Romney on NASCAR: I don’t follow it closely but I have some friends who own NASCAR teams

posted at 4:50 pm on February 27, 2012 by Allahpundit

No foolin’: The more I write about these populist blind spots of his, the more I find them goofily endearing. What’s the big knock on Romney? That he’s an overly scripted phony who’ll say anything to get elected, right? Well, rest assured: No one would script this line. This is the real Mitt, doing his awkward best to relate. Not in a snobby way either — I think the class divide implicit in his answer utterly escapes him. He’s just trying to connect with NASCAR fans and this is the best he can do. I almost want to tousle his hair and say, “Good effort!”

Think we can convince every independent in America to share my view?

Asked by the AP reporter if he follows NASCAR, Romney responded, “Not as closely as some of the most ardent fans. But I have some great friends who are NASCAR team owners.”

Democrats and liberals quickly ridiculed the remark on Twitter. “I don’t know people who fish but I know people who own yachts,” tweeted Brad Woodhouse, communications director of the Democratic National Committee. Ari Melber, a writer for the liberal Nation magazine who apparently was watching the Oscars, tweeted: “Do I like movies? Well I have some friends who own movie companies.”…

For Romney, it was just his world and his friends. For Democrats, it was a political opportunity. “This is just the latest example of how out of touch Mitt Romney is from the average American experience. From an economic plan that provides tax cuts to line the pockets of his friends — like those who own NASCAR teams — to wanting Wall Street to write its own rules, Mitt Romney just doesn’t get it and won’t work to restore economic security for the middle class,” said DNC press secretary Melanie Roussell.

Sounds like something Mr. Howell might say to Gilligan. And hey, everyone loved Mr. Howell. Optimism.

The punchline, of course, is that despite the left’s theatrical mirth about Mitt being out of touch, he’ll almost certainly beat Obama easily among NASCAR fans in the fall. Watch the clip, then restore your equilibrium by reading this BuzzFeed piece about Romney’s heroism nine years ago when he and his sons heard a family screaming for help on Lake Winnipesaukee. Whatever else you think of Mitt, he’s awfully good during a personal crisis.

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Hey Romney’s not the guy who can’t connect, it’s us. I don’t know much about NASCAR either and I don’t even know any owners.

rhombus on February 27, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Most of us here are NASCAR-illiterate, especially those criticizing Romney.

jan3 on February 27, 2012 at 5:20 PM

liberal4life on February 27, 2012 at 5:16 PM

oh, just stfu!

I guess everyone can relate to going to Harvard in an affirmative action induced cocaine binge?

DHChron on February 27, 2012 at 5:20 PM

As for the heroics, a couple of things:

Many, if not most of us, would have done the same thing.

Heroics usually involve risk and/or sacrifice. It appears neither Romney nor his sons were ever in danger. This was the good and right thing to do, but it involved no risk or self-sacrifice.

I’d be more impressed if he’d showed some heroics in MA when he would have actually risked endangering his political future.

INC on February 27, 2012 at 5:20 PM

The meaning of life, the value of Pi, and why anyone gives a damn about NASCAR. #Unanswerablequestions

Look Polish on February 27, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Last time I checked he doesn’t own a yacht or a private jet or an island in the Carribean…

Midwesterner on February 27, 2012 at 5:19 PM

He may not own property in the Caribbean but his money is certainly invested there. Cayman Islands hello?????

liberal4life on February 27, 2012 at 5:20 PM

WhatNot on February 27, 2012 at 5:13 PM

You (and a billion others) should read the whole statement. He said he liked a healthcare system where he could fire people and select others if he chose. You know, voting with your wallet – like all good Americans should be able to do.

jb34461 on February 27, 2012 at 5:20 PM

I now hate the anti-rich Republican party (or at least the small fraction that is trying to push this). Let’s nominate a community organizer instead or guys that mostly earned their income due to their political careers.

Oil Can on February 27, 2012 at 5:20 PM

neat story about Mitt, naval hero of Lake Minnesquakee or something.

ted c on February 27, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Romney has never been poor or middle class.
He has been in the 1% tax bracket his whole life. Have no sense of what everyday Americans go through. Thats why he always feels uncomfortable around middle class and poor folks. He just can’t related

too out of touch

liberal4life on February 27, 2012 at 5:16 PM

You know I’m glad you are consistent. You made that very same point about Pelosi and Kerry just last week. Oh that wasn’t you?

arnold ziffel on February 27, 2012 at 5:21 PM

People here are stretching for righteous outrage. All of this is nothingness. It won’t have any impact on any voter that hasn’t already made up his/her mind.

cd98 on February 27, 2012 at 5:22 PM

But I have some great friends who are NASCAR team owners.”

