“He shouldn’t make my son’s death part of his political agenda”



‘Romney’s emotional story remembered very differently by friend of fallen SEAL’

MyNorthWest.com: On the stump in Iowa Tuesday, Mitt Romney revealed that he met former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty at a holiday party some years ago. Doherty is one of four Americans killed during the September 11th attack on the American consulate in Benghazi.

…. one of Glen Doherty’s best friends remembered Doherty’s impression of this meeting much differently …. “He said it was very comical. Mitt Romney approached him ultimately four times, using this private gathering as a political venture to further his image. He kept introducing himself as Mitt Romney, a political figure. The same introduction, the same opening line. Glen believed it to be very insincere and stale.”

Ellefsen said Doherty remembered Romney as robotic … “He said it was pathetic and comical to have the same person come up to you within only a half hour, have this person reintroduce himself to you, having absolutely no idea whatsoever that he just did this 20 minutes ago, and did not even recognize Glen’s face.”

…. “Honestly it does make me sick. Glen would definitely not approve of it … I think he would feel, more than anything, almost embarrassed for Romney. I think he would feel pity for him.”

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104 Responses to ““He shouldn’t make my son’s death part of his political agenda””

  1. October 10, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Imagine if PBO did something like this. The media would be all over it. We need to push this on Twitter.

    • 2 Pamela
      October 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      LL, número UNO!

    • October 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      Couldn’t agree more LL, if this was PBO we’d get wall-to-wall coverage for at least a week. When I read Glen Doherty’s friend’s comments earlier I just guessed how the Romney campaign would try to smear him, but it’s a whole lot harder to smear Glen’s mother. The media will largely ignore this, we can be sure, I’d love to see us spread it far and wide.

    • 10 sachet
      October 10, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      Since the media will not spread it, perhaps you guys can spread this mothers comments on twitter. That is a god way to get things circulate, that the media will not circulate.

      • 11 Liberal Librarian
        October 10, 2012 at 3:46 pm

        We have spread it, the media did pick it up, and now Mehmney has promised he will no longer use the story.

  2. 12 Pamela
    October 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    2 replies

  3. 13 Elle in MI
    October 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Hello TOD!

  4. 14 amk for obama
    October 10, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Tweeted the diary. These are the kindsa things we should be pushing to really help the campaign.

    Stop with the fucking second guessing/concern trolling/acting as if you know anything about campaigning/freaking out over cable & msm noise. It’s a fucking spineless sickening spectacle.

    Good Night.

  5. 20 Suzanne
    October 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Jed Lewison has diary

    Romney ignores request from mother of Navy SEAL killed in Benghazi to stop using son in stump speech


    “Ignoring a request from the mother of one of the Navy SEALs killed last month in Libya, Mitt Romney today once again told a campaign audience of meeting with her son at a Christmas party two years ago.

    ….7News spoke with Doherty’s mother.

    “I don’t trust Romney. He shouldn’t make my son’s death part of his political agenda. It’s wrong to use these brave young men, who wanted freedom for all, to degrade Obama,” said Barbara Doherty, Glen’s mother.

    There was no response from the Romney camp.

    And today, Romney gave his response: he’d rather continue “humanizing” himself on the campaign trail than respect a grieving mother’s wishes.
    10:37 AM PT: As you might guess, Romneyland is now trying to beat a hasty retreat:

    Asked whether Romney would continue to tell the story, a campaign aide told BuzzFeed he would not, now that he knew the mother’s wishes.
    Kevin Madden added, “Governor Romney was inspired by the memory of meeting Glen Doherty and shared his story and that memory. We respect the wishes of Mrs. Doherty though.”

    Funny how the campaign didn’t care about her wishes until the national media started asking questions.”

  6. 21 Smoothscotch
    October 10, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Hi all TODers. That 1st threads’ pictures were great.

    Congrats LL on 1st.

    Where’s the jobs bill now that congress is back?

  7. 22 Suzanne
    October 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Mixed discussion of why S&P downgraded US credit rating and new information. Good news:


    U.S. debt has shrunk to a six-year low relative to the size of the economy as homeowners, cities and companies cut borrowing, undermining rating companies’ downgrading of the nation’s credit rating…..

    “All you have to do is look at the total debt to GDP to see that there’s notable improvement since the crisis of 2008,” Jeffrey Caughron, an associate partner at Baker Group LP in Oklahoma City, said Oct. 3 in a telephone interview. The firm advises community banks on investments exceeding $42 billion…..

