Mitt Romney’s Etch A Sketch at work on abortion issue

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Here’s what Mitt Romney had to say yesterday in an interview with the editorial board of the Des Moines Register:

“There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda.”

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Here’s what Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul told Katrina Trinko of the right-wing National Review after the above interview:

When I asked Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul to clarify what Romney had meant there (since the Huffington Post at least is taking it as a position that “could put [Romney] at odds with congressional Republicans who have made limiting abortion central to their messages”), she e-mailed, “Governor Romney would of course support legislation aimed at providing greater protections for life.”

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Here’s what Mitt Romney himself had to say in an interview almost exactly a year ago with Mike Huckabee on Fox News:

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Here’s Mitt Romney in 2007, saying that as president he would be delighted to sign legislation outlawing abortion nationwide:

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And of course, here’s Mitt Romney in 2002 discussing his stern pro-choice views, in which he says “I’ve been very clear on that: I will preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose and am devoted and dedicated to honoring my word in that regard.”

A lot of smart, honest, well-informed Americans feel that human life begins at the moment of conception. While I disagree, I very much respect the passion and sincerity of their argument. What I cannot respect is someone who, like Romney, claims to share that passion and sincerity yet also tries to tell everyone else that don’t worry, he won’t do anything about it, that it’s pretty much just a debating point for him.

– Jay Bookman

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Pass the Cheesy Grits Please

October 10th, 2012
10:55 am

Brosephus™

October 10th, 2012
10:57 am

stands for decibels

October 10th, 2012
10:57 am

I hope Team Obama realizes that nobody, but nobody, likes a squishy, wishy-washy flip-flopper.

Brosephus™

October 10th, 2012
10:58 am

Thomas Heyward Jr

October 10th, 2012
10:59 am

Abortion versus Civil rights.
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Romney-bots are still out-moondancing the Obama-bots.
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The Ron Paul Intelligencia are amused.
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Carry on.

stands for decibels

October 10th, 2012
10:59 am

Here’s Mitt Romney in 2007

he was running for President, for Pete’s sake.

getalife

October 10th, 2012
11:00 am

The only thing Big Bird stands for is cutting PBS as his deficit plan and that is subject to change.

His spine is made of jello.

Too weak to be President. Period.

Brosephus™

October 10th, 2012
11:01 am

Brosephus™

October 10th, 2012
11:03 am

Ron Paul Intelligencia

Nominee for “Oxymoron of the Year” for 2010, 2011, and 2012

stands for decibels

October 10th, 2012
11:03 am

Jay, nice compilation, but where are the magic words FIFTY DOLLAR ROMNEYCARE ABORTIONS?

TaxPayer

October 10th, 2012
11:03 am

A pro-life, family-values congressman who worked as a doctor before winning election as a Tea Party-backed Republican had an affair with a patient and later pressured her to get an abortion, according to a phone call transcript obtained by The Huffington Post.

The congressman, Rep. Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee, was trying to save his marriage at the time, according to his remarks on the call, made in September of 2000.

Perhaps Mitt is just trying to be consistent with the actions of his fellow Republicans. You know, the “Do as I say, Not as I do,” Party.

Ahem

October 10th, 2012
11:05 am

Jay,
Have you ever on occasion learned, or perhaps a curious interest in learning, if there have been any contradictions in statements made by Obama over the years, on which you could develop a column?

ByteMe - Thugs vs. Ilk... in 3D!

October 10th, 2012
11:05 am

I hope Team Obama realizes that nobody, but nobody, likes a squishy, wishy-washy flip-flopper.

Jm does. In fact, Jm will defend him here any moment now.

ByteMe - Thugs vs. Ilk... in 3D!

October 10th, 2012
11:06 am

Have you ever on occasion learned, or perhaps a curious interest in learning, if there have been any contradictions in statements made by Obama over the years, on which you could develop a column?

Blogger.com is ready when you’re ready to do the heavy lifting.

Joe Hussein Mama

October 10th, 2012
11:07 am

Cons, y’all got punked. HARD.

Brosephus™

October 10th, 2012
11:07 am

Ahem

Over there, on the right, is a section called “archives” where you can find such columns. Jay has written pieces where he expressed what would be considered “anti-Obama” sentiments. Contrary to what’s preached here, Jay is no “yes man” that only writes about rainbows and sugar plum fairies when it comes to Obama.

