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10/6/2019

Oh No He Didn’t: “Pompous Ass” Mitt Romney Spends Quality Time With His Little Pumpkins

Filed under: General — Dana @ 9:14 am



[guest post by Dana]

Who does he think he is? A devoted husband? A loving father? An affectionate grandfather? A man enjoying the gift of time with people he loves? Wow, the very definition of a pompous ass, am I right??!!

President Trump continued his attacks on Romney earlier this morning:

The Democrats are lucky that they don’t have any Mitt Romney types. They may be lousy politicians, with really bad policies (Open Borders, Sanctuary Cities etc.), but they stick together!

Oh.

Just so we’re clear: Trump expects Party loyalty and loyalty to himself, before all else. Don’t waste your time on pesky things like ideals, principles, values, and matters involving the conscience. Just stick together, no matter what. No independent thought, no making moral decisions that go against the President, and certainly, no contradicting him, even if you are demonstrably right. This is Trump’s Party, as confirmed by the pompous ass himself.

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)

–Dana

179 Responses to “Oh No He Didn’t: “Pompous Ass” Mitt Romney Spends Quality Time With His Little Pumpkins”

  1. Pre-emptive strike: This is not a political endorsement of Mitt Romney. This is a criticism of President Trump and how he views the Republican Party, himself, independent thought, and a politician who has made a stand that goes against the expected grain.

    Dana (05f22b)

  2. Mittens is a disgrace to the American voter.

    mg (8f83ac)

  3. Thats missing the point, when he endirses agw, when he makes excuses for the black bloc, when he pushes for prince salman to be isolated without regard for consequencwa

    narciso (d53c51)

  4. Trump sure expects a lot of loyalty from a party he blamed for 9/11, campaigned for Hillary to defeat repeatedly, and has found so many creative ways to bash over the decades. One might say trump is the ultimate RINO.

    Dustin (6d7686)

  5. when he makes excuses for the black bloc

    Shamefully dishonest misrepresentation.

    Dave (1bb933)

  6. As compared to saying the president would countenance murder of civilians, do you hear your self.

    narciso (d53c51)

  7. Trump sure expects a lot of loyalty from a party he blamed for 9/11, campaigned for Hillary to defeat repeatedly, and has found so many creative ways to bash over the decades.

    And don’t forget all his donations to Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, John Kerry, Jimmy Carter, Charlie Rangel and Anthony Weiner. Yep, party loyalty above all!

    One might say trump is the ultimate RINO.

    Trump is a Republican like Bruce Jenner is a woman.

    Some of us were never fooled.

    Dave (1bb933)

  8. “Pre-emptive strike: This is not a political endorsement of Mitt Romney. This is a criticism of President Trump and how he views the Republican Party…”

    LOL. Did you think it would be interpreted any other way?

    The anti-Trump crowd is not for anything or anyone in the real world, except in a fleeting way. See Cruz. The real world is for chumps.

    Munroe (53beca)

  9. Except he picks every leftist of islamist note

    narciso (d53c51)

  10. Mittens is a disgrace to the American voter.

    Hmm.

    Romney ran 5M votes behind Barack Obama, the most effective retail politician since Reagan and the most popular Democrat since (at least) JFK, if not FDR.

    Trump ran 3M votes behind Hillary Clinton, the second most corrupt, unpopular and despised presidential candidate in history (after Trump himself).

    How far behind do you suppose Trump would have run against a popular opponent, like Romney faced?

    Dave (1bb933)

  11. “How far behind do you suppose Trump would have run against a popular opponent, like Romney faced?”
    Dave (1bb933) — 10/6/2019 @ 9:58 am

    2016: Trump 306 vs Hillary 232
    2012: Romney 206 vs Obama 332

    You do understand how elections work in the real world, right?

    Munroe (53beca)

  12. Mittens is an egomanic who refuses to be a team player. He always has to grandstand and attack his teammates. But don’t focus on that! Mittens has a lovely family and loves pumpkins and goes to Church every Sunday. He MUST be a good man!

    rcocean (1a839e)

  13. That was when zuckerberg and brin, colluded with the dnc, but lets ignore that reality.

    narciso (d1f714)

  14. He was basenji, in 2012, now hes michigan j frog, out of the box.

    narciso (d1f714)

  15. With Trump what else can Mitt do, except play the “I’m above it all” card? Romney isn’t funny or witty. He’s in the wrong with his constant back-stabs. He can’t refute Trump’s point that he never attacks D’s but only R’s and was a loser in 2012. And he can’t tell the truth and say he hates Trump because Mitt’s a globalist, social liberal, and wants open borders.

    So, he’ll play the pompous ass and post more pictures of his family. Probably throw in a bible, and some charity work later.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  16. You do understand how elections work in the real world, right?

    Oh look, Munroe weaseled out of answering another direct question!

    Dave (1bb933)

  17. And he can’t tell the truth and say he hates Trump because Mitt’s a globalist, social liberal, and wants open borders.

    Trump said Mitt lost because his immigration policy was too tough.

    Dave (1bb933)

  18. But its like with the anonymous whistleblowers (they stopped looking into him)

    narciso (d1f714)

  19. Dave (1bb933) — 10/6/2019 @ 10:23 am

    Dave 1
    Smirky racist punk Sandmann 0

    Munroe (53beca)

  20. #10 Don’t you understand? Mittens really won, and Trump really lost. Look, here are the stats. And stats NEVER lie.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  21. Trump is finished. How can anyone govern with Anonymous nobodies falsely accusing him of things?

    rcocean (1a839e)

  22. Yes the miasma of the inquest overtook, luckily another path was chosen.

    narciso (d1f714)

  23. #17 Trump later decided he was wrong. And changed his position on immigration. Mittens later called Trump’s position supporting border security and enforcing the immigration laws “racist”. Trump learns from his mistakes. Mittens just lies about what he believes.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  24. Or he maybe sincerely wrong, but he dkez thaf on most every issue.

    narciso (d1f714)

  25. So the allegedly whistleblower was mcmasters man at the nsc sent back a yeae before the events related in the complaint

    narciso (d1f714)

  26. Dave 1
    Smirky racist punk Sandmann 0

    Not sure what this is supposed to mean (other than being another trademark weasel move to avoid an honest reply).

