Wish You Were CoherentSo, you know how Willard Mittingston Wigglesworth Romney IV made a very important foreign policy statement about the murders of American diplomats in Libya, which kind of left even Republican foreign-policy experts gobsmacked at its tone-deaf injection of politics into a developing foreign crisis? Yeah, that thing.

Well, now. Katrina Trinko at NRO’s “The Corner” would just like to point out that reporters asking questions about the crazy thing Romney said is the thing that is actually crazy, thank you very much:

This is Madness! No, This is National Review!

So if a presidential candidate gives remarks about a foreign-policy crisis, you’d be forgiven for thinking that in the Q&A held immediately afterward, reporters would ask him about . . . foreign policy. But when Mitt Romney took questions today after talking about the situation in Libya and Egypt, the dominant theme of the questions was all about process and politics. Here are the seven questions asked:

1. Reporter brings up that Romney had a “toughly worded statement last night,” and asks, “Do you regret the tone at all given what we know now?”

2. “Do you think, though, coming so soon after the events really had unfolded over night was appropriate, to be weighing in on this as this crisis was unfolding in real time?” Follow-up: “What did the White House do wrong then, Gov. Romney, if they put out a statement saying they disagreed with it?”

3. “The world is watching. Isn’t this itself a mixed signal when you criticize the administration at a time that Americans are being killed? Shouldn’t politics stop for this?”…

Just look at those insane questions, will you? Clearly, what is insane about them is that they refer to the politically-charged thing Romney said last night, and not to the politically-charged things that Romney just said at his smirktastic press conference, which is quite clearly this morning, and hence a totally different thing. Such silly journalists! Can’t they tell the difference between right now and twelve whole hours ago?

Now, it does not strike us as insane that reporters would ask these questions, which also afforded Romney a chance to do the decent thing and walk back his shitty statement, a turd which of course he preferred to polish, not clean up. Also, if the follow-up in question 2 is not about foreign policy, then what is it about? For that matter, isn’t a question about “mixed signals” kind of getting at the important foreign policy point Mr. Romney was making when he accused the Obama administration of sending, you know, mixed signals?

In any case, Katrina Trinko would be far happier with the Washington press corps if they would simply learn what is appropriate to ask of whom:

Let political consultants talk about the timing and tone of the statement. The candidate should be grilled on policy, on issues, on what he thinks is the right course going forward, not politics and strategy.

After all, it’s not like Mitt Romney’s first impulse, in the face of a foreign policy crisis, was to make a political statement. And there’s certainly no reason to ask questions about how calling the President’s handling of the crisis “disgraceful” might affect the course of that developing crisis. Those are questions for political consultants, in quiet rooms.

Also, too, “The Right Scoop” (or perhaps “the rightscoop;” they use both) has an EXCLUSIVE!!! revealing that journos at the Romney press conference colluded to make sure that “no matter who he calls on we’re covered on the one question.” Reporters talking to each other? Egad! This is unprecedented! IMPEACH!!

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  • memzilla

    Just as Joe McCarthy couldn't have done more damage to America than if he were a Soviet double agent… just as Dick Cheney couldn't have done more damage to America than if he were an Iranian double agent… Mittbot Romney continues the proud Rethuglican tradition of destroying America by pretending to defend America.

  • a-a-a-a-and… Who will think of the children?! <pearls clutched>

  • Veritas78

    Katrina Trinko? Isn't she fucking Trump? Or is it New Orleans. In either case, I'm surprised she has time for this.

  • Tundra Grifter

    Don't forget (r)Money was very critical of the Obama Administration's response. He didn't like their statement.

    Only, that statement was issued before the attack in Egypt.

    Now the FoxPAC is trying to cover for him (along with Sheer InSannity) by saying (r)Money didn't know our Ambassador had been killed. Only his remarks mention the death of an American…

    • BarackMyWorld

      Sean Hannity, Satan's Press Secretary.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        We have a somewhat lower position in mind.

        • (thinks frantically)

          Biely, you sure do know how to make us Lesser Mortals feel good.

          • Biel_ze_Bubba

            Actually, the "press" part has possibilities.

          • (*sweat*)

    • Guppy

      It wasn't even "his" statement, it was put out by the embassy itself. It was their effort to say "please don't shoot us," which obviously didn't work.

    • And, as several in the press have pointed out, not until a few short hours ago did Mittens even bother to send condolences to the bereaved fellow-Americans.

      • miss_grundy

        Great, another Rethuglian cowboy who suffers from "insert foot in mouth disease". It makes me sick to think this thing is still close and there are people who will vote for this guy. Like we need another cowboy after Dubya in the White House. Vete para el carajo, Willard!

        • How nice do I have to be to you for you to teach me how to swear fluently in Spanish?

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        You have to give him time to get his foot out of his mouth, before he stuffs the other foot in.

        • Given that his head is all the way up his ass to his tonsils, I would imagine that takes a little time.

    • Arborista

      “I want to be clear, it is never too early for the United States to condemn attacks on Americans, on our properties and to defend our values,” Ryan told the outdoor crowd, taking the stage after country singer John Michael Montgomery played a few hits.

      Think that country singer did a cover of Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down"?

      • bobbert

        “I want to be clear, it is never too early for the United States to condemn attacks on Americans, even before they happen."

    • BerkeleyBear

      Reports last night only had a single FSO dying, and in Egypt rather than Benghazi. So he probably didn't know the ambassador had died – which is hardly a justification for being an asshole.

      • Negropolis

        Not only is it not hardly a justification, knowing that he didn't know shit and then conciously taking the swipe that he did makes his response more reckless.

        This is Romney in a nutshell: he doesn't give a shit about anything beyond that which can make him wealthier. Period. He loves America not so much for what it can do for itself or the world, but what it can do to increase the size of his fucking obscene bank account.