CJ

October 10th, 2012
11:08 am

Here’s what Mitt Romney had to say yesterday in an interview with the editorial board of the Des Moines Register…Here’s what Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul told Katrina Trinko of the right-wing National Review

Jay, notice who is being spoken to hear. In the interview, Romney is speaking to a general audience, but his spokesperson is speaking to a conservative audience. This is Romney’s m.o. He tells audiences what he thinks they want to hear, and his spokespersons immediately go out to “clarify” his statements for other audiences. (Romney’s back-and-forth on nearly issue have really confused fact-checkers when they decide to believe one of his two positions, and it partially stumped President Obama during the debate.)

Mitt Romney takes a position on tax policy to Republican audiences, then his staff says the opposite to major networks. Romney takes a position on Iran to Fox News, then his staff says the opposite to CNN. Romney takes a position on health care on talk radio, then he says the opposite to George Stephanopolis. Romney takes a position on his own immigration adviser, then his staff says the opposite.

The man has taken pandering to whole new level.

Joe Hussein Mama

October 10th, 2012
11:08 am

SfD — “Jay, nice compilation, but where are the magic words FIFTY DOLLAR ROMNEYCARE ABORTIONS?”

Remember, folks, you can get ‘Bortion Bucks gift certificates, and they make PERFECT stocking stufffers! :D

Tinkerella

October 10th, 2012
11:09 am

Mitt will say anything to get elected.

CJ

October 10th, 2012
11:09 am

Jay, notice who is being spoken to hear here.

Joe Hussein Mama

October 10th, 2012
11:09 am

Ahem — “Jay, Have you ever on occasion learned, or perhaps a curious interest in learning, if there have been any contradictions in statements made by Obama over the years, on which you could develop a column?”

Aww, are things not going well over at Kyle’s?

Butch Cassidy (I)

October 10th, 2012
11:10 am

“This change is what his advisor Erik Fehrnstrom meant by shaking the Etch-a-Sketch. Fehrstrom felt that Romney could completely change his positions on taxes, abortion, and anything else that was inconvenient near the end of the campaign and hardly anybody would notice.”

You have to admit, the Romney campaign is not only aware of the stupidity of the American voter, they have successfully used that stupidty to their advantage.

Mitt Romney's Debate Format (STYLE)

October 10th, 2012
11:10 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3I6t3VodO4

They actually teach this at BYU. Amazing!!

Jay

October 10th, 2012
11:10 am

Ahem, I don’t believe that you can find any major politician in the country, Republican or Democrat, with a record like that of Romney. His flip-flops on this issue alone — an issue of bedrock conscience for most adults on both sides — guarantee him the crown.

But if you’re asking me to make your argument FOR you, because you are incapable of making it on your own, I respectfully decline the offer. I recognize an impossible task when I see one.

tiredofIT

October 10th, 2012
11:11 am

The press covers Romney’s initial statement, but rarely covers the clarification of his remark. The initial comment is all the low information voters hear. They say the press is liberal?????????

getalife

October 10th, 2012
11:12 am

cons don’t care if mitt moves left of Pelosi.

They just want to get President Obama.

Too bad they did not focus on jobs instead.

BuckeyeInGa

October 10th, 2012
11:14 am

This is what Newt G. said about Romney during the primary debates..

stands for decibels

October 10th, 2012
11:14 am

you can get ‘Bortion Bucks gift certificates, and they make PERFECT stocking stufffers!

It’s cheaper than birth control!

Richard

October 10th, 2012
11:14 am

I’m so glad the “most important election of our lifetime” has reached the point where Big Bird is the central focus.

Tinkerella

October 10th, 2012
11:15 am

Mitt is for what ever any voter wants….you want pro-choice….got that covered. Pro-life? covered. Want a baby unicorn….he has a full stable of them. Less taxes? you got it. More taxes? of course. Big government? Gotcha! Small government…..why of course that’s what I’m for. Big military….check….less military….right. Just put it out there. He’s for it or against. It satisfies everyone.

Atlanta Mom

October 10th, 2012
11:15 am

I can’t imagine voting for Romney. What exactly would you be voting for? I certainly understand many will be voting against Obama. But who/what are you be voting for–who knows?

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

October 10th, 2012
11:16 am

One for the middle, one for the base

Joe Hussein Mama

October 10th, 2012
11:16 am

Tinkerella — “Want a baby unicorn….he has a full stable of them.”

