STICK A FORK IN HIM (WITH VOTES)  2:00 pm September 18, 2012

Even David Brooks Thinks Mitt Romney’s 47% Comments 100% Dickish

by Doktor Zoom

Don't be such a dick, dawgOh, Mitt Romney, Mitt Romney. You know how you can tell that you’ve really stepped in it? A tiny hint of evidence that your problems go well past not being “elegantly stated”?

One big hint would be when Conservative Icon William Kristol calls your comments “stupid and arrogant.” Another might be when the terminally equitable David Brooks suggests you don’t have a clue about the country you want to lead:

…as a description of America today, Romney’s comment is a country-club fantasy. It’s what self-satisfied millionaires say to each other. It reinforces every negative view people have about Romney.

All we need now is for the Ghost of David Broder to appear and say “While it is of course important to consider all sides of the question, Mitt Romney has truly screwed the pooch this time.”

Let us just savor a few of the better moments in Mr. Brooks’ dissection of the Romney campaign’s still-twitching corpse:

  • “Romney, who criticizes President Obama for dividing the nation, divided the nation into two groups: the makers and the moochers.”
  • “This comment suggests a few things. First, it suggests that he really doesn’t know much about the country he inhabits. Who are these freeloaders? Is it the Iraq war veteran who goes to the V.A.? Is it the student getting a loan to go to college? Is it the retiree on Social Security or Medicare?”
  • “It suggests that Romney doesn’t know much about the culture of America. Yes, the entitlement state has expanded, but America remains one of the hardest-working nations on earth.”
  • “It says that Romney doesn’t know much about the political culture. Americans haven’t become childlike worshipers of big government. On the contrary, trust in government has declined.”
  • “Romney’s comments also reveal that he has lost any sense of the social compact…The Republican Party, and apparently Mitt Romney, too, has shifted over toward a much more hyperindividualistic and atomistic social view — from the Reaganesque language of common citizenship to the libertarian language of makers and takers.”
  • “The final thing the comment suggests is that Romney knows nothing about ambition and motivation. The formula he sketches is this: People who are forced to make it on their own have drive. People who receive benefits have dependency.

    But, of course, no middle-class parent acts as if this is true. Middle-class parents don’t deprive their children of benefits so they can learn to struggle on their own.”

That last is very good to know. We had been considering telling Kid Zoom that we would no longer foster a culture of dependency by paying for or driving him to his after-school tennis lessons, but Mr. Brooks has set us straight on that one. You dodged a bullet this time, kiddo.

By the end of the column, of course, Brooks does revert somewhat to his usual irritatingly bipartisan tone. He personally thinks Romney is “a kind, decent man who says stupid things because he is pretending to be something he is not.” And even as he damns Romney’s “depressingly inept presidential campaign,” he insists that Romney’s “entitlement reform ideas are essential” — a notion undermined by virtually everything preceding that attempt at conciliation in the final paragraph.

Having thoroughly chewed Romney up, Brooks is just too habitually “nice” to finally spit him out.

[New York Times]

 

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Barbara_ September 18, 2012 at 2:04 pm

I keep asking myself if Mitt could get any more thoughtless. It's like he heard me and he's turning it into a personal challenge.

anniegetyerfun September 18, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Yes, he can!

johnnyzhivago September 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm

YES HE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

johnnyzhivago September 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Sorry! Great minds think alike!

SorosBot September 18, 2012 at 2:15 pm

YES HE – oh wait.

Callyson September 18, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Was your exact question "Can Mittens become exponentially thoughtless"? That seems to be what he's aiming for…

PsycWench September 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm

"Thoughtless" implies an absence of thought. It's like he went to the other end of the continuum and is now having anti-thoughts.

bearperney September 18, 2012 at 5:08 pm

"Anti-thoughts", now you've made my head hurt! …and after I finally got a handle on "string theory".

Chet Kincaid_ September 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm

It's a new HBO comedy, "Curb Your Electability."

hagajim September 18, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Mitt to Barb: "Challenge accepted and I am victorious!"

Boojum September 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I read an article in Psychology Today talking about the extreme levels of narcissism in CEO types. I wonder if it was a case study of one Willard Mitt Thurston Howell the Turd Romney.

OneDollarJuana September 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm

¡Si! ¡El puede! Because his daddy was born in Mexico.

actor212 September 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm

"Why, yes, I killed that unicorn and drank his blood. Why do you ask?"

miss_grundy September 18, 2012 at 3:23 pm

I hope he goes rogue during the debates and says something truly, truly stupid and, perhaps, the undecided will finally wake up and say…where's the polling place so I can vote for Obama.

starfanglednut September 18, 2012 at 10:33 pm

I have no doubt that he will say many, many stupid things during the debates.

GeorgiaMike September 18, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Never assume Republicans cannot get any more heartless, any more thoughtless or any less imbued with the American spirit. Every time you think they have hit bottom, they dig a little deeper. Just watch, Mittens will read Jonathan Swift and decide we should feed the homeless to the hungry. "Soylent Mitt is … is … PEOPLE!"

tessiee September 18, 2012 at 3:37 pm

They already think "The Handmaid's Tale" and "1984" are instruction manuals, so why not "A Modest Proposal"?

Thurman Munster IV September 18, 2012 at 2:05 pm

When you are more dickish than David Brooks can stand, you are truly world class dickish.

OneDollarJuana September 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Don't forget petulant and petty.

NYNYNYjr September 18, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Oh, Brooks could stand it. But he knows a dying Wildabeast when he sees it and the smart jackal gets the haunch.

tihond September 18, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Up next: Thomas Friedman's cab driver explains how Romney lost his vote.

cheetojeebus September 18, 2012 at 2:05 pm

That dawg is having a hard time getting respect.

actor212 September 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm

That's one fucking impressive dick, tho

PsycWench September 18, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Should inspire a new alcoholic drink: "The Fuzzy Condom".

