Romney scolds reporter after social-issues questions: “Aren’t there issues of significance that you’d like to talk about?”

posted at 9:41 pm on May 9, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via BuzzFeed, a fun way to end Gay Marriage Day. The key bit comes at 2:15 but watch from the beginning or else you’ll miss why he’s so exasperated. This is what I was getting at in this morning’s post about why O was willing to take a calculated gamble on endorsing SSM. Simply put, he knows Romney doesn’t want to talk about it. He’s desperately trying to brand himself as the candidate of economic recovery before Obama can brand him as the candidate of waging war on women and putting dogs on car roofs and yadda yadda yadda. Remember, their big talking point against Romney, ludicrous as it is, is that he’s the most conservative nominee since Barry Goldwater. If they can bog him down in talking about hot-button social issues instead of unemployment, they can get him to play into that impression a bit. His rhetoric doesn’t have to be strident or out of the conservative mainstream for this tactic to work; all they’re trying to do is make him look like a guy who’s preoccupied with “values” issues while swing voters are worried about jobs. And of course Romney knows it. Hence his consternation here as he’s put through his paces first on gay marriage, then in-state tuition for illegals, and then ye olde medical marijuana question. Axelrod couldn’t have scripted that any better. If Mitt never has to field another question about those topics before election day, I’d bet he’ll be just fine with it.

Two questions here while you watch. One: Why is he okay with domestic partnerships but not civil unions? Is there some principled distinction he has in mind or is that purely a minor strategic concession to pro-gay-rights Republicans? Two: Andrew Kaczynski makes a very good catch. Watch to the last seconds of the clip and you’ll hear Romney say, almost offhandedly, that gay marriage and marijuana are state issues. Is that really his official position? Didn’t he sign a pledge supporting a Federal Marriage Amendment?


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He is growing……..
Learning…..
Attacking…

Electrongod on May 9, 2012 at 9:43 PM

It just might work…

Electrongod on May 9, 2012 at 9:43 PM

No Huckabee…though

Electrongod on May 9, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Wedge issues. Tsk. He could spin this to his advantage if he would stop being so fearful of discussing social issues.

Philly on May 9, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Two questions here while you watch. One: Why is he okay with domestic partnerships but not civil unions?

Think…..Unlimited Spousal Deduction. Always been the prize.

WryTrvllr on May 9, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Romney needs to learn how to artfully and clearly segue into an informative answer on why marriage and the family are good for the economy at a personal level and a national level.

Perhaps he needs to learn that they are.

Until he can do so, then he’s going to be scrambling around. When he understands how everything works together and is willing to educate and advocate, then he will have arrived at conservatism.

INC on May 9, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Economy. Economy. Economy. Economy. Say it again Mitt. Economy.

GeorgieGirl9 on May 9, 2012 at 9:49 PM

If Romney weren’t a squish on so many things, it would be really nice to wholeheartedly approve of his bracing comeback here.

That said, INC has nailed it to the wall.

INC on May 9, 2012 at 9:46 PM

J.E. Dyer on May 9, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Ahhh, I feel the Newt is getting stronger in this one!

Valkyriepundit on May 9, 2012 at 9:50 PM

INC on May 9, 2012 at 9:46 PM

With the exception of abortion-social issues mean a lot less to me this time around, The economy and National security(including standing with Israel) are at the top of my list.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 9, 2012 at 9:51 PM

One: Why is he okay with domestic partnerships but not civil unions?

A. He’s trying to have his cake and eat it, too. No can do.

Two: Andrew Kaczynski makes a very good catch. Watch to the last seconds of the clip and you’ll hear Romney say, almost offhandedly, that gay marriage and marijuana are state issues. Is that really his official position? Didn’t he sign a pledge supporting a Federal Marriage Amendment?

A. See answer to One.

See also my above comment, and I’ll add to it:
When he understands how everything works together and is willing to educate and advocate, then he will have arrived at conservatism and will finally indicate that he can learn be a statesman. Until then he’s just playing politics.

INC on May 9, 2012 at 9:51 PM

What is your ultimate goal A.P.? To make sure you criticize Romney EVERY day? gay marriage and weed should be state issues! let the individual states carry the burden. I’m so tired of your whiney eeyorisms every night.