I’ve got a bracelet too!!

ted c on February 27, 2012 at 5:22 PM

So to be a Conservative you have to follow NASCAR?I guess that leaves me out then.

sandee on February 27, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Are you really that clueless about your own conservatism? How can that possibly affect it. That’s almost as absurd as saying if you play golf, you’re an Obama supporter.

mike_NC9 on February 27, 2012 at 5:22 PM

liberal4life on February 27, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Maybe we should give him the Louis Winthorpe III treatment.

Show him what it means to not be friends with couple of NASCAR owners.

BobMbx on February 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Not to ask a stupid question but do they really have to keep that distance or are you kidding?

arnold ziffel on February 27, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Grand Prix races happen in the rain, but they are open wheel pansys. If you get too close to another car you get penalized. NASCAR does not race in the rain, but they also try to rip each others fenders off and are encouraged to do so. I’ll take a no rain racing, fender banging, wheel rubbing, wall kissing NASCAR race any day over an open wheel sissyfest.

NotCoach on February 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM

As for the heroics, a couple of things:

Many, if not most of us, would have done the same thing.

Heroics usually involve risk and/or sacrifice. It appears neither Romney nor his sons were ever in danger. This was the good and right thing to do, but it involved no risk or self-sacrifice.

I’d be more impressed if he’d showed some heroics in MA when he would have actually risked endangering his political future.

INC on February 27, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Also, I thought it was funny that the article stated the people in the water were never in any actual danger.

philoquin on February 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM

I now hate the anti-rich Republican party (or at least the small fraction that is trying to push this). Let’s nominate a community organizer instead or guys that mostly earned their income due to their political careers.

Oil Can on February 27, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Community organizers work in inner cities, they see poverty first hand. They understand struggling Americans and their problems.

Private equity firm managers are vultures who hate the poor. Please don’t compare apples to oranges.

liberal4life on February 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Nice job Mr. America.

Fuquay Steve on February 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Next thing you know, we’ll see Romney in a driver’s suit claiming he won the Daytona 500.

they lie on February 27, 2012 at 5:24 PM

At least it was an honest and straight-forward answer. No matter what the guy says, someone will twist it for their own intent. Therefore, I chose to listen to the candidates and not the pundits.

lhuffman34 on February 27, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Beyond flabbergasting. This makes the Bush family look down to earth. They of the silver foot in mouth. Romney may just be an alien being masquerading as a human.

nueces on February 27, 2012 at 5:24 PM

“Not as closely as some of the most ardent fans. But I have some great friends who are NASCAR team owners.”

Romney went on to say. “Now if you’ll excuse me guys, I’m going to enjoy some of the wonderful food they have here at Daytona.” The Republican candidate went on to eat a hot dog and a beer but it turns out it wasn’t his first choice. “Tell me you have lobster rolls and a good Pinot Noir here?!” was what Mr. Romney asked of Jeff Halen, the concession stand operator. Mr. Halen went on to desribed Romney as “a nice man” but thought his “stretch limo was little out of place around here”.

WisRich on February 27, 2012 at 5:24 PM

As I said in the headline thread, he could have said he has friends in the business. He gave dems another sound bite.

Lightswitch on February 27, 2012 at 5:16 PM

And this will hurt him with what group? Liberals are clueless about NASCAR and independents aren’t much better. Conservatives? It’s not like they’re going to vote for Obama because Romney doesn’t speak NASCAR.

jan3 on February 27, 2012 at 5:24 PM

INC on February 27, 2012 at 5:20 PM

You clearly no NOTHING about saving lives! On the water they WILL drown you. I was a diving instructor and have seen people climb on top of their would be rescuer to get above the surface. Searching the crack houses of New York is clearly risky.

csdeven on February 27, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Also, I thought it was funny that the article stated the people in the water were never in any actual danger.

philoquin on February 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Yeah, I noticed that too.