Lucidamente1 September 18, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Brooks is just too habitually “nice” to finally spit him out.

I didn't know that "nice" means "as clueless a dick as Mitt Romney, but with way less money."

Kid_Charlemagne September 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Well, he just bought a 4 million dollar townhouse in DC, so being a clueless shill for the GOP appears to pay off.

HogeyeGrex September 18, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Brooks is just too habitually “nice” to finally spit him out.

Everyone knows Brooks is a swallower.

Weenus299 September 18, 2012 at 2:06 pm

When you've lost David Brooks, you've lost the Cleaver family.

Lavenderp September 18, 2012 at 2:24 pm

I seriously doubt David Brooks will stay lost for long. He's probably already back to defending most of Romney's idiocies…

Nostrildamus September 18, 2012 at 3:07 pm

And Mitt was already polling poorly with The Beaver.

Comrade Snowball September 18, 2012 at 10:33 pm

But Beaver is in Utah. I would think that Utah is the one state he could carry.

tessiee September 18, 2012 at 3:38 pm

As long as I don't lose the beaver, I'm mostly OK.

Negropolis September 19, 2012 at 1:52 am

Wait, the Cleavers like the Jews?

Katydid September 18, 2012 at 2:06 pm

RE: the photo. I know some of teh gheys like hairy men, but that's just fucking ridiculous.

Tundra Grifter September 18, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Think mink.

Veritas78 September 18, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I thought, "Hard to wash."

BaldarTFlagass September 18, 2012 at 2:06 pm

This is a great day.

Monsieur_Grumpe September 18, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Yes. The sky does seem a little bluer today or the drugs are finally kicking in.

Tundra Grifter September 18, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Are we just outside Barstow, on the edge of the desert?

slithytoves September 18, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Even the Neanderthals took care of their weak, aged, and infirm. What does that make Romney? A protozoan?

BaldarTFlagass September 18, 2012 at 2:12 pm

An Eskimo.

actor212 September 18, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Needs moar ice

And vodka

MadBrahms September 18, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Well, he does have a thousand words for "snow job".

UW8316154 September 18, 2012 at 2:12 pm

What do you have against protozoas?

actor212 September 18, 2012 at 2:29 pm

He's contrazoa

GunToting[Redacted] September 18, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Amoeba libel!

mbobier September 18, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Those lazy protozoans, just oozing around all day, languidly waving their cilia….

Lavenderp September 18, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I must protist your description!

mbobier September 18, 2012 at 2:39 pm

In the Kingdom Protista, anything goes, including lawful unicellular protest.

glasspusher September 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Single celled organism seeks same for mitosis, meiosis, more. Please respond quickly, as my life span is 3 days.

Eve8Apples September 18, 2012 at 4:02 pm

What does that make Romney?

An asshole.

Mary_Hayes September 21, 2012 at 9:38 am

What does that make Romney?

A Republican.

johnnyzhivago September 18, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Next time my mooching kids need a ride or help with homework – it's "FOR FREE??? GET A JOB KID" – because if I don't charge you for helping, you'll just never learn the value of what I'm doing!

Lavenderp September 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Ha! That reminds me of a New Yawker cartoon where one kid says to another, "For Father's Day, I'm giving my dad a free hour of tech support".

hagajim September 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Ironically, a ton of the folks who Mittens would decry as moochers are actually full time workers who qualify for assistance because they get paid like shit. Dickish dick being dickish.

NYNYNYjr September 18, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Libertarianism starts at home. And ends after a generation.

FlownOver September 18, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Seriously, and Wonket meme notwithstanding, in historical prospective this is good news for John McCain.

GunToting[Redacted] September 18, 2012 at 2:16 pm

This. If someone told me in November 2008 that someone would run a more inept, bumbling campaign than McCain/Palin, I would have suggested that they seek professional help. Juan must REALLY be smiling over current developments.

tihond September 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm

It would be even better news if he was Juan McCain.

Tundra Grifter September 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm

FO:

Sen. McCain would look bad if the guy who lost to the guy who lost to Mr. Obama beat Mr. Obama.

Although Mr. Obama would look even worse.

Happily, it kinda begins to sorta look like that ain't gonna happen. A little.

valthemus September 18, 2012 at 8:03 pm

The Romney campaign is doing an *excellent* job of reaching out to the greed-heads, plutocrats, Christianists, racists, pre-Civil-War-traditionalists and anti-government conspiracy loons who are, of course, the only people who really matter in American society. I don't know what you all are talking about.

anniegetyerfun September 18, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Wait, if Bill Kristol hates what you are saying, does that mean that what you are saying is actually good?

ManchuCandidate September 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Nope. It just means a neocon moron clock is right twice a day.

Crank_Tango September 18, 2012 at 2:26 pm

is it 88:88 already?

Doktor Zoom September 18, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Well, no. Kristol fantasizes about Mitt stepping aside so the GOP can have the far more relatable Ryan-Rubio ticket.

Tundra Grifter September 18, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Or Palin + 1. I think in his heart of hearts he still yearns for her.

Or maybe that feeling is a little lower down.

tessiee September 18, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Yes, basically.
Bill Kristol is the wrongest wrong in the history of wrongness. He couldn't predict Christmas at ten minutes to midnight on December 24th. If he said the sky was blue, I'd go outside with a camera to get a picture of the green sky.

BaldarTFlagass September 18, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Ayn Rand will see your 47%, and double it. Well, she would if she were alive and still on Medicare and Social Security.

MittBorg September 18, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Which she took under her married name because even SHE, despite being a totally rotten fucking psychopath, had a weensie little bit of shame about blatant hypocrisy.