BettyRuth on May 9, 2012 at 9:51 PM

…it’s the E C O N O M Y stupid…!!!

KOOLAID2 on May 9, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Pretty good job by Mittens in that clip. He was right to call her out on those questions. Gay marriage was obviously a big story today, both because of Obama’s flip-flop and the NC results from last night. No problem with that question. But when she follows that up with instate tuition for illegals and the legalization of weed, she was making a mockery of the interview.

The best part was the end where she snidely retorts “See? I got to jobs.” Bravo, you Obama butt-sniffing loser.

Doughboy on May 9, 2012 at 9:52 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on May 9, 2012 at 9:51 PM

twerp, they do hang together. It’s not either or.

INC on May 9, 2012 at 9:52 PM

I just get a weird GHW Bush vibe from Romney, like it’s 1988 or 1992 again. Maybe he can bring up flag-burning.

ddrintn on May 9, 2012 at 9:53 PM

You’re “in the tank for BIG oil…” Duh! And you aren’t? Some of these “reporters” are only comfortable splashing around in the kiddy pool.

perroviejo on May 9, 2012 at 9:53 PM

INC on May 9, 2012 at 9:46 PM

I like your succinct analysis. You should email that to Romney.

Curtiss on May 9, 2012 at 9:53 PM

This broad is a lefty hack

Rio Linda Refugee on May 9, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Electrongod on May 9, 2012 at 9:43 PM

..sorry to break up your streak but let me add that I am not only starting to like the cut of this guy’s jib (popular metaphor) but am bordering on a man crush here.

Not only did he steer the reporter back out of the weeds but he did so like a grown-up and without getting pisssy and argumentative.

It is instructive that it seems like they parted company good friends — which, I am guessing, is what grown-ups do when their opinions differ.

After three point eight years of having some hatch-asssed juvenile using everything as a wedge issue in an attempt to divide us, you gotta believe that Romney will be perceived as the balm that soothes our wounds.

The War Planner on May 9, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Don’t worry. She’ll be really tough on Obama – like asking him where he’s going to play golf while he’s in Colorado. “Will the elevation affect your drive?”

perroviejo on May 9, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Why is he okay with domestic partnerships but not civil unions?

Romney has said that many civil unions are really marriage in all but *official* name & he doesn’t agree with that.

Dark Star on May 9, 2012 at 9:55 PM

I’m so tired of your whiney eeyorisms every night.

BettyRuth on May 9, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Maybe you should hang out at MittRomneyCentral.

ddrintn on May 9, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Curtiss on May 9, 2012 at 9:53 PM

:) Thanks.

INC on May 9, 2012 at 9:56 PM

that gay marriage and marijuana are state issues. Is that really his official position? Didn’t he sign a pledge supporting a Federal Marriage Amendment?

Has there been a federal amendment passed? Oh yea, no. So it is a state issue and will remain one because no marriage amendment either way will pass.

Zaggs on May 9, 2012 at 9:57 PM

What is your ultimate goal A.P.? To make sure you criticize Romney EVERY day? gay marriage and weed should be state issues! let the individual states carry the burden. I’m so tired of your whiney eeyorisms every night.
BettyRuth on May 9, 2012 at 9:51 PM

More like a bone to the ABR, ‘but he’s a squish!” crowd.

He was right to call her out on it. Hopefully they continue to pound away on the economy…that’s the most important issue.

changer1701 on May 9, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Via BuzzFeed, a fun way to end Gay Marriage Day.

What ?
GM Day is over ?
Noooooo…ooooo…..oooo….

burrata on May 9, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Dark Star on May 9, 2012 at 9:55 PM

I honestly was not aware that there was a difference.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 9, 2012 at 9:59 PM

I can understand the desire to be polished and professional and all of that, but why is Mittens’ team so afraid of letting him relax a little?

The tail end of that video, after the interview was done almost made him seem like a real human being. Contrast that to TOTUS…

Atlas on May 9, 2012 at 9:59 PM

I’m so tired of your whiney eeyorisms every night.

