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Tuesday, 25 December 2012

25 December 2012. You Can’t Make Shit Like This Up… Mitt Romney’s Son Says He Never Actually Wanted to Be President

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Romney never criticised the racism in the GOP… any questions?

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Editor’s Foreword:

Read the following. It’s mind-blowing in its self-centred pity and angst…

BMD

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Mitt Romney‘s palpable discomfort during the 2012 election season has mostly been attributed to the fact that he’s (very likely) a robot. However, in a lengthy Boston Globe piece about what went wrong with the campaign, Romney’s eldest son Tagg offers a different explanation for his father’s poor performance… “He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life. He had no desire to … run. If he could’ve found someone else to take his place… he would’ve been ecstatic to step aside”. The statement certainly seems to serve as a great “I told you so” moment for all those Republicans who endorsed genuinely fired-up people like Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum during the primaries, though the story also suggests the Romney campaign‘s issues extended well beyond his supposed lack of enthusiasm for the task.

The GlobeMichael Kranish (co-author of The Real Romney) confirms that those closest to Romney, such as Tagg and wife Ann, clashed with his staff over strategy, especially when it came to humanising the candidate. The story blames campaign manager Stuart Stevens for the unremitting focus on the dreary economy and the reluctance to share some of the more appealing elements of Romney’s biography with the public. When Tagg finally convinced RNC organisers to feature the grateful parents of a terminally-ill 14-year-old Mormon boy Romney once comforted, they were put onstage before any of the big networks even tuned in {Big deal. If the kid wasn’t a Mormon, that’d be news. It just proves that many Mormons are good to their own, but view us “Gentiles” as two-legged cockroaches: editor}.

There are also criticisms of the campaign’s infrastructure… the organisation employed a mere 500 paid workers nationwide (less than the Obama team dedicated to Florida alone) and failed to make good use of social media and other technology. As Romney’s digital director Zac Moffatt explained, they simply didn’t have as much time as Obama did to prepare. Moffatt recalled worrying about early on, “Can we do 80 percent of what the Obama campaign is doing, in 20 percent of the time, at 10 percent of the cost?” Tagg also told the Globe that his father hopes to use what he learned during the campaign to help Republican leaders make changes to the way the party is run, saying, “Having been through it, you know so much more than when you haven’t”. Perhaps, the first thing Romney should suggest for the next go-around is picking a nominee who actually wants to be there.

23 December 2012

Andre Tartar

New York

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2012/12/mitts-son-says-he-never-wanted-to-be-president.html

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Editor’s Afterword:

”I really didn’t want to be president!” If that were so, why did Wet Willy run? Why did he spend millions of his own money and millions of the Republican Party’s money? Why did he order fireworks in Boston, as he was convinced that he was going to win? In short, GIGO all around. Wet Willy’s nothing but a spoilt brat who never grew up. His corporate daddy bought him a phony “clergy” deferment in the Vietnam War and gave him the seed-stake to enter business… that is, Wet Willy had the ways greased for him and he never had to do anything for himself. This story tells you volumes about the Romneys. Aren’t you glad that the Prez did win the election? After all, Willard didn’t want it… his son said so…

What a bunch of sore losers and incompetent tossers…

BMD

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Monday, 14 May 2012

“And Then There Was One”… Congressman Ron Paul Won’t Run In Any More US Presidential Primaries

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US Republican Congressman Ron Paul, a libertarian candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, said that he wouldn’t run in any more primaries, but he didn’t wrap up his presidential campaign, saying, “I’m not going to spend any further money from my campaign fund in any primary in the states that haven’t voted yet”. The campaign continues as former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has become the de facto front-runner for the Republican Party nomination for President, as after nearly all of his rivals have dropped out, except for Paul. Most observers considered that Paul was an outsider in the race… in the primaries so far, he was in last or next-to-last place.

