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Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:33 AM

‘No desire’ for the latest Romney excuse

‘No desire’ for the latest Romney excuse
Posted by Jonathan Capehart on December 24, 2012

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On the one hand, I am inclined to believe Tagg. His father ran one of the worst presidential campaigns in modern memory. Perhaps it’s a former Massachusetts governor thing. Mike Dukakis didn’t do so hot as the Democratic presidential nominee in 1988. Also, Romney never offered a credible rationale for why he wanted to sit in the Oval Office other than he wanted to sit in the Oval Office.

On the other hand, I say horse hockey to Tagg’s assertion. His father spent the better part of six years running for the White House. And he did so in a manner that led to frequent charges of ideological promiscuity and a deep-seated mistrust among conservatives. Have we already forgotten how “anybody but Mitt” was the GOP mantra until there was nobody but Mitt left to take the nomination? Also, for a man who didn’t want to be president, he sure had no problem burying his competition under an avalanche of negative ads or tacking to the right of them on whatever issue when it was necessary to get the job done.

The one thing I believe fully is that Ann was totally behind the effort to get her husband to run again. The Post’s Philip Rucker reported that friends of the Romneys said that the would-be first lady was taking her husband’s loss especially hard because she “believed up until the end that ascending to the White House was their destiny.” Romney had to learn a life lesson the hard way: The White House is earned.

Another lesson learned the hard way is that the American people don’t like to feel like the person running for president is doing them a favor. That we should be so “lucky” to have someone like them in the White House, as Ann said of her husband during a September radio interview in Iowa. But it worked out in the end. The man who had “no desire to run” learned that the American people had no desire to have him in the White House.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2012/12/24/no-desire-for-latest-romney-excuse/?wpisrc=nl_opinions

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Reply ‘No desire’ for the latest Romney excuse (Original post)
DonViejo Dec 2012 OP
lunatica Dec 2012 #1
leftyohiolib Dec 2012 #3
Freddie Dec 2012 #20
BlueStreak Dec 2012 #6
marew Dec 2012 #31
BigDemVoter Dec 2012 #17
sulphurdunn Dec 2012 #28
question everything Dec 2012 #38
leftyohiolib Dec 2012 #2
MADem Dec 2012 #4
DonViejo Dec 2012 #7
pangaia Dec 2012 #14
awoke_in_2003 Dec 2012 #37
MADem Dec 2012 #45
bluescribbler Dec 2012 #5
jmowreader Dec 2012 #30
geckosfeet Dec 2012 #8
SummerSnow Dec 2012 #9
SummerSnow Dec 2012 #10
Mass Dec 2012 #11
marew Dec 2012 #32
salinen Dec 2012 #12
jerseyjack Dec 2012 #13
catbyte Dec 2012 #24
marew Dec 2012 #33
mimi85 Dec 2012 #43
pangaia Dec 2012 #15
Freddie Dec 2012 #22
MurrayDelph Dec 2012 #46
zonkers Dec 2012 #25
plethoro Dec 2012 #16
AndySipowicz Dec 2012 #47
Angry Dragon Dec 2012 #18
question everything Dec 2012 #19
JBoy Dec 2012 #21
SHRED Dec 2012 #23
pkdu Dec 2012 #26
marew Dec 2012 #34
Nancy Waterman Dec 2012 #27
Curmudgeoness Dec 2012 #29
macacawitz Dec 2012 #35
Pachamama Dec 2012 #36
DonViejo Dec 2012 #44
No Vested Interest Dec 2012 #39
JHB Dec 2012 #41
JHB Dec 2012 #40
DonCoquixote Dec 2012 #42
AndySipowicz Dec 2012 #48

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:38 AM

1. I'm very grateful he isn't our President

Deep down, profoundly grateful.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:39 AM

3. that's what i said at our thanksgiving dinner "i'm thankful for my family and that mitt romney

lost this election"

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Response to leftyohiolib (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:24 AM

20. Part of my prayer before Thanksgiving dinner

"And thank The Lord there are two words we will never have to say: President Rommey."

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Response to lunatica (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:48 AM

6. I'm even more grateful SHE is not our First Lady.

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Response to BlueStreak (Reply #6)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:24 PM

31. On target!

She already thought rather highly of herself! She didn't need to be in DC!

