Romney: Yes, my “couple of Cadillacs” and NASCAR comments have hurt me

posted at 12:45 pm on February 28, 2012 by Tina Korbe

For all his polish and purported “perfection,” Mitt Romney has sounded more than his fair share of “off” notes — most of them to do with his wealth. A few days ago, for example, he casually mentioned that his wife drives “a couple of Cadillacs.” Yesterday, he earnestly commented that he rarely watches NASCAR himself, but he does have a couple of “great friends who are NASCAR team owners.”

As Michael Gerson writes in The Washington Post, Romney may yet be able to turn these out-of-touch moments into an advantage of sorts. Allahpundit also has a positive perspective on Romney’s “populist blind spots”: The candidate’s awkward efforts to connect with his would-be constituents can be almost endearing.

Romney himself, however, acknowledged at a press conference this morning that these unscripted, authentic declarations haven’t helped his presidential campaign.

When pressed by reporters, Romney acknowledged he had hurt his campaign with a series of comments in which he seemed to casually flaunt his wealth. Over the past several days, Romney mentioned his wife drives “a couple of Cadillacs” and told an Associated Press reporter he has friends who are NASCAR team owners.

A reporter asked if these remarks had hurt him.

“Yes,” Romney said. “Next question.”

It’s not the first time Romney has admitted his rhetorical mistakes. Alongside his damaging comments, he’s also said “I can’t be perfect” and “I am who I am.” In a way, his mistakes and subsequent expressions of self-acceptance humanize him — but whether that will make a difference for him electorally speaking remains to be seen.

As Political Ticker points out, the subdued tone of today’s conference was a turnaround from Romney’s final Michigan rally last night, at which he confidently declared he was going to win Michigan — and the rest of the country.

Romney’s quiet attitude this morning might have stemmed as much from the negative turn the primaries have taken as from any error he himself has made, though. Specifically, Romney was stirred up this morning at efforts to turn out Democrats to vote against him. A Democratic strategist started the trend, but Rick Santorum’s campaign has followed suit. A Santorum robocall to Democrats encourages members of the opposition party to go to the polls to vote against Romney.

This isn’t a “dirty trick of a desperate campaign,” as Romney characterized it. It’s actually pretty standard — but it’s still easy to see why Romney would be discouraged by it this morning. This quote captures it:

“I think the hardest thing about predicting what’s going to happen today is whether Senator Santorum’s effort to call Democrat households and tell them to come out and vote against Mitt Romney is going to be successful or not,” Romney told reporters at his campaign headquarters in Livonia during his first press conference in almost three weeks. “I think Republicans have to recognize there’s a real effort to kidnap our primary process.”

It is discouraging to think of all the factors that could influence the outcome of tonight’s primaries — factors that might or might not be present in the general. It’s difficult to gauge the enthusiasm of the base or the viability of a candidate in an open primary.

Whatever happens tonight, the primary process is far from over — and both the frontrunners have plenty of time to spout thoughtless comments or to turn around the mistakes they’ve made.


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but what he says doesn’t matter….

he’s The One …. errrrr The Other One

yeah … the Second One

lm10001 on February 28, 2012 at 12:47 PM

And lighting hair on fire, and enjoying firing people, and the cars and trees, and…

aryeung on February 28, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Not really. Most of us know he’s a rich guy and is more comfortable in board rooms than open fields.

What is hurting him now is his supporters. Some folks are so turned off by them they will have a hard time voting for him in the primary.

cozmo on February 28, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Santorum/micheal Moore 2012

Rusty Allen on February 28, 2012 at 12:49 PM

these aren’t rhetorical mistakes. these are bits of truth, that I appreciate from him.

he’s still a douchbag.

bloghooligan on February 28, 2012 at 12:49 PM

How many NASCAR drivers is Obama friends with?

Let’s see someone ask Obama that question.

Moesart on February 28, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Too rich, too out of touch

liberal4life on February 28, 2012 at 12:50 PM

his wife drives “a couple of Cadillacs.”