Any that crap Skittles? Romney’s got a unique opportunity to capture Kamchak’s vote if he’s got one of those. :D

getalife

October 10th, 2012
11:17 am

Richard,

Would you agree the romney campaign is a joke?

weetamoe

October 10th, 2012
11:17 am

Should not be a government issue. However if both houses of congress overwhelmingly pass a bill, maybe it is a message the leader should not ignore. Then there is always evolution. There is a lot of that in Washington lately–closer to Stephen Jay Gould’s adaptation theory than Darwin’s slow dance. Another area of disagreement appears close to consensus at last: of course corporations are not people; corporations are big yellow birds.

Jay

October 10th, 2012
11:18 am

I should add — as I’ve now done to the post above — that a lot of smart, honest, well-informed Americans feel that human life begins at the moment of conception. While I disagree, I very much respect the passion and sincerity of their argument. What I cannot respect is someone who, like Romney, claims to share that passion and sincerity yet also tries to tell everyone else that don’t worry, he won’t do anything about it, that it’s pretty much just a debating point for him.

Rightwing Troll

October 10th, 2012
11:18 am

“cons don’t care if mitt moves left of Pelosi.

They just want to get President Obama.

Too bad they did not focus on jobs instead.”

Yep… and the jobs are coming back now in spite of them… not because of them. But the KKKoned don’t care about nothing else other than getting one of “those” people out of the Whitehouse.

Imagine how good the economy could be if Obama had some cooperation.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 10th, 2012
11:19 am

I wonder if Mitt will be for or against the right of a parent to seek the death penalty for “rebellious children” which is, according to republican candidates in Arkansas, biblically based.

ByteMe - Thugs vs. Ilk... in 3D!

October 10th, 2012
11:19 am

I’m so glad the “most important election of our lifetime” has reached the point where Big Bird is the central focus.

Hey, that’s the FIRST Romney position taken that he hasn’t backtracked from in the first hour after making taking the position. I think there’s going to be a Mormon holiday named for it.

getalife

October 10th, 2012
11:20 am

“Imagine how good the economy could be if Obama had some cooperation”

Exactly, I think it would be good enough for some cuts that would not hurt the economy.

cons are self defeatists.

BlahBlahBlah

October 10th, 2012
11:20 am

Mr. Bookman’s posting is the main reason why Romney will lose. Badly. One debate performance and a corresponding “bump” in the polls pales in comparison to Romney’s historic level of flip-flop behavior. At the end of the day folks will “hold their nose” and vote for Obama.

Ahem

October 10th, 2012
11:21 am

Jay

October 10th, 2012
11:10 am
“Ahem, I don’t believe that you can find any major politician in the country, Republican or Democrat, with a record like that of Romney.” blah, blah, blah

You must not have understood my question based upon your answer OR you chose to swerve around it and try to re-frame my point. Again,have you ever come across an example of OBAMA making contradictory statements, or been curious enough to look for an example?

Patrick

October 10th, 2012
11:22 am

Definitions:

Oxymoron: ox·y·mo·ron  / a figure of speech by which a locution produces an incongruous, seemingly self-contradictory effect, as in “cruel kindness” or “to make haste slowly.”

Romneymoron: rom-ne-mo-ron/ a manner of speaking in which a politician produces an incongruous, seemingly self-contradictory effect, as in “I am pro-choice in being pro-life.”

JKL2

October 10th, 2012
11:22 am

yaaaaawn. Digging hard for a non-story on Romney since there is nothing positive to say about obama again.

Would he personally like to get rid of abortion? Yes. Would he sign legislation as president to get rid of abortion? Yes. Is he going to try and circumvent congress and the will of the people to pass such a law? No.

These are the kinds of things a real leader does. It’s a shame we don’t have one in the White House.

getalife

October 10th, 2012
11:23 am

The only thing I heard mitt say that was true was his partisans will vote for him no matter what he says.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 10th, 2012
11:23 am

“There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda.”

Is this a move back to the base after his performance as a moderate in the debate?

Jay

October 10th, 2012
11:24 am

” Again,have you ever come across an example of OBAMA making contradictory statements, or been curious enough to look for an example?

Of course I’ve come across such examples.

