This Ad Is Not The Apology Mitt Romney Had Hoped For

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Mitt Romney had the swell idea yesterday to do five television interviews and demand in each that the Obama campaign apologize for suggesting he may have committed a felony in lying to the SEC. Which was odd because, as the recent Mitt Romney nonfiction classic NO APOLOGY instructed us, apologizing is for losers, and anyway why would the Obama campaign apologize for saying the best thing ever? This is a politician in a corner, folks, facing an incumbent president whose campaign, at least for the moment, is executing with more clarity and confidence than we’ve seen all year.

In a few days someone will probably blow it all with a “wacky gaffe” on the Wolf Blitzer show or wherever, and even if not, people forget most political crap 24 hours after it happens anyway, and rightfully so, since it is bullshit. What does it take to make something stick in this environment? What does staying power look like?

Watch this new Obama campaign ad and have your mind blown because, my god, wow, it’s actually a perfect ad, and we’re going to be talking about its ice-cold haunting killer beauty perfectness for years to come. (Unless Obama loses the election due to the lack of a functioning economy and so forth.) We’re avoiding doing a true long-form analysis of it, because “long-form analysis of political ads” is among the more toolsheddy things a person can do. But oh, the horrible horrible temptation!

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471 comments

      1. coolhandnuke

        ..with fancy horse dressage, blinders and magic panties.
        And the hem length was just the right height.

    1. kittensdontlie

      In truth, the facts show Mitt did not have deal with his sweetheart Bain, it was the aggressive Bain who blew its green wad on Mitt. But in the end, we still find just another conservative denying their own fiduciality.

    2. Negropolis

      240 p-points and only 17 replies. That means you've got even the support of the lurkers. Good job, coolhand. I think this means you're a shoe-in for comment of the week.

    1. flamingpdog

      I dunno, more and more, just like Barry, he's looking like the candidate we expected.

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      People can sense Mitt's off-key patriotism already, which is what makes this ad such a perfect zinger.

    2. Texan_Bulldog

      Looks like Barry finally borrowed some of Hillary's balls. Way to out-Rove Rove!

  1. bumfug

    Hell yeah! The singing would do it all by itself; a blind man would hate Mitt after that ad.

    1. MittBorg

      Partner was sitting nearby working while I was playing the ad.

      Partner: Who the FUCK is that mutilating that poor song?
      Me: Why do you ask?
      Partner: Shut it off, it's driving me insane. I'll never be able to listen to that again. Why are you listening to such a horrible rendition of a beautiful song? Who is it?
      Me: Mitt Romney.
      Partner: Ohmygod, he's going to lose.

          1. BerkeleyBear

            That is pretty funny. Kinda sad that anyone has the time to put something (or several somethings) like that together, but funny.

          2. sullivanst

            With nearly 20 million hits on that one alone, they're probably getting some coin out of it.

    2. PubOption

      Not sure, there's no mention that it is Mittens "singing", the blind man could think it was Barry.

  2. arihaya

    like one of the commenter said here before: by the time Obama finished with Rmoney, he will wish to have run for the president of LDS Church instead

    1. rickmaci

      The LDS'ers will not be happy after they see the secret tax returns and find out that Mittless has been shorting them on his tithing.

          1. flamingpdog

            I already posted in on my Facebook wall without permission. You're too nice, Mittborg!!

      1. sullivanst

        Wrong shape, but if there isn't already a make-your-own bumper sticker store somewhere on the web, we should start one up right now.

          1. sullivanst

            Text to the side instead of below would make it a more appropriate aspect for a bumper, but I don't know how that'd look, but then, I'm neither artist nor art critic (unlike Editrix).

  3. arihaya

    Also, see the way Obama smile lately?

    The last time he smiled like that, some bastard sleep with fishes.

  4. JohnnyQuick

    I know these things are supposed to rile up supporters, but this ad may not work: I'm having too many orgasms over it. I may not be able to leave the house until after November.

    1. Left_Leftie

      I can't stop watching it! I jut mentioned it in my campaign contribution to Bamz. Give him hell Mr. President.

  5. SexySmurf

    "I'm Barack Obama, and I have to cut a bitch."

    I hope all his ads begin with a slow motion pimp walk.

    1. salt_bagel

      "No no, it's A Pimp Called Obama. It's like A Tribe Called Quest—you have to say the whole thing."

    2. MittBorg

      And he did. Beautifully.

      Reminds me of some of those Kurosawa samurai movies, where Mifune Toshiro slices someone clean through and it takes them a minute to realize it.

          1. sullivanst

            Not being a major connoiseur, naturally Gordon Liu.

            Michelle Yeoh's bike jump in Police Story 3 remains a favorite scene of mine, though.

  6. Mumbletypeg

    its ice-cold haunting killer beauty perfectness for years to come.

    In Mormon-Mitt's world, cleanliness is next to godliness.
    But Obama's new ad has demonstrated what Newell suggests and Colbert confirms:
    Perfectness is next to truthiness.

  7. weejee

    Not thinkin' Willard's cover of 'Merica teh Beautiful is going to move to Rolling Stone's top 500 list anytime soon. Mitten's singing is almost as off key as his bidness practices. Go, Barrry, go.

      1. sewollef

        Don't do that, that'd be silly. Do what I've just done.

        I contributed directly to Obama's campaign — after seeing this ad — with cash money …. and to the DNC coffers too.

        That ad is worth the price of admission alone. Remember, congratulations should also go to the writer, editor, researcher, designer and cameraman for this ad. It'll be sweet if this was merely the first of many.

        THIS is how attack ads should be done.

        1. MittBorg

          It's definitely going down in history as a FINE piece of work. Short, sweet, effective as all get-out. If you've seen Twitter over the last 24 hrs, this thing is going viral. It's on every one of my news sources already, and Karl Rove is now sobbing in public (on Pox Ooze, of course) about Obama's Chicago thug tactics that are murdering Mittens. Meanwhile, *Bill Fucking Kristol,* The Man Who Has Never Been Right About Anything, is publicly calling on Rmoney to release his tax returns, while Rahm Emmanuel is accusing Rmoney of whining like a baby. It's already doing its good work, this ad.

          1. Butch_Wagstaff

            Romney's really fucking it up on the tax return stuff. Even his own party is after him over it.
            Is he hiding something? Magic 8-Ball sez: "Without a doubt."

          2. MittBorg

            It's getting worse by the second. Turns out, Rmoney made a response to the ad above. Talk about weak sauce! It's basically five minutes of whining about how MEEEAN big bad O'Bama is being to poor li'l ol' Mittens. Here's the kicker: one of the people featured in the ad just came out and said Mitt's peeps used his clip without his permission and he denies any invovement with Mitt's campaign and is calling on them to quit airing the ad!

            Meanwhile, another clip has surfaced, of Mitt basically explaining to an audience how he got the government to give him $600 MIL for the Olympics, and how important it is to SUCK that Gov't tit. When the electorate sees that, he is fucking doomed.

            I'm actually starting to feel hopeful.

          3. reliefsinn

            Glad to hear that they are using the Olympics money against Mitt. What an effing hypocrite. Maybe they should juxtapose that clip against the one where Mitt claims that if someone wants the government to give them "free money" they should vote for the other guy. Excelsior!

          4. MittBorg

            OMG, it's getting even worse! The person who complained about his campaign's unauthorized use of the clip was Bob Schieffer of CBS. Now Romney's whining that Teresa Heinz-Kerry never released her tax returns. TH-K never ran for President, either. He's digging a hole he'll never get out of! George Will is now telling everyone that Romney is losing this bigtime. And the press is now referring to him as "Presumptive Republican presidential nominee." Just last week he was Candidate or Governor Romney.