Poor taste.

Yesterday, he earnestly commented that he rarely watches NASCAR himself,

Better taste.

Cadillacs are pieces of crap and NASCAR is a huge embarrassment to both motorsport and ‘Murika.

Daikokuco on February 28, 2012 at 12:50 PM

A Santorum robocall to Democrats encourages members of the opposition party to go to the polls to vote against Romney.

This isn’t a “dirty trick of a desperate campaign,” as Romney characterized it. It’s actually pretty standard —

What?

Tina, can you point out another republican who robocalled Democrats bashing his republican primary opponents for opposing the bailout and parroting liberal/unions talking point?

Pretty standard? The problem isn’t the robocall; it’s the message in it. Which isn’t standard at all.

joana on February 28, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Ya think?

Mittidiot.

Bruno Strozek on February 28, 2012 at 12:50 PM

He is certainly endearing to Karl Rove…

d1carter on February 28, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Allahpundit also has a positive perspective on Romney’s “populist blind spots”: The candidate’s awkward efforts to connect with his would-be constituents can be almost endearing.

Eeyorepundit sees a rainbow through his haze of a grey sky…. He sure do know a strong RINO when he sees one.

said it!

ted c on February 28, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Mutt never got any D votes up in NH, now did he?

james23 on February 28, 2012 at 12:52 PM

A Santorum robocall to Democrats encourages members of the opposition party to go to the polls to vote against Romney.

Not only that, but Santorum asks them to vote against Romney because he opposed the auto bailout. It’s not just a dirty trick by Santorum, it’s one that attacks the conservative position.

Caiwyn on February 28, 2012 at 12:52 PM

How many NASCAR drivers is Obama friends with?

Let’s see someone ask Obama that question.

Moesart on February 28, 2012 at 12:49 PM

What a pointless question to ask Obama, right? It would almost be like pandering to the base to ask such a question.

aryeung on February 28, 2012 at 12:53 PM

This isn’t a “dirty trick of a desperate campaign,” as Romney characterized it. It’s actually pretty standard — but it’s still easy to see why Romney would be discouraged by it this morning.

“If Democrats are going to be voting for Republicans, they should be voting for me. I was Governor of Democratland, er, Massachusetts.”
/Romney

Bitter Clinger on February 28, 2012 at 12:53 PM

What?

Tina, can you point out another republican who robocalled Democrats bashing his republican primary opponents for opposing the bailout and parroting liberal/unions talking point?

Pretty standard? The problem isn’t the robocall; it’s the message in it. Which isn’t standard at all.

joana on February 28, 2012 at 12:50 PM

This. And HA is having a hard time coming to terms with it.

gaius on February 28, 2012 at 12:53 PM

But Santorium would never make gaffeys. /s

Or produce an income not coming a government job.

Oil Can on February 28, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Too rich, too out of touch

liberal4life on February 28, 2012 at 12:50 PM

You have never, ever said that before!
I think you are the reason…they have that ‘morning after’ pill.
Your mom must be livid!

KOOLAID2 on February 28, 2012 at 12:55 PM

The Kerry/Edwards ticket was doomed because of excessive wealth.

Excessive Wealth will doom Romney. Americans can’t identify with the 1%

liberal4life on February 28, 2012 at 12:56 PM

It’s actually pretty standard — but it’s still easy to see why Romney would be discouraged by it this morning.

Standard? I don’t remember other GOP candidates robocalling Dems to vote against another candidate.

he’s still a douchbag.

bloghooligan on February 28, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Stay classy..

changer1701 on February 28, 2012 at 12:56 PM

The machines have become self aware.

RINO on February 28, 2012 at 12:56 PM

A reporter asked if these remarks had hurt him.
“Yes,” Romney said. “Next question.”

The correct response should have been “severely yes”.