NYNYNYjr September 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm

ha ha. Like Mary Baker Eddy seeing a doctor and taking medicine when she was dying. (actual)

MittBorg September 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Or "Mother Teresa," leaving her "saved" children to die agonizing deaths of preventable causes while patronizing the best doctors for the slightest cold in her ancient skanky carcass.

comrad_darkness September 18, 2012 at 8:40 pm

To her credit, she did always feel guilty about her shortcomings and questioned whether god really gave a crap.

starfanglednut September 18, 2012 at 10:37 pm

No way. She really did that? What a cunt.

miss_grundy September 18, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Is that why someone ordered a dollar sign wreath for her funeral?

MittBorg September 18, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Hola, baby. Is that right? Dang, some of my ancestors musta been troublemaking in them parts.

gullywompr September 18, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Romney who?

coolhandnuke September 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm

My country club fantasy is Donald Trump taking a nine-iron in the nuts from a free-swinging Bill Murray.

Kid_Charlemagne September 18, 2012 at 2:16 pm

"Oh, he got all of that!"

hagajim September 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Now that's a fantasy I could get behind…with a driver.

Tundra Grifter September 18, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Another Cinderella Story. And about half the population of Scotland wants to read it.

ChillBill September 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Or from Joe Biden.

actor212 September 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm

It’s what self-satisfied millionaires say to each other.

Errrr, um, David? Not for nothing, but it was one self-satisfied billionaire talking to a roomful of self-satisfied billionaires, all of whom will be first against the wall when the revolution (with votes!) comes.

redarmyzombie September 18, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Say, have you ever considered investing in the manufacturing of guillotines?

viennawoods13 September 18, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Sirius Cybernetics Corporation libel!!

Doktor Zoom September 19, 2012 at 12:37 am

I for one would be happy to see Mitt go stick his head in a pig

ChernobylSoup September 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Shorter Brooks: Never go full Republican.

Callyson September 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm

More explicit Brooks: You never go ass to mouth!

HogeyeGrex September 18, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Implied by Brooks: "That's my job."

MittBorg September 18, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Thank you. (mops sweating brow)

tessiee September 18, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Ass to ass still OK?

4TheTurnstiles September 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Mitt: Keep Talking!

ManchuCandidate September 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm

The biggest lie is that Rmoney Badger is a decent man. Judging by his actions, the answer is no

SoBeach September 18, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I used to think Romney was an okay guy. I never thought he should be allowed anywhere near the Oval Office, but I thought he was okay.

Not anymore. A guy who pisses on half the people in this country to drum up donations from millionaires and billionaires is just an awful, awful person.

Veritas78 September 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I came to that conclusion when I heard about him being the ringleader in pinning the gay kid down and cutting his hair, and then not remembering having done so. This is the same guy, and it's the real Romney.

starfanglednut September 18, 2012 at 10:39 pm

For me, it goes all the way back to the dog on the roof thing. But then, I'm from MA, so I got a good dose of him before he started running for president.

Comrade Snowball September 19, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Agreed

Peckerwood_Pete September 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

You know you are doing a shitty job as a Neocon when even Bill Kristol shits on you, on a fairly regular basis….

Ducksworthy September 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm

I'm sure the neocons are suffering some post-purchase cognitive dissonance now.

actor212 September 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

That sounds like it ought to be a drink in a resort bar:

"I'd like a fuzzy penis, please"

YasserArraFeck September 18, 2012 at 2:24 pm

"Crushed or Rocks?"…."Rocks"
"With a twist?"……."Only if it's gentle"

miss_grundy September 18, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Would that come with an Orgasm chaser?????

hagajim September 18, 2012 at 2:35 pm

I've had enough drinks in a bar that my penis ended up looking fuzzy…as did everything else.

Tundra Grifter September 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Bartender: "The cocktail waitress tells me you already have one."

MittBorg September 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Ears and tail to TG!

YasserArraFeck September 18, 2012 at 9:53 pm

but she really appreciated my tip

anniegetyerfun September 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Brooks also takes a moment out of his day to say that unemployment insurance fosters a culture of dependency. Because people who are out of work LOVE making $200 a week for the next two years and would rather do that than find a real job.

SorosBot September 18, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Because all those jobs are out there, just waiting to be taken!

finallyhappy September 18, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I think I will ask Brooks to find my daughter the next time I see him- she has a college degree and then a "prestigious" internship(according to a grad school that didn't accept her but touted her very internship as one of the things they could offer) but works p/t at two jobs. Brooks is a pretentious shit

MittBorg September 18, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Indeed, there are no jobs to be had. I remember when I looked around nervously at all the highly-paid partying we were enjoying in the '90s and said to everyone, "This can't possibly last." I forget who it was who said the stock market was acting like it was on Prozac. We went from that to this, and most of my friends are either grinding their lives away at jobs that demand more and more (as if 60 hours a week were a baseline) or have given up looking altogether. I hope things improve for your daughter.

anniegetyerfun September 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Right? I love the idea that the increased number of Americans relying on government assistance is despite to the fact that the country is TEEMING with jobs that pay a fair wage and it's just that no one (Black) wants to take those jobs. I mean, who hasn't seen the desperate advertisements from firms willing to pay a living wage, health care benefits, and offer a 401K recently?

"Please come work for us!," they beg, staring plaintively at the television, "We just can't hire people fast enough!"

MittBorg September 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm

I think at this point we're past wanting a *fair* wage. It's a *living* wage people are asking for. If you're 35 or older and in the market, chances are you have at least one kid, a mortgage, and one or more aging parents. You have to be able to get a job that will allow you to pay your mortgage and school loans, feed, clothe, and educate your kid, and put something away for that inevitable day when your parents will need your help. And they will. Given Social Security and Medicare, most people can expect realistically that they won't have to support their parents *financially,* but the strain of being a caregiver, whether part- or full-time, plays a role in the kinds of careers women choose, and eats into the time and money that a functioning family needs to survive. And of course, add a single catastrophic illness or accident into that mix and you're looking at all kinds of trouble.

proudgrampa September 18, 2012 at 3:12 pm

You just wrote my current biography. I'm over 60, my kids have already finished school (why my retirement account isn't where it should be, but my kids are debt-free) but all the rest is essentially me. If my 97-year old mother should have a really serious issue, I'm fucked.