      • Willard's staff were going by Twitter, which carried reports way before the press got around to it. They were so happy to have found out about the death of one or more Americans at the hands of a (not crazed mob, as they would like us to believe, but) very efficiently planned guerilla operation, that they rushed the press release out immediately. Willard's FOREIGN POLICY TEAM wrote this. Not just one idiot, as we had originally thought.

    • Callyson

      You beat me by several hours (hectic day for me here) but when I heard this, I went ballistic. I think from now until Election Day, I will have to treat listening to the news in the same was as I treat driving, and refrain from indulging while driving, at work, or I just need to be calm, cool, and collected…

      • bobbert

        Drinking, right?

        • Callyson

          Dammit, yes, that's what I meant.And now that I am home safely, time for a drink, BBL…

  • barto

    There's a happy ending in this somewhere – the shoeshine, I mean.

    • littlebigdaddy

      Republicans don't go in for happy endings. They go in for frustrated, hair-pulling, crying displays. And that is just when you mention that Ronald Reagan is still dead.

  • 1stNewtontheMoon

    yes, ask the cold calculating strategic decision-makers that make the campaign decisions. not the candidate. after all, he won't be asked to make any decisions if he wins. he'll have political strategists and former benefactors to do that for him.

    • Don't Grover Norquist's pronouncements about only needing a President who had working digits so he could sign whatever was put in front of him sound really ominous now?

  • I_P

    What the hell is a "Katrina Trinko" anyway??

    • A toy construction set for children?

      • Boojum

        A toy hurricane?

    • Cousin of Natasha

    • Mojopo

      A sex act involving beets.

      • Monsieur_Grumpe

        Is that possible?
        No pictures please!

    • Well, the woman needs a full bladder and about three feet of 1/4" tubing, while it is recommended that the man cover most everything with newspapers….

      • (Best Hedley Lamarr voice) Oooh, KINKY!

    • Arborista

      It's a cheap, Chinese-made tchohke to commemorate that hurricane in NOLA a while back.

      • bobbert

        Verrry nice.

    • A Russian folk song best known as the theme of Tetris?

      • Negropolis

        Whenever I need a mental pick-me-up, I blast Korobeiniki on a loop.

        • Ah, blast. I was thinking of Kalinka, which has also been used in Tetris, also a Russian folk song, and also often played in medlies with Korobeiniki just to confuse my recollection further.

    • Is she the one who secretly Tweeted for Palin when Caribou Barbie was having her boobs blowed up real good?

  • Mittens Howell, III

    Press: "Sir! Sir! Why are you wearing a halibut on your head instead of a hat?"

    Mittens: "Why are you questioning me?"

    • kittensdontlie

      What sharp questioning poor Muttons has had to endure! As our next President-by-succession, are not his proclamations infallible?!

  • Texan_Bulldog

    How has NRO managed to find every right wing crazy lady blogger with daddy issues (looking at you too, KLo)?

    • Trannysurprise

      I'm looking at J-Rube.

      • Is that woman a bleating insane loon or what? I cannot get over her insipid, pouty, foot-stamping coverage! This THING graduated a respectable COLLEGE!

  • Mittens Howell, III

    "you’d be forgiven for thinking that in the Q&A held immediately afterward, reporters would ask him about . . . foreign policy. "

    But, but, Mittens said we're not allowed to bring up foreign policy.

    or taxes
    or Mormonism
    or Romneycare
    or car elevators
    or Bain
    or dogs
    or economic policy
    or haircuts
    or yachts
    or his time as Governor
    or tuna fish sandwiches
    or ironing boards
    or underpants

    • viennawoods13

      or chairs…

    • MissNancyPriss

      Haha underpants

    • Arborista

      How about global warming, health care & his plans to campaign with Terry Jones?

    • or tax RETURNS
      or off-shore money accounts
      or why doesn't that one son look like the other four
      or whatever happened to his pal Donnie Trump

    • Stevola

      Since we can't ask anything, all the rooms will be quiet.

      Jeebus, I seem to be stuck on that.

    • grex1949

      or muffin-tops.

  • Veritas78

    So now we have TWO crises relating to the attacks on the embassies: the attacks themselves, and the Romney campaign's incompetence in responding to those attacks. I can guess which one Romney thinks is more important.

    Wait. Come to think of it, I can't.

    • IceCreamEmpress

      Oh, no, of course you can. It's RMoney's world; the rest of us just live here. Also, he gets a whole planet after he dies!

  • ttommyunger

    Something you don't like? Label it 'Insane'. GENIUS!

    • bumfug

      Well, it worked for Joe Stalin…

      • ttommyunger

        …also bullets Sent from my iPhone

        • Lascauxcaveman

          LOL, sending bullets from your iPhone? You are one tough old bastard, Ttommy.

          • The iPhone 5 actually has an extended clip with 30-round capacity.

          • Nothingisamiss

            I can't believe the shooing iPhone with extended clip wasn't shown in Idiocracy.

          • ttommyunger

            Blanks! (sob)Sent from my iPhone

    • When Obama called Mittens "unhinged", it made everyone SO MAD!

      • ttommyunger

        That shoe always pinches on the other foot.

  • Money Badger and his minions don't give a shit.

    • new_pic_for_NEWTer

      There are not enough upfists in all the internets in all the parallel universes that exist for this. rMoney badger don't care – you need to trademark that.

    • Negropolis

      Money Badger is so obvious, and I feel so fucking stupid for it not ever dawning on me. Manchu, please make this a thing.

    • Pat_Pending

      YES! YES! YES!


  • ♫ Insane in the Mittbrain ♫

    • el_donaldo

      Insane in the Bain!

      • Nice. Why didn't I think of that one?

        • el_donaldo

          That's what your hype man is for.

      • Crank_Tango

        Crazy insane, got no brain…

  • JackObin

    The Romney boy doesn't drink. That's crazy enough for me.

    • miss_grundy

      He may want to start after this campaign is over and he loses. I don't understand why he wants to run for president, I would think being "Der Commissar" would be more his style.

      • Or chairman of the Temple's square dance society.