Brosephus™

October 10th, 2012
11:24 am

What I cannot respect is someone who, like Romney, claims to share that passion and sincerity yet also tries to tell everyone else that don’t worry, he won’t do anything about it, that it’s pretty much just a debating point for him.

When your spinal column is composed of Ready Whip™ and you can’t form your position without your advisors telling you what it is, what else would you expect from a candidate? I think it’s a damn shame that America even has to sit through such a farce of a campaign for such an important position within our government. If this campaign was for the mayoral position of Buttcrack, GA then that’s one thing. It’s completely different for the office of the President.

Ahem

October 10th, 2012
11:24 am

@
Brosephus™

October 10th, 2012
11:07 am

I looked over there, on the right as suggested, but didn’t see anything relative to my premise. Do I need a decoder ring or something?

Tinkerella

October 10th, 2012
11:25 am

In my own opinion, this is the one topic that the Obama campaign needs to keep drilling…..over and over and over again. But dammit I wanted a baby unicorn too!

stands for decibels

October 10th, 2012
11:25 am

Would he personally like to get rid of abortion? Yes. Would he sign legislation as president to get rid of abortion? Yes.

Do I, JKL2, project my own desires on this dreamboat of a candidate I behold? Yes Yes Yes.

the cat

October 10th, 2012
11:25 am

I firmly feel one of the debate’s focus should be on social issues. The WAR ON WOMEN by the Republican party has back fired on them badly. The women of this great country will reelect President Obama. We will not and have not been controlled by the old white men trying to put this idiot in the WH.

Mitt Romney's Debate Format (STYLE)

October 10th, 2012
11:25 am

Whenever Romney is confronted by any media person or anytime he debates, check out his response style. He tries to confuse the person that he is speaking to. Go back and check out his debates with the previous Repub candidates. (before he won the nomination)

Thomas Heyward Jr

October 10th, 2012
11:26 am

I wonder what Obama was saying …about anything………waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in 2002.
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You’ll never see it on a Bookman blog.
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lol.
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Can’t touch this….do do do do.

MIKE

October 10th, 2012
11:27 am

Maybe Romney changed his mind on this. Much like President Obama did regarding gays gettin married?

straitroad

October 10th, 2012
11:27 am

Jay, you must be getting tired. I’m waiting for your etch-a-sketch post on the Libya debacle. The administration is falling all over itself. You would make an excellent cherry picker.

Ahem

October 10th, 2012
11:28 am

Jay

October 10th, 2012
11:24 am

Of course I’ve come across such examples.

Thank you for the direct answer. Must not have been anything you considered important enough to comment on here or anyhing you thought your readers would appreciate you bring to the forefront . Understood.

the cat

October 10th, 2012
11:28 am

MIKE-the difference is Mr. Obama hasn’t flip flopped about gay marriage. DUH.

Marty Huggins'

October 10th, 2012
11:28 am

Jay,

Would you have been happier if he would have simply not shown his cards and just voted a big Present on 5 abortin related issues?

I know all Obama history started on Jan 20, 2009.

Can one flip flop from a present position.
As in can one flip flop from being there but not caring about the issue enough to vote to now suddenly having deep beliefs about the same subject?

DownInAlbany

October 10th, 2012
11:28 am

Obama raked the Bush administration over the coals regarding the Stafford Act about 2 weeks after he voted against a bill that would have waived Stafford Act requirements for Katrina victims. (He was one of only 13 senators that voted “NO.”) Now, in the aftermath of Isaac, he is requiring the Plaquemines parish to front 25% of the money for rebuilding. (note that this particular parish is 71% white). “Where’s your dollar? Where’s your Stafford Act money? Makes no sense! It tells me, the people down in New Orleans, they don’t care about much!”

Now the State Department is denying that they ever concluded that the deadly attack on our Benghazi consulute was prompted by this stupid anti-Islam movie. Susan Rice, Jay Carney and O, himself, have repeated over and over and over again, that “we saw no evidence to back up claims by others that this was a preplanned or premeditated attack…”

Flip-flop, etch-a-sketch, you say? Pot, meet Kettle!

deegee

October 10th, 2012
11:28 am

No surprises here. On Monday Romney told us all about Obama’s failed Middle East policies. Romney was recorded telling his political supporters in Florida that the Israeli/Palestinian issue and the China/Taiwan issue are hopelessly deadlocked and the only thing you can do is kick the can down the road and hope they resolve on their own. Romney is the worst type of political panderer that exists. He stands for nothing and is completely self involved.