NOW you know why I drink all the time.

tessiee September 18, 2012 at 3:43 pm

"add a single catastrophic illness or accident into that mix and you're looking at all kinds of trouble."

As the guy in the wheelchair said, "I wasn't always "like this". I used to be just like you until I got hit by a drunk driver. Remember, we're all just one bad car accident away from Welfare".

tessiee September 18, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Yeah, it's like a store.
all we have to do is walk into Jobmart, pick out a job that appeals to us, say, "I'd like that Cowboy Astronaut one, please", and it's ours for the asking.

emmelemm September 18, 2012 at 4:19 pm

I'd like to see something in a "high pay, low responsibilities", please!

Doktor Zoom September 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Worse, some may become bloggers.

tessiee September 18, 2012 at 3:44 pm

*screams at sky in pouring rainstorm*
NOOOOO!!!

anniegetyerfun September 18, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Oh, god, I did that a LONG time ago. Most shameful chapter of my life.

Toomush_Infer September 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

NPR did a carefully crafted (by the Mormon Church) segment on the lives of "average Mormons" a few weeks back. It's clear that this dickishness extends beyond Mitt.

Ducksworthy September 18, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Yeah. I had to wonder how NPR got turned into part of the Mormon PR machine. Nobody mentioned Plan 10 From Outer Space which clearly demonstrates that Mormonism is an alien plot to conquer earth.

hagajim September 18, 2012 at 2:36 pm

The religion (IMHO) is pretty much full of self-satisfied dicks who would knife you in the back in 2 seconds if it allowed them a leg up.

HogeyeGrex September 18, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Your first word seems somehow unnecessary.

MittBorg September 18, 2012 at 2:48 pm

In all fairness, Mormonism has EXTRA dickishness for the same low price.

MittBorg September 18, 2012 at 4:16 pm

You know I'm just sittin' here starin' atcha, right? RIGHT?

Just askin'.

UW8316154 September 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

I can't stop looking at the picture up there!

actor212 September 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Here's what finally got me to stop staring:

It's a chew toy for a dog.

Probably a poodle owned by a faaaaaaaaaaaaabulous man on Christopher Street with braided pubes.

BaldarTFlagass September 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm

I think it's a golden retriever puppy.

actor212 September 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Well, duh! But that wouldn't stop some of us here at Wonkette from having sexual thoughts…

BaldarTFlagass September 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Well, the only reason I figured it out is because I just got back from visiting my cousin and she recently procured one of those critters. Otherwise, I'd probably still be in "hmm, fuzzy penis" mode my damn self.

Jus_Wonderin September 18, 2012 at 2:45 pm

GRIN

sbj1964 September 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Who wants to bet$10,000 dollars the Presidential debates are going to be game over for Mittens.

Steverino247 September 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm

If I had enough money that I could bet 10K like that, I'd have a hard time getting someone to take the bet as that's a sure thing!

finallyhappy September 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm

I'll bet a Starbucks Grande Latte- almost the equivalent of 10K cash.

SoBeach September 18, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Too late.

Ducksworthy September 18, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Wait till you see Mittens' (& Karl's) October Surprise.

AncienReggie September 18, 2012 at 2:27 pm

If it's a fuzzy penis, include me out.

mbatch September 18, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Unfortunately, the bar is set so low for Mitt at this point that "bipartisan" types like Brooks will give him the win if he manages not to drool.

doloras September 18, 2012 at 10:34 pm

That was the case for Palin too, and look what happened.

tihond September 18, 2012 at 2:36 pm

How did Kitten Mittens do in the Republican debates? It seemed like after each one they were grasping for a new "Not Mitt."

emmelemm September 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Kitten Mittens!

HistoriCat September 18, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Mitt was surrounded by idiots who were in love with the sound of their own voices. So he could just stay quiet and let Gingrich, Cain, Santorum, etc. tear away at each other. His toughest moments were when he had to actually say something. It's going to be a very different – and much more lonely – place when he's debating Obama.

hagajim September 18, 2012 at 2:37 pm

I think it's already game over.

Tundra Grifter September 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm

During the Republican primary debates, (r)Money was a remarkably arrogant jerk. I think it's 50-50 that Mr. Obama gets him to lose his temper. And make a complete ass out of himself. Again.

emmelemm September 18, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Just like an episode of Law & Order where the prosecutors get the accused to go into full rage mode on the stand – PRESTO! Conviction!

John Birf Society September 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Tomorrow's press conference: Mittens floats new "Soylent Green" program for seniors. Wait, I'd actually vote for that.

Jus_Wonderin September 18, 2012 at 2:16 pm

SGAARP

no_gravity September 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

In 7 weeks and 1 day I bet Mitt returns to Colonia Juárez where it might be a little safer than to stay in the US.

SoBeach September 18, 2012 at 2:11 pm

How is it that David Brooks is surprised by what was said in what Romney thought was one of those "quiet rooms"?

MittBorg September 18, 2012 at 2:52 pm

David Brooks is a dick. He's not surprised at all, he's indignant. Because he's been a water-carrier for the Republicans for the best part of his professional life, and Mittney just punched a big ol' hole in that boat. Nearly every member of the monied class (and I include David Brooks in this because although he may not have that kind of money, he sure has pretensions, or aspirations, to that kind of class) thinks exactly like Mitt Romney. They're just too smart to say so out loud where anyone else can hear them. And Mitt would never have said this in public (note that his first defense of his remarks was that he says this all the time in public). Now how is David Brooks supposed to carry water for the Republican Party any more?