  8. Biel_ze_Bubba

    Guess who's NOT going to be singing at the 7th-inning stretch, in a ballpark near you?

      1. Biel_ze_Bubba

        Technically, that is a correct answer.

        I should have been more specific, like "What political candidate for an intolerant, reactionary, nationalistic right-wing party will not be singing … oh, wait … umm … lemme get back to you on this.

  9. flamingpdog

    Mitt Romney's not the solution.

    A large vat of sulphuric acid could change that equation.

    1. kittensdontlie

      Smith&Wesson stock has been on fire lately. Orders are backed up. What are the wingnuts thinking?! Confiscation will begin November 7. GUN FREE IN TWENTY ONE THREE!!

      1. BerkeleyBear

        I have never owned a gun (shot a few) but the way the wingnuts are buying them up, it makes me just scared enough to want to have a couple, purely for self-defense. Or at least I want to know which of my friends own them so I know where to run when the shooting starts.

        1. Boojum

          I have several. My brother, Lazy Media, has a frigging arsenal.

          Edit: Sorry, COLLECTION! Not arsenal, COLLECTION!

          1. kittensdontlie

            "When guns are outlawed, only the outlaws will have them." Outlaws meaning the nuts with frigging collections…I mean arsenals!…arsenals!

        2. kittensdontlie

          I have a small caliber firearm for when I go out in the deep woods. You never know when you run into some rabid critter, or a crazy backwoodser.

  10. Rotundo_

    After 30 years of bare knuckle campaigning the repubba's are shocked, shocked indeed at this sort of thing. What were they expecting, a quiet deferential campaign? Barry and the crew see the writing on the wall and they will go all southside all over Mittens spotty white magical underwear clad ass. Pass the popcorn and soda pop folks, this could get highly entertaining!

    1. Dr. Nick Riviera

      Well, I have to say, I'm still not over the pitiful 2010 "Don't give them the keys back!" disaster

    2. MittBorg

      Rotundo, my friend, I'm waiting for the convention. We'll need popcorn by the pallet for *that.*

      I'm pleased to see that the Repuglycnuts continue to underestimate our Prez, to his advantage. May they continue this trend right until he beats Rmoney flatter than a pancake.

      1. Butch_Wagstaff

        The GOPers have been doing a wonderful job & hope they keep it up. And I think they will…

        1. aussiefromafar

          …a wonderful job of running around in tight circles with their heads up their asses and their brains in neutral.

  11. Doktor Zoom

    …because “long-form analysis of political ads” is among the more toolsheddy things a person can do. But oh, the horrible horrible temptation!

    I saw something nasty in the toolshed.

    1. el_donaldo

      'Cause there's nothin' strange / About an axe with bloodstains in the barn. / There's always some killin' / You got to do around the farm.

    1. miss_grundy

      OMG, the crackers would go nuts! They would have to hide the womenfolk 'cause they would all have a case of the vapors!

    2. sullivanst

      How about some Marvin Gaye? I mean, when you get fired up and ready to go, dontcha just think "let's get it on"? And I think after listening to Mitt, all our ears could use a little sexual healing.

  12. ASHLEIGH_Joe

    Libtards everywhere, pay attention: THIS is how you avoid getting Rove'd.

    Go on the offensive, instead of trying to defend against spurious attacks. If you're on the defense, that means you've already lost: look at the position Romney's in right now. This is why the Rove trick works, most of the time: it puts people on the defensive on an issue where they should be attacking. The way you break out of that is by hitting back harder, instead.

        1. MittBorg

          I dunno. I have a lot of thoughts about this brilliant young man, but I'm keeping my gob uncharacteristically shut till the election's all sewn up. History will decide the value of his service to the nation. And I suspect the first African-American President will leave a shining, stellar record in toto.

          1. Chet Kincaid

            My comment was limited to the opinion that he should have fought harder to keep Congress in 2010, and not have appeared to accept it as "inevitable" that Democrats would lose seats.

          2. MittBorg

            Sometimes you have to sacrifice a bishop or a rook — or even a Queen — to lure the enemy into placing his King within your reach.

          3. BoroPrimorac

            To be fair, I wouldn't have moved a finger for any of those blue dog ingrates either. Fuck them. All they did was get in the way of anything Obama and Pelosi wanted to get done.

          1. BerkeleyBear

            Yep. 2010, frankly, was not the time and the place for Obama to spend his campaign capital. That sucks, but that's the nature of the beast. When you see how many of the districts that went red in 2010 were places repp'd by Blue Dogs whose constituents didn't exactly stand with the President on policy this is reinforced. Throw in all the really weird results where loons who were tapped into the rage beat moderates (like Joe Walsh getting elected) and how the Senate races were much more even, and it is hard to see how bringing in the President would have helped in what were essentially local races. Making 2010 about Obama would have only been an opportunity for him to wind up wounded and at a greater disadvantage heading into 2012 than the economy had already put him.

            Now if we'd had a miracle recovery, then it could have been nationalized. But without it, lying low was actually beneficial to a number of vulnerable Dems who could make the election about them and not him.

          2. not that Dewey

            I know. Chet often makes the point that too much priority is given to presidential politics, and not enough to local and/or congressional politics, and I agree, and I think this is a perfect example of that. If we were half the Cultural Marxist Totalitarian Deathpanel Conspiracy that the TeaParty imagines that we are, we would do something about this shit.

          3. Chet Kincaid

            You guys make some very good points in this thread. I guess my frustration with 2010 is that SOMEBODY in Democratic leadership should have had the foresight to plan ahead and make some kind of effort to convince voters that what they voted for in 2008 could be undermined if they didn't vote in 2010. Barack Obama is not the entire Democratic Party, despite the poutrage view of 2010-11 that he is.

          4. va_real

            I rarely expect much from Democratic leadership, and am not disappointed.

            Having said that, 2012 looks much better in many districts as people see what imbeciles they have elected (or allowed others to elect for them). I have no numbers to back me up, but strongly suspect that many of the Dems who got kicked out of office lost because they tried too hard to act like Republicans. If I'd wanted a Repub to represent me, I'da voted for someone with an (R) after his/her name.

            Also when the economy sucks, voters tend to want to Clean House. Many districts had a brief Tea Party crush since they liked the fresh young things saying we should be FREE from having to pay TAXES. Sounds kinda nice until you start seeing what dipshits they've unwittingly elected. Every day, more folks succumb to teabagger stridency fatigue (TSF).

            So I might be optimistic about Dem chances in the House & Senate if I felt I could trust the folks in charge of voter registration & voting machines. Just not sure about that little detail…

          5. Negropolis

            I have no numbers to back me up, but strongly suspect that many of the Dems who got kicked out of office lost because they tried too hard to act like Republicans.

            The numbers are that the Blue Dogs were devastated. Their numbers went from 54 in the previous session, to 26 in this current session. I don't have the number for the Progressive Caucus in the previous session, but there are 76 members, this session. I'd bet they didn't lose as many seats. Albeit, there are probably fewer progressives in swing districts.

          6. va_real

            SC Dems have tried the Blue Dog strategy for years. Consequently, no Dem senator since Hollings retired, only 1 current Dem in the House (Jim Clyburn) & no statewide offices. And yet almost 45% of SC voters turned out for Obama in '08.

            Perhaps I shouldn't, but I suspect the influence of the Fowlers (you may recall Don Fowler of the DNC in the Clinton era, about the time the Blue Dog caucus formed, but before that he was a major party player in SC- and he still is).

          7. BerkeleyBear

            The impact of the TP screwups is diluted by redistricting in states controlled by the GOP, since they consciously redistricted to protect the (not-so) useful idiots. Of course, Dems did it in Illinois and Cali, too.