Mitt Romney's Debate Format (STYLE)

October 10th, 2012
11:28 am

Maybe Romney changed his mind on this. Much like President Obama did regarding gays gettin married?

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Maybe he did…but he seems to change his mind with whatever direction the wind is blowing. He is desperate.

They BOTH suck

October 10th, 2012
11:29 am

Thomas

Tell Ron and Alex that I said hello.

Alex probably still brainwashing you that Ron really had the delegates?

:-)

JR

October 10th, 2012
11:29 am

Jay – video from 2002? 2007? Pretty weak argument (just as citing Obama video from 2007 on Katrina aid). I’d like to read your take on more substantive issues (which, oh yeah, may paint the president in a poor light) – the Benghazi coverup; no plan for economic growth and debt reduction except for increasing taxes on the ‘rich’; the list goes on.

The bottom line is that whoever is elected has a monumental change management task regarding reducing spending, entitlement reform, and growing the economy. Sorry, Jay, but your columns do not present a compelling argument to give the president 4 more years.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 10th, 2012
11:29 am

I wonder what Obama was saying …about anything………waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in 2002.
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Certainly it was nothing to do with a drone strike on a Wisconsin wedding.

BTW, some unsolicited advice — be sure to pay special attention to the upper case letters in your nom-de-blog when you sign back in after doing the sock-puppet thingie.

Jay

October 10th, 2012
11:29 am

“Maybe Romney changed his mind on this.”

Yeah, Mike. And he changed it yet again 10 minutes after the interview ended.

the cat

October 10th, 2012
11:29 am

Asked and answered, run back to Kyles and leave the adults alone.
Ahem

October 10th, 2012
11:28 am
Jay

October 10th, 2012
11:24 am

Of course I’ve come across such examples.

Thank you for the direct answer. Must not have been anything you considered important enough to comment on here or anyhing you thought your readers would appreciate you bring to the forefront . Understood.

jconservative

October 10th, 2012
11:30 am

Flip flopping is a disease best controlled by the campaigns.

In 2004 the Bush campaign successfully painted Kerry as a “flip flopper”. Yet President Bush flip flopped more in his first 3 1/2 years in office than Kerry had in his entire life. But the Bush people won the point.

Whichever campaign controls the flip flop message will go a long way toward winning the election.

And at present neither campaign is trying real hard.

stands for decibels

October 10th, 2012
11:30 am

Would he sign legislation as president to get rid of abortion? Yes.

and by all means, let’s just use fluffy phraseology like “get rid of abortion”, as if that happens by some magical decree, rather than the criminal code and other nasty, coercive conduits.

If you want to criminalize first trimester abortion—which is what overturning Wade would permit, and which would surely happen in the US, in some of our more backward states, at least—make that damn case. Don’t give me candy-ass crap about “life begins at conception”, tell me how you’re going to force women to carry all unwanted pregnancies to term.

Because that’s what you’re proposing.

barking frog

October 10th, 2012
11:30 am

The evolution of Mitt and
Barry. Book material.

Jay

October 10th, 2012
11:31 am

Seriously, take a look at the last video, in which Romney is almost vehement in his support of the pro-choice position and sounds outraged that anyone would dare to question it.

Donovan

October 10th, 2012
11:31 am

Here’s an equation that merits some thought with all you liberals out there:

Bill Clinton (adored by the left & politically savvy for focus group policy) = Mitt Romney (imitator )

Since you all approved of Clinton’s tactics, why don’t you approve of Romney’s tactics? Oh, I get it! Because no matter how right Romney is, you people will vote for the devil himself as long as he is a Democrat. Real progressive ideas you all have.

How about discussing Obama’s record as a president rather wasting our time with side stories. You know…things like the economy, unemployment, food stamps, the murders of a federal agent and diplomatic personnel in Benghazi who got caught up in the incompetence of the Bozo administration. No? You smart progressives can’t defend his record? How about defending the cover-ups and being complicit to manslaughter? Too harsh an indictment? Well, you all are the ones who have blood on your hands.

Only you people are the ones who want 4 more years of the same. Incredible!

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

October 10th, 2012
11:31 am

stands for decibels

October 10th, 2012
11:32 am

Oy. The voted “present” card? really?