BettyRuth on May 9, 2012 at 9:51 PM

That damned whiner! jeez…

By the way, BettyRuth, what’s your favorite thing about Hot Air?

jaime on May 9, 2012 at 9:59 PM

I have no issue with how romney answered this left wing hack.

Be prepared Mitt, they are trying to get sound bites and traps on ya

Conservative4ev on May 9, 2012 at 9:59 PM

The end of that video is hilarious.

sammypants on May 9, 2012 at 9:59 PM

She totally knew those were a bunch of bs issues and admitted as much at the end “see, I got to jobs, laugh laugh”. Romney did well I just wish there was more passion. He is fighting for the existence of the greatest country ever created!

FLconservative on May 9, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Romney: Don’t you want to talk about the economy and jobs?

Obama Knee-pads Reporter: I do have a question about the economy. You’re in the tank for big oil…

Sheesh! Romney should have bitch-slapped her right then and there. He would have gained 5 points in tomorrow’s polls.

Rational Thought on May 9, 2012 at 9:59 PM

“our viewer sent in this question”. How the frig is medical marijuana an important issue in any state? You don’t have a job, and thats ok, just so long as you have your pot? Really?

Zaggs on May 9, 2012 at 10:01 PM

..sorry to break up your streak but let me add that I am not only starting to like the cut of this guy’s jib (popular metaphor) but am bordering on a man crush here.

Not only did he steer the reporter back out of the weeds but he did so like a grown-up and without getting pisssy and argumentative.

It is instructive that it seems like they parted company good friends — which, I am guessing, is what grown-ups do when their opinions differ.

After three point eight years of having some hatch-asssed juvenile using everything as a wedge issue in an attempt to divide us, you gotta believe that Romney will be perceived as the balm that soothes our wounds.

The War Planner on May 9, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Only 200 or so days left.

Lots of work on his part….
But then we have Obama cutting his own throat..

Electrongod on May 9, 2012 at 10:01 PM

She totally knew those were a bunch of bs issues and admitted as much at the end “see, I got to jobs, laugh laugh”. Romney did well I just wish there was more passion. He is fighting for the existence of the greatest country ever created!

FLconservative on May 9, 2012 at 9:59 PM

You wouldn’t know it by the way he’s campaigning.

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 10:01 PM

“Why is he okay with domestic partnerships but not civil unions?”

I’m not sure…

… but we are +$16 Trillion in debt, the Democrat controlled Senate hasn’t passed a budget in over 3 years, and Obowma’s own policies are directly responsible for high unemployment, a tanking economy, high gas and food prices, and an unstable world.

Too bad this isn’t an election year…

Seven Percent Solution on May 9, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Economy. Economy. Economy. Economy. Say it again Mitt. Economy.

GeorgieGirl9 on May 9, 2012 at 9:49 PM

yeah….

Wedge issues. Tsk. He could spin this to his advantage if he would stop being so fearful of discussing social issues.

Philly on May 9, 2012 at 9:44 PM

see above ….. not as worried about social issues … economy ……

conservative tarheel on May 9, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Didn’t he sign a pledge supporting a Federal Marriage Amendment?

Luckily, Romney no more meant this seriously than Obama’s view on gay marriage have evolved. Bigotry against gays isn’t going to win the 2012 presidential election and both Obama and Romney know this.

thuja on May 9, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Until he can do so, then he’s going to be scrambling around. When he understands how everything works together and is willing to educate and advocate, then he will have arrived at conservatism.

INC on May 9, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Very well put.

While Romney isn’t my first choice this go ’round I think he can do this. It really is all about developing answers that educate and enlighten with a few words. He needs to make people think, ‘Hey, that’s just what I was thinking.’ Or, ‘Gee, that makes sense. Let me take another look at this.’

Fingers crossed…..

Cody1991 on May 9, 2012 at 10:03 PM

[Romney] needs to make people think, ‘Hey, that’s just what I was thinking.’ Or, ‘Gee, that makes sense. Let me take another look at this.’

Fingers crossed…..

Cody1991 on May 9, 2012 at 10:03 PM

I agree with that as far as it goes, but do you really see it happening? We know what Romney should be doing to unite movement conservatism behind him, but does anybody really think he has the brassies?