    I have never written a word on this blog, or anywhere else, about that kid.

    Dave (1bb933)

  27. Just remember mittens gave us Jonathan Gruber who said even never trumpers are too stupid to figure out Obama care.

    mg (8f83ac)

  28. And gina mccarthy sky dragon worshiper, so another grapevine whistleblower,

    narciso (d1f714)

  29. Don’t you understand? Mittens really won, and Trump really lost. Look, here are the stats. And stats NEVER lie.

    Stop making stuff up and claiming I said it.

    Dave (1bb933)

  30. Don’t worry, give it about 5 years and Trump will be attacking Republicans far more viciously and vigorously than Mitt ever did.

    Jerryskids (702a61)

  31. Why wait for 5 years the republican party is full of complete f-ups. Except my man Ted.

    mg (8f83ac)

  32. A few others i think tom cotton is solid.

    narciso (d1f714)

  33. Don’t worry, give it about 5 years and Trump will be attacking Republicans far more viciously and vigorously than Mitt ever did.

    If God loves America, it will be in 5 months when 20 of them vote to impeach his demented old ass.

    Not that he hasn’t been doing it every time a Republican lawmaker told him “No, Donnie, you cannot pee in the corner, use the toilet”. Romney is nowhere near the first, he’s not even in the first dozen Republican lawmakers Trump has reviled, and I’m not counting Donnie Demento’s own cabinet members and staff that he picked himself.

    nk (dbc370)

  34. Smirky racist punk Sandmann 0

    Munroe (53beca) — 10/6/2019 @ 10:30 am

    LOL. It doesn’t take much with you guys!

    Dustin (6d7686)

  35. God Loves America
    Trump is making America Great

    mg (8f83ac)

  36. Exposing the media and mistake bound democrats and republicans is worth a Nobel Peace Prize.

    mg (8f83ac)

  37. But generally speaking, there is nowhere near the proper response to this illegitimate inquiry that has been going on for 3 years.

    narciso (d1f714)

  38. Trump said Mitt lost because his immigration policy was too tough.

    Dave (1bb933) — 10/6/2019 @ 10:25 am

    I forgot about that! Imagine if Jeb or Rubio had said Mitt was too hardcore conservative. Trump’s fans would never shut up about it. Trump whines about tough immigration stances and it’s forgiven for no reason!

    Hilarious!

    Dustin (6d7686)

  39. Perkins and coie set this snipe hint yhroufh crowdstrike and fusion gps

    narciso (d1f714)

  40. They want to burn this country to the gtound, molon labe.

    narciso (d1f714)

  41. But you kind of see why mitt had to jump i , hachi machi with walsh sanford and the other guy

    narciso (d1f714)

  42. Oh sweeney todd weld almost forgot.

    narciso (d1f714)

  43. What Trump says about the Democratic Party may be true, but it is very bad, and the Republican Party has it over the Democratic Party that it is not so tightly controlled, and there are some
    indepndent voices. Although not very good ones. And I don’t know whether to put Mitt Romney into the category of somebody being independent.

    Sammy Finkelman (0d0ca8)

  44. What Trump says about the Democratic Party may be true,

    Disagree, sir. After Hillary v Bernie, and AOC v Pelosi, you think the democrats are in lock-step? Seriously, if anyone on either ‘side’ thinks the other side marches in lock step and all work well as a team, you are quite possibly in a bubble and should start reading stuff from the other point of view.

    Dustin (6d7686)

  45. mittens is ignorant not independent

    mg (8f83ac)

  46. 23 rcocean (1a839e) — 10/6/2019 @ 10:34 am

    .#17 Trump later decided he was wrong. And changed his position on immigration.

    Trump later decided that the many people on the right (not quite identical with the Republican Party base, but it became more so) had been so propagandized on talk radio for 40 years about how bad illegal immigration was, that the route to the nomination was to take a tougher position against immigration than anybody else, and for good measure, to make sure that nobody else adopted his positions, say some crazy things about it too. (Like that not only would he build a wall, but he would see to it that Mexico woud pay for it. Or talking about a Muslim ban.)

    And he was right.

    Nobody dared argue with him (except weakly on his ability to do things but not on the principle that he should try) but at the same time nobody wanted to agree with him. And he won.

    And the rest was Hillary.

    Trump, by the way, went just as far as he needed to be on immigration so as to stand alone, but no further.

    Sammy Finkelman (0d0ca8)

  47. 17, Dave (1bb933) — 10/6/2019 @ 10:25 am

    Trump said Mitt lost because his immigration policy was too tough.

    And he was right.

    Then why did Trump win in 2016? He went after other voter than Hispanics whom the Democrats took for granted. And the ZDemoccrats tried to play down the immigration issue, except among Hispanics and Obama had been shown to be very cautious and temporizing on this issue.

    Sammy Finkelman (0d0ca8)

  48. The Great Pumpkin in his patch. Good grief, Willard: Kodachrome was discontinued in 2009.

    “Good morning, yesterday…” – Paul Anka, Kodak TV commercial, 1975

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  49. If there’s not enough room in his car, does he strap the pumpkin or a grandkid on the roof?

    Munroe (53beca)

  50. Just remember that the MSM happily supports/publishes/promotes out-of-power Republicans criticizing in-power Republicans or those threatening a Democrat. Did the MSM “play nice” re Romney or McCain when they ran AGAINST a Democrat?

    jim2 (a5dc71)

  51. What’s with the echolalia today?

    Trump thinks the Dems are unified because Pelosi is very good at her job (yes, yes, terrible person, bad policies, etc, etc). Perhaps he should think about who the current head of the Republican party is and why they aren’t unified.