If Paul stops running in the primaries, they’ll become virtually uncontested races. Nevertheless, Paul said, “I’ll continue to fight for voting delegates to the Party Convention”, which will be in late August in Tampa FL, to choose a candidate to run in presidential election on 6 November. As Paul explained, he intends to fight on, taking part in regional party conventions, which include those states that already held primary elections. Thus, Paul hopes to get votes from delegates who supported former candidates who’ve dropped out of the race. So far, Romney has 919 committed delegates for the party convention, Paul has only 82 committed delegates. To win nomination, a candidate needs the support of 1,144 delegates. Incumbent President Obama will run on the Democratic line; various polls have him ahead of Romney by 7 to 10 percentage points.

14 May 2012

Denis Voroshilov

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/world/20120514/649298345.html

Monday, 16 January 2012

US Presidential Candidates Experience the Power of Faith: Mormon Mitt Romney Faces a Christian Opponent

Rick Santorum’s noxious pandering to his fat-cat paymasters on the backs of the elderly and the poor didn’t bother the “evangelicals” one little bit… can you see why many Catholics, Orthodox, and Mainline Protestants don’t consider them real Christians? 

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Opponents of the nomination of Mitt Romney for the office of US President used virtually the last trump card against the leader of the Republican race… religion. A meeting of 150 leaders of the most influential American evangelical organisations named a single Republican candidate as an alternative to Mormon Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, a former senator and a champion of Christian values. The appearance of a figure bringing together the conservative wing of the Republican Party introduced a new aspect to the race.

Last weekend, influential conservative Republicans convened an emergency meeting of leaders of American evangelical organisations at a ranch near Houston TX because of their profound concern about the strong lead that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, a Mormon, had taken in the race for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination race. In early January, he won the Republican caucus (meeting of party activists) in Iowa, and, a week later, won the primary in New Hampshire by a wide margin. This has prompted many to say that these victories mean that the Republican nomination’s in his pocket. The polls predict another success for Mitt Romney in the primary scheduled for next Saturday in South Carolina. If he does win, and outpaces his competition, his opponents will seem to lose their last hope to have someone other than Romney face Barack Obama in the coming election.

In this case, Mitt Romney’s opponents regard the primary in South Carolina as a decisive battle, leaving on the table one last trump card… religion. Given that 60 percent of South Carolina’s population are evangelicals, the organisers of the Texas meeting wanted to send the voters of the state a powerful message from the leading figures of the evangelical movement. The poll taken on the ranch near Houston was in three stages, to name a single candidate for Republican conservatives in the upcoming presidential election. At the end, the result showed that 52-year-old Rick Santorum, a former US Senator from Pennsylvania, received 75 percent of the votes, and former US Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich got 25 percent.

It’s noteworthy that Santorum’s already created a sensation in the current race, as he was behind Mitt Romney in Iowa by only eight votes. However, after this success, he looked very pale in New Hampshire, winning only fifth place. Nevertheless, the conservative wing of the Republican Party has bet on him. The father of seven children, Rick Santorum’s a devout Christian and a known staunch opponent of abortion and gay rights. However, the experts took a very guarded estimate of the last move by Romney’s opponents, believing that they missed the boat. In their opinion, the meeting at the Texas ranch would’ve had a far greater impact if it took place a week-and-a-half earlier… before the caucus in Iowa, when Romney wasn’t so confident. Nevertheless, the evangelical leaders’ proposal revived the almost extinct Republican race, forcing everyone to wait for the outcome of the primaries… at least, the one in South Carolina.

16 January 2012

Sergei Strokan

Komersant

As quoted in Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=print&div=14180

Thursday, 12 January 2012

12 January 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World: Racing With the Donkey

Racing With the Donkey

Sergei Yolkin

2012

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The primary in New Hampshire on Tuesday was the start of the presidential election campaign in the USA. The majority of analysts find the race boring, and they don’t doubt that incumbent US President Barack Obama will easily win re-election in the 2012 US presidential race. The main interest is in the Republican camp… who’ll be the party’s nominee for the upcoming 6 November election? Will it be the well-known moderate Mitt Romney, or will it be someone else, who’ll reveal the hidden face of the GOP? The fight for the Republican nomination to face Obama in the November presidential elections became clearer on 11 January, when former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire primary by a healthy 13 points with 40 percent of the vote.

11 January 2012

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20120111/537028653.html

http://en.rian.ru/cartoons/20120111/170710412.html

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