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Tagg Romney Simply Does Not Care For ‘Mad Men’ Trash-Talking His Dead Grandpa

What a clownFifty-First President of the United States Tagg Romney is hopping mad at the liberal media! This is what he perceives the hit AMC period piece Mad Man to be. On last night’s episode — THIS IS NOT A PLOT SPOILER, JUST A CUTESY ASIDE — Betty’s Republican operative husband, working for then-New York Mayor John Lindsay, was overheard telling the telephone that Lindsay wouldn’t be going to Michigan because “Romney’s a clown and I don’t want [Lindsay] standing next to him.” Get it? All of the Romneys, throughout time, have been Political Clowns.

Check out Taggage, just goin’ nuts:

It’s true, George Romney was a pretty good fellow. So was John Lindsay! But both are generally understood to have been political clowns. So maybe the joke’s on Betty’s husband for not realizing that liberal Republicanism was a sinking ship taking down his own boss too… whatever, it’s a teevee show about people in fancy clothes.

And in another fifty years, we’ll all laugh when Sino-American Outer Space State Virtual-Reality Television makes fun of Tagg Romney as a “clown” and his grandchild, Chotch Romney, whines about it on autotune from his home in the Rebel CyberCaves (Delaware).


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    1. Infrogmation

      My religion allows us to declare dead people to be clowns. I hereby declare George Romney a clown, retroactively and for all eternity.

      End of argument.

  1. Clancy_Pants

    I'm glad Tagg caught it. I laughed so hard when Henry said it I had martini coming out of my nose.

    P.S. Wonketteers: If you mistakenly ;) write a former half-term governor's son in place of Tagg you too can get bitch slapped by the adminstrator!.

    1. Steverino247

      You can get bitchslapped by the administrator for naming Roy Rogers' horse, too. Try it and see!

  2. Schmannnity

    Back when Republicans believed in the Republic, not the oligarchy misleading the proto-Tea party buffoonery.

    1. prommie

      Oh, no, the old school moderate republicans always believed in oligarchy, they only fucked up when they tried to use the bornagains to get elected, the bornagains then hijacked the party and this led to the teatards, who are really just the racists.

  3. ManchuCandidate

    It's an opinion of one of the characters.

    Considering the fantasy world that Mittens has carved out, I, for one, am not surprised Tagg believes Mad Men is real.

    1. HELisforHEL

      Well, Mormon gals do wear pretty similar clothing to the females on Mad Men, so I can see how he slipped that up. Oh, except the Mad Men girls have pretty, unmagical underthings.

  4. Callyson

    George Romney was as good a man I've ever known. Inspirational leader, worked for civil rights, promoted freedom. We need more like him

    Well, good luck finding more people who fit that description in *your* party, asshole.

    OT: I see the late, great Kortney has been replaced by someone named Shawna…

    1. __kth__

      What are "things Mitt Romney isn't", Alex? (also self-made: father was, Mitt is anything but)

  5. MissTaken

    Seriously, lib media mocking my dead grandpa?

    Sooooo, fictional cable shows count as liberal media now? Mmmkay.

    1. SorosBot

      Well, of course; for example, Game of Thrones is liberal propaganda for presenting the products of brother-sister incest, AKA real Americans, as obnoxious smackable douchebags.

  6. donner_froh

    While both George Romney and Lindsay were typical Repubs of the time: wealthy, privileged, expecting to be deferred to, either of them were Pericles of Athens compared to the current bunch of idiots in the GOP.

  7. DaRooster

    So… it would be OK if he were still alive?

    I swear folks are way to thin skinned these days… it is probably a personal attack on you Tagg… you should go to your room and cry, then write how upset you are in your diary.
    (You do know that men have journals right?)

  8. LettucePrey

    Calling Mad Men "liberal media" is like calling Ashley Judd a bigtime movie star. I'm afraid Young Tagg just doesn't understand things.

  9. swordfis

    1. John Lindsay would make every Republican in the US appear to be a Neanderthaliensis by comparison; and so they are.

    2. "Chotch Romney" – excellent. And his collection of houses would be "tchatchkerei."