            The 2006-10 Dem majority in the House was unusual in that so many Blue Dog and otherwise marginal Dems were swept in, and it was largely those seats Dems lost. Those seats aren't coming back anytime soon in states the GOP controls. But there's a decent chance it re-balances close to 50-50 (hurting the GOP agenda), and an outside shot at a thin Dem majority.

          8. va_real

            I know I'm supposed to get upset about redistricting (& I do a little bit), but that doesn't always work as planned.

            What worries me a helluva lot more than redistricting is the way Dems can't seem to field candidates for so many races. I can't help wondering how many so-called 'safe Repub' districts are safe simply because they remain completely unchallenged.

            ETA: Anyone know if that awful PA Repug who's leading the voter disenfranchisement movement there has a Democratic challenger?

          9. Negropolis

            Is that a Southern thing? I ask, because even where there are marginal challenges, I can't think of a district in my state that doesn't have some kind of formal (i.e. went through a primary) challenger.

            BTW, what's up with Dems losing elections at the beginning of the decades so that they are very rarely in charge of redistrciting? Maybe this is just my state, but the Dems haven't been in charge of redistrcting since 1970, I think, because all of their wins have fallen elsewhere in the decade. That's what really made me mad about 2010. If only to be in charge of redistrcting, we should go all-out at the beginning of decades.

          10. MittBorg

            You realize, of course, that you are a large part of the reason that "us guys" make these points. Thanks for keeping everyone focused on the real issues.

            As for "somebody in Democratic leadership" yada yada, the nature of politics is that eventually the system ossifies. It's up to us to shake it up and replace the worthless shits we got bamboozled into handing our power to. As for Barack Obama, deity bless that man, he has done SO much to reframe the entire discussion of politics in this country. One unfortunate result of his incredible brilliance, competence, and connectedness is that everyone (and especially the RWNJs) treat him as if he is *supposed* to solve everybody's fucking problems. That poor, poor man.

        2. miss_grundy

          He didn't think the crackers would have been so crazy. Now that he knows that they are he can attack them where they live. I want him to keep hitting these punks hard, harder, hardest until they are so punch drunk they can't get up. Beat those crackers like if they were pinatas.

        3. bibliotequetress

          "He is just coming around to it. We would all be better off if he'd had a better sense of strategy before the 2010 elections."
          Chet, I agree, but better late…. and I mean that. Too often progressive Dems have gotten knocked down then never gotten back up again, or changed strategy way to late. One of the (many) reasons Obama was the first candidate with a chance of winning I was excited about was that he demonstrated that he was more realistic and flexible than so many fellow progressives. I really really hate negative ads BUT I know no one get's elected by good karma, avoiding punching the bully who punches you. The beauty of this ad is that Mitt hangs himself in it.

      1. Butch_Wagstaff

        IMO, he's already drawn out the worst of the GOP on various issues (the economy, the womenz, the gays, etc.) and now they're aiming right at Romney. If Romney can't get it together & come off as a strong candidate AND fire up the base at the convention, he's done for.
        The flip-floppin', contradicting himself, and out right lying hasn't helped him, for sure.
        I think the Obama campaign has found the weaknesses in Romney's.
        And Romney wants a fuckin' apology? Jesus in magic underwear! What does he think this is? Some slumber party were Tammy should apologize to Christi because Tammy said Christi's boyfriend was "a little icky" and feelings got hurt. It's a damned campaign!

        1. MittBorg

          Darlz, Rmoney can't come off as a strong candidate because he isn't. He doesn't have the support of the lockstep base (teabaggers), and they're the ones driving this election. His team tried to gin up a whole "Condi Rice for Veep" thing over the weekend, and got the shit shot out of them by their crazy base who think Condi is too liberal.

          Obama sized Rmoney up and correctly a long time ago. He's a long-term thinker. He's been probing Romney's weaknesses bit by bit, and this ad is going to be devastating to Romney. Of course, we have to get it to go viral, first.

          1. BerkeleyBear

            We don't have to have this go viral. The campaign put a big money buy on this in the battlegrounds.

            And this is just one character issue, designed to frame Romney to undecideds in the swing states. Coupled to all the other problems he has connecting, the last thing Romney can afford is character/credibility questions. Particularly since he is taking a vague "trust me" approach on most policy issues.

          2. sullivanst

            Particularly since he is taking a vague "trust me" approach on most policy issues.

            All of them, Katie.

            Even better, it's a "trust me, I'm a CEO" approach, so this line of attack stabs right at the very heart of Rmoney's campaign, and there's nothing else for him to fall back on.

          3. va_real

            I have a slight disagreement here- maybe not so much with you, but with the thinking that all that's needed is for the ads to go to the so-called battleground states.

            I'm in complete agreement with Howard Dean's 50-state strategy since a) pollsters aren't gods & you may not always recognize when a 'safe state' becomes a 'battleground state' until after it happens and b) the popular vote matters if you want to claim a mandate for your candidate.

            Would it be smart for the Obama campaign to spend a lot of money here in SC trying to increase his numbers here since 2008 (he got almost 45% of the vote then)? Probably not. Would it be smart to organize at the grass roots & take advantage of free advertising opps such as going viral with ads that aren't likely to get air time here? Of course it's worthwhile- it's free & might influence somebody somewhere to change their political opinion or even to finally get interested in politics.

          4. bibliotequetress

            That's an interesting point. I wouldn't be surprised if the demographic groups most likely to be exposed to netroots/grassroots are actually the swing groups most needed to put a state over the edge: that is, are the people watching TV and noticing a TV ad in a significant way in South Carolina the same people who need to be convinced to come to the polls this fall and vote for Obama? I would think that the older voters getting there political info & motivation primarily from TV have already decided whether or not they will vote and who they will vote for(on the right esp). Whereas, younger voters in the netroots demographic would be more likely to vote for Obama but need to be motivated to show up for the polls. Good ads can help with that.

            Enough speculation & pulling political strategy out of my ass. I need coffee.

          5. va_real

            One additional concern I have is the political climate our youngest potential voters are coming up in. They watch sporting events on Fox, etc. & they fall for the sports team mentality that permeates political talk on Fox, etc.

            We gotta vote for 'our team', right or wrong, but of course our team is always right because the nasty Librulz on the OTHER team are either incompetent or competent in a devilish, anti-American, freedum hating, socialist way.

            We scoff at the birthers & the other wingnutters, but they are doing a fine job of reminding their team-mates that Obama is on the OTHER team.

          6. Chet Kincaid

            Yes, I've said many times here that if the Democrats had taken Dean's 50-state strategy as a decades-long action plan with the goal of permanent majorities, we'd have something to counter the loathsome-but-successful Grover Norquist deathgrip on conservatives.

          7. bobbert

            I fully agree with your point. OTOH, since they haven't done so (yet?), I very much doubt that there was much anybody could have done to mitigate the 2010 disaster. Most of the seats lost were Blue Dogs losing to official Republicans, in sort of a backlash to 2006 when the Dogs sneaked in because the sainted "independents" were temporarily disgusted with W's fucking up. By 2010, of course, they'd forgotten.

            Back to your point about the 50-state strategery (sic), the only cure for this "Blue Dogs go in, Blue Dogs go out" effect on party ascendancy is for the Dems to persistently cultivate real Dem alternatives in the swing districts. This, of course, would require the DNC to commit real money to, and candidates willing to run in, races they're almost sure to lose — maybe repeatedly. Changing opinions requires continuous messaging, and you can't really put out a message without campaigning.

