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“…”Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago,” Romney said while campaigning in Ohio….” Mitt Romney.

This is one of those Pink Flamingo posts where I’ve been accumulating information for several weeks.  You really can’t get the full scope of the disaster that is set to befall the GOP,

First question:  How much did Clair McCaskill donate to Todd Akin’s campaign to bribe him to be so abjectly stupid?  Then again, The Pink Flamingo was told, last week, that Akin was so pathetic, he would lose badly to McCaskill. There are some who say he will withdraw by 5PM on Tuesday.  His camp says he will not.

You want to know how bad it is?  Tim Pawlenty is now insulting Soledad O’Brien.   Want to know how bad it is going to be?  Clair McCaskell’s GOP opponent wants to get the feds out of education, entirely, and end the school lunch program!  He doesn’t think women need abortions if raped.  Akin also wants to do away with the 17th Amendment.  Joe the Plumber wants to start shooting people on the border.  So much for women, right?  Akin is vowing to stay in the race.  Of course he will.

How bad is it going to be in November?  If what is happening in Florida, in their primary is any example of how November is going to go, the Mitt Romney – Paul Ryan incarnation of the GOP is in deep do-do.  The GOP Chair of the House Energy and Commerce oversight subcommittee, Cliff Sterns, went down in flames.  So did another tea party  idiot, Sandy Adams.

Sterns, may have been a victim of the Seamus lobby, losing to veterinarian Ted Yoho.

“…And the more pessimistic strategists don’t even feign good cheer: They think the Ryan pick is a disaster for the GOP. Many of these people don’t care that much about Romney — they always felt he faced an improbable path to victory — but are worried that Ryan’s vocal views about overhauling Medicare will be a millstone for other GOP candidates in critical House and Senate races.

Let’s get to the caveats: No one is asserting that Washington operatives in either party are oracles or seers. What’s more, it is not as if there is anything like unanimity in GOP circles about the merits of the Ryan pick, though the mood of anxiety and skepticism is overwhelming.

Most of all, if you are one of those people who thinks if someone has something negative to say, they should have the guts to put their name on it, you won’t find much to impress you in this article. Nearly all the Republican professionals interviewed for this story said they would share their unfiltered views only “on background” rules of attribution….”

The Pink Flamingo

You know things are going bad when a truly miserable candidate gets upset over the least little thing.  Mitt Romney’s campaign is getting there.  It also appears that Barack Obama, who truly doesn’t like Mitt, knows how to tie Seamus to the back of the Romney Family Truckster, and get hilarious results.

ABC News

Oopsie…

The Daily Beast

There are time when you wonder just how low the current Republican Party can plunge before it ceases to exist. The Tea Party candidates who are taking the place of normal, rational individuals are an embarrassment, as is the current ticket. Quit frankly, I don’t know how much longer The Pink Flamingo can look at the loving, man crush photos of a glowing Mitt Romney gazing, with adoration, upon his running mate, Paul Ryan, without wanting to throw up.

Mitt Romney is, as Barack Obama’s campaign has so eloquently put it, becoming increasingly unhinged.

I’m sick of the undercurrents of racism. It’s there. I’ve seen it. I have heard it from the lips of Republicans, who have shocked me with their dislike of Obama, because he is Black. Want proof? Try this.

From Somos Republicans:

“…The National Tequila Party Movement is blasting Tea Party candidate Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher for suggesting vigilante shooting with our neighbors in Mexico.

In light of the Batman movie shootings, the SikhTemple Shootings and the recent Texas A & M shootings, we believe this is hardly the time to suggest more gun violence and vigilante behavior. The Culture of Violence the Tea Party gun advocates bring are dangerous to our Country. In fact, those of us who live in border states like Arizona remember how Minutemen were instrumental in the murder of Brisenia Flores, a young child who died in the presence of her own mother. The Tequila Party cannot and will not support fear-mongers. The hate climate against Latinos has increased and swept our nation due to bigotry.

