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Damage Overload: Did Mitt Romney Just Elect Barack Obama?

“He looks like Richard Nixon.” – Peggy Noonan

AFTER A BLOODY primary season, where his Republican opponents revealed Romney’s lack of talent in the political arts, the Bain Captial attacks, which were launched by the lonely pro Obama SUPER Pac created by Tim Burton and Paul Begala, started filling in the man that is Mitt Romney. Amid this avalanche of negativity, President Obama was still seen as someone Americans liked, but still doubted when it came to the stewardship of the economy. In the very recent weeks, battleground polls show Obama’s convention bounce turning into possible momentum. What the last 24 hours has brought is something else entirely and it was presented on a platter to President Obama by the Republican nominee.

This summer we got a preview into Mitt Romney, commander in chief. On the eve of the London Olympic games he insulted the host country. It was followed by a disastrous contagion of either awkward un-presidential photo ops and discordant statements, which made Romney look unprepared, or Saturday Night Live skits waiting to be made.

Sarah Palin was bad, but at least she was at the bottom of the presidential ticket.

The Republican convention just made matters worse for Romney, especially when compared to the Democratic show, which was a spectacular pageant, though certainly not flawless. Compounding the sour spectacle was the fact that the wannabe commander in chief didn’t utter the word Afghanistan once, let alone do anything remotely fitting a national party convention during a time in our history where we’re engaged in hot wars around the globe.

Then Mitt Romney came out to criticize President Obama during the Benghazi raid aftermath, at a time when an American ambassador had been killed, along with other American patriots, as well as Libyans trying to help them. To hear a potential commander in chief be so bloodless at a time of deep national crisis on the international scene, especially after Romney ignoring our foreign engagements at his nominating convention, was chilling.

So, you’d think we’d be prepared for the last 24 hours, which included Romney believing it’s best to leave the Middle East “unsolved,” and where we not only hear Mitt Romney discount 47% of the American populace who votes, but insult almost half of the American people as “victims,” then imply he’s not interested in speaking for them if he were president.

Then comes the press conference, while Mitt Romney was raising money in California, meant to do damage control on these remarks. He tried to explain his “victims” remark, which came in a moment of candor where Mitt Romney came off for the first time as someone very comfortable with his own views, instead of the calculated politician we hear every day. The problem is that comfortable Mitt is expressing views that make him unfit for the office of the presidency in every way.

From Phillip Rucker, who covered the press conference last night:

It’s not elegantly stated… I’m speaking off the cuff in response to a question,” Romney told reporters Monday night in Costa Mesa, Calif.
Asked what assurances he could give to voters that he doesn’t say different things behind closed doors to his donors than he does at his public rallies, Romney said he gives “the same message” to all audiences.
We have a very different approach, the president and I, between a government dominated society and a society driven by free people pursuing their dreams,” Romney said.
In the video, he said, he was “talking about the process of campaigns.”
“Typically I don’t talk about process in speeches because I think candidates are wiser to talk about policy and their vision than to talk about how they’re going to win a election,” Romney said. “At a fundraiser you have people say. ‘Governor how are you going to win this?’ And so I respond, ‘Well, the president has his group I have my group. I want to keep my team strong and motivated and I want to get those people in the middle.’ That’s something which fundraising people who are parting with their monies are very interested in knowing can you win or not and that’s what this was addressing.”
When a reporter asked what Romney meant by the words “victims” and “personal responsibility,” Romney said that he was “talking about the political process of drawing people into my own campaign.”
“Of course individuals are going to take responsibility for their lives,” Romney said. “My campaign is about helping people take more responsibility and becoming employed again, particularly those who don’t have work. This whole campaign is based on getting people jobs again, putting people back to work,” he said. “This is ultimately a question about direction for the country. Do you believe in a government-centered society that provides more and more benefits or do you believe instead in a free enterprise society where people are able to pursue their dreams?”

Shorter: Mitt Romney stands by his remarks.

