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Paul Ryan ducks protesters at Wisconsin fundraiser


Paul Ryan ugh this guy

When Rep. Paul Ryan arrived at a fundraiser for 21st Congressional District candidate Elise M. Stefanik the other day, he was met by protesters. Maybe that's because his Kill Medicare budget was another ill-considered attempt at forcing austerity on the rest of us. Austerity has not worked. See: Fail, GOP.

Budget cuts have made a speedy economic recovery impossible. In fact, budget cuts have created a nation of poorer poor, hungrier hungry, and sicker sick. And don't get me started on what's happened to our public schools, something I know about first hand after working in them for well over a decade.

So here's what happened when Paul Ryan got to the campaign event, according to the Waterstown Daily Times:

Protesters marching on Washington Street and asking motorists to honk their horns claim the budget proposal cuts too many public benefits, including Medicare and Social Security.

Stefanik was was his director of debate prep during the 2012 elections. Maybe she should have taught Paul Ryan how to debate with himself about attending a fundraiser for his former coach. And how to face protesters who deserve to be acknowledged. Instead, the coward did decide to show up, where, per the Waterstown Daily Times video, this happened:

paul ryan ducks press at Wisconsin fundraiser

There you go, GOP, he's all yours, the guy who ducks the press and voters who disagree with him. A born leader.

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Massachusetts GOP demands Ed Markey cancel "disgusting" fundraiser with Eliot Spitzer. Double standard much?


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You can't make this stuff up. Via Livewire:

In a statement, Kirsten Hughes, chairman of MassGOP, said that it's "disgusting" that [Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA)] would "rub elbows" with [Eliot] Spitzer, who resigned in 2008 amid a prostitution scandal. 

You are judged by the company you keep and it’s disgusting for Congressman Markey to rub elbows with a man best known for his solicitation of prostitutes,” said Kirsten Hughes, MassGOP Chairman.“Instead of lining his campaign coffers with donations from the disgraced Eliot Spitzer, Markey should immediately cancel the fundraiser and denounce Spitzer’s abhorrent and unacceptable behavior.  Anything short of a public condemnation and cancellation would send the wrong message to women everywhere.”

Did anyone on the right "keep company" with Newt Gingrich? How about David Vitter? Oh wait, Reince Priebus gave David Vitter a pass because “that’s a 5-year-old story.”  (Spitzer resigned five years ago.)

Okay then, how about "rubbing elbows" with the "disgusting" John Ensign? And the "abhorrent" Mark Sanford? Wasn't their behavior unacceptable? And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

All of those Republicans claimed they stood for "family values" (Spitzer didn't). All of them are hypocrites. Did they "keep company" with other Republicans? Call me crazy, but I'm guessing they did.

Here's a thought, Kirsten Hughes: If Mark Sanford can assert that if God forgives you, then cheating on your wife and lying to America shouldn’t matter any more, so can Eliot Spitzer.

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VIDEO: Mitt Romney's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad British gaffe-athon


Via The Daily Mail

UPDATE: VIDEO: London mayor mocks Mitt Romney in front of 1000s, plus UK Daily Mail tweets: “Worse than Sarah Palin… Total car crash.

I woke up to so many Willard Romney blunders today that it's hard to keep up. Being out here on the west coast has its disadvantages, and being three hours behind on all the bullshMitt is one of them.

I'll list and link you to the stories, but start by posing this question to those on-the-fence American voters: Is this someone you'd want in the White House and trust to handle everything from foreign affairs to domestic crises?

  • Here are the local headlines the Republican presidential candidate woke up to: “Mitt Romney casts doubt on London 2012 preparations” (The Times of London) and “Mitt Romney questions whether Britain is ready for Games” (The Daily Telegraph). Both British papers picked up on Romney’s assertion in an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams yesterday that the last-minute security issues surrounding the Olympic Games were “disconcerting.” (video above)
  • The Republican presidential candidate told TV viewers in America that it was hard to know 'just how well it ...will turn out'
  • Following the controversy he appeared to change his tune telling the media earlier today 'it's going to be a wonderful 17 days'
  • The American also appeared to forget Ed Miliband's name, referring to him as Mr Leader: "However, during a meeting with Mr Miliband at Westminster, the American made another gaffe as he seemingly didn't know who the Labour party chief was and instead addressed him as 'Mr Leader'."

Whew! And it's only been a couple of days! Stay tuned....

ADDED, via Sully: Mitt said, "The Nation Of Great Britain":

That was Romney's phrase. No such nation exists. The nations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are all nations under the United Kingdom (since 1800).

Remember: Little things like national security and diplomacy are kind of important if you're running for president. Willard isn't exactly inspiring confidence.

Then there was this:

BBC News: "To look out of the back side of 10 Downing Street and see a venue having been constructed, knowing that athletes will be carrying out their activities almost in the back yard of the prime minister is really quite an accomplishment," said Mr Romney.

The Guardian responds:

Firstly, in Britain, "backside" means "ass". As in the part of the body. Secondly, "10 Downing Street" is often used in political reporting as a synonym for a press spokesman for the prime minister, in the same way as "the White House" can say things or have opinions.

We can only imagine the things he'll say in Poland.

