There’s an added element of victim blaming in this, that this couple were somehow at fault for not living in the ‘right’ state. There’s also the very real fact that many women (and I’m one of them that does this, so I know) will put off healthcare if it will cause a financial hardship for their family. Then there’s the whole thing that Romney would prefer no one ever talk about his health care plan at all, much less the fact that he at one time thought it would make a great product for the rest of the US. Which it finally became. And now he hates it.
Just remember – a gaffe is a politician accidentally telling the truth.
And the comeback…
• “To that point, if people had been in Massachusetts, under Governor Romney’s health care plan, they would have had health care,” Andrea Saul, Romney’s campaign press secretary, said during an appearance on Fox News.
At which point, the right wing lost their collective minds…
• Ann Coulter has a colossal freakout over Andrea Saul: Anyone who donates to Mitt Romney, and I mean the big donors, ought to say if Andrea Saul isn’t fired and off the campaign tomorrow, they are not giving another dime, because it is not worth fighting for this man if this is the kind of spokesman he has… There’s no point in you doing your show, there’s no point in going to the convention and pushing for this man if he’s employing morons like this. This ad is the turning point and she has nearly snatched victory from the jaws of defeat! She should be off the campaign.
• OMG. This might just be the moment Mitt Romney lost the election. Wow. – Erick Erickson
• Mitt Romney just made Rush Limbaugh’s head explode.
Not the only ad out there…
• “We have no proof today, but I would say to you under Obama’s ideology it is absolutely true that he would be comfortable sending a lot of people checks for doing nothing.” – Newt Gingrich to Anderson Cooper, re the Romney ‘welfare ad’.
And Reproductive Rights…
• Louisiana education officials are requiring the Delhi Charter School to drop the “Student Pregnancy Policy” that bans pregnant students from attending classes on its campus. After the American Civil Liberties Union called the discriminatory policy unconstitutional and pressured the school with potential legal action, the Louisiana Department of Education has agreed that Delhi Charter School is in violation of federal law.
Bits and pieces:
• Republicans encourage defense contractors to issue layoff notices before the election. But wanting to use layoff notices to pressure Congress is a particularly cynical activity. Real people would face the anxiety of those decisions, and in most cases needlessly. Lockheed Martin, which floated sending notices to 100,000 workers, then admitted that no more than 10,000 would ultimately be affected. So 90,000 employees would get frightened for no reason. This is the very definition of “playing politics with people’s lives.” And it’s unnecessary under the WARN Act, for the aforementioned reasons.
• The exaggerated fears of a coming Arctic war with Russia have largely receded since a media freakout last year. But that isn’t stopping Russia from building new bases in the frigid north. Canada is also splurging on Arctic drones. Less assertive is the United States, which is boosting Coast Guard operations near Alaska. Russia: a string of new naval bases. Canada: 2B armed drone buy, new ships, and stealth snowmobiles. US: largest Arctic exercise “Arctic Shield.” The Coast Guard is focused mainly on search and rescue operations; and responding to potential oil spills brought on by expanded drilling.
• Wade Michael Page, the gunman who killed six people at a Sikh temple outside Milwaukee on Sunday, committed suicide by shooting himself in the head after he was wounded in the stomach by police gunfire, the FBI disclosed Wednesday. Teresa Carlson, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Milwaukee office, told reporters that a police officer shot Page in the stomach, “thereby neutralizing the threat,” in the parking lot outside the Sikh temple after Page had fatally shot six worshipers and wounded three other people, including the first police officer who arrived on the scene. Separately, police late Tuesday arrested Page’s former girlfriend as a “felon in possession of a firearm,” according to South Milwaukee police investigator Michael Hill. The arrest of Misty Cook came in connection with a joint FBI investigation, Hill said, adding that charges will be sought with the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.