Joe the Plumber is a disgrace to his Republican Party, and we intend on communicating to independent registered voters across the nation how violence is not the answer in keeping the United States ‘united.’…”

We are dealing with a group of men and women, put into office by vote fraud and the tea parties, who are owned part and parcel by the Koch Brothers. It is about people who are no longer interested in what is best for the country, but what is best for their re-election campaign, and their billion dollar pimps. The Pink Flamingo is increasingly convinced that certain factions within the GOP House and the Senate have done all they could to hinder the Obama Administration’s attempts to try and get our economy out of a serious recession. In other words, they don’t give a damn about jobs, except for theirs.

Huffington Post

Rupert Murdoch, who is under investigation in the UK for some really nasty and actions regarding wire-tapping, influence peddling, and meddling in conservative politics is now doing the same thing here. It is still possible that Murdoch’s efforts, which are utterly lacking in ethics, may bring down the Cameron government. Not content to rest on his laurels, there, even as his editors are under indictment for their role in his under-handed tactics, he’s now calling the shots here. Paul Ryan is his fair-haired boy. (Paul Ryan has been in Congress for 13 years and has had exactly 2 bills passed)

American conservatives have become so brain-washed by Fox News that they aren’t even paying attention to the story that is rocking the British political world.

Daily Beast

Howard Kurtz wrote:

“…Romney declined to fire anyone, and Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal continued to ding him in editorials. On Thursday, the editorial page dropped the subtlety and practically demanded: Why not Paul Ryan?

Dismissing “every Beltway bedwetter” who warned that Ryan would be too risky, the paper said, “He has put entitlement reform at the center of the public agenda—before it becomes a crisis that requires savage cuts. And he has done so as part of a larger vision that stresses tax reform for faster growth, spending restraint to prevent a Greek-like budget fate, and a Jack Kemp–like belief in opportunity for all. He represents the GOP’s new generation of reformers.” And, in case anyone missed the point, the editorial said Ryan would help allay “doubts” about Romney.

The Romney camp says its candidate settled on Ryan a week earlier, but no decision is final until it’s announced. At the very least, Romney advisers may have quietly encouraged the Journal and The Weekly Standard, which also weighed in on Ryan’s behalf, to build public support for the little-known Wisconsin lawmaker.

Why would the Boston gang worry about Murdoch? In a contest against Barack Obama, where else are he and the conservatives going to go?

For one thing, as successive British prime ministers have learned, Rupert controls a mighty media megaphone. In the States, his Fox News Channel and New York Post have a knack for driving press coverage….”

Not only does Murdoch own FOX, he owns the Wall Street Journal and the Weekly Standard. In other words, he nearly CONTROLS and brainwashes the increasingly pathetic minds of American conservatives.

NY MAG

Peter Beinart wrote:

“…But there is a silver lining. Mitt Romney has given the Tea Party the election they want: a referendum on dramatic cuts in federal spending. When Obama wins—as seems even more likely today than it did Friday—the message will now be harder for Republicans to ignore. Ever since 2008, one of the biggest questions in American politics has been when the Republican Party would realize it was out of step with America and begin overhauling itself, as Democrats did in the 1980s. Paradoxically, Ryan’s selection has likely hastened that process. I hope the far right enjoys itself today, because I don’t think the fun is going to last. …”

Do you know people who no longer wish to be friends with you because you refuse to support Mitt Romney? The Pink Flamingo has been going down the path Jonathan Krohn is now on. I am still as “conservative as I ever was. I just refuse to drink the green Kool Aid, and be told how I must think. I am increasingly positive I have changed very little, but the GOP has. Conservatives are becoming as nasty and intolerant as anything the left could offer.

Want proof?

TPM

 

WPost

 

Politicus USA

Months ago, The Pink Flamingo warned you that Mitt Romney had a serious problem with Bain. The problem really isn’t Bain, but Mitt Romney, himself. He is handling this entire thing like an amateur with a very serious problem dealing with adult responsibilities. The tax problem is not going away.

