Thursday Thoughts

At last, Dennis Kucinich has decided to “retire” at the end of this session.   Yes, he was defeated in his primary by another Democrat, but he was also considering a run in Washington state.   While there were some activists who were “pleading with him” to run there, as it turned out that the majority of voters, and local party officials were … lukewarm … to the idea.    While this is disappointing to the purity brigade, it’s something they brought on themselves.  Kucinich isn’t the only example, and what has been interesting is how many of the “progressive heroes” have gone down to defeat in primaries against another Democrat – and in particular, another incumbent.  This, if anything, is a demonstration of how far the purists need to go to get anywhere near the clout they claimed they have.

Mitt Romney is … not happy … with the Obama campaign’s highlighting his record at Bain:

Using what’s called a “leveraged buyout,” Romney and his investors would take control of a successful business, paying only a fraction of the total price. The rest would be paid for by loading the company up with debt, using the firm they were buying as collateral—so ultimately the company, not Romney, would be responsible for paying back the debt.

Mitt’s response?

“They said, ‘Oh gosh, Gov. Romney at Bain Capital closed down a steel factory,'” Romney told Morrissey. “Their problem, of course, is that the steel factory closed down two years after I left Bain Capital. I was no longer there, so that’s hardly something that should be on my watch.”

Just ignore that he was in charge when all those things that led to the bankruptcy and closing happened!  But he left before the results of his actions became clear, so he’s not to blame!  Yes, way to deflect there, Mitt.   What’s amusing about this is that Mitt had been using his “experiences” there to portray himself as a “job creator” and how he could use that experience as President.  Then again, he’s not real big on letting people know his “plans”  for the country, either. Because most of them turn out to be pretty much the way he ran Bain:   Lots of debt rung up, but good for he and his friends.

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  1. Vic78

    There was a reason it seemed that other Republicans hated him in 2008. The other guys weren’t that bad.

    • Mitt’s response is telling, in that he’s ducking any hint of responsibility. He’s like a surgeon who performs a surgery, and is off on vacation when the surgery turns out to be botched. Since he “wasn’t there” when things “went wrong,” it’s “not his fault.”

      • Vic78

        What I sense in Mitt is that it seems as if he is devoid of decency. Bush and Dole at least came across as decent people. I’ve never seen a frontrunner come across as someone that would disgust me as much as Mitt.

        It seems as if it doesn’t bother him when those people lost their jobs and/or benefits. He shouldn’t be in any position of responsibility.

        • Exactly, which is what hurts Romney. While I disagreed with Bush (both of them) and Dole on policies and actions, I never felt like “gee, this guy just doesn’t give a damn about anyone but himself.” I do get that feeling from Romney.

          • Kerry Reid

            I agree. George W. Bush could at least fake empathy to some extent (unless you were Karla Faye Tucker), so he could sell that “compassionate conservative” load of horse-hockey to people who weren’t paying attention. And the economy was still in fairly decent shape during the 2000 election cycle, so I think people in the middle with Clinton fatigue figured “Eh, what could go wrong if we let a moderate GOPer in there?” and the Third-Party Purity Brigade went with their usual lack of imagination and acumen and voted for Nader.

            But Romney’s flat-out weird lack of affect and inappropriate displays (giggling during the apology about the bullying) just seems beyond Al Gore stiff and wooden. It’s creepy.

        • nathkatun7

          Thanks Vic78 for expressing so well the way I feel about Willard “Mitt” Romney.

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  3. aquagranny911

    The Mittster is seriously creepy & a hot mess that the GOP will have to choke down. I’ve already given my opinion & my reasons here for believing he has a form of Aspergers Syndrome so I won’t repeat myself. He can’t even seriously try to fake being a human in the ‘normal’ range.

    The media has been letting him slide & supporting his sorry ass but that will not continue. He has already started shunning the press & they will not like that at all in the coming days.

    It’s going to get real tough for him and I don’t think the Repugs have enough dollars in the world to buy this muppet the Presidency.

    • I think that might be a possibility, but what also comes across is a rather impressive superiority complex. Given the sheltered bubble of privilege he’s lived in his entire life, it’s clear he feels that the presidency is his “just due,” if only we peons would recognize that.

  4. Alan Scott

    Norbrook ,

    You mischaracterize the role of Bain and Romney . Most of the companies they took over were dying . Like a Doctor who only treats advanced heart disease patients that no one else will touch . Romney and Bain would make the changes that gave these companies the best chance to live . Some did and others did not .

    Anyway I find your comparisons of Bush, Dole, and Romney very instructive . Not from the viewpoint of who they are and were.

    • Since I used to work in the medical field, let me use your analogy. Bain wasn’t taking over patients no one would touch. Bain was taking over patients while preventing other doctors from looking at them. Then, Bain would use the patient’s credit cards to finance their “treatments,” while making sure their fees were paid first.

      After a while, Bain would then decide that another, healthy patient would “benefit” by having all the organs from the diseased patient – who was now broke and even sicker from Bain’s treatments – transplanted into them. Oh, and of course, have the healthy patient take out more credit cards to pay for the transplants and pay Bain’s fees. A few years later, the healthy patient dies, has no money, in fact the estate has to claim bankruptcy and leave the lenders holding the bag, and the wife and children end up on welfare, because all the money went to pay for his “treatments.”

      Now the lead surgeon, Romney, before the patient dies, has moved to a different hospital, and is now practicing elsewhere. But, when anyone asks him about his treatment of the original patient and the other patient, claims he had nothing to do with their deaths, because after all, the patients died a year or two after he left. But remember, no matter what happened to the patient, the surgeon made sure they got paid, and paid well, for it.

  5. Alan Scott

    Norbrook ,

    ” Since I used to work in the medical field, let me use your analogy. Bain wasn’t taking over patients no one would touch. Bain was taking over patients while preventing other doctors from looking at them. ”

    Bain prevented others from helping these dying companies, how ?