Mitt Romney Disgraces Himself: A “New Abyss” in High Fear Politicking

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From Chris Nelson’s insider daily political essay, The Nelson Report:

. . .Romney today disgraced himself and his party by charging that a Democratic victory in the presidential race will turn America over to the terrorists.
As we said, a new abyss. . .even for the man who reversed every important policy position he had ever held. . .in order to make himself attractive to the worst elements of the Republican “base”.
Fortunately, in national politics, when you aim low most folks see it. And in any event, Republican voters, to their credit, rejected both Romney and his cynical messages.
The now-presumptive nominee, John McCain, was apparently so relieved by Romney’s surrender that he didn’t note Romney’s betrayal of one of the fundamental “laws” of politics in a civilized country: criticize your opponent’s policies, beliefs, and perhaps even his spouse, children, and dog. . .but NEVER his patriotism.
In the post-9/11 panic which swept the country, some in the Republican Leadership accused critics of the Iraq war of treason. . .Romney has now resurrected this ugly, dare one say treasonous tactic.
It will be interesting to see how soon McCain, who has himself been on the receiving end of such dirt, moves to counter Romney’s sleaze.
The problem may well be “bi-partisan”, of course.
In the “informed gossip” department, we have heard that it may not be just the Republican Romney diving into the sewage pit. Sources in the Clinton Campaign say consideration is being given to comparing Obama supporters to cult members. . .with all that implies.
Clinton Campaign players at a very high level are calling attention to a recent article by Joel Klein (author of “Primary Colors”) in which he examines the “messianic” aspects of the “movement” Obama has sparked, we have been told.
So perhaps this. . .on top of Bill Clinton’s transparent playing of the “race card” after South Carolina.
Politics is a blood sport. . .no one ever argued otherwise. But today, we got a shotgun blast showing what some players may think is the way to win in 2008. . .through tactics which the very success of the McCain, Obama and Huckabee “movements” would seem to refute.

Romney hitting the terror button surprised and disappointed me. Many of his advisers were realists — but I guess they failed to tutor him well before that kind of sleazy comment.
— Steve Clemons

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50 comments on “Mitt Romney Disgraces Himself: A “New Abyss” in High Fear Politicking

  1. david says:

    nader and his followers gave us 8 years of GWB and all tour words wont change the wrong done blame on the dems but that will always be a lie if you cared about our country you would never let a republican run it thank you for making things so much better

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  2. TonyForesta says:

    True that David N. Your point about the complicity of the entirety of the socalled MSM is well taken. I was focusing on fox as the worst and most extreme, but certainly not the only abuser and gaggle of parrots.
    The socalled stimulus package is the worst possible solution to America’s economic crisis as the street expressed clearly this past week. Heaping another 150bn in debt onto the already heavily burdened shoulders of our children, and funnelling cheap money to the financial institutions and mortgage companies who are singularly culpable for the subprime AND CREDIT debacles that plaque us, may make political points during an election cycle, – but is exceedingly unsound economic policy. Democrats are complicit in yet another cowardly caving to the fascists in the Bush government hoisting problems they created on our children.
    Iraq was at the beginning, is now, and always will be a bloody costly crime scene benefiting the fascists in the Bush government and the fiends who profiteer wantonly from the neverendingwar horrorshow exclusively. Maktadr al Sadr’s truce expires in the next couple of weeks, and if the Mehdi militia’s are loosed again as most of Iraq’s impoverished Shi’a population wish, – the surge will be proven yet another catastrophic bloody, costly failure by the Bush government.
    Both Mukasey, (sanctioning torture), and Hayden (revealing contractor involvement in black sites and said torture), had chilling testomonies this week before congress that prove that the fascists in the Bush government are a lawless regime, and the socalled MSM were predictably silent.
    Electonic voting systems are inherantly corruptable and easily manipulated. With no paper trail, we have NO vote, but the complicit parrots in the MSM parrot meaningless polls pretending to predict elections.
    The FBI and America’s corporate elite are in bed with the marshal law planning (and Halliburton detention facilities) well underway by the fascists in the Bush government, and again, no news.
    McCain talks about a hundred year commitment to Irag and Huckabee spews the insane jibberish about subverting the Constitution to conform to the imagined “infallibility of the bible. (Excuse me while I laugh my ass off) And the parrots in the MSM do not question the costs in blood and treasure, or what would define victory in McCain’s blather, or the insanity and nefarious ends of Huckabee nonesensical musings.
    Sibel Edmonds revelations prove how deep, treacherous, and treasonous are the Bush government’s nefarious machinations then and now in Iraq, with regard to Iran, Syria, Turkey, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and NK and interpenetrating web of deciet, and malfeasance, and the potential horrors of WMD proliferation gone wild, – and here again the MSM is more concerned with Brittany’s self destruction, and Chelsea’s looks, than the security and prosperity of America.
    I was shooting (camera op) a conference this week in which the Deputy Secretary of the Treasurey, a certain governor, and numerous glitterati from the financial, mortgage lending, real estate, and regulatory sectors warned of a hard dive in housing prices that will not reach it’s nadir until sometime in 2009.
    If unemployment continues to dip, (which despite all the deceptive statistics seems inevitable) our economy is doomed to endure a depression like recession, – but let’s not discuss that problem on the MSM when we can glorify and bow to the ghost of Reagan.
    The notmuchmentioned CREDIT CRISIS is a direct product of American financial institutions repeating the same kind of malfeasance and swindling pyramid schemes we have witnessed and been forced to pay for, after the S & L, Tech, and now subprime debacles. The difference now, is that the rest of the world has lost confidence in America, and America’s financial institutions and regulatory agencies and is backing out of securitizing their wealth in American treasuries. America is hated, not liked in by the rest of the world, and alliances old and new are realigning to counter the greedmongering, warmongering, and hegemony of America.
    Not long ago, the dollar equalled two Euro’s. Now one Euro equals two dollars.
    America is drowning in debt and deficits both as a nation, and as individuals. Our jobs are being shipped overseas’s where workers are better educated, hungry, and willing to work harder and longer for wages that dwarf American standards.
    Our unpatriotic corporations will gladly move their operations oversea’s to compete and it will be the American workers that are left in the cold, un – or radically under employed, and our standard of living will diminish as emerging economies ascend.
    You are also correct that facts have no meaning is a world place where the loudest most virulent voice is heralded as triumphant, and the truth is dismissed as conspiracy theory.
    The fascists will not be removed peaceably. The American people must force them off their false thrones, demand accountability, try them for high crimes, misdemeanors, and TREASON, and damn them and their pernicious policies and rank, perverted and intolerable.
    “When they come knocking on your door, – how are you going to come, – with your hands on your head, or on the trigger of a gun.” The Clash
    In a place where there are no rules, – there are no rules for anyone.
    Get locked, cocked, and ready to rock, and buckle up, because America is about to enter some turbulence.
    “Deliver us from evil!”