  • HempDogbane

    Mr. Hindrocket at Power Line also provides a nuanced analysis of this story today. Hahahahahahaha !

  • SigDeFlyinMonky

    So when questioning a candidate for a political office that requires strategic thinking, it is inappropriate to ask questions concerning strategy or politics? You are asking me to put you in charge of my government, and I'll request the press to ask any damn questions I want, you elitist wanker.

  • no_gravity

    Isn't making a political statement the sum total of Romney's policy so far? And, as far as what Romney would have done in the White House, I'm guessing the same thing he already did: screw the pooch.

    • Barrelhse

      And sell the puppies.

    • Dudleydidwrong

      While the pooch is on the roof of the car? Kinky.

  • Not_So_Much


    The contortions people are going through to conflate his idiocy with 'Leadership' are something to behold.

  • Fukui-sanYesOta

    Latest Romney press release:

    "Apple's decision not to include NFC in the new iPhone clearly shows the Obama administration's incompetence and lack of understanding of middle-class Americans."

  • I wish there were an EZ-Bake oven equivalent of the presidency, so we could set Romney up running his own little fantasy America. I think he would be happy, and much less destructive. Actually, EZ-Bake Oven is a bit of a stretch, as you can actually cook things in that. One of those PlaySkool Playset things, where you get a plastic kitchen. Give him a bouncy-house white house, let him choose some advisors, occasionally let him know what is happening in the real world, and see how he reacts. It's a win-win for everyone.

    • viennawoods13

      Maybe on his own private planet in heaven he can have his VERY OWN Oval Office!

      • Chichikovovich

        Think big! He can have an Oval Planet

        • Arborista


    • bobbert

      Yeah, the EZ-Bake would be unsafe — you can burn yourself on the lightbulb if you insist on poking your fingers in where they don't belong.

    • Isyaignert

      Just don't let him have a dog.

    • Arborista

      Just don't let him go varmint hunting in the bouncy castle…

    • They have enough money that Ann could construct and fund an elaborate ruse that he has actually been elected President in November, and he would never notice.

      • HistoriCat

        I think that may need to be reversed – Ann really seems to be into this more than Mitt does.

      • BerkeleyBear

        Holodeck looping technology – they can make it happen.

    • comrad_darkness

      No, EZ Bake is perfect. He can burn his hand on the bulb and cry for some heath care.

    • fishwharf

      EZ-Bake Ovens suck.

    • vodkamuppet

      Oooh Fantasy America, I like this idea! I took a beating in football last week but I feel like I could draft better in a fantasy America league. So, where do I sign up and what's the buy-in?

    • Stevola

      Let's hope you didn't just create the next "reality" show

  • badseeds

    Mitt has redefined the term: all previous definitions of "touchhole" are now inoperative.

  • Boojum

    The rightpoop.

    • Arborista

      Righteous croup?

  • el_donaldo

    The candidate should be grilled on policy, on issues, on what he thinks is the right course going forward, not politics and strategy.

    Or perhaps grilled over charcoal, with mesquite, and then served after a soup course on a pine nut and sun-dried tomato pilaf.

    • HempDogbane

      or vote-roasted, to use the culinary term.

      • el_donaldo

        Yeah, grilling is just going to promote flop-sweat, which will make him soggy. Unless we want him brined?

        • I thought the flopsweat WAS the brine? Too funky?

    • pdiddycornchips

      Candidates should never be grilled about stupid shit that pours out of their mouths in the middle of an international crisis. But questioning whether the President sided with the people who murdered our Ambassador, I see nothing wrong with that.

    • Arborista

      Sorry- nothing can make this guy palatable…

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      After last night's malfunction, I was gonna suggest he should be braised, but then the techs wheeled him back into the shop and brazed him.

      • Well, he's certainly got enough brass that they wouldn't need to send out for any.

    • …with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.

      • ProgressiveInga

        Oh, and Governor,……just one more thing. LOVE your suit!

        • I can just see Hannibal listening to one of Mittens' speeches with the same look of contempt he showed the Baltimore Philharmonic's flautist..

          I need to watch all those movies again…. except that last one.

  • Beowoof

    This guy is starting make W appear to be a republican intellectual.

    • "Republican intellectual?" Low bar indeed.

    • Dudleydidwrong

      I agree, and I didn't think it was possible.

    • Negropolis

      To think of Bush as the smart one sends a shiver down me spine.

    • bobbert

      If there were such a mythical creature.

  • Mojopo

    Why did I look at Yahoo message boards? That was a terrible idea. It is as if a bunch of paid keyboard monkeys are stirring up xenophobic sentiments for votes…. Hey wait a minute!

    Was Walnuts this evil? I remember him suspending his campaign, but this is a whole other bag of puke.

    • Crank_Tango

      Palin 'round wit terriss.

    • sati_demise

      he did pay for twitter followers so nothing is too low for Rmoney

  • docterry6973

    The reporters were UNFAIR to ask questions that Romney did not want to answer. No human being could possibly be expected to handle a roomful of bored reporters. Of course, Romney is totally ready to handle Putin.

  • GeorgiaBurning

    Think ahead into the next life. Romney getting to run a planet? That'll be fun to watch.

    • Beowoof

      Thinking Idiocracy where this movie quote would sort describe life on planet RMoney

      Doctor: Don't worry, scrote. There are plenty of 'tards out there living really kick-ass lives. My first wife was 'tarded. She's a pilot now. or this one is really Mitt

      Frito: I can't believe you like money too. We should hang out.

    • Think Krypton.

    • Angry_Marmot
    • Arborista

      Like one verrrry lonnnng Lawrence Welk show.

    • comrad_darkness

      Better yet, he gets to be God on his own planet. Just the risk that one might be stuck there too, makes me shudder.

  • Barrelhse

    I like Katrina Trinko's glory-hole flicks the best.

  • emmelemm

    they refer to the politically-charged thing Romney said last night, and not to the politically-charged things that Romney just said at his smirktastic press conference, which is quite clearly this morning, and hence a totally different thing

    Shake that Etch-A-Sketch, baby!

