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This is Good News for John McCain!

Today, at a rally in Ohio, Mitt Romney was asked by a female African-American teabagger.

She prefaced her question by stating that President Obama was operating outside the Constitution (which statement drew much whooping and cheering.)

She added that she agreed (apparently with a comment that a fellow bagger near her made while she was framing her question) that President Obama should be charged with treason.

She then asked Mighty Mittens what he would do to restore Constitutional balance to our government.

Mittens’s reaction, as compared to that of John McCain in a similar situation in 2008, is quite a study in contrasts.

The question and initial response:

Mittens, who’s running for President, for Pete’s sake, then asked her for some specifics.

Later, Mittens was asked by a reporter why he did not challenge Teh Treason Lady’s statement.

Quite a contrast to his predecessor….

Stay classy, Mittens!


  1. HappyinVT

    McCain confronted the woman’s question in October after months of letting that kind of thing slide by.  So by 2008 standards Mitt has some time before he’ll have to do his own confronting.

  2. HappyinVT

    Now three years after the Obama administration bailed out General Motors (GM, Fortune 500) and Chrysler Group, and with U.S. auto industry sales, profits and hiring all rising, Romney believes he deserves credit for that turnaround.

    “I’ll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry’s come back,” he told an Ohio television station Monday. “My own view is that the auto companies needed to go through bankruptcy before government help. And frankly, that’s finally what the president did. He finally took them through bankruptcy.”

    Uhhhhh, really Mitt?  Really?  And let’s refresh Mitt’s memory:

    Other supporters of the bailouts, and even some critics of them, say that Romney deserves no credit for the turnaround, given that he opposed the federal bailout that kept the companies alive during the bankruptcy process. Without that $81 billion in funding, the companies would have been forced to go out of business and liquidate, according to those experts.

    Even John McCain is flummoxed:

    “Romney said that he was responsible for the auto bailout?” asked Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in disbelief, unaware that Romney had told a local affiliate in Ohio he should be credited for having saved the industry. http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo

    McCain of course then goes on to do a bit of union-bashing because … why not?

    The former “car czar” Steve Rattner weighed in:

    Rattner said in a recent New York Times opinion piece that he “spoke diligently to all conceivable providers of funds, and not one had the slightest interest in financing those companies on any terms.”

    “If Mr. Romney disagrees, he should come forward with specific names of willing investors in place of empty rhetoric,” he added. “I predict that he won’t be able to, because there aren’t any.”

    Read more:

    I read that even Bain (yes, that Bain) even declined to get involved.

    But lest one think that Rattner is biased because he’s a Democratic supporter, let’s hear from a Republican, Bob Lutz who was Vice Chairman at GM at the time:

    “He thinks we didn’t try to borrow money from the banks,” Lutz told the Detroit Free Press in February. “The banks were even more broke than we were. Who had the money?”

    Hell, even the head of Americans for Limited Government thought Rmoney’s push for private funds was “fantasy” according to the above article.

    I don’t suppose we’ll hear Rmoney mention that he saved the auto industry during his speech at the convention.

    I’m not sure how much of a splash this story has long-term despite being all over Twitter and several blogs but this might be the first stone in the bridge too far in Mitt’s mendacity.

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