INC on February 27, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Santorum goes along with this talking about romney’s elite background when santorum’s father was a doctor. His adviser today was making fun of how rich romney is. This from a guy who was a k street lobbyist and sticked around in DC and tried to have PA pay for his VA kids schooling.

Santorum was bragging how he romney hurts auto workers and he is for detroit cars and turns out he drives an audi.

ryandan on February 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Hey Lib4life, you don’t think your pals, like Chuckie Schumer and that stalwart American Charlie Rangel, do exactly the same thing? What a freaking hypocrite you are.

jb34461 on February 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Obama attempted to endear himself to fallen servicemember’s families by saying “I…uhhh…i’ve got a bracelet too” when debating John McCain over military service, a point that McCain crushed on, of course. Mittster is doing the same thing, claiming possession of something (a NASCAR team owner as a friend) as a means to endear himself to some voting bloc (NASCAR fans). As we all know, most NASCAR fans know a helluva lot of NASCAR team owners…..personally….er…something./

ted c on February 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Hmmmmm.

Who’s more out of touch:

A President that rammed Obamacare down the throats of people who didn’t want it, tossed billions of dollars to his campaign financiers including putting them first in the bankruptcy line, has the Most Corrupt Administration Ever, has been the biggest enabler of the greatest RICO conspiracy in the history of the country and would love to disenfranchise millions of Americans who “bitterly cling to their guns and their religion”.

Or someone who has been an executive of a billion dollar corporation, a governor, salvaged the Olympics and doesn’t pretend to be what he isn’t (unlike the current President).

I am no Romney fan and much as it hurts to say this, gag AP has a point;

Romney’s artless, clueless statements are an honest reflection of who he is and what he has done.

Oh, for our resident, clueless when it comes to NASCAR liberals:

There are millions of Republicans and Independent voters who don’t follow NASCAR at all & there are millions of Southern ‘Democrats’ that do. NASCAR fans are like Universalists – they don’t care if you share their passion, they just think everybody would be better off if they did.

PolAgnostic on February 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Always do a double take to someone ASAP when someone says this: “Romney relates well to the average person” …no he relates well to WEAK minded Rino Zombies like you

apocalypse on February 27, 2012 at 5:26 PM

From CNN political ticker:

Michigan Democratic strategist Joe DiSano has taken it upon himself to become a leading mischief maker.

DiSano says he targeted nearly 50,000 Democratic voters in Michigan through email and a robo call to their homes, asking them to go to the polls Tuesday to vote for Rick Santorum in attempt to hurt Romney.

“Democrats can get in there and cause havoc for Romney all the way to the Republican convention,” DiSano told CNN.

“If we can help set that fire in Michigan, we have a responsibility to do so,” he said.

DiSano says over the last 7 days or so that he has been working on this, he has gotten some 12,000 commitments from Democratic voters to go to the polls and vote for Santorum.

ryandan on February 27, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Most of us here are NASCAR-illiterate, especially those criticizing Romney.

jan3 on February 27, 2012 at 5:20 PM

It’s not that Romney’s NASCAR-illiterate, it’s that he has a tin ear. It’s becoming pretty apparent why Romney’s election record stinks.

ddrintn on February 27, 2012 at 5:26 PM

People here are stretching for righteous outrage. All of this is nothingness. It won’t have any impact on any voter that hasn’t already made up his/her mind.
cd98 on February 27, 2012 at 5:22 PM

What? You dare to imply that people won’t set their hair ablaze and take to the streets en masse in a frenzy of violence over this? You must be one of them thar Mittbooottz whut I dun heered about.

whatcat on February 27, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Community organizers work in inner cities, they see poverty first hand. They understand struggling Americans and their problems.

liberal4life on February 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM

that’s the funniest sh!t I’ve ever read!

DHChron on February 27, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I’ll take a no rain racing, fender banging, wheel rubbing, wall kissing NASCAR race any day over an open wheel sissyfest.

NotCoach on February 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Its takes a man with brass balls to drive a car over 200mph that uses a fuel that doesn’t produce smoke or a flame when its burning.

“Is that my rash again….or is my damn arm on fire?!”

BobMbx on February 27, 2012 at 5:27 PM

WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH HAVING FRIENDS WHO OWN THINGS???? PLEASE, SOMEONE EXPLAIN THIS TO ME!!! IS THIS AN OWS SITE OR WHAT???

echosyst on February 27, 2012 at 5:28 PM

that’s the funniest sh!t I’ve ever read!

