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(Salon)   The scary truth is that Romney hasn't been making gaffes; he's been saying the ridiculous things that the far right believes in order to shed his Northeast liberal image   (salon.com) divider line 114
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2012-07-31 02:24:36 PM  
yup - that was Limbaugh's theme for his opening 20 min rant - that Romney is winning, that what Romney is saying is what 'every real amurikan' believes is true.

I honestly don't know if I should laugh or cry.
 
2012-07-31 02:29:43 PM  
You mean he did that to impress Americans who would vote for Romney anyway...because their only other option would be to vote for "nazi-socialist Kenyan antichrist President Obama" which would never happen? And in the meantime he accepted alienating less conservative swing voters, who would actually matter, with his behavior?

Doesn't sound like a good strategy to me.
 
2012-07-31 02:31:55 PM  
these people are truly insane.
 
2012-07-31 02:38:29 PM  

ParallelUniverseParking: You mean he did that to impress Americans who would vote for Romney anyway...because their only other option would be to vote for "nazi-socialist Kenyan antichrist President Obama" which would never happen? And in the meantime he accepted alienating less conservative swing voters, who would actually matter, with his behavior?

Doesn't sound like a good strategy to me.


On the derptastic right, quite a few of them are actually saying they're only voting local elections
 
2012-07-31 02:43:56 PM  
Romney should be attracting independents at this point, if he's still trying to convince the base he's in trouble.
 
2012-07-31 02:47:02 PM  
Look, the Republicans knew 2012 was a wash. They let Mitt have his "turn" just like McCain. Meanwhile the newer, more obedient models can be market tested, and while we're not looking, the state leges get filled with more crazy people that can bubble to the top.

shiat, Texas is still arguing over the 2010 census and redistricting.

This has all been one very expensive, sometimes entertaining, sideshow. The real shiat is on the local level and the big money consolidations thanks to the farkers of Citizens United.
 
2012-07-31 02:50:36 PM  
I'm beginning to wonder if these alleged "gaffes" are really just carefully scripted to pander to the far right. It's not really a secret that teabaggers aren't exactly in Romney's camp. And anything he can say to appeal to their narrow world view can't hurt.

The thing that kills me is that NONE of the people who I know who claim to support Romney can articulate much in the way of why they think Romney is a good choice. Almost all of it centers around getting Obama out of office because Obama's policies are (among other things) driving us into the poorhouse.
 
2012-07-31 02:56:20 PM  

Some Bass Playing Guy: I'm beginning to wonder if these alleged "gaffes" are really just carefully scripted to pander to the far right. It's not really a secret that teabaggers aren't exactly in Romney's camp. And anything he can say to appeal to their narrow world view can't hurt.


Sure it can. It can drive up enthusiasm among his opponents. Think of people who are politically involved now specifically because of the recent war on women.

On the flip side, if the people who react positively to this crap aren't already convinced, nothing he says will do the trick.
 
2012-07-31 02:59:17 PM  

Some Bass Playing Guy: The thing that kills me is that NONE of the people who I know who claim to support Romney can articulate much in the way of why they think Romney is a good choice.


Because if they say, "Look, Obama is just a bad President in my opinion and I want him gone and I don't care who replaces him as long as it's a Republican" will make them sound like morons, and they know it.
 
2012-07-31 03:18:49 PM  

lysdexic: Look, the Republicans knew 2012 was a wash. They let Mitt have his "turn" just like McCain. Meanwhile the newer, more obedient models can be market tested, and while we're not looking, the state leges get filled with more crazy people that can bubble to the top.

shiat, Texas is still arguing over the 2010 census and redistricting.

This has all been one very expensive, sometimes entertaining, sideshow. The real shiat is on the local level and the big money consolidations thanks to the farkers of Citizens United.


Explain this to me, please.

The prediction models look dismal for Obama. Can he still win?
 
2012-07-31 03:19:18 PM  
FTFA "When he wasn't making hilarious gaffes, he was pushing all-too-familiar neocon lines lies"

FTFY - had an extra N in there
 
2012-07-31 03:25:31 PM  

MrBallou: FTFA "When he wasn't making hilarious gaffes, he was pushing all-too-familiar neocon lines lies"

FTFY - had an extra N in there


That's the GOP's big problem with the white house, too!
 
2012-07-31 03:30:22 PM  
Rush Limbaugh: "Romney is being an idiot on purpose! He's dumb like a fox!"
 
2012-07-31 03:33:05 PM  

Lando Lincoln: Rush Limbaugh: "Romney is being an idiot on purpose! He's dumb like a fox!"