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  3. Ohiodem1 says:

    Sorry about double post above.

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  4. David N says:

    Tony:
    Oh, that it were true that all the pandering to the wing-nuts, fundies, and fascists were on Fox.
    The real problem is not the network that no one watches. The real problem is the some-say journalism that passes for main stream.
    The real problem is the total lack of concern for facts and critical thinking in the old broadcast networks, CNN, the major newspapers, and the magazines. That is one reason I have canceled my subscription to the WaPo; I’m tired of reading — and supporting — the lies at worst and sloppy writing at best that’s all that rag can produce these days.
    The real problem is that the screaming hate-mongers like Ann Coulter are allowed on so-called legitimate news outlets like NPR, and make patently absurd statements such as that if everyone looks like me, dresses like me, acts like me, talks like me, and thinks like me, we will be perfectly tollerant, and not only does Charley Rose not laugh in her face, but he simply passes on to the next silly question on his list. And he’s called one of the best in the business, because that’s how low our standards have become.
    I’m as sick of it all as anyone, and the only thing that keeps me going in the idea that there is a choice between too evils, that much as Obama and Clinton have parroted the conventional corporate wisdom, having another raving lunatic in the Oval Office will be far, far worse. Much as the spineless slugs in the Democratic Congress have surrendered our laws and rights to Mr. 23%, perhaps if we give them more seats, and remove their excuses, we can at least shame them into standing up for people instead of corporations for a change, and perhaps discover that doing the right thing can be politically profitable, too.
    That’s our only, small hope. Without that, I’m thinking of becoming an illegal immigrant myself — in New Zealand.

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  5. Ohiodem1 says:

    Three million people die in America of all causes each year.
    Since 9/11, 21 million Americans have died, some of old age, cancer, heart disease and so on.
    400,000 a year die of smoking-related illnesses. 40,000 die each year in vehicle accidents.
    30,000 die each year of gun incidents.
    So . . ., 2.8 million to smoking, 280,000 to vehicle accidents, 210,000 to gun violence since 9/11, and zero to terrorism, other than our own home grown terrorism of allowing too many unstable people to own guns. Just this week a guy shoots up a city council meeting in MO. In Ohio, a guy comes into a school and stabs, then shoots his estranged wife (she survived) who has a restraining order against the man. Two other murder-suicides in Ohio last week. Both men in these cases had restraining orders against them.
    Virginia Tech, Columbine, Paducah, are these not terrorist incidents? Does our government have its priorities stratght? Maybe they would do more good if some of the resources devoted to terrorism were diverted to gun violence. How about better roads and laws against drunk driving? Billions for anti-smoking and cancer research.
    How would you fund this? Stop the damn war.
    Mitt Romney knows that terrorism in this context is a red herring, and I agree with the thesis of this article that he has disgraced himself with this kind of irresponsible comment. I hope people remember it when he runs for president the next time.

