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April 16, 2014

Mudflix – When Mitt Romney Came to Town

This 28-minute mini Mittens movie may as well have come from Moveon.org, but instead, the force behind the operation is none other than the equally loathsome Newt Gingrich. Now, mind you, even though the messenger is less than stellar, the message is pretty accurate and hard-hitting.

This is worth setting aside a little time for. Enjoy watching the elephant on elephant violence that is the current crop of GOP candidates. If Romney is the heir apparent, and will go head to head with Obama in the fall, stuff like this will make sure that he enters the race with a big steak on his eye, and a pronounced limp.

Go, Newt!

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47 Responses to “Mudflix – When Mitt Romney Came to Town”
  1. JaneE says:

    Just read this moments ago. Don’t know if it has been referenced here, but I think this might go under the category of somewhat contrived doncha’ think?

    http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-newt-gingrich-pac-bain-ads-20120113,0,3413654.story

  2. London Bridges says:

    McCain based his whole political career on his persona of being a war hero. That’s the part that bothers me. His so called moral authority. When he was confronted for giving up on other MIA’s he went ballistic.

    • benlomond2 says:

      Some of that is what happens to War Heroes when they return… circumstances in war are used in peacetime for political gains, or to further a person’s career. A lot depends on the individual’s nature. McCain wasn’t going to be an Admiral, ( even the Navy isn’t THAT blind as to his capabilites!) so he went the political route. A number of politicans have used their military careers as a stepping stone into politics. But once in, their careers depend on their actions in office. The flip side is a lot of “heros” chose to go the quiet life, and rarely talk about those events. These are the men ( and women) that I have known as I grew up as a young adult..Men who served at Gudalcanal, Pearl Harbor, Bastogne, Korea, the French Resistance, Vietnam….who were in the thick of it, yet rarely spoke, and when they did, remembered those who had fallen by their side as the TRUE heroes, not those lucky enough to survive and come home.

  3. scout says:

    PACman Gingrich walks it back: “I am calling for the Winning Our Future Super-PAC supporting me to either edit its ‘King of Bain’ advertisement and movie to remove its inaccuracies, or to pull it off the air and off the internet entirely. Furthermore, I am once again calling on Governor Romney to issue a similar call for the Super-PAC supporting him to edit or remove its ads which have been shown to contain gross inaccuracies, something the Governor has thus far refused to do.”

    Pssst, Newtster, Elvis has left the building.

  4. Irishgirl says:

    OMG…look at how Romney dismisses this young man.

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/01/romneys-empathy-problem.html

    He is heartless. I just cannot imagine him working for the good of the American people.

    • leenie17 says:

      Wow.

      I think a video like this is far more damaging to Romney’s campaign than much of what he did at Bain Capital. Most people, including myself, have no real concept about what a company like that actually does. However, no one with a conscience can watch this video without cringing at how he treated that young man. And then smiled about it.

      The more I see and hear about him and from him, the more I wonder if he has some kind of pathological mental illness that prevents him from feeling true emotion for anyone.

      Makes me appreciate even more the way President Obama connects with people (especially babies and children) and truly seems to care about ALL the people in this country.

  5. Zyxomma says:

    Willard does not pass the sniff test. I’ve quit calling him Mittens, it’s too cute, and I’ve known too many pussycats with that name. Perhaps, in honor of Seamus, we should rename him Mutt.

  6. ks sunflower says:

    BTW, Wickersham’s Conscience has a great post on Mitt and his mess.

    Some of the info Irishgirl pointed out is in it, but I love how WC puts it into perspective and particularly enjoy his closing paragraphs. Hope you will, too.

    http://wickershamsconscience.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/the-real-problems-with-romney-bain-capital/

    I think WC and AKM (the best acronym bloggers there are) hit Mitt out of the ballpark (ah, if only that were actually possible).

  7. ks sunflower says:

    Even though Mitt is his real middle name, I remember a time when people thought it was short for an upscale cutesy nickname like “mittens” and that almost makes sense now — maybe he was known for wearing mittens as a kid so he could get used to not leaving his fingerprints behind on any financial demolition project he would engage in later in life.

