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Gentleman Mitt Romney To Uppity Teacher: ‘I Didn’t Ask You a Question’

Here is a video from a nice lady who attended a Romney roundtable all interested and optimistic about the whole thing until Romney asked, “Which one of you is the teacher?” and being a teacher, this nice lady raised her hand. Then Romney began lecturing her about teachers unions and how we need to privatize everything and have charter schools, and how we suck as a country compared to Other Countries. Kind of tired of being lectured, this nice lady said “Oh I have an answer for that.” Romney, being the gentleman he is, responded “I didn’t ask you a question.”

Got that, lady? ROMNEY, and occasionally Egg and MAYBE Tagg ask the questions, ok? It’s HIS TIME, he is here to save America, we’re lucky to have him, for chrissakes, and we’re not super clear on why that’s none of this is getting through to the peons. ANYWAY, this nice lady came away from the roundtable unconvinced that Romney can relate to people from small towns who have small town values, due to the limitations of his life experiences. We’re not super sure about that either — doesn’t he own at least four or five small towns at this point? Anyway, Romney will ask the questions, and let’s all make note of it for any encounters we might have with him in the future.


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  1. LibertyLover

    Pffttt. What does a teacher know about education? You would have thought this teacher wanted to teach Romney something.

    1. OneDollarJuana

      From the tone of the right wing the last few decades it's clear that they believe that teachers are the biggest problem with education.

      1. LibertyLover

        Who needs teachers? Just put a computer in every classroom and let them surf the web. As long as the free market gets the money spent on the computers, all is right with the world.

      2. JohnnyQuick

        What kills me is all of these union-targeting 'school reformers' like Michelle Rhee point to European countries with better schools. What's the difference between their systems and ours? In countries with great schools, like Scandinavia, everyone pays a buttload MORE of tax for education, not less. And all of the schools receive EQUAL, not unequal resources.

        And the schools are not the freakout evangelical places with 'revised' textbooks like those Doktor Zoom has regaled us with.

        1. SorosBot

          And with the greater resources there, the teachers are better paid, which besides being the right thing to do improves morale and attracts more people to the profession.

          So of course Rhee and the other deformers want to decrease teachers' pay.

        2. BoroPrimorac

          There are no voucherized schools either. In places like Finland and Norway they don't think it's cool to have a businessman skimming off the top.

        3. Negropolis

          What kills me even more is that you have far too many social liberals that buy this shit, and preach it as the new and improved gospel.

          I want one of these fuckers to try and teach a class of 45 in a Detroit public elementary. Yes, in one of the fastest shrinking public school districts in the country there are elementary classes where children are being placed in closets and redone coatrooms. You try and tell me that that is the fault of the teachers.

          1. JohnnyQuick

            If you know liberals who have been snookered by this, you can at least tell them that the Koch brothers are behind this shit in a major way.

            Yeah, I like the fact that they think teachers can fix all of society's problems. They never expect doctors to do that.

    2. Callyson

      "So much potential if he would only apply himself"

      "Does not play well with others"

      "Needs to learn how to share"

    3. tessiee

      "In the WASP mind, it is adults who make money, have money […] children represnt liabilities […] Anyone who chooses to make his living from children is simply deficient in common sense […] Moreover, since children are paupers by definition, the combination of children and teachers amounts to a conspiracy of the have-nots. Danger lurks here, as it does in any conspiracy of have-nots. 'They're nothing but servants.'" — Florence King, WASP, Where is Thy Sting?, p118-119.

    4. bikerlaureate

      Wait. Isn't "round table" the usual term used for one person speechifying, and everyone else listening mutely?

      For reals, though, this is a pretty small potatoE. We have to keep holding his feet to the fire on releasing the tax returns, sneering at the reality of the 47%, etc. etc.

  2. no_gravity

    Teacher lady thug blew it and should have whipped an eraser at Mittz just like the nuns at my grade school would have.

