Monday, April 23, 2012

Dog Days



It isn't August, but the "dog days" have really heated up with the Romney camp digging into Obama's Dreams of My Father for some "red meat" to throw to the crowd.  This after the Obama camp focused on Romney's infamous 1983 vacation in which Mitt strapped Seamus (albeit in a dog carrier) to the top of the family wagon.  It is kind of hard to compare a 30-something-year-old man strapping a family dog to the roof and a five-year-old boy being given a fuzzy story about "you are what you eat" by his step-father as he feeds him dog meat, but leave it to the Romney camp to inflate this into tabloid news.  I have to wonder how the SPCA weighs in on the matter?

13 comments:

  1. I think the subtext here is linking Obama with an Islamist stepfather through the dog meat story. The Romboids know that this is more juicy than eating dog meat. Not that we haven't been down this road before, but it would be a shame to have persons forget.

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  2. Great photo!

    We all know that Obama is not one of us. He eats dog? What else is new? As John Powers said at the LA Book Festival, no amount of facts will change people's minds.

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  3. Shriftcat shared this one with me,

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/28/eric-fehrnstrom-auto-bailout-mitt-romney_n_1461805.html

    Tell that one to the folks of Michigan.

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  4. David Gergen was saying the other day that Romney hasn't quite learned how to hit a major league fastball yet, after playing in the AAA with Newt, Santorum and Paul. I guess this his campaign's idea of a curve ball, the only problem is that he is on record on saying let the auto companies go bankrupt. He may have meant "managed bankruptcy," but that isn't what the Obama administration did. They put GM and Chrysler into receivership and gave them the opportunity to buy themselves out of debt, which they have done.

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  5. Thanks! I honestly didn't get what they were saying since Romney had said let them eat cake. I mean go bankrupt. He really does like to take both sides of an issue. Amazing.

    I have never been a big fan of American cars -- I've had too many of them fail on me -- but to let an entire industry die at the same time everything else around them was collapsing seemed a bit much. And it seems like this loan from the taxpayers has paid dividends tenfold.

    The country doesn't seem to have much appetite for an industrial policy, but some industries have such a large footprint or ripple effect it seems like that's where the tax benefits and other perks of government should go rather than to subsidizing oil that creates very few domestic jobs.

    Watched a rerun of the PBS special on the 1929 crash. The more things change the more they stay the same.

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  6. I saw a rerun of the Romney aide making that argument on t.v. tonight. And no one sitting with him there even laughed. Hard to believe they think Americans are that stupid, but Republicans have gotten away with turning peoples' strengths into weaknesses before, so I guess anything is possible!

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  7. He got pounded on this issue in the primaries, which makes it all the more amusing to see the Repugs let Romboid's campaign chief trying to pass this one off as a factoid. But, the Repugs have been lying to themselves for a long time now. Not one of them has stepped forward to apologize or in any way take blame for the economic crisis of 2008. Too busy trying to pass the blame to Clinton's HUD policies. As I remember it was Bush who was peddling "the ownership society," but I guess he didn't mean the lower 98%. Of course, we can't blame Bush anymore for his failed policies ; )

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  8. Well that's the republican play book -- take your opponent's strongest suit (death of bin Laden and survival of GM) and turn it into a weakness.

    Here's another book idea -- I had never heard of him before, but he was on the "boys on the bus" panel in L.A. Trying to understand the roots of liberalism:

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Cause-American-Liberalism-Roosevelt/dp/0670023434

    Caro's book is also available now. Shall we set a date?

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  9. It takes about 3 weeks for me to get the book, so how about June 15?

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  10. Next thing you know, the Romney camp will be claiming the Obama administration followed their plan in bringing down bin Laden,

    http://news.yahoo.com/mitt-romney-takes-manhattan-eats-pizza-visits-firefighters-212116215--abc-news-politics.html

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  11. Leave it to the Mittster to flub a joke,

    http://news.yahoo.com/mitt-romney-makes-fun-obama-campaign-slogan-during-012631360--abc-news-politics.html

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