Shorter Question Everything
• What Mitt Romney was doing while so many died in Vietnam
• Mitt Romney’s Crocodile Tears: Mitt Romney says he expects President Obama to “say a lot of things that aren’t accurate” at the upcoming debates. Sounds terrible! What’s he talking about?
• MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell said Republicans are “desperately trying to lower expectations for Mitt Romney in the debate to the point where if he can just stay standing for the 90 minutes it will be considered a victory.”
• For all the talk about whether Mitt Romney should distance himself from George W. Bush –and the policies of the last GOP White House — a new survey shows that the former president actually has better favorability ratings than the Republican nominee. A Bloomberg News National Poll released Wednesday has Bush receiving a favorable rating from 46 percent of those surveyed and an unfavorable rating from 49 percent. That’s compared to Romney’s 43 percent favorable and 50 percent unfavorable.
• Ann Romney, the wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, told a Nevada television station her main concern if her husband wins the upcoming election would be over his state of mind. “I think my biggest concern, obviously, would just be for his mental well-being,” she told KTVN-TV Thursday. “I have all the confidence in the world in his ability, in his decisiveness and his leadership skills, in his understanding of the economy, in his understanding of what’s missing right now in the economy – you know, pieces that are missing to get this jump-started. So for me I think it would just be the emotional part of it.”
• This has really got to be a piece of satire, doesn’t it? I mean, sure, if you’ve got Lyme’s, that sucks, but to market a campaign that way? What the hell? Romney vows to take on Lyme disease ‘epidemic’
Right wing asshats
• With ‘Dreams From My Real Father,’ Have Obama Haters Hit Rock Bottom? So this is what it’s come to. After four years of invective, four years during which the right has called President Obama a traitor, a communist, a fraud, an affirmative-action case, a terrorist-sympathizer, and a tyrant, its shrillest voices have been reduced to the most primal insult of all. They are calling Obama’s mother a whore.
• The emerging GOP sentiment seems to be that if Mitt has to tout Romneycare as a way of fending off 47 percent attacks, then ideology be damned and just do what it takes to win this thing.
• In audio picked up by an answering machine, a volunteer for the Republican Party of Clay County can be heard calling President Barack Obama “a Muslim” and saying he wants to “get rid of your Medicare” while reaching out to voters in support of Mitt Romney’s campaign. The call was made as part of a statewide phone bank for Romney’s campaign being conducted by the Clay County GOP. The volunteer, who was not identified, did not hang up before moving onto her next call. [http://bcove.me/4qrlu4ei]
• Election officials in six Florida counties are investigating what appears to be “hundreds” of cases of suspected voter fraud by a GOP consulting firm that has been paid nearly $3 million by the Republican National Committee to register Republican voters in five key battleground states, state officials tell NBC. But the veteran GOP consultant, Nathan Sproul, who runs the firm, strongly defended his company’s conduct, saying it has rigorous “quality controls” and blamed the alleged fraud on the actions of a few “bad apples,” workers who were hired to register Republican voters for $12 an hour and then tried to “cheat the system.” The suspected fraud included apparent cases of dead people being registered as Republican voters.
• Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) doesn’t think you women need a legitimate wage either. On votong against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: “I don’t think the government should be telling people what you pay and what you don’t pay. I think it’s about freedom. If someone what’s to hire somebody and they agree on a salary, that’s fine, however it wants to work. So, the government sticking its nose into all kinds of things has gotten us into huge trouble.”
• A consultant for Rep. Todd Akin compared his resolve in the Missouri Senate race in the wake of several controversial statements to that of cult leader David Koresh, whose standoff with federal agents in Waco, Texas, in 1993 resulted in the death of Koresh and 81 others, including 28 children. “The first day or two where it was like the Waco with the David Koresh situation where they’re trying to smoke him out with the SWAT teams and the helicopters and the bad Nancy Sinatra records. Then here comes day two and you realize the guy’s not coming out of the bunker. Listen, Todd has shown his principle to the voters.”