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(Politico)   "Deciphering Mitt's 47% comment" He's like an enigma inside of a decoder inside of a Navajo inside of the Riddler   (politico.com) divider line 79
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2012-09-20 11:06:23 AM  
By RICH LOWRY

And I'm done.
 
2012-09-20 11:15:35 AM  
"When I said 'the 47% of those who don't pay income taxes' I didn't mean 'retired people and students and children and combat soldiers.' I meant 'poor minorities.' Jesus, don't you people understand Republican dog-whistles? What the hell's the matter with you?"
 
2012-09-20 11:16:35 AM  
He's like Monty Burns inside of Ebeneezer Scrooge inside of Uncle Moneybags. Wrapped in a vest.
 
2012-09-20 11:30:29 AM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: He's like Monty Burns inside of Ebeneezer Scrooge inside of Uncle Moneybags. Wrapped in a vest.


what kind of vest?

/subby
 
2012-09-20 12:27:17 PM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: He's like Monty Burns inside of Ebeneezer Scrooge inside of Uncle Moneybags. Wrapped in a vest.


He's Cave Johnson minus the charisma.
 
2012-09-20 12:27:36 PM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: He's like Monty Burns inside of Ebeneezer Scrooge inside of Uncle Moneybags. Wrapped in a vest.


Hey, screw you, vests are classy.
 
2012-09-20 12:28:15 PM  

Kome: God Is My Co-Pirate: He's like Monty Burns inside of Ebeneezer Scrooge inside of Uncle Moneybags. Wrapped in a vest.

He's Cave Johnson minus the charisma.


...and the Johnson.
 
2012-09-20 12:29:15 PM  
47% of Americans can't afford to drink their ovaltine.
 
2012-09-20 12:29:36 PM  
The best defense for Romney - He overheard bullshiat talking points and then went on to parrot them as fact back to the same people who told him in the first place, without caring enough to check on their validity. He does not honestly believe them because he doesn't believe in anything, he is simply a vessel for other peoples thoughts and emotions
 
2012-09-20 12:29:48 PM  
Decifering Mitt's 47% Comment by CPennypacker

He's a rich, arrogant, entitled, intellectually dishonest pandering asshole.

The end.
 
2012-09-20 12:31:35 PM  

CPennypacker: Decifering Mitt's 47% Comment by CPennypacker

He's a rich, arrogant, entitled, intellectually dishonest pandering asshole.

The end.


You forgot greedy!
 
2012-09-20 12:31:55 PM  

DamnYankees: By RICH LOWRY

And I'm done.


Yea, I'm hoping he'll grow out of his incessant douchiness after he hits puberty.
 
2012-09-20 12:32:09 PM  
Mitturducken?
 
2012-09-20 12:32:12 PM  

Lost Thought 00: The best defense for Romney - He overheard bullshiat talking points and then went on to parrot them as fact back to the same people who told him in the first place, without caring enough to check on their validity. He does not honestly believe them because he doesn't believe in anything, he is simply a vessel for other peoples thoughts and emotions


This

He could also be Unfrozen Caveman Presidential Candidate. .
 
2012-09-20 12:32:15 PM  
Read the article. When you get to this paragraph:

As a political scientist, Romney is an excellent former governor of Massachusetts.

Can you explain to me WTF it's doing there?
 
2012-09-20 12:34:01 PM  

Lost Thought 00: The best defense for Romney - He overheard bullshiat talking points and then went on to parrot them as fact back to the same people who told him in the first place, without caring enough to check on their validity. He does not honestly believe them because he doesn't believe in anything, he is simply a vessel for other peoples thoughts and emotions


So the "best" defense is that he, as POTUS, wouldn't make any decisions based upon his own judgment, and would simply do whatever his advisors tell him to do?

What's the "worst" defense?
 
2012-09-20 12:34:48 PM  
A vest made of a real gorilla chest, obviously.
 
2012-09-20 12:35:25 PM  
He's an idiot.
 
2012-09-20 12:36:59 PM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: He's like Monty Burns inside of Ebeneezer Scrooge inside of Uncle Moneybags. Wrapped in a vest.