  10. Baconzgood


  11. actor212

    "Mexico" George "I Moved Michigan Jobs To Wisconsin, then Rubbed Michiganders Faces In It" Romney was a clown, Tripp or Tregg or whatever the fuck your big-shoed name is…

    1. Negropolis

      Actually, George tried not to rub their faces in it, which is more than I can say of Mitt "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt" Romney.

  12. prommie

    Tagg is quite the pompous young inheritor, isn't he? The rich are different, and one of the ways they are different is that they actually do believe in "blood," in "good breeding," and "good stock," they quite literally believe that they are superior people by birth. That is, I suppose, how they can internally justify the inherent injustice of their utterly un-earned wealth, in comparison to the poverty of so many, they have a need to believe that they actually "deserve" the wealth they did nothing to earn.
    In some cases, though, I suspect that children of wealth such as Tagg become smug simply because they can commit date-rape with impunity, and with very beautiful girls. It would seem that would go to ones head.

  13. mrblifil

    Tagg here's my advice: write, produce, cast and distribute your own sleeper hit show that demonstrates the cool virtues of your eliminationist, white supremacist, fuck the poor worldview. Good luck with all that. The downside is you'll be too busy boffing receptionists, production assistants, and aspiring performers to have time to register your stupid fucking complaints.

  14. SexySmurf

    Hey Tagg (if that's your real name, and if it is, I'm so sorry), they weren't mocking your dead grandfather; they were mocking your brain-dead father.

  15. DaRooster

    "George Romney was as good a man I've ever known. Inspirational leader, worked for civil rights, promoted freedom…"

    "…and my dad would love to do away with those things ASAP."

    1. Chet Kincaid

      The M/Mad is also for "Madison Avenue," which used to be shorthand for the ad business, because all the big NYC agencies were there. You are now disqualified from watching the show!

      1. prommie

        Do you think they trolled the Hollywood old folks homes for writers, or did all the writers have to go to a retreat and watch Whose Afraid Of Virginia Wolf and The Man In the Grey Flannel Suit and shit like that for a week?

  16. spends2much

    So George Romney can't be mocked cuz he's dead? Oh, OK. I look forward to never hearing anything bad again about JFK, MLK, etc. from the Right.

    And, seriously Tagg? You're it, sucka!

  17. prommie

    Republicans just resent it so much, that pretty much all succesful creative and intellectual people are liberal. They think its a conspiracy, when really its just a natural phenomenon, similar to the way cream rises to the top.

    1. Dr. Nick Riviera

      Are you forgetting a little known street artist named Galleghar? The crappy brother on 2 and a half men? Reformed Robert Downey Jr.? That guy who was Frasier and then Frasier in all those other shows that weren't Frasier? That flabby judge from Law and Order?

      1. prommie

        The winnowing process isn't perfect. Frasier, you mean the kiddie rapist? The 50 year old man who has a thing for 17 year old babysitters?

  18. Blueb4sunrise


    Kissing Angelina Jolie Was 'Awkward, Sweaty, And Not Very Nice' (StyleBistro)

    1. Chick-Fil-Atheist™

      What? What?! What did I say that time?! "Steuf"?

      deit: Nope. Clearly not "Steuf".

  19. DerrickWildcat

    The most terrible thing was that the first Mad Men was 2 HOURS LONG!
    2 HOURS? Are you kidding me? No TV series has any right to be 2 HOURS LONG!
    If I'm going to spend 2 HOURS in front of the TV watching something, I'm going to watch something that will help me, like a Kung-Fu movie or one of my How to Meet Women videos!

    1. Chick-Fil-Atheist™

      Anagrams for "Dead grandpa" include "Ad Draped Nag"

      even Mormon Jesus didn't see that shit comin'.

  20. __kth__

    Tagg might have pointed out that his grandfather never infected Florence Henderson with crab lice. Advantage Romney clan!

  21. Not_So_Much

    If Tagg didn't have the gravitas of that second "G" in his name, I'd have a hard time taking his fake outrage seriously.