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Ah, there is hope yet for the young Padwan.

He understands that the MSM are the paid lackeys of the Obama White House and refuses to play their game.

Hmmm, perhaps he is ready for the Training?

Perhaps Reagan came down and melded some of his Jedi training into his mushy Moderate skull?

Time will tell.

Remember, young Mittens, in Conservatism, there is no try, there is only do.

victor82 on May 9, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Remember, young Mittens, in Conservatism Romney, there is no try, there is only do conservatism.

victor82 on May 9, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Heh.

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Well Played! Well played indeed Mr. Romney.

jukin3 on May 9, 2012 at 10:08 PM

…you’ll hear Romney say, almost offhandedly, that gay marriage and [medical] marijuana are state issues.

They are state issues. When have they ever not been?

FlatFoot on May 9, 2012 at 10:09 PM

I agree with that as far as it goes, but do you really see it happening? We know what Romney should be doing to unite movement conservatism behind him, but does anybody really think he has the brassies?

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Gosh, do you think it may have something to do with Romney wanting to win the election?

thuja on May 9, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Another step in Obama’s “Great Leap Forward”

simkeith on May 9, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Axelrod couldn’t have scripted that any better

Are you sure he DIDN’T!

michaelo on May 9, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Don’t worry. She’ll be really tough on Obama – like asking him where he’s going to play golf while he’s in Colorado. “Will the elevation affect your drive?”

perroviejo on May 9, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Or what will be that be what do you think will be the most enchanting part of your second term?

FLconservative on May 9, 2012 at 10:11 PM

I honestly was not aware that there was a difference.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 9, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Civil union laws are unique from state to state (or at least have the potential to be in the 11 states that have them so far — I haven’t actually read all of them). But “marriage” means marriage in every state conferring specific tax benefits, inheritance laws, etc unto the couple. A civil union law in a state can be written conferring every right upon the 2 people they would have with a marriage (taxes, inheritance, etc) or it can stop short of that & focus on things like hospital visitations, being on the others insurance, etc. Romney obviously would not favor the former but could be OK with the former depending on what’s in it. This is also why the LGBT community isn’t satisfied with “civil unions” as the answer to their requests to be allowed to marry.

Dark Star on May 9, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Can this woman just say, “Hi, I’m a reporter for OWS. Can I ask you some questions?” Let’s just drop the charade. Mitt did ok.

Dongemaharu on May 9, 2012 at 10:14 PM

*could be OK with the latter. D’oh!

Dark Star on May 9, 2012 at 10:15 PM

The key bit comes at 2:15 but watch from the beginning or else you’ll miss why he’s so exasperated.

The fact that he let it go that far had better be a symptom of the relatively young campaign season. There had better not be many more instances of accommodating the enemy if he’s serious about winning, particularly when we move out of silly season.

Romney has often been accused of calibrating his answers to maximum political benefit, but any answer is the wrong answer to these questions, particularly when asked in a nakedly obvious series. The only correct answer is a refusal and a challenge (which Romney eventually gave).

The press is openly hostile to Romney’s candidacy. They’re asking him questions with the intent of harming him with the questions themselves, not the solicited answers. The answers of Barack Obama to those questions would be just as damaging (asked in that succession and without any questions about topics for which voters express concern), but that would never happen. That’s journalistic malpractice, but excellent politics.

HitNRun on May 9, 2012 at 10:15 PM

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Gosh, do you think it may have something to do with Romney wanting to win the election?

thuja on May 9, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Is that an implicit admission that you believe Romney won’t win by being conservative? If he loses (and I believe it will be a narrow loss IF it happens), what or who do you blame then?

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 10:15 PM

I like your succinct analysis. You should email that to Romney.

Curtiss on May 9, 2012 at 9:53 PM

It should be a no-brainer for Mittens if he had any core values at all, but unfortunately he doesn’t and this is my greatest fear.

kringeesmom on May 9, 2012 at 10:15 PM

J.E. Dyer on May 9, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Did you even listen to the whole interiew?? Good grief. He had good answers (with numbers!) about energy and the economy.