DHChron on February 27, 2012 at 5:27 PM

What is the job of a community organizer then?

liberal4life on February 27, 2012 at 5:28 PM

csdeven on February 27, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Floridian here with many swimming lessons. Handled correctly, there was no risk. He had two sons with him–and I assume they were adults also in 2003 and would have had to sense to approach cautiously. He did the right thing, but seriously, risk?

INC on February 27, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Also, I thought it was funny that the article stated the people in the water were never in any actual danger.

philoquin on February 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM

So, they should have just left them there? No danger, just dark and in the water. No prob. Shoulda just ignored them. Meh

bluealice on February 27, 2012 at 5:28 PM

People here are stretching for righteous outrage. All of this is nothingness. It won’t have any impact on any voter that hasn’t already made up his/her mind.

cd98 on February 27, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Which forces the question…Why did AP feel the need to a whole post out of it when it was on the feed earlier?

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on February 27, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Romney later went on to mention retired driver Bobby Allison, who endorsed him earlier this year.

“I go back to the 1960s, back then when you had guys like Bobby Allison driving, they were driving stock cars,” Romney said, according to the AP. “Maybe they’d taken out the passenger seat and the back seat so they can put in a restraint system and a fire extinguisher. But now these cars really are built from the group up entirely by the teams themselves.”

Romney was being honest and not pandering. He said he knew some owners during a long interview in the rain.

I hate the hypocritical dem class war as obama’s ski in aspen.

Stop playing by the dem rules where everything is hypocrisy.

ryandan on February 27, 2012 at 5:29 PM

If he gets elected, he’s going to make Bush look good.

JellyToast on February 27, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Next thing you know, we’ll see Romney in a driver’s suit claiming he won the Daytona 500.

they lie on February 27, 2012 at 5:24 PM

While Newt chases after Danica. No, really, just for an autograph.

BobMbx on February 27, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Allah…I am trying to remember the last article you wrote that was anywhere near PRO Romney or semi neutral. Your blind spot is that even this one where you think you are giving him props you are backhanding him and even speaking the DEMs line of talk!

I DO NOT UNDERSTAND why so many conservatives this election they are jumping all over the guy who has shown how to be successful from nothing! Do not even give me this line about his daddy’s wealth because he never kept ANY OF IT. Romney through his smarts and persistence became successful ON HIS OWN MERITS and yet Allah and others here seem to mock him. So the guy has friends that are in NASCAR and own the teams, who cares?! Good for Mitt.

Most conservatives desires is to better themselves and their families lives…that is what the “pursuit of happiness” is and Romney has done well at it. We all should not begrudge him because he has succeeded and we are still trying…that is the way Democrats think and I have READ TOO MUCH of that on HA this year.

g2825m on February 27, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Next thing you know, we’ll see Romney in a driver’s suit claiming he won the Daytona 500.

they lie on February 27, 2012 at 5:24 PM

we’ll see that before Danica wins one

DHChron on February 27, 2012 at 5:30 PM

What is the job of a community organizer then?

liberal4life on February 27, 2012 at 5:28 PM

To agitate for more government spending with no sweat of their own. Any community organizers have any success with significant enterprises?

arnold ziffel on February 27, 2012 at 5:31 PM

WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH HAVING FRIENDS WHO OWN THINGS???? PLEASE, SOMEONE EXPLAIN THIS TO ME!!! IS THIS AN OWS SITE OR WHAT???

echosyst on February 27, 2012 at 5:28 PM

It is simply Romney-Hate.

Do yourself a favor…..count the number of folks here who hate on Romney 24/7/365. Multiply that number by 100. So far in the primary, Romney has 1000+ times that many votes. These haters are INSIGNIFICANT in the scope of the primary. Completely insignificant.

csdeven on February 27, 2012 at 5:31 PM

He was probably trying to be one of the guys and utterly failed.

INC on February 27, 2012 at 5:14 PM

You’re not kidding. The reason my husband and I aren’t there now is because it would have cost us over $1,000 to get into the infield of the track where we usually camp out for 3 or 4 days before the race.

Some of those who do the same save all year to attend this race from all over the country. For him to “mock” the rain ponchos they most likely spent $15 or $20 for if they had the NASCAR logo on them, is a total disconnect.