    Nic (896fdf)

  52. mittens and mucklod genuflected instead of doing the voters justice. They quit. mittens is a repeat offending quitter. He had drunk Ted on the ropes and then crawled back into his rat hole and gave up. He did nothing for conservatives in Massachusetts as govna. Was MIA his last year and a half in office.. Was supposed to get to the bottom of the big dig fiasco but punted. A fricking loser and an anti American POS. May his dog leak on his pant leg.

    mg (8f83ac)

  53. there really is less than meets the eye, or she would have called for a vote already, palomino Pelosi, is bluffing,

    narciso (d1f714)

  54. mittens and mucklod genuflected instead of doing the voters justice. They quit.

    No they didn’t.

    Remember those “unskewed polls” showing that Romney was ahead because the professional polling organizations had the turnout model wrong?

    It was amply documented in 2012 that on Election Day, Romney was believed he was going to win.

    You can fault him for hiring/believing bad pollsters, but not for quitting.

    Dave (1bb933)

  55. *Romney believed

    Dave (1bb933)

  56. He let Candy beat him like a red headed step child. He never questioned her about being wrong and covering for Obama. He quit on National T.V.

    mg (8f83ac)

  57. and now he’s Michigan j frog, you can’t shut him up, but it’s not on any positive issue, has he acknowledged his error with the black bloc,

    narciso (d1f714)

  58. #29 Nobodies claiming you said anything.

    Dave.

    You need understand humor and Parody. Talk to Adam Schiff. He can explain it to you.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  59. @54 How do you square that sentiment with a belief in increased local control?

    Also, no one should be drilling in Monterey county and many of the counties listed are not “economically challenged” or “overlooked” areas of the state. This is just Trump revenge again.

    Nic (896fdf)

  60. 51, well the upper chamber counterpart of Pelosi has been resolute but is also given to mixed messages, nostalgic for planks in the old platform which help his beard and may also let pique and jealousy get the best of him 4 Tuesdays from now (shivving Matt Bevin).

    urbanleftbehind (f3cf9b)

  61. It just struck me how unlikable Romney is, as a politician. He’s not really funny or warm. Sorta of a Plastic man. I can see why Trump would call him a Pompous Ass. And he seems determined to have a forgettable, miserable political career. Lets see:

    1994 Loses Senate General election
    2002 Elected to Mass Gov
    2006 Doesn’t run for Re-election. Low Poll Numbers
    2008 Loses POTUS Nomination
    2012 Loses POTUS General Election
    2018 Wins Utah Senate Seat

    Not much to show for 72 years. No wonder he’s bitter and takes it out on Trump.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  62. He never questioned her about being wrong and covering for Obama.

    Romney absolutely did question her. But she was not wrong on the facts.

    She said Obama called Benghazi an act of terror the day after. And he did.

    She also said Romney was right about the administration giving several different explanations:

    OBAMA: The day after the attack, governor, I stood in the Rose Garden and I told the American people and the world that we are going to find out exactly what happened. That this was an act of terror and I also said that we’re going to hunt down those who committed this crime.

    […]

    ROMNEY: I — I think interesting the president just said something which — which is that on the day after the attack he went into the Rose Garden and said that this was an act of terror.

    OBAMA: That’s what I said.

    ROMNEY: You said in the Rose Garden the day after the attack, it was an act of terror. It was not a spontaneous demonstration, is that what you’re saying?

    OBAMA: Please proceed governor.

    ROMNEY: I want to make sure we get that for the record because it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror.

    OBAMA: Get the transcript.

    CROWLEY: It — it — it — he did in fact, sir. So let me — let me call it an act of terror…

    OBAMA: Can you say that a little louder, Candy?

    CROWLEY: He — he did call it an act of terror. It did as well take — it did as well take two weeks or so for the whole idea there being a riot out there about this tape to come out. You are correct about that.

    ROMNEY: This — the administration — the administration indicated this was a reaction to a video and was a spontaneous reaction.

    CROWLEY: It did.

    Romney thought, or was trying to suggest, that he had caught Obama in a false statement when actually he had not. Obama’s description of his Rose Garden statement was accurate (as you can see if you read the link above). And Obama said nothing about any video or spontaneous riot in that statement either.

    Dave (1bb933)

  63. Dave 1
    Smirky racist punk Sandmann 0

    Actually, it’s Dave 1, Munroe 0. Just because you have angry, grudgy feelings about Covington, doesn’t give you license to make s**t up.

    Paul Montagu (88b43e)

  64. please he lied his keester off on letterman, the view, at the un, ignoring it was an orchestrated terror attack, in fact part of a string of incidents that stretched from Tunisia to Afghanistan,

    narciso (d1f714)

  65. it’s a small thing, but private maytag (bankrolled by Daniel sheehan and al Sharpton’s little show) is the same as the fusion side show,

    narciso (d1f714)

  66. I just remember Candy beating him.. No fight just collapse. The Romney doctrine.

    mg (8f83ac)

  67. 1919 blacksox throwing the match:

    https://babalublog.com/2019/10/06/the-mass-murderer-summit-of-1960-when-che-guevara-met-with-chinas-mao-to-plot-world-domination/#comments

    no ryan didn’t even really pretend to fight, unlike four years before,

    narciso (d1f714)

  68. “Just because you have angry, grudgy feelings about Covington, doesn’t give you license to make s**t up.”
    Paul Montagu (88b43e) — 10/6/2019 @ 2:02 pm

    Paul 1
    Fact check 0

    Munroe (53beca)

  69. mittens is as popular as V.D.

    mg (8f83ac)

  70. On that note, and also representing as a true son of the Bay State: http://youtu.be/xoFuuSbWLLM

    urbanleftbehind (de6ddc)

  71. I find this screed amusing, but it doesn’t have hunter’s self awareness,

    https://www.thenation.com/article/this-political-theorist-predicted-the-rise-of-trumpism-his-name-was-hunter-s-thompson/

    narciso (d1f714)

  72. Damn Sony and its copyrights, but here’s the backstory: http://uproxx.com/tv/remember-time-jay-leno-played-vd-clinic-patient-1976-episode-good-times/

    urbanleftbehind (de6ddc)

  73. elsewhere, the nation ponders why their uberwoke sport illustrated isn’y selling,

    narciso (d1f714)

  74. This made me laugh sadly, said about Romney:

    “…He always has to grandstand and attack his teammates….”