.. soaking in a bag of vinegar and water
 
2012-09-20 12:37:28 PM  

thurstonxhowell: Read the article. When you get to this paragraph:

As a political scientist, Romney is an excellent former governor of Massachusetts.

Can you explain to me WTF it's doing there?


I guess blogger boy is trying to say that Romney did well as governor and that his record there should be weighed more heavily than off-the-cuff comments that may be kind of assholish. And because he's a blogger he just wrote it incoherently and eschewed grammar entirely.
 
2012-09-20 12:38:43 PM  

Greenshuz: A vest made of a real gorilla chest, obviously.


*shakes fist*

I love that we're now to the point where supporters of Romney are saying that really he's just terrible at expressing his ideas to a small, friendly room full of people that have just paid him a large sum of money.
 
2012-09-20 12:40:41 PM  

somedude210: what kind of vest?


images3.wikia.nocookie.net 

/we all it was coming eventually
 
2012-09-20 12:40:53 PM  
I think we need to agree this one goes into the Headline of the Year file.
 
2012-09-20 12:41:36 PM  

clkeagle: So the "best" defense is that he, as POTUS, wouldn't make any decisions based upon his own judgment, and would simply do whatever his advisors tell him to do?


From an interview with Israel Hayom on October 11, 2011

ROMNEY: The actions that I will take will be actions recommended and supported by Israeli leaders. I don't seek to take actions independent of what our allies think is best, and if Israel's leaders thought that a move of that nature would be helpful to their efforts, then that's something I'll be inclined to do. But again, that's a decision which I would look to the Israeli leadership to help guide. I don't think America should play the role of the leader of the peace process, instead we should stand by our ally. Again, my inclination is to follow the guidance of our ally Israel, as to where our facilities and embassies would exist.
 
2012-09-20 12:41:39 PM  

Jim_Callahan: thurstonxhowell: Read the article. When you get to this paragraph:

As a political scientist, Romney is an excellent former governor of Massachusetts.

Can you explain to me WTF it's doing there?

I guess blogger boy is trying to say that Romney did well as governor and that his record there should be weighed more heavily than off-the-cuff comments that may be kind of assholish. And because he's a blogger he just wrote it incoherently and eschewed grammar entirely.


It breaks the flow of his article, though. He could have had one thought flow smoothly into another if he just didn't include that paragraph. That thought doesn't belong in that spot on the page.

That minor annoyance is independent of his incredibly awkward phrasing. Did he mean to put an "I think" in there? As it's written, it sounds like he's referring to Romney, the political scientist.

Still, you have to admit that it's one of Rich Lowry's finest pieces of writing.
 
2012-09-20 12:41:48 PM  

thurstonxhowell: Read the article. When you get to this paragraph:

As a political scientist, Romney is an excellent former governor of Massachusetts.

Can you explain to me WTF it's doing there?


I can only assume that like most Farkers, he's working on several posts and he copypasta'd into the wrong one.

//i can only assume his intended target was supposed to have a sarcastic context, because in no straight piece could that be true.
 
2012-09-20 12:42:13 PM  

Kome: God Is My Co-Pirate: He's like Monty Burns inside of Ebeneezer Scrooge inside of Uncle Moneybags. Wrapped in a vest.

He's Cave Johnson minus the charisma.


In all fairness, I don't think Romney would have a fit over the "When life hands you lemons" phrase. No, no, I think Romney would have a party with those lemons. A lemon party if you will.
 
2012-09-20 12:43:22 PM  
The 47% things doesn't bother me one bit. What gets my goat is that he said he doesn't care about them. As president he represents the whole country and not just his constituency. If he doesn't understand that then he shouldn't be president.
 
2012-09-20 12:43:26 PM  
As a proud American who works 78 hours a week to afford my morgage and a can of catfood for me tender vittles, I dissaprove of socialism and the such as 47 percent. The national debt is to make econmy bad. The libs just want more free stuff and to such make dbt even worse. and destroy American.

To save America, we must defeat 0Bamo! 

Therefor I will be voting Mitt come november. You willsee who is laghing then, enjoy it whiule it lasts libbos.
 