Bitter Clinger on February 28, 2012 at 12:56 PM

“If Democrats are going to be voting for Republicans, they should be voting for me. I was Governor of Democratland, er, Massachusetts.”
/Romney

Bitter Clinger on February 28, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Is this really how you dismiss it in your mind? Sen. Santorum not only openly reached out to the left to manipulate the election, he blatantly misrepresented his own position on the auto-bailouts. And that’s the best you can come up with?

I hope Sen. Santorum gets a big crap sandwich this evening… much deserved.

gaius on February 28, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Too rich, too out of touch

liberal4life on February 28, 2012 at 12:50 PM

You’d know.

I have a college degree in computer engineering. I probably make more money than you…

liberal4life on February 28, 2012 at 10:15 AM

QED

Good Lt on February 28, 2012 at 12:57 PM

The Kerry/Edwards ticket was doomed because of excessive wealth.

Excessive Wealth will doom Romney. Americans can’t identify with the 1%

liberal4life on February 28, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Is Barack Obama in the 1%?

RINO on February 28, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Excessive Wealth will doom Romney. Americans can’t identify with the 1%

liberal4life on February 28, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Name a poor president. Heck, name a middle class president.

aryeung on February 28, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Come on, Tina. Let’s hear your spin on Robo Rick…

gaius on February 28, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Maybe now Santorum can put out a robo-call asking Democrats to give to Obama’s Super-PAC, it hasn’t been doing to well.

Tater Salad on February 28, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Mutt never got any D votes up in NH, now did he?

james23 on February 28, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Did he robocall Dems and tell them to vote against Santorum, Newt, etc?

changer1701 on February 28, 2012 at 12:58 PM

The Kerry/Edwards ticket was doomed because of excessive wealth.

Excessive Wealth will doom Romney. Americans can’t identify with the 1%

liberal4life on February 28, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Hmmm. So how did Kennedy or Bush ever get elected?

Bitter Clinger on February 28, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Yeah, Romney is such a good campaigner /sarc

Has a GOP frontrunner ever spent so much money with so much establishment support and yet gotten bogged down so late in the Primary Process?

Romney is the WORST campaigner evah.

Norwegian on February 28, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Mittens has got himself in a tizzy over some comments about multiple Cadillac’s and friends of his that owners of Nascars.’
First they gave us Dole and we lost, then MaCain and we lost now they want us to roll over and vote for Mittens, I don’t think so.
Anybody but Mitt, Thank you!

2eagles on February 28, 2012 at 12:59 PM

No problem, Mitt. Your drones forgive anything and conservatives weren’t voting for you anyway.

swinia sutki on February 28, 2012 at 12:59 PM

ASHAMED OF HIS SUCCESS!!!!!!!!!!

AND THIS JACK HOLE WANTS TO BE PRESIDENT OF AMERICA.

rOfLmMfAo

donabernathy on February 28, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Excessive Wealth will doom Romney. Americans can’t identify with the 1%

liberal4life on February 28, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Obama’s the 1% you imbecile.

Chuck Schick on February 28, 2012 at 1:00 PM

but what he says doesn’t matter….

he’s The One …. errrrr The Other One

yeah … the Second One

lm10001 on February 28, 2012 at 12:47 PM

lmao! that was funny

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on February 28, 2012 at 1:00 PM

The Kerry/Edwards ticket was doomed because of excessive wealth.

Excessive Wealth will doom Romney. Americans can’t identify with the 1%

liberal4life on February 28, 2012 at 12:56 PM

No, they were doomed because one was a feckless, partisan windbag with a near-lifetime on the taxpayer dole in the Senate and nothing to shoe for it.

The other was a lying scumbag ambulance-chaser named John Edwards (whose now-infamous scumbaggery has few equals in modern politics) who you voted for.

Tell us again about your Democrat philosopher king politicians.

Good Lt on February 28, 2012 at 1:01 PM

I’m pretty sure Santorum would easily go upscale and forget those grassroots if he were elected. Riding in Air Force One does that to people. Might even be some new religous national holidays.

a capella on February 28, 2012 at 1:01 PM

His NASCAR comments might have hurt him among morons, but honestly I really don’t give a rat’s pair of hips what a President says about NASCAR, or how much money his friends have.