      1. miss_grundy

        Or a pointer, not the dog kind. Actually, she should have unleashed a Rottweiler on him. I'm sick of hearing about bad teachers. Most teachers work very hard to prepare lesson plans and help their students. It's about time we start blaming rotten parents and their children, who aren't willing to learn. There are still a lot of people who don't care if their children do their homework, or if they are having problems at school. But I guess the solution to that would be charter schools that aren't any better than public schools, they just cost more and the money goes to a corporation. Romney's an asshat.

    1. MittBorg

      Kinda wish the nuns from MY school would take Mitt aside for some of that powerful "instructin'" they used on us. It's amazing how it gets you to change your mind on just about anything.

    2. sullivanst

      Eraser? Pshaw! My chem. teacher would've hurled a lab stool. Perhaps not the best advised course of action in a room full of glassware, but that didn't seem to bother him.

      1. emmelemm

        My biology teacher in high school would occasionally (if he was pissed enough) get a pickled frog out of the formaldehyde jar and hurl it at someone. Not a rumor, actually happened.

        1. Boojum

          Mine just set off a bomb at random intervals and cackled wildly as we came out from under the tables, removing aluminum foil from our hair.

      2. Negropolis

        In my school, an art teacher hurled chairs…and then students. Needless to say that he was fired during the school year.

    3. redarmyzombie

      Screw the eraser, my high school Algebra teacher would have thrown his goddamned DESK!!!

      Seriously, that man would stop his lesson plan to step outside and chase down hooligans making noise in the hallway…

  3. PeaceWithHonor

    We are all merely interlopers in Mitt's utopian world of Nascar owners, dressage horses, car elevators and soft top aeroplanes.

    1. dcjdjay

      Oh, she's part of the 47%. All she wants is food and airplane windows that don't open, that dreadful leech!

    2. MacRaith

      Of course not! He is TELLING people to vote for him! Because this is America, where people do what their superiors tell them to do!

        1. Lot_49

          If we had any human feelings at all we'd recognize that, like Chimpy, he has already acquired or been given everything in life worth having and wants to be admired for that.

          Withholding it makes me feel like a hot woman flirting with an ugly man just so I can reject him.

          Not that I would have any personal knowledge about either side of that transaction.

          1. redarmyzombie

            We should be grateful to have a man with his…uh…with his…

            …Remind me, what does he have, exactly?

    3. Terry

      He's used to talking to people he can fire at a moment's notice. I also believe he (and Egg) are showing major stress from the campaign. Must be a terrible shock to find out that not everyone agrees with you and that people do remember what you've said in the past.

    4. pepperpat

      Mayor Quimby: Demand? Who are you to demand? I run this city. You're just a bunch of low-income nobodies!
      Quimby aide: Uh, election in November. Election in November.
      Mayor Quimby: What? Again? This stupid country!

    5. qwerty42

      I'm thinking he is unclear on how the process works, exactly. Cripes, this sounds more like a train wreck than a campaign.

  4. PsycWench

    I'm still amazed that he lectured a teacher about schools. I wish he'd come here and lecture me about neuroscience.

    1. docterry6973

      Yeah, he should come here and lecture me about how to goof off all afternoon. I'd show him a thing or two.

      1. PsycWench

        Yeah, I cold-cocked a room this morning with neuroscientific facts. I mean, they looked like they were falling asleep but I think they were immoblized by knowledge.

      1. Negropolis


        I think this may be the post of the week. Romney is going to find out very soon that he's not the biggest badass in the room.

    2. Willardbot9000_V2.5

      Oh he's definitely arrogant enough to do so…this is the same asshole who equates leveraging a companies debt so he can force them to make money for him (no worries about whether they live or die…the money borrowed was now THEIR debt and Mitt got the proceeds) with creating jobs. I'll bet this asshole assumes he's the alpha in every room, that he's more intelligent than anyone around and him and that he knows more. I wonder if anyone has every brought up around him that his supposed massive amount of intellect and knowledge has churned out policies remarkably identicle to that 'tard Dubya.

  5. JerkCade

    No, seriously. He's doing this on purpose. No one who could be elected governor of anything could be this bad a candidate.

