Yes, Romney’s a Liar, but This Is Getting Ridiculous | The Nation

It is no secret that political candidates are capable of doing awful things when they are reach the desperate final days of an election campaign.

But trying to scare American workers into believing that a government initiative that saved their industry was some sort of secret scheme to shutter major plants and offshore jobs is more than just creepy. It’s economic fear-mongering of a sort that is destructive to the spirit of communities and to the very future of the republic as an industrial force.

George Romney, who led the remarkable American Motors Company project that would eventually produce the Jeep, never in a political career that saw him win election as governor of Michigan and seek the Republican nomination for president would have engaged in such calumny.

But George Romney’s ne’re-do-well son, a very different sort of businessman who devoted his career to taking apart American companies and offshoring jobs, is trying to resurrect his presidential candidacy with a big lie.

And the lie is about Jeeps.

Jeeps are made in Toledo, Ohio, where the iconic American vehicle has been produced since 1941, and Romney needs to win Toledo and the rest of northwest Ohio if he is to stand a chance of winning the battleground state that is key to the presidency.

Last week, Romney went to the region and shocked voters by suggesting that: “I saw a story today that one of the great manufacturers in this state, Jeep, now owned by the Italians, is thinking of moving all production to China.”

The story, an October 22 report by Bloomberg News, which specifically stated that: “Chrysler currently builds all Jeep SUV models at plants in Michigan, Illinois and Ohio. [Fiat/Chrysler executive Mike] Manley referred to adding Jeep production sites rather than shifting output from North America to China.”

Yet, Romney spoke of the company that manufactures Jeeps “moving all production to China.

The statement stirred fundamental fears in a regional that has been battered by plant closings. So much so that Jeep’s parent company, Chrysler, rushed to clarify that Romney was completely, totally, incredibly wrong. “Let’s set the record straight: Jeep has no intention of shifting production of its Jeep models out of North America to China,” announced Chrysler.

Company spokesman Gaulberto Ranieri said that Romney had remade the facts so aggressively that: “It is a leap that would be difficult even for professional circus acrobats.”

What was Romney’s response to being caught in a lie.

via Yes, Romney's a Liar, but This Is Getting Ridiculous | The Nation.

The Average Man

“[The economic crisis began] because the average man won’t really do a day’s work unless he is caught and cannot get out of it. There is plenty of work to do if people would do it.”

Noted industrialist, anti-Semite, author of “The International Jew,” who bailed out the Nazi Party in the 1920s, Henry Ford, March, 1931. (A few weeks later he laid off 75,000 workers.)

The Making Of Romney’s Storm Relief Event

DAYTON, Ohio — The last-minute decision by Romney high command Monday to suspend politics while Sandy raged sent aides in Ohio scrambling to convert a scheduled victory rally into an apolitical “storm relief event” — a process that tested the campaign’s agility and left a few threads of partisanship inadvertently hanging.

On Monday morning, Romney’s local team in Dayton was eagerly preparing to host the candidate the following day. A high school gym had been reserved, a stage had been rented, and a pair of celebrity guests — country singer Randy Owen and NASCAR driver Richard Petty — had been booked to give the event some B-list heft.

Then, a little before noon, communications director Gail Gitcho announced the cancellation of “all events currently scheduled” for Tuesday. The superstorm that forecasters had been warning about for days had picked up steam, and people throughout the Northeast were now bracing for the worst. In a statement, Gitcho said the decision to cancel campaign events had been made “out of sensitivity to the millions of Americans in the path of Hurricane Sandy.”

But Boston wasn’t quite ready to lose a full day of swing state visibility with a week left in the race. So, after some deliberation, the campaign decided to use their existing venue in Ohio to stage a makeshift and nonpartisan humanitarian project. It would be a way for Romney to show leadership — and get on the local news — without looking craven or opportunistic.

via The Making Of Romney's Storm Relief Event.

UPDATED: Romney Donating Sandy Supplies To GOP Swing States — Not NY | The New Civil Rights Movement

Mitt Romney is sending the supplies he asked supporters to bring to his “non-political” campaign event today — to which Romney invited NASCAR driver Richard Petty — in the battleground state of Ohio, only to victims of Hurricane Sandy in swing states that the GOP candidate has a chance of winning: Virginia, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania — not the two areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy: New Jersey and New York.

via UPDATED: Romney Donating Sandy Supplies To GOP Swing States — Not NY | The New Civil Rights Movement.

Obama to tour hurricane-ravaged New Jersey with Christie – The Hill – covering Congress, Politics, Political Campaigns and Capitol Hill |

President Obama will tour damage from the hurricane in New Jersey on Wednesday with Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican and Mitt Romney ally who gave the keynote address at this year’s GOP convention.

The trip is not avowedly political, but images of Obama and Christie walking the New Jersey boardwalk side by side will inevitably be seen through the prism of the presidential election that will take place just six days afterward.

