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Wed Oct 31, 2012, 10:48 AM

Surprise!! Romney 'Relief Rally' STAGED!! Pre-Purchased $5,000 in Walmart Goods for Bogus Photo Op!

As Romney Supporters Showed up Empty Handed... Campaign gave then Canned goods to donate so they look like they actually give a shit

Romney Campaign Staged Donations At Storm Relief Event



As the East Coast and parts of Ohio struggled to regroup in the devastating wake of “Superstorm” Sandy, the Romney campaign hastily transformed a scheduled victory rally in Dayton, Ohio into a non-political “storm relief event” on Tuesday. According to BuzzFeed, the campaign encouraged supporters to bring hurricane relief supplies and “deliver the bags of canned goods, packages of diapers, and cases of water bottles to the candidate, who would be perched behind a table along with a slew of volunteers and his Ohio right-hand man, Senator Rob Portman.”

Just to be safe, campaign aides reportedly spent $5,000 at a local Wal-Mart on supplies that could be put on display. When supporters arrived at the rally-turned-relief event, they were treated to the 10-minute video about Romney’s life, which was first unveiled at the RNC. The event ended with supporters lined up to hand over supplies and meet Romney. But according to BuzzFeed, this donation process was also staged:

Empty-handed supporters pled for entrance, with one woman asking, “What if we dropped off our donations up front?”
The volunteer gestured toward a pile of groceries conveniently stacked near the candidate. “Just grab something,” he said.
Two teenage boys retrieved a jar of peanut butter each, and got in line. When it was their turn, they handed their “donations” to Romney. He took them, smiled, and offered an earnest “Thank you.”


The Red Cross, meanwhile, said they were grateful for the supplies but encouraged people to donate money or blood as a more efficient way to help the relief effort.

I Wonder How Much Blood and Money The Romney Campaign Donated?

link: http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/10/31/1115011/romney-campaign-staged-donations-in-storm-relief-event/

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Reply Surprise!! Romney 'Relief Rally' STAGED!! Pre-Purchased $5,000 in Walmart Goods for Bogus Photo Op! (Original post)
trailmonkee Oct 2012 OP
Horse with no Name Oct 2012 #1
kardonb Oct 2012 #29
FightingIrish Oct 2012 #2
NYC Liberal Oct 2012 #3
superpatriotman Oct 2012 #53
deutsey Oct 2012 #4
MynameisBlarney Oct 2012 #5
jorno67 Oct 2012 #6
Horse with no Name Oct 2012 #8
NICO9000 Oct 2012 #34
BlueStreak Oct 2012 #7
faithfulcitizen Oct 2012 #9
Tennessee Gal Oct 2012 #10
aletier_v Oct 2012 #11
trailmonkee Oct 2012 #13
AlbertCat Oct 2012 #43
NickB79 Oct 2012 #37
Canuckistanian Oct 2012 #12
aint_no_life_nowhere Oct 2012 #14
Ganja Ninja Oct 2012 #15
AlbertCat Oct 2012 #44
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Coyotl Oct 2012 #18
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Liberal1975 Oct 2012 #30
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tblue37 Oct 2012 #33
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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 10:50 AM

1. Ugggh everything is so contrived. n/t

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Response to Horse with no Name (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 01:08 PM

29. contrived

phony, dishonest , smarmy , disgusting , opportunistic = ROTME !

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 10:53 AM

2. Apparently Rmoney has already started his first war.

The war on reality

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 10:54 AM

3. Are you fucking kidding me?

These people never cease to amaze me.

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Response to NYC Liberal (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 03:50 PM

53. Ditto your post

Those were the first five words that came to mind...

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 10:54 AM

4. Just think a moment what a Romney administration would be like

if they are this craven and cynical.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 10:57 AM

5. I would say it's unbelievable...

but at this point, I'm no longer surprised by this cretins actions.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:04 AM

6. I wonder how much Blood Money he has...

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Response to jorno67 (Reply #6)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:10 AM

8. He is the one that writes a big fat check while the camera is on

and then tears it up when the cameras leave.

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Response to Horse with no Name (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 01:32 PM

34. Christ, he couldn't even do that!

This creature has gone beyond being an asshole and has now crawled way, way up a shit-packed colon.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:04 AM

7. These guys are really vile human beings

Their daily lies are one thing, but faking the act of charity for political advantage is really about as low as it gets.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:15 AM

9. This is just gross.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:27 AM

10. Unbelievably stupid!!!!

Lies in ads about car manufacturing jobs, wants to shut down FEMA, and fake donations at a ridiculously staged event.

Holy cow!

And they want to run the country!

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:29 AM

11. "A 10-minute video about Romney's life"???

what the hell?

where they trying to drive donors away?

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Response to aletier_v (Reply #11)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:39 AM

13. What a Fucking Nightmare that would have been?

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Response to trailmonkee (Reply #13)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 02:05 PM

43. What a Fucking Nightmare that would have been?

Well, it IS Halloween.


Of course this just goes to show President Romney, like President Bush, would not run anything. He will be, like Bush and Reagan before him, a cardboard cutout president. He'll be out raising money while somebody, who was not elected, runs things from an undisclosed location.