DCBloom September 18, 2012 at 3:58 pm

You nailed it there. I watch Brooks on PBS all the time, and it seems to me that he has just about had it with his party.

Clancy_Pants September 18, 2012 at 2:11 pm

“a kind, decent man who says stupid things because he is pretending to be something he is not.”

Yeah, that or one arrogant, selfish, born-with-a-silver-spoon-up-his-butt, coiffed, A-#1 asshole.

Ducksworthy September 18, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Or the kind of thing a vampire would say around other vampires.

Estproph September 18, 2012 at 2:12 pm

"All we need now is for the Ghost of David Broder to appear and say “While it is of course important to consider all sides of the question, Mitt Romney has truly screwed the pooch this time.”

Tom Brokaw will say it for him, without the screwing the pooch part.

ChernobylSoup September 18, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Folks, we need to be careful here or Mitt might go Galt.

actor212 September 18, 2012 at 2:16 pm

And outsource himself?

tessiee September 18, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Beware of what you wish for; he just might outsource his job to Rapey Eyes Ryan.
In fact, he'd better learn to sleep with his eyes open, or Rapey Eyes Ryan might do it for him.

SayItWithWookies September 18, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Really — we don't want him replaced with a more likeable candidate. Not that the GOP has one that comes to mind, but at least hypothetically.

FakaktaSouth September 18, 2012 at 2:12 pm

“The final thing the comment suggests is that Romney knows nothing about ambition and motivation. The formula he sketches is this: People who are forced to make it on their own have drive.

What do people from American Motors and Governorship wealthy families have? Oh RIGHT, an INHERITANCE. SHUT UP Mitt you dumb asshole.

MittBorg September 18, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I swear, nearly every word that comes out of this asshole's asshole just makes me want to choke the living shit out of him. With words.

Blueb4sinrise September 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm

We've secretly replaced David Brooks' regular column with one by Mark Shields. Let's see if anyone notices.

MittBorg September 18, 2012 at 2:54 pm

"We've secretly replaced David Brooks' regular column with one by Mark Panty Shields."

FIFY, NNTT

SnarkOff September 18, 2012 at 2:55 pm

"He never has seconds at home…"

kittensdontlie September 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Krugman has opined with his Moochers Against Welfare NYT op-ed. Within this article:

"Finally, Cornell University’s Suzanne Mettler points out that many beneficiaries of government programs seem confused about their own place in the system. She tells us that 44 percent of Social Security recipients, 43 percent of those receiving unemployment benefits, and 40 percent of those on Medicare say that they “have not used a government program.”

actor212 September 18, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Well, now, in fairness, SSI and Medicare are things we pay out of our own pockets, so while it's all administered by the Feds, you can make the case that it's our own money

kittensdontlie September 18, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Point well taken.

tessiee September 18, 2012 at 8:14 pm

So is unemployment.

hagajim September 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm

And that's why 15% of Ohioans thought Mitt got Bin Laden.

kittensdontlie September 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Krugman had an answer for that fact.

SayItWithWookies September 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Someone once tried to get them to get them to go to government-funded elementary school, but they refused.

x111e7thst September 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Mittenz the Mormonian does not "have trouble understanding the average american". He is just a dick.

NYNYNYjr September 18, 2012 at 3:14 pm

I disagree, I think it's both.

Jus_Wonderin September 18, 2012 at 2:15 pm

My throat feels itchy. Jus Wonderin' why? Cute puppy.

SorosBot September 18, 2012 at 2:16 pm

When even the man who first though VP Sarah Palin was a good idea thinks you've done something stupid, you've done something really, really stupid.

redarmyzombie September 18, 2012 at 9:47 pm

To be fair, she WAS the better candidate…

Callyson September 18, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Reaganesque language of common citizenship

Huh? Would that have been when he went on about welfare queens and special interests?

These "come on, GOP, let's be moderate and appeal to the mushy middle" types aren't even trying anymore…

Native_of_SL_UT September 18, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I have uncovered another secret video of Mitt, with Ryan defending him.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHgMsvpFm08

Callyson September 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Having thoroughly chewed Romney up, Brooks is just too habitually “nice” to finally spit him out.

I wish I knew how to quit you!

Jus_Wonderin September 18, 2012 at 2:20 pm

If only there had just been a dog under the table.

YasserArraFeck September 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm

David Brokebackoks?

Veritas78 September 18, 2012 at 3:13 pm

So what you're saying is that David Brooks swallows? I'm not sure I needed to know that.

Beowoof September 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm

How will Sean Hannity explain this mess. Secret, Kenyan, Muslim, Nazi, Commie, Fascist operatives have been protecting their candidate and overseeing one of the greatest conspiracies of all time. Time to revolt, with votes.

valthemus September 18, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Standard conservative "Our boy's in trouble!!" crisis responses include (A) ignore it if possible, (B) blame the media, (C) get a Romney operative on the air who will start every sentence with, "What's *really* important is…" just before launching into an off-topic anti-Obama rant.

PsycWench September 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm

“a kind, decent man who says stupid things because he is pretending to be something he is not.”
Like, say, competent..

SayItWithWookies September 18, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Fit to lead the country.

FlownOver September 18, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Self-aware.

anniegetyerfun September 18, 2012 at 2:19 pm

“This comment suggests a few things. First, it suggests that he really doesn’t know much about the country he inhabits. Who are these freeloaders? Is it the Iraq war veteran who goes to the V.A.? Is it the student getting a loan to go to college? Is it the retiree on Social Security or Medicare?”

A BLACK Iraq War vet? A NATIVE AMERICAN student getting a loan? A LATINA retiree on Medicare?

See? It's all about context.