Yes, Romney is a “Cucumber Sandwich” country-club sort. But he’s the best man we have for the job right now, in my opinion.

He doesn’t need to maintain a “political career”. He’s retired. He doesn’t need the fame to launch a post-presidential career. He isn’t a career politician.

He will be able to tell people “no” and not have to worry that they won’t invite him on the speaking circuit after his term in office is over.

We need a guy like him right now who isn’t politically beholden to anyone.

crosspatch on February 28, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Hmmm. So how did Kennedy or Bush ever get elected?

Bitter Clinger on February 28, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Clinton could not keep his stuff in his pants. Even after that Al Gore still won the popular vote in 2000

liberal4life on February 28, 2012 at 1:01 PM

A Santorum robocall to Democrats encourages members of the opposition party to go to the polls to vote against Romney.

This isn’t a “dirty trick of a desperate campaign,” as Romney characterized it. It’s actually pretty standard —

And what about your robo calls, Mitt?

After a short introduction in the automated call to Michigan voters, Santorum says: “If you’re a conservative, there really is only one place to go right now. I would even argue farther than that. If you’re a Republican, if you’re a Republican in the broadest sense, there is only one place to go right now, and that’s Mitt Romney.”

JPeterman on February 28, 2012 at 1:01 PM

First they gave us Dole and we lost, then MaCain and we lost now they want us to roll over and vote for Mittens, I don’t think so.
Anybody but Mitt, Thank you!

2eagles on February 28, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Nobody is “giving” you anyone. Clearly, if the Establishment had as much power as is routinely claimed here Romney would’ve had the nomination wrapped up by now.

changer1701 on February 28, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Name a poor president. Heck, name a middle class president.

aryeung on February 28, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Barack Obama!

Oh, wait.

Good Lt on February 28, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Excessive Wealth will doom Romney. Americans can’t identify with the 1%

liberal4life on February 28, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Obama’s the 1% you imbecile.

Chuck Schick on February 28, 2012 at 1:00 PM

I don’t think it’s fair to redefine the 1% on behalf of OWS.

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on February 28, 2012 at 1:02 PM

How many NASCAR drivers is Obama friends with?

Let’s see someone ask Obama that question.

Moesart on February 28, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Moe! Who even knows if JugEars can even drive a car? What would he talk about? (…questions like…is there a horn in your car? Do you honk it to let them know your passing?) Anybody ever see him drive? He always had that fetish about the ‘ditch’!

KOOLAID2 on February 28, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Sen. Santorum not only openly reached out to the left to manipulate the election, he blatantly misrepresented his own position on the auto-bailouts. And that’s the best you can come up with?

gaius on February 28, 2012 at 12:57 PM

I’m not defending anything Santorum has said or done because I’m for Newt. But that’s rich coming from someone who supports a guy famous for blatant misrepresentation of himself and his opponents.

flyfisher on February 28, 2012 at 1:02 PM

QED

Good Lt on February 28, 2012 at 12:57 PM

nice backhand….

ted c on February 28, 2012 at 1:03 PM

If Romnney loses MI tonight; I suspect the GOP Establishment will push for Romney to exit the race and push a replacement.

Losing the state where you were born and rasied & and where your dad was the Governor? It would be the nail in the coffin for this uninspiring campaign.

Norwegian on February 28, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Name a poor president. Heck, name a middle class president.

aryeung on February 28, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Lincoln.

ted c on February 28, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Obama’s the 1% you imbecile.

Chuck Schick on February 28, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Obama is a one percenter now but he sure wasn’t when he was living in the inner cities of Chicago..

One percenters don’t usually stay at the south side of Chicago

liberal4life on February 28, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Nice to see some humility Mitt, keep it up, people appreciate that in a candidate.

txmomof6 on February 28, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Yes, every time I open my mouth and insert my foot, next question. Any in the media want to question the Won about his verbal faux paws? Didn’t think so.
Mitt’s problem is he gets so much bad political advice and doesn’t recognize it. Makes me wonder if he got bad presidential advice, would he know it.

