“which is it mitt?”

Steve Benen: Mitt Romney: “The Obama Administration has not been able to deal with the number one issue the country was concerned about when he became president, the economy,” Romney said. “He did not cause the recession, but he made it worse.”

Greg Sargent explained that the “made it worse” argument has been repeatedly fact-checked, and repeatedly proven false, but it doesn’t stop Romney from “cheerfully repeating the bogus claim.”

….Let me make this easy for Romney and the reporters who cover his campaign. It’s a surprisingly straightforward exercise, consisting of two short questions:

1. When Obama took office, the economy was shrinking. Now it’s growing. In what way is that “worse”?

2. When Obama took office, the economy was hemorrhaging jobs. Now it’s gaining jobs. In what way is that “worse”?

As best as I can tell, there are basically only three explanations. Romney is either lying and hoping no one will notice; he doesn’t know what “worse” means; or he considers a healthier economy worse than a deep recession.

Which is it, Mitt?

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29 Responses to ““which is it mitt?””

  1. June 28, 2011 at 10:54 am

    A poll out this morning says that our president got the number right in the troop drawdown:


    Can you hear me now?

  2. June 28, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Also, NIKE profits through the roof, wall street markets reacting nicely!

  3. June 28, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Also, POTUS to raise money in Philadelphia Thursday!

    • 5 isonprize
      June 28, 2011 at 11:17 am

      I’m there! I’m IN THE HOUSE!! Hold me back!! I’m so excited!! Can’t wait. Well, unless I can transport thru time, I’ve gotta wait. But I AM SO EXCITED!!! 😀 :mrgreen: 😀 :mrgreen: 😀

      • 7 theo67
        June 28, 2011 at 11:55 am

        You’ll have to come back with a full report, isonprize. How exciting!

      • 8 EDP4BHO
        June 28, 2011 at 6:26 pm

        isonprize, I’m in Philly also. If I can just see the motorcade, I’d be happy. I was in Germantown last October and got to see him for the second time, but this time I actually got to watch him in action instead of standing on tippy-toes, bobbing and weaving….LOL! Good luck with the sighting. I have to work 😀

  4. June 28, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I can’t believe any one would vote for another liar after all the lies from George W. Bush. If your word means nothing then what do you have to stand on.

      June 28, 2011 at 11:27 am


  5. 13 Fred
    June 28, 2011 at 11:09 am

    please spread this thing about Romney’s lies on the President on twitter and facebook and blogs

  6. 16 Tulips
    June 28, 2011 at 11:17 am

    ok family its time to test our strength, # hashtag a topic ,let see if we can push back on a topic. topic suggestions

    • June 28, 2011 at 11:22 am

      Hiya Tulips,

      How about #RomneyLies with a link to Steve Benen’s article about the President making the economy worse? ie

      More Romney lies: Economy now growing and gaining jobs – but he says President has made it worse. http://tiny.cc/33nw5 #RomneyLies

  7. 19 isonprize
    June 28, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Ya’ll are going to make me learn how to twitter. But I’m kinda afraid that I might get addicted to it. I’ve already got too much to do.

  8. 21 isonprize
    June 28, 2011 at 11:19 am

    or is that “how to tweet”?

  9. 22 theo67
    June 28, 2011 at 11:57 am

    If Romney can’t recognize the difference between a growing economy and a failing economy, then how can he be trusted with the economy as President? Ridiculous.

  10. 25 Sue in Minnesota
    June 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    So Mitt lacks reading comprehension? Thought this Dude was CEO material, had business accumen. How do you explain the mental lapses and short circuits…..brain farts?

    If lying represents corporate bona fides, it’s no wonder corporations have no aversion to dumping on America. A CEO’s motto is money first, the President’s motto is people first……..big fu#king difference Mitt.

    • 26 majii
      June 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm

      Mitt is catering to the low information GOP primary voters because he knows they depend on Fox and rw blogs for information about everything! They spend very little time fact checking anything and tend to “go” with the politicians that show the most animus toward PBO. They thrive on emotion and seem to rarely embrace reality or rationality. IMO, this is why so many of them found themselves in a state of amazement and dismay at having voted for “destroyers of the middle class and the poor” in FL, MI, WI, IN, and other states that put right-wingers in charge of their state government.

  11. 27 carolyn
    June 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Romney’s mouth always gets hi in trouble…it did four years ago, it will now. He has no core beliefs and principles and is swayed by whatever is the latest trash. The longer these people are in the public eye, the more they are seen, the faster they fall. George S. did a good job sith MB on GMA this morning I read. Maybe some of these journalists are becoming a little bit scared of what could possiblyt be running the country in two years!!!

  12. 28 Ladyhawke
    June 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Really, where do the Republicans find these candidates. Mitt Romeny has given chameleons a bad name, Michele Bachmann doesn’t know her history or basic government 101, and Tim Pawlenty just doesn’t make any sense at all. He is incoherent on how to handle Syria.


    Perhaps Pawlenty would argue that recalling the U.S. ambassador to Syria is a diplomatic move. But at the same time, not having an ambassador in Syria means we aren’t using “every diplomatic” channel available. This is how White House spokesman Jay Carney recently explained it:

    CARNEY: Having an ambassador in Syria has allowed us to be in Syria, basically in the presence of the government, to make our views known directly and not via long distance. So, yes, it has been useful to have our ambassador there, precisely because we can communicate directly what our positions and views are. And so I think that has been a useful avenue for us to pursue in terms of communicating our points of view.

    Later when taking questions after the speech, Pawlenty said the U.S. should “try to effectuate change within Syria.” So to recap: Pawlenty wants to press “every diplomatic channel,” including using assets “within Syria,” to bring about change. Yet, he also wants to recall America’s number one point of contact that is currently in Syria.


    • 29 majii
      June 28, 2011 at 3:12 pm

      He did the same thing on PBO’s embrace of The Arab Spring and his decision regarding Egypt by accusing PBO of “throwing Mubarak under the bus” by calling for Mubarak to step down. Evidently, Pawlenty was ignoring the facts that Mubarak had been Egypt’s leader for 30 years, was actively engaged in slaughtering his OWN citizens, and that America is a democracy. Why he would want to lead a country that is a democracy and deny democracy to others is puzzling, or it could mean that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about and is willing to do/say anything if it makes PBO look bad. I think he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, and that he will do/say anything about PBO that makes people clap for him. His overweening ambition to be POTUS takes second position to his supposed Christian values and principles and knowledge of the topics on which he expounds. Mr. Pawlenty, lying is NOT a Christian virtue. I’m so glad that PBO practices his Christianity more than he preaches it. Talk is cheap. Gandhi was right to like Christ but not his followers. It’s actions that truly show if what you say is important to you really is important to you. I guess Pawlenty has forgotten that Jesus warned Christians about making public displays of Christianity for their personal benefit. He’s not the only one who reads and studies the Bible.

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