Beowoof September 18, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Hey Mitt had to sell some stock to get through college.

anniegetyerfun September 18, 2012 at 2:29 pm

HE HAS SUFFERED.

MittBorg September 18, 2012 at 2:19 pm

OMG! I must have that adorable furry penis!

freakishlywrong September 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm

That is not a sentence you hear every day.

tessiee September 18, 2012 at 2:32 pm

It is at my house.
$>: – }

MittBorg September 18, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Be right over.

Jus_Wonderin September 18, 2012 at 2:55 pm

I have it on a Post It on my mirror and recite this while brushing my teeth. Okay, it sounds funny under the Sonicare but…it starts my day.

MittBorg September 18, 2012 at 2:57 pm

You're hangin' wit' all da wrong ppl, dudina.

Mary_Hayes September 21, 2012 at 9:40 am

They're cute but difficult to housebreak.

sudsmckenzie September 18, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Brooks forgot at least one thing, those in the "47%" still haven't seen Mitts own taxes, you know, to compare and contrast.

tessiee September 18, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I'm not sure if I'm fascinated or repelled — or if it's somehow that I'm both — but I can't look away from that picture.

Doktor Zoom September 18, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Pareidolia, it'll troll ya.

tessiee September 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm

A Kinks reference AND a new vocabulary word in one post?
I bow to the master.

FlownOver September 18, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Awww… and here I was all ready with "Dedicated follower of fascion."

getthisdown September 18, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Brooksie would never spit anyone out. He's more of a swallower.

rocktonsam September 18, 2012 at 2:21 pm

on Romney's comments …

Fox News- brilliant!
Rush- gutsy!!
Ann Coulter- truth teller!!!
Dick Morris- 2 point bump in the polls

they probably said that

littlebigdaddy September 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm

You know, I have faith in Mother Jones to understand dramatic structure. I think the clips they release later today will be A LOT worse.

actor212 September 18, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Do they have more? Because they didn't indicate such this morning,

emmelemm September 18, 2012 at 2:54 pm
PsycWench September 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Yeah, well, I do resist doing things for my kids that they can and should do for themselves. I do make them face consequences when those things don't get done. But I do understand that it's my job to understand that there are times when they can't do it and they need help.

Jus_Wonderin September 18, 2012 at 2:35 pm

I tell my crew, I expect the best. I am here to make sure you can give your best. You are here to work and advise me on hinderances to you doing your best.

And, I can fire you. I have a excellent crew though. (Except for THAT one).

pdiddycornchips September 18, 2012 at 3:33 pm

My two kids are nearly out of the nest. One is a senior in high school and the other a sophomore in college. Both good kids, one more independent than the other but that's just a matter of degree. I think they'll do fine as they know the values that really matter. Family, self respect. Hard work has it's own rewards even if it's not measured in dollars and cents. I just wish they would quit mooching from my pot stash.

tiredalways September 18, 2012 at 2:25 pm

OT – Obama campaign already put out an ad with 47% theme. Its like we don't even have to work very hard to find the material for our ads..
http://gtcha.me/SxIqML

OneYieldRegular September 18, 2012 at 2:25 pm

If Mitt had only picked Sarah Palin as his running mate he wouldn't be in all this trouble.

Comrade Snowball September 18, 2012 at 10:45 pm

This is good news for John McCain.

Estproph September 18, 2012 at 2:25 pm

If he's lost David Brooks, he doesn't have many supporters left. I doubt the David Duke/Fred Phelps vote will win him the presidency.

skmind September 18, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Careful on giving credit to Kristol! He only called Mitt stupid and arrogant like Obama was years ago. In fact, he douched his way into painting Obama as a bigger villain, and then concluded: "yeah, Romney was a fucking asshole but vote for him anyway"

Doktor Zoom September 18, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Yeah, it was a rousing 1/16 of a pro-Romney cheer.

thejazzmonger September 18, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Are we still even having the debates?

FlownOver September 18, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Yeah, but they're up against the ShamWow guy, so…

freakishlywrong September 18, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Best image? Or best image evah?

SpeedoFart September 18, 2012 at 2:29 pm

You know what I hate? Thanks to those assholes at NPR, I read every stupid thing that David Brooks dribbles out in his nasally whine.

I can't even give him a goddamn Muppet voice.

anniegetyerfun September 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Oh, c'mon, E.J. Dionne is WAY whinier. Brooks has an OK voice. I enjoy listening to him admit to the shortcomings of the Republican Party on a weekly basis. It's my little dose of happy, except when he approves of GOP shenanigans and then I have to hate him a little bit more.

SpeedoFart September 18, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Oh, I've no love for EJ's voice, either. Not a huge fan, but at least I don't want to sucker punch him.

AncienReggie September 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I'm surprised every Friday that E.J. Dionne doesn't give in to his better nature and say, "All things considered, David, you're a dimwitted assclown and lucky just to be employed."

SpeedoFart September 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm

And then sucker punch him!

actor212 September 18, 2012 at 2:42 pm

He doesn't sound like Bunsen Honeydew?

Damn.

Terry September 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm

"People who are forced to make it on their own have drive. People who receive benefits have dependency. But, of course, no middle-class parent acts as if this is true. Middle-class parents don’t deprive their children of benefits so they can learn to struggle on their own.”

The bizarre part is that Mitt thinks HE made it on his own. I guess he forgets the massive leg up his rich and politically influential (at least regionally) father gave him. Mitt (and Ann, as well) doesn't know the difference between being a broke young person who can call the family for help if worse comes to worst and being a broke young person who doesn't eat or doesn't have a place to live if worse comes to worst.

It's become almost trite to say that Mitt is out of touch, but damn if that man isn't ever out of touch. His world, his universe, is so goddamn far from every day existence that he can't even imagine it. I suspect that this fact made his work at Bain easier for his conscience. The workers who lost their jobs because of his raiding their companies for every last cent of quick profit just needed to get some incentive…like he had. He was incapable of imagining anything else.

