A TURNING POINT FOR AMERICA  3:44 pm February 24, 2012

Mitt Romney Delivers Big Speech About Nothing To Empty Stadium

by Jim Newell

Who the fuck came up with this? title=Mitt Romney was back in his home state of Michigan, where he lived 50 years ago, to deliver a hotly anticipated speech on his latest, most deeply considered plan to toss the American people another $3-$5 trillion in tax cuts while offsetting the cost by ???ing tax expenditures. The speech, hosted by the Detroit Economic Club, was held in that most ambitious of Michigan venues, Ford Field, the only structure capable of holding the tens of thousands of people who weren’t there.

What powerful optics for Mitt Romney today, giving his speech to the only 1,200 people with a positive net worth in the Detroit metropolitan area, in a football stadium that spectators will fill to the brim when watching the Lions go 0-16 but won’t come near when Mitt Romney books it to unveil his latest mega-pander.

But let’s not just focus on the hilarious empty stadium. Did he go out of his way to grow the awkwardness at an exponential pace, The Hill?

“I not only think I have the best chance, I think I have the only chance — maybe I’m overstating it a bit,” he said, chuckling awkwardly.

“That’s my family leading the applause,” he said quickly, although no one was clapping, then laughed again. No one appeared to laugh with him.

Jesus Christ. What could be worse? Maybe a paragraph combining… the most oft-mocked lines of his over the last couple of weeks but which still somehow remain in his stump speech with… an unnecessary anecdote about his half-dozen or so cars that only highlights his outrageous wealth with… an overall aura of very forced pandering that suggests everything he’s saying is a lie? Buzzfeed?

I actually love this state. This feels good being back in Michigan. You know, the trees are the right height, the streets are just right. I like the fact that most of the cars i see are Detroit-made automobiles. I drive a Mustang and a Chevy pickup truck. Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs. I used to have a dodge truck, so I used to have all three covered.

This is too much fun, sorry! We’re doing one more! Richard Adams at The Guardian, type!

Mitt Romney just claimed he could smell lunch “wafting into this room” – room being a very odd way to describe a massive 80,000-seat football stadium.

The real winner of the day/year, though, was CSPAN’s camera crew, who cut away from Romney for this slow pan of the emptiness surrounding him.

And so we laugh, at Mitt Romney. Because at least John McCain’s incoherent speech before a lime green backdrop was held in an appropriate-size venue.

[The Hill, Buzzfeed, The Guardian, image via Byron York]

 
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Schmannnity February 24, 2012 at 3:49 pm

That stadium looks 99% empty!

SorosBot February 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Well Mittens says it's 1% full!

Mumbletypeg February 24, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Brilliant.

actor212 February 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm

It must be tough to be Mitt Romney, native son of Michigan, opposition party candidate in an election when the economy was tanking and the President was flummoxed by the opposition in trying to effect an agenda, only to realize that Wrestlemania could outdraw him on shorter notice.

jtalaska February 24, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Wrestlemania ? Detroit quilters could overtake him.

memzilla February 24, 2012 at 4:07 pm

#CantOccupyDetroit

coolhandnuke February 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Empty suits in an empty stadium in a city emptied by corporate vultures and recession. Jackson Browne's "Running on Empty" has to be Williard's theme song.

Geminisunmars February 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm

He probably couldn't get the rights to use even that.

Chichikovovich February 24, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Naw, I'm thinking he should stick to the Michigan theme with a band from Ann Arbor.

Iggy and the Stooges: "I Want to be Your Dog"

GOPCrusher February 24, 2012 at 5:15 pm

About the same amount of people that attended a Lions home game in December 2009

Biel_ze_Bubba February 25, 2012 at 12:11 am

I'm sure the 1%-ers felt literally at home in an overpriced, oversized building with lots of 99%-ers running around attending to things for them.

not that Dewey February 25, 2012 at 1:40 pm

That's not spatial transcendence!

littlebigdaddy February 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm

If Barry held an event in Detroit, he would fill the place. Hell, he should do it out of spite. Next week. Maybe he could bring Buddy Guy and BB King.