    Whoo. Good thing that President Trump never did any of that, hey?

    The world has gone insane.

    Simon Jester (c8876d)

  75. Gawain, if you’re out there…could Rick Perry, about to be “bussed”, win Texas in the general as an independent favorite son and deprive both parties of the victory margin of 36 EVs?

    urbanleftbehind (de6ddc)

  76. Y’know, what does Romney’s lack of presidential success have to do with his being disgusted by Trump?

    Appalled (1a17de)

  77. because his denunciation is just and proper, sorry I can’t keep up this pretense, he should have realized by now how he’s being used,

    narciso (d1f714)

  78. Pompous asses use their social media accounts to show what great family men they are. Why can’t he just let those poor kids have their own lives and not drag them into his political battles?

    kaf (8d3b64)

  79. If Romney is a “pompous ass”, I wonder what that makes Colin Powell.
    https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/464565-powell-the-republican-party-has-got-to-get-a-grip-on-itself

    Paul Montagu (0a119b)

  80. something on the order of a kaiju, now he’s probably sought out Qatari sponsors, instead of from the kingdom,

    narciso (d1f714)

  81. @67 – Nonsense.

    They don’t show the question being asked, but the day before the CIA had issued a report declaring the Benghazi attack a planned, coordinated terrorist attack by an organized militia and Hillary was asked if she was now ready to concede that it was not a spontaneous demonstration over some video gone awry – she replied that she was willing to accept the CIA’s conclusions. Obama was asked specifically on The View whether or not, given that the CIA and Hillary had now agreed that it was a terrorist attack, if he too was willing to call it a terrorist attack. He was not.

    Read the Rose Garden statement again – Obama repeatedly refers to Benghazi as “an attack” and then later makes reference to “acts of terror”. Do you really not see that this is a specific instance of retconning the issue by Obama and his enablers at CNN? If you remember, the fact that Obama refused to call Benghazi a terrorist attack was a major topic of discussion for several weeks, it’s why Romney brought it up during the debate. Why would Romney have brought up the issue if it was so easily disproven?

    It’s nonsense.

    Jerryskids (702a61)

  82. Dave #67

    I read that link. It said it was an attack. Later he said “no act of terror will …”

    I did not see “terror attack” or the like. It seemed to talk around it.

    jim2 (a5dc71)

  83. In any event – mittens gave up

    mg (8f83ac)

  84. Guess who was his senior foreign policy advisor at that juncture.

    narciso (d1f714)

  85. Romney thought, or was trying to suggest, that he had caught Obama in a false statement when actually he had not. Obama’s description of his Rose Garden statement was accurate

    Obama was speaking generically about acts of terror in the Rose Garden the day after, not specifically about Benghazi. Romney was right. It took the White House several weeks after the fact to acknowledge that it was actually a terrorist attack. Months later, Obama lied when he said, “The day after it happened, I acknowledged that this was an act of terrorism.”
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/obamas-claim-he-called-benghazi-an-act-of-terrorism/2013/05/13/7b65b83e-bc14-11e2-97d4-a479289a31f9_blog.html

    Paul Montagu (0a119b)

  86. ‘Gm was alive, bin laden was dead’ an attack by all the branches of al queda, one week after the convention was awkward

    narciso (d1f714)

  87. How about Helsinki when reporters asked Trump if Russia had interfered in the election and Trump said that Putin promised him that they had not?

    What about Saigon when reporters asked Trump about Otto Warmbier’s murder by the North Koreans and Trump said that Kim Jong Un had nothing to do with it?

    nk (dbc370)

  88. In any event, the Orange gave up.

    nk (dbc370)

  89. 44. Dustin (6d7686) — 10/6/2019 @ 11:57 am

    After Hillary v Bernie, and AOC v Pelosi, you think the democrats are in lock-step? </blockquote. Well, it's more like there's certain things
    they don't disagree with.

    Bernie never criticized Hillary on ethics. He even pulled back on his own complainst once he regained access to the DNC voter database.

    And then look how nobody said the accusations againsat Kavanaugh were false.

    The people on the far left are most likely ti run campaigns aganst others. But there;s agreat dela of ru ning in lockstep.

    Sammy Finkelman (0d0ca8)

  90. The question of interference is at the heart of the crowdstrike findings, which have been evaluated by more knowledgeable then me, and have been found wanting

    narciso (d1f714)

  91. 67. She said Obama called Benghazi an act of terror the day after. And he did.
    </blockquote. But what Romney never understod is that, as the week went on, they stated to take it back. It got progressively more inaccurate.

    And Adam Schiff, said on the CBS Sunday interview show Face the Nation, on Sunday, October 25, 2015, that if Hillary had contradicted the CIA (that is, told the truth about the fact that there was no demonstration in Benghazi), she would have been justly criticized.

    Congressman Adam Schiff was then the Ranking Minority Member of the House Intelligence Committee, and also a member of the Select Committee on Benghazi,

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/face-the-nation-transcripts-october-25-trump-christie-nunes-schiff

    And we did an investigation, that Devin was a part of that, in the intelligence committee, that looked at, frankly, each of these conflicting streams of intelligence as they came in. The early claims by Ansar al-Sharia responsibility that were very quickly followed with human intelligence, signals intelligence, open source reporting, that there was a protest. It wasn’t until about eight to ten days after the events where we actually got the tapes from the compound that we could see quite demonstrably on those tapes that there had been no protests. But it was the — the considered judgment, the assessment of the intelligence experts for that week until we got those tapes, that there had been a protest. And that turned out to be wrong.