This man cannot be our President.

SorosBot September 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm

He keeps saying "I didn't inherent much money", as if it was just about money given to him by his father. He had every opportunity spoon-fed to him, and completely fails to realize it and seems to think he really did make it on his own. He's not just privileged and entitled but completely clueless about it.

Terry September 18, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I'm sure his definition of "much money" is radically different than mine.

HogeyeGrex September 18, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Oh, y'know, only enough to pay for Harvard grad and live off the interest of for five or more years while comfortably starting a family. Not much.

This seeping cockblister gives new meaning to "Born on third base and thinks he hit a triple."

HogeyeGrex September 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Brooks. Kristol. Romney.

A regular cavalcade of backpfeifengesicht

Jus_Wonderin September 18, 2012 at 2:37 pm

God bless you.

tiredalways September 18, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Its so much fun when the conservatives start eating their own..Bill F*ng Kristol says 'May be Romney can step down and let 'Ryan-Rubio' ticket take over'..Its absolutely hilarious the way he still tries to say after all the complaining, Romney would be still better than Obama.

DerrickWildcat September 18, 2012 at 2:31 pm

No you guys, this comment will really help him…With his extreme conservative base…that were going to vote for him anyway.

BloviateMe September 18, 2012 at 2:32 pm

So great. I have a giant fuzzy cock picture on my monitor at work.

How the hell am I supposed to explain that away? Thanks a lot.

TavariousChinaSmith September 18, 2012 at 2:37 pm

If caught in situations like these at work, it's best just to burst into tears and cry, "I have a problem!" With luck, you'll be able to take two months off with pay and counselling. You're welcome.

actor212 September 18, 2012 at 2:41 pm

It's a puppy.

BaldarTFlagass September 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Yeah, if any of your co-workers accuse you of something untoward, you can point out the "collar ring" and the two back knees and taunt them for having filthy minds.

Doktor Zoom September 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm

If your employer has a problem with adorable golden retriever puppies, then they need to see the rapist.

I mean, a therapist, of course.

BloviateMe September 18, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Holy shit that IS a dog. I didn't even notice.

I think I need to take some me time…see what's cooking with the fella in the mirror…you know, see what's going on in there…

evoshandor September 18, 2012 at 2:32 pm

He spouts this kind of shit about his fellow countrymen. Think of all the ways he could callously offend the rest of the world should he become president.

Comrade Snowball September 18, 2012 at 10:52 pm

He's doing a pretty good job of offending the rest of the world already.

James Michael Curley September 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm
MittBorg September 18, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Yes!

HogeyeGrex September 18, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Not what I'd hoped for, but with any luck it'll do the job.

James Michael Curley September 19, 2012 at 6:21 am

It’s a very bumpy road and the trial court is compelled to issue a response by 10/01. The interesting question will be their schedule on an injunction. Will they set a hearing schedule which will allow the issue to get back to the PA Supreme Court by 11/06? Will the trial court, at this point, issue an order which brings the case into the constitutional arena on the ‘poll tax’ possibility? Isn’t it a failure of ‘equal protection’ if some people can vote because they have a driver’s license and others can’t vote because they are blind, paralyzed, drunken sots or Amish and they have to go to extra lengths to procure an alternative ID?

SayItWithWookies September 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Cut Mitt some slack — he's not so clueless. He's doing to his campaign what Bain Capital did to the companies it invested in, which should serve as an example for what he intends to do to America in the unlikely event he gets elected. It's Mitt as his most honest.

sati_demise September 18, 2012 at 3:31 pm

no, this guy could win. I still remember the 2004 election. the GOP has a combo of fraud, voter suppression, ownership of voting machines to hack, & the Supreme Court. All sorts of ways they can win.

SayItWithWookies September 18, 2012 at 3:59 pm

You're right, it would be foolish to count him out until the day after the election — but if anyone can keep digging this hole, Mitt can.

Lionel[redacted]Esq September 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm

You know, we are all being awfully hard on Romney. Maybe he was just preparing for the roll of Scrooge in the family version of A Christmas Carol for after he loses the election.

Comrade Snowball September 18, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Yes I was going to post the opening of his inauguration speech:
"Are there no prisons?"
"And the Union workhouses. Are they still in operation?"
"The Treadmill and the Poor Law are in full vigour, then?"

TavariousChinaSmith September 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Brooks is just too habitually “nice” to finally spit him out.
The "nice" thing to do would be to swallow.

fuflans September 18, 2012 at 2:37 pm

so now what do we do til november?

fuflans September 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm

fuzzy penis = NSFW

Doktor Zoom September 18, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Adorable golden retriever puppies are always appropriate!

actor212 September 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm

We had been considering telling Kid Zoom that we would no longer foster a culture of dependency by paying for or driving him to his after-school tennis lessons

You're a generous Commie bastard.

I told my daughter, "toilet train or go buy your own diapers".

emmelemm September 18, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Yeah, tennis lessons, Dok? What are you, a country-club 1%-er??

ahnc September 18, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Romney not only screwed the pooch, he put him on top of his friggin car.

tihond September 18, 2012 at 2:50 pm

You should reach 125p on that one.

ahnc September 18, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I'll gladly donate my points to the ASPCA.

mavenmaven September 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Don't worry, Romney still has Ross Douthat.

sullivanst September 18, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Having thoroughly chewed Romney up, Brooks is just too habitually “nice” to finally spit him out.

Keep sucking that Mitten.

rickmaci September 18, 2012 at 3:08 pm

The question is not whether Twitt Romoney loses, he will.

The big question for the RepulicKons is how many of them he takes down with him.

Make that Mittanic Romoney.

proudgrampa September 18, 2012 at 3:25 pm

I hope (wish) you are right. I'm afraid voters are just going to return the same old tired people to congress, the way they do every time.