He’s doing fine.

bluealice on May 9, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Mitt handled that well!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 9, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Mitt handled that well!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 9, 2012 at 10:17 PM

So the rombots are going orgasmic over Mitt’s avoidance of an amateur political mistake, despite the others that Mitt has made over the course of a campaign, up to and including insulting his core constituency. But Romney is the best we could do this cycle or something.

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 10:19 PM

When he understands how everything works together and is willing to educate and advocate, then he will have arrived at conservatism and will finally indicate that he can learn be a statesman. Until then he’s just playing politics.
INC on May 9, 2012 at 9:51 PM

He already does know this, but what does this have to do with gay marriage and marijuana?

Buy Danish on May 9, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Rombo is doing fine. Let PBHO yap and whine about the WoW or gay marriage while Mitty keeps asking “Where are the jobs, you ahole?”

Bishop on May 9, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Didn’t he sign a pledge supporting a Federal Marriage Amendment?

So? In order to get a federal amendment the states have to ratify don’t they? As far as I know there is no way to get through the amendment process without the states.

Did you even listen to the whole interiew?? Good grief. He had good answers (with numbers!) about energy and the economy.

He’s doing fine.

bluealice on May 9, 2012 at 10:17 PM

They do not care.

Terrye on May 9, 2012 at 10:21 PM

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 10:19 PM

He needs to keep the focus on the Economy!!..:)

PS..It’s ABO!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 9, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Rombo is doing fine. Let PBHO yap and whine about the WoW or gay marriage while Mitty keeps asking “Where are the jobs, you ahole?”

Bishop on May 9, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Hear!..Hear!..:)

Dire Straits on May 9, 2012 at 10:22 PM

I don’t think that the voters are going to forget about the crappy economy just because Obama and the media want to yak about gay marriage. I think many of them will see it for what it is..I bet they are frustrated too.

Terrye on May 9, 2012 at 10:23 PM

“our viewer sent in this question”. How the frig is medical marijuana an important issue in any state? You don’t have a job, and thats ok, just so long as you have your pot? Really?

Zaggs on May 9, 2012 at 10:01 PM

..same gambit as “They are saying..” or “..it has been reported..” It’s a dodge to get the question in. It can be parried just like Mitt handled it: by gently but firmly steering the interviewer back to the topic of the screwed up economy.

Getting peevish is a trick that works two or three times and is playing to the cheap seats. Eventually the media get used to your methods and counter them.

Just ask Newter.

The War Planner on May 9, 2012 at 10:24 PM

AP scolds the establishment candidate that he supported all along.

Fuquay Steve on May 9, 2012 at 10:25 PM

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 10:19 PM

He needs to keep the focus on the Economy!!..:)

PS..It’s ABO!!..:)

Dire Straits on May 9, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Oh I absolutely think that Romney did a fine job of handling himself in this particular instance. But I’m a big picture kind of guy, and this is how I see the big picture:

There are times when Romney sounds like Obama (e.g. student loan issues, Romneycare, Etc) and there are times when Romney sounds like the anti-Obama (repealing Obamacare [which I find difficult to reconcile with his defense of Romneycare, but whatevs], dodging questions on “relatively unimportant” social issues, fiscal discipline). One or the other is a political calculation. And not a veiled political calculation; a bald, painfully obvious political calculation.

Romney’s supposed “conservatism” just isn’t all that convincing to me, which is what worries me about the rombots’ tendancy to orgasm when Mitt does something politically sensible. Isn’t that the LEAST we should expect of a GOP presidential candidate?

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 10:26 PM

One: Why is he okay with domestic partnerships but not civil unions?

Did you EVER think in the times of Eisenhower and LBJ and Nixon this crap would ever be the concern of a President of the United States?

Marcus on May 9, 2012 at 10:28 PM

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Okay..So Romney can’t convince you..I get it..:)

PS..I’m not a Rombot..:)

Dire Straits on May 9, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Did you EVER think in the times of Eisenhower and LBJ and Nixon this crap would ever be the concern of a President of the United States?