    The man simply cannot relate to the people who made those companies great at some point. He doesn’t seem capable of thinking of workers as human beings with equal rights and needs as him or his family. They are just collateral damage if they register on his mental or emotional horizon at all. Just cogs in the wheel of his money machine.

    • London Bridges says:

      Thanks to his now, infamous, 12 hour car trip, he is forever, Willard, The Mutt. Disclaimer no animals were hurt in devising Romney’s new monicker.

  8. BigPete says:

    Busted

    Willard was dishonest to portray himself as the candidate who knew how to get unemployment down, as if he’d previously been employed at the Federal Reserve as an economist.

    McCain portrayed himself as a heroic military strategic wizard when in reality he was just an incompetent navy pilot who’d graduated at the bottom of his class at the Naval Academy.

    Palin was, and still is, one of our country’s foremost energy experts.

    • London Bridges says:

      McCain may have also sung like a canary when he was in the Hanoi Hilton, prostitutes and all, living it up, while other prisoners of war were suffering. Hero? No, Zero!

      • beth. says:

        To be fair, ‘pups, I don’t think we should hold against McCain *rumors* of what he might or might not have done while in captivity. [Think: GOTPs always harping on how POTUS might have been adopted by his Indonesian step-father, so he might have lost his US citizenship as a child. And, furthermore, the reason he's not releasing his univ transcripts is because they might show he attended as a "foreign student". Etc. Nothing could be further from the documented truth, but the absurd rumors persist nonetheless.]

        I have absolutely *no* doubt McCain was a POW, that he was tortured while in captivity, and that he permanently suffers from the results of that torture; all of these facts are well-documented. That said, what I deeply object to is: folks . giving . him . a . ‘pass’ . on . every . thing . *else* because he was a POW 40-some-odd years ago. A person can serve honorably in our armed services but that does not automatically mean they will [*continue* to] be honorable once/when they’ve gotten out…Rick Perry (USAF 1972-77), the @##, would be a prime example — Joe “I’m a Lumberjack and I’m Okay” Miller, also, too.

        The thing of it is: the Facts about McCain, Perry, Palin, GWB, Miller et.al, are damning enough *without* throwing unsubstantiated stuff into the mix — adding the unsubstantiated makes even the straight-forward Facts, suspect…and therefore, dismissable. I say, leave all the rumor-mongering to the GOTPers — they excel at it; ‘sides which, it’s so much fun to watch their entire argument(s) crumble away to dust when they’re asked for documentation, for *proof*, of what they’re asserting. Just my opinion. beth.

        • bubbles says:

          you are right Beth. you should read for yourself. come to you own conclusions. that being said were i subjected to torture i don’t think i would be able to be brave and stoic. not me. i would sing like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Aretha would have nothing on me.
          on the other hand i would not come back home and sit my rump down in Congress for decades and then run for the Presidency of anything.
          he should have done what any decent human being would do who had been given the nick-name Songbird by the enemy. come home. sit down and stfu. and be forever grateful not to be stood up against a wall and shot for treason.
          http://www.usvetdsp.com/mcianhro.htm

        • leenie17 says:

          I also object to having any criticism of McCain’s actions dismissed as unpatriotic because of his time as a POW.

          And as much as we like to (and should) honor our military veterans, merely being a veteran does not automatically make one honorable. We’re seeing a perfect example of that in the news this week with the Marines who filmed themselves urinating on the bodies of Taliban fighters.

          Unfortunately, as in any group of people, there will always be a few who dishonor the rest by their actions. No one except John McCain will ever know for sure what happened in that POW camp, and I certainly wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone, but his actions since then speak far more to his character than what he might have done all those years ago.

  9. Masie says:

    They fail to say that all those companies were failing and people would have been out of jobs. There’s nothing wrong with other people buying failed businesses.

    An opponent can do much with twisted words and out of context statements.

    • Irishgirl says:

      They weren’t failing. Bain drove these companies into bankruptcy.

    • Irishgirl says:

      * Bain in 1988 put $5 million down to buy Stage Stores, and in the mid-’90s took it public, collecting $100 million from stock offerings. Stage filed for bankruptcy in 2000.