  8. October 10, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    The FED gave a pretty good Beige report just now, in the state of the US economy.
    Modest growth in all 12 districts, loans increasing slightly, Housing industry improving, Manufacturing improving(mining)!
    This is a good recovery.

  9. 25 57andfemale
    October 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Didn’t mean to link to dKos. They’ve been mainly awful since the debate (good amount of pushback but still b.s. freak out)

    here’s the link to the actual FL poll. Cross tabs look great.

    • October 10, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      Why is their pushback on a good poll at KOS?

      • October 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm

        (I’m guessing the worst nightmare for the trolls/PUMAs at DK is PBO’s re-election – again, I salute the PBO supporters who keep on fighting the good fight there, amazing people)

        • 28 57andfemale
          October 10, 2012 at 2:49 pm

          Well over half. I admit I still go there to get the latest news — they still seem to get information out really fast for those of us who can’t look at twitter every minute. There are a lot of people who are strongly committed to reelecting the President there. But there is no way to sugarcoat the freaking out that happened there the last week. For someone who doesn’t have the stomach for conflict, I should find another source for my instant news, shouldn’t I?

          Anyway, it’s a good poll. Most of the polling today looks good.

          • October 10, 2012 at 3:57 pm

            I don’t think we should ever forget the concerted and orchestrated opposition to PBO at DK in 2008 and in the run-up to the 2010 mid-terms – and the way Moulitsas allowed it happen. And how AAs were made to feel unwelcome there. I laugh now when I see people retweeting him when he’s being supportive of PBO, my attitude is: **** you. I know people are capable of seeing the political light, but his Republican roots (like Cenk U) make me wonder sometimes. Much as I adore so many of the people there, the place is still infested with trolls (probably of the Koch variety) and PUMAs. Never, ever trust it.

            • 30 collegekay
              October 10, 2012 at 3:59 pm

              That is awful. I had no idea.

            • 31 57andfemale
              October 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm

              You are absolutely correct. You really are.

            • 32 donna dem 4 obama
              October 10, 2012 at 4:21 pm

              Chips, I think we need a new thread. The comments are all over the place.

            • October 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm

              I hear you. He’s a slime bucket and that place is a swamp. I have happy stayed away for years. I accidentally RT’d some diaries last week and it made to sick to think about directing traffic there. I have to slow down.

            • 34 khyber jones
              October 10, 2012 at 4:40 pm

              That is the oddest statement I’ve seen. Dkos people, including Kos himself, supported Obama by over 80% to Clinton in the primaries. We’re in a race to win a national election. We shouldn’t be trashing other Dem sites.

              • 35 0388jojothecat
                October 10, 2012 at 4:46 pm

                Agreed. But they did trash BlackWaterDog and ran her away because she was too “pro-Obama”. They may have 80% support for Obama its that 20% that can get hateful at time. A lot of AA’s stopped going there due to rude behavior from some on that site. I stopped going there and followed BWD and now TOD for 100% Obama support. We may disagree on somethings the President has done but we support him as President and re-election 100%.

    • 37 terim
      October 10, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      Surprisingly, I’ve found the diaries to be pro-Obama since the debate. Of course, I don’t read the comments.

      • 38 57andfemale
        October 10, 2012 at 3:48 pm

        The comments have been 50/50 awful to great but I agree that the diaries posted have tried to get people re-focused and out their own b.s.. There is no middle ground.

  10. 39 Jeff
    October 10, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    To Romney when a soldier dies this is good news because he can then use their death as a means to try and score political points.

  11. October 10, 2012 at 2:26 pm

  12. 46 FiredUpInCA
    October 10, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Sorry if this is a re-post but the President’s radio interview with Tom Joyner has some insights on what he was thinking during the debate:

    What happened in the debate? Everybody wants to know,” radio host Tom Joyner asked Obama. “Was that some kind of genius strategy to rope-a-dope him in?”

    The president ducked the Muhammad Ali comparison but said “I think it’s fair to say I was just too polite” and promised to be more combative at the second and third debates, to be held October 16 and October 22. “We’re going to take it to him.”

    Obama sought to reassure panicked Democrats who have watched as post-debate polls seem to show the race now narrowly in Romney’s favor in battleground states.

    “This was always going to be a close race,” Obama insisted. “Governor Romney kept on making mistakes month after month so it made it look artificially like this was, might end up being a cakewalk. But we understood internally that it never would be.”[…]

    “By next week I think a lot of the hand wringing will be complete because we’re going to go ahead and win this thing,” Obama said.
    Obama tried to explain away his subdued performance in the debate.

