good grief

(Thank for the video link, TeamObama)

The Boston Globe: Expected Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney tread on socially dangerous ground last night as he talked about the need to “hang” a misery index around the neck of Barack Obama, the nation’s first black president.

Romney almost immediately caught himself, with the English major declaring “metaphorically” speaking, but the mix of nervous laughter with applause indicated at least some in the audience realized its potency.

Romney said: “You remember during the Ronald Reagan/Jimmy Carter debates? That Ronald Reagan came up with this great thing about the ‘misery index,’ and that he hung that around Jimmy Carter’s neck, and that had a lot to do with Jimmy Carter losing. Well, we’re going to have to hang the ‘Obama Misery Index’ around his neck. And, I’ll tell you, the fact that you’ve got people in this country, really squeezed, with gasoline getting so expensive, with commodities getting so expensive, families are having a hard time making ends meet. So, we’re going to have to talk about that, and housing foreclosures and bankruptcies and higher taxation. We’re going to hang him — uh, so to speak, metaphorically — with, uh, with, uh — you have to be careful these days, I’ve learned that, with an Obama Misery Index.”

A video of the remarks posted on YouTube cuts off at, “you have to be careful,” without the final 10 words.



Thank you Kelly

31 Responses to “good grief”

  1. 1 Mary
    April 30, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Well, I can see he was talking about the quote and didn’t realize how it would sound – that can happen. I didn’t like the ‘you have to be careful these days’ – it should have been ‘I’m sorry, I didn’t mean that the way it sounded”. But people don’t always think of the best words in the heat of the moment.

    The sign he’s standing next to, however, is far more disgusting to me. And to stand and have your picture taken next to it, pretty much says he was okay with its message. He can’t control the signs that people bring to rallies, but he shouldn’t have endorsed it. Obviously it didn’t sound offensive to him, which says something deeply offensive to me. Shame on him.

    • April 30, 2011 at 11:51 am

      Hi Mary, I think the kindest interpretation of the comments would be to say they are rooted in stupidity and blind ignorance of American history. The less kind interpretation might be that he knew exactly what he was saying, that he was trying to out-Trump Trump, get a bit of attention, and cozy up to the right of the party who don’t seem to like him much. Not sure which to go for.

      • 3 hopefruit2
        April 30, 2011 at 12:01 pm

        I will go with the latter interpretation. And it’s because at this point, I’m left with NO choice. I’m not willing to give these guys the benefit of the doubt anymore. We’ve given them the, benefit of the doubt for too long, and we got eight years of Bush, Sarah Palin, the birthers, the Tea Party, Birthers, and now Trump.

        We have to take a stand at some point and stop enabling these creatures. Give them an inch, and they take a mile. Sorry, but Romney is fair game until I see him come out openly and take a definitive stand against these racially tinged campaigns. At this point, he should be trying to separate himeslf from the other GOP folks in the Republican primaries, in terms of what his policies can do for this country. Instead he is trying to join them in using racial innuendos to smear this President.

    • 4 kelly
      April 30, 2011 at 12:45 pm

      Awww Mary I wish I was still naive and open minded as you but alas these several years of non stop teapublican Koch brothers financed hate mongering, racism, and false information rhetoric has opened my eyes. As much as I regret being the bearer of bad news, I gotta say it. Mr. Romney knew exactly what he was saying. Be prepared for this sort of thing right through the Republican primaries. They are not gonna go after each other, its gonna be all about who can say the worst things about President Barack Obama and MSM will of course laud them up , meanwhile deem the POTUS “weak” for not stooping to their levels.