Kissmygrits on February 28, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Sorry to be O/T. Fox just said a third child has died in the school shooting yesterday.
Please God help all involved with this horrible act by that shooter.
L

letget on February 28, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Better to learn this stuff now and try to overcome his tone deafness than Sept.I hope Santorum wins Michigan tonight and goes into ST with great chances of Ohio, Oklahoma,Tn and any others I might be missing. The bottom line though is none of these guys are ready for the next step just yet so the best option is keep going and learning. It is time to stop beyotch slapping each other and focus on what they can offer.

Southernblogger on February 28, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Excessive Wealth will doom Romney. Americans can’t identify with the 1%

liberal4life on February 28, 2012 at 12:56 PM

If that were true, then shows like Real Housewives, the Khardasians etc et al, would never make the airwaves.

That being said, what will doom Romney is not excessive wealth, but to act as if his wealth creation was wrong.

Why wouldn’t anyone want to be wealthy? or to put it in a way that you can relate to: Why would anyone want to be poor?

BlaxPac on February 28, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Clinton could not keep his stuff in his pants. Even after that Al Gore still won the popular vote in 2000

liberal4life on February 28, 2012 at 1:01 PM

But you basically stated that rich guys can’t win because the average person can’t relate to them. Yet Bush won. People should not have been able to relate to the “big oil” Bush.

Gore didn’t lose because of Clinton as much as he was a lousy candidate. (Btw, the popular vote is a meaningless statistic.)

Bitter Clinger on February 28, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Clinton could not keep his stuff in his pants. Even after that Al Gore still won the popular vote in 2000

liberal4life on February 28, 2012 at 1:01 PM

You supported both of those clowns.

Al Gore’s become even more of a joke in the intervening years since he lost to Bush, and Clinton has been climbing that ladder farther and farther into the 1% like few ex-Presidents before him. Both are very wealthy men, and as we learned this morning, that makes them even bigger liars and cheats than they were in the 1990s.

Tell us again about how they’re wonderful.

Good Lt on February 28, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Self-aware.

Sure is; “I’m going to win Michigan, I’m going to…”

How about a “we” one in a while, kemo sabe?

tomg51 on February 28, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Obama is a one percenter now but he sure wasn’t when he was living in the inner cities of Chicago..

One percenters don’t usually stay at the south side of Chicago

liberal4life on February 28, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Obama was never poor, and can’t relate to the problems of the poor because he was upper-middle class to rich his whole life.

Tell us again about his days on the street.

Good Lt on February 28, 2012 at 1:07 PM

“Yes, my couple of Cadillacs and NASCAR comments have hurt me”.

I’m losing my faith in the maturity of the GOP base and their ability to recognize and reward competence.

jan3 on February 28, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Romney needs to listen to Limbaugh, like this guy.

beatcanvas on February 28, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Nothing Mittens has said so far comes close to achieving the firepower of Gaffe-mania that was brought by Mrs. Ken Lay.

“We lost everything…boohoo”

[sorry, couldn't find a video of that]

BobMbx on February 28, 2012 at 1:08 PM

From Tina’s link:

“Michigan Democrats can vote in the Republican primary on Tuesday,” a man says on the robocall. “Why is it so important? Romney supported the bailout for his Wall Street billionaire buddies, but opposed the auto bailouts. That was a slap in the face to every Michigan worker, and we’re not going to let Romney get away with it. On Tuesday, join Democrats who are going to send a loud message to Massachusetts’ Mitt Romney by voting for Rick Santorum for president. This call is supported by hard-working Democratic men and women and paid for by Rick Santorum for president.”

