2012 republican presidential nominee IV: NEEDS MORE BOOING

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I agree we should stop electing dopey doctors who engage in goofy games as president.

Smith... Frobisher Smith. (Viceroy), Friday, 23 March 2012 18:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

The fascination with gaffes is a symptom of the poor state of the discourse in national news media, no question, but as gaffes go, you have to admit this one is a beaut. It's succinct, vivid, pithy and it creates the precise mental image that Romney's critics would like to paint of him.

o. nate, Friday, 23 March 2012 18:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

I remember when Mondale came up with that line about "where's the beef" when Gary Hart was gaining momentum in the early primaries, so he turned it into the theme of his whole campaign. Talk about a fucking eedjit. That line was fresh for about two minutes. This whole etch-a-sketch nonsense is about on a par.

Aimless, Friday, 23 March 2012 18:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm somewhere in the middle of the two previous posts. Yes, they're silly--especially when they come from campaign staff, and not the candidate--and this one will be long forgotten by November. (Anyone remember Samantha Powers Hillary comment from early in 2008? Or the Obama guy who said something crassly political about NAFTA?) But I also agree with o. nate that this one was made to order. I do think it's "newsworthy," within reason.

clemenza, Friday, 23 March 2012 18:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

What are you trying to say? That Santorum and Gingrich don't have good political instincts??? xp

Mordy, Friday, 23 March 2012 18:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's true the impact is diluted since it wasn't said by Romney himself. Although its still damning because it seems to offer a glimpse into the thinking in Romney's inner circle.

o. nate, Friday, 23 March 2012 18:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

the thing about etch a sketch thing is that it's a beautiful, succinct visual metaphor for what everybody already kind of thinks about romney. it'll make for some great campaign ads. an adman couldn't have come up with anything better.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Saturday, 24 March 2012 04:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

I remember when Mondale came up with that line about "where's the beef" when Gary Hart was gaining momentum in the early primaries, so he turned it into the theme of his whole campaign. Talk about a fucking eedjit. That line was fresh for about two minutes. This whole etch-a-sketch nonsense is about on a par.

I was just becoming conscious of politics when this happened; what a fantastic way to disillusion the young.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 24 March 2012 12:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, jeez, serious fanfic writing going on there (also note no discussion whatsoever of social issues, which is presumably the main area where Romney's non-supporters see him as "not a real conservative").

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 24 March 2012 14:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

I couldn't find the clip I really wanted, where Linus says "I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It's not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love." Kudlow: "I never thought he was such a bad little conservative. He's not bad at all, really. Maybe he just needs a little love."

clemenza, Saturday, 24 March 2012 14:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

Did I miss something? Is there an Etch a Sketch running for President now?

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 24 March 2012 16:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

whoa so Tebow drew #KONY on Romney's Etch-A-Sketch?

i had my students do an in-class exercise yesterday and one of them filled part of it with all kinds of stuff like KILL KONY.

the exercise was related to ethics, but still.

j., Saturday, 24 March 2012 16:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

comparing a state contest in 08 to that same state contest in '12 may not make much sense: the schedule was different, and by this point in '08 huckabee was already gone and it was basically over (iirc)

a better measure would probably be to add up everybody who turned out by this date in '08 and compare the running totals? idk

goole, Saturday, 24 March 2012 20:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

Santorum gets Louisiana...he's got momentum (...)

Hopefully Mitt and Newt will drop out now so he can prevent this from happening:

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Sunday, 25 March 2012 01:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

omg lol.

tempestuous alaskan nites! (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Sunday, 25 March 2012 13:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

red baby in a pan

dayo, Sunday, 25 March 2012 13:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

haha wow

lag∞n, Sunday, 25 March 2012 13:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

gas pump suicide dont do it

lag∞n, Sunday, 25 March 2012 13:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hungry4Games (crüt), Sunday, 25 March 2012 14:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol

caek, Sunday, 25 March 2012 19:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 25 March 2012 20:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/reliable-source/post/at-elite-gridiron-club-dinner-the-jokes-on-mitt-romney/2012/03/25/gIQAv5VLZS_blog.html?hpid=z9

it seemed to be Rick Perry’s night to throw those bombs:

“Yes, I would say stuff like ‘Solyndra is a country,’ or ‘The voting age is 21,’ ” the governor acknowledged. “Mitt would say things like, his wife drives a couple of Cadillacs, or his pals own NASCAR teams. My problem was saying stuff that wasn’t right. Mitt’s problem is saying stuff that is.”