    But to criticize Secretary Clinton for relying on the best of intelligence that we had at the time seemed to be wholly inappropriate. Had she had spoken, frankly, in contradiction of what our intelligence agencies were telling her, that might be something to criticize. But the fact that, as she related, and as Ambassador Rice and others related, the information at the time, it was the best information we had. And the fact that that was wrong initially doesn’t change the fact that they were reflecting the best that we knew at the time.

    That was, of course, not the BEST INFORMATION but the MOST HIGHLY RATED information – which is not the same thing.

    Who do you believe?

    The intelligence agencies or what you know from your own people? Because the State Department wa sin contact with Ambassador stevens all day and knew for afact there wa sno demonstration in Benghazi, but only a surprise attack. The State Department corrected the “talking points” as to it not being a consulate, but not as to the existence of any demonstration in Benghazi ppreceding the attack – which meant it was not a spontaneous, unplanned attack.

    What Adam Schiff was talking about was msotly SOOPER SEKRIT intelligence. It was disinformation, comning to soem degree from the terrorists (who collecyed a crowd and lectured them about a video that nobody in Benghazi had any real opportunity to knnow about) and probably Saudi and Qatayi intelligence.

    Sammy Finkelman (0d0ca8)

  92. #86 it makes Colin Powell a Democrat. After all, he voted for Hillary in 2016, and Obama in 2008 and 2012. His comment about Trump’s foreign policy being a “Shambles” was hilarious. Yeah, can’t we back to the Brilliant Foreign Policy of George Bush and the Iraq War? Or bomb a few Asprin factories? Or maybe let Terrorist storm a US embassy and the kill the head diplomat? Yeah, Trump is so incompetent.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  93. 67.

    Romney thought, or was trying to suggest, that he had caught Obama in a false statement when actually he had not. Obama’s description of his Rose Garden statement was accurate (as you can see if you read the link above). And Obama said nothing about any video or spontaneous riot in that statement

    That happened later in the week, Romney didn’t understand that Obama administration statements got progessively less accurate as the week went on.

    Sammy Finkelman (0d0ca8)

  94. 100-1 Powell supports Climate Change, the Paris accords, and our Nato Allies never meeting their defense spending goals.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  95. mittens fights with a fly swatter
    and only when it may benefit him

    mg (8f83ac)

  96. Powell makes me sick, another pos rino hack.

    mg (8f83ac)

  97. I think Trump is not very popular in Utah, in no small part because of his immigration policies, but there’s everything else, too.

    Sammy Finkelman (0d0ca8)

  98. Sounds like the chicoms banks are running out of cash.
    MAGA

    mg (8f83ac)

  99. Chicom fire drill, anybody?

    mg (8f83ac)

  100. I think Trump is not very popular in Utah, in no small part because of his immigration policies, but there’s everything else, too.

    It’s because he allowed Ivana to remarry. It’s okay for your wives to each have their own households, but you must remain their only husband.

    nk (dbc370)

  101. Saga of China’s Bank of Jinzhou raises questions about the health of Chinese banking
    China’s troubled Bank of Jinzhou is seeking to raise 6.2 billion yuan (US$866 million) just two months after it secured a 3 billion yuan (US$419 million) bailout
    Jinzhou a few years ago was the leader of the pack, now regional banks have to be wondering whats up!

    mg (8f83ac)

  102. Sorry
    I wanted to post them on the weekend update.
    Oh dopey me

    mg (8f83ac)

  103. You know who else changed his Twitter profile to himself with his kids when he started getting attacked in righteous anger for his open disdain for the interests of his constituents? Eric Swallwell.

    Granted, ‘nuke the bitter clingers’ is a whole lot worse than ‘just forget the 47%’, but the attitude of these cowardly Beltway “safe district” betrayers is ultimately a difference of degree and not of kind.

    Trump forever, CIA Mormons never.

    CIA Family Man (1f081b)

  104. Oh marmalard cant take him serious, heres part of an npr profile of burisma

    Zlochevsky’s event has featured such speakers as Prince Albert II of Monaco; Romano Prodi, a former Italian prime minister; Joschka Fischer, a former German foreign minister; and other past and present luminaries from European and U.S. politics.

    narciso (d1f714)

  105. @100. ‘It makes Colin Powell a Democrat…’

    Like Ronald Reagan– ‘after all’–he voted for Franklin Delano Roosevelt–four times.

    Eventually the conservative minority, allowed to weather the storm in the Republican tent, is going to sober up and in the cold light of a new, 21st century dawn, realize that, in fact, they are the RINOS in the Republican Party of 2019. Until that day, the fun will never end! The tail no longer wags the dog, kids. Welcome to 1964.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  106. “Mitt Romney never knew how to win”

    Which is to his credit. What it takes to win by these standards. I can’t imagine how some of these people live with themselves. I have neither regard nor distain for him. He always seemed like a typical vanilla Republican to me.

    I like the pumpkin patch photo. Brings back a lot of memories. Something we did every year when the kids were younger. Then they had the hayride and cornfield mazes.

    Echo (e92c55)

  107. They mean to rule, which means no electricity no guns and no genuine free soeeech.

    narciso (d1f714)

  108. Considering that your electricity, guns, and free speech, among many other things, are in the hands of giant corporations with the government only as their handmaiden and gun punk, you might wish to redefine the “they” who do not only “mean to” but actually do rule.

    nk (dbc370)

  109. I said rule not govern, youve seen the debates, you want a chance they are not sincere?

    narciso (d1f714)

  110. I’m in anti-capitalist mood. Jewel raised the price of Hershey’s miniatures from last week, from three bags for $9.00 to two bags for $7.00. That’s a 50-cent increase per bag, and I have to pay it or reduce my chocolate ration. We might as well be living in 1984.

    nk (dbc370)

  111. They are making beer with it, thats all sorts of wrong.

    narciso (d1f714)

  112. cheers, narciso

    mg (8f83ac)

  113. RIP
    Ginger Baker

    mg (8f83ac)

  114. @117 Yeah, and Obama won’t leave after his 2nd term, he’ll take over the country and rule it as emperor… Wait, that didn’t happen either, did it?