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  6. Ohiodem1 says:

    Three million people die in America of all causes each year.
    Since 9/11, 21 million Americans have died, some of old age, cancer, heart disease and so on.
    400,000 a year die of smoking-related illnesses. 40,000 die each year in vehicle accidents.
    30,000 die each year of gun incidents.
    So . . ., 2.8 million to smoking, 280,000 to vehicle accidents, 210,000 to gun violence since 9/11, and zero to terrorism, other than our own home grown terrorism of allowing too many unstable people to own guns. Just this week a guy shoots up a city council meeting in MO. In Ohio, a guy comes into a school and stabs, then shoots his estranged wife (she survived) who has a restraining order against the man. Two other murder-suicides in Ohio last week. Both men in these cases had restraining orders against them.
    Virginia Tech, Columbine, Paducah, are these not terrorist incidents? Does our government have its priorities stratght? Maybe they would do more good if some of the resources devoted to terrorism were diverted to gun violence. How about better roads and laws against drunk driving? Billions for anti-smoking and cancer research.
    How would you fund this? Stop the damn war.
    Mitt Romney knows that terrorism in this context is a red herring, and I agree with the thesis of this article that he has disgraced himself with this kind of irresponsible comment. I hope people remember it when he runs for president the next time.

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  7. Kathleen says:

    http://www.Naderexplore08.org
    If we don’t support the candidate who best represents our positions on important issues because they are not from Column A or Column B. why should either party listen to any of us?

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  8. DonS says:

    You do have to wonder about revolution. How is it that the performance of the U S government that it doesn’t precipitate a non-violent revolution?
    We point to the Soviet Union just collapsing under the weight of its corruption. The Czechs and the Slovaks just separating. Eastern and Western Germany finding a way to accommodate. Or the Poles just pushing the Soviets aside. All changes in governance based on a critical mass being reached where the structure didn’t fit the needs of the people.
    Revolution in the U S, simplistically, seems hindered by the fact that the two parties basically conspire on general policy, and how the levers of power are controlled. No one is on the side of the “People”. How else can we explain the dem penchant not to make serious waves? Just avoiding the “soft on terror” label is not good enough to convince me that the dems’ strategy is to slide into power and suddenly get religion; that they will suddenly advocate for all the progressive policies they haven’t found the guts to stand up for. That they will suddenly prosecute all the anti-constitutional acts of the Bush gang that they have thus far not found meeting the standard for attention, much less action.
    I don’t see violent revolution on the horizon. I don’t see popular pressure severe enough to cause changes of mind and heart among politicians. I see further rich/not rich polarization and further subcontracting the business of government to further insulate the pols from responsibility.
    When was the last time anyone in government stood up and took responsibility, seriously demanded accountability, not some kabuki? There must be some that escape my mind. Lacking the courage of convictions, over time, reinforces that there are no convictions.

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  9. TonyForesta says:

    We all could use “a little distance” at times Kathleen. While there are many Americans who do read and participate, most of America is remarkably detached from these epic issues, and easily susceptible to the deceptive and manipulative massmarketing of the fascists. The gospel according to fox is the worst and most obvious example, wherein a major news network is an actual propaganda, disinformation, and slime arm of the fascists in the Bush government.
    While there are hours of tabloid tv, sensationalism, slime mongering, and screeching harpies tossing redmeat to the predators and perverts in redneck America, – there is absolutely zero journalism at fox.
    There will be a revolution of some kind anyway. It is only a matter of when and how disruptive or violent will be the inevitable conflict between the fascists and the rest of the civilized world.
    We either go like sheep to the slaughter, or we stand up and demand accountability from the fascists. Either way blood will flow, because the fascists will not relinquish their death grip on wealth and power peaceably, or through civil or judicial means. We cannot elect these beasts out of power, no can we hold the dim hope that some court or congress will arrest the tyrannical hands of the fascists. Defanging and dethroning the fascists will require force. The masses rizing up and shutting down the government, and the fiends in corporate America, – and demanding real accountability and real change may be a hopeless pipedream, – but it is probably our last and only hope.
    “Deliver us from evil!”

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  10. ghoulsofelectionspast says:

    “Ralph Nader …………puts the public good before his own political career.”
    No truer words ever spoken !! I remember back in 2000 when Ralph pulled his name off the presidential ballot countrywide because he feared the destruction Bush, the much greater of two Evils, would have done to his beloved country. He alone saved us from the unimaginable by his selflessness.
    Skulk in the sauna, m’lady, you deserve a good sauna skulking.

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  11. David says:

    Sadly, he was just parrotting Dick Cheney (and, I gather, John McCain) and the entire reactionary talk show street gang.

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  12. Kathleen says:

    Tony… I won’t give up entirely, but I do need some distance to try to get a new perspective….I just can’t bring myself to support a candidate who does not represent me, just because they are perceived to be less evil.
    My heart is really with Ralph Nader because I feel he puts the public good before his own poltical career. He has the keenest understanding of the Constitution and the courage of his convictions. Voting for the others makes me feel like a prostituted patriot. If I don’t vote for a candidate who does represent my views best, I may soon stop having that choice.
    I do take heart reading everyone here… at least I know some voters are awake and aware and on top of the nitty gritties.
    Unfortunately, I can do the math, so I’m going to have to go sulk in the sauna for a while, till I can come to grips with my dilemna.