“...It’s not clear that private equity—like other forms of financial innovation—is good for America. You’d think that if private equity made businesses more efficient and valuable overall, there’d be clear evidence to support it, but there isn’t. Private equity firms earn most of their money through financial engineering. A big share of their returns comes from “tax arbitrage”—figuring out how to exploit loopholes to pay less to the government. Because interest is a deductible business expense, debt financing means they often pay little or no corporate tax. Private equity’s reliance on leverage can also magnify short-term earnings without leaving the companies they manage more valuable overall. One legal but dubious practice that private equity firms engage in is paying large “special dividends” out of borrowed money. As Jim Surowiecki of the New Yorker has written, “These dividends created no economic value—they just redistributed money from the company to the private-equity investors.” There’s some anecdotal evidence that the well-regarded Bain has been a better owner than most. But there’s no real way to evaluate that either….”

One of the utterly charming and disarming things about George W. Bush is the fact that even now, he is not afraid to come right out and say, “Hey, I screwed up with this.” He is big enough, adult enough, Texan enough, and enough of a leader to admit when he is wrong, and seek alternative solutions. He cowboys up and deals wit it.

Case in point is right before the 2000 election and the drunk driving charges came out. He admitted that he screwed up. He did not cry, go on a network rampage, stomp his cowboy boots, and demand an apology. On the other hand, Mitt Romney is acting like a spoiled brat.

So, what does he do? Instead of acting like a grown-up, he attacks to make the bad man go away. He stomps his Gucci loafers and has a temper tantrum. He can’t act like a grown-up, instead, like an op ed in the NYTimes puts it, he’s gone from Victim to Vicious. (You might want to ask Newt Gingrich about that, FYI).

Instead, Mitt complains, he whines, and acts like a baby. He doesn’t have the moxie to present things in the terms of an article Andy Kessler did for the WSJ. And – this is much of the problem with Mitt Romney. He is either abjectly incapable of explaining things, or so arrogant he doesn’t think he needs to do so. If he is incapable of explaining things, then he has no business being communicator in chief. If he is too arrogant to do so, he is incapable of being commander and chief.

So, when Mr. President Perfect declares war on Russia, I guess he’ll tell us in a couple years. We don’t really need to know. He’s in charge. We don’t need no stinkin’ transparency.

“…As it happens, that is the argument that many Dems are making. Again: There are two separate questions here. The first is: Is there any evidence that Romney had a direct managerial role in the controversial deals in question? The second question is: Even if the answer to the first question is No, is it nonetheless fair to hold Romney partly responsible for — or associate him with — Bain’s activities during a period in which he was listed as the company’s CEO and chairman, particularly now that more evidence has emerged that he retained some kind of relationship with the company?

It’s hard to see how this association isn’t fair political game. But in any case, the point is that the question of whether it is or isn’t legit to hold Romney responsible for the company’s activities can’t be answered in a factual manner. It’s a matter of opinion; it’s a matter for a political argument. That’s really what FactCheck.org’s Jackson comes close to saying above. One side says he should be held responsible; the other says he shouldn’t. By the way: Both the Post’s Glenn Kessler and Politifact now agree with the judgment that a case can be made that Romney is at least partly responsible for Bain’s activities, even after 1999.

Romney can continue to argue, of course, that he had no direct role in the deals in question. But that argument is growing less relevant as more information about his ties to the company leaks out. The broader argument — that he isn’t at all responsible for the company’s activities and shouldn’t be associated with them in any way — is a tough political case to make. And the fact checkers seem to be moving away from him on it….”

Paul Krugman wrote:

“…Like everyone else following the news, I’ve been awe-struck by the way questions about Mr. Romney’s career at Bain Capital, the private-equity firm he founded, and his refusal to release tax returns have so obviously caught the Romney campaign off guard. Shouldn’t a very wealthy man running for president — and running specifically on the premise that his business success makes him qualified for office — have expected the nature of that success to become an issue? Shouldn’t it have been obvious that refusing to release tax returns from before 2010 would raise all kinds of suspicions?