        2. BerkeleyBear

          Hell, the RNC chair called Obama the most negative campaigner in history before this ad came out. While a laughable charge, I think it does speak to how the GOP has come to view Democrats at the national level and how much they have internalized the revisionist view that 2008 was an accident and Obama isn't really a very good campaigner. They expect dems to, at most, run on happy inclusiveness and leave the "real men" swagger to them.

          They don't seem to remember how beautifully Obama baited first Hillary and then McCain into overreaching and then cut their heads off. How he took every punch they gave him from Wright to Ayres to the 3 am phone call and made them look twitchy and paranoid. Axlerod is a lot of things, many of them shitty, but he (and the rest of Obama's team) is a hell of a lot more experienced and effective than anyone Romney's got in his corner. He's Rove with a lot better people skills and the ability to fight dirty without getting any dirt on him. And he has a much better candidate to work with than Romney's team.

          1. fuflans

            this is awesome (though as political consultants go, axelrod is less shitty than most imo) and what i like to think and what i hope.

            but still. i worry.

            the more we see of romney, the higher the stakes get.

          2. MittBorg

            Obama is an incredible strategist and knows how to pick people with good skillsets and how to direct them to achieve his desired goals. And anybody who has ever managed a business or a project knows how difficult it is to find the right people and inspire them and their underlings to work towards one's goals. I love to listen to the RWNJs denigrate this guy. Every word they say is proof positive that they have never managed anything more complicated than wiping their own asses, if that successfully.

          3. bibliotequetress

            YES! Obama has managed to put together pretty amazing campaign teams and cabinets. They are very cohesive– do you remember that weird backbiting that seemed to afflict the Clinton White House? Nothing against Bill, mind you, but sometimes it seemed like a bag of cats.

            However, we really need someone new to argue before the Supreme Court. That shit's just embarrassing.

            Okay, NOW I make coffee. Unless I can wake up Monsieur Bibliotequetress and make him do it. Doesn't he understand what interns are for?

          4. MittBorg

            Nothing against Bill, or Hill, whom I love, but neither of them had that knack. In fact, I can't remember when a more cohesive and inspired group of individuals ever toiled under a single President. He inspires people. That's a rare talent.

            Lady, here's a little tip: your partner NEEDS to wake up and bring you caffeinated beverages in bed daily. It's not easy to train a person to do that, but I advise it. It gives one more time to *think* about all those things out there that need a-thinkin' on. (sips partner-made-and-delivered cuppa tea)

          5. bibliotequetress

            And I am the thinking half of this couple. He here to pleasure me and keep our imaginary pool clean.

          6. MittBorg

            Well, of course. I tell my partner that all the time. (In his defense, the man has a terrific sense of humour and continues making and bringing and serving the tea anyway.)

            He draws the line at being commanded to entertain me, though. Pfft. That's why we have Netflix.

          7. lisawines

            I was JUST going to say something about Clintons' (both of 'em, Katie) campaigns (and McCain's was a disaster) and the stories I heard about the internal chaos. When I heard that Obama's campaign staff called him "no drama 'bama", I knew that's how he would run the country.

          8. MittBorg

            I didn't know about that tag, but it sure suits. I was a total Hillary supporter, since I've known about her since 1980, and been a fan since I first heard her speak. But her campaign was riddled with backbiting, internal dissension, public meltdowns, etc. Which dismayed me, but I held on. What sealed the deal for Obama was his ability to manage a team of campaign workers and volunteers without a single penny being badly spent. He ended his campaign with tons of money, and EVERY SINGLE ONE OF HIS "Little People" paid. All the vendors, the small business who extend credit to the candidate were paid timely, and not a singe one had a complaint. Hillary left a MESS. Tons of small businesses lost money on extending credit to her because she did not pay them timely. And at the end of the campaign, OBAMA very graciously helped her pay off her campaign debts. Would she have done the same for him? I doubt it. She's a hard-knuckle player. But his fiscal management skills and his people management skills made it clear he was the more deserving candidate.

          9. lisawines

            I agree with every word you said. I really Like Hillary, but I try and look past the campaign rhetoric and look at past actions and the little overlooked things like campaign management. I was trained in an employee interview process to never ask, "What would you do if…" and always ask, "When this happened to you in the past, what did you do and what were the results?" Anybody can bullshit. But actions and results are where the truth lies. I look at Hillary now and am just as proud to have her as Sect'y of State as I am of Obama as prez. She's awesome. But if you have huge drama, dissension, backbiting on your staff as prez, you won't be effective. I think Barry is incredibly effective.

          10. MittBorg

            I try to be disagreeable at least once a day, or at least to disagree with someone periodically, you know, sort of to keep my hand in, as it were (in what, we won't say). Which leads me to my next admission, and that is that I'm going to have to declare today a failure. I can't disagree with what you're saying about either of these individuals. Hillary Clinton is going down in history as one of the most awesome SoS ever. If she can solve the Israel/Palestine issue, she will seal her legacy in history. But she's already got a long string of accomplishments. I must say that I'm more impressed than ever with her. She has thoroughly redeemed herself for her poor showing during the Bush years. And yes, Barry is amazingly good at doing the maximum with the minimum. Simply brilliant.

          11. Designer_Rants

            I'm no lawyer, but I'm under the impression that whatsisname doesn't do a poor job, it's just that there's too many conservatard dicks on the bench to give him an inch in arguments? I mean, look at Scalia's indignant counterarguments; "Whaddya mean!? I'm supposta READ the law I'm trying to kill???"

  13. MittBorg

    Newell, even if Obama goes down in defeat (which it's becoming increasingly obvious he won't), this ad is still a masterpiece. I don't know who's behind it but s/he is gonna be the hottest property evah.

    1. Fare la Volpe

      You know s/he came home to their spouse and was absolutely ravished against a wall.

      1. MittBorg

        It strikes me, young man, that you have an exceedingly … spirited sex life.

        But yeah. If my sweetie had made this, they would so totally be locked in the bedroom for a week.

  14. Designer_Rants

    This ad made me LOL. Why does Romney hate America? Why is he such a crybabby pussy demanding apologies? Why is Romney on an Apology Tour? Those are just a few questions I'd ask in the next Obama 2012 ad.

      1. redarmyzombie

        You don't understand, I cried tears of JOY when I hit that play button! I only wish Obama had pulled the gloves off years ago!

        1. MittBorg

          Indeed. It gives me great joy to see that miserable wretch in a trap of his own making. He's spent his whole life lying to everyone about everything, and now he has nothing to hold on to, and nowhere to turn.

          What do you think, darlz? I'm wondering why none of his friends have spoken up to defend him. Does he not have any, d'you think?

          1. MittBorg

            It's taken me six hours to find this fucking comment. Sometimes I hate ID.

            I guess this is gonna be like them home-grown termaters, huh? Love and home-grown 'maters being things that money can't buy, and all. Looks like friends is in that category, too.

    1. Butch_Wagstaff

      I'm sorry if Mitt is offended by the own things he says that come right out of his mouth. It must be tough for him to wake up each morning and think:
      "What did I say yesterday? Shoot! I'm going to have to hate the stuff I said yesterday now. Wait…what can I possibly say today that I won't hate tomorrow? Maybe I'll ask Ann, she never hates anything she's previously said…"

    2. bibliotequetress

      Guppy, loved your succinctness so much I had to tweet this. Hope you don't mind. Or if you do, hope you don't sue me.

  15. SoBeach

    Daaaaaaaaaamn.

    I wonder if Rove is regretting trotting out that "Outsourcer In Chief" crap.

    Whatever happens in November (and Obama will win) I love this ad simply because it will provoke a national conversation on a subject everyone in Washington has avoided for over 20 years.