This is the perfect example of the ugly politician who resents those who won’t support him, while feeling superior to them because they are less. This is clearly represented by Romney’s belief that he won’t ever get half the American public to believe in what he wants to do for America, which to me boils down to doing something to change America for those on his side, while stuffing the policies down the throats of those others. It’s classic us versus them Republican politics. The other issue, however, is Romney’s reaction to any questions about his views, especially from reporters doing their job. It’s the grievance persona Richard M. Nixon made infamous, which Peggy Noonan remarked on days ago.

Our wealthiest presidents never had such a view of the American people that Mitt Romney has admitted to having. Throughout history, the presidency is about being a leader of all Americans. Our politics are divisive enough without someone like Mitt Romney saying it’s not his job to represent all the people, while describing his leadership in a manner that is us versus them in foundation.

You never know and rarely can predict where presidential campaigns will go, but I don’t see how Mitt Romney comes back from these latest revelations, which he himself has delivered, especially since they’re piled on top of a mountain of mis-statements that reveal a man not close to being presidential material and whom the American people have no reason to trust in the office. Romney’s own words prove it and I seriously doubt it will go unnoticed by likely voters.

If Mitt Romney loses in November, this is the moment when his fate was sealed.

Will Romney rise to the occasion and fight? Or will he retreat? Only one path can lead to victory in November. The fate of his candidacy will hinge on the answer. – Mitt’s Gettysburg Moment [NRO]

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49 Responses to Damage Overload: Did Mitt Romney Just Elect Barack Obama?

  1. secularhumanizinevoluter September 18, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    Spot on Ms. marsh. “This is the perfect example of the ugly politician who resents those who won’t support him, while feeling superior to them because they are less.” I would also venture that this is a perfect description of the vast majority of Republican higher ups and most Presidential candidates for the last 40 years oe so.

    • Taylor Marsh September 18, 2012 at 10:27 am #

      What a remarkable moment this is, secuarh.

      Well, the modern Republican Party, post-Eisenhower let’s say, certainly has become representative of that mentality.

  2. Ramsgate September 18, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    Well said Taylor.

    Romney and his minions hate poor people and preach the prosperity gospel. Poverty is God’s way of letting us know who he disapproves of, now that he can no longer openly use skin color. Well, at least the poor were useful as negotiating chits of upper class tax breaks.

    However, In spite of how much this SHOULD put Romney behind, I’m not sure just how much it would. He probably calculated this long before he entered that room full of his rich base. A little kurfuffle, a slap on the wrists, and he moves ahead with his sick agenda. His last gaffe (Afghanistan) has already been forgotten and his taxes are never mentioned any more. He got away with it. Can anyone recall the gaffe BEFORE Afghanistan? As such, I’m reluctant to say this is devastating as gaffes have relatively short shelf lives and Americans are much too easily distracted and have ridiculously short memories.

    • Taylor Marsh September 18, 2012 at 11:00 am #

      It’s cumulative, not this one event. We shall see.

      People are now paying attention, with the press landing like a ton of bricks on Romney, with plenty of quotes from the right to drill it home.

      If he had a better team who showed more nimbleness I wouldn’t have written this piece. But he doesn’t, with the candidate himself being one of the worst Republicans have ever fielded for the presidency.

      • angels81 September 18, 2012 at 11:09 am #

        Spot on Taylor. Romney wants the American people to believe he can manage the economy and world events, when he can’t even manage his own campaign. I’m beginning to think that he really is as dumb as a fence post.

        • Taylor Marsh September 18, 2012 at 11:15 am #

          Remarkable, isn’t it, angels81?

          The picture it presents is someone who has the potential of embarrassing the United States on multiple fronts.

          Of someone not quite ready for primetime, but stands up as if to say “what are you talking about, everything is fine.”

          When people are watching something that obviously is off key, but the person committing the error continues to react as if it’s the viewer who’s daft, it also goes straight to the 47% quote. Shorter Romney: I’m right, everyone else is wrong.

          It’s typical for pols at this level to be supremely arrogant, but Bill Clinton, Obama, Ronald Reagan, they all had the capacity to feel the reactions, though Obama is less able to react publicly, unlike Bubba & Ronnie. Still, Obama’s team can react swiftly & they NEVER made a contagion of whopping political mistakes like Team Romney, the likes of which we’ve not seen in 20 years.