BerkeleyBear February 24, 2012 at 3:59 pm

I'm guessing Axlerod has the stadium tour all lined up for contrast. They are already doing the DNC acceptance speech in an NFL stadium (one that the team normally doesn't fill, because they are the Carolina Panthers, but which Obama will).

Trinket February 24, 2012 at 5:22 pm

I would fly to Detroit for that.

Negropolis February 25, 2012 at 2:57 am

Hell, round up some of the Motown legends still present in the area, stick in Aretha Franklin, Eminem, and the ICP, and the election is over in Michigan.

Joshua Norton February 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm

I drive a Mustang and a Chevy pickup truck. Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs. I used to have a dodge truck, so I used to have all three covered.

Who wrote this sketch? It's comedy gold.

Preferred Customer February 24, 2012 at 3:54 pm

He didn't mention what he covered them with, but I bet Seamus knows.

ChernobylSoup February 24, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Mitt's the Cadillac of douchebags.

V572 Flambé February 24, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Rambler libel…

Sorry, couldn't help myself, but Mitt's pappy was CEO of the company that made these: http://static.ddmcdn.com/gif/1958-1960-rambler-am

Geminisunmars February 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm

That's a classic

Lucidamente1 February 24, 2012 at 4:26 pm

I hear ya, Mitt. My Uncle Louie used to steal Cadillacs.

An_Outhouse February 24, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Maybe it was written by the Drive By Truckers. Sounds similar to this:

He packed a big-ass church out near Rogersville
He drove the Cadillac she drove the Oldsmobile
Every Friday he shacked up with his mistress
Doing things that he'd never do with the Mrs.
Who was back at home cooking dinner for him
— Drive By Truckers, Go Go Boots

FlownOver February 24, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Well, I seen me a Cadillac window uptown
There was nobody around
I got into the driver's seat
And I drove down Forty-second Street

In my Cadillac.

Good car to drive…

After a war.

GOPCrusher February 24, 2012 at 5:17 pm

And Mitt Romney can scratch off Kenosha, WI. as a possible places to get votes.

Preferred Customer February 24, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Scott Walker's already done that for him.

jtalaska February 24, 2012 at 5:28 pm

They should save the conference announcements to use in case of fires.

Lascauxcaveman February 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm

I saw that first photo and I thought it was halftime at a Raiders game.

V572 Flambé February 24, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Not enough fist fights.

Callyson February 24, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Too peaceful for that to be the case.

UnholyMoses February 24, 2012 at 4:36 pm

NEEDS MOAR C-CELLS THROWN AT OPPOSING TEAMS!

(Me = Chiefs fan. 'Cause winning is for losers.)

GOPCrusher February 24, 2012 at 5:18 pm

As a Raiders fan I can say
ZOMBIE AL DAVIS LIBEL !!1!1

Tundra Grifter February 24, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Because there were too many men on the field?

smokefilledroommate February 24, 2012 at 3:51 pm

What an Edsel.

OneYieldRegular February 24, 2012 at 4:33 pm

You're giving him way too much credit. He should be wearing a powdered wig and driving a surrey.

actor212 February 24, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Invisible people need tax cuts too, my friend!

nounverb911 February 24, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Paid for by the invisible hand?

HogeyeGrex February 24, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Empty suits seats are people, my friend.

UnholyMoses February 24, 2012 at 3:51 pm

I find your lack of ALT text disturbing.

DoktorThompson February 24, 2012 at 5:30 pm

The alt text writes itself.

yyyaz February 24, 2012 at 3:51 pm

It was filled to SRO by the spirits of every worker whose job Rmoney sold down the river.

HogeyeGrex February 24, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Not to mention the posthumously converted.

GOPCrusher February 24, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Maybe the people of Detroit were just showing their support of Rmoney's statement that Detroit should have went bankrupt instead of getting a bailout.

prommie February 24, 2012 at 3:51 pm

You know, you're right, more people didn't come to this speech than haven't come to any speech by any of the other candidates. Thats an entire giant stadium full of no-shows. Most events are in a little church or some smaller venue where there are far fewer non-attendees not present.