    1. flamingpdog

      Romney's dick being chopped off might not be visible unless you have one of those whole wall TV monitors or a Jumbotron.

  16. new_pic_for_NEWTer

    So happy to see this. I hope this causes Rove to be finally and forever declared irrelevant along with Mittens.

    1. MittBorg

      It's not going so good for KKKarl these days. The teabaggers hate him, the PaulBearers hate him, and he's managed to drive all the "moderate" Republicans right out of the party.

      1. Butch_Wagstaff

        Rove told Vanity Fair magazine that Borges was his favorite writer. I must say that impressed me & gave me some insight to how Rove's mind possibly worked.
        But I do think he's been losing his touch lately. Either that or he doesn't give a shit anymore.

        1. MittBorg

          How interesting! Hmm. I'll have to go reread Borges now.

          I think the beast he created has outgrown him, and he knows it, so he's become ineffectual (both from fear and uncertainty about his own power and the beast's). The teabaggers hate him. I don't think he minded being hated by people he viewed as "other," but I think he worries a great deal about being hated by the nutbags. In part because the Republicans have handed over their party to the nutbags, and without the Republican party, Rove is nothing. But also in part because he knows his monster well. He knows that the teabaggers include violent, unhinged people in their ranks. People who won't hesitate to act against him.

  17. JoeHoya

    This could be the most effective, bare-knuckled, punch-him-where-it-counts ad since a little girl started counting daisy petals.

  18. Antispandex

    Well, as apologies go, that's kind of a cold kick in the nuts. Democrats getting all feisty…who knew?

    1. Designer_Radio

      I'm reading this right now, at least scroll down to the Medicine Show-type pamphlets lampooning Goldwater that some merry prankster came up with. http://goo.gl/EC2m7

      So when you say "Daisy is looking down", is she dead?

      ETA, history repeats itself, and uncannily at times:

      Perhaps the most famous Goldwater commercial is one that has rarely been seen by anyone then or since. It is a 30-minute film entitled CHOICE that was spearheaded by Citizens for Goldwater-Miller public relations manager Rus Walton and sponsored by the hastily created front group "Mothers for Moral America" (whose elite membership included Nancy Reagan and Mrs. Buddy Ebsen). The film was intended to be a devastating indictment of Lyndon Johnson's America (as represented by topless models, race riots and Twist dancers) and a celebration of Goldwater's America (as represented by Plymouth Rock, colonial patriots and astronauts). After negative accounts of the film began cropping up in the press, the candidate himself branded the film racist and vetoed its airing. One Republican activist defied Goldwater's order and coordinated the program's broadcast on a local Los Angeles television channel. The movie, which is narrated by Raymond Massey and features a cameo by John Wayne, is so bizarre and its production history so fascinating, CONELRAD will be devoting a special feature to it in the coming months complete with video excerpts.[ 109 ]

      On November 3, 1964, of course, President Johnson won the election in a landslide. His opponent won just 6 states (including—barely—his home state of Arizona) and 52 electoral votes.[ 110 ] Goldwater, however, achieved some measure of petulant satisfaction by refusing to issue his concession speech until the following morning. This irked Johnson who remarked to Texas Governor John Connally in a late night post-election telephone call: "Why do you think the son of a bitch won't concede?"[ 111 ] When Goldwater finally did affirm his loss on November 4th, he read aloud from a telegram he had sent the President in which he promised that "Republicans would remain the party of opposition when opposition is called for." Johnson, who watched the speech on television from his Texas ranch, fumed "That damned son of a bitch!" when he heard the senator's partisan pledge.

      Apparently, "opposition is called for" whenever they don't have the power to (directly) completely fuck everything up. Also, I see the racism and self-important morality delusion has only gotten worse, somehow.

      1. Willardbot9000_V2.5

        Yes…isn't it amazing? Wingnuts seem to be slightly less overtly racist like back in those days because those policies won't return and yet they are no-less racist overall. It's interesting that our country is actually LESS integrated now than in the 1960's but that's been the plan since the Reagan era began. Anyway, interesting notes…not at all distressing to note these days no one on the GOP side would call such a film racist but would instead charge people who complained about the content as "anti-white race baiters"….their SOP, natch.

  19. Callyson

    And the trolls on HuffyPo have *really* been losing their shit–Fast&Furious/BillAyers/collegetranscripts/missingcollegeyear…

    What a beautiful day…

  20. rocktonsam

    mittenz is a victim here you guys.

    nobody ever has told him he is an asshole.

    doubtful he will ever understand how big an asshole he actually is

    1. Self-Uploader

      Mitt's problem is he actually believes at least half his own blatant bullshit. This is a man for whom asking someone if he wants to bet 10K is like asking if he'll bet a dollar, so for him $100,000 compensation is no smoking gun, it doesn't even register, and he can't understand why people think it conflicts with his story. He's so entitled and has been the recipient of so much "free stuff" throughout his life, that he doesn't even get this is a vulnerability.

      1. Biel_ze_Bubba

        For the average 99%-er, $100 grand is enough to pay off the mortgage, or put the kids through college. It's four or five years of after-tax income. To the Mittster, it's 0.004 of his net worth, a trifling sum, the nominal price of putting his glorious name on your corporate papers. That's why he doesn't get it, and he never will.

    2. Veritas78

      People have told him all his life that he was destined to be President.*

      Now, he actually believes it. Which is going to screw him in a million excruciating ways by November.

      * True fact, multiple confirmations. See: The Internet.

  21. Callyson

    Also–by asking for an apology, and then of course not getting one, Mittens just looks weak (more so.)

    Oh, to be a fly on the wall of Ron Paul's office right about now…Wonkette, you *are* liveblogging the GOP convention, right? (Mouth watering, eyes widening…)

    1. janicket

      I predict the Paulites are going to set off a metric buttload of fireworks at the convention. The ensuing chaos will send popcorn and lawnchair companies' stock skyrocketing.

      1. MittBorg

        You DO realize, don't you, that a whole bunch of people — Paultrads as well as Repuglycnuts — are planning to bring their weapons to the convention, don't you? If anyone's thinking of setting off fireworks, please dissuade them. The result will not be pretty.

          1. janicket

            Ah, I see. Well, I can only observe that those who advocate most strenuously for certain remedies to the ills of existence must surely be willing to accept all side effects of their preferred cure.

      1. Dudleydidwrong

        Fantasy of Flight can't handle the Fantasy of Fright. Tough job, trying to organize a three-car funeral procession.

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      Just so long as everybody shows up with a concealed gun, ready to stand his ground, the whole event is bound to be a roaring success.

      I sincerely hope the Tampa Bay PD has enough Kevlar vests to go around.

      1. MozakiBlocks

        A little OT but mother of Mozaki Blocks lives in Tampa and says that the city is not ready and cannot handle the hordes of folks who will be in town for the convention. The traffic will be a nightmare and TBPD has asked for help from other FL departments.

        Plus it being August, the possibility of a hurricane is pretty good.

        This has the makings of an epic FAIL!!

  22. Chow Yun Flat

    Beautiful. The right wing started throwing everything they had at the President years ago–born in Kenya, a Muslim, a socialist, hates Amerikkka, etc. etc.

    Now Axelrod and his boys will show Romney how a gloves-off campaign really works. Right wing heads exploding will serve as sound effects.

    1. Butch_Wagstaff

      "Right wing heads exploding will serve as sound effects."
      I believer it may sound like the whine of balloons deflating instead.

      1. Jadetiger79

        I always thought it sounded like a shart when a balloon deflated…a must more authentic soundtrack to a WingNut head exploding.