I think in this case we can truly surmise that it takes one to know one
 
2012-07-31 03:34:47 PM  
Titt Romney (a British friend of mine took to calling him that after his rousing soujourn to England) is a human windsock. He says what he says because it appeals in that moment, to the people he's talking to. When he was in MA, he was the New England Republican, which is basically a Democrat that leans center-right. Now that he's running for the Big Chair, he's the Fundie Dream, even though they hate Mormons and don't trust him as far as they could throw him, wishing instead someone like Santorum or Bachmann had got the nomination.

So yeah, he's saying this shiat because the people he's pandering to believe it with all their pea-pickin' little hearts. What he doesn't understand, and what Barack Obama had to learn, was the same thing Bill Clinton figured out; you campaign from the left (or right), but you govern from the center. Mitt Romney is physically and mentally incapable of doing that, because it would require having to work with the Democrats, which he's loathe to do, and he'd lose any support from the electorate he'd gained through winning the election. Also, it would require him to lock down definitive stances on things, and as we've seen, he can't do that either.
 
2012-07-31 03:40:35 PM  

Nadie_AZ: Explain this to me, please.

The prediction models look dismal for Obama. Can he still win?


The author of that article doesn't know what prediction models are. He cites a bunch of individual indicators that seem bad out of context, but he doesn't do what Nate Silver does, which is combine all of the information into an ACTUAL statistical model that minimizes the noise and accounts for almost everything.

And when you account for almost everything, Obama becomes a slight favorite.
 
2012-07-31 03:45:25 PM  
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2012-07-31 03:46:05 PM  

FishyFred: Nadie_AZ: Explain this to me, please.

The prediction models look dismal for Obama. Can he still win?

The author of that article doesn't know what prediction models are. He cites a bunch of individual indicators that seem bad out of context, but he doesn't do what Nate Silver does, which is combine all of the information into an ACTUAL statistical model that minimizes the noise and accounts for almost everything.

And when you account for almost everything, Obama becomes a slight favorite.


So it is just somebody begging for clicks on his sucky blog?
 
2012-07-31 03:49:54 PM  

Nadie_AZ: FishyFred: Nadie_AZ: Explain this to me, please.

The prediction models look dismal for Obama. Can he still win?

The author of that article doesn't know what prediction models are. He cites a bunch of individual indicators that seem bad out of context, but he doesn't do what Nate Silver does, which is combine all of the information into an ACTUAL statistical model that minimizes the noise and accounts for almost everything.

And when you account for almost everything, Obama becomes a slight favorite.

So it is just somebody begging for clicks on his sucky blog?


Pretty much, yeah.
 
2012-07-31 03:50:32 PM  
Also, there's a fundraising/reporting deadline coming up, and both sides are scrambling, so adjust the bias in all media by 5%.
 
2012-07-31 03:50:56 PM  

Lando Lincoln: Rush Limbaugh: "Romney is being an idiot on purpose! He's dumb like a fox!"


Pot..kettle...black.
 
2012-07-31 03:52:12 PM  

Nadie_AZ: So it is just somebody begging for clicks on his sucky blog?



"If the "fundamental" numbers continue to be as grim as they now are, the desire to change course will deepen. And the more that longing intensifies, the lower the bar Mitt Romney will have to clear."


The author is pretending that Obama is running against himself. It's an easy way to make the race seem close and complete that Obama-is-doomed blog article your boss is hounding you for.
 
2012-07-31 03:57:48 PM  

Coco LaFemme: Titt Romney (a British friend of mine took to calling him that after his rousing soujourn to England) is a human windsock. He says what he says because it appeals in that moment, to the people he's talking to. When he was in MA, he was the New England Republican, which is basically a Democrat that leans center-right. Now that he's running for the Big Chair, he's the Fundie Dream, even though they hate Mormons and don't trust him as far as they could throw him, wishing instead someone like Santorum or Bachmann had got the nomination.

So yeah, he's saying this shiat because the people he's pandering to believe it with all their pea-pickin' little hearts. What he doesn't understand, and what Barack Obama had to learn, was the same thing Bill Clinton figured out; you campaign from the left (or right), but you govern from the center. Mitt Romney is physically and mentally incapable of doing that, because it would require having to work with the Democrats, which he's loathe to do, and he'd lose any support from the electorate he'd gained through winning the election. Also, it would require him to lock down definitive stances on things, and as we've seen, he can't do that either.


How dare you sully the good name of tits!
 
2012-07-31 04:05:40 PM  
It's not that.