    1. SorosBot

      He's that bad. The man is so privileged and entitled, he has never had to work for anything in his life, but he doesn't realize that. So now that he's losing the Presidency that was supposed to just be handed to him, he's just losing it, and showing himself to be the angry, bullying dick that he really is.

      1. JerkCade

        Sure, he's an asshole, no doubt. And entitled and snotty and just the kind of person to avoid.

        But it's started feeling unreal. And it's not just his demeanor. Every decision his team has made since the primary has been exactly wrong.

        1. finette_

          True…but I was also convinced that Sarah Palin and Herman Cain were both performance art/trolls as well. They…they couldn't all be, could they?

          1. SorosBot

            I think Cain was; he was running for attention and playing the minstrel role to get a nice Fox News or talk radio gig. And it worked! But Palin, while she's also an attention whore she really is that dumb and believes every idiotic thing she says.

            With Mitt, it's a downward spiral; he never thought he had to work hard at campaigning, just raise a shitload of money and spend his way in to office. Now that's not working, and he can't handle losing, so he's just falling apart and keeps fucking up even more.

          2. MittBorg

            I think you put your finger on it, SB (ew!). Mitt has never had to *work* at anything in his life. His whole life has been privilege, he issued orders and lesser beings did what he told them to. You know how they say you have to be *hungry* to win? To win anything. You have to not just want it but have that edge of knowing what it's like to scout out the ground before going into a bare-knuckle fight, with the determination to go down fighting. He's never done that. He doesn't know what it feels like. And life in that insulated bubble of privilege has not equipped him for the real world of people who dare to question and challenge him. He's spent his entire life never being questioned or challenged. And now he's visibly falling apart.

          3. Boojum

            I'm sure he's worked long hours under stressful conditions, but you're right. He's never gone in knowing that, win or lose, he would leave his own blood on the floor and might be left lying in a pile of his own teeth at the end. He ALWAYS ran the numbers to avoid risk and when things went bad, he could always pay himself off and let the rest fall apart. This is his first real, serious frustration of his adult life.

            Suck it, Mitt. We are laughing at you.

          4. MittBorg

            It's not the work or the conditions. You don't get to where he is today without some ability to work hard and cope with stress. Doing a JD and an MBA at Harvard proves he has the chops to cope. But he's just not *hungry.* Yon Cassius hath no lean and hungry look. He's too water-fat and well-fed to fight like he means it.

            The Obama campaign has been punching his lights out nonstop since this thing started. Barack has been unfailingly personally polite and amicable and professionally merciless. And Mitt is on the ropes and going down for the count. Today, his erstwhile lead among elderly white voters (20 points) was whittled down to a mere 4 points. He's already 53 points behind with Latinas, 40 with Latinos/women, 96 or 98% down with blacks and I forget what the stats are for the gay community but they're not good. He's lost his last real advantage.

          5. tessiee

            I can't say for sure that they're *not* performance art; but I can say for sure that none of them are very entertaining.

      2. Chet Kincaid_

        But he lost to Kennedy, and then won the governorship. Are Massachusetts voters that "easy"? And didn't getting his ass handed to him by Teddy (and McCain) teach him anything?

        1. Boojum

          He knew he would lose. It was advertising. And the primaries aren't as high stakes. He's all in this time, and getting beat by the help.

        2. Negropolis

          Well, MA did elect William Weld and Paul Cellucci governor and Jane Swift Lt. Governor before she became governor, so they can be really easy when it comes to Republicans.

    2. BerkeleyBear

      I give you Gov. Quinn of Illinois, a speaker so bad that his own supporters joke that he has the attention span of a fruit fly.
      Why could this man, utterly incompetent as a campaigner and a governor only by the grace of Blago getting indicted, win re-election? Because his opponent was a right wing psycho who literally sponsored a bill to allow mass euthanasia of kittens and puppies (and ran a campaign about as good as that might suggest).

      So yes, incompetence and electoral victory are not incompatible.

    3. MittBorg

      Who ran against him? They must have been monumentally, epically sucky at politicking. Calling this fellow ham-handed and wrongfooted is like calling Sarah Palin a lady of dubious morality.

  6. sewollef

    I can't say it plain enough.