    2. mavenmaven

      It will be Perot's "giant sucking sound" again. Of course, as Romney, not Clinton, turned out to be the actual cause of US job loss, perhaps we'll hear a "reverse sucking sound" when Romney loses.

    3. MittBorg

      Well, your prediction came true. The last 72 hrs on Twitter have been a slow meltdown by the Rmoney campaign and brutal, 1-2 punches from the Obama campaign. RWNJs are actually opining as how Rick Santorum should unsuspend his campaign because Romney is losing this.

    1. sullivanst

      Although, a little disturbing to remember what those dopes used to do with ropes, and we all know how they wish they still could.

      1. Monsieur_Grumpe

        Oops, Willard not Wilfred. Oh well, when you're called Mitt by your friends and enemies, does it matter?

  23. miss_grundy

    Mittens owes an apology to everyone who has lost their job because Bain Capital bought the company they worked for and after raping the company left all those people in the parking lot crying next to their cars or having to go home on the bus when they lost their jobs. That car elevator should fall on his head or one of the dressage horses should kick him to death.

    1. fuflans

      or you know, he could just spend millions of his own money in pursuit of something he won't attain and end up looking an ass in the process.

      that works.

  24. arihaya

    I hope Bamma made a new version of Daisy ad.

    "These are the stakes! We must either love each other, or your mothafacking jobs will be outsorced by next summer .

    Vote for President Obama on November. The stakes are too high for you to stay home"

      1. viennawoods13

        I just want to see Sistah Sarah stride into that convention like it's going to be handed to her on a silver platter. PLEEEZ!!

        1. MittBorg

          Yes, her little coterie of nutbags is so dispirited that, out one side of their mouths they're screaming that she WILL be the Veep, and yet when I went over there to poke them cruelly, not one of them responded. Sniff! I R Teh Hartbrokened.

      1. Limeylizzie

        I am so ready to start volunteering and doing something, not a citizen, but I will do whatever I can , of course, I am in Harlem so…he doesn't really need my help, but I can make phone calls etc.

        1. flamingpdog

          Call ME, Lizzie, I need some convincing. Well, not really, but maybe some of your own special brand of convincing.

        2. BerkeleyBear

          They have a great tool to let you make remote calls, so everyone anywhere can help. I'm in Oregon, which isn't really in play either, and I was in Illinois in 2008, but still managed to find some meaningful opportunities. I've kinda been slacking this time around, but I'm sure there's plenty to do.

    1. viennawoods13

      Excellent. About an hour ago my son told me I needed to watch this when I told him about the killer ad, and then I forgot. So now I have seen it!

  25. C_R_Eature

    Just awe inspiring. I think that this is just the beginning of the fray and Team Obama is going to wage Total War on all of the Republicans. That's the only way to do this now, they've given us no choice.
    Saw this on"Up with Chris Hayes" this morning. Ad starts at 3.35. I thought James Carville's head was going to explode with joy.

    1. Designer_Rants

      Like whatshername from The Nation sez, for Republicans or even the media(!) to try to say this ad is Obama "Swiftboating" Romney really shows how morally bankrupt these people are; that they equate blatantly lying character assassination (people lying about Kerry's war record) with showing what Bain Capital did to jobs in America.

      1. MittBorg

        On Twitter, they're saying Romney "Swissboated" himself by putting his money outside the country, outsourcing jobs, and lying about his tenure with Bane. (no typo — let's start calling 'em what they are.)

  26. Negropolis

    The Audacity of a Dope.

    BTW, that Obama ad is brilliant, the best of his campaign, so far. And, Stephanie Cutter's remarks the other day of Mitt maybe having been involved in a felony was the deepest cut, thus far. For whatever he's lacking in finding out how to govern in Washington, the president has not lost his mojo when it comes to campaigning. I mean, this stuff about Bain these past few weeks have just been asbolutely brutal in the best of ways.

    I guess this is the answer to "Is President Obama gonna have to cut a bitch?" Yes, yes he is.

    1. fuflans

      how do we think bamz is lacking in governing or DC-ness? i actually think by and large – and yes there have been disappointments – he's been remarkably successful. accomplished a lot in a really really crappy time.

      1. Negropolis

        Messaging and sellinng the message is part of governing, and for a very long time he sucked at messaging, to the point of where he even admitted, recently, that that was his biggest mistake thus far.

    2. MittBorg

      Wait till you see Mitt's *response* to this ad, and Obama's *response to Mitt's response.*

      Truly devastating. Everyone is saying Mitt has already lost.

  27. Negropolis

    I'm getting the feeling that last week may be a turning point in the campaign barring even less job growth in the coming months. Even then, this kind of stuff is more damning than any jobs report given that most people know that a president has almost no control of the economy, and that Romney has every bit of control over what he did in the past. I mean I just got off the phone with my dad, and even he's talking about Bain.

    1. Sassomatic

      Have to disagree with you on your claims of what most people know. Most intelligent, educated people might know that, but -most- of all the people don't even know there are three branches of government, and have no idea at all how it works.

      1. Chet Kincaid

        I agree, most people don't know what the President has control over. The President in office ALWAYS gets blamed for the state of the economy. That's how voters think, and that's the conventional wisdom the professional political class and media follow.

    1. Negropolis

      Romney truly needs to get a Clue.

      BTW, I'm just happy you guys didn't beat me up over the typo that I didn't catch until the first reply.

  28. DustBowlBlues

    "Waah, waah, waah." Aren't Republics adorable when they whimper and whine and accuse a Democrat of being too mean? I saw this on "UP" this morning (well, this afternoon, while I was working–have I mentioned enough times tonight how tired I am?) and James Carville was just this side of publicly beating off to it. As he said, Republicans go for the jugular while Ds go for the capillaries.

    I hope Hopey shreds this man, politically and personally. This will, of course, require he ignore the Democrats like Corey Booker and Ed Rendell "ruining his brand." I want his brand to be stepping over the body of his opponent when he takes the Oath of Office. Maybe set an example to our wimpy party. BTW–Didn't Rendell write a book calling us "woosies"? Maybe he should read whatever his ghost wrote for him.

    Bedtime for me. 'Later, losers. And sweet dreams of the new super-hero, "Blue Vengeance."

  29. DustBowlBlues

    The hell–my comment has to be approved before it appears? Is there a new regimen, or are the tubes stuffed tonight and acting glitchy? Oh shit. I used "stepping over his opponents b–y to take the oath. I so fucked up. I meant, taking the oath while his opponent watches mournfully on the teevee in some island paradise.

    1. ASHLEIGH_Joe

      It seems to be some update to the spam filters or some such, a post of mine got stuck in moderation purgatory because I mentioned so[erectile medication]m

  30. va_real

    Somewhat OT: Can any of y'all see the Aurora Borealis? I saw an article in Sky & Telescope that said the Northern Lights might be visible as far south as Ala-fuckin'-bama!
    The related solar flare may help explain why I've had trouble reaching the Wonkette mother ship for a while? Anyone else having connectivity issues?

    1. viennawoods13

      Tonight, of all nights, for the first night in a couple of weeks, we have clouds. Man am I pissed.

        1. viennawoods13

          We've had a few stunning shows this far south, on the north shore of Lake Erie, but they are few and far between. Looks like I'll have to wait for the next solar storm. :(

  31. viennawoods13

    From the HuffPo article: "While Obama hammered Romney for a second consecutive day in Virginia, Romney spent time with his family in New Hampshire. The candidate, taking a weekend off from public events, spent the morning at his lake house, working on his iPad on the lawn while his grandchildren played nearby. His last public event was Wednesday and he didn't plan other public campaign appearances until Tuesday."

    Does this guy even WANT to win? He does know there's a campaign going on, doesn't he?

