Romney campaign: shameless photo ops and reversing opinion with gale force winds

Sometimes a stately posture during a debate can determine whether or not a candidate appears ‘presidential,’ but the best test is what the candidate does during a time of domestic crisis. When monster Hurricane Sandy hurled the brunt of its fury on the east coast, primarily New Jersey and New York City, this Monday we were afforded that opportunity. The differences were glaring. Of course, President Obama has the advantage – he is, after all, currently the President of the United States and it’s his duty to react decisively and with authority whenever the country is attacked by terrorists or […]

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Mitt Romney to President Obama in third debate: I agree with you, but I still think you’re wrong

If flip-flopping were made an Olympic sport, Mitt Romney would have won the gold. The governor continued to shape-shift himself to center-right in the third and final presidential debate, moderated by Bob Shieffer of CBS, in Boca Raton, FL on Monday night. Well, Shieffer was the official moderator, but Romney didn’t seem to notice; as in last Tuesday’s town hall, Romney intermittently admonished President Obama, “Listen, I’m talking right now — you’ll get your turn.” Okaaaay, Mitt! Sarcastic zingers were volleyed back and forth by Romney and Obama. The one which delighted the twitterverse most, making “horses and bayonets” trending, […]

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President Obama “brings it” in second debate; Romney? Still fibbing, mostly

The stage in Tuesday’s debate, a town hall moderated by Candy Crowley (CNN, State of the Union) in Hempstead, NY, could have been set up like a boxing ring, because both President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney came out swinging…verbally. Roused from his near somnambulant state in the previous debate, President Obama sparred with spirit — and at one point, during a foreign policy question, he went from professorial to parental, complete with pointing finger. Governor Romney’s legs scissored stiffly about the stage, making him appear like a robotic comedian in dire need of his joints lubricated (deja vu: […]

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Romney debate strategy: flip flop and talk really, really fast

Mitt Romney showed up at Wednesday’s debate with President Barack Obama looking not at all as if he’d struggled with a bout of diarrhea the night before. Instead the Governor appeared tanned, fully caffeinated and chomping at the bit — one half-expected steam to puff from both ears. In contrast, President Obama appeared calm, cool, and, according to most pundits, professorial. The Jock versus the Nerd. In an interview on CNN Tuesday, former ABC News anchor Carole Simpson said that after moderating a debate in 1992 between then-President George H.W. Bush and challenger Bill Clinton, viewers told her afterward that […]

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S**t Mitt Romney says

In a campaign year that seems more like a production of Comedy Central than a battle between two serious challengers, Campaign 2012 will go down in history as one which made us laugh, cringe, and cry…simultaneously. And you thought Campaign 2008, with Sarah Palin winking and gamboling about, was bizarre… Ah, Mitt Romney. Is there some sort of disconnect going on between your brain and your mouth? Romney’s gaffes often go way beyond the maladroit of President George W. Bush. It almost seems as if Mitt Romney is always thinking aloud, sans filter and self-editing. I’ve said this before, and […]

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Holding stolen documents for ransom a new cottage industry? Hackers alledgedly steal Mitt Romney’s tax returns

In William Gibson’s novel Neuromancer, cyber-criminals traffic in stolen information and data; now an anonymous group of hackers have claimed to have cracked into the servers of PriceWaterhouseCooper’s Franklin, Tenn. office and stolen Mitt Romney’s tax returns prior to 2010. I doubt that this is the kind of inventive entrepreneurship Romney has been touting on the campaign trail: ransoming stolen documents for start-up capital. On Sunday, the presumptive data-kidnappers posted this ransom note on Pastebin, a site which allows people to paste text anonymonously: Romney’s 1040 tax returns were taken from the PWC office 8/25/2012 by gaining access to the […]

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What if the chair talked back to Clint Eastwood…

It was surreal watching Clint Eastwood, a man with five Academy Awards sitting on his mantle, performing an improvisation with an empty chair at the Republican National Convention this past Thursday. Eastwood’s performance art was the opening act before Florida Senator Marco Rubio gave his speech nominating Mitt Romney for President, followed by Romney and his own Big Speech. This was either the dumbest idea ever or an absolutely brilliant idea — and considering how dull and uninspiring Mitt Romney’s speech turned out to be, perhaps it’s the latter. Not that there hasn’t been awkward programming at past Democratic National […]

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