        • AliceP September 18, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

          Yep. I just started thinking about his IQ this morning.

          It’s either denial, blinded by how revered he is in his church so everyone always believes what ever he says OR it is just plain stupid.

  3. Joyce Arnold September 18, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    Romney single-handedly continues to destroy the “we’ll make Obama a one term president” efforts …

    • Taylor Marsh September 18, 2012 at 11:06 am #

      heh-eheheh.. no kidding, Joyce.

  4. Ga6thDem September 18, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    i don’t know whether this will be the end of Romney or not. We’ll only be able to tell this kind of thing in hindsight and maybe the next round of polls will tell us something. The irony is that the people that don’t pay taxes live in red states and the double irony of this is that this situation was created by George W. Bush.

    • Taylor Marsh September 18, 2012 at 11:17 am #

      As I wrote, we don’t know yet, but it was important to mark this moment so we all remember it. There’s a risk in doing it as I’ve laid it out, but I’m certain of the case I’ve briefly presented. If I did the 3,000 word essay I’ve done in the past you all would nod off & skip to the end! ;-)

      The irony is that the people that don’t pay taxes live in red states and the double irony of this is that this situation was created by George W. Bush.

      Oh, dead on, Ga6thDem.

  5. newdealdem1 September 18, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    “As such, I’m reluctant to say this is devastating as gaffes have relatively short shelf lives and Americans are much too easily distracted and have ridiculously short memories.” – Ramsgate

    I agree with most of what you said but I also agree with Taylor’s comment that these gaffes have become almost routine and the cumulative effect on the public is certainly there even with the public’s short memory because of the short gap between his gaffes.

    Also, his egregious and inaccurate comment about the “47%” is not a gaffe because it goes to the very heart of what he truly feels about millions and millions of Americans and the attitude and contempt behind that comment for many of the very people who may have been planning to vote for him could very well turn them against him. We shall see soon enough.

    “Romney single-handedly continues to destroy the “we’ll make Obama a one term president” efforts …” – Joyce

    heh. Very astute comment. Yup, Romney won’t be receiving the Mr. Congeniality Award from Mitch McConnell & Co. or any other awards for that matter any time soon, Well, except perhaps for the political equivalent of the Golden Raspberry Award http://tinyurl.com/94wdl6g ;)

  6. Sasha September 18, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

    If the Anti American violence continues, AlQaeda continues to assassinate U.S. Diplomats, the Taliban continues to murder Americans, the Middle East chaos continues to ramp up and the Obama Administration continues to lie to the American people…

    …yep, I would say that Mitt’s comments have sealed his fate.

    with the voting block that will NEVER vote for him.

    • hc4bo September 18, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

      IF Romney keeps being Romney …

      … Yep, I would say that Obama’s fate has been sealed …

      with the Sasha bloc, that will NEVER vote for him !

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      • Taylor Marsh September 18, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

        Sasha September 18, 2012 at 12:10 pm

        A link for you, Sasha: Five Reasons Not to Write Romney Off

        • angels81 September 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

          I think Romney himself has already stuck a fork in a couple of those points. Also maybe its just me, but I remember Romney being pretty lousy when it comes to debates. Maybe he’ll offer Obama a $10,000 bet seeing as that worked so well for him last time.

        • Sasha September 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

          Thanks Taylor!

          Now I guess we will see if Mittens has it in him to hammer Obama the way he pounded Newt and Santorum.

          If I worked for Mitt, I would have him hold regular pressers with Q&A’s and turn every B.S. question right back to the President’s many legitimate failings that the media continues to ignore. Force them to cover the real issues going on in the world and when appropriate tie them back to the failed Obama economy. and foreign policy.

    • secularhumanizinevoluter September 18, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

      I wonder, do the drones like you who just keep parroting this bilge ever actually have an original or grounded in reality thought?
      Mitt da twit’s numbers keep dropping, it looks like SOMEBODY who wasn’t a certain Obama voter is listening. KEEP TALKIN MITTENS…PLEASE!