2012-09-20 12:45:12 PM  
Everyone knows it's GOP supporters are the ones who walk around butthurt, thinking they've been victimized-- by regulation, by taxation, by the EPA, by the "liberal media," by the "gay agenda," by "feminazis," by the "nanny state." Classic projection.
 
2012-09-20 12:45:12 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-09-20 12:45:38 PM  

clkeagle: Lost Thought 00: The best defense for Romney - He overheard bullshiat talking points and then went on to parrot them as fact back to the same people who told him in the first place, without caring enough to check on their validity. He does not honestly believe them because he doesn't believe in anything, he is simply a vessel for other peoples thoughts and emotions

So the "best" defense is that he, as POTUS, wouldn't make any decisions based upon his own judgment, and would simply do whatever his advisors tell him to do?

What's the "worst" defense?


His first act as President will be to round up all poor people and grind them into a paste, harvesting their choice organs to replace his own so that he may live forever, while feeding the scraps to those lucky enough to survive the last culling
 
2012-09-20 12:45:42 PM  
From teapartynation.com

Guy1: Only people who have some kind of skin in the game should be allowed to vote. In other words if you are just a taker and contribute nothing. NO VOTE FOR YOU.
Guy2: I second this. Anyone who pays no taxes does not get to vote on any proposition to increase taxes on everyone else, period.
Guy3: with the exception of those that have income low enough they don't pay taxes or if they are on SS. There are some people who have paid all of their lives and finally get some relief for legitimate reasons.
Guy2: Agree with you. Im taking about the person who pays no taxes while either working or not, ages 18- forward. Retired people have paid their fair share of taxes, earned that right to vote. Those younger who pay no taxes have not earned this right to raise others taxes for their own gain. People in the Military deserve this voting right.
 
2012-09-20 12:47:00 PM  
No, he's just another over-privileged knob of the republican party who accidentally said out loud what he really thinks of anybody that hasn't had life handed to them on a silver platter as he did.

He was born to wealth, reaped the benefits early and parlayed his initial fortunate standing into even more wealth, now he's criticizing people for not being lucky enough to be born to a rich family with powerful business and political connections. Simple as that.
 
Ehh
2012-09-20 12:52:53 PM  
Lowry does a fantastic job of explaining in calm, reasoned, rational tones just how effing stoopit Mitt's statement is. So much so that you almost forget how effing stoopit it was.

That article reads like a speech by the saintly parent of a nasty little brat explaining why the nasty little brat did what he did.
 
2012-09-20 12:53:14 PM  
"I Don't care about the poor"~Mitt Romney
"I Care about all Americans"~Mitt Romney
"I don't care about the 47%"~Mitt Romney
"I want to be the president of 100% of America"~Mitt Romney

He is not a Flip Flop, he is a ping pong ball.
 
2012-09-20 12:54:19 PM  

Muta: The 47% things doesn't bother me one bit. What gets my goat is that he said he doesn't care about them. As president he represents the whole country and not just his constituency. If he doesn't understand that then he shouldn't be president.


This.
 
2012-09-20 12:59:03 PM  

theorellior: Muta: The 47% things doesn't bother me one bit. What gets my goat is that he said he doesn't care about them. As president he represents the whole country and not just his constituency. If he doesn't understand that then he shouldn't be president.

This.

bears repeating.
 
2012-09-20 01:01:54 PM  

Muta: The 47% things doesn't bother me one bit. What gets my goat is that he said he doesn't care about them. As president he represents the whole country and not just his constituency. If he doesn't understand that then he shouldn't be president.


What makes me sad is that he has no idea that the 47% of America that pays no income taxes is not entirely made up of poor minorities, but also includes retired people, military personnel in combat, students, etc.

I can understand him being a bigoted piece of shiat, but a clueless bigoted piece of shiat really goes over the line.
 
2012-09-20 01:05:12 PM  
Wonder how many people missed that he's talking about 47% of the people who will vote for OBAMA... not 47% of the US population that will vote...
 
2012-09-20 01:08:42 PM  

prjindigo: Wonder how many people missed that he's talking about 47% of the people who will vote for OBAMA... not 47% of the US population that will vote...


