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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Too Many Errors - How Many Can Romney Get Away With?

So many little time, my brief litany of links below....
Rolling Stone Article by Taibbi
Victim Number One in Romney's "Label" of 47 % Is Congressman Paul Ryan
Mitt Romney Holds Shotgun Presser On Hidden Video: 47% Remarks ‘Not Elegantly Stated’Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romneyheld a surprise late-night press availability to address the maelstrom surrounding a hidden camera video, showing Romney telling a crowd of wealthy donors that 47% of the electorate are “dependent” on government because they see themselves as “victims,” and that it’s not his job “to worry about those people.” Romney offered no apology, other than to concede that his point was “not elegantly stated,”...

Romney says "I'm not concerned about the very poor...."

Romney statements on Libya were out of line
To the Editor: In a hasty and ill-considered, shoot-from-the-hip appeal to shore up the xenophobes in his base, Mitt Romney's campaign is showing its desperation. To say that the Obama administration sympathizes with the attackers of the U.S. Consulate in Libya is not only absurd and incorrect, it is highly offensive to the vast majority of Americans. And when given the opportunity to temper that remark as more facts became available, Romney doubled down. This was disgracefully naked political opportunism.

Of course we are outraged by a murderous attack on our diplomats. At the same time, it is possible to condemn intolerance that deliberately seeks to inflame tensions with Muslims. What Romney and his advisors don't get is that foreign relations are horribly complicated and nuanced affairs that one does not control with a spreadsheet and a few clicks of a mouse.

At least Mitch McConnell, no friend of the president, had a cooler temperament and the good sense to state that Americans will stand united in our resolve against violent extremists.
Jonathan Caldwell, Stratham New Hampshire

Botched mismanaged Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida

Mitt Romney probably hoped that surprise guest Clint Eastwood would make his day at the convention -- instead, the 82-year-old gave a rambling speech that was as disastrous as the botched bank robbery that he stopped in "Dirty Harry" while playing a jaded San Francisco cop. Eastwood talked to an empty chair representing President Barack Obama.

VIDEO: Clint Eastwood's Bizarre "Empty Chair Obama" Speech at the GOP Convention (With Full Transcript)

David Brooks Opinions:  A Blistering "Who is the Real Mitt Romney?"

David Brooks "The Thurston Howell Romney"

Mitt Romney's One-Two Leadership Punch--Against Himself by Frederick E. Allen in "Forbes"
"Romney has been running as the successful businessman who knows how to run things and make them work, but when it came to his convention, he didn’t. What about being strong and calm in a crisis? That’s another core part of leadership. We found out about that this week, when on the evening of September 11, he issued a statement about events in Libya that “It’s disgraceful that the Obama Administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.” It was an intemperate, divisive statement issued before the facts were in, and the facts that emerged didn’t support it: Romney was responding to a tweet that had been issued from within the embassy before any attacks happened,..."

Romney Campaign in Disarray, Says Romney Campaign by Josh Voorhees in "Politico"
"The main thread that runs throughout Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei's lengthy insider account is the story of how Stevens' handled last month's Republican National Convention, in particular his decision to scrap a pair of (already-hastily written) versions of Romney's speech in favor of one he and his boss threw together at the last second...   Eight days before the convention, at a time when a campaign usually would be done drafting and focused instead on practicing such a high-stakes speech, Stevens frantically contacted John McConnell and Matthew Scully, a speechwriting duo that had worked in George W. Bush’s campaign and White House. Stevens told them they would have to start from scratch on a new acceptance speech. Not only would they have only a few days to write it, but Romney would have little time to practice it. ..."

Any one incident, described in the above list, should be enough to convince any reasonably informed voter that the risk of a Mitt Romney presidency is absolutely not worth taking.....

Re-elect known, tried, true statesmen and experienced leadership team: President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden



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