HOW DARE THEY  11:34 am April 2, 2012

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

by Jim Newell

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).

[TPM]

 
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nounverb911 April 2, 2012 at 11:35 am

Fine, then I'll trash talk your gramps: George Romney liked to fire people too.

sbj1964 April 2, 2012 at 11:38 am

Poor Wilard Mittens if he is'nt digging up dead relatives others are doing it for him.

nounverb911 April 2, 2012 at 11:40 am

Did he re-baptize his dead dad?

actor212 April 2, 2012 at 11:52 am

Zombie Romney has a nice ring to it.

Infrogmation April 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm

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.

Clancy_Pants April 2, 2012 at 11:40 am

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!.

Steverino247 April 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm

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

Schmannnity April 2, 2012 at 11:41 am

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

prommie April 2, 2012 at 11:51 am

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.

GunToting[Redacted] April 2, 2012 at 11:42 am

Tagg is right. George Romney was a MUCH better man than Tagg's dad.

DonnyKerabotsos April 2, 2012 at 11:42 am

We're gonna need a bigger clown car.

nounverb911 April 2, 2012 at 11:44 am

AMC Pacer?

actor212 April 2, 2012 at 11:53 am

Javelin

No, wait! Rambler.

proudgrampa April 2, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I lost my virginity in a Rambler! Apropos of nothing.

Jus_Wonderin April 2, 2012 at 11:56 am

"The first wide, small car."

heathenette April 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Germlin?

MosesInvests April 2, 2012 at 11:58 am

Mirthmobile!

Designer_Rants April 2, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Licorice me!

OKthennext April 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm

With a dog carrier lashed on top.

ManchuCandidate April 2, 2012 at 11:42 am

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.

SexySmurf April 2, 2012 at 11:44 am

Fictional characters are people, too.

nounverb911 April 2, 2012 at 11:44 am

Needs more Dan Quayle.

HELisforHEL April 2, 2012 at 2:05 pm

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.

Biff April 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm

They're pretty magical if I get to see them coming off!

Callyson April 2, 2012 at 11:43 am

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…

prommie April 2, 2012 at 11:56 am

This Shawna has the wide-set eyes, reminiscent of trisomy-21, of Britney Spears.

SudsMcKenzie April 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Is Kourtney OK?,… have you heard from her?

__kth__ April 2, 2012 at 2:02 pm

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

MissTaken April 2, 2012 at 11:44 am

Seriously, lib media mocking my dead grandpa?

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

SorosBot April 2, 2012 at 11:52 am

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.

MadBrahms April 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Yet the show is still somehow less grim than actual US politics.

DerrickWildcat April 2, 2012 at 11:45 am

Does he own that body spray that drives the girls crazy?

elviouslyqueer April 2, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Summer's Eve?

LesBontemps April 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Lysol?

Gleem McShineys April 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Body spray could also literally mean pressurized santorum.

ManchuCandidate April 2, 2012 at 11:45 am

Note to pretty girls with awful personalities, fear the gingrich sized Betty Draper.

MissTaken April 2, 2012 at 11:55 am

The Ice Queen has turned into the Abominable Snowman.

Chet Kincaid April 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Body image snark is not allowed here!! Oh wait, this isn't Jezebel.

donner_froh April 2, 2012 at 11:46 am

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.

DaRooster April 2, 2012 at 11:46 am

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?)

Biff April 2, 2012 at 2:46 pm

I'm pretty sure his is a diary.

LettucePrey April 2, 2012 at 11:46 am

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

Negropolis April 3, 2012 at 2:23 am

Wynonna and Naomi, that you?

swordfis April 2, 2012 at 11:46 am

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."

Baconzgood April 2, 2012 at 11:47 am

LOOK AT ME, I'M NOW PART OF THE LIB MEDIA MAKING FUN OF YOUR DEAD GRAND FATHER!!! CUT ME A CHECK HUFFINGTON POST!

actor212 April 2, 2012 at 11:48 am

"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…

Negropolis April 3, 2012 at 2:37 am

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

prommie April 2, 2012 at 11:48 am

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.

Chet Kincaid April 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm

William Kennedy Smith Libel!!

prommie April 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm

That was another smug little shit.

SayItWithWookies April 2, 2012 at 11:49 am

Heh — someone's getting covenentally sealed to Jan Brewer in the afterlife.

mrblifil April 2, 2012 at 11:50 am

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.

SexySmurf April 2, 2012 at 11:50 am

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.

Pragmatist2 April 2, 2012 at 11:50 am

Isn't "Tagg" a Palin kid? Or maybe they are all one organism.

SudsMcKenzie April 2, 2012 at 11:50 am

I'm still waiting for my apology from Murphy Brown.

Gratuitous World April 2, 2012 at 11:51 am

The original Lindsanity was much better as well.

Exhausted66 April 2, 2012 at 11:52 am

Mad Men vs. Romney.
It's boring on boring crime!

SudsMcKenzie April 2, 2012 at 11:56 am

Joans tits libel !!

weej_FukuiKatie April 2, 2012 at 11:53 am

Clownz in the Rethuglican Party? Say it ain't so.