Oooh! “You know, it was weird standing next to him at the debates. I kept waiting for him to say, ‘Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?’”

curmudgeon, Monday, 26 March 2012 03:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

Something occurred to me tonight. I really miss Bruno Kirby.

"Sir, in my heart, I know I'm funny. "

pplains, Monday, 26 March 2012 03:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

I love that Santorum is now wielding a physical Etch-A-Sketch in his speeches; it's like some Garry Trudeau floating waffle shit.

Hungry4Games (crüt), Monday, 26 March 2012 14:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

I hope he starts talking to it.

pplains, Monday, 26 March 2012 14:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

some Garry Trudeau floating waffle shit.

haaa otm

goole, Monday, 26 March 2012 14:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

I hope he starts talking to it.

― pplains, Monday, March 26, 2012 9:44 AM (4 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

or rather, has the etch-a-sketch respond to questions rather than himself.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Monday, 26 March 2012 19:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

I could see him turning out like this except with the etch a sketch:

Respectfully, Tyrese Gibson (Nicole), Monday, 26 March 2012 19:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Obama lost in Romneyville:

Not sure which is funnier: that Obama would step into this within days of the Etch-a-Sketch thing, or that Romney's calling Obama's comments "very, very troubling."

clemenza, Monday, 26 March 2012 22:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

eh this is not a big deal imho

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 26 March 2012 22:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

Romney absolutely desperate to have Obama mention him by name tho lol

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 26 March 2012 22:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

holy shit obama politicking with important foreign relationship motherfucking russia? i hope to god he's giving all kinds of explanations every day to them bc that's his job.

Mordy, Monday, 26 March 2012 22:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

"I will transmit this information to Vladimir."

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Monday, 26 March 2012 23:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

^^^Russian guy talking like Romney...I don't think this is a big deal either, and yes, he's pragmatically doing his job. I just think it's funny that he'd get caught on mike saying virtually the same thing Romney's guy said last week. I suspect Santorum will use this in the next few days to morph Romney and Obama together even more.

clemenza, Monday, 26 March 2012 23:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

i just think the admission that medvedev has to relay anything of import to putin is hilarious.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Monday, 26 March 2012 23:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

"mr president, there are nuclear missiles headed toward moscow. they will arrive in three minutes."

"i will transmit this information to vladimir."

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Monday, 26 March 2012 23:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

transmitting live from medvedev

the sir edmund hillary of sitting through pauly shore films (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 26 March 2012 23:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

medvedev, president of the russian fanclub for vladimir

1986 tallest hair contest (Z S), Monday, 26 March 2012 23:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

vladimir, this is medvedev!
what is it, my son
vladimir, i have an important transmittal from u.s. head of state "barack obama"!
tell me the information
he says that he will have more flexibility after the election!
very interesting, i have never thought of that

1986 tallest hair contest (Z S), Monday, 26 March 2012 23:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

this is the kinda thing that's a big, big, big deal to people who already hate obama but it's not gonna affect the marginal voter

iatee, Monday, 26 March 2012 23:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah obama's comment to that effect might have appeared condescending

who knows what these heads of state talk about in private moments though

i often wonder about such things

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Monday, 26 March 2012 23:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

sometimes they bitch about how much they hate bibi

Mordy, Monday, 26 March 2012 23:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah i loved that

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Tuesday, 27 March 2012 00:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

I would guess they are almost always less interesting than you would expect

iatee, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 00:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

nachos, 9 diamond whores, Tebow

Euler, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 00:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

The Russian Nachos were beautifully done and super tasty. It had a tiny bit of spiciness which boosted the flavor of the fish eggs on the sashimi.

Euler, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 00:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

Much better when you cut out the middlemen.

(Have at it, Z S.)

clemenza, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 00:08 (2 years ago) Permalink


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