But saying things that makes no sense seems to be a recurring problem for him these days.

Romney tells Michigan crowd about attending event that happened before he was born

Mitt Romney might have been stretching the truth — and the space-time continuum — earlier this week while telling a Michigan crowd about his fond memories of attending the Golden Jubilee, the 50th anniversary celebration of the American automobile.

“My dad had a job being the grandmaster. They painted Woodward Ave. with gold paint,” Romney said.

The problem: the June 1, 1946, event took place a full nine months before Romney was born. Source

Flora Duh on February 27, 2012 at 5:32 PM

“Is that my rash again….or is my damn arm on fire?!”

BobMbx on February 27, 2012 at 5:27 PM

“Some of my best friends use high octane fuel in their sissy mobiles.”

NotCoach on February 27, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Community organizers work in inner cities, they see poverty first hand. They understand struggling Americans and their problems.

Private equity firm managers are vultures who hate the poor. Please don’t compare apples to oranges.

liberal4life on February 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Community organizers are urban scavengers with criminal mindsets. They use the poor and infirm as weapons to get what THEY want. They’re no better than slip and fall lawyers.

jan3 on February 27, 2012 at 5:32 PM

I don’t care who he knows or how much he claims to know about cars. $10,000 says he doesn’t know a restrictor plate from a rear clip or a track bar from a trailing arm.

flyfisher on February 27, 2012 at 5:32 PM

At least he knows other rich team owners. I can’t see Gingrich or Santorum giving a damn about Nascar. Certainly Obama, the snobbiest of snobs doesn’t regard it as a legitimate endeavor. He’d see it ended or converted to a bunch of Volts if he could. The Daytona 40.

ironked on February 27, 2012 at 5:32 PM

g2825m on February 27, 2012 at 5:30 PM

I’m pretty sure his rich daddy had something to do with it

DHChron on February 27, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Right on NotCoach! There should be an open thread here for each race like they have for pro football. You know, that sport where the prima donnas get paid for sitting on the bench or being “hurt” and can’t play. To make money racing you gotta actually do something.

jb34461 on February 27, 2012 at 5:32 PM

What is the job of a community organizer then?

liberal4life on February 27, 2012 at 5:28 PM

If you used the proper name you would understand: Communist Party Official

NotCoach on February 27, 2012 at 5:33 PM

jb34461 – I’ll need to see a link to put the firing people remark in context.

WhatNot on February 27, 2012 at 5:34 PM

What is the job of a community organizer then?

liberal4life on February 27, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Marxist in Training

DHChron on February 27, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Which forces the question…Why did AP feel the need to a whole post out of it when it was on the feed earlier?

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on February 27, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Easy. Any post regarding Romney is guaranteed to generate a ton of traffic and lots of comments. He’d blog about anything Romney for the traffic count.

Most Newt/Rick threads don’t ispire near as much comments/traffic.

cd98 on February 27, 2012 at 5:35 PM

echosyst on February 27, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Um, numerous people have pointed out that it’s not the money, it’s coming the social gaffe. Didn’t anyone teach him manners?

I used the term Gorillas in the Mist, referring to an old Jonah Goldberg column.

INC on February 27, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Just stop. There’s nothing noble about the boss hanging out with his employees.

Capitalist Hog on February 27, 2012 at 4:54 PM

“The boss fraternizing with the hired help…” Come on. The president is NOT our boss. He’s OUR employee.

ddrintn on February 27, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I really don’t mind the gaffe, i don’t know when it became a rule that the president has to be just like the “common folk”, but i disagree. I want our president to be exceptional and accomplished. the fact that he hangs out with nascar owners versus sitting at home drinking a beer watching nascar, is a good thing if you ask me!

Having said that, someone needs to get Rove and Krauthammer on television again to explain why it is people like Palin can’t win, but this guy can! i have a long memory for all their talk about how people like Palin need to step aside for the good of the party because Romney is the polished candidate that can beat obama. where are the establishment repubs now??

jetch on February 27, 2012 at 5:36 PM

What up NotCoach!

yeah, that works too :)

DHChron on February 27, 2012 at 5:36 PM

soory, I’m just an average joe – Mittens doesn’t have the charisma to carry off the general. The sooner you realize that the better. If he had scruples and convictions that reflected the conservative base but he is deficient in that as well. Empty suit, empty stadiums is not a formula for success- no matter how much cash you have.