Dianes4babies February 25, 2012 at 1:21 pm

This stadium was completely filled for Barack Obama!

bumfug February 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm

His after-election party in November is gonna look something like that.

Dianes4babies February 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm

NOT going to happen!!!

Nostrildamus February 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Wow, metaphor anyone?

SorosBot February 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm

With his money, you'd think Romney could afford to buy some friends; but nope, nobody likes him.

Lionel[redacted]Esq February 24, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Heck, don't even worry about buying friends. It's Detroit, surely for $20 and a burger they could get the stadium filled. What is the use of even having a Super Pac?

orygoon February 24, 2012 at 5:06 pm

I got that stupid new book about him from the library, but I can tell I'm not going to read it.

Loaded_Pants February 24, 2012 at 5:16 pm

You'd think he could afford some astroturfing, as it were.

Troglodeity February 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Most epic Advance Man FAIL since McCain's "Green Room" in 2008.

Preferred Customer February 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm

The Detroit Free Press reports that the original plan was to hold it at the Book Cadillac, but that they had to move because it was oversold.

Seriously? There are no other venues anywhere in Detroit between "hotel ballroom" and "football stadium"?

actor212 February 24, 2012 at 3:59 pm

They pawned those to pay the police.

Callyson February 24, 2012 at 4:07 pm

it was oversold
I take it you are referring to Mittens' campaign? Yes, all smoke and mirrors…

OneYieldRegular February 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm

SOMEbody's getting a Romney pink-slip tonight.

Preferred Customer February 24, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Meanwhile, outside, some nice folks are helping Mitt remember his lines:
http://jalopnik.com/5888075/uaw-thoughtfully-remi

chicken_thief February 24, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Did the protesters happen to out number the few inside?

Dirt_Dog February 24, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Is anybody starting to feel sorry for Mitt with his completely tin-eared awkwardness, lack of sense of humor, and utter cluelessness? No, not me either.

I'm predicting that no Mormon will be elected president until they're allowed to hit the booze, 'cause until then they won't understand how most of America actually thinks.

Nostrildamus February 24, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Now Romney knows how Rick Santorum's brain feels.

prommie February 24, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Not exactly the Nuremburg Rally, is it?

imissopus February 24, 2012 at 4:16 pm

No, that's scheduled for Tampa.

HogeyeGrex February 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm

In size? No.

In politics?..

smokefilledroommate February 24, 2012 at 3:56 pm
Dudleydidwrong February 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Mormon Libel! The stadium was filled to overflowing with the recently-dead-and-just-baptized Jews, Catholics, Slavs, Nazis, and Nigerian/Hawaiian Muslim relatives of Obama. You just need special glasses to see them.

mavenmaven February 24, 2012 at 4:33 pm
Geminisunmars February 24, 2012 at 4:43 pm

referal denied

mavenmaven February 24, 2012 at 5:55 pm
Geminisunmars February 24, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Now I see…

FraAnima February 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm

The t-shirt cannon was not needed at half time.

Preferred Customer February 24, 2012 at 3:59 pm

They brought it out anyway. It was filled with plain, white, button-down Oxfords.

FraAnima February 24, 2012 at 4:01 pm

And santorum.

Lionel[redacted]Esq February 24, 2012 at 4:23 pm

And magic underwear. Or is that just redundant?

actor212 February 24, 2012 at 4:37 pm

They used a rubber band

Preferred Customer February 24, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Contraceptives are Santorum's issue.

Extemporanus February 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm

That punt.

StarsUponThars February 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm

You know when you're 12 and you invite all the mean girls to your sleepover but they don't come because they're stuck-up bitches? Yeah, it's like that.

MrFizzy February 24, 2012 at 3:58 pm

The photo sort of reminds me of tiny Michael Dukakis and the tank.

V572 Flambé February 24, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Which, coinkidentally, also occurred in Detroit. Well, really in Warren, MI, at the incorrectly-named Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant, now defunct.

MrFizzy February 24, 2012 at 4:13 pm

No shit? Something else to love about Detroit. You would really think that Mitt's handlers would have tried to determine how many people were showing up before they ordered a stadium venue. What a stick he is.

