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(Economist)   The Economist endorses Obama...I think   (economist.com ) divider line
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2012-11-01 03:34:39 PM  
Got dam liberal commie socialest rag in the tank for the Kenyan usurper!
 
2012-11-01 03:35:02 PM  
A backhanded endorsement if there ever was one. Still, it counts.
 
2012-11-01 03:35:20 PM  
Talk about your back-handed compliment.
 
2012-11-01 03:35:27 PM  
FTFA: Both are bad.
 
2012-11-01 03:35:32 PM  
Of course those commies that work in the private business industry would back Fartbama
 
2012-11-01 03:35:54 PM  
Most articulate "both of these guys suck" I've read so far.
 
2012-11-01 03:36:07 PM  
Democratic Presidents are better for the stock market and the economy. Fact. They know it. They hate it. But they know it.
 
2012-11-01 03:36:49 PM  

JolobinSmokin: Of course those commies that work in the private business industry would back Fartbama


You missplort "Fartbongo".
 
2012-11-01 03:37:24 PM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Democratic Presidents are better for the stock market and the economy. Fact. They know it. They hate it. But they know it.


The Economist has always managed to keep in touch with reality while coming from a conservative viewpoint. American conservatives should take note.
 
2012-11-01 03:38:02 PM  
I read The Economist! Aren't I cool? Aren't you impressed with me?

I say, old chap, here comes Lord Smartingford of Braintonshire! Shall we dine upon a nice cup of tea, then? We can discuss the economy, and the global situ-AYYY-tion, and ever so many other matters! I am so very versed in such matters, reading as do I The Economist, just as soon as the postman delivers it by the estate, don't you know. I find that only the right cracking coverage of The E-CON-omist keeps me jolly-well informed and all that, wouldn't you agree?
 
2012-11-01 03:39:39 PM  
I don't think there's a single word in that article I disagree with.
 
2012-11-01 03:43:10 PM  

vernonFL: I read The Economist! Aren't I cool? Aren't you impressed with me?

I say, old chap, here comes Lord Smartingford of Braintonshire! Shall we dine upon a nice cup of tea, then? We can discuss the economy, and the global situ-AYYY-tion, and ever so many other matters! I am so very versed in such matters, reading as do I The Economist, just as soon as the postman delivers it by the estate, don't you know. I find that only the right cracking coverage of The E-CON-omist keeps me jolly-well informed and all that, wouldn't you agree?


Blame the sauce. You started early.
 
2012-11-01 03:45:18 PM  
The endorsement boils down to "America can do better than Obama, but Romney is far worse, so we have no choice but to endorse Obama." Very backhanded, but very true. This election should have been the GOP's to lose, instead it became Obama's to lose because Romney is so unqualified.
 
2012-11-01 03:46:04 PM  
Well, that was atrocious. Essentially none of their criticisms of Obama are valid.
 
2012-11-01 03:48:42 PM  
Indeed, the extremism of his party is Mr Romney's greatest handicap.

DING DING DING DING DING DING!!!!
 
2012-11-01 03:50:56 PM  
Ignored Bowles-Simpson? You mean the thing Republicans like Paul Ryan voted down in committee?
 
2012-11-01 03:51:16 PM  
The problem is that there are a lot of Romneys and they have committed themselves to a lot of dangerous things.
 
2012-11-01 03:51:22 PM  

vernonFL: I read The Economist! Aren't I cool? Aren't you impressed with me?

I say, old chap, here comes Lord Smartingford of Braintonshire! Shall we dine upon a nice cup of tea, then? We can discuss the economy, and the global situ-AYYY-tion, and ever so many other matters! I am so very versed in such matters, reading as do I The Economist, just as soon as the postman delivers it by the estate, don't you know. I find that only the right cracking coverage of The E-CON-omist keeps me jolly-well informed and all that, wouldn't you agree?


Farkin' prick.
 
2012-11-01 03:51:49 PM  

xanadian: Indeed, the extremism of his party is Mr Romney's greatest handicap.

DING DING DING DING DING DING!!!!


Yep. Electing Romney would effectively give control of the Government to these three men:

talkingpointsmemo.com
 
2012-11-01 03:51:53 PM  
Well, at least it's more honest than the Orlando Sentinel's "we'll endorse Romney because Obama sucks and, well, Romney is... there, we guess".
 