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U.K. Parliament calls on Barclays executives to stop donating to Mitt Romney


Previous post: Mitt Romney London fundraiser was to be hosted by Barclay CEO who was fined $453 million for manipulating interest rates

Of course, the host resigned a short time later.

Now Buzzfeed is reporting that Barclay executives are being called on by members of Parliament, by way of a resolution, to stop fundraising for Willard M. Romney and “concentrate entirely on repairing confidence and trust in the banking system instead.”

This excerpt was interesting:

Barclays "most senior bankers based in the US have donated the maximum allowable individual donation per election to the Romney campaign..."

Team Willard is even having issues overseas. He's outsourcing scandals now. Maybe he can retroactively withdraw invitations to the Big Dinner.

Follow the Buzzfeed link to read the entire screen grab. It's loverly, mates.


Donor calls "Plastic Ken Doll" Romney "timid" but "declined to give his name because he said it would hurt his business."


Yesterday Willard Romney raked in millions of dollars at three fundraisers (that were closed to reporters) in the Hamptons, including one at the beachfront estate of billionaire David Koch that hauled in $75,000 a couple.

There were about 200 protesters nearby who displayed very appropriate banners and signs that read: "Your $50,000 ticket equals my child's education," "end corporate personhood" and "don't forget to tip the help."

The other two events were held at "The Creeks," the estate of Revlon Chairman Ronald Perelman, (at $25,000 a person for a VIP photo reception) and one that Clifford Sobel hosted. He was ambassador to Brazil under G.W. Bush.

The L.A. Times did some reporting on these events, and a few items stood out to me:

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — A line of Range Rovers, BMWs, Porsche roadsters and one gleaming, cherry red Ferrari began queuing outside Perelman's estate long before Romney arrived, as campaign aides and staffers in white polo shirts emblazoned with the logo of Perelman's property checked off names under tight security. [...]

A money manager in a green Jeep said it was time for Romney to "up his game and be more reactive." So far, said the donor, who declined to give his name because he said it would hurt his business, Romney has had a "very timid offense."

A New York City donor a few cars back, who would not give her name for similar reasons, said Romney needed to do a better job connecting. "I don't think the common person is getting it," she said from the passenger seat of a Range Rover stamped with East Hampton beach permits...  my college kid, the baby sitters, the nails ladies — everybody who's got the right to vote — they don't understand what's going on. I just think if you're lower income — one, you're not as educated, two, they don't understand how it works, they don't understand how the systems work, they don't understand the impact."

Gee, that's funny, I kinda think we "common people" do get it, even "the nails ladies." Even the "uneducated lower income" Americans. It's a safe bet that they understand all too well, which is why they're being disenfranchised by so many GOP governors.

And then there was the entertainingly blunt physician Adam Rosenbluth:

"I think sometimes he seems a little plastic," said Rosenbluth, who said Romney was on the right track by meeting more often with individual voters and donors. "His looks are almost Ken doll. And people are like, 'Is he made like a Ken doll? — is there something in there?' "

And the answer is, no, nothing is in there. If there were, he could and would be more forthcoming instead of finding cover in fuzzy gray zones, avoiding questions, and hiding dirty little secrets.

Of course, the Range Rover/BMW/Porsche roadster/gleaming, cherry red Ferrari crowd slammed President Obama, too, but hey, with allies like these...

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Mitt Romney's London fundraiser host, Barclay CEO Bob Diamond, resigns. He was fined for manipulating interest rates.


A few days I posted that a Mitt Romney London fundraiser was to be hosted by Barclay CEO who was fined $453 million for manipulating interest rates

Now that CEO, Bob Diamond, has resigned. Who, oh who, will host the fundraiser? Mr del Missier, who had only recently been moved to a new job in Barclays' regulatory and compliance department, quit following the earlier resignation of his Chief Executive Bob Diamond. [...]

Mr Diamond confirmed he would still appear before the Treasury select committee on Wednesday to answer questions over the rate-fixing allegations which ultimately led to the government yesterday launching a parliamentary probe into banking culture.

Willard Romney pals around with criminals.


Barclays chairman steps down, but heat still on CEO who was fined millions for manipulating interest rates and will host London fundraiser for Mitt Romney


During the 2008 campaign, Former Half Gov Exaggerata McBlamey loved screeching about which terrorist thugs President Obama was pallin' around with. In fact, I'm still getting tweets chock full o' the same accusations 4 years later.

So the conclusion one must draw is, it's all about the company your candidate keeps, which is why I posted Mitt Romney London fundraiser to be hosted by Barclay CEO who was fined $453 million for manipulating interest rates.

The plot sickens:

LONDON (AP)British prosecutors said Monday they are examining whether they can bring criminal charges on top of the massive fines imposed on Barclays bank for a financial market manipulation scandal.

The announcement followed hours after Barclays' chairman, Marcus Agius, resigned and accepted ultimate responsibility for the misbehavior between 2005 and 2009 which cost the company $453 million in fines by U.S. and British agencies. [...]

Agius' departure boosted the bank's share price but also brought fresh demands that Chief Executive Bob Diamond also accept responsibility and resign.

Willard Romney pals around with criminals. Hey, what's good for the goose...