"Mitt Doesn't Disdain the Poor"
~ Name of a video with Ann Romney taking up for Mitt, posted then pulled by the Romney campaign for unknown reasons, via BuzzFeed
Here's the question facing Mitt Romney's campaign tonight after the "doesn't disdain" disaster: Are they going to finish third?
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) September 19, 2012
"Mitt Romney, Man of Constant Sorrow"
~ Headline on Politico
It turns out that Mitt Romney was right. There is class warfare being waged in the 2012 campaign. It is Mr. Romney who is waging it, not President Obama, and he’s stood the whole idea on its head.
~ The New York Times Editorial
My first reaction was 'can't be true.' The tape must be edited. Somebody must have played games with it. He can't possibly have disparaged almost half of the population of the country with seven weeks to go in the election campaign. Alas, it turns out to be exactly what he said.
~ Legendary anchorman Dan Rather on MSNBC, to Rachel Maddow
There is a reason they did not take back that statement on that tape. They are restating it now in a way that is less blunt, but it is actually their world view and their policy. And that's why this tape has been like a nuclear bomb, not a dirty bomb, in the Republican's campaign for the presidency this year.
~ Rachel Maddow on MSNBC
Mitt Romney’s comments felt as if he were stabbing me in the heart. I stopped breathing for a few seconds with a profound feeling that I was trapped in another world where people have no clue, not one little clue of what it’s like to have to struggle to get through every single day.
~ Roz Levine in NYT
Mitt Romney should be reminded that rights to food, housing and health care are recognized in international covenants that the United States has signed. The federal government is not required to “provide” these goods, but it is legally obligated “to respect, protect and fulfill” these rights.
Mr. Romney’s comments suggest not only contempt for working people and the poor but also for fundamental human rights.
~ ~ Marc Edelman in NYT
Mr. Romney in his current configuration is better suited to serve as king of 18th-century France rather than as president of the United States.
~ Stephen Korn in NYT
What we should strive for, what we have to improve upon, in the inner cities, in the poor rural areas, is to make sure that people get that chance so that they can make the most of their lives. So we should not be looking at people as if they are stuck in some station or stuck in some class or some victim or something like that.
~ Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan, rolling back Romney's remarks on video
We are a big, complicated nation. And we are human beings. We are people. We have souls. We are complex. We are not data points. Many things go into our decisions and our political affiliations.
You have to be sophisticated to know that. And if you’re operating at the top of national politics, you’re supposed to be sophisticated.
I think there is a broad and growing feeling now, among Republicans, that this thing is slipping out of Romney’s hands.
It’s time to admit the Romney campaign is an incompetent one. It’s not big, it’s not brave, it’s not thoughtfully tackling great issues. It’s always been too small for the moment.
. . . An intervention is in order. “Mitt, this isn’t working.”
~ Peggy Noonan on Wall Street Journal
Grim-faced aides acknowledged that it was an unusually dark moment, made worse by the self-inflicted, seemingly avoidable nature of the wound. In low-volume, out-of-the-way conversations, a few of them are now wondering whether victory is still possible and whether they are entering McCain-Palin ticket territory.
It may prove a fleeting anxiety: national polls show the race remains close, even though Mr. Romney trails in some key swing states.
Still, a flustered adviser, describing the mood, said that the campaign was turning into a vulgar, unprintable phrase.
~ The New York Times
(Hardball Theme plays)
Hello this is Chris Matthews in New York.
Let me start tonight with:
If I were a rich man,
Yubba, Dibby, Dibby
Dibby, Dibby, Dibby, Dibby Dum.
~ Chris Matthews on Hardball
I disagree with Governor Romney's insinuation that 47 percent of Americans believe they are victims who must depend on the government for their care. I know that the vast majority of those who rely on government are not in that situation because they want to be.
~ Linda McMahon, running for a Republican Senate seat in Connecticutt
That's not the way I view the world. As someone who grew up in tough circumstances, I know that being on public assistance is not a spot that anyone wants to be in. Too many people today who want to work are being forced into public assistance for lack of jobs.
~ Senator Scott Brown, who is running against Democrat Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts
Who else loves the American people as much as Miffed Romney?
- Leona Helmsley
- Nikita Krushchev.
- Dick Cheney.
- Paris Hilton.
- Gina Rinehart.
- Eduardo Saverin.
- Somali pirates.
Oh my God. People think they are entitled to food! Are there no workhouses?
~ comment by PuckStopsHere on Wonkette
He forgot to call them "vermin" and mention his plans for dealing with them once and for all.
~ comment by Chet Kinkaide on Wonkette
This has been another episode of Uncle Rockefeller's Summer Cottage.
~ comment by SayItWithWookies on Wonkette
Someone on my blog just referred to Mitt Romney as Money Boo Boo. I got nothin' that'll top that. #RomneyEncore #47percent
— TBogg (@tbogg) September 18, 2012
Dan Rather said Romney has to have an error-less campaign for the remaining 49 days.LMAOOOOOOOBye Bye #MoneyBooBoo #p2
— April(@ReignOfApril) September 19, 2012
Mitt should take that "47%" fundraiser video and just plunk "I'm Mitt Romney, and I approve this message" on the end.
— Dennis Miller Show (@DennisDMZ) September 19, 2012
47 percent + elite smart people = winning coalition
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) September 19, 2012
I bet the 47% are livin' it up right now with their food stamp feasts, fancy VA beds, and designer senior meds. La di da.
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) September 19, 2012
Romney just strapped 47% of the people to the top of his car.
— Ken (@Lions_Insanity) September 18, 2012
Well the Election is over. Secret video tape leaked. You know what's next for Mitt Romney, right? Dancing with the Stars #RomneyEncore
— Chris Rock (@chrisrockoz) September 19, 2012
All this disdain. Those "moochers" are the people who care for your kids, fix your cars and supply your food. You can't live without them.— Amadi (@amaditalks) September 17, 2012