2012-11-01 03:52:39 PM  

vernonFL: I read The Economist! Aren't I cool? Aren't you impressed with me?


www.welovead.com
 
2012-11-01 03:56:40 PM  
Oh, c'mon, people. The Economist isn't some hoity-toity rag only bluebloods and wannabees read. It's a very informative read, and I find you don't need a Chateau Lafite to accompany it, an insouciant Madeira will do just fine.
 
2012-11-01 03:59:44 PM  

Bleyo: Most articulate "both of these guys suck" I've read so far.


I expected no less from the Economist, really.
 
2012-11-01 04:00:25 PM  
That is in large part because of the woeful nature of Mr Obama's campaign. A man who once personified hope and centrism set a new low by unleashing attacks on Mitt Romney even before the first Republican primary.


THAT CAD!
 
2012-11-01 04:02:19 PM  
 
2012-11-01 04:03:11 PM  
I submitted this with a better crappier headline.
 
2012-11-01 04:03:24 PM  
Question: Do you think I'm smarter than everyone else because I read The Economist, or do I read The Economist because I'm smarter than everyone else? Now, there's a conundrum! I should mail that one in to The Economist and see what they think!

/I love The Economist
//I love The Onion even more
 
2012-11-01 04:05:50 PM  
Mr. Romney is in cloud-cuckoo-land
 
2012-11-01 04:15:05 PM  
It would take a Mitt Romney to break the Economist's 20 year streak of endorsing the non-encumbent party.

1992 Clinton
1996 Dole
2000 Bush
2004 Kerry
2008 Obama

"Normally we think the current party sucks so much that the other guys deserve a shot, but you Yanks actually nominated Mitt farkin' Romney this time, so a pox on your house"
 
2012-11-01 04:18:23 PM  

Cubicle Jockey: It would take a Mitt Romney to break the Economist's 20 year streak of endorsing the non-encumbent party.


That's Mittmentum for you!
 
2012-11-01 04:18:31 PM  
Even to a newspaper with no love for big government, the fact that over 40m people had no health coverage in a country as rich as America was a scandal. "Obamacare" will correct that, but Mr Obama did very little to deal with the system's other flaw-its huge and unaffordable costs. He surrendered too much control to left-wing Democrats in Congress.

Do they really believe this?
 
2012-11-01 04:19:18 PM  

Bleyo: Most articulate "both of these guys suck" I've read so far.


If you read the link with their past endorcements, that seems to be their opinion for most Presidential elections.
 
2012-11-01 04:22:26 PM  

Bleyo: Most articulate "both of these guys suck" I've read so far.


Describe in detail how we should be doing better than President Obama? I can wait.

/doubt he'll answer
//not without a level of derp I imagine
 
2012-11-01 04:24:06 PM  
That was the endorsement equivalent of a positive movie review from Anthony Lane.
 
2012-11-01 04:25:21 PM  

xanadian: Indeed, the extremism of his party is Mr Romney's greatest handicap.

DING DING DING DING DING DING!!!!


Actually that would be Mitt Romney's easily discernible lack of a moral code or personality, but the retards aren't helping.
 
2012-11-01 04:25:59 PM  
Backhanded compliment? I don't think so. Here's your backhand (across the face):

Many of The Economist's readers, especially those who run businesses in America, may well conclude that nothing could be worse than another four years of Mr Obama. We beg to differ. For all his businesslike intentions, Mr Romney has an economic plan that works only if you don't believe most of what he says.

Say what you want about the beginning or the middle, but this is where it counts.
 
2012-11-01 04:27:20 PM  

PonceAlyosha: xanadian: Indeed, the extremism of his party is Mr Romney's greatest handicap.

DING DING DING DING DING DING!!!!

Actually that would be Mitt Romney's easily discernible lack of a moral code or personality, but the retards aren't helping.


Pretty much. The fact that Mitt will truly say anything to get elected doesn't help his cause.
 
2012-11-01 04:28:11 PM  

Someothermonkey: Do they really believe this?


I can't believe anyone would think that any part of the government of the United States is "left-wing", but I keep hearing this said, by more than just the Economist, so evidently it's a thing.

Remember, by today's standards, Nixon and Eisenhower are "left-wing".
 