      * Bain in 1992 bought American Pad & Paper (AMPAD), investing $5 million, and collected $100 million from dividends. The business filed for bankruptcy in 2000.

      * Bain in 1993 invested $60 million when buying GS Industries, and received $65 million from dividends. GS filed for bankruptcy in 2001.

      * Bain in 1997 invested $46 million when buying Details, and made $93 million from stock offerings. The company filed for bankruptcy in 2003.

      Romney’s Bain invested 22 percent of the money it raised from 1987-95 in these five businesses, making a $578 million profit.

      While I have not investigated all of Romney’s Bain investments and there may be cases where he made money and improved businesses, there’s little question he made a fortune from businesses he helped destroy.

      Mitt Romney, through his spokesman, did not return calls. Bain declined comment.

      Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/ad_mitt_mistakes_jRmd2LHaPIb0bbNn1ZkgaJ#ixzz1jLhwXck3

      • London Bridges says:

        Bain was the bane of Kay Bee Toys headquartered in Massachusetts, the state that Romney bullied into making him governor and forcing Jane Swift, the acting governor to drop out of the race. Romney was really a Utah resident, but he bought his way into the governorship.

        Willard The Mutt then bought huge mansions in CA and NH – H-U-G-E !!! However, he voted for Scott Brown in Mass by alleging he really lived in his son’s basement!

        FRAUD!!!

        http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/06/did-mitt-romney-commit-voter-fraud

        I’m assuming the Dems are waiting till he gets the nomination before they indict him! ;-)

      • bubbles says:

        found this. now we begin to see the interconnections and how we have lost the ability to defend ourselves. one head. many snakes. all poisonous.

    • Pat in MA says:

      The businesses were not failing. Although many may see Bain’s practices as despicable, it’s what private equity firms do, leveraged buy outs, the sole purpose – to make profit for it’s investors. Jobs are destroyed, or at the least, wages and benefits are reduced. The problem here is that Romney is claiming his private sector experience at Bain shows he knows how to create jobs. Companies like Bain do nothing of the sort. They fire people. It’s Romney makin’ stuff up again. He’ll say anything to any audience to try to get elected, just like he conned his way into the Governor’s office in MA.

      • beaglemom says:

        Private equity firms are in now way admirable. Basically making money by destroying companies and employees. Mitt’s company should have been “Bane” not “Bain” as in the bane of all vulnerable businesses.

    • Alaska Pi says:

      WC explains this quite clearly in a very non-twisted and contextual argument.
      http://wickershamsconscience.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/the-real-problems-with-romney-bain-capital/#comments
      “Those people” WERE out of jobs…
      Just different method of yarding the rug out from under, eh?

    • COalmost Native says:

      Do research instead of buying the GOP version of events. Hedge funds/equity firms buy companies that they think will increase profits for their shareholders and investors- and they will use a variety of methods to improve their bottom line, including sticking the federal government (which means us) with unpaid pension costs. Unfortunately, this is legal- thanks Congress.

      Note that the GOP is unanimous in wanting to continue to deregulate the financial markets- they don’t care what caused the tanking of our economy in 2008…

  10. Irishgirl says:

    A most excellent video. I love it when they eat their own.

  11. ks sunflower says:

    I hope everyone saw the Rachel Maddow show tonight because she had a great segment using the Seamus story to illustrate how Mitt is unfit to be President of a nation when the majority of its people are suffering economically. He seemingly cannot relate just as G.H. Bush couldn’t relate to the average American in the early 90′s.

    In this her segment, Rachel also demonstrates Mitt’s inability to relate to suffering of even his “beloved” family dog in 1983. You can see this segment by going to a website she alludes to:

    http://www.dogsagainstromney.com/

    You may be glad you did. Lots of laughs – great “posters: in the opening pages, and then page after page of “testimonials” of dogs against Romney – including a great one by a dog that was supposedly part of the Navy Seal Team that took out bin Laden.

    You will also see within the Rachel segment the clip when Chris Wallace of Fox News goes after Mitt about the Seamus incident. Dog lovers don’t care about parties or politics when they see or hear about a dog being abused.

    This story has been around for a few years in the public forum, but is only now gaining traction thanks to Newt and now Rachel and bloggers picking up on it.