    1. va_real

      And soon he'll be off to London to see Ann & her dancing horses & pretend that Nob Diamond is not his BFF…

    2. Veritas78

      Oh, please. I bet you also expect him to wear white shoes after Labor Day. Whatever that holiday is for.

  32. kittensdontlie

    Actually there was an apology given on Nobama's Saturday radio address, only it was in Spanish:

    Besa mi dulce negro burro, honky.

    Translated it means: Yea, suck on that dumass.

      1. kittensdontlie

        Chidren may be reading, so I secret my most vulgar diatribe in one of the loveliest romance languages, and it makes all the difference.

  33. sudsmckenzie

    … just when I'm coming to terms with Kanye dating Kim, you unleash the Mittbot Outotune.

  34. not that Dewey

    On the planet Kolob, "crown thy good with brotherhood" means "HA HA I GOT MINE, SUCKER!"

  35. NYNYNYjr

    Alabama's Republican governor, Robert Bentley, called on Romney to release all the documents requested of him… ha ha

    Romney: I can't exactly do that Bentley
    Bentley: Well, you have them don't you
    Romney: I have them, but I can't release them and become president
    Bentley: Sure you can. Just call your accountant, tell him to release them.
    Romney: Who?
    Bentley: Yes, your accountant Roger Who.

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      That's pretty cool — you get an upfist just for figuring out how to post a non-comment.

        1. Biel_ze_Bubba

          Prolly a bump of the spacebar while the text was selected. Intense Debate considers empty space a comment — which seems only fair if they're going to accept what's posted at BrightFart.

    1. Negropolis

      That comment is spot on. Bain is an exhibit of a much deeper problem and issue, and it's essentially the theme that was brought up by Occupy and the like. Bain not only works against Romney, uniquely, but works against and destroys the entire argument put forth by so-called conservatives that corporations and such need everlasting tax cuts and government support.

    1. Chet Kincaid

      Oh, it's been said before many times regarding Obama, and you can be sure he knows the reference. When he was taking his American Black Man Certification Courses, there was an entire module on Muhammed Ali. (I keed, of course, fuck these people who think he's somehow not a "real" African-American.)

      1. MittBorg

        Pretty damn cheeky of anyone but BLACK folks to decide whether the President is a "real" African-American. I've had enough of other people making these decisions for my people.

        1. Chet Kincaid

          That's the thing, several jealous old black conservatives AND jealous old black civil rights leaders have taken that divisive tack in writing and speaking about Obama.

          1. MittBorg

            Crabs in a goddamn bucket, man. Tavis Smiley being one of those individuals, and Cornel West being another. I respect both of them for the things they've done in their lives to call attention to the plight of black folks, but when they try to tear down our leaders out of jealousy? That's a dangerous game for those dumbasses to be playing.

          2. BoroPrimorac

            Cain & Blackwell trivializing the Civil Rights Act with that add they cut is one of the most vile things I've seen in a long time.

          3. MittBorg

            I haven't seen the ad. I'm afraid I'll literally pop a blood vessel. Nothing like getting gusanos from our own ranks to shit all over our heads. Saves the oppressors the indignity of doing it themselves.

      2. MittBorg

        Another volley in our long and interesting saga, Chet: when I was a little kid growing up in a country far away, two of our (little kid) heroes were Martin Luther King Jr. and Muhammad Ali. People lined up at the airports when Muhammad Ali came to our country, to cheer him. All because of that little thing he said about how none of our neighbours had ever called him the N* word, and therefore he wasn't going to fight them.

  36. redarmyzombie

    You know, Willard, after all the shit you've pulled the past couple of years, I really don't think Mr. Obama is in the mood to settle this in a quiet room anymore.

    Asshat.

  37. gurukalehuru

    I think we're all giving team O a bit too much credit. I suspect they just wanted an ad that would make fun of Mitt's horrible karaoke performance, without being too obvious about it, and stumbled across this minimalist work of genius.
    I'm not complaining, though.

    1. Negropolis

      I think you're wrong on this. If anything, it was the other way around. They were trying to find a creative way to display the negative Bain quotes that wouldn't come across as traditional and forgettable and some sharp individual remembered Romney's shitty version of the song. Nothing about this comes across as a mistake.

      No, Mitt singing his shallow patriotism juxtaposed against facts about Bain cold, hard business sense wasn't an accident. This was very clearly a continuation of their Bain strategy with a creative hook built into it, not a creative hook with Bain as an after thought. This was a very well thought out ad, and sometimes, you just have to give credit where credit is due.

      1. ASHLEIGH_Joe

        Plus, the audio track for that ad took effort to deploy. If you listen closely, you'll notice that it actually changes from clip to clip, with the echo and ambiance communicating emptiness. An abandoned warehouse sounds different from an empty boardroom sounds different from an empty lot, and one reason this ad manages to jump straight to our lizard-brains with the Romney=unemployed people message is they fact that they got those acoustic differences just right.

        Minimalism ain't really the right word for it.

        (BTW, if anyone is interested in this stuff, TPM apparently has a buncha sound geeks talking about it over there: here and here.

        1. Biel_ze_Bubba

          Yep – first thing I noticed (on the second time around.) It's MItt's awful voice echoing in those empty rooms that really slams the message home.

        2. Chet Kincaid

          Yes! The pleasure…it is like watching a really short clip on youporn over and over…According to what I've heard. From other people. Who might spend some time on that site. So they say.

  38. AddHomonym

    Hey, Republicans, you wanna bitch about Chicago-style politics? Here's some Chicago-style politics for ya! Deal! Oh, and fuck you, too!

  39. arihaya

    This just in, Darth Cheney said that Romney best suited to handle a terrorist attack like 9/11 ..

    … as opposed to someone who actually found the 9/11 masterminder.

    1. Geminisunmars

      I think that should be our rallying cry. It would be awesome: Ka-eee-shi-waaaa, liberals. Just the exotic sound of it would make the rethugs' heads explode.

      1. va_real

        Even better, is that they are so uninterested in anything not on Fox News that you can be out rallying the faithful & the rethugs will just figure that's some new food or juicing craze that they don't intend to investigate unless one of their own approves it.

    1. JustPixelz

      Like the one where Reagan says "History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap." Oopsies. After Dubya and Iraq, maybe this isn't the best Reagan quote to use.

      Howzabout "…the freedom fighters of Afghanistan are defending principles of independence and freedom that form the basis of global security and stability." Oopsies again! He was talking about the mujahideen which included the Taliban and bin Laden's al Queda.

      "We will never recognize the true value of our own lives until we affirm the value in the life of others." Speaking against the death penalty, I assume.

  40. viennawoods13

    Poor Rmoney- he asked for an apology and what he got was, "Fuck you, Mitt- and the horse you danced in on."

    1. Chichikovovich

      I remember at one point during the Mulroney régime (the hearings on Meech Lake, maybe?) some PC politico asked Trudeau (sitting as a witness) to comment on some stream of mean things that had been said about ol' Lyin' Brian in the preceding months. Trudeau put on the look of sheer contempt that he reserved for such occasions ("Just watch me." "I said 'fuddle duddle' ") and just said quietly (I paraphrase): "You may remember when I was Prime Minister there were many harsh and unkind remarks spoken about me, including by members of your party. And you didn't hear me whining about it."