    • Arborista

      Do freedom fries go with that shake?

      • emmelemm

        Supersize me!

  • BlueStateLibel

    The Right is in full melt down now, somebody throw some water on the reactors. Maybe I'm paranoid (had a few beers), but I'm thinking Romney and Co. are hoping to use this as as some Jimmy Carter-botched Iranian hostage thing against Obama. If so, epic fail.

    • Beowoof

      Taking the October surprise to the September fuck up.

    • They do want to make this into a big Jimmy Carter thing. Only a couple of problems: 1) Obama is a better campaigner than Jimmy, 2) Mitt is no Ronald Reagan (hell, he is barely a George W. Bush), and 3) Romney's only response to this situation would be to cut Egyptian and Libyan taxes.

    • Arborista

      The timing of the whole Mitt reaction is so bizarre that it does seem as if there were something preplanned with Terry Jones, only nobody thought the rioting stuff would get 'out of hand' & cause American fatalities…

      • Negropolis

        It seems ridiculously odd, doesn't it? Something feels so not right about how this situation unfolded, but I'm not sure what exactly it is.

        • Gleem McShineys

          I feel the same thing. The part about it that really makes me think something is up: He's "sticking by his guns" with this statement.

          When the fuck has he ever done that before?

      • bobbert

        I think he's just legitimately clueless. He's a vulture capital geek. He knows nothing of diplomacy or tact or dealing with heated emotions. The Mormon thing probably means that almost all of his social interactions for his whole life have been with other Mormons; that is, people just like him.

        He's also probably not as smart as he thinks he is.

        • Arborista

          Yes to all of that, but what explains this part of the timeline?:

          "10:09 p.m., 9/11/12. The Romney campaign releases a statement "embargoed until midnight tonight" from Mitt Romney condemning the administration and the attacks: "I'm outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi. It's disgraceful that the Obama Administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks." The U.S. Embassy statement from Cairo was issued before the attack in Libya."

          They were in a huge hurry to get out their criticism, but didn't want to do it on sacred GOP Day, 9/11? Or didn't want people to think they were rushing to judgment, so figured if the press release date were the 12th, that showed dignified, statesmanlike caution? Or was Romney in Florida not just to campaign, but also to finalize some arrangements with Rev Jones so they could drink some Kool Aid together?

          • bobbert

            He's not very smart, and was so excited to get his (fallacious) smash out there that he released the "embargo" about 10:30, violating the 9/11 truce, and making himself look even stupider.

            Honestly, I think that Rmoney and his handlers are so desperate that they may not have even noticed the timestamp on the embassy tweet. I see little reason to invoke anything but Mitt's usual incompetence and insensitivity to explain this.

          • I don't know. As the details keep emerging, they point to some level of coordination bordering on the fantastic.


    OK, both Ss, both Is, the R, both Ts, and the A are all 1 point each for 8; the M and the C are both 3 points each for 6 more; and the K is 5 points; so that totals 19. Times 2 for double word score and you have … Oh fuck it.

    That is such a great, descriptive, appropriate word – with such impeccable timing in its use – I say screw the tile count. I say it deserves a score of nothing less than 500. And put that dictionary down Uncle Teddy – some things transcend Merriam Webster.

    Game over. Which way to the booze …

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      You did use all seven letters, right?

      • Well, to be clear, I was referencing DokZoom as the player of the word, and myself as counting the score. But I'd say he most definitely cleaned out all his tiles for that turn.

  • FakaktaSouth

    Man these people and their need to create an image, a lie, a political win – so severe, so dramatic, INSANE and DISGRACEFUL. It's just so 13 year old girl, so LOOK AT ME for God's sake, so bitchy whiney I HATE YOU GUYS. I remember when "conservatives" prided themselves on seeming like the "grown ups" (wrong headed assholes, but still) and not SUICIDAL MANIACS throwing GASOLINE on a MASSIVELY OUT OF CONTROL fire. It's absurd. I am so tired of this alternative reality.

    • BigSkullF*ckingDog

      You've been very caps lock-ey lately.

      • FakaktaSouth

        I am shouty a lot. And stompy and stabby and hatey. I just don't know the font for that. I hate this stupid shit.

        • BigSkullF*ckingDog

          Just pace yourself. We still have two whole months to go. Nobody is allowed to go full wingnut until November 1st.

          • FakaktaSouth

            i will be nothing but swears and symbols by OCTOBER FOR FUCKS SAKE. and eye twitching.

          • Crank_Tango

            Smoke a big fat joint and watch cartoons. I recommend Bob's Burgers.

        • Guppy

          I just don't know the font for that.

          Alas, they took away our <blink> tag…

          • BoatOfVelociraptors

            Damn you Andreeson!!!

    • Angry_Marmot

      I'm just glad Lee Atwater never lived to see this.

      • FakaktaSouth

        He really did do so much to create all of this, and he would be SO proud, you just know it. When you are gunning for Ed Rollins' job though man, that's some low down snakery to get under, and he was a pro. I'm glad he didn't live too.

  • no_gravity

    Mitt would blow up the world if somebody farted in his general direction.

    • Ooops.

      • No more beans for you!

        • On the PLUS side, at least it didn't work. I mean, this IS the same world as yesterday, right? Mitt didn't replace it with a hologram?

    • i hope matt and trey aren't anywhere in the vicinity. i believe they have a history of this kind of thing.

  • Detesticle

    The definition of insanity is asking questions

  • Antispandex

    Should have asked if this is STILL the greatest country in the world. That kind of hard hitting journalism is what we have come to expect.

  • pdiddycornchips

    You think that's crazy? Amateurs. Here's a professional crazy at work:

    “I’ve said for three-and-a-half years the president doesn’t care about national security.
    I think a weak reaction, a failure to demonstrate American power and resolve, will help see this stretch throughout the region… I come back to Tehran in 1979, that if we’re not careful here, we’re going to see a repetition of that crisis which of course was a major factor contributing to the destruction of the Jimmy Carter administration,”

    Ladies and gentleman, I give you John Bolton.