Isn’t this #occupy rhetoric?

aryeung on February 28, 2012 at 1:08 PM

I think the empty stadium hurt him. An electable, inevitable candidate should not have trouble getting at least several thousand people to sit and listen to a major address.

james23 on February 28, 2012 at 1:08 PM

This. And HA is having a hard time coming to terms with it.

gaius on February 28, 2012 at 12:53 PM

The conservative pundits hate Romney because they were not consulted, courted, or served by Romney or his backers. They went to great lows this primary – attacking wealth, banks, and Capitalism. They appealed to jealousy, entitlement, and resentment to pit blue collar workers against Romney. When any of his opponents’ problems became known, they defended them, but only mildly protected Romney early on. Now that the field has narrowed to one challenger they have given up all pretense.

This whole idea of invevitability and perfection and “myths of electability” were never actually put forward by Romney. They simply used that to make people resent him in the same way TruCons have to resent people that go to college now, apparently.

antisense on February 28, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Obama is a one percenter now but he sure wasn’t when he was living in the inner cities of Chicago..

One percenters don’t usually stay at the south side of Chicago

liberal4life on February 28, 2012 at 1:04 PM

That was the past. Obama took other people’s money to become in the 1%. Americans can’t identify with that, right?

aryeung on February 28, 2012 at 1:11 PM

I’d like him better if he would just say “Yeah I have a butt load of money and I enjoy it”

dmn1972 on February 28, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Twelve reasons why any “true” conservative would not vote for Ron Paul:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vXmbAUgzYM

dom89031 on February 28, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Why should it hurt him to say he knows a couple of NASCAR owners? Owners in NASCAR are popular. There aren’t any Dan Snyder’s or George Steinbrenners in the sport. It isn’t very lucrative, especially compared to the NFL or MLB.

I don’t know why the Cadillac comment would hurt either. He’s rich, everyone knows it, he would be taken as a huge phony if he said his wife drives a Ford Focus.

Sheesh. You guys almost make me feel sorry for Romney, and I don’t. He is not a professional politician. Rick Santorum is, yet he goes on TV and says JFK’s speech made him throw up,and it’s like, oh hahaha that’s just Rick being Rick.

rockmom on February 28, 2012 at 1:11 PM

I think the empty stadium hurt him. An electable, inevitable candidate should not have trouble getting at least several thousand people to sit and listen to a major address.

james23 on February 28, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Evidence for my above assertion.

antisense on February 28, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Daikokuco on February 28, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Bigot.

NotCoach on February 28, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Stop apologizing for being wealthy.

dmn1972 on February 28, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Whats the fastest you’ve ever driven a car?
Whats the fastest you’ve ever been driven in a car?
What type of car was it?
We need witnesses, and your age at the time, please.

Better than a lot of inane questions I’ve heard.

tomg51 on February 28, 2012 at 1:12 PM

So two Cadillacs > Mooch’s personal private jet?

That is the point of this retarded thread, isn’t it?

MNHawk on February 28, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Pretty standard? The problem isn’t the robocall; it’s the message in it. Which isn’t standard at all.

joana on February 28, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Exactly. Asking Dems to cross over is one thing. Asking them to cross over because Romney OPPOSED the bailouts runs completely counter to Santorum’s stated fiscal positions. His mask is slipping.

Priscilla on February 28, 2012 at 1:14 PM

I think the empty stadium hurt him. An electable, inevitable candidate should not have trouble getting at least several thousand people to sit and listen to a major address.

james23 on February 28, 2012 at 1:08 PM

That event was not open to the public. It was only open to the Detroit Economic Club and the stadium itself was only chosen after a smaller venue sold out and it answered their security concerns.

jan3 on February 28, 2012 at 1:14 PM

It would be worse if he had a couple of Volts with a windmill on his property.

Annar on February 28, 2012 at 1:14 PM

james23 on February 28, 2012 at 1:08 PM

.
Call it the “Messiah Factor- Not”

FlaMurph on February 28, 2012 at 1:15 PM

How DARE Romney run on being electable? Why, we need Republicans who run on a platform of being unelectable!

antisense on February 28, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Obama is a one percenter now but he sure wasn’t when he was living in the inner cities of Chicago..

