Posts Tagged ‘Mitt Romney’

Lying for a living — part of an ugly cosmology

I just had to share this: Delusion? or Audacity? You decide. Breathless irony from Bill O’Reilly Fox News: Meanwhile, Ezra Klein, writing in the Washington Post, reacting to Mitt Romney telling his (disappointed) donors and backers that President Obama beat him in the election because he gave “gifts” to a wide sector of the electorate, […]

Lessons in the voter breakdown

I’m not a data geek like Nate Silver. Look at his little joke, a play on the Romney campaign’s (purloined) slogan ‘Clear eyes, full heart, can’t lose.’ Clear algorithms. Full spreadsheets. 91% chance of winning. — Nate Silver (@fivethirtyeight) November 9, 2012 Tee hee. Anyway, so I’m not a data genius, nor do I pretend […]

Mitt Romney quoted out of context? Not really.

TELL MITT ROMNEY: CLIMATE CHANGE ISN’T A JOKE Much of the nation is reeling from Superstorm Sandy. As families rebuild from Sandy’s destruction, our thoughts are with the victims of this horrific, fossil-fueled storm. When Gov. Mitt Romney made climate change a punch line at the Republican National Convention, he mocked a real threat to […]

Ellsberg: Vote for Obama. Not because I support him but because I oppose the Republicans.

From a recent article by Pentagon Papers Whistleblower (and one of my heroes) Daniel Ellsberg: An activist colleague recently said to me: “I hear you’re supporting Obama.” I was startled, and took offense. “Supporting Obama? Me?!” “I lose no opportunity publicly,” I told him angrily, to identify Obama as a tool of Wall Street, a […]

John Banks standing by his earlier prediction

Obama and Romney: Two men, two visions

Here are the two parts of a BBC documentary about the US election, and the ‘tectonic plates’ of the partisanship being played out, which featured on the World Service this week. It’s instructive to hear an explanation for the death of public consensus, the rapid rise of the right wing extreme (and its effect on […]

Debate #2

I’m sure how you saw today’s 2nd debate between the US presidential candidates depends on where you stand. I didn’t think it was even close. To me, Romney floundered and appeared untrustworthy, arrogant and somewhat entitled/spoilt-bratty. But I’m sure others judged the whole thing differently. Let me be clear: I want Obama to win. He […]


I haven’t got much to say about the debate yesterday. (I watched it.) Romney, as discussed, it seems to me, will say anything, whether he believes it, or whether it will stand scrutiny or not, The ‘Etch-a-sketch’ illustration his campaign organiser Eric Fehrnstrom forecast in March (wherein Romney could pretend to be a ‘conservative Republican’ […]

Mitt Romney’s 47% attitude. What it reveals and augurs … Different voices

Some good thinking and writing (same thing) about developments in the US Election. Jonathan Chait The Real Romney Captured on Tape Turns Out to Be a Sneering Plutocrat Josh Barro Today, Mitt Romney Lost the Election New York Times editorial Mitt Romney, Class Warrior (via @tmurphyNZH) Peggy Noonan Time for an Intervention Jon Stewart Tears […]

The D-word. Name-calling in place of intellectual debate

A nice line from Stanley Fish’s New York Times review of right wing polemicist Dinesh D’Souza’s ninety minute anti-Obama campaign ad masquerading as a feature film … … While a viewer could certainly disagree with D’Souza’s analysis of the genesis and emergence of Obama’s views, it is nevertheless an analysis to which one could respond […]

Blind trust? Hang on, isn’t that a ruse?

I was part of a brief Twitter conversation about the use of trusts to keep assets out of the clutches of creditors which included this … @badtom “I want to slap their tax-dodging babyboomer snobfaces.” Fine epithet. There are less foul reasons to establish a trust @keith_ng — Peter Aranyi (@onThePaepae) June 11, 2012 “I […]


Negative attack is one way to diminish your rivals, but it’s not building a vision … “You have to campaign to govern, not just to win,” [Gov. Mitch] Daniels told Matthew Tully of The Indianapolis Star. “Spend the precious time and dollars explaining what’s at stake and a constructive program to make life better. And […]

Ghastly Santorum’s JFK “throw up” line very un-presidential

The Washington Post’s E.J Dionne shares his opinion… Santorum: Weird extremism, or shrewd politics? By E.J. Dionne Jr. Just when you thought that Rick Santorum had gone as far toward social-issue right as he possibly could, he takes several steps farther off the edge. His statement that John F. Kennedy’s historic 1960 speech on religious […]

Justifying the dodgy

Mitt Romney seems to be indulging in the “I hit him first but it wuz self defence because I could see he was gunna hit me” justification I expect of a six year old. After reportedly outspending Gingrich five-to-one with ads that were overwhelmingly negative, and explaining his philosophy as “when you’re attacked you’ve got […]

I like this kind of news story

A report purporting to show potentially historic levels of support from Jewish voters for Mitt Romney in a general election matchup with Barack Obama appears to be either profoundly flawed or simply fabricated. … I like it when journos look behind claims and debunk them. Read it at Huffington Post – P