V572 Flambé February 24, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Amazing place in its glory days, designed by renowned industrial architect Alfred Kahn with the entire south facade in glass.
http://nationalpostarts.files.wordpress.com/2011/

Riding in a tank is cool; anybody woulda done it, particularly a Massachusetts liberal hoping to burnish his warrior cred. Not his fault he looked like a dork.

GOPCrusher February 24, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Probably should of went with the leather aviator's helmet and scarf instead of the tanker's helmet.

Negropolis February 25, 2012 at 3:02 am

It's defunct under its former use, but it's now home to the United States Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command.

V572 Flambé February 25, 2012 at 4:19 am

Thought they BRACed the Tank Plant and retained the office buildings west of the tracks, but haven't worked there in a while.

JackDempsey1 February 24, 2012 at 3:58 pm

There's even fewer fantasy players on that field than when the Lions play.

KeepFnThatChicken February 24, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Wow, I heard Detroit was empty, but shit!

DaRooster February 24, 2012 at 3:58 pm

“I not only think I have the best chance, I think I have the only chance — maybe I’m overstating it a bit,” he said, chuckling awkwardly.

Hey Chuckles… is there a single thing you don't do awkwardly?

yyyaz February 24, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Only destroying businesses with a keyboard from the comfort of his $10k execuchair. I hear that even seeing him sleep can induce lifelong insomnia.

WhatTheHeck February 24, 2012 at 3:59 pm

And talking about “Bail-outs,” looks like some people bailed out on poor Mitt.
That, or they couldn’t afford to fill up their Cadillacs to drive to the republican lalalalapalooza.

Mumbletypeg February 24, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Couldn't he have just had a revival tent pitched instead, they manufacture them nowadays to fit 1200 underneath. I've always wondered what a Mormon altar call would look like. Why would one get "slain in the spirit" LDS-style when the real fun could be deferred down the road as a postmortem baptized zombie?

nounverb911 February 24, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Needs more fans with paper bags over their heads.

HogeyeGrex February 24, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Well, the reverse angle was pretty good.

Loaded_Pants February 24, 2012 at 5:25 pm

That's just awesome.

FraAnima February 24, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Does Ann drive her couple of Cadillacs by putting one foot in each?

Guppy February 24, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Give him credit: he remembered to say "drive" rather than "is driven in."

Loaded_Pants February 24, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Sorta OT but it relates to Caddies.
We finally sold the '81 Caddie that had been sitting in our garage forever. It had only one previous owner; the grandmother of one of our neighbors who only drove it to the supermarket & church so it had low mileage. I'd like to think the major selling point was it had an 8-track player. There was still a case of 8-tracks in it when we got it. Ray Conniff, Don Ho, and Andy Williams. Granny knew how to rock.

FraAnima February 24, 2012 at 5:47 pm

I misspent much of my high school in a '71 Cadillac Fleetwood. We could fit a lot of hippies in that car.

DrunkIrishman February 24, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Watching the grass grow at Ford Field would be more interesting than sitting through another awkward Romney ramble.

Preferred Customer February 24, 2012 at 5:56 pm

You've got about as much hope of the grass at Ford Field growing as you do of Mitt uttering a coherent policy pronouncement.

Dumbedup February 24, 2012 at 4:00 pm

We had a word for guys like "couple of Cadillacs" Mitt back in Jersey. FUCKIN' DOUCHEBAG who somehow manages to be more awkward than RICHARD NIXON. Boy I bet some republicans are tying one on about now, trying not to think of the election.

DerrickWildcat February 24, 2012 at 4:01 pm

The bleachers are not at the right height.

HogeyeGrex February 24, 2012 at 4:25 pm

So they did the carpet and not the drapes?

Geminisunmars February 24, 2012 at 4:26 pm

And not a tree in sight.

ifthethunderdontgetya February 24, 2012 at 4:02 pm

If only poor Rmoney could afford to pay for some people to show up.

But he can't do it, my friends.

