Blockbuster reporting in both the NYT and WaPo on how the Romney campaign reacted to the fundraiser video!
NYT: How the Romney Campaign Scrambled to Respond to Secret Video
WaPo: After Romney watched grainy video, a mad scramble to respond
More reporting from Michael Barbaro of the NYT, also wrote the NYT piece linked above.
A Mood of Gloom Afflicts the Romney Campaign
Grim-faced aides acknowledged that it was an unusually dark moment, made worse by the self-inflicted, seemingly avoidable nature of the wound. In low-volume, out-of-the-way conversations, a few of them are now wondering whether victory is still possible and whether they are entering McCain-Palin ticket territory.
It may prove a fleeting anxiety: national polls show the race remains close, even though Mr. Romney trails in some key swing states.
Still, a flustered adviser, describing the mood, said that the campaign was turning into a vulgar, unprintable phrase.
Wow, we are witnessing the complete crackup of the Romney campaign. And remember, Romney was the Republicans' best chance to beat Obama! He was the top of the line Republican!
It's going to be a long, ugly 49 days until the election. I suppose Romney has a floor of support, maybe 40%? But that will be tested in the following days.
Romney has no real constituency outside of the 1%, he only got the nomination because he was the last man standing. He was being beaten by Bachmann, Perry, Trump (!), Cain, Gingrich, and Santorum. He's the weakest presidential candidate in modern times.
This should be WIDELY publicized... this could turn into a major disqualifying scandal if handled properly!
Let's not let Walter "Freedom Fries" Jones get reelected!
GOP Rep. Appears on White Nationalist Radio Show
A North Carolina Republican congressman appeared on a notorious white nationalist radio program on Saturday to talk up legislation he coauthored accusing President Barack Obama of committing impeachable offenses. Rep. Walter Jones, a fiercely anti-war congressman who often breaks with his party on key votes, appeared on the Political Cesspool, a Memphis-based program hosted by ardent white nationalists James Edwards and Eddie Miller. The show has been condemned by groups like the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center for promoting racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic beliefs. Jones is the first member of Congress to appear on the program.
Here's Tighty Whitey Jones in happier times:
And here's his racist scumbag radio buddy:
Everyone knows Romney's ancestors fled to Mexico so they could practice Mormon polygamy.
So wouldn't be a hi-larious laff fest if someone asked him how many grandmas he has?
Especially since he's going to emphasize his Mormon-ness at the convention.
It's absolutely appalling to see Mitt Romney, supposedly the next leader of the Free World, get shoved around by Todd Akin. It makes him look very, very weak.
Romney told him to drop out, Akin told Romney to get bent. What a slap in the face! Romney is supposed to be the leader of the Republican party, but he clearly does not have the respect of his peers.
No one likes him and no one respects him, not even his own party. The only reason he has the nomination is because he was literally the last man standing after everyone else flamed out. He was getting beaten by Bachman, Gingrich, Cain, Santorum, Perry, even Trump at one point.
He commands no respect and has really has no leadership potential.
If he can't face down a numbskull like Todd Akin, I'd like to know how he'd manage dealing with Putin or the Chinese.
The only way for this Bain issue to go away is if Bain opens its books to public scrutiny.
Otherwise it's a sure thing that they're hiding something.
And Romney needs to disclose all his personal and family finances.
Because legitimate questions are being raised, Romney should just come clean to stop the rumors.
He says he has nothing to hide, but how do we know unless Bain opens its books?
Ugh, JT Ready's creepy US Border Guard website:
US Border Guard
and his ultra creepy JT Ready for Sheriff website:
JT Ready for Sheriff
Apparently he is sorely missed by his fellow patriots on the US Border Guard, and was assassinated by a band of illegal Mexican narco-terrorists.
Unbelievably creepy posts on the Facebook page:
Volunteer elements that wish to help protect this nation should be organized and put to use, not turned away like the current administration is notorious for doing.
He didn't like Obama! No surprises with this guy yet!
I have seen fair weather "patriots" come and go. I am still here. For many years, I still patrol the border and put my boots where my words are. And I will continue to defend our nation for many years to come!
If he had any faults at all, he just loved his country too dang much.
The big question for tomorrow... will Romney denounce JT Power? Will his base let him? Does he have the guts to criticize a Republican patriot?
6:35 PM PT: Wow, read this: JT Ready's personal manifesto, a window into madness:
Say hello to Timothy Dement, a great American, a tea bagger, a drunk, and a loon.
Timothy Dement was arrested by Roanoke City Police officers on June 23rd for being drunk in public.
While Dement was being booked, investigators write that Dement threatened to kill the President, a Deputy U.S. Marshal, and two Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office deputies.
No surprises here, just a healthy dose of "We were right all along, AGAIN!"
Poll: Tea party platform fares best among GOP conservatives
The conservative "tea party" movement appeals almost exclusively to supporters of the Republican Party, bolstering the view that the tea party divides the GOP even as it has energized its base.
That conclusion, backed by numbers from a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, also suggests that the tea party may have little room for growth. Most Americans -- including large majorities of those who don't already count themselves as supporters -- say they're not interested in learning more about the movement. A sizable share of those not already sympathetic to the tea party also say that the more they hear, the less they like the movement.
Oh wait, there's more!
Active teabaggers are about 2% of the population. (And about 90% of media coverage!)
Identification as "Democratic" hasn't changed since November, but GOP identification has gone down as teabagger identification has gone up!
All non-teabaggers are rightly concerned about the Arizona Anti-Brown-Person Law. It's a cause for racial profiling and harassment of any non-blonde-whites in Arizona.
The law could be challenged on civil rights grounds and may be unconstitutional or preempted by federal law. Litigation would take years to determine those issues.
But here's something that could be done immediately.
Whether or not the Arizona law is valid, the federal government has a duty to ensure that civil rights are respected. To accomplish that duty, they need data about how the Arizona law is being carried out.
So make a new law:
Every time an Arizona law enforcement officer asks a brown person for his or her papers, they have to file a detailed report with the US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.
We want to know who did the stop, when and where it occurred, what the pretext was, what the result was, and so on, and so on.
File it with the DOJ within three days of the stop.
And it will be a federal crime not to comply.
It will slow them down and provide a factual basis for challenging the Arizona law in court. Make them give the DOJ the ammunition to take them down.
As revealed in an October 2008 New York Times Magazine article about the McCain campaign, details after the jump.
By some kind of mistake, the Manchurian Meanie and his corporatist stooges in the Senate managed to pass a heath care reform bill that confers benefits on the American people soon after enactment.
I know it's unacceptable to many who were rooting for a Noble Failure, but there's still time to primary Obama in 2012.
Details from NYT Prescriptions blog after the jump.
Cross-posted at my new blog, Against the Leftbaggers.
I started blogging during the run-up to the Iraq War, some of the darkest days of the Bush years. Bush enabled the ultra-wealthy to loot the economy and the Treasury while he waged war on his enemies, foreign and domestic. In the public discourse, Bush was worshiped as God's infallible representative on Earth, those who disagreed were attacked as weaklings and traitors. In the midst of this I wrote two anti-Bush blogs, Dear Leader's Daily Thought and the Temple of George W. Bush.