      Earlier I saw Mr. Chump on tv cursing the most vile words and the tv news lady was loling, instead of being appalled and disgusted she was making a joke of his saying the fword repeatedly. *smh*

      • 5 EDP4BHO
        April 30, 2011 at 12:54 pm

        What? Cursing on the news and no one censored it? This country has definitely degraded itself even more. The media has lowered the bar, and I mean news, entertainment, religious….all media has enabled the worse in people to be transmitted for our children, so we needn’t ever even wonder about low morals when young people do drugs, shoot up schools, curse and/or kill their parents and each other. Society in this country is on a downward spiral and little is being done to curtail it. That creature you spoke of is the fitting example of the worse in man. Like I say, it is a battle of principalities going on now. We would all be the better by being aware of it.

      • 6 conlakappa
        May 1, 2011 at 10:35 pm

        Seriously. When one gives such a person “the benefit of the doubt,” it’s like one is trying not to hurt that person’s feelings/put him in a bad light. Excuse me but I could give a ripe fig about hurting the feelings of Mittens, the nation’s biggest weather vane. His moral compass is lacking morality and a principle he found worth standing for. And, yeah, that photo with the woman shows to whom he knows he must pander.

  2. 7 Theo67
    April 30, 2011 at 11:40 am

    This is who they are.

  3. 8 DoNoHarm
    April 30, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Easy enough to send an email to Romney.

  4. 9 Hachikō
    April 30, 2011 at 11:57 am

    The problem is the increase in the violent rhetoric used by these RW politicians. Why is it necessary? Stop with the violent talk!

    • 11 hopefruit2
      April 30, 2011 at 12:02 pm

      Yeah, another Carnival Barker trying out-bark Clown Trump.

      • 12 M
        April 30, 2011 at 9:14 pm

        Absolutely disgusting. I have no doubt that he had that metaphor all planned out to say then and there to the “Americans for Prosperity” crowd. He seems to be trying to go down the same dirty racist path as the Donald for sure. That sign too…to stand next to it and smile? I could not be anymore disgusted.

  5. April 30, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Well, well. well, the mormon takes off his kkk hood. Lets talk about misery you son of a witch. Eddie monster’s plan the ryan budget which kicks seniors out of nursing homes, which restores the donut hole for prescription drugs and ends medicare as we know it. Carnival barkers please talk about mitt romney the freak show….

  6. 14 HZ
    April 30, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    “Out of the heart, the mouth speaks.” That is how I have always felt about a person. Keep showing us your heart, Mr.Mitt.

    April 30, 2011 at 12:12 pm


  8. 16 cat48
    April 30, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I think he needs to forget about using “hang” at all. This is the second time he’s done this. At some point, one has to assume it’s deliberate. He did it the first time in a speech in NH about a month ago. Charles Blow had a column about all these little word games the GOP plays this a.m. in the NYT.

    Anyway, hope everyone’s doing well this a.m. I’ve been watching the president’s WH Corresp. Dinner performances. He’s really pretty funny. I hope Seth isn’t too hard on him tonight as he sounds like the PL at times on SNL.

  9. 17 hgerhard
    April 30, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    There is no excuse for his language. I believe he knew exactly what he was saying and how it would appeal to the nutty fringe. And I agree, the sign is equally offensive. Shame on him! It’s also interesting that he talks about foreclosures and bankruptcies all in the context of “higher taxation”. Facts no longer matter or he would have to admit that the foreclosures and bankruptcies and the “misery” that he wants to attach to President Obama were actually caused by a Republican administration and that “higher taxation” only applies to the ones not affected by this misery. In fact, the “misery” for the average American is programmed to become much worse if the Republicans were to succeed. But then, as I said, facts no longer matter with these people. They are just disgusting, trying to build their careers on hateful rhetoric and outright lies.

  10. 18 Betsey
    April 30, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    This is staggeringly disgusting. He didn’t just say hang the misery index, as the Globe says, he literally said “We’re going to hang him.” I don’t care how metaphorical it is! I wasn’t in danger of taking it literally, but the language is heinous, shows abject insensitivity because he’s supposedly an educated man, so he can’t plead ignorance. Just the fact that he caught himself shows he’s not ignorant, though clearly he only feels one has to be careful these days, not actually an empathic, caring human being. Well, they’re coming out from under the rocks, everyone. Hang onto your hats.