One percenters don’t usually stay at the south side of Chicago

liberal4life on February 28, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Um, girlfriend, two lawyers would very well put a household into the 1%. A make work job at a hospital, paying $300k per year, would very well put a household into the 1%.

You really are kind of a bubblehead, ya know?

MNHawk on February 28, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Sorry to be O/T. Fox just said a third child has died in the school shooting yesterday.
Please God help all involved with this horrible act by that shooter.
L

letget on February 28, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Amen. So sad.

It is just so irrational and even though we don’t yet know the motive, the left is already bleating about it being a case of someone being bullied. Well, if you look at the pictures of the first two victims, it looks highly unlikely that they would be bullies. Just like the left which still routinely blame the Tea Party Movement on the Gabby Giffords shooting, the left in this case has built the story and don’t care about the facts.

Happy Nomad on February 28, 2012 at 1:17 PM

This isn’t a “dirty trick of a desperate campaign,” as Romney characterized it. It’s actually pretty standard.

Really?:

“Michigan Democrats can vote in the Republican primary on Tuesday,” a man says on the robocall. “Why is it so important? Romney supported the bailout for his Wall Street billionaire buddies, but opposed the auto bailouts. That was a slap in the face to every Michigan worker, and we’re not going to let Romney get away with it. On Tuesday, join Democrats who are going to send a loud message to Massachusetts’ Mitt Romney by voting for Rick Santorum for president. This call is supported by hard-working Democratic men and women and paid for by Rick Santorum for president.”

Santorum also opposed the auto bailouts but now he’s calling it a “slap in the face to every Michigan worker and we’re not going to let Romney get away with it”? How would you characterize that? How about demonizing Wall Street? I know we have a precedent this time with Newt and Perry pulling this stunt. Who knew this would now be categorized as “pretty standard”.

Meanwhile, can you cite another example where a Republican said, “This call is supported by hard-working Democratic men and women”? What with this being “pretty standard” and all…

Buy Danish on February 28, 2012 at 1:17 PM

All of the candidates put themselves out there to run. They all say stupid things at one time or another.

gerrym51 on February 28, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Tina, can you point out another republican who robocalled Democrats bashing his republican primary opponents for opposing the bailout and parroting liberal/unions talking point?

joana on February 28, 2012 at 12:50 PM

You are forgetting Michigan (and particularly Macomb County) was a hotbed of Reagan Democrats. There are tens of thousands of rank and file union members who don’t want to vote for Obama, yet aren’t comfortable with Romney.

bw222 on February 28, 2012 at 1:18 PM

I am who I am

Dude, it is what it is.

I can’t be perfect

Well, nobody’s perfect.

Emperor Norton on February 28, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Better than a lot of inane questions I’ve heard.

tomg51 on February 28, 2012 at 1:12 PM

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And some good “conservatives” have the gall to question CNN and ABC’s debate format questioning. Tsk Tsk.

FlaMurph on February 28, 2012 at 1:18 PM

I am middle america and the truth is that none of the Republicans running for President blow my skirt up. I like some things about each of them but unfortunately we can’t clone the best parts of each. The deal is with all of their warts and oddities that I like or dislike ANY of them would be a 1000% improvement over the Bozo we have in office right now.
If MY man doesn’t win the primary, the guy who wins the primary becomes my man!

SgtRed on February 28, 2012 at 1:19 PM

This is ridiculous. I want a successful businessman to be proud of what he’s achieved.

John the Libertarian on February 28, 2012 at 1:19 PM

MNHawk on February 28, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Not to mention that when you are a community agitator with political aspirations you DO live in a very nice house in South Chicago, you attend the biggest and blackest church you can find, and you play down the fact that you are an Ivy League educated mixed-race opportunist who was raised in an upper middle class world.

Happy Nomad on February 28, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Why should it hurt him to say he knows a couple of NASCAR owners? Owners in NASCAR are popular. There aren’t any Dan Snyder’s or George Steinbrenners in the sport. It isn’t very lucrative, especially compared to the NFL or MLB.