    Go to the site, maybe buy a T-shirt. Let people know Mitt is mean.

    • So funny – great site – Romney does NOT pass the SNIFF test!! My favorite.

    • Illanoy Gal says:

      Also you can go to the New York Times and read any column by Gail Collins. She never misses an opportunity to include a reference to poor Seamus having to ride the roof of the family car. And be sure to read the comments. Almost everyone who reads her posts is ready to nominate Seamus for the GOP candidate. They figure he would be much better than Mitt. Go Seamus!!

  12. Baker's Dozen says:

    “If Romney is the heir apparent”

    AKM–don’t you mean “If Romney is the hair apparent”?

    And no steak for his eye. He’ll find some way to make it tax deductible.

  13. Diane says:

    This race is not going to be determined by the voters, it will be determined by who has the most money behind him. A few millionaires/billionaires will determine this race.
    Newt is a mean SOB.

  14. nswfm says:

    I had sent this video to the smartest person I know–his response.
    “Private equity has it all:
    Asset stripping, restructuring, low taxes for billionaires, ripping off pensions, debt pigs…”

    • COalmost Native says:

      Congress passed laws that not only allowed but encouraged this type of business. Romney is disingenuous to say he’s a job creator; the purpose of Bain Capitol and other equity firms/hedge funds is to make money for their shareholders and investors.

      To add insult to injury, Congress also passed laws to reduce taxes on capital investments to15%, much lower than many working taxpayers- and increased the amount of an estate untaxed to $3 million.

      I hope the media and others publicize the GOP financial plans; all advocate eliminating capital gains taxes, Romney’s plan is the worst. I’d love to see a political ad accusing all the GOP candidates of “murdering” the middle class.

  15. Leota2 says:

    “elephant on elephant violence.” Too funny.

  16. Zyxomma says:

    I’m with Krubozumo Nyankoye, everyone who is qualified to vote should do so. I hate it when progressives sit out elections.

  17. Krubozumo Nyankoye says:

    The beauty of this (which I admit I cannot view but well imagine) is that the rethugs out of personal hubris are trashing one another.

    We need to be aware of things in the larger context. In very popular elections less than two thirds of those eligible to vote actually do so. In off year elections like 2010, less than half. So a minority of voters can have an enormous influence.

    I think it should be an obligation on the part of everyone who is of age, to vote. Not a legal one but a social one. Let us make it so.

    • Gem says:

      If this is the case, then the elected should have to earn more than half of the vote.

      What am I saying?!!! No matter what, the elected should get more than half of the vote. And we need to quit disenfranchising people. Convicted offenders who have served their time should be allowed to vote as soon as they are out of incarceration, even while on probation.

      • laurie says:

        Once someone has paid their debt to society, they absolutely should be allowed to vote.

      • Krubozumo Nyankoye says:

        Gem – all well and good and I am in agreement with you but you seem to have missed my point. That is that if less than half the eligible voters actually go to the polls, even given your proscription, that means that 25+ % of the voters have decided the election. That is how republicans win elections.

        Moreover, as we have seen in those states where they were very successful in the last election, we now see they are trying as hard as they can to discourage voters who might not agree with them from taking part in the next election. Voter ID laws.

    • leenie17 says:

      People who don’t vote have no business criticizing the government they couldn’t be bothered to vote for. There are very few valid reasons for not taking the time to get to the polls, especially for elections as important as this one.

      Look at all those people we’ve been reading about who have voted faithfully for decades and who may no longer able to vote because of new voter ID laws. If an 84-year-old woman who’s paralyzed on one side can vote in every election since 1948 AND fight the new Wisconsin law to be permitted to vote this year as well, we can certainly get our own posteriors to the voting booths and make our voices heard!

      • leenie17 says:

        And those people who complain about having poor national candidates to choose from need to start getting involved in their local elections because that’s where most of these national candidates start their careers.

      • Krubozumo Nyankoye says:

        Here here, if you opt out, you empower the minority.

        The thing that stikes me as so strange is that the minority seems to be able to act en bloc for their favored policies, but the rational people who would prefer to design policy around circumstances instead of proclaiming divine insights, are given not short but no shrift.

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