    Nic (896fdf)

  115. Ben Sasse: “Hold up: Americans don’t look to Chinese commies for the truth. If the Biden kid broke laws by selling his name to Beijing, that’s a matter for American courts, not communist tyrants running torture camps.”

    AJ_Liberty (165d19)

  116. If the Biden kid broke laws by selling his name to Beijing

    While the Trump-Kushner crime family sells green cards to Beijing.

    nk (dbc370)

  117. Did he accuse Romney of “treason” yet? I guess he did that with Pelosi yesterday. Isn’t that’s rich? The very guy who falsely accused Obama of not being qualified for his office because he was born outside the US?

    He cries “treason” for Democrat paraphrasing. And again when a whistleblower contacts a Congressional committee even though that same whistleblower had already contacted his Administration.

    Please. Please. Someone ask Trump to define “treason”. I cannot wait to hear the answer.

    noel (f22371)

  118. Whoever violates this sacred oath:

    “Ich schwöre bei Gott diesen heiligen Eid,
    daß ich dem Führer des Amerikanischen Reiches und Volkes
    Donald Trump, dem Oberbefehlshaber der Wehrmacht,
    unbedingten Gehorsam leisten und als tapferer Soldat bereit sein will,
    jederzeit für diesen Eid mein Leben einzusetzen.”

    nk (dbc370)

  119. If he’s willing to betray the Constitution and the rule of law with such ease and frequency, then it’s not much of a stretch for Trump to betray the Kurdish people, our best allies in the Middle East this side of Israel and Jordan. And yes, they’re better allies than the Saudis.
    As I recall, the last time Trump tried to pull this, General Mattis and US Envoy McGurk resigned in disgust. Now that the White House is filled head-nodders, it’s much easier for Trump to make bad decisions and betray good allies. Turkish president Erdogan is not an ally, yet Trump sided with the Islamist.

    Paul Montagu (88b43e)

  120. So much so that the Lindsay Graham of morning TV…http://news.yahoo.com/fox-friends-host-brian-kilmeade-123321369.html

    and Bibi must be like “facepalm”

    urbanleftbehind (97c2c5)

  121. This is the same erdogan that you bought every word about khashoggi from, please,
    https://mobile.twitter.com/davereaboi

    narciso (d1f714)

  122. This is the same erdogan that you bought every word about khashoggi from, please,

    You went straight to Stage 5 on that one. No one had to rely on Erdogan’s word to learn the details of Khashoggi’s murder.
    I’m sure the link to Reaboi meant something. To you.

    Paul Montagu (88b43e)

  123. Because erdogan kills people by the bushel. And he is a hardcore islamist who along with qatar has sponsored militias in libya syria hamas et al

    narciso (d1f714)

  124. Someone ask Trump to define “treason”.

    I’d be willing to bet it’s lese majeste. At least, to hear some of the more ardent Trump supporters tell it.

    Chuck Bartowski (bc1c71)

  125. Send 150 billion to a mortal enemy, is ine definition

    narciso (d1f714)

  126. Funny how the press doesnt seem aware of this:

    This is yet another example of the Disinformation War that we’re in. The Daily Wire only told a partial story about Sytnyk, which made it misleading. The ruling that convicted Sytnyk and Leschenko was thrown out. Sytnyk is with the National Anti-Corruption Bureau. He’s one of the good guys, and the transcript is a nothingburger.

    Paul Montagu (88b43e)

  127. ‘“Please. Please. Someone ask Trump to define “treason”.’
    noel (f22371) — 10/7/2019 @ 5:19 am

    I’m guessing it already had a definition when Brennan used it against Trump. Go ask him.

    If I searched, I’m sure I could find plenty of comments here from you and other Trump critics calling Brennan out.

    Munroe (53beca)

  128. narc,

    Your guy on national tv is begging countries for dirt on Biden. In his serious angry voice. I don’t know that violates a law. It does demonstrate that he is unfit and no patriot.

    The Ukraine is a country at war with Trump’s man crush, Putin. Trump meddles with its aid payments. And he is talking about favors, weird conspiracies, “talk to Giuliani”, the unfairly treated prosecutor, and the corruption of Biden.

    Look beyond stupid legalistic nonsense and all those faux distracting complexities that come to nothing. See what is before you.

    Yes, there is corruption and swamp. It is embodied in President Trump.

    Appalled (1a17de)

  129. No hes illustrating what was done to hin for thred year, you know what australian intelligence wasnt doing at that time, track the colombo bomber

    narciso (d1f714)

  130. Was the ‘invasion of eastern ukraine’ part og obamas more flexibility promised to medvedev, did failing to arm ukraine with any armaments for 3 years

    narciso (d1f714)

  131. Thats actual policy, now ukraine probably traded this cooperation for missiles they never got,

    narciso (d1f714)

  132. 141 —

    So Trump decides that, because his whiny tender self was wounded that the Australians expressed a concern that the Russians might be trying to interfere in our election, he decides to ask other countries for dirt on the opposition?

    (And, do you really think — oh never mind. Ultimately, you are about deflecting, when it comes to Trump. Which makes sense, given that Trump’s actions are often not defensible.)

    Appalled (1a17de)

  133. Obama’s comment to medvedev — March 2012

    Invasion of Ukraine — February 2014 (after Putin ally run out of office)

    Timeline doesn’t work, there narc.

    Appalled (1a17de)

  134. Hes had his companies his family under siege for three years, based on garbage from theranos and planned parenthoods whitewashers recycled through thr intelligence services

    narciso (d1f714)

  135. Why not, its what happened after he was reeelected, while he was dismissing the jayvees, while he was brokering a deal thar required russia as a middleman

    narciso (d1f714)

  136. narc,

    Jeese, you’d think Hunter Biden on the board of an oligarch would have gotten Ukraine a little bit of respect

    But, basically, you are assuming that a whispered hint from the President you don’t like somehow absolves the President you do like from his one the record extortion from Ukraine.

