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Forum Post: Mitt Capitulates on Everything Mitt Romney Flees From his Neo-Con Positions

Posted 8 years ago on Oct. 23, 2012, 5:41 p.m. EST by fiftyfourforty (1077) from New York, NY
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Once again Mitt Romney shamelessly abandoned positions he has been preaching all across the country in one campaign stop after another, and suffered a beat down from President Obama who called Mitt as he flipped the script. Mitt’s wishy-washy posture is a reflection of the dilemma he faces; he must say certain things to keep the far right whackos in the Republican base onboard, no matter how absurd, and at the same time present himself as a reasonable man.

The problem for Mitt last night is that aside from further exposing himself as a political chameleon that has no moral or ethical core, he had to repeatedly concede the wisdom of the President’s foreign policy. One can only speculate as to what his strategy was; but using the cost/benefit analysis that appears to be his modus operandi, it seems that he decided whatever disillusionment and disaffection it might cause among the Neo-Cons it would be more than compensated for by the support he would gain among the broader electorate.

However as Beau Biden pointed out On Morning Joe earlier today, Romney disavowed the positions he held just the day before and in so doing he further demonstrated that he will say anything it takes to close the deal. While such behavior is perfect for a salesman it disqualifies him for President and commander-In-Chief due to questionable character.

Hence the right-wing Republican/Tea Party crowd is in disarray today as they lick their wounds from two injuries: Their standard bearer kicked them to the curb and he lost in the opinion polls too. It was a bad night all around for this crowd of losers. My greatest fear is that a majority of the electorate will prove too stupid to properly evaluate the candidate’s arguments on these complex questions.

If voters really understood these issues in depth, the polls would be lopsided for the President because Romney is clearly a charlatan. After coming close to calling President Obama’s foreign policy treasonous for months, Mitt suddenly became his cheerleader. That’s why nobody can say for sure just what the Republican candidate actually stands for.

Trying to get Mitt to say what he believes is like trying to nail Jello to the wall. Therefore it is impossible to predict what he would do in office. Alas, for all his public exposure Mitt remains a stealth candidate and voting for him is like buying a pig in a poke.

As usual the Republican tough guys were whining and howling like banshees. Glenn Beck has suggested that perhaps conservatives should stay home on Election Day. John McCain and his daughter Megan, who is something of a pretentious airhead, led the pack of whiners. Johnny Mack was a big loser in this debate, because Mitt ran away from his warmongering positions like a fox escaping a forest fire.

Like the pot maligning the kettle for being sooty, the Mack Man accused President Obama of cheap shots – which is the Republican stock in trade – because of the “horses and bayonets” statement. I thought it the best line of the night; just slightly behind President Obama’s accusation that Mitt was “airbrushing history.”

Al Sharpton got it just right when he observed that Mitt came out in the first round like a bully, but after getting smacked around in the second round, he stumbled out in the third round like a punch drunk pug and held onto his opponent in a permanent clinch…never landing a punch on the Chi-Town Kid.

Playthell G. Benjamin

Harlem, New York

October 23, 2012



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[-] 3 points by JackHall (413) 8 years ago

Trying to get Mitt to say what he believes is like trying to nail Jello to the wall. Therefore it is impossible to predict what he would do in office.

If he said it the Republicans would go down in flames again.

[-] 0 points by fiftyfourforty (1077) from New York, NY 8 years ago

Romney's conduct is a real lesson in Mormonism in action. No ethics at all.

[-] 2 points by ericweiss (575) 8 years ago

I think you are overstepping a bit
Mormon is very ethical - THEIR ETHICS
that put themselves above all else
It is a system that led to the Ottoman empire, Catholic empires.
Japanese empire, American empire [ over native-Americans ]

[-] 0 points by fiftyfourforty (1077) from New York, NY 8 years ago

Their ethic is whatever benefits their cult is good. I guess that is an ethical code of a sort.

[-] 2 points by ericweiss (575) 8 years ago

I see it from a different perspective
willard is not "fleeing"
willard is SELLING
how often will a salesman NOT tell you what you want to hear ?

I don't know which is worse -
the damage he could directly do to America and the 99% [ taxes, wars, jobs ]
the damage he could do to America by lying to other counties

[-] 2 points by bensdad (8977) 8 years ago

Ive said it before and I'll say it again - America's problem is not the romneys and the ryans and the kochs and the wall street crapitalists and the religious nuts -

America's problem is the lemmings who have been trained since birth -

answers are easy - questions are hard

[-] 0 points by fiftyfourforty (1077) from New York, NY 8 years ago

America's problem is the willful blindness to the harm done by isolating the black population and believing that "we" have the cure for the rest of the world's ills while going around wrecking defenseless nations. The election is not going to cure the problem by a long shot but will slow down (if the fascists lose the vote and it actually gets counted) the ongoing trend to hell in a handbasket.

