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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

You'd Think Mitt Romney Would Learn Not to Talk About the Olympics

Posted by on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 12:00 PM

The last time Mitt Romney had an opinion about the Olympics, he got made fun of by basically everyone in London. But I guess a fear of mockery never stopped Mitt Romney before.

So! Now, in USA Today, Mitt Romney wrote an editorial complaining about the waste of the Olympics. He recommends a budget cap on future games. And why? Because governments spend too much on the Olympics. Which, of course, leads to the question:

Why do governments spend so much?

Public-sector inefficiency accounts for some of the gap, and corruption is surely to blame as well. But the big difference is that government personalities are promoting themselves and their country with someone else's money.

You've got to be fucking kidding me. I was at the Republican National Convention in 2012, and I'm pretty sure that the fact that Romney "saved" the Salt Lake City Olympics was mentioned more often than the fact that Romney was governor of Massachusetts. What a crock of do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do bullshit this is.

In addition, Philip Bump at the Atlantic Wire points out that Mitt Romney's Salt Lake City Olympics cost more than the budget cap he proposes in his editorial. This is prime Romney: It's fine when he does it (Massachusetts's health care plan) but when someone else does more or less the same thing (Obamacare), it's an unconscionable waste. Why can't Romney just go away? Why does he keep floating around like this? If he hates politics as much as he claimed while he was running for office, why doesn't he just go and be a private citizen? At least when he was running for president, he had the claim of a higher calling. Is he now feeling that same higher calling to write pissy editorials that do nothing but subconsciously reveal Romney's deep sense of self-loathing?


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treefort 1
Well maybe he's planning to run again. Romney 2016!
Posted by treefort on February 12, 2014 at 12:09 PM · Report this
notaboomer 2
mittens jealous that he doesn't get to privatize public schools with us tax $ like obama, arne duncan, and the gates foundation:
Posted by notaboomer on February 12, 2014 at 12:13 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 3
Rmoney is the biggest self promoting with other people's money jackass in the world.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on February 12, 2014 at 12:20 PM · Report this
raindrop 4
@2: Paul, please try to be fair - balance it with "Why doesn't Hillary Clinton just go away?"
Posted by raindrop on February 12, 2014 at 12:21 PM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 5
Have to love it when someone who built a career on legal theft and spending his dad's money complains about people taking the money of others.

I wonder how Gay Dude for Raindrop will defend Romney this time.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on February 12, 2014 at 12:22 PM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 6
Oops, too late I guess. Not a defense, but a simple deflection. Well played Gay Dude for Raindrop.

GDFR, ever consider that perhaps it is because Clinton is actually a powerful and relevant person, the exact opposite of Romney?
Posted by Theodore Gorath on February 12, 2014 at 12:24 PM · Report this
treacle 7
What is Mitt Romney's pet dog's name?

Posted by treacle on February 12, 2014 at 12:28 PM · Report this
Because he's running again in 2016.
@4 Hillary is the frontrunner for the 2016 nomination, and at the point she actually declares, the Democratic primary race is essentially over. If she runs, she will be nominated. That gives me a bigger sad than a LOLcat denied a cheezburger, but that's the world we're living in.
Posted by usagi on February 12, 2014 at 12:30 PM · Report this

Romney isn't a real republican...he's one of yours...just like Rush Limburger.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on February 12, 2014 at 12:54 PM · Report this
Romney isn't a real Republican
Almost 61 million people voted for Romney as a Republican. How much more real do you want?
Posted by Warren Terra on February 12, 2014 at 12:58 PM · Report this
Wait, even though Romney said it and even though I don't necessarily agree with his underlying reasons ... I do think that cities/countries spend too much creating Olympic venues. Not just in money, or money that could have been used for other things, but in environmental damage as well. And in homes bulldozed to make way for fancy stadiums that will be underused for decades to come. Etc. So yeah, I agree with Mittens that Olympic spending should be toned way down.
Posted by Catastrophe on February 12, 2014 at 1:00 PM · Report this


Romney is the other side of the Socialist-Centralization coin.

The Fed prints money and gives it to guys like Romney.

They do deals with it and the Government collects the taxes from capital gains.

The people who pay for it are the little guys working their butts off and putting it into 401ks, hoping to strike it rich.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on February 12, 2014 at 1:01 PM · Report this
I don't think Romney's self-loathing is nearly sufficient. We should all pitch in and help.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on February 12, 2014 at 1:09 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 14
I so want to have a sex scandal with a Romney son.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on February 12, 2014 at 1:26 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 15
Mitt Romney?

Never heard of him.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on February 12, 2014 at 1:29 PM · Report this
Didn't Rmoney "save" the SLC Olympics essentially by throwing government money at them to get things done? And then spend the rest of his political life bragging about how he "saved" the SLC Olympics? When I was growing up, a floater was something that wouldn't flush until it disintegrated, so I guess we're going to have to wait a while for him to go away if Paul's question was properly framed.
Posted by Calpete on February 12, 2014 at 2:09 PM · Report this
About the only thing Mitt Romney is qualified to be is a speed bump.
Posted by Pol Pot on February 12, 2014 at 2:17 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 19
Do as I say, not as I do.

Seattle 2022!
Posted by Max Solomon on February 12, 2014 at 2:29 PM · Report this
seattlestew 20
To answer Paul's rhetorical question at the end, I think his refusal to go away indicates his sense of entitlement (oh, sweet irony!) and his egotistical inability to accept that he lost something ON MERIT. In other words, he couldn't buy it or bully it into being his. His worldview and ego took a tremendous hit when confronted with this reality. It is not unlike many other white men who are flailing angrily; their entitlement, too, is being challenged and questioned, and they don't like it.
Posted by seattlestew on February 12, 2014 at 5:03 PM · Report this
He liked the attention because it dampened his self-loathing. He wants that attention again, and he's getting it (even from Slog).
Posted by sarah70 on February 12, 2014 at 10:58 PM · Report this
IndicaDogwalk 22
Said perfectly the first time, but worth reposting: Why can't Romney just go away?

Enough of this guy. Really. What the fuck is he up to? He's been crawling back into our media suddenly, in the past months and is clearly up to something. Or the boys over at LDS are running him for something. Christ - enough of this shitty man.
Posted by IndicaDogwalk on February 12, 2014 at 11:57 PM · Report this
Fnarf 24
Mitt Romney's favorite book is "Battefield Earth" by L. Ron Hubbard. What else do you need to know?
Posted by Fnarf on February 13, 2014 at 10:14 AM · Report this

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