“To that point, if people had been in Massachusetts, under Governor Romney’s health care plan, they would have had health care.”

–Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul, responding to a Democratic ad that linked Romney to the death of a woman who lacked health care after her husband was laid off from a firm Bain Capital controlled.

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gysgt213
gysgt213

One thing is for sure.  Andrea Saul didn't lie.  That's a fact.

jmt13
jmt13

Funny how the usual suspects are waaaaaay quiet on this one

ERenger
ERenger

They are all still processing the betrayal and realizing that they really did get sold a pig in a poke. 

They are sitting at home coming to grips with the fact that this is what Fehrnstrom meant about shaking the etch-a-scetch. Romney is going to begin touting RomneyCare as a great accomplishment, and they're having trouble accepting it. 

Romney is going to throw the conservatives under the bus, just like they feared, and he is going to tack further and further toward the center. They are processing the fact that even if Romney does win, which is becoming more and more doubtful, he's never going to repeal ObamaCare. 

They've been defending and covering for his lies for all this time, and now they just can't believe that all this time he has actually been lying to THEM. 

rokinsteve
rokinsteve

Lets all move to Romneyland

Everythings free in Romneyland

Mr. Romney has a plan

He's a super Mormon man

Austinite
Austinite

"Medicare for All"

'Nuff said.

grape_crush
grape_crush

 One of the many reasons I despise that insufferable prig, Joe Lieberman.

mjshep
mjshep

My disdain for Joe Lieberman is infinite and eternal.

pollardty
pollardty

A perfect example that civility is no substitute for character. 

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

Ooops. Was this the move to the middle? If so, bad one to do at the same time there is much pearl clutching about how mean and nasty the last Obama ad is. Cue Crowley in next post.

http://2012.talkingpointsmemo....

outsider2011
outsider2011

Even our resident Righties haven't tried to rationalize this one.

Well, not yet anyway

ERenger
ERenger

I'm sure most of them are finally realizing that this is the moment of shaking the etch-a-scetch. Romney's about to throw them under the bus. He's tacking back to touting RomneyCare as a success. 

It'll take them awhile to process the betrayal.

ERenger
ERenger

Too busy ripping out their hair and grinding their teeth down to nubs. They'll need to hyperventilate into a paper bag for a few hours then drink a quart of Jack first, but then they'll be ready to come back here and avoid the issue by pointing out some bogus bad polling data for Obama. Give them time. This has been a rough week. 

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©
ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©

As long as we're checking facts here, how about some facts about GST Steel?

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/201...

=> Bain Capital spent $24.5 million to acquire GS Industries in 1993, according to an investment prospectus for the company that was obtained by the Los Angeles Times and reviewed by McClatchy Newspapers. By the end of that decade, Bain Capital estimated its partners had made $58.4 million off its investment in GS Industries, according to the prospectus.

...

Bain Capital's partners also earned multimillion-dollar dividends from GS Industries and annual management fees of about $900,000. But by the time GS Industries filed for bankruptcy protection in 2001, it owed $553.9 million in debts against assets valued at $395.2 million. <=

~

MrObvious
MrObvious

Did we just read a train of thought that flew straight over the DOH! cliff?

ERenger
ERenger

A trainwreck of thought... 

jmac
jmac

REd State's Erick Erickson loses it:

"Mitt Romney’s ardent supporters are fit to be tied today. Andrea Saul cited Romneycare approvingly, conservatives rightly piled on, and Romney supporters are defending the guy.“You’re hurting him,” cried one.“Thanks for making this the big story of the day, Jackass,” cried another. ----- (Erickson): Andrea Saul made this the big story of the day. She is hurting Romney. She is an official voice of the campaign. This was an unforced error of monumental idiocy and the blowback is deserved, appropriate, and — most importantly — absolutely necessary."

ERenger
ERenger

Let the cannibalism begin. The GOP likes to eat their dead.

The election has become so fast-paced and compressed that I think by Friday we should have the GOP beginning to blame each other for who lost this slam-dunk election --- and it's still 3 months from even happening. 

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

They don't seem to be waiting for Friday.

Erick Erickson ✔

@EWErickson OMG. This might just be the moment Mitt Romney lost the election. Wow. politico.com/news/stories/0…

http://2012.talkingpointsmemo....

ERenger
ERenger

Nice! 

Nyam, nyam, nyam... 

This Romney advisor is delicious! 

Is there any brain left? 