Fuquay Steve on February 27, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Too rich, too out of touch…

liberal4life on February 27, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Rinse, swallow, repeat…rinse, swallow, repeat!
You are depriving a village somewhere of an idiot!

Romney has never been poor or middle class.
He has been in the 1% tax bracket his whole life. Have no sense of what everyday Americans go through. Thats why he always feels uncomfortable around middle class and poor folks. He just can’t related

too out of touch

liberal4life on February 27, 2012 at 5:16 PM

You’ve repeated this too stutterbutt! You must be a financial analyst! Hey! When your IQ gets to 50…I would sell!

KOOLAID2 on February 27, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Just stop. There’s nothing noble about the boss hanging out with his employees. Mitt doesn’t need to be comfortable talking to you. He is comfortable and competent when leading. That’s what matters.

Romney / Santorum 2012

Let’s do this.

Capitalist Hog on February 27, 2012 at 4:54 PM

This is just a really good post. Thank you.

BettyRuth on February 27, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Community organizers work in inner cities, they see poverty first hand. They understand struggling Americans and their problems.

liberal4life on February 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM

pimps need houses to keep their hoes, child molesters need places to keep girls they smuggle out of Central America and they are more than happy to help them out.

struggling.

ted c on February 27, 2012 at 5:37 PM

He may not own property in the Caribbean but his money is certainly invested there. Cayman Islands hello?????

liberal4life on February 27, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Wow, you had no answer and had to change subjects?

If I hired a trust fund manager I would expect him to get the best rate of return and diversify it appropriately. Anything else would be silly.

Romney would be the last person they highlighted on the “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” because his life is so “average”. Yes, he owns nice homes and toys but so do many of my neighbors and acquaintances.

I would say he lives pretty “frugally” for the amount of success and money he has.

Midwesterner on February 27, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Oh C’mon!!! No one watches hockey :)

DHChron on February 27, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Well, OK, but it’s hard to think of another sporting metaphor that hits the collection of events off.

Hat trick is nice and slim on syllables too. It just fits.

J.E. Dyer on February 27, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Flora Duh on February 27, 2012 at 5:32 PM

He seems to have no problem with pulling out an erroneous example of how he’s real folks. IOW he’s a facile liar.

INC on February 27, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Romney makes a truthful comment about knowing NASCAR owners and half the commentors have this reverse arrogance that he can never be as “righteous” as me. Romney wasn’t portraying a self-importance by saying anything negative about the fans, or “those who don’t know owners”. It seems the only exclusionary, or self-important people are the haters on here.

Norbitz on February 27, 2012 at 5:38 PM

NASCAR?

ZZZZzzzzzzzzz.

Noisy machines going in circles for hours.

I could watch that for …20 or 30 seconds…

Luckily I’m not running for office so I don’t have to pretend I like such a circular snoozefest.

profitsbeard on February 27, 2012 at 5:38 PM

He did the right thing, but seriously, risk?
INC on February 27, 2012 at 5:28 PM

I’m guessing that when you have a bunch of people screaming for their lives there’s likely likely some element of risk.

whatcat on February 27, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Most Newt/Rick threads don’t ispire near as much comments/traffic.

cd98 on February 27, 2012 at 5:35 PM

But threads featuring spouses and their beliefs do. See the Karen thread a couple of days ago. The venom from the Mittites was beyond the pale.

Fuquay Steve on February 27, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Oh, Mitt, Mitt, Mitt*facepalm*, it’s kind of like, “I’m not a doctor, but I play one on tv.”

waterytart on February 27, 2012 at 5:39 PM

It’s not that Romney’s NASCAR-illiterate, it’s that he has a tin ear. It’s becoming pretty apparent why Romney’s election record stinks.

ddrintn on February 27, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Says you and others like you constantly looking to find examples to fit your stereotypes. Who cares.

jan3 on February 27, 2012 at 5:40 PM

He seems to have no problem with pulling out an erroneous example of how he’s real folks. IOW he’s a facile liar.

INC on February 27, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Well, not facile. I’d say he’s an awkward phony with no sense of humor to boot. “The trees are the right height here” is an example of Romneyan hilarity. LOL

ddrintn on February 27, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Private equity firm managers are vultures who hate the poor. Please don’t compare apples to oranges.

liberal4life on February 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM

So when you say they “hate the poor.” – what form exactly does that take?