    • bobbert

      I politely refuse your gift.

      • With alacrity, I see.

        • Arborista

          And plenty of hand sanitizer, I hope…

    • BlueStateLibel

      What doesn't John Bolton get about wiping bin Laden off the face of the earth?

      I see I was right too. The loonie Neo Cons think they're going to re-create 1979 with this. Go back to sleep, Grandpa Bolton.

      • HempDogbane

        This time around I'm getting me some Billy beer !

      • Crank_Tango

        My least favorite smashing pumpkins song.

    • TheGyrus

      Whatever John Bolton says about foreign policy, do the opposite.

    • Negropolis

      John Bolton, more mustache than man, now. Eventually, he's going to go full Chesire Cat on our asses, and just fade away leaving the mustache behind.

      • PsycWench

        Ana Marie Cox had a great description of him and the mustache…something about looking as though he jammed a chinchilla up his nose and only left the tail hanging out.

  • Ms. Pachinko is pretending not to understand that the reporters' questions were obliquely trying to why Mittens came out with such a dumbass inflammatory statement in the middle of a crisis when nobody had a certain idea of what was going on yet.

    And that should answer her basic question — because if Romney's going to blunder into such a half-assed response to a crisis when he doesn't have all the facts, it would be rather pointless for them to ask him even harder questions about shit he's ignorance of. So really he and Pachinko should thank the reporters for not making him look like more of a blundering idiot than he already does.

    • miss_grundy

      We can only hope he will look more like a blundering idiot when asked about foreign policy during the debates and he decides to point to his "leadership" regarding his comments regarding what happened in Libya.

    • Stevola

      I'm not the only one who thought "Pachinko"!

      I stuck my thumb up, somewhere

  • MissNancyPriss

    Throw some water on him and drag him back into the sea, he is a dead robot walking.

    • I keep visualizing a shepherd's crook emerging from the curtains behind Willard and dragging him off stage by the neck. Exit, pursued by a bear.

      • Arborista

        If Ann loved him as much as she purportedly loves wimmen, she'd pull him offstage & allow him to stop making a fool of himself. Even the Koch Bros & Adelson must be having buyer's remorse by now?

  • ChernobylSoup

    Smirkle Diplomacy – Romney takes the Kissinger approach to the next level.

  • Chichikovovich

    Sorry if this has already been done, but I've been away all day. Is it possible that Mitt has dumped this water into the circuits of our Middle East diplomacy because he wants to distract attention from his doing even worse to the situation with the Soviet Union Russia?

    • bobbert

      I await Mitt finding time to point out that Putin's reply proves his original point.

    • this is putin fucking with us again.

      as it's directed at romney i'm mildly amused.

  • Guppy

    Reporters talking to each other?

    One might even say "collectivizing."

  • pdiddycornchips

    These fucking armchair generals should be sent to hots pots around the world with a helmet and an M-16. I'd pay money to see John Bolton or Bill Kristol standing guard in front of our embassy in Cairo or Tripoli as a mob of angry men storm the walls. Fucking cunts don't care how many people have to die to prove conservatives aren't pussies. Even though everyone knows they are. Say what you will about John Kerry or Al Gore but they didn't avoid service in Vietnam like Dick Cheney and Dubya did. Neocons are cowards and sending other people to die is just their way of overcompensating.

    • Mondo_Cane

      I wish I could give this more than one fist –

  • BarackMyWorld

    We're still not any closer to finding out his plans for Afghanistan, are we?

    • bobbert


    • Guppy

      There are none; the only investment opportunities there are in poppies, which Mormon Jesus frowns upon.

  • Isyaignert

    What's so cool is that the Reicht-winged mouthpieces like Laura Ingraham and Rushbo are saying that if the Republicons can't win this election they should disband, i.e., go the way of the Whigs. Yay!!!

    "First they ignore you, then they make fun of you, then they fight you, then you win. — M. Gandhi

    OBAMA 2012

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    OT, but this is great:
    "For every one-star review bashing Big Apple Pizza on Yelp, there were about 60 five-star reviews singing its praises. . . . Not only does Van Duzer's pizza place have the best rating in Fort Pierce. He's got the highest rated restaurant in the entire state of Florida."
    Atlantic Wire

    I'd love to know how much dough (the green kind) he's raised for his foundation since the haters handed him all the publicity.

  • vodkamuppet

    Romneys uncanny ability to step in dog shit at every turn is quite the spectacle to behold. He's so inept he's actually eclipsing the real story. It's really unbelievable this race is even close.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      You've got maybe 40% who'd vote for the Mittbot even if he was caught having his way with Rafalca, because Barack Hussein. At most, 20% of the vote is actually in play, and it could be as little as 10% … and they only matter in the swing states.
      If Obama can pull off looking like a statesman, while Mitt continues to look clueless, the election could turn right here.

    • Chichikovovich

      It's really unbelievable this race is even close.

      American politics has always had affirmative action for rich white people, and now is no different.

  • Blueb4sinrise

    This is serious stuff and not to be played with and these fuckers are waving tiny dicks around and ……and yet……and I'm not proud of this……I have myself smirked over Rmoney's latest fuck- ups.

    I'll stop soon. I promise.

    • emmelemm

      If it lasts more than four hours, you may want to see a doctor.

  • LibertyLover

    Romney may need to have an operation to have his size 12 foot removed from his mouth before the debates.

    • Haz magic underwear. Needs magic socks.

    • sati_demise

      I suggest a transplant to his ass

  • mavenmaven

    I believe that smirk was the official GOP presidential monkey-a$$ grin he inherited from GW Bush.

  • It is so unfair of the Lame Stream Media to expect Republicans to actually defend their positions. What's next, suggesting that the Middle East cannot be cured through tax cuts?

