Mixed Signals from Santorum Campaign

With Mitt’s rise in the Pennsylvania polls and Santorum’s long Easter break off the trail fueling rumors that he was dropping out, Santorum’s campaign has released a full schedule for next week.

Further complicating matters, his severely-handicapped daughter Bella is back in the hospital.

Prayers for Bella.

Quote of the Day

“A few weeks later after a recount, however, GOP officials announced that Santorum had actually won Iowa by 34 votes, with the proviso that they didn’t actually know who the hell had won Iowa. The votes of eight precincts had gone permanently ‘missing.’ Maybe a hog ate them, maybe they were converted into ethanol, maybe they were deep-fat fried and put on a stick for the next Iowa State Fair. Nobody knows.”

Roger Simon, Politico.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/72637.html#ixzz1lupdFBES

More on Mitt and the Poor

As I posted earlier, Mitt said today that he isn’t concerned about the poor, he’s concerned about the middle class.

My sense is that he’s so out of touch with normal Americans that he doesn’t realize how many people have fallen out of the middle class and become poor since the Great Recession began.  Some of those people had been middle class all their lives and never known poverty, others had succeeded in reaching the middle class, only to fall back down.  The line between poor and middle class has become blurred.  People who used to write checks to their local food banks are now getting groceries there.

Does Mitt have some sort of cut off in mind?  Will he help you if you were middle class on some date in 2007?  He definitely seems to think that there are some hopeless poor people unworthy of his time and attention, who should get what they need to survive, but not the opportunity to do better.  He’s writing some people off as too stupid or lazy or fond of alcohol and drugs to reach the middle class.

Mitt is bringing back the concept of the “undeserving poor” from Victorian England.

Mitt’s not just fomenting the class warfare the GOP falsely accuses President Obama of doing, he’s clearly taken sides.  And it’s not the side that will win in November.

Is the GOP Really Going to Nominate This Guy?

Mitt the Tone Deaf told CNN, “I’m not concerned about the very poor.”

Given a chance to walk that back, he doubled down!  “I said I’m not concerned about the very poor that have a safety net, but if it has holes in it, I will repair them.  You can choose where to focus.  You can focus on the rich.  That’s not my focus.  You can focus on the very poor.  That’s not my focus.  My focus is on middle income Americans….”

So he’s saying the poor can just stay where they are and remain at their subsistence level, he has no interest in helping them move into the middle class.  This is completely antithetical to everything that America means and stands for.  We don’t believe in a permanent underclass, we believe in upward mobility.  We are the country where you were a guy with a cart selling pickles on the Lower East Side, but your son became a judge or a surgeon.

It is also the rap that the GOP likes to lay on the Dems — that the Dems don’t really care about the poor as they profess to, that they like to keep them dependent on their public housing and food stamps and Medicaid so the Dems have a built-in voting block they can rely on.

Poor people were never going to vote for Mitt.  But better-off people who care about the poor, maybe because they or their parents or their grandparents used to be poor, won’t either.  That’s a voting bloc the GOP can’t afford to lose.

For all the GOP’s garbage that Obama is the “Other” who doesn’t understand and believe in America, it’s their guy Mitt who can’t open his silver-spoon-clogged mouth without revealing that he really is the “Other.”

The Romney campaign may be celebrating their Florida victory, but the GOP should be in panic mode.  You’re saddled with a big loser.

And You Thought Mitt Was a Flip-Flopper!

According to Florida State Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Mitt supporter and surrogate, he’s not a flip-flopper on abortion, he’s a “wonderful new believer” in the pro-life cause.

Given his track record, how are voters supposed to know what “wonderful new believer” positions he might take tomorrow?

Mitt and Freedom of Religion

Mitt Romney’s father-in-law, Edward Davies, lived and died an atheist.

You would think that if he didn’t adopt a religion before he died that would be the end of it, but nooooooooooooo.

Mitt had his father-in-law baptized as a Mormon 14 months after his death.  How creepy and disrespectful is that?

If Mitt would force his dead father-in-law to become a Mormon, how much concern do you think he will have for your rights?


Mitt Lies About Inheritance

In tonight’s debate, Mitt said that he did not receive an inheritance from his parents.

But he told C-Span in 2006 that he did receive an inheritance when his father, George Romney, died, and he chose to donate it to Brigham Young University.  Just because you’re so rich that you give your inheritance away doesn’t mean you didn’t receive an inheritance.

He has also spoken of having to support himself when he was in graduate school at Harvard by selling stocks from his trust fund.

Ron Paul Is Much Crazier Than You Think

In the light of the uproar over Ron Paul’s old newsletters, a former Paul staffer, Eric Dondero, who worked for him from 1987 to 2003, has posted an open letter at Right Wing News.  The whole thing is worth reading, but here are some excerpts:

“He wishes the Israeli state did not exist at all. … He sides with the Palestinians, and supports their calls for the abolishment of the Jewish state, and the return of Israel, all of it, to the Arabs.

“Ron Paul is most assuredly an isolationist. … For example, he strenuously does not believe the United States had any business getting involved in fighting Hitler in WWII.

“Ron Paul was opposed to the War in Afghanistan, and to any military reaction to the attacks of 9/11.  He did not want to vote for the resolution.  … He engaged in conspiracy theories including perhaps the attacks were coordinatied with the CIA, and that the Bush administration might have known about the attacks ahead of time.  He expressed no sympathies whatsoever for those who died on 9/11, and pretty much forbade us staffers from engaging in any sort of memorial expressions, or openly asserting pro-military statements in support of the Bush administration.

“On the eve of the vote, Ron Paul was still telling us staffers that he was planning to vote ‘No’ on the resolution, and to be prepared for a seriously negative reaction in the District.

“At the very last minute, Ron switched his stance and voted ‘Yay’ [sic]….  He never explained why, but I strongly suspected that he realized it would have been political suicide….”

Basically, Dondero says forget the newsletters, the really scary stuff for which Paul should be condemned and shunned is his foreign policy views.

Even if Ron Paul somehow got the Republican nomination, he couldn’t run on the Republican Party platform.  Heck, he couldn’t even run as a Dem.  Neither major party wants Israel to cease to exist or wants the

U. S. to fail to respond to terror attacks.

Ron Paul should be allowed to run only as the weird, fringe third-party candidate he is, right up there with Lyndon LaRouche and the other crazies.