    Rmoney is a supercilious, haughty, conceited, disdainful, overbearing, pompous, condescending, superior, patronizing cunt.

    Fuck him and fuck his so-called party.

    1. miss_grundy

      You also forgot: un hijo de puta que merece una patada en el culo y otro en los huevos. Que se joda, que muera y que se vaya para casa del carajo.

      1. sewollef

        In addition to being a motherfucker, I also forgot, cocksucker. And…. an increasingly, thoroughly unpleasant person.

        1. BoatOfVelociraptors

          Are we cursing again?
          He's a entitled and privileged cunt-nugget who deserves to have his horse take out a deduction on him.

      1. sewollef


        I quite like vaginas…. on ladies that is. But they look fucking stupid on men. Hence stupid Mittens.

          1. MittBorg

            It's like the Republican party has turned the word "vagina" into the coolest thing to say since ever. I have personally said "vagina" more times in the past nine months than in the preceding ten years.

    2. Willardbot9000_V2.5

      You left out constipated, degrading, stiff, charlatan. Oh and also I'd call his ethics deeply into question, as well. It's funny, a family member of mine doesn't support Romney tried to tell me he's essentially a "nice guy who's in over his head"…of course, I corrected that. I said Romney's problem isn't that he's a nice guy, his problem is that he's a complete asshole who's in over his head and the only thing he keeps doing is progressing into greater assholery. What I love is this is the post-"retooled" Romney campaign…uh, Romney staffers, your rewriting of Mitts OS hasn't actually made him any different. I think it's time to crash that system, partition it and install and entirely new OS, that should do the trick.

        1. BoatOfVelociraptors

          I know mitt ordered that everything be erased after he left an org. I doubt he knew to order drive encryption and a full five write cycle scrub on the drives.
          Just sayin.

          1. MittBorg

            (Hugs you) Srsly. Ppl could pay lots of munnies to find out what he buried. You could be Rich & stuff. (Course, you could be Bill Gates, for all I know, right? Rich as fuck-all.)

  7. Schmannnity

    As he turned and walked away, Chris Christie suddenly appeared and elbowed her in the eye, "Jersey-style."

      1. GhostBuggy

        He got there five minutes early and lay on the floor under a tablecloth. Why do you think they called it a roundtable?

        1. MittBorg

          I sometimes fantasize that someone has stuck an air pump up Chris Christie's ass and pumped him full of air so that he floats away into the skies looking like a giant cushion with tiny pointy hands and feet. I blame Italo Calvo for this.

  8. a_pink_poodle

    "And my teacher laughed at me when I said that I'd defund the country's education when she gave me an F in math!"

  9. PsycWench

    Why even have the roundtable if no one is allowed to proffer information? He could lecture to an empty room and save some time.

    1. BigSkullF*ckingDog

      Sorry, we don't care how much ID you have, people with foreign sounding accents don't get to vote. Didn't they go over that with you at the swearing in ceremony?

          1. savethispatient

            I'm actually originally Scottish, but I lived just south of Manchester for long enough to have a fairly neutral Northern English accent. By that, I mean I don't sound like I'm an Oasis band-member, and I say "path" not "paaaaarth".

  10. LibertyLover

    Mitt, Mitt, Mitt, there are only so many wealthy people, they only have one vote each. You either have to schmooze the other 47% or trick them into voting for you by promising them lower taxes but not cutting their government programs: Social Security or Medicare (which you totally will if you get elected).

    1. docterry6973

      But if they get one vote and the poorz get no vote, then profit. They should make people show their country club membership before they can vote.

    1. tessiee

      I had a friend who used to teach school and get that comment once in awhile.
      Snotty Kid: do you know who my father is?
      Friend: I'll bet the principal does; let's go ask him.

      1. viennawoods13

        What's really fun is getting that attitude from the (vice)principal's daughter in your first year of teaching.

    2. Boojum

      Yes, and your mother sucks my cock and she told me you were a little shit.

      (What Romney's teacher should say).

      1. Boojum

        "Nonlinear interactions between the mean flow and the waves play a key role in the dynamics of this vacillation."