GOP... unelected and undisclosed

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Response to aletier_v (Reply #11)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 01:43 PM

37. I'd be trying to gouge my eyes out with a donated Slim Jim. nt

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:32 AM

12. Practical, really.

He knew his supporters wouldn't be bringing any donations.

They LOVE denying the poor and disadvantaged anything.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:45 AM

14. Good Lord, it's even worse than I thought

Yesterday the news informed us that the "relief rally" took place at the same time and place that the previous political rally was to occur. The same speakers and guests came who were scheduled to come to the political rally. The campaign ran the same pro-Romney political film at the "relief rally" that they always run for the audience at his political rallies. Romney promotional political merchandise was sold at the "relief rally" that you find at political rallies. It was already faked to the max.

But now we find out the cans of food were props at the "relief rally" as well, provided by the campaign. Incredible.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:52 AM

15. Forget about a birth certificate.

I want to see a blood test on this android. He needs to prove he's a real person because everything else he's part of is fake as hell.

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Response to Ganja Ninja (Reply #15)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 02:10 PM

44. He needs to prove he's a real person

Perhaps he's a corporation.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:52 AM

16. Just when I think Mitt's hit the lowest road he finds an even lower one

n/t

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 12:26 PM

17. Actually, I'm NOT surprised.

Disgusted but not surprised.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 12:40 PM

18. Mall*Wart! OMG, it just doesn't get any more idiotic than this, right? This is the bottom, right?

How do you spell Hindenburg Mitt?

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 12:42 PM

19. im sick of these people...

This makes me sick to see this. I think it will bite them in the ass. Its so fake it screams of deperation to look good. Fail.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 12:42 PM

20. Fuck me, rMoney has that Dolores Umbridge smirk on his face again! n/t

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 12:45 PM

21. "Just grab something" LOL!

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 12:50 PM

22. I was wondering how "average" people were able to shrink wrap all those trays of cans, etc.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 12:51 PM

23. I KNEW it! I saw far too many duplicates, and so many dixie cups (gotta enrich the Kochs ya know)

Will the MSM report this travesty??? Or perhaps, they are as sickened as we are by the absolute lack of character and morality in that bunch and will work in other ways to expose His Highness?

ETA: Far be it from the Smarmy One to actually DONATE all that money they spent on that charade, to the Red Cross, and cancel the event.

On the bright side... he did NOT attract a whole hell of a lot of people. Tiny crowd one week before the election? I'll be generous to say there was 1,000 people there, but I may be exaggerating to be kind. The MSM and the corporate pollsters are screwing with people's minds.. no fucking way he's that close in the polls.

Beginning to think that the deflated Mitt Blimp was an omen. His campaign is in shambles.. a total free fall.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 12:51 PM

24. who didn't see this coming

 

Truly deplorable. But that's Romney for you.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 12:52 PM

25. Honestly

This guy is one of the worst people ever. And sorry but it has a lot to do with his Mormonism.

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Response to tufnel (Reply #25)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 01:58 PM

41. Appearances are everything in Mormonism

Only be sorry that we can't possibly communicate to people what this actually means in terms of what some Mormons are really like.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 12:53 PM

26. Romney gives China money for Sandy relief!

Wal Mart? Wal Fucking Mart?

Were there no American stores like Costco?

What an ass!

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 12:57 PM

27. Why does this not surprise me?

"This is what we will do...we will buy 5,000 dollars of canned goods, and when people come, they can pretend they are donating them to Governor Romney...and the press can snap up photos, and this will make Mitt look like a Geese Louise Swell guy! "



P. T. Barnum would have loved this guy.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 01:05 PM

28. To add insult to injury, Rmoney bought the stuff at Sprawl-Mart.

Always turning its "associates" into peons who qualify for food stamps and Medicaid. Always.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 01:15 PM

30. Shouldn't Surprise anyone...

Just read an entry in Maddow Blog talking about the last six commercials Romney put out and how each one is based on a complete fabrication. Even for American Politics this is something that has never been seen before. I don't know if this strategy is working only because Obama is black or if this is just the final nail in American Political discourse. When you have all conservatives watching Fox and all liberals watching MSNBC each side has access to only one stream of information. I cannot watch CNN or FOX so the only way I can watch news is if I am watching MSNBC because the past 12 years have so angered and polarized me that I will vote for six feet of stacked shit with a tie on before I vote for a Republican. I used to watch C-SPAN and when you actually listen to a conservative argument (not partisan, conservative) sometimes a good point can be made. Especially when it is a civil discussion where each side gets ample time to express, flesh out and rebut each others points. With people living in information bubbles liars can flood the airwaves with whatever they want and it will just blend into the chatter.

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Response to Liberal1975 (Reply #30)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 02:15 PM

46. conservatives watching Fox and all liberals watching MSNBC each side has access to only one stream..

MSNBC is not Fox... nowhere near it. It is not "skewed" to the left. It has a few left leaning shows. You can actually do alright with MSNBC.

