Shorter Question Everything
Flailing and desperate, the right wing is all over the place, trying to come up with the right combination of words that will compensate for the fact that they are failing, that their message is failing. Whether it’s crazy right wing email forwards to pander to the right wing, being for sections of the healthcare act (at least until later this week when they’ll come out against it), being poor and then not, or claiming that Clinton was actually speaking anti-Obamaese, what this shows is a surprising malleability of message. They’ll say anything. Don’t worry, next week it will be something else.
• Crazy email forwards appear to be driving Romney’s campaign as ‘no reference to god on coins’ – something from the Bush presidency – starts to make its way into his speeches. This is another reason why the whole clinging to the teabagger thing is a problem: these people don’t deal in fact, instead, they deal in these insane email forwards where truth doesn’t matter.
Romney began a campaign appearance in Virginia Beach, Va. on Saturday by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance before turning to the platform controversy. “That pledge says “under God,” and I will not take God out of our platform,” Romney said to cheers. “I will not take God off our coins, and I will not take God out of my heart.”
• Waiting for another flip flop as Romney claims on NBC’s Meet The Press that he’d like to keep some aspects of the Affordable Care Act. It just proves that he’ll say anything, depending on who he’s talking to, but I’m wondering what will happen when the right wing yanks his chain short. Why do I think this happened? I think it happened because Romney is losing and, in order to get votes, he’s more than willing to switch positions, even if that means he has to try to run not as Romney, but as Obama.
• They’ll say whatever they have to say – Ann Romney flip-flops: ‘We have not had a financial struggle in our lives’. Her convention speech claims financial struggles, but in an interview that aired Sunday on NBC, Ann Romney distanced herself from that version of history. “Mitt and I do recognize that we have not had a financial struggle in our lives,” the Republican presidential nominee’s wife explained. “But I want people to believe in their hearts that we know what it is like to struggle. And our struggles have not been financial, but they have been with health and with difficulties in different things in life.” A fact check by The Atlantic‘s Elspeth Reeve determined that Ann Romney’s convention story did not match up with her previous claims. “Neither one of us had a job, because Mitt had enough of an investment from stock that we could sell off a little at a time,” she had told The Boston Globe when her husband was running for Senate in 2004.
• The Romney campaign was so desperate to get students to attend an on campus rally at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa that they were giving away a foam Mitt or ball to the first 1,000 attendees. Ironically during his speech Romney accused Obama of offering college students, “lots of free stuff” in order to vote for him, when at the very same event he had to offer students free stuff just to try to get them to attend. [And they still don't - the place was full of senior citizens.]
• That teleprompter thing, just stop it. People used to use notes for speaking. Now those notes are on teleprompter, and people use those too. Yes, even the right wing. Lots of pics here. What WOULD prove stupidity would be walking out onto a stage without a teleprompter, or even the old school version – notes. That’s how you ended up with the whole Eastwood yelling at a chair moment. Notes are smart, and teleprompters – today’s notes – are smart.
• “Women for Mitt” event in Leesburg, Virginia, and where’s it being held? Twin Oaks, an exclusive riding academy that lists its horses as staff, but doesn’t list its staff. [Join Ann Romney in Leesburg!]
• The cuts to the military that the entire GOP backed – well, now that’s a problem. Mittens thinks it was a big mistake. Ryan is one of those GOPers that voted for it. Guess he was a mistake too?
• About that Clinton speech: Obama jokes Bill Clinton should be named ‘secretary of explaining stuff’. “After he spoke, somebody sent out a tweet that said “you should appoint him ‘secretary of explaining stuff.’ I like that!” “I have to admit, it didn’t say ‘stuff’. I cleaned that up,” Obama added.
- Investigators to quiz work colleagues at Surrey firm about sensitive defence deal
- All four victims were shot twice in the head and may have been followed by their killers
- Four-year-old survivor of French assassination shown a photo of murdered mother and exclaimed ‘mummy’
- Police say they are looking at whether murderer may have lured family to killing spot
- Brother of dead aeronautical engineer Zaid Al-Hilli has been left devastated says cousin