        So, when people are mean to him, whether he vacillates depends on how much money they have.

  11. Lot_49

    Okay, okay, let's not go nuts and immediately accept the Daily Kos/Pravda/Izvestia version of this event. This woman's a public school teacher; she probably tried to shank Romney in the restroom before the event. C'mon, folks, we're talking Craig, CO, here. It's out west of Steamboat Springs, halfway to Utah fer chrissakes.

  12. belmontreport

    As a teacher, you'd think she'd know that King Arthur used a round table so that he would have higher status, to break with the tradition of a rectangular table that gave everyone equal footing in discussions. Duh, teacher. Why you so dumb?

    1. miss_grundy

      For a moment I thought Mittens would start to fling his robot arms around and start shouting "Danger, Will Robinson, danger, danger!"

  13. larrykat

    A gold-plated asshole, as we say here in the northwoods. (No really, we said that before we heard of Mitt Romney.)

  14. randcoolcatdaddy

    "Next on our coverage of the campaign …. Romney lectures firefighters and police on how they can stop depending on government…."

  15. SorosBot

    Yeah, those teachers unions are just so awful, why how dare members of one of the most important and useful professions that exists which is also one of the most severely and horribly underpaid actually work together to try and get slightly better treatment for both themselves and their students.

    Fuck you shitMittt.

      1. miss_grundy

        Isn't every month, hoof and mouth disease month for Mittens????? At least since he became the nominee…

  16. mille derps

    Maybe past her child-rearing years, but that's no excuse for not being barefoot in the kitchen making sammiches.

    1. zumpie

      No snark. Back when I worked in arena management Neil Diamond had such a policy while backstage. Yes we laughed at what a total douche he clearly was. I have no doubt whatsoever Thurston's "little people" policy is probably LESS 47%-firendly.

      1. tessiee

        A former co-worker of mine who moonlighted as an electrician for concerts met the Rolling Stones. He said everybody was really nice and easygoing, except Mick Jagger, who arrived in his own separate car, and wouldn't even talk to the other band members. Why was I not surprised?

  17. SayItWithWookies

    Funny, when Mitt spoke at that Boca Raton luncheon where he was so inelegant, he definitely stated to the entire room that he was open to all their suggestions and advice. Apparently the bar for an appropriate amount of wisdom to offer Mitt Romney advice is that you'll pay a teacher's salary to hear Mitt Romney talk at a luncheon.

    And people say the rich are stupid and oblivious.

    1. Lot_49

      Quiet rooms and all that…Harvard Club. That's where policies are decided. Not in the basement "ballroom" of some crappy Holiday Inn western Colorado.

    1. MissTaken

      He'll open the debates by singing:

      "Daisy, Daisy
      Give me your answer, do.
      I'm half crazy
      all for the love of you"

      Then we'll know our nightmare is finally over.

          1. MissTaken

            I may suck ass at Mario Kart and have only seen Lord of the Rings once, but I geek the hell out on some 2001.

          2. sullivanst

            The important geek test is not how many times you've seen LOTR, it's how many times you've read it… and more importantly, how readily you can quote appropriate passages of The Silmarillion to explain the world of LOTR.

          3. viennawoods13

            Exactly. because that means that the first time you see LOTR, you can say all the lines along with the actors. What? Not everyone did that?

          4. JohnnyQuick

            If that was true, then why are you quoting a line that only appears in 2010? Hengh?!

            (Sorry, too much coffee.)

  18. Peckerwood_Pete

    I bet ya 10 bucks… nah, fuck that… I bet ya ten THOUSAND bucks that Romney couldn't even heat up a Lean Cuisine in the microwave if you asked him…

    1. BoatOfVelociraptors

      Nah, he'd just open up his chest cavity and let the heat from the cpu's do the cooking for him.

  19. Oblios_Cap

    Then Romney began lecturing her about … how we suck as a country compared to Other Countries.


    He clearly doesn't believe in American Exceptionalism!

    1. docterry6973

      Our schools are every bit as exceptional as our health care, our prisons, our infrastructure, and our eagerness to kill innocent Muslins over there somewhere.