    • Serfville


    • poorgradstudent

      Bombs full of tax cuts!

  • Actually, if you want to have fun, go read NRO, where you will find out that this is all because Obama has been soft on Sharia law.

  • LibertyLover

    I have a question: If Romney has been polishing up this turd, doesn't that make it the "next shiny thing?"

  • Veritas78

    Finally, he's trying to win the undecideds! The adults are in charge at last.

  • Arborista

    Romney doing a fine job illustrating the concept of "the banality of evil"…

  • bobbert

    This is 100% OT, but before I forget:

    A bit of levity from the union thugs in Chicago.

    • AbandonHope_

      My wife showed me that one. The next day, a sign read "Rahm Emanuel Likes Creed".

      • bobbert

        From the same guy, I believe. Rahm's spokesthing had to actually answer a question about it and say, no, Rahm doesn't actually like Nickelback.

  • Tundra Grifter

    Your move, Salman Rushdie.

  • rocktonsam

    'Wish you Were Here' album cover libel!!11!!

  • Angry_Marmot

    Wish Terry Jones of Dove World Outreach Center was there.

    • miss_grundy

      So we could kick his sorry ass? I suggest we turn him into a piñata! More fun and you can practice your swing….

  • uh, smirkin' mormon, get a way from mee-hee
    smirkin' mormon, douchebag, let me bee-hee

    • We don't need his war machines.
      We don't need his ghetto scenes.

  • Arborista

    God-damned Hollywood librulz:

    • Doktor Zoom

      Klein told Goldberg that "Sam Bacile," the alleged writer-director, is not actually Israeli or Jewish as reported earlier, and that may not even be his real name.

      Of course not. His real first name is "Im"

      • Arborista

        The French word for bacillus is 'bacille'. Do you suppose this is someone's idea of germ warfare?

  • rickmaci

    Another week thrown wildly off message and on the defensive. And the blowback will go on though the talking head shows over the weekend. For the Conservatards/RepubliCons this is a complete flustercluck. And it's only Wednesday.


    • Fukui-sanYesOta

      It just keeps getting better!

      • Doktor Zoom

        And all we needed to bring it about was for a really fine Ambassador and three others in the Consulate to die!


  • LibrarianX

    No questions about the Cabana Boy hired when Rove comes to visit either! Off limits. Crazy.

  • LibrarianX

    Who keeps letting THE HELP ask questions?!? It's unheard of!

    • sati_demise

      those common people

      and they are all going to hell, not a splendid planet with virgins

  • Negropolis

    OT: Obama has moved back up to 10% here in Michigan. He's totally running away with this thing. It's completely possible, now, that he may get up to the massive 16.5% margin he got in 2008 if things keep going like they are. Hell, Obama wasn't even polling 10% in mid-September last go-around. He was polling 3 to 5% against McCain.

    • miss_grundy

      Take a look at the Daily Kos if you want to have an even bigger smile. It is very good news but I still want the debates to happen and I really hope Mittens completely falls on his face so we can sew up the undecided vote.

      • Fukui-sanYesOta

        Nate Silver's latest has Hopey with a 95.5% chance of winning Michigan.

        Along with 77% chance of winning Ohio and 66% of Florida

        I've not seen an arse-kicking for the Republicans like this since Clinton / Dole. Even Walnuts was ahead of Obama in the polls a couple of times.

        • bobbert

          It is looking good, but still a ways to go, and we Murkins are nothing if not flighty.

          • Negropolis

            Obama would have to stop campaigning this very second to give Mitt a chance at winning this thing…which is exactly why we need to work harder than before.

            At this point, it's just about making Willard cry. All that's left that I want to see is if this robot can produce genuine tears.

          • Chichikovovich

            And also about winning by a sufficiently large margin that no amount of machine-jiggering or vote-suppressing or other dirty tricks could pull enough states into the Romney column.

    • vodkamuppet

      I heard somewhere last week that Mitts pulling out of Michigan, or at least his super-PACs are. I havent seen his ads in a while.

      • James Michael Curley

        Several sources have confirmed that his campaign has pulled the plug on the big ad buys in MI and PA. This leaves, from an announcement made by the campaign right after the RNC, OH, VA, WI, IA, CO, NV, FL and NH. NH? His people are taking a stand on four electoral votes?
        The most recent polls in these states are:

        NH Obama +4
        VA Obama +3
        FL Obama +4
        OH Obama +5
        WI Obama +1
        IA Obama +3
        CO Obama +3
        NV Obama +3

        Incidentally Romney went into a 12 point nose dive in MI since the RNC concluded and is holding steady at 9 points down in PA. None has published a poll on PA since the RNC gave Romney two points and gave Obama 4 points.

        • HistoriCat

          Is someone using the Romney campaign to shore up other races or are they counting on bleed over from NH to other states?

  • Trinko? I don't even know da ho…

  • poorgradstudent

    To be fair, if Romney was President he'd support a constitutional amendment banning shariah law and make Keith Ellison swear on a Bible rather than a Qu'ran. Also he'd blow up Iran, which would show those ingrates in Libya because shut up that's why.

    • MosesInvests

      Swear on the Bible? Not the Book of Mormon?

  • Okay, two things:

    1) Is Jim really quitsies? Haven't heard from him in a while. What really happened when Becca dropped acid? Is "dropped acid" a euphemism for "killed Jim"? Hoping not.

    and 2) Are we going to have another photoshop contest again soon? I like those, gives me a real "Community Feelings Boner", knowwhattamean?

    and back to 1) We never learned what happened to that nice Canadian gal and that nice KBJ gal, did we? I keep askin', what's the big secret? Is everyone going to live out in the desert in a wigwam and become One with the Truth? Cuz I'm down. You can send me an invite – I'm annoying sometimes, but I can build stuff or wash naked lady bodies or something to earn my keep. Or, just give us some fucking closure when people leave. I get attached. I want to know they're okay, but just left cuz they found a job as the CEO of Wal-Mart or they fucking hate us or something. Whatever reason, as long as it's actually presented.