    • angels81 September 18, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

      So, we’ve had another diplomat killed, when did that happen? I guess its the Presidents fault that people get killed in a war, who would have known. It must be the Presidents fault that some right wing nut job made a film degrading the Muslim faith and Muslims got upset about it, and blame America for it. I love your twisted thinking on these important issues. Now maybe you can tell me what Mittens would have done to prevent this so called chaos? Let me guess… Mittens would have just bombed Iran and taken all those Muslim minds off the right wing nuts film.

      • Sasha September 18, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

        @angels, Al Qaeda has called for more assassinations and took responsibility for the Ambassador’s murder.
        As far as that ignorant film, the P.M. of Libya said that the “protesters” were paid and it was organized. We were warned 3 days in advance so it seems the film may have been a distraction and part of the plan.

        The filmmaker Sam Bacile identifies himself as an Israeli Jew.

        I don’t know what Mitt would have done, but I DO know who missed his daily intelligence meetings and the warning.

        • secularhumanizinevoluter September 18, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

          1″@angels, Al Qaeda has called for more assassinations and took responsibility for the Ambassador’s murder.”

          Gee, that’s quite different from the reality of what has happened isn’t it. One Ambassador has been murdered. Sucks…but part of the territory when you are the face that represents The United States in a troubled, war torn area.

          2.”As far as that ignorant film, the P.M. of Libya said that the “protesters” were paid and it was organized. We were warned 3 days in advance so it seems the film may have been a distraction and part of the plan.”

          Either you need to pay attention to faux not news or limpwithnoballs better or find another source….or maybe you just think ALL them Arabs are the same? The EGYPTIAN PM said some of the protestors in EGYPT were paid….cheeeeez!

          3.”The filmmaker Sam Bacile identifies himself as an Israeli Jew.”

          Documented lie…nice anti-semetic touch from the rightwingnut UBERChristian scum sucking coward who actually did it though doncha think?

          4.”I don’t know what Mitt would have done, but I DO know who missed his daily intelligence meetings and the warning.”

          No, no you don’t.

          • Sasha September 18, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

            Hey Sec,
            Did you know that you can read the newspapers in Libya?

            *google translate*

  7. secularhumanizinevoluter September 18, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    ““He looks like Richard Nixon.” — Peggy Noonan”

    There is NOTHING Obama’s side can say that would be or is HALF as devestating as this!!!!

  8. jjamele September 18, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    I used to think that Obama would win, but it would be a much closer race than in 2008. That was before I realized that Romney might turn out to be an even worse candidate than McCain was. Now I think Obama will win by exactly the same margin in the Electoral College as he did four years ago, with the possible exception of Indiana and North Carolina flipping. And that one electoral vote from Nebraska going away, of course.

    Prediction: Mitt Romney will not be anywhere near the 2016 Republican National Convention, and if he’s mentioned in a speech, the response will be hisses. A lot of Republicans could have won this year, and they’ll never forgive him for handing Obama an undeserved second term by default.

    • ogenec September 18, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

      “[T]hey’ll never forgive [Romney] for handing Obama an undeserved second term by default.”

      Neither will some “liberals,” truth be told. Poor souls. After he wins, I hope Obama lets the self-control mask slip one time, pulls a Gladiator move and yells “Are you not entertained? Is this not why you are here?” Then we segue into Jay-Z’s “What More Can I Say?” Oh man…

      Of course, that would never happen. Wishful thinking. We’d need Obama’s anger translator, Luther, for that. :-)

      • Sandmann September 18, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

        ASHABLAISHAH!

        • ogenec September 18, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

          LOL!! I can always count on you to catch my cultural references!!

      • jjamele September 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

        He’ll probably do when he won the last time- send out his Chief of Staff to tell Progressives to go to hell.

        “Are you not entertained?” I guess. Personally, I’d rather see a strong, progressive leader in the White House than an entertainer. But that’s just me.

        • ogenec September 18, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

          Only some progressives, jjamele. And only the ones who should.