He bet Randolph and Mortimer a dollar that he'd be able to say something so window-lickingly assdiculous that even the teabaggers and Megyn Kelly would say "Ok, that's it. I'm out. Where's that 'Lyndon LaRouche and You: Besties for a Rubble-Laden America!' pamphlet?"

Fewer than 100 days out and he's still got that dollar.
 
2012-07-31 04:13:42 PM  

Lando Lincoln: Some Bass Playing Guy: The thing that kills me is that NONE of the people who I know who claim to support Romney can articulate much in the way of why they think Romney is a good choice.

Because if they say, "Look, Obama is just a bad President in my opinion and I want him gone and I don't care who replaces him as long as it's a Republican" will make them sound like morons, and they know it.


Although this is, in fact, the case.

It's not all racism. The people who identify with the Republicans have been completely brainwashed by Fox News to believe that anyone with a D after their name is evil. They believe this no matter what the D actually does and how it affects them personally versus what happens to their lives and country when the Republicans get in power.

It is baffling and sad.

Also, the racism.
 
2012-07-31 04:15:17 PM  
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"Dumb like a fox"

Most species of omnivorous mammals belonging to the Canidae family are actually considered to be quite clever.
 
2012-07-31 04:34:14 PM  
Yes, pandering to people who are too closed minded to vote for anyone but you at the cost of pissing off everyone else. Great strategy.
 
2012-07-31 04:35:14 PM  
Another page out of the Bush playbook: Embarassing yourrself while ticking off your allies.
 
2012-07-31 04:35:42 PM  
Wow this strategy is making Sun Tzu's dust particles spin into a tornado.

But honestly if that is the case I can safely say that Mittens has no integrity and the fact that this is reflective of how the American public is being portrayed I'm ashamed of our general populace.

This country deserves a better government and better people to run it.
 
2012-07-31 04:37:14 PM  
Pull away from the more centrist and moderate position so you can cozy yourself in the rungs of the far right. That will definitely help with the votes.
 
2012-07-31 04:38:44 PM  

Lando Lincoln: Rush Limbaugh: "Romney is being an idiot on purpose! He's dumb like a fox!"


If Romney was not being dumb on purpose, then I have to wonder if he is going to call Rush out on this.
 
2012-07-31 04:39:27 PM  

LegacyDL: This country deserves a better government and better people to run it.


No, no we don't. We've brought this entirely upon ourselves.
 
2012-07-31 04:44:12 PM  

hugram: Lando Lincoln: Rush Limbaugh: "Romney is being an idiot on purpose! He's dumb like a fox!"

If Romney was not being dumb on purpose, then I have to wonder if he is going to call Rush out on this.


Romney (or any other GOP politician for that matter) is not allowed to criticize the great one. Romney's chances (as they slim as they are) would be non-existent if Rush decided to flush him down the shiatter.
 
2012-07-31 04:44:44 PM  
The scary truth is that a failed public education system and an unethical 4th branch of the government (media) has resulted in segments of the population that are not fit to make intelligent decisions for the rest of us. These folks tend to be the extremes on both sides of the isle, but at least the left views the dirty hippies gen Y folks as slackers and don't elevate them to the upper echelons of the political party.
 
2012-07-31 04:44:45 PM  

LegacyDL: Wow this strategy is making Sun Tzu's dust particles spin into a tornado.

But honestly if that is the case I can safely say that Mittens has no integrity and the fact that this is reflective of how the American public is being portrayed I'm ashamed of our general populace.

This country deserves a better government and better people to run it.


If idiots are going to vote for even bigger idiots who want to prove government can't do anything right by preventing it from doing anything right, we absolutely do not deserve a better government.
 
2012-07-31 04:44:51 PM  

Weaver95: yup - that was Limbaugh's theme for his opening 20 min rant - that Romney is winning, that what Romney is saying is what 'every real amurikan' believes is true.


Of course, the Pudding King completely missed the minor detail that, if this is true, it just makes Romney look even dumber. Accidentally throwing the election via honest stupidity is one thing; accidentally throwing the election via calculated stupidity designed to gain half as many votes as he's going to end up losing because of it? Hurr.
 
2012-07-31 04:45:53 PM  

Lando Lincoln: Some Bass Playing Guy: The thing that kills me is that NONE of the people who I know who claim to support Romney can articulate much in the way of why they think Romney is a good choice.

Because if they say, "Look, Obama is just a bad President in my opinion and I want him gone and I don't care who replaces him as long as it's a Republican" will make them sound like morons, and they know it.


