Here is the exchange that has Candy Crowley doing the heavy lifting for the Romney campaign.
CROWLEY: But couldn’t that huge gap, which is a pretty big gap between those who think you could handle the economy as opposed to Mitt Romney — couldn’t it also be that, from the day — from the month the president took office, we still have 1.7 million fewer jobs in the marketplace?
AXLEROD: Candy, let’s have — you know what, I’m happy to have that discussion. Do you know that, when he was campaigning for president in 2007 and 2008, Governor Romney had nothing but praise for the economic policies that were in place at that time, as America was sliding into the worst recession since the Great Depression, after eight years in which we…
While the 99 percenters are destined to play a significant role in the 2012 presidential election, there is now another percent that very well may undermine the candidacy of Republican primary front-runner Mitt Romney.
Let us call it the 39 percent movement.
Perhaps more damning than Bill Clinton’s “zipper problem,” George W. Bush’s “cocaine problem,” John Kerry’s “Catholic problem” and Barack Obama’s “progressive problem” combined, Romney’s “animal cruelty problem” has the potential to isolate a dog-lover demographic that cares so deeply for the 78.2 million canines in America that it spends more money pandering pets each year than most countries claim in total gross domestic product.
Money can’t buy you love, or popularity, or the ability to move your face muscles into anything that even remotely resembles a genuine expression. It can’t buy you a fan club or the support of the Republican establishment. But apparently it can buy you victory in the Granite State.
From all of us at ABLC, congratulations, Mitt. You bought earned this one!
Perhaps the most toxic legacy of the 2008 Presidential campaign was the emergence of the Birthers.
As Barack Obama’s campaign took off, a die-hard band of desperate reality-deniers, led by their cuckoo queen Dentist/Lawyer Orly Taitz, combined increasingly ridiculous conspiracy theories about the circumstances and location of Obama’s birth with a peculiar hard-core interpretation of the intent behind the Constitutional phrase “natural born citizens” into a (to them) compelling case that Obama was ineligible to be POTUS.
At first, they posited, Barack Hussein Obama was not actually born in the state of Hawaii, but was instead born in Kenya, then whisked into the US and records falsified to make him an American. Because Stanley Ann Dunham and Barack Obama Sr. intentionally left the US while she was enormous with child so that she could give birth to her son in a third-world country instead of an American hospital, but anticipated that their bi-racial son born in pre-Loving v. Virginia America would someday be a shoo-in for the Presidency or something.
As people continued to point and laugh at their complex crackpot theories, some Birthers began to advance a second argument, which they found even more compelling.
Even if they conceded that Obama was born on US soil, he didn’t meet the criterion of “natural born citizen” because his birth father was not himself a US citizen, but a Kenyan. By stretching the Constitution just so and holding it over a candle to reveal hidden inscriptions in invisible ink, they determined that a “natural born citizen” could not be born to a parent who held citizenship in any other country, because that made the child a dual national, not a real American.
Gov. Nikki Haley racked up a long list of political enemies in her first year as South Carolina’s top elected official.
Now a group of purported conservative activists have launched a new effort to recall the governor with the website recallsc.com. The site, which consists of a single page laying out the case for recalling Haley, launched in December to build public support for the effort.
Someone at OFA headquarters saw this and yelled “Eureka!” or “Oh snap!” or something of that nature:
You know what’s hilarious (in a “makes me want to punch the sky” kinda way?) The fact that he keeps saying “firing.” It’s not “I like hiring people who provide the best service,” or “If someone screws up providing a service to me, I take my business elsewhere.”