Mittens is unemployed, just like you and me.
~

arihaya February 24, 2012 at 4:02 pm

giving his speech to the only 1,200 people

Bamma only need to sing a single line from BB King's songs and he will gather 20 times that number

BZ1 February 24, 2012 at 4:02 pm

poetic justice: an empty speech to empty-headed folks in an empty stadium

UnholyMoses February 24, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Hate to go OT so early, but, this is fucking golden:

The lawmaker who proposed Virginia's "get raped by the government before having an abortion after being raped" bill has a wife who wouldn't fuck him 'cause of the bill (instead of, ya know, on general principle).

Behold the power of vagina!!

smokefilledroommate February 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Truly offensive and revolting.

imissopus February 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Someone's wife has read Lysistrata.

UnholyMoses February 24, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Or just decided her husband was too much of dick for her to touch his.

Guessing since he's an R, the latter — no one that smart would marry someone that dumb.

Well, almost no one …

jus_wonderin February 24, 2012 at 4:22 pm

I started watching until he said he was getting comfortable on the couch…and then I just got creeped out.

UnholyMoses February 24, 2012 at 4:39 pm

"So, ya like the couch, eh?!" says his wife.

"Um, what I meant was–"

"Shut it, mister! You like the couch so much, you can stay there! And never think of touching my vee again!"

widestanceromance February 24, 2012 at 4:28 pm

The vaginal wrench at work?

Geminisunmars February 24, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I like how he couldn't bring himself to say "transvaginal" – it was trans-vee this and trans-vee that — but he could discuss his sex life on the hallowed floor, and he could bring himself to bring a bill about doing trans-vees.

prommie February 24, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Its incredibly sexist, ridiculous, witless, and gross, for this stupid fuck to tell this story in the Statehouse. It relegates women to that demeaning role of sex object. His wife couldn't convince him that he was wrong, she couldn't convince him with logic, argument, persuasion, no, she's a woman, a walking life support system for a pussy, so she convinced him by denying him pussy. I am sorry, but this fucking asshole, this makes me furious, telling this story that he got cut off because of the Bill, this is more insulting to women than the original bill. Fuckwad.

Limeylizzie February 24, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Prommie is hot when he is all angry on behalf of our poor , probed vaginas.

GOPCrusher February 24, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Yeah, I'm sure this guy is going to get some after this.

Biel_ze_Bubba February 24, 2012 at 5:46 pm

My thoughts eggzactly. Wait 'till she sees THIS on the big teevee.

Chichikovovich February 24, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Interesting story. Completely independently of his decision to back down on the bill, his wife had decided to have sex with him again after all. While he was giving the speech, she was out shopping for a probe.

smokefilledroommate February 25, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Thanks Prommie, for articulating my anger!

edgydrifter February 24, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Now we know who Jacob Marley haunts the other 364 nights of the year.

BerkeleyBear February 24, 2012 at 4:03 pm

This could be the enduring image/sound of Romney – the guy and his team have zero clue on optics and tone. Apparently enthusiasm and charisma are overrated in Romney world. They all pale in front of huge stacks of cash.

DrunkIrishman February 24, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Romney's campaign seems to be working with the same play book Democrats used throughout the 1980s to run their presidential campaigns.

Callyson February 24, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Jesus Christ. What could be worse?
"President Mitt Romney." That could be *much* worse…
…off to have a drink or ten to get that horrifying thought out of my mind…

Generation[redacted] February 24, 2012 at 4:40 pm

On the upside, I imagine there would be plenty of empty front row seats at his inauguration, if you wanted to attend.

Baconzgood February 24, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Not people are people too my friend.

littlebigdaddy February 24, 2012 at 4:05 pm

They were thinking of having it at Joe Louis Arena but they were afraid someone would throw an octopus.

littlebigdaddy February 24, 2012 at 5:13 pm

He became operational at the HAL plant in Urbana, Illinois on the 12th of January 1992.