2012-11-01 04:28:54 PM  

Rwa2play: Bleyo: Most articulate "both of these guys suck" I've read so far.

Describe in detail how we should be doing better than President Obama? I can wait.

/doubt he'll answer
//not without a level of derp I imagine


Do you want me to answer a question you directed at the author of the article or did you just phrase that poorly?
 
2012-11-01 04:29:53 PM  

Pompatus: Backhanded compliment? I don't think so. Here's your backhand (across the face):

Many of The Economist's readers, especially those who run businesses in America, may well conclude that nothing could be worse than another four years of Mr Obama. We beg to differ. For all his businesslike intentions, Mr Romney has an economic plan that works only if you don't believe most of what he says.

Say what you want about the beginning or the middle, but this is where it counts.


Hmm - since I don't, in fact, believe most of what Romney says, perhaps I should reconsider my vote.
 
2012-11-01 04:31:08 PM  
Great! Now Obama's got the British vote all sewn up

How many electoral votes is that again?

/I read the economist for the snarky captions to the photos
//and the Big Mac economic index
 
2012-11-01 04:34:46 PM  

theorellior: SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Democratic Presidents are better for the stock market and the economy. Fact. They know it. They hate it. But they know it.

The Economist has always managed to keep in touch with reality while coming from a conservative viewpoint. American conservatives should take note.


That's because they're a european blend of conservative. A little more socially liberal and a lot less of teh crazy.
 
2012-11-01 04:44:28 PM  
Too much control to the left, Economist? More like not enough control.

/the big banks should have all been nationalized and we should have gotten single payer.
 
2012-11-01 04:59:07 PM  
FTA: "...this election offers American voters an unedifying choice. Many of The Economist's readers, especially those who run businesses in America, may well conclude that nothing could be worse than another four years of Mr Obama. We beg to differ. For all his businesslike intentions, Mr Romney has an economic plan that works only if you don't believe most of what he says. That is not a convincing pitch for a chief executive. And for all his shortcomings, Mr Obama has dragged America's economy back from the brink of disaster, and has made a decent fist of foreign policy. So this newspaper would stick with the devil it knows, and re-elect him."

Not exactly ringing, but grudgingly fair.
 
2012-11-01 05:04:36 PM  
ftfa

"Mr Obama spends regrettably little time buttering up people who disagree with him; of the 104 rounds of golf the president has played in office, only one was with a Republican congressman."

cool metric, bro
 
2012-11-01 05:11:05 PM  

themindiswatching: Too much control to the left, Economist? More like not enough control.

/the big banks should have all been nationalized and we should have gotten single payer.


Nationalizing the banks only hands control to a different set of oligarchs with effectively the same oversight.

Your plan is fail.
 
2012-11-01 05:16:39 PM  
The other qualified achievement is health reform. .... He surrendered too much control to left-wing Democrats in Congress.

What in the living jackshiat WTF are they smoking in London these days???

To get anything passed, Obama (and Pelosi and Reid) basically handed the god-damned Sharpie to Joe Lieberman, Max Baucus, Ben Nelson, and Mary Landrieux. Said "write whatever jacked-up garbage it takes to get your droopy-faced miserable asses to sign it". That's "surrendering control to left-wing Democrats"? No. "Surrendering control to fence-sitting schmucks", maybe.

Insightful analysis Economist? WTF?
 
2012-11-01 05:19:21 PM  
Well, even FOX News reporters are starting to turn.

i.imgur.com

/don't know how old it is; sorry if people have already seen it
//new and funny to me
///don't usually click on the Politics tab
 
2012-11-01 05:21:32 PM  

AddictedToFoobies: Nationalizing the banks only hands control to a different set of oligarchs with effectively the same oversight.

Your plan is fail.


So the FDIC is an oligarch?
 
2012-11-01 05:24:39 PM  

Cubicle Jockey: It would take a Mitt Romney to break the Economist's 20 year streak of endorsing the non-encumbent party.

1992 Clinton
1996 Dole
2000 Bush
2004 Kerry
2008 Obama

"Normally we think the current party sucks so much that the other guys deserve a shot, but you Yanks actually nominated Mitt farkin' Romney this time, so a pox on your house"


Came here to say basically this, the Economist is a real downer on the current party in power basically always, them endorsing the incumbent at all is farking crazy props in Obama's favor.
 
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