Marcus on May 9, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Nixon had issues of his own with “conservatism.” He did oversee the creation of OSHA and the EPA. He’d have been a liberal wet dream if not for that pesky little Alger Hiss affair.

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Romney scolds reporter after social-issues questions: “Aren’t there issues of significance that you’d like to talk about?”

Reporter (to himself): NO!!! That would hurt my fuhrer’s chances to pull another fast one over on the sheeple.

VorDaj on May 9, 2012 at 10:31 PM

PS..I’m not a Rombot..:)

Dire Straits on May 9, 2012 at 10:29 PM

But I am voting for Romney come November 2012..:)

Dire Straits on May 9, 2012 at 10:31 PM

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Okay..So Romney can’t convince you..I get it..:)

PS..I’m not a Rombot..:)

Dire Straits on May 9, 2012 at 10:29 PM

I wouldn’t say he can’t. But with his campaign’s current trajectory, I don’t see him doing what it would take. On the other hand, I’m NOT above helping Romney with a vote against Obama. I’ve been called a sellout by numerous ABR’s for precisely that reason, and I’m getting it heavy from both sides because I want Obama gone badly enough to grudgingly tolerate a Romney administration. The key word there is “grudgingly,” of course, and I intend to do what I can to hold Romney’s feet to the fire just as closely if he does manage to pull off a win in November.

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Is that an implicit admission that you believe Romney won’t win by being conservative? If he loses (and I believe it will be a narrow loss IF it happens), what or who do you blame then?

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 10:15 PM

What is conservative anyway? I do believe that being homophobic would lose this election, but I don’t know how opposing gay marriage is conservative in 2012. Our society has accepted that gay people are part of society, and thus the rational conservative is to integrate them into the institutions that already exist. Conservatism is about accepting the folk ways of a society and when they change conservatism changes also.

thuja on May 9, 2012 at 10:33 PM

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 10:32 PM

No problem with that!!..:)

PS..ABO..2012!..:)

Dire Straits on May 9, 2012 at 10:34 PM

‘a strong nuclear traditional family with both a father and a mother present in the home has historically been more prosperous both for the family and for this nation. Such households typically produce responsible self-reliant citizens that are not dependent upon entitlement programs nor do they typically produce offspring that wind up in and out of our criminal justice system with all the societal costs that entails. That is not to say that such productive citizens cannot arise from single-parent or gay-parents households, but that they statistically do so at a far lower rate. That they conversely produce ‘troubled’ children that fall into hard drug use, crime, violent assaults, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, the entire panoply of ‘broken home’ plights. That is the base nature of the situation and a nature that must be spoken of in plain language whenever this sort of ‘red herring’ social-issues bait is raised. Next question. No, no follow-up to that answer, YOU as the journalist should go research the actual elemental truths of those societal problems and relate those truths to your shrinking audiences before they give up on you completely, instead of playing ‘gotcha’ games here with me today. Next question.’

There. How damned hard is that?

rayra on May 9, 2012 at 10:34 PM

DNC launches #QuestionsMittLikes; Update: Conservatives hijack

They never learn.

Flora Duh on May 9, 2012 at 10:30 PM

ROTFLMBO!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 9, 2012 at 10:35 PM

No they are trying to help the won hide from his record , or lack of one…. look a shiny object!

MrMoe on May 9, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Romney’s supposed “conservatism” just isn’t all that convincing to me, which is what worries me about the rombots’ tendancy to orgasm when Mitt does something politically sensible. Isn’t that the LEAST we should expect of a GOP presidential candidate?

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 10:26 PM

..gryph, you make excellent points. I dunno whether I qualify as a Mittbot or RomBott (don’t receive any stipends for posting my comments) but I am growing to like his style.

One has to believe that Romney’s grown-up demeanor, friendly (but business-like) demeanor will play well with those who are looking for a competent alternative to a whiny, gimmicky incompetent POTUS who is basically incapable of holding the job and has scroomed this economy with the faculty lounge children in his regime.

You think Romney’s up tight, start watching FBN and other biz networks where they have CEOs on. They’re all the same. Stiff, business-like and paid their exorbitant salaries to squire their corporations through hard times. They are NOT paid to be cutesy pie or everyone’s buddy like the SCOAMF does.