FIFM

My favorite line;
Rush Limbaugh: "Romney is being an idiot..."
Rush Limbaugh: "Romney is being an idiot..."
Rush Limbaugh: "Romney is being an idiot..."
Rush Limbaugh: "Romney is being an idiot..."
Rush Limbaugh: "Romney is being an idiot..."

We're all painfully seeing why McCain chose Palin over Romney for VP.
 
2012-07-31 04:48:51 PM  
In other words, dumbing it down to what GOP voters can understand?
 
2012-07-31 04:49:18 PM  

lysdexic: Look, the Republicans knew 2012 was a wash. They let Mitt have his "turn" just like McCain. Meanwhile the newer, more obedient models can be market tested, and while we're not looking, the state leges get filled with more crazy people that can bubble to the top.

shiat, Texas is still arguing over the 2010 census and redistricting.

This has all been one very expensive, sometimes entertaining, sideshow. The real shiat is on the local level and the big money consolidations thanks to the farkers of Citizens United.


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Don't get so wrapped up in laughing at Romney that you forget about all the derpheads being shoveled into your local offices.
 
2012-07-31 04:52:06 PM  
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ya know I think I'm just gonna officially gank this and recaption! all!! the things!!
 
2012-07-31 04:54:21 PM  

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ya know I think I'm just gonna officially gank this and recaption! all!! the things!!


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/Would you like to yell at the moon with me?
//STUPID MOON, DON'T YOU KNOW IT'S DAY.
 
2012-07-31 04:55:40 PM  

Citrate1007: The scary truth is that a failed public education system and an unethical 4th branch of the government (media) has resulted in segments of the population that are not fit to make intelligent decisions for the rest of us. These folks tend to be the extremes on both sides of the isle, but at least the left views the dirty hippies gen Y folks as slackers and don't elevate them to the upper echelons of the political party.


Both those are symptoms of American anti-intellectualism which is real source of America's problems. Americans are neither dumb nor particularly ignorant, but no country in the world has so many people actually proud of their ignorance and so distrustful of real knowledge.

/Canadian. Just as dumb and ignorant but take no pride in it.
 
2012-07-31 04:56:26 PM  

Lando Lincoln: Rush Limbaugh: "Romney is being an idiot on purpose! He's dumb like a fox FOX News!"

 
2012-07-31 04:56:42 PM  
FTA: "As tactless, offensive and wacky as he has sounded on his week-long whirl, he is most often telling American voters exactly what he wants them to hear, and much of it comes from the same neoconservatives who brought us the war in Iraq."


American voters? LOL!

But he sure as hell told Israel and his Jewish benefactors what THEY wanted to hear.
 
2012-07-31 05:03:33 PM  
Apparently Mittsie is confused. Thinks he's running for president of the Zionist State.
 
2012-07-31 05:04:58 PM  

Coco LaFemme: Titt Romney (a British friend of mine took to calling him that after his rousing soujourn to England)


If you anagram the name Mitt Romney you end up with Mr. Money Tit

/stolen from someone on Fark, dont remember who, sorry!
 
2012-07-31 05:06:14 PM  

lysdexic: Look, the Republicans knew 2012 was a wash. They let Mitt have his "turn" just like McCain. Meanwhile the newer, more obedient models can be market tested, and while we're not looking, the state leges get filled with more crazy people that can bubble to the top.

shiat, Texas is still arguing over the 2010 census and redistricting.

This has all been one very expensive, sometimes entertaining, sideshow. The real shiat is on the local level and the big money consolidations thanks to the farkers of Citizens United.


And, with the handy-dandy ALEC-written legislation, local IS national.
 
2012-07-31 05:07:34 PM  

mrshowrules: Citrate1007: The scary truth is that a failed public education system and an unethical 4th branch of the government (media) has resulted in segments of the population that are not fit to make intelligent decisions for the rest of us. These folks tend to be the extremes on both sides of the isle, but at least the left views the dirty hippies gen Y folks as slackers and don't elevate them to the upper echelons of the political party.

Both those are symptoms of American anti-intellectualism which is real source of America's problems. Americans are neither dumb nor particularly ignorant, but no country in the world has so many people actually proud of their ignorance and so distrustful of real knowledge.

/Canadian. Just as dumb and ignorant but take no pride in it.


You should check out The Age of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby. It's one of the most depressing books I've ever read, but it's a phenomenal read nonetheless.
 
2012-07-31 05:09:25 PM  
There is nothing scary about Romney.. he will not defeat Obama
by a 10 % spread
 
2012-07-31 05:12:27 PM  
I meant Romney will lose to Obama by a 10 % spread
 
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