    • el_donaldo

      Re item the first:

      Yeah, he said on Twitter that he was gone. His profile now says ex-Gawker/Wonkette.

      • Bummer.

        • el_donaldo

          Yeah, there's nothing like that crazy ginger when he's on an angry rant.

      • Fukui-sanYesOta

        Ah, what a shit one. He didn't even say goodbye.

        I'll miss that sarcastic ginger bastard. Let's hope he goes on to something great.

      • vodkamuppet

        Man that fucking blows. Over the years I've been hanging out here Newell stands out as my favorite. Im gonna miss that guy.

    • Fukui-sanYesOta

      Oh, and KBJ is ok. I'm not sure if I can say more.

      • She's the CEO of Wal-Mart now, isn't she. I wouldn't qualify that as "ok", but…

        • Fukui-sanYesOta

          <whisper>Bain Capital</whisper>

          • HistoriCat

            I wouldn't call that OK – Free Kristen!

      • bobbert

        For realz? That's good to know.

  • Negropolis

    Wait, wasn't the exact thing Romney criticized the administration about was it's process and politics? The mind, she boggles.

    Wait, was shark-jumping an event at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics?

    • Arborista

      They tried, but the water kept freezing up- kinda like Mitt if his handlers run low on WD-40…

  • comrad_darkness

    That smirk! Can I start calling him "Chimpy Mc Italian Suit" ?

    • James Michael Curley

      The Right Lord Hair Pom would never wear an Italian Suit. Brooks Brothers or naked. At least when he was in NJ one of the photos showed him in a blazer with Brooks Brothers buttons on the sleeves.

  • deliman4

    Being white,rich and stupid is no way to go through life son!

  • BarackMyWorld

    Politifact gets it right:

    First, the U.S. embassy released its statement at least several hours before protesters stormed the U.S. compound in Cairo — and well before the attack in Libya took place. So the statement was not made in response to the storming of the Cairo embassy, nor to the killings in Benghazi.

    So does this facebook page.

    • Uh oh, bands of angry Mormons have descended on a federal building in Salt Lake City, Utah!

      • James Michael Curley

        Salt Lake City pedestrian are the most insidiously obnoxious in all the western states that have motorist yield laws. They amble across the street, any where, and slow down to look in your windshield at you and flash that; "Hi! Have you learned about the true word …?" smile.

        Oh, wait; I've never been to Idaho.

  • How dare the rabble question their betters in such a rude manner. To the stocks with them!

  • Do you know how much stupid, insulting bullshit there is on youtube?! Organized groups of morons could riot every hour of every day worldwide if the bar of outrage is that fucking low. And I thought American Internet users were low-information.

    • Angry_Marmot

      I suspect that as the planet becomes more urbanized and the teeming masses head for eight billion, we're going to see more of these flare-ups. Like Byzantines rioting over the Blue and Red chariot teams, and a lot of dead bystanders.

    • Mojopo

      Zackly. Chet, what's your opinion about the set-up?

      • You mean the series of events around the posting of that video and its use as an excuse for the attacks? I can't draw any conclusions, but the whole thing is very disturbing in its shadowy idiocy.

        • Mojopo

          Yes. I have a scent in my nose, but I can't place it yet.

  • LibrarianX

    No worries – Mitt will baptize the deceased!

  • littlebigdaddy

    Yes! Exactly! It's like asking for metadata on his operating system!

  • Biff

    I just got a facebook notification that my niece "likes" Romney and Ryan. God damned fundamentalists in the woodpile…

    • MosesInvests

      Yeah, I feel your pain. I got a bunch of cousins who "like" Rmoney and Lyin'. OTOH, I've got another cousin, a preacher yet, who is a macher in the Obama campaign in Richmond. You just never know.

    • Fukui-sanYesOta

      Send her a copy of Winner Takes All Politics

      • Biff

        She's "only" my niece by marriage, married to my nephew, who is a corporate attorney for Wells Fargo, of all places. Home-schooled kids for the trifecta. For whatever reason, they think all us libtards are pro-abortion homos, and they blindly vote the republican straight ticket. My real niece is a militant pro-choice feminist who has a brood of 5, plus her current husband's 2. Aside from all the kids, she's a keeper…

    • GeorgiaBurning

      Leave her something nice in your will. A dime is always appropriate.

      • Biff

        If they had a pet, I'd consider leaving an annuity for it's upkeep. Whoever heard of a suburban home, 3 kids, no pets?

  • duh_du

    Honey Boo Boo handles a press conference better than Mittens. Can't he just hire her to advise/coach him?

  • Mitt has officially jumped the shark!

  • I just watched the video that set this whole thing off. It is the most fucktardly stupid piece of shit I have ever seen. Link is in the Atlantic article other folks have posted, here:

    • Doktor Zoom

      A reporter on NPR said that somehow the crowd in Libya was under the impression that the movie was being shown on nationwide TV in the US… but even if they only see our crappiest cop shows, couldn't they tell the difference?

  • Shorter paid troll: "Only an incompetent would leave embassies in Muslim countries 'undefended' on a 9/11 anniversary."

    Really desperately stretching for the Jimmy Carter thing, ain't they? How can something be so satisfying and enraging all at once?

  • I think he is a sociopathologicalist

    • Arborista

      Did you mean to leave out the 'expialidocious' part?

  • bearperney

    Could it be, in spite of.. …or, perhaps because of his Harvard degrees, that Mitt is just dumb?

    • Oblios_Cap

      That fucking diploma mill puts out lots of idiots. All you need to do is be able to pay.

  • You know the other bizarre thing about this dumb-ass, shit-for-brains movie trailer that has orchestrated this whole gigantic mess? Ben Affleck has a movie coming out, that is based on a true story, about making a fake movie in Iran in order to get some of the hostages out in 1979:

    • Negropolis

      Ben Affleck did 9/11.