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  13. arthurdecco says:

    The angst on display in the commentary is palpable – the deserved rage less so.
    Is this how such a grand experiment in democracy, the United States of America, ends – ignominiously, brutally kicked to death (with attendant grunts of sadistic pleasure) by the same fascists, thieves and murderers who successfully corrupted the system to benefit themselves in the first place?
    Thanks to your complicit media, America’s democratic carcass has been left to rot well away from public scrutiny. Swelling apathy seems to be the only apparent consequence of the systemic assaults on your Rule of Law by those sworn to protect it. And I’m sure that’s deliberate.
    I can’t imagine Americans, (or any of the rest of us who live in “westernized” countries for that matter), having the collective courage or conviction to put the required millions and millions of our citizens into the streets and into the halls of power to staunch the bloodletting that’s still coming all because of the avarice and gluttony of the self-same thugs who have corrupted and/or co-opted every legal avenue of resistance to their poisoned ambition.
    They own or control almost everyone now. From labor unions to boardrooms, from the judiciary to your law-makers, from grade school curriculums to university department heads, all bought and paid for – they own them all.
    Revolution? It doesn’t seem practically possible.
    …So should we be vainly hoping the whole fragile house of cards will fall down on top of their heads before it’s too late for the rest of us?
    Or does thinking like that have more to do with the clichéd plot lines fed to us through our television sets than it has to do with the ugly world outside our doors? I don’t think real life works like television.
    Has 1984 arrived? Maybe thousands out of the millions necessary to effect change are paying attention enough to know. It’s no wonder I loathe the average person. It’s no wonder they deserve it.
    Or maybe all this is just a bad “Dallas Dream” and I’ll wake up tomorrow to read the Steve Clemons of the world screaming to the highest heavens about what’s really important instead of dwelling on the garbage and flotsam that floats in the polluted political waters of Amerika.
    Maybe.

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  14. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Tony, we no longer have that choice. It is one evil, masquerading as “choice”.

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  15. TonyForesta says:

    Don’t loose heart Kathleen, we need your voice. It is easy “…to close our eyes to a painfull truth, and listen to the song of that siren, until she transforms us into beasts….” Check out Patrick Henry’s speech. It is awe inspiring. Courage is what is lacking in America. Courage and somnabulance. Many Americans participate, READ, analyse these momentous issues, and express their opinions on blogs and in myriad ways. “This is what democracy looks like!!!” “Freedom walks on the razors edge, and must be fought for.”
    Romney ran out of his own money. The fascists and freaks in redneck America will fight to the death to remain in power engorging their offsheet accounts.
    Americans must decide who we are. Our choices are few, and – yes Kathleen and POA, – alternative options are less than pleasant, – but the point is ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS. We roll the dice anyway, but the longer we allow the fascists in the Bush government to operate above, beyond and in total disdain the Constitution, the laws of the land, the rule of law, accountability, and every principle that formally defined America – the sooner will be the demise and ultimate destruction of America.
    We are facing crisis of epic magnitudes, and tragically the choices are less than ideal, – but there are indeed choices nonetheless.
    Sadly, American must vote for the least abusive and deceptive alternative, or the proverbial “lesseroftwoevils”.
    That is the choice we have before us, and the choices we make will define exactly what we are as Americans.
    “Deliver us from evil!”

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  16. TonyForesta says:

    McCain is vote for the fascists in the Bush government operating as a shadow government. The word gets out thanks to blogs, not the complicit parrots in the socalled MSM, but no one dares to care enough to DEMAND ACCUNTIBILITY.
    True that POA, – America is in deep ca ca, if we do not demand accountability from our leadership, and muster the courage and the fortitude to right the terrible wrongs of the fascists in the Bush govenment.
    Pain is coming. It is our duty, and our greatest challenge to curb the radical perversion and betrayal of America, – and decide as a people and a nation what it means to be American. Do we live by the Constitution, the rule of law, some semblence of ethic or moral conduct, – or are we like the fascists in the Bush government, – greedy, bloodthirsty, supremist, pathologically deceptive, and bent on wanton profiteering.
    While Americans fixate on trivial issues, and the cult of celebrity, the world is realigning, the fascists in America are entrenching wealth and power, and radically perverting, betraying, and reengineering the fabric and structure of our government, and every principle that formally defined America.
    “The best hope for freedom is to strangle the last king with the entrails of the last priest.”
    Diderot
    “Deliver us from evil.”