      1. viennawoods13

        When Trudeau finally really resigned in 1984, I couldn't stand him. I since have come to the conclusion, through looking again and again at his accomplishments (I teach 20th century Canadian history) that was,in fact, our greatest Prime Minister. (I haven't forgiven him yet for the War Measures Act, but nobody's perfect)

        1. Chichikovovich

          The War Measures Act, yeah. Very bad. Also I was just a little kid when he ridiculed Stanfield's proposed wage & price controls ("zap, you're frozen!") and then turned around and imposed them himself after the election. It was my first glimpse of how baldly dishonest politicians can be. Though I found you got less of that with Trudeau than with most others. (You're never going to have a Parliament full of Tommy Douglas's and Stanley Knowles's.) So he has some big negatives on my mental ledger. But overall, I'm in awe of the guy, and count him as one of the great ones. For so many reasons I can't list them. [Why would you want to read more student essays in the summer?]

          But to the point of my original remark – people can love him or hate him, but it is almost beyond our powers of imagination to think of Trudeau whining about anything. The self-discipline in his personality was astonishing. [Even when Margaret was running around humiliating him, you never saw a crack in the façade.]

  41. Chichikovovich

    From the CBS interview:
    “Doesn’t the buck stop with you?” Romney insisted he should not be politically liable for anything that happened after 1999.

    “Actually, when you leave an enterprise and you have other people who are managing the enterprise, who take responsibility for the investment decisions, who decide who’s going to get hired and fired, who decide compensation decisions, they’re the managers, they’re the people running the business,” Romney said.

    Now that's a leader.

    As I'm sure Romney will tell us himself, during his next press conference in front of the Solyandra offices.

    Edit: Romney could take some words of advice from my grandfather, who was a policeman for over 40 years, most of those years in a supervisory capacity. He liked to say: "You can delegate authority, but you can't delegate responsibility".

  42. christianmuslin

    So, when is the Honorable Ms Coni Rice scheduled for her next piano recital before the Queen? I hope she takes Mittens with her to do sing a long!

  43. Chet Kincaid

    Wow, you don't go this cold-blooded unless you have been deeply offended by the other side's shenanigans for 4 years and you have now decided to settle some scores. This is an insightful video:
    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2011/12/then-

    Key quote:

    I'm always best as a counterpuncher. You know, if someone comes at me, I will knock 'em out. If not, then I'll try to understand their point of view. That actually serves me well. I give the benefit of the doubt, I try to understand their point of view. If I perceive that they try to take advantage of that, then I will crush them.

  44. Geminisunmars

    Well, why you guys are chortling about how this is a *killer* ad, it is left up to me to point out a glaring flaw: It requires an ability to read to understand it (despite the horrible singing).

    1. Doktor Zoom

      So you're saying that Obama may lose the illiterate vote?

      (OK, yes, and the visually impaired folks can't enjoy it as much, but as Mumbly ASHLEIGH Joe pointed out, it's not just the words…or the singing by itself)

      1. Geminisunmars

        Nah, I'm just saying the illiterati won't get it. And Mitt already has that demographic pretty well tied up anyway.

        1. MittBorg

          I disagree. You don't need to read to have a visceral reaction to those images. And that horrible singing unfortunately leads to an overwhelming desire to squeeze the singer into silence.

          1. Geminisunmars

            Perhaps. But their visceral reaction is as likely to be “Gee, that guy sings just like Pa usta do.”

          2. MittBorg

            (trembles, pales) Surely you jest.

            Sweet Jesus, MY Pa, rest his soul, couldn't carry a tune in a bucket, with both hands, and he could sing a damn sight better than THAT.

          3. Geminisunmars

            Yah, well, your Pa was also a sweet person, as I recall, and that is another difference between him and the Rmoney. Now my Pa was a psychopath and a musician, and he could sing on key. So what I'm saying is that I guess it is time to go to bed.

          4. MittBorg

            Sounds like you need a pre-bedtime hug, sweetie. I wish I could tuck you in, like Barak tucks Michelle. (Hugs Gem) Sleep well. Goodnight, love.

          5. Geminisunmars

            I didn't read your response until this morning, but it retroactively comforted me. Thanks Sweet One.

          6. MittBorg

            You're welcome, retroactively. (We're gonna use this to death, aren't we?)

            I hope you're taking care of yourself amidst the turmoil, dear heart.

          7. Geminisunmars

            Spent a good deal of time last week at the hospital with hubby. I'm a bit fried. He is okay. Will I survive?

          8. MittBorg

            He's recovering from illness, then. I'm so sorry, especially now that I know what that's like. Put your head on my shoulder and I'll thump your back gently. It feels good and helps a body relax. It's like feeling your mother's heart through the walls of the womb. (Hugs Gem)

          9. Geminisunmars

            Thanks, Darlink. We just got home from a grueling 4 hour theatre guild award thingy. Since the awards are named after him we had to go. Exhaustion. Hope to catch up with you soon. Thanks for your comforting words and thoughts. It does help.

          10. MittBorg

            I am always thinking loving thoughts of you. I will see you and talk to you when you can. Rest as much as you can, you need all your strength to get through this.

  45. Willardbot9000_V2.5

    I love it! Mittens the arch liar goes on teevee to demand an apology and Obama's response is to kick him in the cylinder-capacitor for it. Nice work, Bammerz and friends..now keep that backbone going no matter how much they piss and whine…

  46. Veritas78

    Who's the uppity one now?

    Might it be the rich white guy demanding an apology from someone who pointed out that he signed SEC filings which he knew to be false?

    1. MittBorg

      And that's coming through *very* clearly. The arrogance of Mitt in asking for an apology when he KNEW he was guilty of false statements.

  47. Jukesgrrl

    OT: Jesse Kelly, who took two shots at trying to put the Gabby Giffords Congressional seat into tea bagging hands, has a new job. According to the Tucson Daily Star, Kelly "has been hired by Citizens United." To help Kelly during the special election to replace Giffords, Citizens United spent $120,000 on third-party ads attacking Democrat Ron Barber.

    In 2004 Kelly moved from Texas to Pima County, AZ, where his father owns a stimulus-money-sucking construction firm — apparently for the sole purpose of making this bid for Congress. He said repeatedly he and his wife now planned to live in the family homestead forever, raising their children and being active in the Alive Church.

    Daily Star political columnist Brady McCombs writes, "So much for that idea. Kelly said they have already sold their [suburban Tucson] house and moved to Washington … Asked about his plans, he said he hopes to work for Citizens United until he retires."

    CU's press release announcing the charity donation, oops, I mean "hire," said Kelly will be "in charge of major gifts and part of the leadership team." Kelly told the Star, "Citizens United is the top conservative group in the country. They are on the tip of the spear to destroy the liberal agenda. That's what I want." This, from a man who claimed throughout the last campaign that he wanted the job first and foremost "to protect Social Security for our seniors." I guess he, too, has an Etch-a-Sketch.

      1. Jukesgrrl

        Yes, it was more than I had dared hope for. Let's hope voter outrage toward people who say one thing in one election and the exact opposite in the next one extends to Rmoney.

        1. Negropolis

          Jesus wasn't enough to get this big, baby ass into Congress. Jesus couldn't prevent him from losing twice. You know, we come down hard on Arizona, a lot, lately. And most of the time, the state deserves it. But Arizona has also been cleaning up its political mess, lately, little by litte. Hey, with the help of the Feds, Sheriff Joe may be the next to go.

  48. mr bojangles

    romney won't release his tax returns because they prove he raped and killed a girl in 1990!

  49. jdoleman

    The word is that Romulan High Command is getting worried about their candidate's performance. Might be about to turn to plan B.

      1. cheetojeebus

        The best method to engage it is to turn it upside down and give it a few good shakes.
        after that you can draw what ever you want.

  50. lulzmonger

    Just the reply Willard deserves.

    That "Condaleezamentum" headfake sure was a real dud. Such a shock that, since America surely yearns for a Veep who has to check for war-crimes tribunal indictments whenever she sets her overseas itinerary.

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