STORY #1: Ouch
When even Karl Rove, the puppetmaster himself, is calling you less than presidential, you know it’s time to rethink your rapid-response strategy. That’s how he sees former Gov. Mitt Romney’s (R-MA) approach to seemingly endless attacks on his tenure as founder of Bain Capital. Actually, the exact word he used was “whiny,” which I have to admit was my laugh for the day. I would say the same about Ann Romney’s “you people” bit. (And before you go after me for attacking a political spouse: She got into the fray on her own volition. My hands are clean.)
Nonetheless, why does anyone need to see more tax returns to find the only attack they’ll ever need against the Bain factor? If they were able to create jobs at all, it wasn’t using a method that a president is empowered to use. A president can’t buy a company and restructure it from the inside (outside Venezuela). That, combined with his record as governor of Massachusetts, makes his claims of being a job creator disingenuous. Boom, done.
STORY #2: WAAAAH!
If you want proof of said whininess, look no further than Romney’s response to President Obama’s “you didn’t build that” number: “This idea of criticizing and attacking success, of demonizing those in all walks of life who have been successful is so foreign to us we simply don’t understand it.” Yes, demonize him by accusing him of demonizing you first. As for what Obama said, I think there was a good point in there about the value of government-funded infrastructure, but it was phrased so poorly that he made himself look like a caricature. How do you miss that?
STORY #3: Shut up, Bachmann
This was my other laugh for the day: Everyone, including a few prominent and much more serious Republicans, attacking Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MA) and her band of trolls for a letter attacking Huma Abedin, chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for alleged and thus far unsubstantiated family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. I’m surprised they didn’t throw Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) while they were at it, given he’s also a Muslim. (Update.) I read somewhere that this was a mere ploy to raise money, which goes to show how much these idiots respect their own constituents. How I look forward to Election Night now.
Another submission for the citizen reporter contest, brought to us by Joseph Eubanks, Ridgeland, MS: More thought went into this one as usual, production-wise. Good info, not a great on-screen presence. Has a more compelling personal story. Out of 12: 8