If you think that dislike for Mitt Romney comes exclusively from the left, a quick gambol around the internet will provide you with some pretty extreme hatred of Romney from the right.
For many in Massachusetts, Romney’s term as governor left a really bad taste in their mouths because of failed promises and his abysmal jobs record. But for at least one Bay Stater, Romney was far too liberal:
I’m particularly fond of her criticism of Romney’s CPAC speech. In Romney’s attempts to be all things to all people, he spoke at CPAC. Liberals questioned his blatant pandering to the uber-conservatives. But for the uber-conservatives, he just wasn’t conservative enough; there were apparently about ten or twelve litmus tests that he just didn’t pass.
And check out this video. Contrada apparently holds Romney responsible for everything from every initiative the Massachusetts Department of Social Services took during his term to what the lesbians were wearing during the pride parades:
Whew. I had no idea any politician had that much power.
Then there are the religious doomsayers. Literally. It’s kind of hard to tell if they’re serious or if they’re just being hucksters and trying to sell books and DVDs:
This kind of hawking of wares is worthy of Newt Gingrich.
So far, I don’t think that anyone on the left has claimed that Romney is Satan. Attribution of demonic traits to a candidate is generally the purview of the right, but this site pulls no punches:
For the author of this site, even Pat Robertson, Sean Hannity, and James Dobson are not crazy enough for his taste, because they’ve endorsed Mitt Romney. It’s clear that Romney’s religion is still a significant barrier for some.
There’s one more site that’s a compendium of all things Mitt in Massachusetts (at least, from the ultra-right-wing perspective):
According to these folks, the problem on issues like gay rights, abortion rights, and health care isn’t that he’s too far to the right. It’s that he’s too far to the left! Glad we got that cleared up.
With all the focus on the economy, I wonder if these issues will even register at the polls.
Liberals, women, the LGBT community, and racial minorities have all to often been on the receiving end of this kind of hatred from the radical right. But it’s instructive to know that someone as extremely to the right as Mitt Romney can be the target of folks like this.
It’s just more proof that, in the last couple of decades, the left has moved right, and the right has moved even farther right.
Oh, Mitt. You’re trying so hard. Yet you continue to fail. You continue to look completely disingenuous.
Now, you also look illiterate. At least, your technology is illiterate. Here’s a screenshot from your iPhone app:
Really. You can’t even get the name of the country right?
Wait a minute. What if you’re trying to appeal to illiterate voters, like that tea party crowd with the misspelled signs? It’s crazy but it JUST … MIGHT … WORK!!!!
"Governor Walker ... didn’t count on you. He didn’t count on your resolve! ... This is going to be the first domino to fall in a new resurgence of labor and student power around this country. You’re setting an unprecedented example — in my lifetime, in this country, for people around the world. Believe it!"
- Tom Morello, born May 30, 1964 (speaking to Wisconsin protesters in Feb. 2011)
On ABC’s This Week yesterday, George Will took Mitt Romney to task for his association with Donald Trump and his unflagging devotion to birtherism. In the process, Will managed to call Trump out not only for his lack of value to Romney but also for his abiding ignorance:
“I do not understand the cost benefit here. The costs are clear. The benefit — what voter is going to vote for him because he is seen with Donald Trump? The cost of appearing with this bloviating ignoramus is obvious, it seems to me. Donald Trump is redundant evidence that if your net worth is high enough, your IQ can be very low and you can still intrude into American politics.”
Donald’s ego strength must be as flimsy as his hair souffle, because he immediately took to Twitter in an attempt to denigrate George Will:
George Will may be the dumbest(and most overrated) political commentator of all time. If the Republicans listen to him, they will lose.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2012
And then there’s this one, conflating George Will with Rosie O’Donnell (Trump’s other obsession):
Losers such as George Will and @Rosie use me to get publicity for themselves. They are strictly third rate.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2012
He just doesn’t give up:
George Will totally “bombed” at The Mar-a-Lago Club. I was there to watch. He was embarrassed and no longer likes Donald Trump.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2012
If George Will is so obviously third-rate, why did you invite him to Mar-a-Lago?
Trump apparently doesn’t realize how desperate he appears if he has nothing better to do with his time than to get into Twitter wars with his betters.
Doesn’t he have a supposed empire to run? Doesn’t one of those gardens at Mar-a-Lago need weeding? Isn’t there a toilet somewhere that needs gold-leafing?
Mitt Romney has been campaigning on the premise that he has a better grasp of economic issues than President Obama. Basically, his premise has been “I’m a business guy, I know about money; therefore you should hire me to fix the economy.” Admittedly, he looks like the Central Casting version of a businessman in a suit, and that’s likely to persuade some voters.
But Romney has provided few details, other than supporting deregulation and similarly returning to the Bush-era economic policies that drove us into the deep recession that we’re still trying to dig our way out of. He’s offered plenty of vague platitudes about knowing how to fix the economy, but he offers as proof of his ability only his questionable record at Bain Capital.
He claims that his time at Bain was as a job creator, though his record in the private sector consists largely of shutting down companies and siphoning money out of them for himself and his cronies. The number of jobs that he claims to have created seems to vacillate from day to day, state to state, speech to speech.
When challenged in any way on the very record that he holds up as his primary qualification, he whines that he is the victim of “character assassination.” According to Romney and his campaign, it’s somehow off-limits to infer that Romney and Bain were part of the byzantine investment banking structure that was responsible for the collapse of the economy and yet which remains completely unpunished.
Oddly, Romney similarly doesn’t want anyone to talk about his record in the public sector, which logically would have more bearing on his qualifications for the job that he is seeking. Maybe that’s because his jobs record as governor of Massachusetts consists of helping his state plunge to the position of 47th out of 50 states in job creation.
The fact remains that Romney hasn’t described with any specificity how he will create any jobs. If GOP history is any indicator, they’re seemingly only intent on reducing the size of government, which only reduces the number of jobs. Mitt and his team are still spouting the Reagan era ideology of supply-side trickle-down economics, even though there is not a scrap of evidence that such economic policy has ever provided any benefit to anyone except those who are already prosperous.
Obama has taken the cesspool of an economy that he inherited upon taking office and he has made it significantly better. Unemployment was at >10%; job losses were mounting. Unemployment has been moving consistently downward and is currently at 8.1%. Job creation is significantly up.
Blue collar job numbers are worse than the overall job numbers. Yet Republicans in Congress have blocked attempts at creating more jobs in this sector when the Obama administration proposed infrastructure programs that would have employed the unemployed as well as dealt with the nation’s crumbling bridges, roads, and other infrastructure.
More than 5,000,000 jobs have been added since Obama took office, despite a reduction of hundreds of thousands of public sector jobs that various state Republican legislatures have been championing. Obama has managed to show overall job growth in spite of that decline in public sector jobs.
So, in order to cast a vote for Mitt Romney, isn’t it fair to require Romney and his campaign to provide specific assurances not only for how he’s going to create jobs but also for how he’s going to do better than Obama has done? Sounds fair to me.