The War Planner on May 9, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Romney needs to learn how to artfully and clearly segue into an informative answer on why marriage and the family are good for the economy at a personal level and a national level.

Perhaps he needs to learn that they are.

INC on May 9, 2012 at 9:46 PM

This is an incredibly annoying comment. It’s almost Obama-esque in the sense that he likes to scold people as if they are children and you’ve assumed an oh so superior tone. Who the hell are you to say “Perhaps he needs to learn that they are”. Is there something in his personal life which fails to meet your standards for marriage and family?

Buy Danish on May 9, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Romney needs to learn how to artfully and clearly segue into an informative answer on why marriage and the family are good for the economy at a personal level and a national level.

Perhaps he needs to learn that they are.

Until he can do so, then he’s going to be scrambling around. When he understands how everything works together and is willing to educate and advocate, then he will have arrived at conservatism.

INC on May 9, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Yes, if only Romney had gotten married and then stayed married to the same woman long enough to have had a couple of kids, then he would understand.

VorDaj on May 9, 2012 at 10:37 PM

But I am voting for Romney come November 2012..:)

Dire Straits on May 9, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Early voting for the TX state primary-FINALLY!-starts on Monday.
I’m voting for Mitt and Ted Cruz!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 9, 2012 at 10:37 PM

I don’t want a friend for a POTUS. I want a competent executive who can act decisively and solve the problems before him.

The War Planner on May 9, 2012 at 10:37 PM

What is your ultimate goal A.P.? To make sure you criticize Romney EVERY day? gay marriage and weed should be state issues! let the individual states carry the burden. I’m so tired of your whiney eeyorisms every night. BettyRuth on May 9, 2012 at 9:51 PM

+16 trillion.

Mitt gives a good interview but the cats here, determined as they are to prove he’s not up to their impeccable standards, are meowing loudly before the scatter.

Basilsbest on May 9, 2012 at 10:37 PM

What is conservative anyway? I do believe that being homophobic would lose this election, but I don’t know how opposing gay marriage is conservative in 2012. Our society has accepted that gay people are part of society, and thus the rational conservative is to integrate them into the institutions that already exist. Conservatism is about accepting the folk ways of a society and when they change conservatism changes also.

thuja on May 9, 2012 at 10:33 PM

“Folk ways” are not the ideals that this country was founded on. It’s probably best to not expound on my thoughts on what constitutes modern conservatism for lack of space here, but the plain text of the constitution and the writings of William F. Buckley, Jr. are good places to start (and by no means comprehensive).

Rombots have plainly accepted Mitt Romney’s changing of the definition of “conservatism.” I haven’t, and I intend to call him out on it. I believe in this particular instance, according to the actual subject of this article, Romney did comport himself well in what would have been an awkward situation for an unwashed amateur politician. All that means to me is that this time, Romney was not an unwashed amateur politician. That ought to be the LEAST we expect from a GOP nominee.

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 10:38 PM

I’m voting for Mitt and Ted Cruz!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 9, 2012 at 10:37 PM

..God bless you, ALT! God bless you!
:-D

The War Planner on May 9, 2012 at 10:39 PM

This is an incredibly annoying comment. It’s almost Obama-esque in the sense that he likes to scold people as if they are children and you’ve assumed an oh so superior tone. Who the hell are you to say “Perhaps he needs to learn that they are”. Is there something in his personal life which fails to meet your standards for marriage and family?

Buy Danish on May 9, 2012 at 10:36 PM

You are being too kind when you say “incredibly annoying”. I would say “incredibly annoying” and “incredibly Incredulous”.

VorDaj on May 9, 2012 at 10:40 PM

You think Romney’s up tight, start watching FBN and other biz networks where they have CEOs on. They’re all the same. Stiff, business-like and paid their exorbitant salaries to squire their corporations through hard times. They are NOT paid to be cutesy pie or everyone’s buddy like the SCOAMF does.

The War Planner on May 9, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Thing is, I don’t care how Romney comes across except for one real simple yea or nay question: Do I believe he represents traditional American values and my interests as a citizen? “He’s not as bad as Obama” sounds too much like damning with faint praise, and yet the rombots hold that up as the penultimate reason for me to vote for him!