    In the meantime, this helps. It’s utterly hilarious and we need to laugh:

  11. 20 Brezzydee
    April 30, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Don’t forget his “Who Let The Dogs Out” comment standing next to a bunch of black kids. That was disgusting.

    Here is the video of him saying it.

  12. 22 StR
    April 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Yes, a billionaire son of a former Governor knows about the pain us plebs are feeling. This guy doesn’t have a chance in the Republican primary. Timmy will end up eating his lunch. Pawlenty is the sone of a trucker, Mitt was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Let’s hope the GOP isn’t smart and chooses Mitt.

    Then we’ll get to see them try to explain how a billionaire robber baron is more in touch with the poor and middle class simply because he’s white.

  13. 23 GGail
    April 30, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    I’m looking forward with glee. “President Obama debates the Mitt ” or “President Obama debates D. Trump”. Don’t those thoughts bring smiles to your face.

  14. 24 Fred
    April 30, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    NEVER gonna happen again.NEVER Mitty boy.NEVER!

  15. 25 lisa
    April 30, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    With all the money Mitt has spent trying to become president, you realize that he could have funded a third world country? When is he going to realize that he is a no go? Do the American people have to walk up to his face and bitch slap him with the word NO written on the palms of their hands in order for him to get it? wow….in other news, Pawlenty has been busy running his mouth about what a bad prez PBO is. Can you imagine what it would look like? A debate between boring as watching milk curdle Pawlenty and PBO? I almost don’t want to see it, it would be so gruesomely hilarious. It would be like watching a giant lifting a foot to squash an irritating fly. But I do think it’s great that Pawlenty thinks he’s bad enough to face PBO and as the saying goes: there’s a thin dark line between “bravery”(not) and stupidity, and T-Paw is pure, grade a stoooopid 🙂

  16. 26 Debz
    April 30, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    This fool may have gotten away with this a month ago but with all the race-baiting by trump Romney should have known enough to choose his word carefully. He did this on purpose. He thought he was being cute. These repukes disgust me.

  17. 27 Fred
    April 30, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Romney is an odd character. He tends to be for douche baggery before being against it. Why flirt with douche baggery? Take a stand, be a man, not a flip flopper. Either you are for douche baggery or against it. Indecisive douche baggery is not what we need in a ‘time of war’.

  18. 28 Jessica
    April 30, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Looks like Mitt is falling into the Tea Party trap of being a respected Moderate his entire life to turning into a fringe racist idiot to beat Obama. Sigh. Oh well. Another one bites the dust.

    • 29 Fred
      April 30, 2011 at 2:53 pm

      Just until the end of Primaries. They whoever get’s the nod will have a whole year to transform into a moderate. That’s an eternity because most voters have very short memories unfortunately and the media is completely useless at reminding them.

      Until the end of primaries get used to it. It’s only going to get worse.

  19. 30 barb
    April 30, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    All I needed to know about this man was that he drove down the highway with his dog on top of his car. I knew then we had an idiot in the driver’s seat. Expect more “play on words” in the future. If he mades it far enough for a debate with President Obama, expect Obama to wipe the floor with him in the calm, cool manner.

  20. 31 Suzanne
    April 30, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Juan Cole skewers Mittens for his comment


    (quote) You know, the fact that he immediately realized what he was saying and that it was a tragic word choice shows to me that at the very least, Romney possesses a degree of self-awareness and the tiniest sliver of decency, something that I think has eluded a lot of the other Republican hopefuls.

    On the other hand, there is the fact that Romney simply isn’t as stupid as the many policies he has adopted in his rightward lurch the past few years. Some of his positions have been straight out evil….
    So basically, my general position is that there is a sliver of humanity in that shell of a man, but it is being held down and waterboarded by the inner sociopath that just has to be President to show up daddy. I leave it to you all to decide what is worse, to just be plain evil, like Palin, or to know better but do evil anyway like Romney.(endquote)

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