Skip to main content

The mounting pile of "gaffes" that has marked statements by Mitt Romney on the campaign trail and in debates is long and growing, and is creating a big headache for his presidential bid.  In order to address this problem, apparently his campaign staff have compiled a list of words and phrases which Romney should avoid saying in order to prevent further embarassment. Wikileaks claims to have acquired copies of secret emails between Romney staffers about the subject, and have published a partial description of the "Taboo Word" list.  More below the squiggle.

According to the email, Romney should "avoid speaking the following words and phrases at campaign stops, during debates, and in media interviews".  Romney's "Taboo Word" list includes:

The poor
The rich
The middle class
Cars
Race cars
NASCAR
Cadillacs
Car roofs
Dogs
Animal rights
Human rights
Rain coats
"Let Detroit go bankrupt"
Money
"Not very much money"
"$10,000 bet"
"Sprung the big bucks"
Bain Capital
Corporations
People
"Corporations are people"
Mr. Burns
Trees
Bushes
George Bush
Jeb Bush
"I'm also unemployed"
Unemployment
"I like being able to fire people"
Pink slip
Golden parachute
Jobs
Taxes
Robots
"Severe conservatives"
Flip-flop
Health Care
"I care"
According to additional documents released by Wikileaks, Romney's closest advisers believe that if he can just avoid uttering any of these words or phrases for the next 8 months, the rate of his "gaffes" can be reduced to less than 5 a day.  

Tags

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site