Are we talking a Dickensian “Then let them die and reduce the surplus population.” No, it can’t be that. The Democratic policies since LBJ have successfully underwritten the permanently impoverished life and the sense that the poor are unable to stand on their own two feet and rise above their situation.

Or is it a passive-aggressive sort of hate that views the poor as only being able to be understood when they fall into convenient classifications? No, that too seems to be the route taken by liberals towards any member of the poor that doesn’t behave/vote/think the way the liberals KNOW they should. Wasn’t there an entire book written along those lines (the poor being hoodwinked by Republicans to support Republican positions that were not in their best interests) as liberals define their best interest?

PolAgnostic on February 27, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Romney tells Michigan crowd about attending event that happened before he was born

Mitt Romney might have been stretching the truth — and the space-time continuum — earlier this week while telling a Michigan crowd about his fond memories of attending the Golden Jubilee, the 50th anniversary celebration of the American automobile.

“My dad had a job being the grandmaster. They painted Woodward Ave. with gold paint,” Romney said.

The problem: the June 1, 1946, event took place a full nine months before Romney was born. Source

Flora Duh on February 27, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Don’t forget he once claimed that his father marched with MLK. Another time he claimed he saw his father march with MLK. He also claimed that he too marched with MLK. Later his campaign admitted that neither Romney ever marched with MLK.

What’s with liberals and biography enhancement?

flyfisher on February 27, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Says you and others like you constantly looking to find examples to fit your stereotypes. Who cares.

jan3 on February 27, 2012 at 5:40 PM

It’s not a stereotype, buddy. It’s right there in front of our faces.

ddrintn on February 27, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Wait a second…DO YOU MEAN THAT MITT ROMNEY IS RICH?!?!

Swerve22 on February 27, 2012 at 5:42 PM

WhatNot on February 27, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Too lazy to Google it yourself?

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/01/romney-likes-being-able-to-fire-people/

jb34461 on February 27, 2012 at 5:42 PM

whatcat on February 27, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Did you read the column? He and two of his sons each jumped on a jet ski. 3 grown men should be able to handle that situation.

INC on February 27, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Millions of Americans own ski boats… Who cares if his cost a little more than average?

Water skiing is a VERY average sport in middle America.

Last time I checked he doesn’t own a yacht or a private jet or an island in the Carribean…

Midwesterner on February 27, 2012 at 5:19 PM

John F’n Kerry’s yacht cost around seven million dollars, and then he tried to evade taxes on it.

slickwillie2001 on February 27, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Floridian here with many swimming lessons. Handled correctly, there was no risk. He had two sons with him–and I assume they were adults also in 2003 and would have had to sense to approach cautiously. He did the right thing, but seriously, risk?

INC on February 27, 2012 at 5:28 PM

You are just plain wrong. I taught life saving in the diving and surface support environments. We were equipped with SCUBA and BC’s and we were supremely aware of how quickly a situation that seemed under control could become out of control very quickly. There is always a risk when dealing with panicking people in the water. All it takes is for one 80 child to grab you and you are in trouble. Multiply that by 6 people, and you are seriously out numbered real fast.

So please, until you have actually done it, don’t start talking like it’s no risk. You might make someone reading this think it is easy and they end up drowning believing it is easy to save someone.

Just for anyone reading this remember this….

Reach, throw, row, and only go in yourself if you are trained in water lifesaving. If you can reach a person with your hand, grab their hair. The will naturally grab your wrists and not your arms. If you are ever in the water and a panicked person is on top of you, dive deeper in the water. It is the last place they want to be.

csdeven on February 27, 2012 at 5:43 PM

I least he didn’t say he had 4 caddies in the race. Good ol’ Mitt – the homeboy of the everyday man. Paging Dr. Krauthammer! You are wanted to re-evaluate your diagnosis.

Fuquay Steve on February 27, 2012 at 5:44 PM

g2825m on February 27, 2012 at 5:30 PM

I’m pretty sure his rich daddy had something to do with it

DHChron on February 27, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Uhhhh….you’re right, his genes. Other than that Romney’s success is ALL HIS OWN. Romney started at Bain like any other Harvard or IVY League Grad and then PROVED himself by his work ethic and smarts. He later formed Bain Capital and became very successful…so his father had nothing to do with Mitt’s success.