          • jjamele September 19, 2012 at 10:08 am #

            To paraphrase Davy Crockett, They may go to Hell, but this Progressive will go to Jill Stein.

      • Cujo359 September 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

        start quote:

        Neither will some “liberals,” truth be told.

        end quote

        Truth be told, you’d like to think that, but it doesn’t make it true. If liberals aren’t a big part of an Obama defeat, then it really doesn’t matter whether Romney wins or not. Progressives will continue to be ignored as long as they continue to cheer for an administration that does the things they supposedly are against.

  9. Cujo359 September 18, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    To answer the title question, no I don’t think so. Portraying liberals as people who love being victims is a popular sport among the elite. As that link I provided yesterday shows, Romney’s main opponent loves to do it in front of his rich supporters. It’s a message that plays well with them, and it plays pretty well with that part of the populace who love to complain about how they’re victimized by big government.

    • ogenec September 18, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

      Man, that link doesn’t show a darn thing. To throw your own phrase back at you, it’s a “false equivalence.” Obama is saying, I’ve accomplished a significant amount of what progressives want, but all I hear from certain quarters is “not good enough.” For Romney’s part, the things that some progressives attack as weak tea are the very things that he points to as indisputable proof of Obama’s intent to remake America into a socialist country, one where free enterprise and the value of hardwork are shunned in favor of handouts.

      The only thing in common is that they were both speaking in front of a crowd of very wealthy people. But the messages were completely different. Romney is expressly writing off nearly half of the electorate. Obama is not writing anyone off in his comments; he is merely complaining that he does not get enough credit for some of his “accomplishments.” Is it a little whiny and unbecoming? Surely. Is there a case to be made that these accomplishments are not as grand as he imagines them to be? Yes, I think so – although I happen not to agree with it. Is it the same as what Romney is doing? Hell naw. And the vast majority of people recognize the difference.

      • Cujo359 September 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

        He’s defending his half-assed efforts that didn’t fix the problems they were supposed to address by calling the people who called him on that whiners. Pretty much the same thing, if one compensates for the fact that he’s talking about his own base, and Romney’s also talking about Obama’s base.

        • ogenec September 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

          “if one compensates for the fact that he’s talking about his own base, and Romney’s also talking about Obama’s base.”
          _________

          Of course. Any flaws in an argument can be fixed by simply assuming away the point of the controversy. Obama’s argument is I have done a lot and I’m not getting any credit for it. Romney’s is, f**k those fools – I’m not doing a damn thing for ‘em.

          Not the same thing at all. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. I appreciate the conviction with which your views are held, and I don’t imagine you come by them except by the noblest of motives. But most people ain’t buying what you’re slinging.

          • Cujo359 September 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

            He could have very easily said that while he understood the position of those complaining, he didn’t feel he could do more. Instead, he said that we were just complaining about this one little thing, and that from this it’s clear that those people are never satisfied. He did that in front of the very people who were profiting from the deal he made, at our expense.

            That may be “simply assuming away” in your book, but in mine that’s the same things. Obama was calling us people who want to be victims in front of the people who were profiting from his policies. He just used a different example.

        • Sasha September 18, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

          To your point Cujo,

          Remember when Obama said to the Congressional Black Caucus:
          “Take off your bedroom slippers , put on your marching shoes. Shake it off. Stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying.”

          There were those who felt he was calling Blacks lazy, wanted government handouts etc. and pointed out that he would NEVER say that to a White elite crowd.

          • ogenec September 18, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

            “There were those who felt he was calling Blacks lazy, wanted government handouts etc. and pointed out that he would NEVER say that to a White elite crowd.”

            Only crazy ass* people like you, Sasha. I was in the room when he said that. And folks were, heck, I’ll just say it – fired up! But don’t believe me. There is video widely available on the Internet of the crowd response. And it puts the lie to these crackpot claims. The rhetoric about African-Americans being lazy and wanting handouts is coming from one party – and it ain’t Democrats.

            *See what I did there? :-)

          • Cujo359 September 18, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

            I thought he was addressing progressives generally, but that could be just due to my particular POV.

            After all, I love playing the victim.