Actually he was mixing alot of 47%'s. 47% who will vote for Obama, 47% that don't pay taxes, and 47% that get entitelments. They are different sets that he thinks is monolithic. It was like he skipped the day they were covering Venn diagrams in b-school.
 
2012-09-20 01:09:24 PM  
I'm seriously thinking that the man to lead the USA into the future is pretty clearly : Justin Timberlake. Regardless of which party you support, where your allegiance lies, the fact is that JT is awesome at pretty much anything he tries (often annoyingly so). Even if you WANT to hate him, you just can't, because he's that good at everything.

amirite?
 
2012-09-20 01:10:14 PM  
Oh another lunatic with an opinion piece, big fun.
 
2012-09-20 01:14:48 PM  

All2morrowsparTs: prjindigo: Wonder how many people missed that he's talking about 47% of the people who will vote for OBAMA... not 47% of the US population that will vote...

Actually he was mixing alot of 47%'s. 47% who will vote for Obama, 47% that don't pay taxes, and 47% that get entitelments. They are different sets that he thinks is monolithic. It was like he skipped the day they were covering Venn diagrams in b-school.


This wouldn't be the first time that Romney demonstrates he has no idea how a Venn diagram works.
 
2012-09-20 01:15:33 PM  
I am a cipher, a cipher wrapped in an enigma, smothered in secret sauce.
i.imgur.com

Jimmy James for President!
 
2012-09-20 01:16:16 PM  
Lowry did get something right. Romney took the intended FICTIONAL IMPLICATION of the "47% pay no income tax" GOP talking point, that half the country is a bunch of freeloaders living off the taxes of the hard-working other half, and stated it as FACT

There's a reason those things are so carefully phrased and Mitt knows it(remember the hearsay of the onerous change-of-address form?). Even at an exclusive fundraiser this is just sloppy and dumb.
 
2012-09-20 01:21:03 PM  

CPennypacker: Decifering Mitt's 47% Comment by CPennypacker

He's a rich, arrogant, entitled, intellectually dishonest pandering asshole.

The end.


WE GET IT. HE'S MORMON.
 
2012-09-20 01:22:48 PM  

thurstonxhowell: Jim_Callahan: thurstonxhowell: Read the article. When you get to this paragraph:

As a political scientist, Romney is an excellent former governor of Massachusetts.

Can you explain to me WTF it's doing there?

I guess blogger boy is trying to say that Romney did well as governor and that his record there should be weighed more heavily than off-the-cuff comments that may be kind of assholish. And because he's a blogger he just wrote it incoherently and eschewed grammar entirely.

It breaks the flow of his article, though. He could have had one thought flow smoothly into another if he just didn't include that paragraph. That thought doesn't belong in that spot on the page.

That minor annoyance is independent of his incredibly awkward phrasing. Did he mean to put an "I think" in there? As it's written, it sounds like he's referring to Romney, the political scientist.

Still, you have to admit that it's one of Rich Lowry's finest pieces of writing.


It sounded a little bit to me like the oft-repeated criticism of "As an expert in X, Celebrity is an excellent Y." Meaning they're very good in their initial profession, but not very good at stepping outside that comfort zone. Sort of like when people were saying, "As a professional baseball player, Michael Jordan is an excellent basketball player." In other words, I've only ever heard that structure used as a dig.

Which is why I was so confused at reading this article. Even his defenses are starting to sound like digs. It's as if Romney said, "won't someone rid me of this troublesome priest," and Bill Kristol jumped in and said, "No, no, he didn't mean that he wanted to get RID of the troublesome priest, he meant that the troublesome priest should be assassinated." In other words, Romney's defenders keep "reinterpreting" what he said into exactly what I figured he said when I first heard him say it. The more context he adds, the more it sounds like he meant it.
 
2012-09-20 01:25:18 PM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: He's like Monty Burns inside of Ebeneezer Scrooge inside of Uncle Moneybags. Wrapped in a vest.


Rolling a dough-nut.


//yeah, I've had that dream.
 
2012-09-20 01:28:26 PM  
Man, the shills here have got absolute, positively, completely and irrevocably nothing.
 
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