Nostrildamus September 18, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Despite its stark nature, Brooks frames his criticism largely as Romney not managing his image well, and playing to the crowd rather than expressing his core beliefs. No, David. This is the real Mitt. Please look up the term "sociopath".

sati_demise September 18, 2012 at 3:32 pm

the past is the future, Nostrildamus

Peckerwood_Pete September 18, 2012 at 3:13 pm

You know you are a real ashole when other well known assholes (ie. Brooks, Kristol, et al) start shitting on you….

On another note.. shouldn't all of the recepients of corporate welfare and subsidies be considered "moochers" too, by definition? Israel too….

randcoolcatdaddy September 18, 2012 at 3:16 pm

When you've lost David Brooks, you've lost the five Republicans who follow his insightful mouth vomit on NPR and public television.

pdiddycornchips September 18, 2012 at 3:19 pm

You know who I feel sorry for? That pooch. With forty-nine days left and the debates still to come, that poor dog is going to be screwed over and over again. Lucky for him, both Mittens and Ryan have very small dicks.

sati_demise September 18, 2012 at 3:25 pm

"Brooks is just too habitually “nice” to finally spit him out.z'

Word is, Brooks always swallows, and likes it.

An_Outhouse September 18, 2012 at 4:02 pm

"okay, you guys, who cut the heads off the kittens?"

– Mrs. George W. Romney

fawkedifiknow September 18, 2012 at 4:12 pm

You know we have gone around the bend and are too far to turn back when the first thing out of the mouths of the noise machine is not a condemnation of the person who took the video, followed by a demand for a criminal investigation and, it goes without saying, an accusation that Obama himself personally ordered the release of the video.

Even the twitter twat, Sarah Palin, has shut her yap, so far (as I know).

Rotundo_ September 18, 2012 at 5:28 pm

It is funny to see the less frothing fascists pissing their pants at the prospect of having Mittens take the whole ticket down with them. But I am surprised that more people in the fascist chattering classes aren't cheering on his honest contempt of anyone not making big bucks. This is the defining moment of conservatism as it exists today. It is the most honest statement made by Mittens to date in the campaign. It sets up the class warfare that the right in America has waged, in a very harsh cold light for everyone to see. This is what you are voting for when you vote for a republican: Compassion and humanity free economically driven life. Serfdom for those who are not owners.

PennyDreadful September 19, 2012 at 1:26 am

"I am surprised that more people in the fascist chattering classes aren't cheering on his honest contempt of anyone not making big bucks."

Oh, they're out there. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2205171/G

They're overseas and in tabloid land, but, you know, if you see one ant at a picnic…

a_pink_poodle September 18, 2012 at 7:12 pm

This is awesome. I still think Newt Gingrich would have had some awesome gaffs himself too but coulda-woulda-shoulda and this works just fine.

valthemus September 18, 2012 at 8:28 pm

“a kind, decent man who says stupid things because he is pretending to be something he is not.”

Mitt Romney is running for "Joe Biden"?

(If so, he's guilty of some serious overkill.)

ttommyunger September 18, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Faint praise for a huge dick from a small one.

decentcitizen September 19, 2012 at 1:03 am

If David Brooks is talking shit about a republican it is dead certain that those independent voters are doing a gut check. He's what passes for intellectual gravitas in the Beltway (granted it's a sliding scale), and if he thinks you screwed up, smarter people do too. I think the only way Romney can pull this out is to promise to give people they're money back-that he's looted from their pensions, that he rediverted their paychecks to Indonesia. Sheldon can make good on this. Bibi will make it happen.

cousinitt September 19, 2012 at 1:50 am

Dammit, decentcitizen, don't use words like screwed and pull this out, mkay? What, you think this is funny business? American politics is about busting balls and taking names–missy. So, don't give me polite metaphors or similes. I want the full-throated meat of your assertions of Romney's backdoor deals. Listen, we all know oldsters take it from behind as it is, but you leave me limp to explain how you position from Sheldon to Bib. Please have another go at exploring the inner folds of your opening remarks.

LibertyLover September 19, 2012 at 1:25 am

Having thoroughly chewed Romney up, Brooks is just too habitually “nice” to finally spit him out.

I always suspected that Brooks swallowed.

DahBoner September 19, 2012 at 10:08 am

OT: Jesus had an old lady. Unmarried priests=gay.
http://m.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2012

MittBorg September 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm

(Hugs you) Most of us have that story. I spent all my vacation time and every extra penny over the past 25 years flying home to take care of my aging parents. If I had kids, it would have been impossible. I think I drank steadily throughout those decades as my mother grew more obnoxious and intractable and my father less able to care for either of them.

I will say, however, that jobs ARE coming back, and while we're not going to see the heady days of the '90s, with recruiters storming down our doors, I'm encouraged by the fact that several friends have just found work within the past month or two. Permanent jobs, I mean, with benefits. So things ARE improving, don't let them grind you down, and remember, it could always be worse: we could be in fucking Pakistan right now. (Hugs you again)

Oh, yeah, and you can come get one of those any time you need it. It may not be much, but a hug in times of need will get you through the worst.

proudgrampa September 18, 2012 at 3:51 pm

(Hugs you right back) Well, I will say that I share your optimism (I've been down so long, everything looks like up to me). I think something's gotta give, sometime.

I appreciate the hugs. You can just never get enough hugs!

(Hugs you again)

MittBorg September 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm

(Hugs you)

MittBorg September 18, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Exactly. Yeah. That stuff. Life sucks plenty enough that you really have to find a way to get the lovingkindness you need from the world around you and just keep putting one foot in front of the other and going on. It's people's lovingkindness that makes it possible for us to go on, and even to find joy around us. Whether it's the kids or grandkids or old friends or virtual friends. Thanks for the hugs.

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