      1. Meathamper

        So it's terrible unless you can pay for it, full of Latinos, literally falling apart, and filled with hatred for other people?

        That does sound a lot like middle school.

  20. superdave

    My god! Mitt is just such and awful politician. How can he be that self unaware. Doesn't he know that people don't like to vote for arrogant douchebags? At least pretend not to be an arrogant douchebag for god's sake!

    1. Lot_49

      The unselfawareness that befuddles Mittens as politician was exactly the quality he needed to close plants, to buy Chinese sweatshops, etc, diss the 47%, etc.

      1. superdave

        Wasn't there a book out recently that said that most of the top CEOs were sociopaths? I guess it makes sense then.

  21. johnnyzhivago

    It's nice of her to have had a suggestion for Mitt, but honestly, it's better if these kind of people just nod politely – smile – and tell him "You can do it Mitt!!!"

    1. Lot_49

      Next thing you know they'll be telling you about their autistic children, and how much the doctor visits cost. Ew.

  22. Jus_Wonderin

    Maybe we are just not giving Mitt a chance. Maybe if we knew him better? We understood what made him tick? We'd, maybe, then like him??

    1. miss_grundy

      He probably thinks of them as off-white people because they don't pay income tax. Because only really white people pay income tax.

    2. Pithaughn

      well look on the bright side, thousands and thousands of teachers are now super motivated to re elect the good guy.

  23. mrblifil

    I suppose she should consider herself lucky that he didn't leap over to her with scissors in hand for a snot and fart-inducing session of laffs while legitimately raping her hair cut.

  24. Toomush_Infer

    Based on the engineered housing this woman lives in, it's clear he was only trying to help her understand that she obviously doesn't understand enough about America to have a voice in it….

  25. Lot_49

    Fewer and fewer people send their children to public schools, mostly based on income. The public schools do worse because their students come from more challenging backgrounds. The people who don't send their kids to public schools look at the results and say, "Why am I paying for this? These people get three months off!"

    It's just going to get worse. Wish there was a fix for this. It's not funny or snarky, sorry. As the son, grandson and brother of public school teachers, I can get depressed.

    1. Dashboard Buddha

      "Why am I paying for this? These people get three months off!"

      Wish there was a fix for this. It's not funny or snarky, sorry.

      Well there ya go. There is a fix, of course. But it won't be easy or fast. The first step is to start undoing all of the misinformation and outright lies told about how easy teachers have it. I was a teacher for 20 years and I saw a respected profession get turned into shit. Really, when did teachers get to be the bad guys? Between classes to maintain my certification, summer work shops, summer school, and preparing for the next year, the only time "off" that I got was in the sense that I did almost all of that from home. And of course, the parents get a free ride here. Seriously, pissing on teachers for kids doing badly is like pissing on dentists because their patients get cavities. "Oh no…my precious snowflake failed English this year. It must be those dastardly teachers. Oh sweetie? There's hotpockets in the freezer…must dash off to bingo, love ya!"

      1. Lot_49

        All these studies about which college degrees produce the highest income fail to factor in the social value of the work the graduates do, right? Because social workers and cops and teachers and water department plumbers and soldiers in Afghanistan don't make much money. So whatever it is they do must not be very important, right?Jeezus we're fucked if we think like that.

        1. Dashboard Buddha

          Well…a person I know once argued that if business didn't provide the service, that must mean it's not needed.

          1. BoatOfVelociraptors

            That always bugged me about libertarians. They have to privatize everything because of the tragedy of the commons, right up until you start speaking of pollution and global climate change.

            You dug up that carbon. Own it.

          2. sullivanst

            Anyone who suggests privatization as a solution to the tragedy of the commons really really hasn't even begun to grasp the concept of non-excludability.

            That basic failure of comprehension has also always bugged my about libertarians. I always kind of assumed that most of them were too unsophisticated to even consider it, but to discover that many have thought about it and failed so utterly to understand it lowers my regard for their intellectual development still further, hard as I thought that would be to achieve.