Designer_Rants April 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I love those. Thanks for that link.

DaRooster April 2, 2012 at 11:53 am

"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."

Ducksworthy April 2, 2012 at 11:54 am

Clown.

OC_Surf_Serf April 2, 2012 at 11:56 am

Mad Men? Oh, like Ad Men but with an extra 'M'…those Ad folks are so creative…

Chet Kincaid April 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm

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!

prommie April 2, 2012 at 1:46 pm

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?

Chet Kincaid April 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Updike. (I'll just casually throw that out there, like I'm hugely literate, to fake you out.)

prommie April 2, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Oh yes, of course, Rabbit. (I never read it, bored me to tears).

SudsMcKenzie April 2, 2012 at 11:58 am

"look son, that's where we buried Hoffa."

spends2much April 2, 2012 at 11:59 am

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!

prommie April 2, 2012 at 11:59 am

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.

Rosie_Scenario April 2, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Chuck Norris libel!

Dr. Nick Riviera April 2, 2012 at 12:39 pm

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?

prommie April 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm

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?

Blueb4sunrise April 2, 2012 at 11:59 am

BREAKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Negropolis April 3, 2012 at 2:38 am

I find that very hard to imagine, well, the "not very nice" part, at least.

freakishlywrong April 2, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Quit bitchin' and go enlist, pansybot.

Chill-A-Sketch April 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm

A guy named "Tagg" bitching about the librul media…are we sure that he's not a Palin?

SudsMcKenzie April 2, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I tried to say Tr-g\Tagg 2036, but I was blocked.

Chick-Fil-Atheist™ April 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm

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

deit: Nope. Clearly not "Steuf".

DerrickWildcat April 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm

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!

Chick-Fil-Atheist™ April 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm

It's time to have a candidate that doesn't have any fucking mouthy children.

MozakiBlocks April 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm

His name is Barack Obama.

Though Sasha has the "bitch, please!" look down pat
http://images.smh.com.au/2011/04/26/2326063/art_o

redarmyzombie April 2, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Notice how throughout all this time, Sasha and Malia are STILL charming?

SheriffRoscoe April 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm

"Dead grandpa" is such an emotionally charged term.

Chick-Fil-Atheist™ April 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm

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

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

proudgrampa April 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm

It sure is.

EmileZoloft April 3, 2012 at 12:26 am

He's my favorite Family Circus character.

littlebigdaddy April 2, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Will Chotch Romney marry Crotch Palin?

__kth__ April 2, 2012 at 12:23 pm

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

littlebigdaddy April 2, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Not that we know of.

LesBontemps April 2, 2012 at 1:38 pm

He hasn't denied it. So I'm going to just assume he did.

BigSkullF*ckingDog April 2, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Okay "Tagg". We won't mock your grandpa. We'll mock you instead.

Not_So_Much April 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm

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.

Dr. Nick Riviera April 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm

The next generation of Romneys will be named in a series of grunts and burps

WiscDad April 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm

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

proudgrampa April 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm

G Romney, Lindsay, Rockefeller – those were the GOOD Republicans.

ttommyunger April 2, 2012 at 12:37 pm

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

PuckStopsHere April 2, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Mad Men…Isn't this a show about the 2012 GOP presidential race?

ingloriousbytch April 2, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Hey Tagg, pretend grandpa is a murdered black teenager. Mocking is fine then.

proudgrampa April 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm

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).

Chet Kincaid April 2, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Put your big-boy Mormon underpants on, Tagg, nobody called Mitt's mother a porn model or his father Malcolm X.

elviouslyqueer April 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Um, Tagg? You might want to check the source material before you get your Golden Granddad Boxer Briefs in a bunch. Just sayin'.

not that Dewey April 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm
Steverino247 April 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm

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

Chet Kincaid April 2, 2012 at 1:17 pm

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]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Romney_presid

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

HELisforHEL April 2, 2012 at 2:12 pm

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."

Chet Kincaid April 2, 2012 at 2:19 pm

If only there were a pee-point time machine…

DahBoner April 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Someday son, all those tree-fucking empty burnt out factories will be yours…

BlueStateLibel April 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm

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

prommie April 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm

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.

prommie April 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm

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!

Chet Kincaid April 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm

You do know that's not the point of the show, don't you? You must not watch it, if you don't see how the show subtly undermines all of that.

prommie April 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Oh, I watch, with a wistful feeling, Minniver Cheevy-ish.

prommie April 2, 2012 at 2:06 pm

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.

HELisforHEL April 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm

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

rickmaci April 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm

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.

prommie April 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm

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

Biff April 2, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Delightsome!

anniegetyerfun April 2, 2012 at 2:44 pm

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

harobedyelsnit April 2, 2012 at 3:25 pm

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.

BarackMyWorld April 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm

To be fair, Betty's husband is kind of a dick.

EmileZoloft April 3, 2012 at 12:44 am

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

GemlikeFlame April 3, 2012 at 12:45 am

Liberal media…That's like Fox and Friends, right?

Negropolis April 3, 2012 at 2:20 am

George Romney was as good a man I've ever known.

Twitter makes fools of us all.

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