  22. WiscDad

    Fucking liberal media…fuck those fucking fuckers (…that will simply not fly in Arizona internet space)

  23. ttommyunger

    Never watched that show, never listened to whiney pussyfart punks, never gave a fuck about anybody named Romney or Bush, so there.

  24. proudgrampa

    As for the "clown" line, it was a throwaway line in a subplot. Hardly a "liberal media" conspiracy. Get a life, "tagg' (if that is your REAL name).

    1. Steverino247

      Uhhhhhhhhhh. (Or however "You've got to be fucking kidding me!" is spelled in Lurch)

  25. Chet Kincaid

    It's funny because it's true! After George gave a TV interview during the '68 Presidential campaign claiming he had been "brainwashed" by American Generals into supporting the Viet Nam War…

    The connotations of brainwashing, following the experiences of American prisoners of war (highlighted by the 1962 film The Manchurian Candidate), made Romney's comments devastating,[11] especially as it reinforced the negative image of Romney's abilities that had already developed.[16]

    The topic of brainwashing quickly became newspaper editorial and television talk show fodder, with Romney bearing the brunt of the topical humor.[11] Senator Eugene McCarthy, running against Johnson for the Democratic nomination, said that in Romney's case, "a light rinse would have been sufficient."[3]

    Republican Congressman Robert T. Stafford of Vermont sounded a common concern: "If you're running for the presidency, you are supposed to have too much on the ball to be brainwashed."[11][29] After the remark was aired, Romney's poll ratings quickly nosedived, going from 11 percent behind Nixon to 26 percent behind.[3]

    That's a lot of angry tweets you're gonna have to issue, Tagg! Just get the Church to say they all posthumously apologize.

    1. HELisforHEL

      This is just awesome:
      Senator Eugene McCarthy, running against Johnson for the Democratic nomination, said that in Romney's case, "a light rinse would have been sufficient."

  26. BlueStateLibel

    Maybe the Mormons can posthumously marry George Romney and John Lindsay to make it all better?

  27. prommie

    Mad Men is the Greatest Thing Ever in The History of the Universe! My title for it is "The Adventures of WaspMan, the Great White Hope." It portrays a society as alien to us today as the most isolated tribes of New Guinea. A culture in which everyone smokes cigarrettes, everywhere! In the office, in the train, on the bus, on the toilet, in the shower, while having sex, everywhere, all the time! A culture in which white anglo saxon protestant men reigned supreme! No papists, nor jews, allowed. Every one of the annointed WASP executives, even the junior ones, had a bar, or at least a bottle of bourbon or rye, on their credenza or in a desk drawer.

    1. prommie

      Men were the Bosses, women provided administrative support. The chicks were decorative, and deferential. They took dictation! And boffing the secretaries was the only thing that happened almost as much as smoking cigarrettes!

      It was a Golden Age, a Valhalla, peopled by Giants! Men were men, instead of the whimpering mushy creampuffs they have become. And women were Women, instead of the castrating harpies they have become!

    2. prommie

      And my wife is in a visible, seething rage the entire time she is watching it, yet she cannot take her eyes off of it, because, that Draper guy.

    3. HELisforHEL

      We grew up with acquaintances that lived that life. It did exist, only with more smoking.

  28. rickmaci

    I smirked at the line too but only because of what it meant in the context of the current campaign. In reality, in Repube politics of the mid to late 60's, John Lindsay and George Romney were both east coast lightweights, looked on with disdain by the emerging southern and western Repube right wing that finally carried Nixon to office in '68, with aspirations for higher office that were more ego than reality. But the writers really didn't need to call Gramps a "clown" to make that point. It was a bit of a cheap shot. True, but still a cheap shot at a dead guy.

    1. prommie

      Dead guy? Why, he is God of his own solar system, now. An All-White solar system, too!

  29. anniegetyerfun

    George Romney was a decent fellow. If only his spawn could have inherited a little bit of his gumption.

  30. harobedyelsnit

    Taff – just keep saying to yourself, over and over: It's only a story. It's only a story. It's only a story. A fictional story about a political rival dissin' the competition. Shocking.

  31. EmileZoloft

    To be fair, the show really needs to be more focused on Joan's heavy-eyelids expression, which is great, and also her butt.

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