    *snort*

    Appalled (1a17de)

  137. Well said, Appalled @ 7:24pm.

    Trump’s pressuring Ukraine, with the weight of all that money that isn’t his, to serve Trump’s political ambitions. I glanced at Ace’s blog this morning and see he’s got this dizzying stream of lies where all these secret shadow government conspiracies and media conspiracies really mean everyone should be outraged for Trump’s benefit… all based on innuendo. Anyone reading that has to recognize it’s covering for something.

    And it’s something that’s very simple. Trump overtly used his office for his personal benefit.

    ’m guessing it already had a definition when Brennan used it against Trump. Go ask him.

    If I searched, I’m sure I could find plenty of comments here from you and other Trump critics calling Brennan out.

    Munroe (53beca) — 10/7/2019 @ 7:22 am

    This kind of nonsense is a weasel move. Instead of just looking at what the US President does, it’s always ‘but what about this random thing! aha! you’re not being fair!’ For all of the trump fan’s million grand inquisitions of any and all who dare speak ill of his king, they won’t see the forest for the trees. Did Trump use his office to pressure Ukraine into colluding with him on a presidential election? ABSOLUTELY YES. That’s no surprise. He did it with Russia too.

    Dustin (6d7686)

  138. No because z was a russian backed oligarch who hosted energy conferences in monaco as recent as 2016, with firestarters best pals the grimaldis with prodi with joschka fischer.

    narciso (d1f714)

  139. #115 yes, you’re right. Technically, anyone who calls himself a “Democrat” or a “Republican” is one. You don’t have to take an exam or take a blood oath of loyalty. Presumably, I could claim to be a “Democrat” despite never voting D for the last 25 years. However, in the real world, someone who constantly votes D is not a Republican.

    That’s Powell. If you remember, when Powell was asked in 1995/1996 whether he was a D or R, he was quite cagey about it, until finally – reluctantly – disclosing he was an R but a “Liberal R”. He voted for Bush in 2000 and 2004. Who he voted for in 1996 is anyone’s guess.

    Bill Weld is now back to being an R, after running as a Libertarian. People in New England and California should just stop calling themselves Republicans and just form a new party “The Liberal Business party” – then they’d stop screwing up the R party for the rest of the country.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  140. On 2nd thought, most of these Blue State Republicans should just call themselves “Liberal Democrats” like their English counterparts, because that’s who they match up with. Socially Liberal, globalist, middle and upper class, Pro-business. In England, the Lib_dems love yakking about principles and are happy as clams to never get any real power, except for the occasional cabinet position. But all their members get to feel superior to everyone.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  141. I’d be willing to bet it’s lese majeste. At least, to hear some of the more ardent Trump supporters tell it.

    For years now, the Trump faithful have been characterizing critics of Trump as un-American. Even during the primaries, if you favored another GOP candidate they might call you a sellout or a traitor. That attitude meshes perfectly with Trump’s belief that virtue and patriotism are defined according to what serves his ego.

    Radegunda (f8d2aa)

  142. The Ukrainians are the ones under siege. Trump and family are in the White House.

    DRJ (15874d)

  143. Most Southerners match up with certain beliefs, too. They still get to decide for themselves what Party the identify with.

    DRJ (15874d)

  144. Going by Russian television, former US Envoy Volker is a “pompous ass”.
    We are in Global Disinformation War, and Trump is on the bad side. Trump is the bad guy, along with his good pal, Vlad.

    Paul Montagu (88b43e)

  145. no, that was when strobe Talbott, was repeating the kremlin line verbatim, the late agent tretyakov had a wry laugh at his expense, in the memoir ghosted by pete earley,

    narciso (d1f714)

  146. That is a blend of Stage 2 and Stage 3, narc.

    Paul Montagu (88b43e)

  147. no, in the cold war, when they were real stakes, the fate of the world, where communism would next consume, time was on the other side, after luce left the roost, having misread the 80s, he and summers and sachs pushed policies that created oligarchs and the siloviki class, the widespread pauperization of the people, that’s how Russians seen capitalism today, and they see democracy in the chaos of the bratva in the 90s, that’s why very few liberal politicians are trusted anymore, over there, after gaidar chubais et al

    narciso (d1f714)

  148. “Who does he think he is? A devoted husband? A loving father? An affectionate grandfather? A man enjoying the gift of time with people he loves? Wow, the very definition of a pompous ass, am I right??!!”

    -Oh well, he posed with his family. He’s immune from criticism or characterization on other grounds.

    Harcourt Fenton Mudd (0c349e)

  149. you can be called an anti-Semite, even if you have jewish grand children, because reasons, according to favorite niece,

    narciso (d1f714)

  150. Read the Rose Garden statement again – Obama repeatedly refers to Benghazi as “an attack” and then later makes reference to “acts of terror”. Do you really not see that this is a specific instance of retconning the issue by Obama and his enablers at CNN? If you remember, the fact that Obama refused to call Benghazi a terrorist attack was a major topic of discussion for several weeks, it’s why Romney brought it up during the debate. Why would Romney have brought up the issue if it was so easily disproven?

    During the debate, Obama chose his words very carefully and (unsurprisingly) to cast himself in the best possible light. While he certainly didn’t tell “the whole truth”, he didn’t say anything untrue either. It reads like a carefully rehearsed response to an expected attack. Obama allows Romney to stick his own head in the noose (“Please proceed governor”) and then confidently kicks the stool out from under him (“Get the transcript”).

    Romney simply flubbed this attack by being over-aggressive and imprecise. He should have said something like “For two weeks you gave the American people false information etc etc”. That would have been impossible for Obama to deny, and also seems much more relevant than whether or not Obama said the words “act of terror” or not. Instead, he overreached and said something that Obama was ready and able to refute.