Again, back to the article though…why are we ripping on him because he stated he knows the owners of some NASCAR teams? Maybe some of them invited him down there. It is a basic fact as you become wealthy your circle of influence widens.

Why do we not get on Rush as he KNOWS and hob knobs with very wealthy individuals. Some may say that he is out of touch…so this article should be fair (though I do not buy into Allah’s premise that Romney is out of touch by this statement). Bottom line it was a statement of fact, Romney knows some NASCAR owners. Big Deal!

Me, personally, I do not care who they KNOW or hang out with BUT I am very happy for both of them for their success!

g2825m on February 27, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Noisy machines going in circles for hours.
I could watch that for …20 or 30 seconds…
Luckily I’m not running for office so I don’t have to pretend I like such a circular snoozefest.
profitsbeard on February 27, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Yeah, I don’t get what the entertainment value is, either. At least at a Demolition derby you get to see some real action.

whatcat on February 27, 2012 at 5:44 PM

ironked on February 27, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Actually, Santorum’s campaign is sponsoring one of the cars in tonight’s race.

Flora Duh on February 27, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Get it all out now, Mittens.

That contested convention is lookin’ better every day.

Bruno Strozek on February 27, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Meh, NASCAR. Most people only watch it for the crashes anyhow. Now, give the drivers paintball guns, and then you’ve got a sport.

Left Coast Right Mind on February 27, 2012 at 5:47 PM

I just wanted to say, Allahpundit, your snark was spicier than usual. Thank You.

Mord on February 27, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Community organizers work in inner cities, they see poverty first hand. They understand struggling Americans and their problems.

liberal4life on February 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Have to agree with you on this one.

Obama’s experience as a community organizer has helped him to get more people on food stamps than ever before.

And his complete devotion to the banking elites has resulted in more people being illegally foreclosedand kicked out of their homes than ever before too.

While, at the same time, he has devoted every effort to insuring they are NEVER held to account for the crimes they comitted through MERS and fraudulent MBS’s.

Most Corrupt Administration Ever

PolAgnostic on February 27, 2012 at 5:49 PM

whatcat on February 27, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Did you read the column? He and two of his sons each jumped on a jet ski. 3 grown men should be able to handle that situation.
INC on February 27, 2012 at 5:42 PM

I’m certainly willing to hear how it went down when you the same situation. But at any rate, when people are screaming, panicked for their lives, that should be a giveaway right off the bat that something is amiss.

Also, read comments above re:the problems involved in life saving.

whatcat on February 27, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Also, I thought it was funny that the article stated the people in the water were never in any actual danger.

philoquin on February 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM

This is what the libs do if they see someone drowning:

http://hypervocal.com/news/2011/police-firemen-look-on-as-man-drowns-off-ca-coast/

Midwesterner on February 27, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Wow Santorum using the metaphor of crash and burn for race cars? Not good coming from a man who claims to have deep Christian faith.

evergreenland on February 27, 2012 at 5:50 PM

…like any other Harvard or IVY League Grad…

g2825m on February 27, 2012 at 5:44 PM

which had nothing to do with his rich daddy

DHChron on February 27, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Romney is the most likable politician in a long time. I understand policy differences, etc., but who could dislike the guy personally? Unhappy people full of resentment, one supposes.

kunegetikos on February 27, 2012 at 5:50 PM

ironked on February 27, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Actually, Santorum’s campaign is sponsoring one of the cars in tonight’s race.

Flora Duh on February 27, 2012 at 5:44 PM

OS I guess Santorum KNOWS some owners too…;o)

I hope you are well, Flora…

g2825m on February 27, 2012 at 5:51 PM

meant to say “Oh, so I guess…”

g2825m on February 27, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Community organizers work in inner cities, they see poverty first hand. They understand struggling Americans and their problems.

liberal4life on February 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Right, and they do their best to keep them struggling. They offer no solutions except taking money from working people.

darwin on February 27, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Community organizers work in inner cities, they see poverty first hand. They understand struggling Americans and their problems.

liberal4life on February 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM

They are also the very same type of people who create and perpetuate the poverty and the inner city problems with their socialist policies and belief systems.

imasoulman on February 27, 2012 at 5:53 PM

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