    “You know, it’s hard to sometimes just keep on saying ‘what you’re saying isn’t true,'” he said.”It gets repetitive.”

    But, you know, the good news is, is that’s just the first one,” the president said. “And, you know, I think it’s fair to say that we will see a little more activity at the next one.”


  13. 48 Me4obama (@Me4obama)
    October 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    COMMENT OF THE DAY. Thank you ((((Donna dem 4 Obama))))

    87donna dem 4 obama
    October 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm
    Good Afternoon TOD

    There was mention of this upthread but our phonebanks this week have seen bursting at the seams with volunteers. On Monday they had over 150 volunteers come out to help make calls and last night I had to sit in my car and make my calls because there was no room in that big ole office of ours.

    I’ve had had no interest in the hand-wringing and the cable chatter this week so I’ve channeled my energy to volunteering every night after work. It keeps me calm and I’m so inspired by the work being done on the ground. We were told on Monday by our Team Leader to keep our heads down (reading call sheets), our noses to the grindstone (making contact with voters) and our boots on the ground (turning out the vote). The rest she said is all noise. They talked to us about how OFA has built an unprecedented force for this election. We will turnout the vote and we will win!!

    Have a great Productive O’Day Everyone.

    • 54 donna dem 4 obama
      October 10, 2012 at 3:19 pm

      This battle is being won in the trenches and this is just more evidence of how awesome our 2012 ground game really is.

  14. October 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Well, my TL is awash with the SEAL story. Mittens is feeling the heat again as polling snaps back to pre-debate numbers.

  15. 64 Linda
    October 10, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    The campaign to intimidate ABC reporter Martha Raddatz, who will moderate the October 11 vice presidential debate, is being led by a news organization that has received considerable financial backing from a wealthy donor who has spent millions of dollars trying to defeat President Obama.

    Raddatz has come under fire from the right-wing media machine since the conservative Daily Caller reported that Obama attended her wedding in 1991 as a guest of the groom, Julius Genachowski, a Harvard Law School classmate of the president. Raddatz and Genachowski divorced in 1997.

    After the Daily Caller reported on Obama’s attendance at the wedding, the conservative media echo chamber pounced, touting the Daily Caller piece and working the refs by insinuating that Obama’s attendance at a wedding more than 20 years ago would give Vice President Joe Biden an unfair advantage during the VP debate.


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  16. October 10, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Ok, patron just walked by my desk. I could tell she had an Obama shirt on, but it wasn’t just Obama. I asked to see her shirt, and it had PBO with MLK. We gave each other thumbs up.

  17. October 10, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Aw geez, WP is having issues again. Posts are all over the place again.

  18. 67 Linda
    October 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    The posting times are out of whack again……was a post deleted ? Is seems to happen when a post is deleted…


  19. October 10, 2012 at 2:56 pm

  20. 70 FiredUpInCA
    October 10, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    There are a lot of numbers floating around out there. Here are the numbers I want to focus on.

    53% job approval
    7.8% unemployment rate
    $181 million raised
    30,000 in Wisconsin
    November 6, 2012

  21. October 10, 2012 at 3:25 pm

  22. October 10, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    If Rasmussen floods all the swing states with their biased polling, then Real clear politics average is going to have Robney up.
    The latest swing state polls are not on Real clear politics, only Rasmussen and the latest right wing polls.
    Of course, that is what MSNBainC reports, the lead is narrowing. No, but it sure does firmt their narrative.

  23. 75 57andfemale
    October 10, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    What Americans say out loud in these times absolutely astounds me:

    “The pathetic jerks at the Family Research Institute say Sally Ride had only herself to blame:
    “And Sally may have paid with some of her lifespan. Our latest research into recent homosexual obituaries from San Francisco indicates that lesbians are dying on average around 60ish. Ride fits the pattern of lesbian deaths, but not that of married women’s deaths, which usually extend into the early-to-mid 80s.”

    • 76 theo67
      October 10, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      This quote from this right winger is just as disgusting as the Australian opponent who insulted the Australian PM the week her father died, saying he died of shame that she was unwed. They have no decency.

      • 77 57andfemale
        October 10, 2012 at 3:41 pm

        I’m not naive. I know these unconscionable ideas exist. But there used to be a firewall on what could and should be said in public. This is despicable. The brazeness is astounding.

        • 78 theo67
          October 10, 2012 at 11:22 pm

          Every time something incorrigible is accepted and there’s no pushback, it becomes a little more acceptable in the public sphere. How many years has Rush Limbaugh disgraced the airwaves? That’s how much the public square has been degraded.