Preferred Customer February 24, 2012 at 5:57 pm

They should have done it in front of the fist on Jefferson.

savethispatient February 24, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Romney-bot 3000 is trying to make us believe he's a real boy:

I was actually born in Harper Hospital

Toomush_Infer February 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm

as opposed to "born in a corporate way"…

Doktor Zoom February 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Where's the birth certificate?

savethispatient February 24, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Where's the manufacturer's warranty?

Generation[redacted] February 24, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Long form articles of incorporation or GTFO.

savethispatient February 24, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Of course, he's hiding that because it probably shows that his home state is Delaware.

GunToting[Redacted] February 24, 2012 at 5:02 pm

I think he meant that he was incorporated at Harper Hospital.

Negropolis February 25, 2012 at 3:09 am

Romney was actually manufactured at the Ford Piquette Plant in Detroit's North End neighborhood.

SudsMcKenzie February 24, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Jim I think I speak for all of us in that were thrilled your back.
But its Friday, …. you know what we have all been Jonesing for
And its not like she hasn't written anything absurd lately
Like this chestnut from her "How Honest Is 'Honest Abe'?" article

"You there, political consultant, genius ad cutter, sitting at your laptop reviewing the images and the script. Are you making a brutal ad to take the enemy down? Are you thinking of anything but your status as an effective guru and your pay? Are you thinking at all of the net effects of your dark work?

No? Then a curse upon you as you hit "save" and "send." May your hand be palsied. May it lose its power."

Please sir, can we have some more Noonan?

Chet Kincaid February 24, 2012 at 5:54 pm

We must have some of that sweet, sweet puNoonie!!

Toomush_Infer February 24, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Other than your recently uncalled for remarks about the Lions, I can only say : "How fitting…."

meatlofer February 24, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Could of had it at the local Grange Hall.

GOPCrusher February 24, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Or Knights of Columbus. Tonight will be the first fish fry of the year and they sell booze.

meatlofer February 24, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Elks Lodge or Eagles, KofC too catholic for that Mormon Millionaire.

chicken_thief February 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Hell, they could have held that event during a football game at the Lions end of the field.

Come here a minute February 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Meanwhile, in Arizona, Senator John McCain shouted his opinions at the wall. With equivalent results.

rocktonsam February 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Mittens tapping microphone

"is this on?"

-chirping crickets-

What an asshole!

Tundra Grifter February 24, 2012 at 5:45 pm

It could have been worse. He could have announced "We'll start bombing Iran in five minutes."

Doktor Zoom February 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm

The luckiest attendees had 50-yard line seats.

Also, I think it was pretty mean of Newt to promise that he'd send all his Twitter followers to fill the stands.

DerrickWildcat February 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm

750 of them were Ron Paul supporters only there to heckle. 50 were there early for, "Disney on Turf. " The remainder were Staff and Programmers.

arihaya February 24, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Good God,,, Thomas fucking Dewey had more persona in his boring mustache than Mittens

Tundra Grifter February 24, 2012 at 8:11 pm

I believe it was Margaret Truman who did him in by saying he looked like the little man on a wedding cake.

Barrelhse February 24, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Mitt says his wife drives "a couple of Cadillacs?"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSveqeRha_A

RadioSBJ February 24, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Maybe they were all up in the luxury suites.

imissopus February 24, 2012 at 4:22 pm

From the party that sneered at Obama giving his acceptance speech at the '08 convention in a football stadium. Even Mitt still sneers about it on the stump.

Generation[redacted] February 24, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Well, yeah, anyone who can gather that many supporters in a stadium is just showing off.

Romney appeals to a more "selective" audience.

imissopus February 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm

anyone who can gather that many supporters in a stadium is just showing off.

Just like Hitler used to do.

Geminisunmars February 24, 2012 at 4:40 pm

I think you missed a golden opportunity here. Or were you just not showing off?

You know who else liked to show off in stadiums?

Generation[redacted] February 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Janet Jackson?

SorosBot February 24, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Teabow?

imissopus February 24, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Meme burnout.

GOPCrusher February 24, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Muhammed Ali?

GOPCrusher February 24, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Evel Knievel?

Tundra Grifter February 24, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Joe Montana and Steve Young?

SexySmurf February 24, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs.