They also could pay political dividends for Obama —especially at a time when TV commercials from Romney have talked up his abilities to reach across the aisle, drawing a clear if implicit contrast with Obama.

Christie has been conspicuously effusive about Obama’s response to Sandy. He described the president as “outstanding” in the crisis during an appearance on NBC’s “Today Show” Tuesday morning. Speaking on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” he said that “the president has been all over this and he deserves great credit.”

The news of Obama’s visit to New Jersey came just moments after the president made brief remarks about the storm which wreaked havoc on the East Coast and has paralyzed New York for a second straight day.

via Obama to tour hurricane-ravaged New Jersey with Christie – The Hill – covering Congress, Politics, Political Campaigns and Capitol Hill |

While President Obama Address Storm Relief (& the October Surprise)

…Mitt Romney’s campaign bus delivered the following.

This has become rather sad, hasn’t it? I can imagine they’ve given up by now. Seriously, can you imagine the mood inside that campaign right now? 6 days left? And this is the best you and your billionaire buddies can do?

Maybe this hurricane was the “October Surprise.” Whether or not the above is true, it does give Obama a chance to look presidential, and apparently comes along with Christie’s rather surprising pro-Obama disaster tour. Romney must be raving about that in private, absolutely stark raving mad. Imagine what the Aryan Ice Princess is thinking. If the media beats Christie’s drum, it will seal the deal with the independents, and I’m sure Romney knows that. I think he never believed he could lose, because he’s partly inside the Crazy Bubble where they really believe that Obama could never be re-elected and so it wasn’t totally important who ran against him.

Of course the more important news will be what begins on Nov. 7th. Firstly, they will eat Romney for lunch like starving German Shepherds.

“He wasn’t our real choice!”
“Establishment man!”
“I had to swallow hard and vote for him!”
“Romney lost, not our ideas!”
“The Mainstream Media was in Obama’s corner the whole time!”
“The polls were rigged to keep people away!”

You’ll hear all of those things, and more, beginning on November 7th because they will never accept that people rejected their ideas as much as they rejected their man, and this will probably kill what’s left of the “Establishment” in the party, and the party will totally disappear from outside the south in ten years or so. Or, perhaps, the Teabaggers will walk out and form their own party, leaving a rump Republican Party with no one but Colin Powell and Chris Christie in it.

Either way, the party of Lincoln is dead and the Reagan Revolution killed it.

Why I Am Endorsing President Barack Obama « Susan Eisenhower

Why I Am Endorsing President Barack Obama

October 29, 2012

tags: 2008 election, 2012 Election, Barack Obama, endorsement, Mitt Romney

by Susan Eisenhower

Four years ago, I left the Republican Party of which I was a lifelong member and became an independent. Not long after, I supported Barack Obama in the 2008 election for president. I made this decision determined to look at the issues not as a Republican or a Democrat, but as an American.

It is through that lens that I consider my choice in the 2012 election. Like many other voters who crossed party lines to vote for Barack Obama in the last election, I have watched the 2012 campaign carefully and listened closely to what the candidates have said. I believe that President Obama should be re-elected.

Very few American presidents have been truly prepared to assume that job. Four years ago, Obama, a relatively inexperienced public servant, became the 44th President of the United States during one of the most difficult times our country has faced. The nation’s economy was on the brink of collapse. Our image overseas was tarnished, and our military was bogged down in two unpopular wars. I supported Obama then because I thought that he was unflappable. I saw him as a man with a keen intellect and a cool analytical head. I believed he would also be able to inspire those who had suffered most from a recession unparalleled since the Great Depression. In doing so, I reasoned, he would go a long way towards reuniting a nation deeply divided.

Obama was elected and took office, building on a number of stabilization programs initiated by the Bush administration. He took many other vital steps that reestablished our economic footing, including saving America’s automobile industry.

In the last four years, and despite the global downturn, America has come back from the brink. While pain is still being felt in far too many sectors of the economy, from a macroeconomic standpoint the situation in the United States is better than it is among our allies. According to the International Monetary Fund, today the United States is poised for 3 percent growth, which would make our economy the strongest of the other richest economies, including Canada and Germany. Other influential studies, cited in a recent column by Fareed Zakaria, show that debt in the U.S. financial sector, relative to GDP, has declined to levels not seen since before the 2000 bubble. And consumer confidence is now at its highest levels since September 2007. The housing market is also slowly coming back. While there is still an enormous amount to do to assure a recovery, the president deserves credit for a steady hand during this dangerous and unpredictable time.

via Why I Am Endorsing President Barack Obama «

Mitt Romney Can Kiss Chris Christie’s Fat Ass

A harried-looking New Jersey Governor Chris Christie showed up on Fox & Friends this morning, and the concerned geniuses there immediately got to the important question, while he explained the massive destruction all around him: Would he be having a nice photo op of the devastation of his state with Republican standardbearer His Lord High Hairgel Mittens of Romney?

via Mitt Romney Can Kiss Chris Christie’s Fat Ass.