          • ogenec September 18, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

            No, he wasn’t. He was talking to the folks at the CBC event. And since playing the victim is really a manifestation of a dangerous combination of insecurity and a huge ego, I bet it pisses you off that he wasn’t.

          • secularhumanizinevoluter September 18, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

            Only imbecilic assmonkeys sasha, only imbecilic assmonkeys.

          • Cujo359 September 19, 2012 at 12:16 am #

            ogenic:

            since playing the victim is really a manifestation of a dangerous combination of insecurity and a huge ego, I bet it pisses you off that he wasn’t.

            end quote

            You’re right. I’m crushed. The only thing that makes life worth living now is that I know it annoys you.

          • ogenec September 19, 2012 at 10:05 am #

            “The only thing that makes life worth living now is that I know it annoys you.”
            ________________________

            Have you learned nothing from our exchanges, padawan? Stop seeking validation from other parties. Obama “ignores” you, so you’re pouty. I tell you Obama’s not talking to you, and you get sarcastic. No one’s commenting on your blog, so you keep posting links here in a futile attempt to drive traffic there.

            You do know that sarcasm is a deflection mechanism, and often masks deep self-loathing, right? You need help, my friend. And I can’t do much more for you than to point out that I see you for what you are, and my guess is most people can too. It’s your own fault that you don’t like yourself that much; don’t take it out on me.

          • Cujo359 September 19, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

            start quote:

            Have you learned nothing from our exchanges, padawan? Stop seeking validation from other parties.

            end quote

            You clearly have learned nothing from our exchanges. He can ignore me all he wants. My problem with him is that, as a President, he sucks, and not just a little. He sucks as much as the last guy who held the office.

  10. Sasha September 18, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    well, well, well.
    Game Changer:
    DRUDGE just released a 1998 Obama video where he says: “I Actually Believe In Redistribution…”
    ouch.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge3aGJfDSg4&feature=colike

    • angels81 September 18, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

      DRUDGE…1998 Obama video… Bwhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!! Really grasping at straws Sasha.

  11. casualobserver September 18, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

    Had not this blog said or implied Romney was dead over the course of about 20 “gaffes”, today’s eulogy might pack a bit more punch.

    The problem is none of this is making any dent where it counts……….

    The CNN/ORC International poll of registered and likely voters released Tuesday shows likely voters favoring Obama by 52 percent to 46 percent over Romney — evidence, pundits said, of a post-convention bump for the president.

    But a figure buried in the report shows Romney leading Obama among likely independent voters, 54 percent to 40 percent.

    Both Democrats and Republicans believe independents will be critical to deciding the outcome of the election, in part because they make up a growing part of the electorate and are considered up for grabs because they fluctuate in their political preferences from one election to the next.

    “That’s a significant lead,” said pollster Ron Faucheux.

    It was the independent vote that helped Obama win the 2008 election. He won 52 percent of independents, compared with 44 percent for McCain. Independents comprised about 33 percent of the overall vote in 2008.

    Apparently, those somber non-partisans would rather contemplate which administration might actually set the stage for a better economic recovery rather than jump aboard the bandwagon for the all important activity of parsing words.

    Even Nate Silver is now hedging back to “obama might eke out a victory” as opposed to anything stronger.

    When Romney’s prospects should have died 19 events ago, the 20th time just doesn’t mean much to those who have the ability to master comparative analysis.

  12. Sasha September 18, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

    Another thing.
    I looked at the entire private fundraiser video and all I have to say is once Conservatives who had any doubts about Romney see it, their doubts will be put to rest.
    They will likely walk away saying:
    “I’ll be Damned! Romney IS a Conservative.

    you guys will still bash him though…

    Now I see why Romney said release the FULL video.

    game, set…

  13. secularhumanizinevoluter September 18, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

    This is SOOOOO fun watching the spokesfolks of the repugnantklan/teabaggin/UBERChristian party spin like demented tops trying to make anything thing other then the stinking pile of equine feces….dancing equine feces at that….that Mitt da Twit and Lyin Ryan are shown to be day after painful day.

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