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Response to lunatica (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:19 AM

17. Yes, indeed. . . . Can you imagine how depressing it would be right now if he HAD won?

We'd be looking at his inauguration just next month, and can you imagine the vulgar spectacle THAT would have been?

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Response to BigDemVoter (Reply #17)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:04 PM

28. They probably

would have had The Mormon Tabernacle Choir on the Mall, singing the Hallelujah Chorus to a select body of imported saints, all while surrounded by a phalanx of black clad riot cops.

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Response to sulphurdunn (Reply #28)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 01:04 PM

38. And Rafalca doint his ballet (nt)

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:38 AM

2. well ann how does it feel to have an "entitlement" taken form you?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:41 AM

4. What a turn of phrase!!!!

... frequent charges of ideological promiscuity ...!!!!!

He wanted the Presidency so bad he could TASTE it. This latest "excuse" is horseshit, designed as a face-saver. Instead, like EVERYTHING the rMoneys do, it falls flat and sounds false. No one spends twenty million of their own money on something they don't want--and that was the LAST run, not this one!!!

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Response to MADem (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:50 AM

7. LOL. That one cracked me up too...

somewhere (in an OP here on DU?) in the last 24 hours I read Mitt spent $45M of his own money. Whatever, $20M or $45M, he'll figure a way to write it off.

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Response to MADem (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:54 AM

14. Yes, those are the best 2 words in the post.

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Response to MADem (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:58 PM

37. When Tagg's BS broke last week...

I said it more like "Obama didn't really beat my dad, he just didn't want the job". It is the same excuse sports losers sometimes make.

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Response to awoke_in_2003 (Reply #37)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 08:53 PM

45. BINGO--that's it, exactly. nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:46 AM

5. Actually, he spent 8 years running for President

In his final 2 years as Governor of Massachusetts, he spent more time campaigning and raising money for GOPigs around the country than he did governing the state. All this was laying the groundwork and earning "political capital" for his eventual runs for the Presidency. As I posted on Facebook the day after the election, we dodged a huge bullet that day.

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Response to bluescribbler (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:10 PM

30. I am going to challenge part of your assertion

The part about him governing Massachusetts.

Romney holds the land speed record for overturned vetos - approximately 700 of them. The last year he was in office, he issued somewhere around 200 vetos and all of them were overturned - many unanimously. In effect, Mass had no governor; the General Court wrote anything it wanted, sent it to Romney, waited a couple days for it to come back, and enacted it over his veto.

A Romney presidency was designed to be a power-behind-the-throne deal, and would have required flipping the Senate - which the Republicans expected to do. Lobbyists would have written the bills...ATR on budgetary matters, NRA on gun laws, Heritage on defense...a compliant Congress would have passed them and Romney would have signed them. Mussolini described Fascism as corporate control of the government. It is unkind to call people fascists, but that's what we would have been up against.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:51 AM

8. "Romney had to learn a life lesson the hard way: The White House is earned." I don't get it?

Why is this a hard lesson? Any school boy/girl in any school in America learns this from an early age. Even then success is far from certain and failure becomes and accepted mode of learning.

Unless of course you grow up as a member of privileged class where everything is either handed to you, inherited or bought.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:54 AM

9. Good post and spot on

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:00 AM

10. Karl Rove and Mittens conversation..

Rove (calling Romney) :"Hello Mitt,this is Karl Rove..I read several articles about your son Tagg giving an interview saying that you NEVER wanted to be President ....I want my damn money back NOW!!!!.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:12 AM

11. Sense of entitlement from somebody who has never worked hard for anything.

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Response to Mass (Reply #11)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:25 PM

32. Truer words were never written!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:40 AM

12. Tagg's an idiot

 

- If there were any chances of a political Romney future, Tagg just took a shit on it.
- The statement "never met anyone less interested in becoming Pres" makes no sense.
- Tagg now has no political future. Who'd trust him?
- Tagg has a large stake in voting machines. Conflict of interest of the highest order.
- Fuck you Tagg Romney and your spoiled condescending Mother too.

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Response to salinen (Reply #12)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:46 AM

13. I disagree with the last sentence.

 

Connecting the first point with the last, we owe Tagg a great deal of thanx.

