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Thursday, November 8, 2012

What She Said

Posted by on Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Gail Collins:

But look at Representative John Boehner. On Wednesday, the House speaker gave a speech in which he vowed to be cooperative. “Mister President, this is your moment. We’re ready to be led,” he said. Except for a few no-go areas, such as any tax increases on “small business.” You may remember from previous crises that the House Republicans oppose raising income taxes on the wealthy because it would impact struggling small businesses such as a hedge fund manager with an eight-figure annual income.

Boehner also raised a whole new specter of political peril: “going over part of the fiscal cliff.” That sounded less dire, as long as we all stay inside our dangling cars and refrain from making any moves until help arrives. But, by the end, it sounded as if the only cliff-avoidance Boehner was really interested in was one that raised new revenue through “fewer loopholes, and lower rates for all.”

We have already seen that plan. It was proposed by a man who, on Tuesday, lost the state in which he was born, the state in which he was governor, and the three states in which he owns houses. Thanks to a blog by Eric Ostermeier in Smart Politics, I am able to point out that the only candidate for president who lost his home state by a larger margin than Mitt Romney was John Frémont in 1856. And Frémont was coming out of a campaign in which the opposition accused him of being a cannibal.

Mitt Romney also lost the city in which he lives:

By the end of his campaign, Romney seemed to have a sense of peace about the type of race he had run. But the man who loves data also has to accept that he was rejected by young voters, by minorities of every kind, and even by his home town of Belmont and his home state of Massachusetts.

 

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@16, yes, but we can't wait two years. The Democrats think we're fast asleep. They think we're enjoying our victories and planning to go shopping for xmas presents. They're going to fuck us over if we don't raise hell during the next month.

Posted by EricaP on November 8, 2012 at 4:42 PM · Report this
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Loved Gail Collins piece when I read it yesterday, it was a laugh out loud moment when Romney's loss was compared to that of an accused cannibal.

And yeah, if I'd been kicked out of a polling place, and forced to wait another hour in line, I'd also be tempted to vote against the Plutocrat in question, even if he were from my party.

No complaints along the same lines when Obama voted.
Posted by judybrowni on November 8, 2012 at 3:25 PM · Report this
singing cynic 17
I imagine he pissed off quite a bit of people in Belmont when he kicked them all out of the polling place so that he and Ann could cast their votes in private. While all those people got back in line and waited another hour to vote, I'll bet more than a few of them decided not to vote for the guy who just displaced them. Isn't it a tradition for candidates to wait in line with other citizens to vote?
Posted by singing cynic on November 8, 2012 at 2:40 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 16
@15 Sigh. That means turning out in force to vote in the mid-term elections, too.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on November 8, 2012 at 2:16 PM · Report this
wingedkat 15
What EricaP said @3. Time to start being vocal about raising taxes and cutting corporate welfare.
Posted by wingedkat on November 8, 2012 at 1:28 PM · Report this
COMTE 14
@3:

If I were Reid & Pelosi, I'd be sitting down with their respective delegations right now and mapping out legislation to restore middle-class tax cuts the moment the Bush-era cuts expire; make it publicly know that this is going to be their strategy, and then challenge the GOP to get on-board.

Let Boehner whinge all he wants about the "lack of bipartisanship" this represents, but fuck him; we've seen what GOP bipartisanship represents for the past four years - basically saying "Nyet!" to any legislation that doesn't fall 100% in line with their own political agenda - and we know what he means when he says "the President must reach across the aisle", namely, that the GOP isn't going to lift a finger to seek compromise from THEIR side, so let's just put them on-record now as either being willing to provide tax relief to the middle-class, or else watch the whole Bush tax package disappear completely.
Posted by COMTE on November 8, 2012 at 1:23 PM · Report this
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A shame of this past election was that Boehner ran unopposed in Ohio. Seriously?? No alternative for anyone in his district that is sick of his orange glow on the tv screen?
Posted by Barbara on November 8, 2012 at 12:24 PM · Report this
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I remember him speaking in Belmont. He said something like, "Ann and I were born here, we have birth certificates to prove it". Haha. Apparently the locals didn't find that humorous.
Posted by originalcinner on November 8, 2012 at 12:21 PM · Report this
Fnarf 11
I thought he lived in La Jolla. How many nights has he spent in Belmont over the past five years? Not many.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on November 8, 2012 at 11:58 AM · Report this
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I wonder what GDfR would've said about this. I really miss him.

Guess I'll have to wait until Supreme Ruler of His Basement weighs in, & be content with that.
Posted by jhops on November 8, 2012 at 11:57 AM · Report this
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"...a campaign in which the opposition accused him of being a cannibal."
While skimming the quote, I assumed this part was about Obama.
Posted by jzimbert on November 8, 2012 at 11:24 AM · Report this
Posted by Sir Vic on November 8, 2012 at 11:18 AM · Report this
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@1 That place really is spectacular.

http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mhj45gekl…
Posted by Sir Vic on November 8, 2012 at 11:17 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 6
The man who loves Data?
Posted by Urgutha Forka on November 8, 2012 at 11:06 AM · Report this
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"The man who loves data"????? Where the fuck did that come from?
Posted by Levislade http://ballofwax.org on November 8, 2012 at 10:56 AM · Report this
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And speaking of private equity firms:

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/11/08/p…

(Ms. Appelbaum does a great job on this stuff.)
Posted by sgt_doom on November 8, 2012 at 10:53 AM · Report this
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I think this is a key moment -- progressives need to make a lot of noise over the next month, so Congress & Obama don't sell us out to the Republicans. This is not the time to sit back and wait for the Democrats to do whatever awful, accommodationist thing they will do if they think we are busy getting ready for the holidays and no longer paying attention.
Posted by EricaP on November 8, 2012 at 10:52 AM · Report this
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Mitt Romney sounds like a lost soul given all that he's lost, politically speaking.

Oh wait.....he's a private equity leveraged buyout thieving super debt-creator, tax dodger and draft dodger.

He doesn't have a soul.....
Posted by sgt_doom on November 8, 2012 at 10:51 AM · Report this
treefort 1
he has a vacation home in utah, which he won.

and don't think the republicans won't fight to the death in the one place they still have control - the house.
Posted by treefort on November 8, 2012 at 10:51 AM · Report this

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