    Dave (1bb933)

  151. Trump does not know how “treason” is defined. Its obvious. Brennan does.

    But Trump’s efforts to get Ukraine involved came after Barr let him off the hook on the Russia investigation. He knew doing it again was trouble. He just can’t help himself. He has to be self-serving and destructive. It’s in his DNA.

    noel (f22371)

  152. you don’t lecture me about Russians, they turned my birthplace into hell, with rationbooks, firing squads, block committees, (call it social credit scheme)

    narciso (d1f714)

  153. you don’t lecture me about Russians, they turned my birthplace into hell, with rationbooks, firing squads, block committees

    Hell was already in session for a year or so, under Cuban direction, before the Russians got involved, wasn’t it?

    Dave (1bb933)

  154. he was recruited in mexico city in 1956, before the authorities let him sail back on the granma, of course the vaunted company, had raul’s future wife, vouch for their non communist status, 50 years later frank Olson’s nephew, paul vidich is still telling the same story,

    narciso (d1f714)

  155. Trump does not know how “treason” is defined

    Whenever he tweets out some bogus approval rate among Republicans (now it’s “95%”) and follows up with “Thank you,” the cultists no doubt think he’s being grateful and humble and nice.
    They fail to recognize what those tweets really tell us: Trump sees the presidency as a gift to himself, and he thinks that the best thing we can do as American citizens is to approve of him.

    Radegunda (f8d2aa)

  156. I show you two examples where a president betrayed allies, like Israel, or the Ukraine, and you ponder on about some boasting re a relentless media political and legal assault,

    narciso (d1f714)

  157. Hell was already in session for a year or so, under Cuban direction, before the Russians got involved, wasn’t it?

    For 27 years. Batista got into power in 1933.

    nk (dbc370)

  158. batista was a pussy cat, he even let the communists in power in the 30s, and they helped write the constitution of 1940, compared to metaxa, to cite an example you’re familiar with,

    narciso (d1f714)

  159. Trump allies sought Ukraine gas deal.

    Hard to figure out why Trump allies would not all be as selfless and as fiercely opposed to corruption as everyone knows Donald Trump to be.

    Radegunda (f8d2aa)

  160. Metaxas beat, defeated, annihilated, destroyed, demolished, obliterated Mussolini’s armies, and fatally delayed Hitler’s invasion of Russia. He then had the good taste to die before the Germans defeated his exhausted armies, after less than seven years in office. Batista turned Cuba into a slave plantation and brothel for his gringo gangster amigos.

    nk (dbc370)

  161. Here’s our “very stable genius” president today:

    As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!). …

    But the True Believers say it’s Romney who’s the “egomaniac” and “pompous ass,” and that all those who dare criticize Trump are “deranged.”
    Come on, folks: Just because Donald Trump is a loon doesn’t mean you have to lose your mind too.

    Radegunda (f8d2aa)

  162. @126. Truth, Ben?? China is the largest holder of American debt.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  163. Public life? He is indeed a pompous ass. (Plus we get know way more about his public life than his private life, as it should be)
    Private life? He sure takes a nice photo…. He doesn’t look like a pompous ass in the photo, but do we really know? (My guess is he is not a pompous ass at home, but I don’t have enough evidence to make a declaration either way.)

    Maybe he could turn to the Bible and decide to love his enemy (Trump) and then he can start to be a more balanced person in both public and private life.

    And yes I did vaguely infer that if find Romney “unbalanced” maybe even only has one hinge.
    He seems to lack integrity (look up definition #2)

    steveg (354706)

  164. Romney is eager to forgive and side with those who hate him… the media, the Democrats and he is dumb like McCain as he thinks they won’t turn on him in a second if he opposes their candidate.
    So Mitt loves him some enemies (Media, Democrats) but feels fine hating Trump.
    I think its because Trump remind Mitt of his fatal flaws, like thinking this time the media and Democrats won’t only love him as long as he hates on Trump.
    Mitt actually thinks by forgiving the Democrats and Media and staying true on the nevertrumpin’ hate wagon, that he can buy their affection.
    I don’t think he is a decent honest public man… he is cozying and playing a role, hope to buy favor. He going to wind up pregant, with an std and walking home in the rain with no underwear just like McCain 2008

    steveg (354706)

  165. 174. Trump is self parodying himself probably to increase the threat to Erdogan.

    Sammy Finkelman (102c75)

  166. Let me put it into different terms.
    Lets say Romney believes his own BS about principles and honor.
    He for some reason thinks the way to win an election is to “suck up to the side that hates him” they treat him nice until he runs against their hero and then they eviscerate him.
    Here’s why I think even he doesn’t believe his own BS.
    If he thinks his principles are the best for this country he would fight for that. He would be grateful to the people who funded him, who fought for him, but no. Romney treats the people who destroyed him and denied the American people his values and principles better than those who supported him, and as a man of great value and principle decides to throw the people that helped him under the bus in exchange for blandishments from the Democrats.
    He has an empty core, unable to be loyal to the people who believed that his prinicples and values were best for America.
    I’d guess that out of 100% of Trump voters, 90% also voted for Romney. He constantly disavows Trump without waiting for the news to play itself out, he disavows over every little blip in the news cycle and in doing so tells 90% of his past voters that they made a very big mistake by backing Romney.. Romney was supported throughout all the lies against him, but when it comes to anyone who supported Trump? Romney depises you. Agrees with Democrats and never trumpers you might be stupid and possibly racist.
    Romney only wants the purists, the 10% nevertrumpers and the 10% democrats that he thinks like him (hint: there are no democrats who like you, they are playing you for the punk you are. They like you to run against their candidate… they choose you over all the others in the GOP not because they like you or your “principles”. They like you because they know they can easily destroy you because you are weak… you need their approval and they will only approve of you as a useful loser. So Romney buries his principles and becomes a semi-useful loser… keyword loser, only useful as a loser. They suckered him into thinking he was on the holy high road when actually it was a deerpath ending in an ambush…. every time.

    steveg (354706)

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