thrilled with Romney’s comments, which is an indication of just how unmoored they are from the shores of reality. This is the Romney they’ve been waiting for. It’s also what they’ve been waiting for from vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, who is a noted proponent of the Ayn Rand philosophy behind Romney’s comments. Moreover, it’s the kind of thing that religious right folks like Gary Bauer were saying just a few days ago at the Value Voters Summit.

Romney’s latest self-inflicted wound comes as the stench of failure is beginning to overwhelm the campaign. In a classic case of paid consultants fearing lower pay for their next gig if this one fails, Politico ran a devastating piece less than 24 hours before the Mother Jones tape appeared, in which numerous unnamed consultants unloaded on the Romney campaign for its incompetence. Perhaps the most stunning admission was that Romney considered hiring Ken Mehlman as his campaign advisor. Mehlman is openly gay (now), although he previously played a major role in the GOP’s attack on marriage equality as a wedge issue in 2004. (We all make our little mistakes.) In today’s Republican party how Romney could ever have even considered hiring someone like Mehlman without incurring a rain of fire from the religious right is beyond comprehension.

Coming on the heels of Romney’s disastrous remarks about the attacks in the Middle East that resulted in the death of four American diplomats, Romney’s newest comments will only solidify his image as the not-ready-for-the-Oval-Office candidate. His inability to apologize when given the chance won’t help him. With fewer than 50 days left to the election, barring some out-of-left-field event, Romney has a secured Barack Obama‘s reelection. The only question now is how much damage has he done to the rest of the party.

Photo by Gage Skidmore

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  • tdx3fan

    You have NOTHING but personal feeling to back this up on. You have posted absolutely no poll results. You have not even mentioned them. You BELIEVE that this latest controversy will hurt Romney. The reason you believe that is because you are part of the left which would not have voted for Romney in the first place.

    However, there are just as many people on the right that totally agree with what he has said and support him for it. The people in the middle are most likely divided. However, I will say that many people in the middle believe that those 47% are in the situation that they are in because they truly never have taken any accountability for their own lives and actions.

    Obama’s talk about how we are all in this together seems to ring pretty hollow when most of his policies allows the people that have worked hard and done well for themselves to care for the people that haven’t while the people that haven’t can still whine about how they are constant victims and how society never accepted them and never helped them succeed.

    I’m sorry, but if you wasted four years in college getting a bachelor’s in musical theater or philosophy and do nothing afterwards to make yourself even remotely marketable then do not complain when you fail to get a job although you have a college degree. A great many people are getting bachelor’s degrees now, so if you are getting a bachelor’s degree in pointlessness then do not whine about being out of work.

    When is the last time you saw someone with a bachelors (or even an associates or even a certificate) in nursing that passed their state licensing exam complain about being out of work. For that matter, when is the last time you saw anyone with a hard science degree that did well and can go on for a masters complain about being out of work. It simply does not happen. It is not up to the United States to educate stupidity (by which I mean not realizing how the economy works and how education SHOULD work not level of intelligence).

  • tdx3fan

    @tdx3fan: For the record. I will most likely vote for Obama based on the fact that I think Mitt Romney is a sociopath that believes his own lies and the lies of his VP pick. However, that does not mean that Mitt Romney does not have any chance of winning the election.

    Also, it is rhetoric such as yours that leads people to believe that Romney has no shot. When people believe that Romney has no shot they become content and that breeds laziness, so they shortly stop participating in the system; they stop campaigning; they stop giving money; hell, they often do not even bother to vote.

  • jeff4justice

    Romney and Obama are both evil fuckers.

    Obama is supportive of equality? So what? Have you never net a gay person who is a jerk?

    There’s no equality with Obama’s NDAA, kill list, drone strikes, FDA Monsanto takeover, attacks on medical marijuana users, and condoning of the NDA/FBI total surveillance society.

    While Green Party candidate Jill Stein is out protesting with Occupy, the teachers and foreclosure victims, Obama’s just enjoying the free ride of Romney’s idiocy – more or less as conveyed in the recent SNL sketch.

    I won’t waste my vote for the same 2party system over and over expecting different results.

    We’ll see if Romney and Obama are to pussy to debate Jill Stein and Gary Johnson.

  • Taliaferro

    All rhetoric aside – jeff4justice, tdx3fan, the fact remains that Mr. Romney cannot open his mouth without putting both feet in it. Whatever the cause – an appalling lack of empathy, total lack of reality, being a sociopath, some inherent flaw in Mormon DNA, – he has consistently shown that he cares not at all for the average American. The question here is which of two leading candidates is fit to be president. If you choose Romney, they may the gods help you. You are your own worst enemy and a Romney presidency will affect you less than chronic stupidity.

  • doug105

    @jeff4justice: No you keep buying a 3rd party lotto ticket in the hope that aliens will wipe out everyone else so you can win. Cause that’s what it would take.

  • Cam

    @jeff4justice: said…

    Romney and Obama are both evil fuckers.

    Obama is supportive of equality? So what? Have you never net a gay person who is a jerk?

    You obviously are not gay and are a troll or are completely deluded.

    So what? Is that a joke? SO let me see, if black people didn’t like Lyndon Johnson’s stance on the Viet-Nam war should they have told him to fuck off and not been happy that he signed the Civil Rights Legislation?

    Of course not. But you keep on beating your little drum.

  • jeff4justice

    @Cam: Where to begin with your bullshit?

    1) Not all gays support Obama. Obviously you have the 2party system tools in the Log Cabin Republicans too.

    2) My fight against Republican homophobes in my hometown is well documented.
    Here’s one of many examples:
    Gay Guy Goes Off On Anti-Gay CA County Supervisors

    3) MLK was a huge critic of LBJ and he was demonized for it by fearful black people just as I am demonized for standing up to Obama’s wars, attacks on civil liberties, and attacks on the environment. Online search: MLK: A Call to Conscience or Five Things You Probably Did Not Know About Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    4) You think all black liberals like Obama? Hell no. Look up Tavis Smiley Harsh On Obama, Cornel West Obama, or Glen Ford Obama More Effective Of Evil.

    Get a clue. Unless you work for the Federal Reserve, Walmart, Monsanto, or Goldman Sachs the 2party system does not give a fuck about you.

  • jeff4justice

    @doug105: You keep waiting for hope and change to come voting for the 2party system over and over expecting different results.

  • hephaestion

    Every time Romney opens his mouth, his poll numbers drop a few points.

    After the debates with Obama, Romney will be polling 1%.

  • Charli Girl

    ” too pussy”??? Really cupcake? Bahahaha

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