I don’t know why the Cadillac comment would hurt either. He’s rich, everyone knows it, he would be taken as a huge phony if he said his wife drives a Ford Focus.

Sheesh. You guys almost make me feel sorry for Romney, and I don’t. He is not a professional politician. Rick Santorum is, yet he goes on TV and says JFK’s speech made him throw up,and it’s like, oh hahaha that’s just Rick being Rick.

rockmom on February 28, 2012 at 1:11 PM

I agree to a large extent, particularly on the NASCAR owner thing, but he’s best served not saying things that further the caricature of him as the out of touch rich guy. That’s gonna be the meme regardless, but best not to feed it.

And the stuff Santorum is saying isn’t registering, because it’s all about stopping Romney.

changer1701 on February 28, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Nobody is “giving” you anyone. Clearly, if the Establishment had as much power as is routinely claimed here Romney would’ve had the nomination wrapped up by now.

changer1701 on February 28, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Only this nagging problem of his that he’s a douchbag, and even the establishment backed candidate can’t conceal his douchbaggery for long.

And what’s he paying you? You seem to respond to every anti-Mitt post. Or are you a paid stalker/stooge? Angry much? y u mad?

bloghooligan on February 28, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Why, we need Republicans who run on a platform of being unelectable!

antisense on February 28, 2012 at 1:16 PM

It’s beginning to look like that plank has been firmly nailed down this time around at least insofar as POTUS is concerned.

Annar on February 28, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Utlimately, Romney’s problems don’t stem from him being rich and “out of touch”. His problems started because he tried running a general election strategy in a GOP primary, thus he didn’t try to connect with conservatives. This has fostered the notion that he isn’t conservative (which I believe, given his past comments bascially repudiating conservatism).

Bitter Clinger on February 28, 2012 at 1:23 PM

There are tens of thousands of rank and file union members who don’t want to vote for Obama, yet aren’t comfortable with Romney.

bw222 on February 28, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Come’on, I lived in W. Michigan for four years. I know perfectly nice union people that are just as conservative as any Republican. But the oddity is that they will vote for whomever or whatever they are told to by their union. They could be Romney or Santorum supporters but if their union tells them to vote for Obama they will go into full zombie mode and do so.

Happy Nomad on February 28, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Name a poor president. Heck, name a middle class president.

aryeung on February 28, 2012 at 12:58 PM

The closest bet in modern times would be Truman who when he left office got into his own car and drove back home. (I’m pretty sure the car was not a Cadillac.)

Annar on February 28, 2012 at 1:24 PM

I want to ask: Will Santorum apologize for any damage done to him with this last-ditch strategy should Romney end up the nominee?

antisense on February 28, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Moe! Who even knows if JugEars can even drive a car? What would he talk about? (…questions like…is there a horn in your car? Do you honk it to let them know your passing?) Anybody ever see him drive? He always had that fetish about the ‘ditch’!

KOOLAID2 on February 28, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Oh, come on, let’s be fair here… Hussein knows how to inflate tires and do tune ups, at least he says he knows how… So, by association he just may know how to drive, but automatics only since its easier to tell D from R…

With his school records locked and buried I now suspect that his “law degree” is nothing but a librarian job at Harvard’s Law Library, he saw them books on shelves and can even spell a few titles in times of need…

As for Santorum, I have been posting on the subject before, he is no better than Romney. Different. But not better.

riddick on February 28, 2012 at 1:25 PM

I think the empty stadium hurt him. An electable, inevitable candidate should not have trouble getting at least several thousand people to sit and listen to a major address.

james23 on February 28, 2012 at 1:08 PM
That event was not open to the public. It was only open to the Detroit Economic Club and the stadium itself was only chosen after a smaller venue sold out and it answered their security concerns.

jan3 on February 28, 2012 at 1:14 PM

…but it was HORRIBLE OPTICS!

Go RIcky!

Pragmatic on February 28, 2012 at 1:26 PM

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