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Response to AlbertCat (Reply #46)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 02:39 PM

51. I agree

I agree that MSNBC is actual news while Fox is a propaganda machine. But it has 6 solid hours of liberal opinion shows every night, not a few. Look, I'm not trying to equate one with the other I watch MSNBC every night and I sometimes feel like maybe I don't have a clear picture of what is going on since the shows I watch have an on obvious spin for Obama. And before you jump down my throat I am fully aware that what they report is actually true whereas Fox is just a factory of bullshit but I still come away with a feeling that I just watched six hours of programming that I mostly agree with, that made feel super positive about our chances in this thing etc, etc. That essntially the Fox viewer and I live in completely different worlds and the information I am getting is not information they are getting. When there is no baseline for reality no then lying is something you can get away with. Seven years from now are we still going to have Fox viewers who believe that the work requirement was watered down under Obama, that he doubled the deficit, that he is actually a Muslim Marxsist hell bent on the destruction of America? Probably. These are the same people who still believe that WMDs were found in Iraq. When there is no common ground on the FACTS any longer then what is left? Just two streams of contradicting information and a beleaguered electorate who throws up their hands and says "Fuck it. They all lie." and electorate that is more polarized and a country that cannot make decisions for its common good together. "A House divided against itself cannot stand" and I'm the same way now. In 2000 I might have voted for McCain (before he proved his "Maverick" independence was a lie) over Gore, now I won't vote for any Republican for any reason under any circumstance. Ever. It just seems that's not healthy for our democracy that I feel this way and that conservatives feel exactly the same way in reverse. But I apologize it was not my intent to equate Rachel Maddow who deals in truth (albeit with an obvious preference towards liberalism) to Glenn Beck who just lies through his teeth. Just trying to understand how a politician can lie as much as Romney has and still have a chance. Either it's because America's enduring racism won't allow this race to be anything but close or political dialogue has disappeared, since I'm not listening to their bullshit and they're not listening to my facts.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 01:17 PM

31. What's next? A tailhook landing and a flight suit?

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #31)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 01:23 PM

32. Hmmm

Remember the Tailhook controversy in the 90s? Seems an appropriate reference.

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Response to Sophiegirl (Reply #32)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 01:58 PM

40. Do you mean the sex scandal?

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #40)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 02:10 PM

45. Yep

The degradation of women who chose to serve and had to put up with men who thought that any woman in the military wanted to be there to either find a husband or was a slut. My older sister was subjected to this when she joined the AF in the late 70s. You would not believe some of the stories she told me.

Keep 'em in their place or abuse them seemed to be the attitude.

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Response to Sophiegirl (Reply #45)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 02:37 PM

49. Then they go the other way and claim they're lesbians....

Some guys act like women can't have real goals or take pride in their work. It's all just to hook up.

Ask these guys if men join the army to meet women or say they must be gay and want to hook up with other guys and they claim that's different because guys,....what? Don't think about sex?

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #49)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 03:39 PM

52. True 'nuff!

Edit...I hate autocorrect!!!

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 01:30 PM

33. A precise parallel to Ryan washing a clean pot in a staged photo op.

Of course, the campaign could have simply donated a $5,000 check, which would have been much more useful, but that wouldn't make a "effective" a picture for media dissemination, and since we all know he is very wealthy, $5,000 would look pretty chintzy.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 01:37 PM

35. NPR this morning - Diane Rehm - one of the commentators said

Romney could have just written a $10 million check to the Red Cross and gone home but did this instead. Tells you a lot about Romney. The biggest thing it tells you right now is that he should NOT be President.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 01:43 PM

36. What brilliant planning!

Let's hold a "relief rally" in a location many miles away from where the relief is actually needed, and then let's dump in on the American Red Cross so they can figure out how to get all the stuff where it's needed!

Of course, this has diverted the Red Cross from doing what they know they need to do, as the Red Cross doesn't normally accept donations of this kind. They prefer cash donations so they can use the money to buy things through established channels and get it to the folks who need it quickly and efficiently.

What a joke this man is. Everything about him is phony: his concern for others, his smile, his policies, everything is a sham. Back in the Wild West days, the Sheriff would have told Rmoney to get out of town and never come back.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 01:50 PM

38. I can't say it enough

This is the Potemkin Campaign! Everything for show with no reasons or explanations for anything and no substance!

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 01:54 PM

39. Why is anyone really shocked?

 

At his typical rich @hole attitude, by giving things to the plebes and demanding it back.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 01:59 PM

42. This is not a campaign... it's a pilot for Comedy Channel's new reality show.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 02:19 PM

47. Romney the Tin (Can) Man...no heart, but lots of pork 'n beans n/t

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 02:25 PM

48. This isn't going to matter. No one's paying attention

to the Romney campaign's bullshit.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 02:38 PM

50. NO!!?! REALLY???

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 10:26 AM

54. His shallowness is absolutely stunning!

I'm actually even more amazed by Romney's shallowness than I was about Palin's vacuousness. I mean her word salad is amazing. But his total lack of humanity leaves me speechless & not a little PO'd at people I know who support him.

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