      2. miss_grundy

        The kid is lucky if mommy and daddy are only going to bingo. How about if mommy and daddy spend their time at the corner bar and drink most of their salary away. There are a lot of kids out there with really horrendous parents, who could care less about them or their future because all they care about is themselves. These kids have a tendency to get lost and at a very early age give up on themselves.

      3. viennawoods13

        I am marking grade 11 university-destination essays right now. I am really not looking forward to parent/teacher's night.

    2. pdiddycornchips

      Yeah I hear ya but then I start to think about all those parents in China and India and elsewhere who spend their life savings sending their kids to the US for college.
      I find it impossible to believe our colleges are great but public education sucks., Kids in affluent schools generally graduate and kids in poorer districts struggle to do so. It's been that way at least since West Side Story so don't tell me it's all the teachers fault. There's a huge correlation between income and success in school. Who's to blame for that shit? Teachers? Conservatives like to look backward and say shit like "schools were better when they were one room schoolhouses and the teachers weren't unionized" Bullshit. Few people back then even considered college. Most men went into a family trade or worked whatever labor intensive job everyone else in the community worked. Education didn't mean much back then. Now, shit is different and instead making real investments in schools as havens from the realities of many poor children's lives, we scapegoat the teachers. Fuck that. I know right wing social engineering when I see it.

      1. Lot_49

        What you said.But there is the clique-ey aspect of it, wherein Hahvahd grads hire only each other at Gold Man-Sacks, even though none of them is smart enough to know that what they do is evil.

      2. sullivanst

        It's a similar phenomenon to that which allows the teapartiers to say we have the best healthcare in the world.

        The best hospitals in the world are in the US, but the system as a whole is very far from the best by any comprehensive measure.

        The best education in the world is also available in the US – to whose who can afford it.

        Think for a moment, though, about the consequences of using property taxes to supply the majority of funding for primary and secondary education. People with low incomes tend to live in low-income areas, and therefore have underfunded schools. This suits those in power, so they have kept it that way.

  26. fartknocker

    Does Harvard have a seminar series on advanced asshole strategies because Mitt should be teaching it as a on-line continuing education program. I thought Newt and fetish for two bathrooms was Grade A asshole but Mitt really has this skill set well polished.

    1. docterry6973

      Mrs. Docterry has an MBA from Cornell. We think that they pumped asshole gas in through the ventilators there.

  27. Blueb4sinrise

    Ya got it all wrong…this was like Jeopardy…..the teacher was supposed to ask the question. In this case: What is a douchebag?

  28. sullivanst

    Typical CEO. Comes in, finds out who the experts are, and lectures them without seeking input. Exactly what this country doesn't need – the shear complacency that was instrumental in Bush driving us into the ditch.

        1. Oblios_Cap

          You forgot the part where he /she gets paid obscene amounts of $$ for sort-term profits. And when the ship starts sinking, gets an undeserved severance package to make the fall oh-so-gentle.

    1. vtxmcrider

      That sounds a little bland, considering the pigfucker that he is. I would much more enjoy watching and listening as his balls, and Ann's nipples, were put into an ever-tightening vice. When the pain became unbearable, would they scream for God or their bankers?

  29. JustPixelz

    You get the feeling he already knows he lost* and just wants to be king of the prom for a little longer.
    * He lost when Dick Cheney said Obama would be a one term POTUS. Because Cheney is wrong about absolutely everything.

  30. proudgrampa

    Sometimes, I think Mitt just doesn't give a shit anymore.

    It's not like he needs the job, or the money.

    1. miss_grundy

      Actually, I want to give her a hug. Poor thing, she thought she might be able to have a conversation with the man and find out what his views were on a whole host of matters. Instead, he decided to single out teachers and education and say a lot of stupid, mean conservative shit. And I thought I had it bad when some sorority sister who represented an auto supplier at a job fair told me that librarianship was a dead profession. I bet that sorority sister is voting for Rmoney.

  31. tessiee

    I figure we're about a week from Romney walking around in a cape with a falcon on one shoulder:
    Anybody: Um, Mr. Romney?
    Romney: SILENCE, PEASANT!! *slap*
    Minion: Your Majesty, shall I kill this fool?