If Mittens would get a goddamn real job, maybe his wife wouldn't have to be on Welfare.

Chet Kincaid February 24, 2012 at 5:56 pm

hehehe

Lionel[redacted]Esq February 24, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Romney Speech or Seattle Mariner's Game circa 1983.

Lionel[redacted]Esq February 24, 2012 at 4:26 pm

I drive a Mustang and a Chevy pickup truck. Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs. I used to have a dodge truck, so I used to have all three covered.

Strangely enough, though, all of Romney's chauffeurs drive imports.

flamingpdog February 24, 2012 at 4:27 pm

That looks like the size of the crowd at a lot (= nearly all) of the Washington Senators games back in the '60s. Not the way to prove you're a Washington outsider, Mittens.

randcoolcatdaddy February 24, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Reminds me of the opening of Altman's "Brewster McCloud". Did Margaret Hamilton sing the national anthem?

Generation[redacted] February 24, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Those aren't his supporters, those are his wives!

Dr_Zoidberg February 24, 2012 at 4:30 pm

This whole thing sums up the GOP nicely – a lot of hot air rattling around a big empty space.

An_Outhouse February 24, 2012 at 4:30 pm

To be fair, all the tea party folks have jobs and couldn't get away at that time.

(Excuse me, I just threw up in my mouth).

BlueStateLibel February 24, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Needz a cat slowly sauntering across the empty field.

jtalaska February 24, 2012 at 4:37 pm

At about 1/3 of the way it needs to stop and take a nap. Next to a skeleton.

Geminisunmars February 24, 2012 at 4:44 pm

With a mouse in its mouth.

GOPCrusher February 24, 2012 at 5:47 pm

FOOTBALL STADIUM CAT IZ MOCKING U!

DaveJ February 24, 2012 at 4:32 pm

I drive a Mustang and a Chevy pickup truck. Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs. I used to have a dodge truck, so I used to have all three covered.

"I knew I was running for President, for Pete's sake, what was I going to do, drive a Toyota? Of course I salute the employees of Toyota Motors in Tennessee, which also has trees that are, remarkably, the exact right height as well."

widestanceromance February 24, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Wait until those people realize Jeebus is not the main act–there will be heck to pay, my friends.

mavenmaven February 24, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I love Michigan, where the astroturf is cut to just the right size.

Pop_Socket February 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Blogpimping is a little gauche, but here is my Demotivational poster for the event suitable for stealing and posting on Facebook:
http://livebythefoma.blogspot.com/2012/02/tale-of

littlebigdaddy February 24, 2012 at 5:22 pm

And Mile High is a lot bigger.

BlueStateLibel February 24, 2012 at 4:36 pm

You've got it all wrong again! The extra space was intentional in case the mother ship needed to make an emergency landing if the humans suddenly turned on him!

OneYieldRegular February 24, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Lemme get this right. Mitt goes to one of the most economically devastated major cities in the United States to boast that he owns four cars, all made by people who work for companies unlikely to still be around but for the bailouts he opposed? Chootzpathetic.

Loaded_Pants February 24, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Stroke of genius, wasn't it?

Generation[redacted] February 24, 2012 at 4:43 pm

This picture, taken moments after the rapture…

DerrickWildcat February 24, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Holly Bailey, writes political junk for yahoo. Her story on this speech ended like this,
"Throughout his speech, Romney's voice echoed throughout the stadium, highlighting its emptiness."
Nice.

actor212 February 24, 2012 at 4:45 pm

They tried to do the wave, but it only came out a ripple

40 or 50 % McShineys February 24, 2012 at 6:00 pm

but it only came out a ripple

That sounds like santorum.

owhatever February 24, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Next stop, Pee Wee Herman's playhouse.

Guppy February 24, 2012 at 5:31 pm

As the brave CSPAN cameraman, breath held, palms sweating, explored the second dimension…

Loaded_Pants February 24, 2012 at 5:42 pm

NPR's just did a segment about this. They spoke to some guy who attended who's known the Romneys for 50s years. He said of Romney: "He wasn't the best athlete. He wasn't the best scholar."
No shit.