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  17. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Following is the piece that DonS linked to. I find it nothing short of amazing that those here advocating for one or the other of the candidates can’t come up with a rationale or a justification for their candidate’s silence on the issues that cut straight to the core of the very essence of what this nation is supposed to stand for. This is particularly true of these airheads supporting Obama. Linda is fond of reminding us that Obama is supposed to be some sort of constitutional scholar, yet Obama remains totally silent as Mukasey and these traitorous pieces of shit in the Bush Administration make a mockery of the Constitution and the rule of law. I expect such cowardice from the Hillary supporters, because there is NO WAY to defend Hillary’s total absence from any effort to rein in the Bush/Cheney criminals. And its a given that the Huckabee and McCain crowd won’t raise the issue of Bush shittin’ all over our Constitution, because anyone that would support either of those two is too damned ignorant to understand a reason for checks and balances and the rule of law anyway.
    Steve’s silence on these issues is the most inexplicable to me, because he has the brains to realize he is cheerleading for a process and a system gone awry. How the hell can a Washington insider remain silent while some whore AG like this Mukasey says he won’t enforce Congressional subpoenas??? If I had to prioritize issues, (and I do, because I consider myself a patriot and a concerned citizen), I would say the President of the United States being exempted from the law because some asslicking puppet like Mukasey saying he is exempt from the law is certainly a far more pressing issue than whether or not this paper mache media sensation Obama smoked a joint or two in college.
    We are in deep shit, people, and the naive and inane cheerleading I have seen on this site these last few days is nothing short of pathetic.
    http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2008/02/if-president-does-it-then-its-not.html
    If The President Does It, Then It’s Not Illegal
    by dday
    Mike Mukasey, Attorney General of the United States, before the House Judiciary Committee today. (UPDATE: This is a paraphrase, not a transcript)
    Delahunt: You said if an opinion was rendered, that would insulate him from any consequences.
    MM: We could not investigate or prosecute somebody for acting in reliance on a justice department opinion.
    Delahunt: If that opinion was inaccurate and in fact violated a section of US Criminal Code, that reliance is in effect an immunity from any criminal culpability.
    MM: Immunity connoted culpability.
    Delahunt: This is brand new legal theory.
    MM: Disclosure of waterboarding was part of CIA interrogation and permitted by DOJ opinion, would and should bar investigation of people who relied on that opinion.
    Delahunt: Let’s concede that waterboarding is in contravention of international obligation. If opinion rendered that amounted to malpractice, whoever employed that technique, simply by relying on that opinion would be legally barred from criminal investigation.
    MM: If you’re talking about legal mistake, there is an inquiry regarding whether properly rendered opinions or didn’t. But yes, that bars the person who relied on that opinion from being investigated.
    Delahunt: I find that a new legal doctrine. The law is the law.
    MM: If it comes to pass that somebody at a later date that the opinion should have been different the person who relied on the opinion cannot be investigated.
    Delahunt: Is there a legal precedent.
    MM: There is practical consideration.
    Delahunt: I can’t cite you a case.
    The Attorney General is saying that the President can do anything he wants, break the law any way he wants, as long as the President’s own Justice Department, populated his own handpicked officials, validates it. And he’s saying it directly to members of Congress, essentially telling them that they don’t exist. They have no power to prosecute because the Justice Department won’t take up the case, and the courts have no power to adjudicate because these are official state secrets. There is only one branch of government that matters.
    JMM David Kurtz:
    President Bush has now laid down his most aggressive challenge to the very constitutional authority of Congress. It is a naked assertion of executive power. The founders would have called it tyrannical. His cards are now all on the table. This is no bluff.

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  18. Tuffguy says:

    That’s right! “Whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you like glue!” That’s exactly what to say against the Republican slime machine!
    Although I would have liked it a lot better if Harry Reid just said, “Mitt Romney, Fuck You!”

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  19. David N says:

    I thought Jon Stewart’s comment on the Romney speech on The Daily Show last night was exactly the right response.
    Look it up, because I’m not supposed to use that word in this site.
    Harry Reid had it right. Whatever the Republicans say the Democrats are, it’s because that’s exactly what the Republicans are themselves.

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  20. Kathleen says:

    Suddenly last Tuesday, I woke up and discovered I had O-D’ed on the whole phony, boring charade. I just couldn’t do another second of it. I had invited several friends for dinner and watching the results, but I let them watch. I just focused on dinner. All the best qualifed candidates have been eliminated, so what real difference does it make? We’ll get the lowest common denominator. It’s mathematically inevitable, sp I’m going to skip all the static and go cleanse my brain in the steam room. It’s going to take a whole LOT of stewing.
    Call me when Impeachment is ON THE TABLE. Otherwise, don’t call me. Hold your breath and maybe, I’ll call you. Here’s a clue, you’ll have to turn blue.
    And then…. Green

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  21. JohnH says:

    This news ought to be enough to get Steve to endorse the Democrat most likely to beat McCain:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/02/08/bolton-as-mccains-secret_n_85760.html
    Otherwise, Bolton might become the Secretary of State…
    Well, Steve?

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  22. Jack W says:

    Let’s nopt forget about McCain calling Asians, ‘gooks’. Read it here:
    http://www.nolanchart.com/article1587.html
    Unfortunately it took segregationist Governor Wallace to reveal the truth that “there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between” Republicans and Democrats. The Democrats willingly went along with the War in Iraq, suspension of Habeas Corpus, banning books like “America Deceived’ from Amazon, warrant-less wiretapping and refusing to investigate 9/11 properly. They are both guilty of treason.
    Support Dr. Ron Paul and save this great nation.
    Last link (before Google Books bends to gov’t Will and drops the title):
    http://www.iuniverse.com/bookstore/book_detail.asp?&isbn=0-595-38523-0

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  23. ... says:

    “messianic” aspects of the movement.. just make a mantra of “change” around a cult of some personality and watch what happens… one doesn’t need to explain or articulate much of anything at all..

