“No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place where we were born and raised.”
I really shouldn’t be surprised. I’m not even surprised by Romney going there – he is after all a craven, pandering political opportunist – as much as I’m surprised his handlers allowed him to go there. I think we all know that Romney wouldn’t do it unless, like high school, he had a crowd of bully boys with him. I suppose I’m just surprised that there aren’t at least some bright lights in the Republican party that couldn’t see what a problem this was. Of course it’s a problem for all of the reasons that decent human beings would see it as a problem, but I mean the base political reason: it isn’t going to get anyone that wouldn’t have voted right wing anyway.
Shorter Question Everything
• Romney: “No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place where we were born and raised.”
• Beyond dogwhistles: I don’t know what they’re seeing in the polls, but saying this on top of the “welfare” lie makes it clear they’re going full blown white privilege solidarity now … This isn’t even dogwhistling. It’s a primal scream.
• LIMBAUGH: …Romney gets up to the microphone. It’s his turn to speak, and he test-drives that line about nobody’s ever had to ask to see his birth certificate. I’m going to tell you what. You know, I’m gonna make a prediction for you. It’s going to be fascinating to watch. The Obama-bashing at the Republican convention is going to be delicious. It’s going to be five-star-restaurant type stuff. I mean, you’re going to love it. You are going to eat it up, all the Obama-bashing.
• Rich white male privilege: It falls into a long list of remarks that suggest an emotional myopia based on an extremely sheltered life experience. It comes across as gloating about the fact that, as a rich white man born into a wealthy and powerful family, Romney has rarely been subject to the kind of racist or sexist assumptions that clog the daily lives of millions of Americans. Romney might as well joke that he’s never been mistaken for a waiter in a restaurant or a clerk in a retail store, or that he’s never been selected for extra screening at an airport or randomly told to empty his pockets by the NYPD.
• America Doesn’t Need a Birther-in-Chief: Embracing unfounded conspiracy theories, distracting from real issues. America doesn’t need a Birther-in-Chief.
• [A] pandering pathological liar, who is power-hungry, arrogant, secretive, and a racist.
• Martin Bashir:Romney to back birther baggage at GOP convention. MSNBC contributors Ari Melber and Jimmy Williams debate why Mitt Romney went birther for an applause line in Michigan today and how he won’t be the only person with a birther past at next week’s GOP convention.
More right wing buffoonery:
• 7 Birthers speaking at the Republican Convention: Donald Trump, Actress Janine Turner, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal
• Workers at Sensata Technologies, a business based in Freeport, Illinois, have been protesting Mitt Romney’s campaign stops across the country all summer because the company, which is owned by Bain Capital, is laying off workers in order to hire employees in China. Bain took control of Sensata in 2006; last year, it took over the Freeport plant and announced that it would layoff 165 workers and close it. Some of the workers, according to Sensata employees, have been forced to train their Chinese replacements, adding insult to the injury that was their looming job loss.
• For months, Mitt Romney has said repeatedly that Americans should vote for him because of his business record. In a startling turn of events, he told Chuck Todd he’d like his past to be excluded from the race altogether. Regardless, this is quite an unexpected turn. Romney, very quickly, has gone from “Vote for me because of my business background” to “My business background is just a diversion.”
“[O]ur campaign would be helped immensely if we had an agreement between both campaigns that we were only going to talk about issues and that attacks based upon business or family or taxes or things of that nature, this is just a diversion,” Romney said. He added, “I would love to have a setting where we only talk about issues.”
• Of course, Romney doesn’t REALLY want his business record off the table, he just wants it to be his version of his business record, and no one is allowed to question it. If he really wanted his business record off the table, he wouldn’t be publishing articles, like this one in the Wall Street Journal, on August 23, 2012, talking about Bain.
• Rep. Steve King (R-IA) said during a town hall meeting this week that top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin and “her family network are deeply entrenched in the Muslim Brotherhood.” King — piling on Michele Bachmann’s anti-Muslim witch hunt — said he has never met Abedin but cited “news reports” and “investigations that have not yet been published” as his evidence.
• Yes, the gold standard. Just further proving that the right wingers are BACKWARD.
• If you’ve gone to church or bought anything at a store in the last three months, Mitt Romney might know about it. According to an investigation by the AP, Mitt Romney’s campaign has been using a tactic called “data mining” to cull personal information about random Americans, with the goal of finding and targeting potential donors through advertisement. Two primary pieces of information the Romney campaign seeks are “purchasing history and church attendance” of potential donors, indicating that they are looking for high-spenders.
• Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan says that he personally believes that rape is just another “method of conception” and not an excuse to allow abortions. Ryan: “I’m very proud of my pro-life record, and I’ve always adopted the idea that, the position that the method of conception doesn’t change the definition of life.”
• Mitt Romney’s Undisclosed Relationship With Private Prisons. What we do know is that Romney invested in private prisons. We can also surmise that he profited from them, at states’ expense.
• Fox News outs Navy SEAL who led bin Laden raid, endangering him and his family. So Fox News has decided to name the anonymous Navy SEAL who authored an upcoming book about the rain [sic] on OBL. Up until now the names have been kept secret out of fear for the lives of those SEALs. They and their families would make perfect Al Qaeda targets now and in the future. And now they are, thanks to Fox.
• Fox News today published the name of a U.S. Navy SEAL who led the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan last year that ended up in the al-Qaeda leader’s death. The SEAL under the pseudonym Mark Owen is the author of a book set to be released on Sept. 11 detailing the events of the raid. The book’s publisher says Owen “was one of the first men through the door on the third floor of the terrorist leader’s hideout and was present at his death.”
Bits and pieces:
Shootings in Chicago: “Nineteen people were wounded in at least seven shootings within eight hours overnight Thursday in Chicago, police said.”
Shootings in Mexico City: “The Mexican Navy says federal police shot at a vehicle carrying two U.S. government employees after the vehicle came under attack from unidentified gunmen.”
Shootings in New York: “A clothing designer who had been fired from a Midtown Manhattan company shot and killed a former co-worker in the shadow of the Empire State Building on Friday morning and was then killed by the police, in a hail of gunfire in which nine bystanders were hurt, the authorities said.”
Rush Limbaugh blamed the shooting on President Obama’s rhetoric. No one ever accused Limbaugh of being the sharpest crayon in the box.
• The central administration in Kyrgyzstan announced Friday the president signed a decree dismantling the government after the breakup of a ruling coalition. Ar-Namys and Ata-Meken, two parties in the ruling parliamentary coalition, left the bloc this week, leaving the ruling coalition short of the majority needed to lead the 120-member Parliament. Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev signed a decree Friday dismantling the government, reports Russian news agency RIA Novosti. Kyrgyz law stipulates the prime minister must resign and a new government must be formed if the ruling majority collapses.
• A report by The New York Times Friday suggests Iran is working quickly to enhance its nuclear program. The report referenced a pending report from international inspectors, citing “officials familiar with its contents.” Hossein Naqavi Hosseni, a special parliamentary envoy to Iran’s Foreign Policy Commission, told the semiofficial Fars News Agency there were several “false reports” published on Iran’s nuclear program. His comments preceded the Times report.