MIKE

October 10th, 2012
11:32 am

On another note, it seems ABC news reported this morning that Al queida is in fact making a strong comeback in Iran.
Seems like I saw a video clip from last week where President Obama says the exact opposite?
Gosh….who should we believe?

Matti

October 10th, 2012
11:32 am

He’s like the predatory sexual sociopath who tells each and every woman exactly what she wants to hear, and sells it convincingly. Never mind if it directly contradicts the lines he sold another woman days, or even just hours ago. He MEANS it this time! He’s totally sincere! This time… for the moment…. just…. trust him with your…… vote. He’d never hurt you. Oh no, he’d never do that.

MIKE

October 10th, 2012
11:32 am

meant to type Iraq

Brosephus™

October 10th, 2012
11:33 am

Ahem

You actually would need to click through the archives to find them. OR you could simply use an advanced google search on Jay’s blog and look for Obama in the title.

http://tinyurl.com/8okntpk

I won’t do all your work for you, just as Jay stated he would not either.

Ahem

October 10th, 2012
11:36 am

the cat

October 10th, 2012
11:29 am
Asked and answered, run back to Kyles and leave the adults alone.
Ahem

Sage advice from Grandma: “When dealing with puppies; pussy cats; and unruly children; it is best to ignore bad behavior”.

Consider yourself now ignored.

nelson

October 10th, 2012
11:37 am

Issues can always be dragged up showing a candidate at odds with previous utterings. There is a film clip out now with Obama vehemently exclaiming that the epic flood in New Orleans and the reaction to it as racial bias. There was nothing to it, the flood was nondenominational and did not target certain segments of the population. I really do see appeasement as his kneejerk reaction to almost everything.
There is an element of desperation in the Democratic camp at the moment, even attempting to illicit Big Bird to mock and ridicule the challenger, Mitt Romney

deegee

October 10th, 2012
11:38 am

And for all of you that are disappointed in the quality of intelligence in Libya, or anywhere else in the ME, just read the long, sad story of Ahmed Chalabi.

LIberal Pariah

October 10th, 2012
11:38 am

It is not Jay’s job to carry water for the Conservative candidate. His purpose at the ajc is to present the Liberal point of view. Both Obama and Romney are politicians so that explains most of what goes on with both of them. I wish I had a better candidate than Romney to vote for but I believe no matter what his faults, he can’t be any worse than Obama.

East Cobb RINO, Inc. (LLC)

October 10th, 2012
11:38 am

There will be a slight change to to $50 dollar abortion bucks. Instead Romney/Ryan will give out abortion vouchers (not valid in Mexico and can only be used in the state where issued).

Obama is over

October 10th, 2012
11:39 am

If you folks would spend as much time focusing on Obama’s platform for the next four years rather than the same old social issues, you would not be getting beaten so badly. In case you haven’t noticed, Obama has failed to articulate what he would do if re-elected. Americans have figured out that Obama can’t defend his record, has yet to define how to proceed further, and spends most of his time disparaging Romney by calling him a liar. Obama is concentrating on Romney and Romney is focused on the problems facing the country. So left leaning opinion writers can’t discuss where we have been, much less where we are going, and consequently have to regurgitate tired social issues that should not be in the political arena in the first place.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

October 10th, 2012
11:39 am

Mitt Romney is really not winning any fans among children these days, or least among the people behind children’s television. The Republican candidate has opted not to take part in Nickelodeon’s “Kids Pick The President” special. While Obama will participate in the program set to air October 15, watching videos of children asking questions and recording his responses, the Romney campaign said their candidate “simply didn’t have time,” show host Linda Ellerbee told the Associated Press. The kids she said “don’t deserve to be dissed.” And Ellerbee in turn dissed Romney, at least backhandedly. “By answering kids’ questions directly, candidates show respect for kids,” she said in a statement via Deadline. “We are disappointed that Mitt Romney wouldn’t take the time to answer the questions, but are thrilled that President Obama participated in the special.” According to the AP only two other candidates haven’t participated since 1992: John Kerry and George W. Bush, both in 2004.

As has been pointed out, this follows a disturbing trend for Mitt following his pledge to cut funding for PBS, despite loving Big Bird. Strike up the sad Nickelodeon character memes!
~The Atlantic

CJ

October 10th, 2012
11:39 am

Again,have you ever come across an example of OBAMA making contradictory statements, or been curious enough to look for an example?