JJ

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Response to salinen (Reply #12)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:32 AM

24. I completely believe that Romney didn't want to BECOME President, he just wanted to

BE President. He and Queen Ann wanted, expected, a coronation, an anointment, which is what makes his complete trouncing that much sweeter. It's always satisfying seeing the bully get his comeuppance. He expected us to just hand it to him, just like everything he's ever gotten. Ha ha.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #24)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:30 PM

33. "Stop it! This is hard! You want to try it? Get in the ring" :)

Words of self-proclaimed, almost Queen Ann.

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Response to marew (Reply #33)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 07:26 PM

43. I can't imagine

a FLOTUS Ann compared with Michelle - a beautiful person inside and out. Can you picture Ann planting a garden? Wouldn't want to mess up that mega dollar manicure! The contrast between the two women is stunning!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:56 AM

15. Who names their son Tagg, orr Mitt, or, or

whatever Sista Sarah's kids are named.

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Response to pangaia (Reply #15)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:27 AM

22. What are all their kids' names anyway?

There's Tagg, Josh, Matt and 2 more. Anyone?

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Response to Freddie (Reply #22)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 01:22 AM

46. Gummo

and Shemp?

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Response to pangaia (Reply #15)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:40 AM

25. They are freaks who came too friggin close to being the first family.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:58 AM

16. Romney was a token candidate given the Republican

 

nomination by the MIC so the only person who could cut the Social Safety Net would win. Wait until after first quarter and let's see who's right. There is no way Romney made that 47 per cent speech by some accident, other than it being contrived accident.

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Response to plethoro (Reply #16)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 07:22 PM

47. true

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:21 AM

18. the LOSER lost

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:21 AM

19. As much as the Republican party was quick to wash its hands off Romney

it should thank him for keeping a shred of respectability. If not him who would have been the nominee? Crazy Michelle? Arrogant Newt? Clueless Cain? Neanderthal Santorum?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:26 AM

21. So if we're to believe Tagg,

He's only ever met people more interested in being president than they guy who actually ran for president.

What utter bullshit.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:31 AM

23. well that election worked out perfectly then

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:41 AM

26. Electile Dysfunction !!

Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

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Response to pkdu (Reply #26)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:31 PM

34. Good one! LOL!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:42 AM

27. This is nothing more than SOUR GRAPES

He didn't win, so he didn't really want it anyway. Yeah right!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:05 PM

29. Yep, sure, that's why he ran twice,

and spent a pile of his own money on the first run. Yep, I believe Tagg. I guess that Mittens is still in hiding, pouting over the loss, so he has to trot out his son to be his mouthpiece. Nicely done.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:35 PM

35. The greedy, self-centered Jerk.....

.......had no class as a candidate, and continues to have no class now. He and his brood can keep dreaming up excuses, but I'm positive about one thing; he lost because he's a jerk. Fortunately the American people saw him for who he is, and he'll go to his grave one day as just another jerk the world had to endure.

Merry Christmas all. With all the horror we've had to endure recently, we can be grateful for one thing, that this particular Jerk will never, ever, ever be our President.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:42 PM

36. There are some very serious Father-Son issues there.....

Lot of deep-seated anger, resentment....maybe even far more issues than we saw between Dubya and GHWB.....

Yikes....wouldnt want to be having to be around that, even as a therapist....

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Response to Pachamama (Reply #36)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:15 PM

44. Yeah. One lies; the other swears to it. n/t

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 04:32 PM

39. I wonder

what became of the fireworks.

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Response to No Vested Interest (Reply #39)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 06:22 PM

41. They blew

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 06:21 PM

40. Doesn't even realize the implications of his own excuses.

If what Tagg is saying was true, if he could be reluctantly talked into an undertaking as big as a presidential run, then he had no business being president. Just look to Dubya for what can happen when the Oval Office is occupied by someone who leaves the "advisors" running the show.

And note the language: Ann wanted to "ascend" to the WH, Tagg said Romney didn't want to "...run". He wanted a coronation, and it doesn't work like that.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 07:08 PM

42. The truth is

The one percent does not like to believe that the rest of us would dare to oppose them, on either side. Note the utter surprise that many in the GOP had when Obama beat Hillary out; they spoke glowingly of the same woman that, the year before, they would have sent to the electric chair (for the "murder of Vince Foster and other "crimes".)

The security of the one percent lies in the ability to hire minions to fool the masses, the election of 2012 gave a hint that the old reliable tricks might not work anymore.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 07:24 PM

48. It's possible

he was a 'fallguy" chosen to run.

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