  • And Paul Thomas Anderson has a thinly disguised biopic about L. Ron Hubbard coming out, too. Are the Scientologists going to fucking blow up movie theaters now?!

    • bobbert

      No, they'll just sue.

  • OT but I would like to congratulate Levi Johnston and his 20-year-old girlfriend on the birth of their daughter, Breeze Beretta Johnston. Mazel Tov, you crazy kids!

    • Fukui-sanYesOta

      I thought you were joking about the name.

      Alaska, huh?

      • Nope, I couldn't make up something that good.

      • BaldarTFlagass

        Yeah, but Beretta is Italian.

      • Generation[redacted]

        Alaska? I was guessing 1970s TV detective show.

    • Negropolis

      Thank god she won't have to change her stripper name when the time inevitably comes.

      Too soon? Too mean?

    • Little Swiffer Uzi Johnston is so cute!!

    • comrad_darkness

      I have this vision of a place where kids named Horsefly, Breeze, Prada, and Doublebarrel beat up kids named Tim for having a stupid name.

      • Steverino247

        Shit! I accidentally named Roy Rogers' horse.

        What I wrote was "I have a friend named Tim who will appreciate this. Or it will (insert stupid name of Alaskan child here) his PTSD…"

    • BoatOfVelociraptors

      I suppose the fact that she is not named Breeze Magnum Johnston is why things stayed undercover for the Playgirl spread.

  • Most of my adult life, I thought of the Republicans as the disciplined, ruthless, stone-cold professionals while the Dems just jerked off and flailed around like the Bad News Bears, but…that isn't really true anymore, is it?

    Seriously, the Republicans really fucking suck at running a national campaign now. I don't fear them anymore. They've run out of bullshit. Mitt is fucked, and the election is over.

  • Robman2

    The real smirk, he's walking off stage:

    Not sure but does war give him wood? Can't tell from this angle.

  • aklibtard

    What I can't fucking get for the life of me, is that this election, just like every other national election wil be financed by less than 1% of the public, won by less than 5% of the vote, of only 30% of the eligible electorate. After all that is said and done, the party that wins the fewer seats in the Senate will control the legislative agenda. There is something profoundly disfunctional with our democracy.

    • James Michael Curley

      I sent so many strongly worded messages, phone calls and such to my two Democratic Senators and the White House in Jan 2009 telling them to kill the filibuster that I think I'm probably on somebodies list.

      Here's the gig and it can only happen with the re-election of Obama/Biden and at least a 50/50 split in the Senate.

      The new legislative session convenes and the Senate can on the first day of the session vote by a simple majority on a motion is made to expunge the rules which permit the filibuster. United States v. Ballin, 144 U.S. 1 (1892) Since it is a rule change made upon the start of the new session, the Senate Parliamentarian has clearly and often decided that a simple majority is all that is needed.

      Ergo; The Filibuster is dead.

      An attempt was made in 2009 which resulted in a compromise rule change which brought in a sliding scale of Cloture Votes. 60 for the first presentation, lesser for the subsequent presentations until a simple majority vote was required. This was not invoked regardless of the start of the long Republican Filibuster process. At the beginning of the 2011 session it's effectiveness was considered moot and it was dropped.

      Often one hears the term, "nuclear option' which is usually misunderstood. The President of the Senate (the Vice President) often gets the task of appointing the Senate 'Parliamentarian' whose opinion on Senate Rules is sacrosanct. In '57 or '58 the Vice President appointed a Parliamentarian who ruled that due to the Constitutional Requirement of providing for the General Welfare that upon presentation of an issue of such a simple majority could be used to overrule a filibuster. The term 'constitutional option' was used. "Nuclear Option" was first coined by that somnolent, morally hypocrite Trent Lott and threatened by Majority Leader Bill "Cat Killer" Frist when Democrats were filibustering a lot of Dubya's judges.

      I like the term 'Nuclear Option' which is so named because the 'constitutional option' raised by Nixon's Parliamentarian was never codified by a rule changed but its use would effectively subject the filibuster to a long lingering death.

      As for vote turn out? WTF? I often find myself drinking a bit more after the election when I find that all my effort and spent weekends result in maybe a statistical .2% increase in turnout over increase in registrations.

  • Negropolis

    OT: One would think the last thing Republicans would want to allude to, right now, is rape, but, bless their hearts, they just can't seem to help themselves:

    Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., suggested today that President Obama's response to the embassy attacks in Egypt and Libya was akin to a court asking a rape victim for an apology.

    Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, the 70-year old, retiring senator said:

    "It's like the judge telling the woman who got raped, 'You asked for it because of the way you dressed.' OK? That's the same thing. 'Well, America, you should be the ones to apologize, you should have known this would happen, you should have done – what I don't know – but it's your fault that it happened.' You know, for a member of our State Department to put out a statement like that, it had to be cleared by somebody. They don't just do that in the spur of the moment."

    • Oblios_Cap

      It's like they're trying to master the concept of stream-of-conciousness speaking.

  • Jus_Wonderin

    Donny / Marie 2012

  • No. There cannot be a "Carl Stalling Project."

    • Doktor Zoom
      • OK, I thought it was going to be a hipster jazz band performing Looney Tunes scores. Which some wag predicted as "Millstones Of Jazz" release #BD0003.

    • Pat_Pending

      Not a group, it's an album of Warner Brothers cartoon music. Although, interesting idea…Sent from my iPhone

  • BaldarTFlagass

    I think I'm going to be quoting David St Hubbins and Nigel Tufnel between now and election day. A lot.

    "It's a fine line between stupid and, uh…"
    "Yeah, and clever."

  • Estproph

    I didn't know you could give blowjobs via blog.

  • LibrarianX

    The stench of desperation is strong on this one.

  • DahBoner

    When will Thurston Howell the III ever get off that island?

  • Wonderful! Thank you. (Hugs you)

  • CindynEncinitas

    Can't snark. One of the people killed was a former Navy guy from Encinitas who has small children.

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