[-] -1 points by marvelpym (-184) 8 years ago

I think that you really meant to say

America's problem is the lemmings who have been trained since birth - to OBEY & to BELIEVE THINGS BENSDAD DOESN'T

When people say you should "think for yourself" they usally mean "think like I do"

[-] 1 points by JackHall (413) 8 years ago

Here's Romney circa mid-2011 on the subject of whether the budget of the Federal Emergency Management Agency should be cut:

“We cannot -- we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids."

And as for what to do with emergency response instead, he said:

"Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction. And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better.”

Nothing could have made those statements sound more foolish than Sandy, the multistate natural catastrophe that called for a giant coordinated effort across state boundaries. Which is probably why the GOP presidential hopeful wasn't talking up the private sector or the harm the nation was doing to future children by rescuing the ones affected by a killer storm today. Instead, he said in a statement:

”I believe that FEMA plays a key role in working with states and localities to prepare for and respond to natural disasters. As president, I will ensure FEMA has the funding it needs to fulfill its mission, while directing maximum resources to the first responders who work tirelessly to help those in need, because states and localities are in the best position to get aid to the individuals and communities affected by natural disasters.”

Mitt Romney, FEMA and Hurricane Sandy and the perfect storm



[-] 0 points by Shule (2638) 8 years ago

The problem Romney faced was that Obama, well before the debate, adopted Neocon positions, and called them Democratic positions. So, for Romney to appear real "Neocon", he had to be way way way out there; and that was being just too way out.

Meanwhile folks with any moral sense are getting screwed.

[-] 1 points by fiftyfourforty (1077) from New York, NY 8 years ago

Well, it seems that Bibi, Sheldon and Company think Obama is a foot dragger. It's a horrible situation the world is in - look, even OWs had posted a call for intervention in Syria (seems to have been taken down recently). So in a couple of weeks i will vote for the foot dragger. Why? For one thing the lives of Iranians, Syrians, Palestinians, not to mention poor people here who need the assistance they get and the social security checks they worked for in order to survive- these folks lives actually matter to me.

[-] 1 points by Shule (2638) 8 years ago

I'll be voting for the foot dragger too, and after the election I'll be doing my best to see to it that he really is dragging his feet.

[-] 0 points by fiftyfourforty (1077) from New York, NY 8 years ago

Good because every vote will matter no matter where you live.

[-] 0 points by Grimreaper2 (-318) 8 years ago

Then what are you worried about?

[-] 1 points by fiftyfourforty (1077) from New York, NY 8 years ago

Romney's true program seems to be: "Facts don't matter. What I say doesn't matter. I'm the white guy, that's what matters."

[-] -1 points by Mooks (1985) 8 years ago

Obama plays that same card with black folks. A lot of ignorance on both sides.

[-] 0 points by fiftyfourforty (1077) from New York, NY 8 years ago

To an extent yes, but there are actual differences and the black people seem to realize that Romney is a deadly enemy and imminent threat.

[-] -1 points by Mooks (1985) 8 years ago

Are you black? I have a few black employees and none of them really care about this election one way or the other. They definitely don't view Romney as a deadly enemy or imminent threat. As far as I know, they aren't even planning to vote.

I highly doubt black people's lives will be that much different regardless of who wins. I mean are black people's lives as a whole any better now than 4 years ago when Bush was President?

I definitely think Obama cares more about inner city blacks than Romney does and definitely connects with them more. That being said, those inner city blacks will have the same lives for the next 4 years regardless of who wins.

[-] 1 points by fiftyfourforty (1077) from New York, NY 8 years ago

I don't claim to be the spokesperson for black people. What I know is the polls say that blacks line up behind Romney zero percent! Cogitate on that one.

[-] 1 points by nameisthase (-12) 8 years ago

For those that are employed they're worse. And many of them definitely do not support public Gayism, Gay marriage, are adamantly against Gay adoption, etc. Matter of fact, they don't care for the white Left too much at all.

[-] -2 points by Grimreaper2 (-318) 8 years ago

What is your proof of that?

[-] 2 points by ericweiss (575) 8 years ago

willard is pro abortion & gay rights
willard is anti abortion & gay rights

which is the lie ?

[-] 1 points by fiftyfourforty (1077) from New York, NY 8 years ago

Open your sleepy eyes. Anyone following Mitt Romney's campaign sees him flip flop, turn 180's and lie, outright lie over and over. So then, why is it he leads in almost every county of the Old Confederacy? Because they agree with him? Get real.