When in Trouble, Lie

In trouble for what he said about the Palestinians, Mitt is behaving like a five-year-old who ate the forbidden candy, and lying his tush off.  Now he’s claiming that he “did not speak about the Palestinian culture,” when he clearly did, negatively and explicitly contrasting their culture with that of the Israelis in terms of their per capita GDP.

How he thinks denying that he said what he said is going to help him is beyond me.  It prolongs the controversy and adds another dimension to it.   It makes him look even more strange, untrustworthy, and unfit for the Oval Office.

His staff continues to be bush league.  His traveling press secretary had a nasty encounter with reporters in Poland, telling them to “shove it” and “kiss my ass.”

Except for his hefty fundraising, the trip was a disaster, and Mitt was an embarrassment to the GOP and the country.

 

Likability = Electability?

In the last five presidential elections, the guy who was considered more likable won.  In the latest USA Today/Gallup poll, President Obama has a 30-point edge in likability, 60% to 30%.  But he is in a virtual tie with Mitt on actual votes.

When it comes to the issues, Mitt is viewed as “better” in all the economic ones — the budget deficit (55-36%), creating jobs (50 to 44%), taxes (49 to 45%), and the economy in general (51 to 41%).

They are tied when it comes to health care, 47 to 47%, which makes sense given that Obamacare is Romneycare.

Obama has the edge on foreign affairs, 52-40%, but very few voters make that their most decisive issue.

The Gallup polling summary concludes:  “For now, it appears as if Romney’s economic strengths and Obama’s likability edge are offsetting one another, as voters are evenly divided in their preferences for whom they want to be the next president.”  Emphasis added.

The economy isn’t going to get better between now and November.  But I doubt Mitt is going to get more likable.  And the electoral college map still favors Obama.

The bottom line for me is that this was the GOP’s election to lose, and it will take someone who is a caricature of phoniness, coldness, and cluelessness to give Obama a second term.

Will GOP Succeed Because They Support Failure?

It will be bad enough if Mitt wins.

But it will just kill me if he wins because the failing austerity policies in Europe do so much damage to our economy that they cost President Obama the election, the same misguided austerity policies that the GOP wants to impose here.

So European economic failure would generate GOP success would in turn would generate American economic failure.  Who’s on first?

Does Mitt Have Aspergers Syndrome?

I looked at a picture of Mitt with Ed Miliband, the leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, and suddenly a little light bulb went on.  I’d seen that fake, forced smile a thousand times, but, all of a sudden, it occurred to me that Mitt may have Aspergers, which is part of the autism spectrum.

People with Aspergers lack empathy and have difficulty with social situations.  Basically, they find it very hard to relate to other people, to put themselves in their shoes.

If Mitt has Aspergers, it would explain a lot.

I posted right after Aurora urging everyone to watch Mitt’s comments about the tragedy, and his weird, insincere, robotic affect.  Aspergers would explain why he was so “off” when he made his statement.

It would explain stuff like “Corporations are people too” and “I enjoy firing people.”

It would explain his ruthlessness in the way Bain closed businesses and fired people without severance, health care, pensions, job training.  As Mitt’s opponent in his run for governor, Shannon O’Brien, asked about one such closing, “Couldn’t Bain have made $80 million on that deal instead of $100 million and helped the displaced workers?”  But if Mitt has Aspergers, he has a complete inability to imagine what getting fired was like for those people.

It would explain his citing the time he put his dog Seamus on the roof of the car as an example of his ability to solve problems, and having no clue why other people were horrified by that story.

I really think there’s more going on with Mitt than just being a spoiled, sheltered rich person.  A lot of rich people have genuine smiles.  If I had $250 million, I’d be grinning all the time.

Sean Hannity has been using the tag line “Can you afford four more?” about President Obama.  I wonder if we can afford a president with Aspergers, a president with no empathy at a time when so many Americans are suffering.

 

 

A Little Bit of This, But a Whole Lot of “That”

Mittens is running hard with his lie that President Obama meant business owners didn’t build their businesses, when he said “You didn’t build that,” even though “that” clearly referred to the infrastructure businesses rely on, not the businesses themselves.

Today the campaign is running “We Did Build This” events in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Virginia, Ohio, Iowa, Florida, Missouri, North Carolina, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Nevada, where small business owners will vent their rage on President Obama.

I wonder how carefully they’ve vetted these venting owners to make sure they didn’t receive government $.  Based on the Gilchrist fiasco in New Hampshire, I’m guessing not enough.

I hope this lie turns around and bites Mitt in the tush by showing voters what a truly despicable little creep he is.  It’s not just that he has no respect for President Obama, he has no respect for any of us in the 99% either.

The Debates Will Decide

My feeling is that the presidential debates will decide this election.  I believe the polls will remain close between now and October, and that the debates will be heavily viewed and play a significant role not just in how the undecideds finally vote, but in moving some “soft” support from one candidate to the other.

So mark your calendars:

October 3 — University of Denver, Denver, Colorado — Presidential

Ocotber 11 — Centre College, Danville, Kentucky — Vice Presidential

October 16 — Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York — Presidential

October 22 — Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida — Presidential

Mitt’s Possible Swiss Bank Amnesty Getting Into MSM

The mainstream media is finally raising the question of whether Mitt took advantage of the IRS’s 2009 tax amnesty for Americans with previously undisclosed Swiss banks accounts.  Participation in that amnesty would have required him to pay back taxes and a fine, but allowed him to avoid prosecution.

Matt Yglesias has raised it in the Washington Post, “If Romney releases his tax returns, what are the worst things we could find?”  Yglesias has previously written about the amnesty scenario in Slate, but WaPo is a big step up for the story to get some legs.

Yglesias also suggests that Mitt may have had either big profits from the financial crash, when most people were suffering, or big losses from the crash, so that he paid a teeny, tiny amount of taxes.  While his campaign has denied that he paid nothing, Yglesias rightly asks, “But would paying $2.75 really look all that different from paying $0?”

Of course, there is an easy way to end all the speculation about his taxes.  Mittens, the ball is in your court.  You know, the private court that’s part of your New Hampshire vacation estate.

I’m sure Mitt will post many years of tax returns online soon.  Keep checking at http://www.aintgonnahappen.com.