No? 

All gone? 

Oh, there never was any!

Oh well, can you pull its foot out of its mouth and pass me a piece? 

Nyam, nyam, nyam... 

filmnoia
filmnoia

Wouldn't it be great if they have a Cannibal Holocaust Massacre in Tampa. Then we can break out our own bottles of Jack and Maker's Mark and enjoy the fun. It could be Pat Buchanan and 1992 all over again - Bachmann, Steve King, Allen West - bring all the crazies out to speak.

ERenger
ERenger

Instead of a nominating convention in Tampa, they have decided to hold a competency hearing. 

I expect Willard to be found incompetent, and they will probably decide it would be better to go back to the well-oiled Cain machine.  

grape_crush
grape_crush

Poor Mitt. He can't really speak about anything positive that he's done that might have broader appeal without the right-wing base getting ticked off...and the supposed strengths he wanted to campaign on aren't ending up looking very strong at all, and are being used against him.

Time to shake the Etch-A-Sketch again.

jmac
jmac

Commenters at National Review also dumbfounded    -------------  " In other breaking news from the campaign trail....  Mitt Romney selects Chief Justice John Roberts for VEEP.    'I like the cut of his jib,' says Romney.'"

Clay
Clay

So, the health care overhaul he's been distancing himself from is now good? It's official, I'm now more confused than Mitt, and that's saying something!

 

grape_crush
grape_crush

I think the concept we're all looking for is cognitive dissonance. It's a rather amazing ability we humans have to reconcile conflicting beliefs...in this case, that government-sponsored health insurance is a bad thing while simultaneously being a good thing.

To people not suffering from the same conflicting beliefs, it just looks hypocritical and kinda crazy.

sacredh
sacredh

Cognitive dissonance? Is that like having the best lay of your life but feeling guilty about it?

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Of course you're talking golf....

bobell
bobell

I dunno, but I'm willing to run the experiment.

grape_crush
grape_crush

 Gives a different shade of meaning to the term, 'taking one for the team'.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

What a guy, always willing to sacrifice for the cause!

AlistairCookie
AlistairCookie

Holy poo-poo, are these people in constant traction because of all the contorting?

Which is it:  Is Romney/Obamacare (as much as I loathe that construct entirely) bad, or isn't it?  Was your own program effective, or not?  You can't simultaneously  back away from the ACA, even though it is nigh identical to the plan you implemented in MA, because it's socialism or some such rot, and then in the same breath use said plan to defend yourself from an attack on another front.

Oh wait, yes you can.  When you're a politician, and a Republican one at that, contradictions don't matter.  Just like deficits.

ERenger
ERenger

Do you think that it is possible Fehrnstrom and Saul are secretly Obama moles planted in the Romney campaign to sabotage it? 

filmnoia
filmnoia

I always felt the same way when Michael Steele headed the RNC, like this guy has to be a mole, because no one could be this dense and be out there front and center. Since we have seen the GOP House freshman in all their glory, I now realize that YES people can be that dense.

sacredh
sacredh

You might laugh, but I have a couple a of friends that swear Romney is a plant for the democrats.

gysgt213
gysgt213

He's almost better than Obama. For the left.

53underscore3
53underscore3

No, I think he actually is just a plant. 

Perfectly potted, too...

rokinsteve
rokinsteve

He does act like a fern.  And he is full of prunes.  And Obama is making apple sauce out of him. 

outsider2011
outsider2011

 These are indeed, strange times.

Or interesting times, if you believe the Confucius curse..

jmac
jmac

That was too funny.  Since when does Sacredh play the straight man?  

filmnoia
filmnoia

My, we are being catty, but let's face it, Willard is Nixon without   Tricky's body coordination and warmth.

forgottenlord
forgottenlord

Hang on.... in one fell swoop, she opened the Romney camp to embracing ACA and showed there was absolutely no empathy in Romney's mind - in other words, doing exactly the opposite of what she set out to do?  Wow.  This week just gets better and better.

anon76returns
anon76returns

A presidential campaign hasn't missed its target by this much since Romney's foreign policy "charm offensive" back in the summer of 2012.

formerlyjamesm
formerlyjamesm

This is one of those  wish I were there moments.  I can imagine a hush falling in the room as reporter's eyes glazed over and minds reeled to grasp the import of this statement.

jmac
jmac

My mouth fell open!  They truly think Americans are brain dead.    The GOP has lost it's mind.