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  24. Jim says:

    You’re surprised that the man who said he would fight terror by “doubling” the size of Gitmo (and he said it with a huge cheezy grin) would aim for the lowest common denominator at the CPAC convention?
    As to Nelson, I know his reputation, but don’t read him regularly. You don’t question your opponent’s patriotism? John McCain is going to “counter Romney’s sleaze”? Has Mr Nelson been living incommunicado on some tropical island since 2001? From his faint-hearted critiques of Max Cleland’s slanderers to his timid, “bipartisan” defense of John Kerry against Karl Rove’s Swiftboaters, to his 2004 declarations of “love” to George W Bush (after John Kerry refused his conditions for the split ticket Veep spot), to his visit of hommage and fealty to “agent of intolerance” Jerry Falwell, to his embrace of the Military Commissions Act, John McCain’s true character is painfullly on display for anyone who cares to see it. But he sure is funny on The Daily Show, isn’t he?

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  25. Chesire11 says:

    Had you lived in Massachusetts during the Romney years, you wouldn’t have been surprised> A lot has been made of Romney’s fli-flopping on every issue under the sun, but it turns out there is something about him that is constant – the guy is a total and breathtaking sleazeball.

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  26. DonS says:

    MarkL, good point. Talk about hollow suits, listening to Romney transparently revealed lack of presence, life, emotion in the voice. Not just on occasion, but every time I heard a clip.
    POA, thanks for posting on Mukasey; I’d seen this yesterday on Digby, and it chlls the blood
    http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2008/02/if-president-does-it-then-its-not.html
    Why indeed is this not news?

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  27. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Meanwhile, as the masses wave pom-poms for a nation that has long ago ceased to be what it claims to be….
    Mukasey: No, I Will Not Enforce Citations for Contempt of Congress
    By Paul Kiel – February 7, 2008, 6:24PM
    Just to complete the theme of the day, Michael Mukasey said today that if Congress passed contempt citations against current and former White House officials based on their refusal to respond to subpoenas, the Justice Department would not enforce them, as federal law instructs.
    continues at…
    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/
    Look, if you people are still buying this fuckin’ charade, theres no hope for this country. Any Presidential candidate, that is not raising holy hell about this, is a God damned traitor to everything we stand for. Do you see this so called “Constitutional Scholar” Obama screaming about this? Hillary? Huckabee? McCain?
    Welcome to the demise of our democracy. These posturing frauds can go screw themselves, they sure as hell don’t “represent” me.

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  28. MarkL says:

    Steve,
    The experience of Bush should have taught you that the qualities of the candidate himself—-not his advisers—are paramount.
    Romney was a moronic piece of fluff without a principled bone in his body. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a candidate with less native conviction than Romney. I am very glad he is out of the race.

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  29. John Wayne says:

    The Republicans do this because they take advantage of the fact that the American People for the most part are a Stoopid People. This basic tenet underlies all their utterances and they win.
    McCain, the War Hero, Hero of the Hanoi Hilton, will say the same as Romney, and already has by saying Democrats will surrender to the enemy, wave the white flag. The terrorists will win. Romney merely said the same thing more starkly.
    Hey, stoopid American, you want a leader who is strong or weak, brave or cowardly, manly or effeminate, a War Hero or a Liberal. The USA is the Greatest Country in the World!
    Very simple formula to herd a very stoopid people.

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  30. DonS says:

    There is an allied question here, I think, about how the “next terra event” — real or ginned up as a political tactic — will be played out in the politico-media-religionut fora.
    In light of this post,we have a glimpse into the direction the domesday-preaching and sliming pols are willing to go for political advantage.
    But will it sell? This question came up tangentially on the Billmon mirror blog, and got some commentary going
    http://www.moonofalabama.org/2008/02/super-tuesday-r.html

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  31. bob h says:

    Even with this disgusting man out of the picture, why is his calumny against Democrats being allowed to go unanswered? Obama and Clinton have got to shoot this down right away. It will be good practice for the “no surrender” rubbish we are going to be getting from McCain.

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  32. Abington says:

    I don’t think his rhetoric is “messianic” – but it is very familiar.
    Senator Obama’s speech on Tuesday, February 5, 2008
    Sen. Obama: “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. (Cheers, applause.)”
    June Jordan’s “Poem for South African Women”:
    “And who will join this standing up
    and the ones who stood without sweet company
    will sing and sing
    back into the mountains and
    if necessary
    even under the sea:
    we are the ones we have been waiting for.”