/facepalm

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Rombots have plainly accepted Mitt Romney’s changing of the definition of “conservatism.” I haven’t, and I intend to call him out on it.

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 10:38 PM

..again, good for you, gryph. Stick to your guns and expect no less than perfection. This is the fight we will have with the Romney administration after 7 November — er 20 January 2013.

Happy Romney seems to be campaigning well; also ecstatic bout Lugar having his head handed to him. Hope and pray Mourdoc gets to the Senate.

I also hope that JFKerry continues to pass that kidney stone he seems to be suffering from.

The War Planner on May 9, 2012 at 10:43 PM

“He’s not as bad as Obama” sounds too much like damning with faint praise, and yet the rombots hold that up as the penultimate reason for me to vote for him!

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 10:40 PM

..agreed. Again, not a rombot; just 1,000% ABO.

The War Planner on May 9, 2012 at 10:45 PM

You are being too kind when you say “incredibly annoying”. I would say “incredibly annoying” and “incredibly Incredulous”.

VorDaj on May 9, 2012 at 10:40 PM

..patronizing, condescending? (Obama as well.)

The War Planner on May 9, 2012 at 10:46 PM

..again, good for you, gryph. Stick to your guns and expect no less than perfection. This is the fight we will have with the Romney administration after 7 November — er 20 January 2013.

Happy Romney seems to be campaigning well; also ecstatic bout Lugar having his head handed to him. Hope and pray Mourdoc gets to the Senate.

I also hope that JFKerry continues to pass that kidney stone he seems to be suffering from.

The War Planner on May 9, 2012 at 10:43 PM

I’d like to see Romney win ONLY because I desperately want to see Obama lose. As far as I’m concerned, that is damning with faint praise. Anyhow, I thank you for your patience with me, War Planner. I wish everyone that disagrees with me could do it as graciously as you do. ;-)

gryphon202 on May 9, 2012 at 10:46 PM

its so funny!
now that the primary wars are over the mittbots are nowhere to be found on this website telling us how great their guy is over and over and over and over again.
gush

athenadelphi on May 9, 2012 at 10:47 PM

DNC launches #QuestionsMittLikes; Update: Conservatives hijack

They never learn.

Flora Duh on May 9, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Thanks for that. I’m still laughing.

lynncgb on May 9, 2012 at 10:47 PM

What is conservative anyway? I do believe that being homophobic would lose this election, but I don’t know how opposing gay marriage is conservative in 2012. Our society has accepted that gay people are part of society, and thus the rational conservative is to integrate them into the institutions that already exist. Conservatism is about accepting the folk ways of a society and when they change conservatism changes also.
thuja on May 9, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Yeah well no sane conservative believes weeds have more value than human life. And being a “part of society” is not an argument for marriage, it’s just a trite expression. Everyone is “part of society” unless they’re locked up in a cell somewhere in solitary confinement…

Buy Danish on May 9, 2012 at 10:48 PM

I’m actually surprised that pro-gay marriage (what…conservatives? Republicans? What is Allah, exactly? Anti-Obama? Anti-liberal?) persons who identify to the right of center are going to accept Obama’s cynical ploy and spend precious time and blog space acting like an ABC local news reporter and quizzing conservatives about Romney’s position on queers.

Silly me. Social liberals seem oblivious to the importance of economics, sometimes, and just relish a completely meaningless discussion of the self-importance of homosexuals. I forget that until it’s too late.

Jaibones on May 9, 2012 at 10:48 PM

..patronizing, condescending? (Obama as well.)

The War Planner on May 9, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Are you saying that Obama did or did not marry a woman?

Frankly I think that’s very much a judgment call, so you are probably safe either way.

VorDaj on May 9, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Flora Duh on May 9, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Ha! Not a day goes by when they don’t get hijacked. My fave (so far):

#QuestionsMittLikes How many Hillary Rosens do you know?—
Jenn G (@jennydog2) May 10, 2012

Buy Danish on May 9, 2012 at 10:52 PM

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