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Remarkably Unremarkable

romney's doghouseDuring the Republican presidential primaries Rick Santorum posited that Mitt Romney was "uniquely unqualified" to be president. Here's what he meant.

Mitt Romney has held exactly one public office, that of Governor of Massachusetts. He snuck in during the furor that followed the 9-11 attacks, at a time when the media completely forgot that it was a Republican administration that missed all the clues leading up to the attacks on the Twin Towers. And that all criticism of the Bus administration, especially from rotten old Democrats, was treasonous.

I remember. I was there.

As a result,  the 2002 mid-terms were disastrous for Democrats (The opposition party historically gains seats in the mid-terms). Riding the coattails of 9-11 Romney snuck into office by only a few percentage points after spending $6 million dollars of his own money on his campaign.

Once elected he then began to flip on almost every position he campaigned on, carefully aligning himself for a run for the presidency as a conservative Republican in 2008. By the end of his single term in office he was so unpopular with the state legislature that all 250 of Governor Romney's vetoes in his last year as governor were overridden. It was embarrassing.

Although he did not seek reelection on the premise that he was entering the presidential race, polls showed he would have lost by double digits in Massachusetts had he run for governor again.

In 2006 a Democrat, Deval Patrick, won the Massachusetts governorship in a landslide. He was, like Barack Obama, a graduate of Harvard and the Harvard Law School.

He was also, like Barack Obama, a black man.

TL;DR: Romney won the governorship as a fluke, was ridiculed by his congress, refuses to even mention his signature healthcare initiative, flip-flopped on every major position, was succeeded by a black Harvard graduate, spent his entire business life screwing-over the working man. By every measure he is uniquely unqualified to be president.



Notes, Notes, and More Notes.

Politics: Donald Trump is publicly supporting Mitt Romney for president, even though last year he described Romney's business experience thusly: “He’d buy companies, he’d close companies, he’d get rid of jobs.”

: Canada knows what solidarity looks like.

Science: Is this the end of the bland supermarket tomato? And I don't mean the frumpy checkpout girl.

Heresy: Anyone need some secular bumper stickers?

Humor: "Today Mitt Romney met with a group of wealthy Latino business owners. Or as Romney calls them, 'the Juan percent.'" – Jimmy Fallon


And now our Chart of the Day: The Temperament Gap: Guardians, Idealists, Artisans, Rationals, and Politics.

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Much larger version  here.


Republican Job Creation Update

republican job creation5-28-2012: The House will be back in session on Tuesday.

For the full 2001-2012 list of Republican sloth please visit republicanjobcreation.com.


Fox News Lies. Dump Fox News

Fox News Lies! Fox News chairman Roger Ailes claims his channel has 24 liberal hosts and one conservative host. The man is not only drinking  his own Kool-Aid he drinking his own Kool-Aid infused pee.

Click here to help Drop Fox from your cable system.

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Reporter: Excuse me, sir! Would you vote for an atheist for president?

Man: No, but I'd vote for a qualified atheist.

Reporter: I see. Would you vote for a black man for president?

Man: No. But I'd vote for a qualified black man.

Reporter: Okay, then. Would you vote for Mitt Romney for president?

Man: No.

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