Category Archives: Mitt Romney

October 4, 2012, 9:08 pm

Things I Didn’t Tweet, And Questions That Were Not Asked, In the (Not So) Great Presidential Debate

When the Twitterati were peaking, Big Bird was getting 17,000 sympathetic tweets a minute.

Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that, in my view, what wasn’t talked about at the first Presidential debate last night was more remarkable than what was.

I’m not spinning it like my pals in the liberal media are — although I’m relieved and happy to see that the President’s energy has returned today. (Favorite admonishment? It’s from Rachel Maddow, after a superb presentation on the history of modern presidential debate: “As for the national bedwetting going on among Democrats today? C’mon! Buck up!”)

All right! But like many folks on the left who were Tweeting last night, I rocketed from unpleasant emotion to unpleasant emotion: boredom, fear, rage, anxiety are a few. I even became uncharacteristically…

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September 13, 2012, 10:20 am

WWII Vet Stuart Hodes Headed to Top of Rap Charts at 87

In work avoidance mode this morning, I was scanning Facebook (when, oh when, will I have the courage to leave Facebook?) when I stumbled on this gem.  Stuart Hodes, who blogs at 101% American, is 87 years old, a veteran of World War II, and a former bomber pilot.  In the video re-posted below, “Mitt Romney Rap,” he summarizes the GOP presidential candidate’s biography, as well as the history of the Romney family in the Americas.  Words and original posting can be found here.

Hodes, who has been blogging since 2011 and believes that the path to deficit reduction means paying his fair share of taxes, comes by his history chops honestly.

August 30, 2012, 5:11 pm

We Built It: But Who Are “We,” White Man?

In case you have forgotten that marriage is only between a man and a woman, Laura Bowman accepts Bradley Thompson’s proposal on the GOP convention stage. Photo credit.

Remember that old joke where the Lone Ranger and his Indian scout Tonto are surrounded by unfriendly Native Americans? The Ranger says, “Look’s like we’re in trouble,” and Tonto replies: “Whaddaya mean ‘we,’ white man?”

Well, the next time Republican strategists hold a meeting about the gender gap, or any other gap for that matter, they might want to consider reducing the frat party atmosphere of their national convention. I bet that even if you aren’t a Democrat it becomes tiresome to watch a bunch of white people hooting, hollering and jeering as if they were at a football game every time one of their speakers tells a bad and mean-spirited joke …

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August 13, 2012, 12:15 pm

American Bromance: Paul Ryan, the Tea Party and the Recent History of Political Conservatism

Romney and Ryan: “I’ve got the money, honey, but you’ve got the brains.”

I felt so lucky to have read Ronald Formisano’s The Tea Party: A Brief History (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012), since those of us who receive smartphone pushes from Politico.com woke up Saturday to a GOP conservative bromance of epic proportions. Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, had at last decided on a running mate: it’s the cute little brother with a big mind, Paul Ryan.

As Yale political scientist Chris Lebron said on Facebook, “The most striking thing about Romney’s VP pick (and indeed Romney’s own candidacy) is not the nature of Ryan’s politics but the fact that it illustrates the GOP’s continued faith in, reliance upon, and commitment to the authority of white men. It’s 2012:…

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January 10, 2012, 4:36 pm

Go Ahead New Hampshire and Iowa, Have All The Fun

In Connecticut we wait and wait, but the candidates don't come. (Photo Credit: the Guardian)

We in the Nutmeg State follow primaries in other states with great eagerness.  Why? Because presidential candidates don’t campaign for our votes here, and we almost never see them, either in the primary season or during the general election.  In the last cycle, Obama held a big rally in Hartford and another in Bridgeport. But given the fact that he has done little for cities, including not having an education policy, my prediction is that Obama won’t go farther north than Westport for this year’s campaign. Just like in Iowa, during the “Fairfield County caucuses,” ordinary Americans in our wealthiest suburbs gather democratically in each others’ living rooms and huddle in the corners.

Unlike Iowa, however…

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December 5, 2011, 9:32 am

Monday Political Roundup: The Rain on the Plains Fell Mainly on Herman Cain

It's just a gas to be Democrat nowadays

Now once again, where did it rain?
On Herman Cain! On Herman Cain!
And where is Herman Cain?
Down in flames! Down in flames!

One down, seven to go.  At this rate, were I not beginning a coveted new job in January, I might be tempted to declare myself a candidate for the Republican nomination.  From reading Adam Hochschild’s op-ed in the New York Times today, I think it is a viable idea. Like Newt, as Hochschild points out, I seldom miss a chance to note that I am a historian (see?  I just did it again.)   Unlike Newt, I am actually a historian, so if that is what you are looking for in a President — as opposed to a successful, handsome African American entrepreneur with a very active sex life — I might be a good pick.  For incisive commentary on the…

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January 17, 2008, 12:56 am

Things I Think About As We Approach The Tsunami Primary on February 5

Here are the things that do not worry me at all.

That Barack Obama smoked pot. The only thing I can say about this is: Oh. Please. Stop. This — and the severe penalties that people can be exposed to for taking naked pictures of their toddlers at the beach and having them developed at Walmart — are perhaps the worst residue of the Reagan era’s conservative cultural backlash. Being honest about getting high is, in my opinion, one of the things that makes this man genuine in his approach to others — it’s no wonder that young people like him! And I can name at least one prominent conservative intellectual/pundit, a man who helped get us into the Iraq war, who I got high with repeatedly in college. So shut up already. Clearly getting high is not a barrier to power.

That Hillary Clinton is a racist. This is truly absurd. Hillary and Bill have been profoundly progressive on race, Bill a…

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