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  33. pauline says:

    “If all it took to get venture capital for a political dot-com was a shitty idea, hell, I could easily exceed the standard.”
    “The first one I had was to develop an online currency exchange where the Republican national campaign committees, such as the RNC, and its affiliated state parties, could log in and trade hard money for soft and vice versa. When I ran the idea by Curt Anderson, he said, “What are you, fucking crazy? This is the stuff that’s suppose to happen in the dark of night.”
    “Why shouldn’t it be transparent?” I reasoned. “It all gets filed in FEC reports anyway.”
    “Allen, no one’s going to buy it.” He was right. THe currency exchange that happened almost daily between the national Republican organizations and the state parties was the equivalent of Scarface turning drug cash into Treasury bonds. No one would want to be on record doing it.”
    from the book, “How to Rig an Election” by Allen Raymond

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  34. Mr.Murder says:

    I’d suggest calling the sitting Governors of America and have them make a Writ against Romney’s statement, because a lot of people in service are Democrats.
    Let the Governors Association make a statement, perhaps get the Chamber of Commerce to state likewise.
    Not even the Corporate types endorse that kind of ugly.
    The Guard and communities have storms through the mid-south and they’re trying to join in a cause and he blurts that shit out?
    I plan on calling Gov.Beebe’s office tomorrow.

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  35. Milo Johnson says:

    Romney’s just-barely-not-crying speech was an exceptional glimpse into the mind of the American conservative. Afraid of everything and everyone that doesn’t march in lock-step, his litany of accusation and name-calling was the naked face of people like Kristol and Rove and Cheney, highly-placed people who wear expensive suits, are carefully groomed, and speak in calm, cultured tones as they say the most odious things imaginable, justifying torture and the destruction of our Constitution. This time, we have to kill this beast politically once and for all or it may lead us into a second Civil War with real blood and tears. There won’t be another opportunity. They are pushing for domination and the stakes are too high to ever let the pendulum swing this far again.

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  36. TonyForesta says:

    We feel your pain Steve, but let me echoe the comments of woody, tokin librul above; and a thousand thanks for the word “recrudesce”.
    Sadly, the fascist in the Bush government, the gop, evangelicals, and their truebeliever sheep in redneckAmerika “relentlessly and repeatedly” resort to these scurrilous allegations, substantless hollow aspersions, and unmitigated slime heaped on our fellow Americans for daring to question or challenge, or dissent with, or oppose the tyranny, bloodlust, and wanton profiteering of the fascists in the Bush government, the gop, evangelicals, and their truebeliever sheep in redneckAmerika.
    The complicit parrots, disinformation warriors, propagandists, and perception managers in the socalled MSM dutifully regurgitate relentlessly the noxious and patently false spew and slime of the fascists in the Bush government, the gop, evangelicals, and their truebeliever sheep in redneckAmerika.
    Partisan polls inseminate the airways with this or that prediction, – most of them wrong, but the simple repitition of soundbytes or mantras or parables influence vast swaths of the population. McCain is this, Hillary that, Obama something else, – ignoring radical dismantling, perverting, betraying, and reengineer of the Constitution, the people, and every principle that formally defined America, by the fascists in the Bush government, the gop, evangelicals, and their truebeliever sheep in redneckAmerika.
    America must decide what exactly it means to be American, and who and what we are as a nation. Romney is Mormon, and that cults well documented fraudulence, financial malfeasance, supremist, racist (until supposedly 1978) policies, doctrines, proclivities prove that Romney and his ilk should never be near the trigger. Ask Romney about Dannites. McCain is an equally prenicious choice.
    Democrats, “for better or worse” are the only and best hope for restoring some equilibrium and order to America. The people have no representation, and no voice in the government, and it is the democratic party that will open the window, (if only a little) with the specific intent of helping, supporting, defending, and protecting the people, and not Exxon, Halliburton, Dyncorp, Boeing, Morgan Stanely, the Wall Street Journal, and on and on and on.
    Good riddens Romney. May the goddess have mercey on your soul.
    “Deliver us from evil”
    In a place where there are no rules, – there are no rules for anyone.
    “Deliver us from evil!”

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  37. virginia cynic says:

    Good pick up on the cult rumor. Looks as if the Clinton team found someone to help them already:
    FROM CROOKS AND LIARS:
    Case in point via our pal Will Bunch:
    Jake Tapper (left) is an ambitious Philly-area kid who parleyed a date with Monica Lewinsky into early admission into the Gang — now he’s ABC’s chief political correspondent and when he sees the excitement generated by the Obama campaign, he can only think of it as one thing: A cult.
    His alarmist blog post is actually called: “And Obama Wept“:
    Inspiration is nice. But some folks seem to be getting out of hand.
    It’s as if Tom Daschle descended from on high saying, “Be not afraid; for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people: for there is born to you this day in the city of Chicago a Savior, who is Barack the Lord.”…read on

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  38. Linda says:

    It’s amazing what a few years can do if indeed the Clinton campaign now takes what Joe Klein says seriously–the same Joe Klein who wrote “Primary Colors.”

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  39. ConcernedScientist says:

    The politics of fear on the Republican side is really something that Americans seem to want to move away from.
    Thus the gravity towards the politics of hope being displayed by Obama.
    What really scares me is the politics of unbelievable ignorance that I see in people like Inhofe and Delay. Today, Delay was on Chris Matthews saying there is “no evidence” that humans are causing climate change. This level of ignorance among leaders past and present is really alarming. It suggests to me that people should be required to pass some kind of basic exam before they are allowed to run for office and make decisions that affect the well being of the whole world! Otherwise, you end up with people who are absolutely lack the knowledge and overall competance to make the right decisions in the policy arena. Bush is another example of this.