          • 79 57andfemale
            October 11, 2012 at 8:47 am

            I really will never forgive Bill Clinton for the Telecom Act. that one despicable bill catapulted RWNJ media and decimated journalism.

            that being said, the journalists themselves could push back, actually fulfill their service to the country as enshrined by the rights they get from the Constitution.

    • 80 nathkatun7
      October 10, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      These right wingers are sick! And they have no shame calling themselves Christians.

  24. 81 57andfemale
    October 10, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Is anyone there? WP being very weird……

  25. 82 donna dem 4 obama
    October 10, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Thank you to all who pushed back on this story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is dropping a new addition to his stump speech after the family of the deceased man he mentions in the story raised an objection to it.

    A campaign official told CNN that Romney will no longer use the anecdote, which he introduced on Tuesday while campaigning in Iowa and recounted again at a town hall meeting in Ohio.


  26. October 10, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Esquire yahoo news poll Obama up 4-


    Not any of these good polls are on real clear politics, only right wing polls.

  27. October 10, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    His wife has every reason to be concerned about Mitt’s mental stability; he is a severely diseased person.

  28. October 10, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Where did everybody go? I tell ya…

  29. 89 collegekay
    October 10, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Are the comments our of whack? I’m confused.

  30. 90 FiredUpInCA
    October 10, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Biden is not going to let Ryan get away with any revisionism:

    Biden said he has been “studying up” on Ryan’s positions to prepare. “I just want to make sure that when I say these things that I don’t have the congressman say ‘No, no, no, I don’t have that position,’ ” Biden said.


  31. October 10, 2012 at 4:03 pm

  32. October 10, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Reuters says that 11% undecided with Robney leading by 1???
    11% with less than 4 weeks to go?
    I highly doubt it.
    So, if you knock off Obama supporters and say that they are undecided, viola!

  33. October 10, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I am telling you all, this likely voter models, are discounting AA and Latino support big time.
    If they think that Minorities will not show up, then that is very thin.

  34. 94 donna dem 4 obama
    October 10, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Chips, I think we need a new thread. This one is all out of whack. The comments are all over the place.

  35. 95 Linda
    October 10, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Who is this lying Black Man on MSNBC ? Good Gawd

    • 96 0388jojothecat
      October 10, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Sounds like all the RW Media is trotting out AA’s against The President. That girl from clueless was trotted out on Pierce Morgan show Stacy “whatever” Dash is a Robme supporter. Apparently she watched him and queen anne on MTP and she was in love. She started getting hate tweets and Sandra Fluke came to her defense which is real classy of Ms. Fluke.

  36. 97 xtine
    October 10, 2012 at 4:23 pm


    And, from South Carolina, there’s Democratic Chair Dick Harpootlian, who says–and one nostalgically imagines him saying it with stogie in mouth and bourbon and branch water in hand–“People are telling me they are worried about the polls and why Obama did so badly…. I tell ’em to get their asses over to North Carolina and help out if you are so concerned.”


  37. October 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Hi Everyone! Hope you’re having a great day!

    I’m back in Twitter jail. No clue what I did. I haven’t even been on since late last night and that was just to retweet a few things here and there. I always take precaution not to tweet any person groups unless I’m following them, they follow me, or I received a tweet from them. I all can say is Twitter’s spam algorithm SUX.

  38. October 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    This lying used car salesman stuff is just starting to stick, I imagine in 2 weeks, everybody will think Robney is a Schmuck!

  39. October 10, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    New post everyone, hopefully the comments won’t be all over the place in this one 😕


  40. October 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Jonathan Capehart??????????
    Where does MSNBainC find these fools?

  41. 102 Tally
    October 10, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    “He said it was pathetic and comical to have the same person come up to you within only a half hour, have this person reintroduce himself to you, having absolutely no idea whatsoever that he just did this 20 minutes ago, and did not even recognize Glen’s face.”

    This is classic Alzheimer’s behavior. So is his aggression. I know. My dad died of it.

    • October 10, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      Wasn’t it the strangest behavior Tally? I’m not sure it’s Alzheimers, I think he has such a lack of interest in any other human being nothing computes, he never remembers a face, a name or a story because he just doesn’t care about them.

      • 104 Tally
        October 10, 2012 at 7:59 pm

        The overly aggressive behavior and lying are part of it too. I suspected before, but after this story I’m totally convinced. What do we know about Mitt’s Mother, and maternal side?

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