    1. SorosBot

      But sadly the Mayor of Chicago has the exact same attitude towards teachers; luckily he lost and they won.

  32. johnnyzhivago

    Do we really need all these teachers? The pioneers did fine with one room schoolhouses. I mean pack 400-500 kids into the gym with one teacher and say a couple of armed guards. All this "personalization" and "small class sizes" is just a bunch of librul garbage. When I was in school, Sister Mary Alice kept 60-70 kids in line with just a triangular ruler – she wasn't even packing!

    1. miss_grundy

      Sister Juliana had a red painted ping pong paddle. Let me tell you the kids, who were paddled felt it and then they went home to their parents, who probably gave them a spanking.

    2. rmjagg

      Sister Mary Alice doesn't need to pack , she's like every nun in the history of the world – she's the bride of Christ and won't ever let you forget it …

  33. Troglodeity

    I wish she'd responded: "Well, I didn't ask you to single me out of the crowd so you could lecture me as a stand-in for all the teachers of America, you pathetic asshole!"

  34. MonkeyMotion

    "ROMNEY, and occasionally Egg and MAYBE Tagg ask the questions, ok?"

    And Mittens will supply the answers, too.

    Shitty, inelegant, f*ked up answers. But answers, nonetheless. Got it, lady?

  35. BornInATrailer

    Side note:

    Who else hit refresh, saw the title before the video loaded, read uppity and assumed, based on Wonkette dog whistle rules, that the teacher would be "urban?"

  36. vaginista

    Has Bay Buchanan found a new job yet? Someone should check on her and make sure that there are no bullets in the gun she carries in her purse. I worry about her.

  37. vaginista

    Also, Headline Error: "Uppity" and civil rights are only for black people. Just like Coulter said on MTP yesterday.

  38. Guppy


    Can we have a recording or even a transcript of this particular meeting? Y'know, something that engenders more trust and confidence than the words "paid political advertisement?"

  39. Meathamper

    Teachers are America's domestic terrorists. Look at them, plotting in their hideouts known as "staff rooms", spreading propaganda to citizens of America on things like "whiteboards", and then demanding a ransom called "funding". And Obama supports this kind of crazy Maoist thinking?

    ROMNEY 2012

  40. Pithaughn

    This guy I tell you. If he had pulled that little twat twuffle with my old maid aunt? The one who was a defendant in a couple of Title IX suits? Who singlehandly took on the old boys football cartel in So Cal? Who taught ESL for 27 years after teaching PE for 20 years?
    Mr big shot R$omney would have a metaphorically, new anal orifice!

  41. VA_Dreaming

    People that don't ask questions either know all the answers, or are too stupid to understand that they don't know the answers. Romney has shown us on many occasions that he doesn't know all the answers. So that leaves . . . . .

  42. Chet Kincaid_

    Goddamnit, Mitt! Little old nice midwestern white ladies, vaguely frustrated with a life that is not quite up to their youthful expectations, will passively-aggressively shank you 20 times in vengeance before you even know what hit you! Believe me, I know, I have in-laws!

  43. chascates

    Remember in one of the televised debates where he was asked a question and refused to answer saying something like "I want to talk about what I want to talk about"? CEOs, like four star generals and Supreme Court justices, are only capable of working in a very high echelon environment where their pronouncements are holy writ. He'd make an awesome dictator but isn't really programmed for democracy.

  44. mosaickmind

    So now I understand why Ann Romney said "Stop it. This is hard". She can't stand seeing Mitt verbally abuse an "other" woman.

  45. Baba_NinjaCat12

    Mexican Mittbot thought inviting a teacher was this and not a skinjob at his Captain Helman's Round-Table Pizza Forum.

  46. Negropolis

    OMG, Romney was a mildly rude dick to some random women?! Do tell.

    In other news, Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still very much dead. Or is he? Duh, duh, duh!

  47. ttommyunger

    No one asked me either, but I want to know: if "Charter Schools" are private, how come they receive Ga-fucking-Zillions in tax moneeze?

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