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  40. Mr.Murder says:

    Which candidate had limited accomplishments and had to run on identity?
    “But today, we got a shotgun blast showing what some players may think is the way to win in 2008. . .through tactics which the very success of the McCain, Obama and Huckabee “movements” would seem to refute.”
    Yes indeed, Steve. Obama is campaigning like McCain and Huckabee. Anything anti-Clinton is middle of the road.
    Notice how Nelson takes Romney’s over-the-top antics and tries to make this on par with Clinton’s calls for debate.
    Did Bill Clinton say the word “race card” in the quotes attached the sentence with his name?
    That’s pretty specious an assertion to make.
    Perhaps you could clarify his pairing of words with President Clinton in the same statement.

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  41. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “Decency is increasingly out of style in politicians. Some just reveal this more than others.”
    Out of style?? Hell, in politics these days, its a handicap.
    You don’t get to the throne through decency.
    Supporting these worms isn’t necessarily “anti-patriotic”, its just damned stupid. The last seven years, if it has taught us anything, should have taught us that the majority of us are apparently idiots. And if the last seven years didn’t get that message across, this election cycle, and its cast of cartoon characters, will surely drive the point home.

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  42. DonS says:

    I’m not so sure that alleging anti-patriotism is anything but a commonplace these days. In the struggle between our better natures and our lesser natures I am not convinced that there is a penalty to be paid for falsely waving the flag regardless of the target. Just put “Jesus Christ”, or “Islamic terroist” in front of anything and you likely get robotic acquiescence to the remainder.
    Decency is increasingly out of style in politicians. Some just reveal this more than others.

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  43. Kathy K says:

    TahoeEditor:
    ObamaBambis?
    You know, name calling is not persuasive, nor is it a mark of a thoughtful person.
    So glad we won’t have people like you, with your FauxNoise mindset, in the White House next year.
    (Maybe you’re actually Karl Rove, in Tahoe, sitting in his spats in front of some cabin fire.)

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  44. TahoeEditor says:

    They’re not going to call it a “cult,” but they have a legit point in using the phrase “cult of personality” as the NYT has already done.
    The ObamaBambis need to decide if they want to keep dreaming through the summer or actually have a Dem in the White House.
    http://www.chicagoflame.com/home/index.cfm?event=displayArticlePrinterFriendly&uStory_id=9cb3365e-7eb6-4c94-a1d2-1ea176a142e4
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/06/opinion/06wed1.html?scp=1&sq=obama+%22cult+of+personality%22&st=nyt

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  45. Kathy K says:

    Thank you, Steve, for quoting Chris Nelson, and helping expose how desperate, and low-quality, some of the people directing the Clinton campaign are. (Tell me: Was it Car-vile? Somehow, it seems like him.)
    If she has people like this in her train, what other argument do we need for rejecting her? Do we want people like this running the country?
    Why not just keep Cheney? At least he’s a known quantity.
    We do know poor Joe Klein is a member of Church of the Holy Triangulators, of course. (Gosh. Could this be a cult?)
    If I am able to determine that this is true, I will vote for McCain, if Hellery is the other choice. I am a Boomer, an anti-war person, and a Democrat for my entire adult life.
    And I will work on my friends–of which there are a considerable number–to follow suit.

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  46. Carroll says:

    I am a cocker spaniel not a terrier but I would love to give these politicans a taste of a real blood sport.
    Politics as a blood “sport” is what is wrong with this country.

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  47. Ben Rosengart says:

    Steve, it’s going to get worse before this election is over. You can bank on it. Count me with Woody, surprised that you’re surprised — I never pegged you for a naïf.

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  48. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Besides, Steve, have you already forgotten that it was Romney, during the first Presidential debate, that gave us the tried and true bald faced lie about why the UN inspectors weren’t in Iraq just prior to the invasion?
    Course, we can always fade back to ‘ol Walnuts McCain, and his fantasy about merrily joggin’ around Bagdad.
    Personally, I think we oughta hand the Iraq problem over to Huckabee, and he can just summon up a whale to eat the whole damned Middle East and all them pesky terrists. Or, on second thought, maybe we oughta test him out first and see if he can give us a burning Bush.

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  49. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “Romney today disgraced himself and his party by charging that a Democratic victory in the presidential race will turn America over to the terrorists”
    Well heck, why not? After all, this asshole Bush gave them Iraq, and surely they’re gonna need room to expand.

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  50. woody, tokin librul says:

    I’m surprised you’re surprised, cuz I shirley wasn’t.
    It struck me as a foretaste of the tenor and timbre of the whole impending GOPuke campaign.
    They cannot run on the record of the current regime. They have nothing to run on other than fear, of outsiders, terrorists, islamofascists, women, dirtyfuukinhippies, immigrants, gays…you can’t BE too careful…
    You can be sure there will recrudesce easily classifiable examples of all those phobias and more in the coming campaign.

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