Scale matters. Reagan was for low taxes, but he raised taxes several times.

Romney does this over and over and over again. He’s been campaigning on a $5 trillion tax cut in front of conservative audiences, and then gets before a general audience and claims that he doesn’t cut taxes on the rich. He’s been promising to revoke all of ObamaCare before conservative audiences, but in front of general audiences he says that his non-existent health care plan prevents people from being denied coverage for pre-existing conditions (minutes later, his spokesperson walks it back).

Romney has taken contradictory positions on nearly every issue and is a serial panderer on a scale never before seen.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 10th, 2012
11:40 am

Instead Romney/Ryan will give out abortion vouchers (not valid in Mexico and can only be used in the state where issued).

Well that is better than I thought….. I thought he said that they would have to take personal responsibilty and “self-abort”.

Verbal Kint

October 10th, 2012
11:40 am

I see panic. Yep.

Ahem

October 10th, 2012
11:40 am

Brosephus™

October 10th, 2012
11:33 am

I won’t do all your work for you, just as Jay stated he would not either.

I’ll pay you five bucks cash for each example. With the volume you will surely find, you could make quite a haul, right? And as an added incentive, I won’t send you a 1099. ;-)

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 10th, 2012
11:42 am

…the flood was nondenominational…

As opposed to others that were?

Were we supposed to build an Ark and we just missed the message?

Mitt Romney's Debate Format (STYLE)

October 10th, 2012
11:42 am

Romney has taken contradictory positions on nearly every issue and is a serial panderer on a scale never before seen.

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It comes with his Missionary training. The American people is slowly seeing how he ticks.

Mitt Romney's Debate Format (STYLE)

October 10th, 2012
11:43 am

Erwin's cat

October 10th, 2012
11:43 am

MIKE-the difference is Mr. Obama hasn’t flip flopped about gay marriage. DUH.

I believe it was Axelrod who said that he had “evolved”

USMale

October 10th, 2012
11:45 am

Romney wouldn’t have gotten the GOP nomination without the right-wing nuts and he can’t win without moderates. Hence, he has to take multiple positions on issues like abortion and hope that each side thinks that he’s really with them. He is really a slime ball.

DownInAlbany

October 10th, 2012
11:45 am

is a serial panderer on a scale never before seen.

I beg to differ. Obama’s 2007 pandering to the NAACP, with his southern, african-american, preacher staccato was “on a scale never before seen…” “where’s your ‘dolla?”

Ahem

October 10th, 2012
11:45 am

Ahem Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Must have been the pu$$y that got me in trouble, AGAIN

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October 10th, 2012
11:36 am
the cat

October 10th, 2012
11:29 am
Asked and answered, run back to Kyles and leave the adults alone.
Ahem

Sage advice from Grandma: “When dealing with puppies; pu$$y cats; and unruly children; it is best to ignore bad behavior”.

Consider yourself now ignored.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 10th, 2012
11:45 am

I wish I had a better candidate than Romney to vote for but…

For months, several people (or maybe just one with several sock-puppets) asserted that Elmer Fudd could beat Obama. Why didn’t y’all just nominate Elmer Fudd?

Stevie Ray..Clowns to the left and Jokers to the right..here I am...

October 10th, 2012
11:45 am

Jay,

I see this as irrelevant in the context of politics…BO has no shortage of material promises he hasn’t accomplished since 2008…he for sure changed his tune relative to lobbyists, wall street, and telecom among others after getting financial support from all..

I was most excited about the promises to end lobbyist controlled DC agenda…this is the root of our problem which completely subordinates our interests to re-election and pandering first to cash providers…of course he did nothing to change this or keep good on his promises to take criminal action against wall street or telecom.

IMO, it doesn’t matter who wins as nothing will change in the next 7 years or so until employment naturally bounces back. Obama needs to be concerned about voter turnout….the GOP should be concerned about Mitt actually winning this no win proposition…

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443294904578044442604293814.html

Doggone/GA

October 10th, 2012
11:46 am

“show host Linda Ellerbee told the Associated Press”

I would LOVE to know what she said in private…’cause the lady’s got a WICKED tongue!

Look before I leap...

October 10th, 2012
11:46 am

Off topic:
R.I.P. Alex Karras

back on topic:
Mitt seems to live in a world where passing gas only stinks in your neighbor’s house.