By the way, while we don’t know what Mr. Romney is hiding in earlier returns, the fact that he is still stonewalling despite calls by Republicans as well as Democrats to come clean suggests that it could be something seriously damaging.

Anyway, what’s now apparent is that the campaign was completely unprepared for the obvious questions, and it has reacted to the Obama campaign’s decision to ask those questions with a hysteria that surely must be coming from the top. Clearly, Mr. Romney believed that he could run for president while remaining safe inside the plutocratic bubble and is both shocked and angry at the discovery that the rules that apply to others also apply to people like him. Fitzgerald again, about the very rich: “They think, deep down, that they are better than we are.”

O.K., let’s take a deep breath. The truth is that many, and probably most, of the very rich don’t fit Fitzgerald’s description. There are plenty of very rich Americans who have a sense of perspective, who take pride in their achievements without believing that their success entitles them to live by different rules.

But Mitt Romney, it seems, isn’t one of those people. And that discovery may be an even bigger issue than whatever is hidden in those tax returns he won’t release….”

Politico

Back to Todd Akin.  Doug Brady, at Conservatives 4Palin put it quite succinctly.  Maybe better than anything I’ve yet to read on the subject:

“… I’m still trying to wrap my arms around his use of the term “legitimate rape”. What’s that mean? When is rape legitimate? As Mary Beth and Steve noted, there are growing calls from Republicans for Akin to step aside. Most of these calls have centered on electability issues: if Akin stays in the race, Claire McCaskill will pound Akin over his comments for the next 10 weeks, turning what was once a winnable election for the GOP into a referendum on when rape is or is not legitimate. Fantastic. This is how a golden opportunity to flip a Democrat Senate seat is lost. And let’s not forget that prior to the August 7 primary, polling data consistently indicated Akin was the weakest of the three potential candidates the Republicans could field against McCaskill. In addition to the electability issue, though, Klein also notes another big problem with Akin: what happens in the unlikely event he someone holds on to beat McCaskill:…”

R. S. McCain embodies just why the GOP is in this mess.  He’s not outraged over what Akin said, but the incompetence of it all.

The Other McCain

Michelle Malkin thinks it is all about the left trying to ruin Paul Ryan by lying that he ever was as extreme anti-abortion as he actually was.  NRO is worried that their darling Mitt Romney might be damaged.  The whole point behind this is the fact that Paul Ryan is such an extremist, on many issues, he is like a sitting duck in a barrel, just waiting for a Democrat to take pot shots at him.

This mess is so bad….

“…Update: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) condemns Republicans for partnering with Akin

“Congressman Akin’s statement is another manifestation of the total disregard and disrespect of women by Republican leaders,” Pelosi said Monday afternoon.

“Unfortunately, this attitude is nothing new.  Congressman Akin has already joined Congressman Paul Ryan and other House Republicans in co-sponsoring a bill to weaken the definition of ‘rape.’  It is almost impossible to believe that any political leader would suggest that any case of rape is ’legitimate.’  The fact remains: Congressman Akin’s offensive comments are simply one more part of the Republican attack on women’s health.

“Republicans are true to their nature – maintaining a low opinion of the rights critical to the health and security of America’s women. Americans were shocked earlier this year when Republicans would not even let a woman testify on key women’s health issues.  Congressman Akin’s reprehensible remarks are inexcusable; the legislation he is co-sponsoring is disgraceful; and both must be condemned by leaders regardless of party.”…”

How bad is it?

It is so bad, The Pink Flamingo is hearing, if Michele Bachmann manages to be re-elected, if there are any tea party individuals left in Congress they are going to sponsor her for Speaker, and remove John Boehner.  He’s not extreme enough for her.  There is a possibility that she may be losing. For the first time she will have no third party cushion.  Eric Cantor is currently so far behind in the polls, if it continues, he is history.  Many of the tea party people will share his same fate.   If this happens, you will see numerous Republicans in the House joining with the Dems to elect Nancy Pelosi as Speaker.

 

 

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