SolitaireRose February 24, 2012 at 5:42 pm

So what if his lines were meant for giving in a hotel conference room to 80 – 100 people who are there so that they can get out of work for the day, put "Attended seminar on multi-tier social networking" on their resume and get a free lunch on the tier of a school lunch. Mitt need to practice for his career after Obama whomps him in November, even AFTER Michelle is caught putting carrots in Republican kids's lunch box Twinkees.

Tundra Grifter February 24, 2012 at 5:44 pm

That stadium looks like the Orange Bowl when the Hurricanes played in 1969-70.

Of course, by tomorrow on the FoxPAC it will appear to have been a packed house!

Chichikovovich February 24, 2012 at 5:53 pm

I just saw the Fox clip – the place was packed and people were going crazy! And everyone was wearing maize and blue or scarlet and gray, which are the Romney campaign colors, I guess.

Biel_ze_Bubba February 24, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Given the horrifying implications of a stadium full of howling Rmoney supporters, this is a very good thing.

unclejeems February 24, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Yes, especially since "Romney" has acquired a new meaning http://spreadingromney.com/ .

el_donaldo February 24, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Well, clearly there was lots of parking available.

Tundra Grifter February 24, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Park a foreign car there, come out and find four flat tires.

IndieinCt February 24, 2012 at 6:34 pm

This *image* is outrageously funny! This ONE image could be THE downfall of Romney! ? Me-thinks Santorum, Gingrich, AND the DNC are going to have LOTS of fun with this campaign-sinker!

Veritas78 February 24, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Okay, so now I hope Romney ekes out a win in Michigan and cruises to the nomination, with this team of adviser geniuses.

Generation[redacted] February 24, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I, too, look forward to the day when the trees in every state are just the right height.

Biel_ze_Bubba February 25, 2012 at 2:15 am

Not a problem: The Koch Bros. have some guys at Georgia Pacific who know the optimum height for trees.

Tundra Grifter February 24, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Guy's basically been running for President for six years and this is he best he can do.

Successful business man? Don't confuse brains with a bull market.

Tundra Grifter February 24, 2012 at 8:18 pm

I may be going out on a limb here, but maybe the best way to fill a stadium in Detroit isn't to announce a white guy is the headliner.

Especially one who can't sing.

Negropolis February 25, 2012 at 3:11 am

I was about to say Detroit loved Paul McCartney at Comerica Park, and they'll fill any stadium for Eminem.

barto February 24, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Now to be fair Mitt wanted the empty stadium to emphasize how important he felt each and every one there was to him, sort of. Just think of being able to tell your grandkids "I was there". Shit, I should be writing his stump speeches dammit.

LetUsBray February 25, 2012 at 12:34 am

If I told them once, I told them a hundred times: Put "Romney speech" first and "puppet show" last.

gurukalehuru February 25, 2012 at 2:30 am

All those cars and no room for the poor dog.

Negropolis February 25, 2012 at 2:32 am

Just for some context, the "Detroit Economic Club" — founded in 1934 — is a 1% supper club, essentially. It's no more in touch with Detroit, anymore, than Mitt Romney, even though it exists within the area.

erikwdc February 25, 2012 at 2:41 am

Oh, c'mon! It's SO obvious the only reason Mitt Romney agreed to give a speech to an empty stadium is to have a reason to fire some people on his campaign.

He likes firing people!

Schmegeg February 25, 2012 at 4:10 am

Then guy that advanced this appearance clearly needs to be deballed.

ttommyunger February 25, 2012 at 7:40 am

I almost feel sorry for Mitt……..NAWWWWWW!

Generation[redacted] February 24, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Meme Burnout, the monster truck?

Geminisunmars February 24, 2012 at 5:21 pm

This meme can never die. The responses are too funny. (or at least has to potential to be.)

imissopus February 24, 2012 at 7:49 pm

I just didn't want to be responsible for one more "All of 'em, Katie" or some variation thereof.

Geminisunmars February 24, 2012 at 11:57 pm

You are now in possession of a special get-out-of-meme-free card. Feel free to roam around the cabin.

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