Mitt: Not His Father’s Romney

As Mitt Romney desperately seeks to win the Michigan primary invoking the memory of his father with glossy TV ads it is relevant to consider the bolder and more progressive man George Romney was. As a businessman his success rested on the pursuit of more fuel-efficient cars. He was a Republican governor who dared to give his state’s public workers collective bargaining rights for the first time ever. He was a man who saw the need to create a state income tax to provide benefits for Michigan’s least fortunate. And he fearlessly opposed the rise of right wing ideology within his own party.

Today, the irony is that Mitt Romney would encourage his rich friends to run negative ads against his own father if they were rivals.

But if he makes it to the general election, being more like his Dad would attract independents.

The contrast between father and son reveals less about Mitt Romney’s state of mind than it does about America’s. If Mitt has a tin ear for the concerns of the needy, if he goes along with the rightward turn of his party, he is simply mirroring the disturbing transformations of American business and politics in recent decades. In his public and private careers, the younger Romney has emulated the retreat of corporate elites and the Republican Party from the model of economic partnership and cross-party compromise that the elder Romney exemplified. At a moment when America needs both business innovation and effective oversight, vigorous growth as well as economic fairness, we would be better off with George, rather than Mitt, in the White House. — Jacob S. Hacker, Yale professor, and Paul Pierson, University of California at Berkeley professor (The Cap Times)

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65 thoughts on “Mitt: Not His Father’s Romney”

  1. Mitt sure is trying to pander to the tea party people here in Michigan. Sad what politicans do to get elected.

  2. Corey, you were our eyes and ears, and a keen observer, in the 2008 Michigan primary. Hope you can keep us posted this time, pal. Choke it up and go to some events for us!

  3. Corey

    Yeah Corey what Craig said. Does Michigan have an open primary?

  4. I thought it was just a campaign slogan when Manboobs – said he was nudie without the baggage. True dat. Sanctimonious is not on his third marriage but he does have all the other outrageous craptastic nonsense that is completely irrelevant to the everyday lives of most Americans or hurts them.

    His views on women, women’s health and the role of contraception are laughable. He is another gooper who makes up stuff to support his fake arguments

    The media should be calling him out everyday for his lies
    Abstinence as a policy does NOTHING to prevent teenagers from having sex. It merely makes it more likely to result in a pregnancy. Another failed Bush policy.

    Some journalist needs to point out that Ricky is Nudie without the wives but including all the bad policy and we really have to wonder who Ricky earned some of that 3 million from — an energy start-up could it be — a failed energy start up another Sylindra with Ricky as it’s financial political guide

    where are those tax returns Ricky boy?

    And Mary Matalin arguing that Ricky boy’s views are his own and he wouldn’t enforece his religious views on others
    kind of hard to make that case when he just stepped all over insurance requirements based on his religious beliefs

    as usual both are liars

  5. Craig,

    As was the case with George W Bush, it doesn’t come as a shock that the more conservative son comes off as a small embittered politician in the shadow of their more competant and princpled fathers.

    The elder Romney is just another example of what a
    politician looks like when they want to hold office to help the country and not just grow their bank accounts.

    I think the corpse of George Romney is a better candidate than his son at this point.

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  7. “The media should be calling him out everyday for his lies
    Abstinence as a policy does NOTHING to prevent teenagers from having sex. It merely makes it more likely to result in a pregnancy.”

    KGC, The whole republican philosophy on contraception and birth control has religious overtones.
    They think that you should go out and sow your wild oats and then pray to God for a crop failure. 😳

  8. I can just see those right wing men giving their daughters a bottle of aspirin and then loading their shotguns to prepare for the wedding.

  9. Yes yes yes. George Romney was a great man and a very popular governor. I lived so close to the Michigan border I followed Michigan politics and happenings more than I did those of my native northern Indiana. I was too young to follow the nuances of collective bargaining issues but not too young to pay close attention to that war which I was eventually sent to. And George Romney was too smart to fall into the bullshit trap people like McNamara were promulgating. He sorted it out. He was an extremely popular governor. His son is an out-of-touch capitalist degenerate with zero tolerance for poor people or wage earners. It’s all in front of you, voters…REJECT MITT ROMNEY, that pompous son of a bitch.

  10. I respect Ricky’s right to his point of view… however, IMO, he’s a little bit nutty… and not even a hint of rock’n’roll.

    Hi Renee, Rick too..
    Glad you two are vacationing..Wish it was somewhere near so i could treat you two to a nice dinner. 😆 I try and listen to Morning Joe online in the morning while i read..This morning was particularly silly with Mika playing the role of good respectful liberal..I respect anyones right to their opinion, yep, even the HATER Santorum but i do not respect him! I’m really lovin the Republican sideshow though, couldn’t happen to a more deserving crowd..

  11. What Did Mitt Romney Do During Baptism Conversion Ceremonies of The Dead, Why Did he Do It & Who was Baptized?

    by Taylor Marsh

    TM NOTE: Let me add here what I said during a conversation on Twitter. Does the media get to choose which politicians get asked tough questions about his or her religion and what questions will be asked? The traditional media was all over candidate Obama about Jeremiah Wright, which I covered extensively as well. There is absolutely no reason not to ask what are obvious questions of Mitt Romney, especially given the backdrop of the Weisel revelations and subsequent apology by the Mormon Church. Cable talking heads are uncomfortable asking about Romney’s religion why, exactly? If religion is going to be a seminal part of our political process, which Rush and Sean Hannity make it daily, as do talking heads like Joe Scarborough, making wild links between contraceptive mandate and female Southern Baptist deacons being mandated by the fed, then honest questions are worth asking of Mr. Romney. annity brings up Rev. Jeremiah Wright still, so why is Mr. Romney’s prior involvement in baptizing the dead not an appropriate question and topic to explore? Disclosure: my husband Mark is a recovering Mormon and has six children, all Mormon, whom I love dearly.

  12. Obama poised to win 2012 election with 303 electoral votes: The Signal Forecast
    By David Rothschild & Chris Wilson

    With fewer than nine months to go before Election Day, The Signal predicts that Barack Obama will win the presidential contest with 303 electoral votes to the Republican nominee’s 235.
    How do we know? We don’t, of course. Campaigns and candidates evolve, and elections are dynamic events with more variables than can reasonably be distilled in an equation. But the data–based on a prediction engine created by Yahoo! scientists–suggest a second term is likely for the current president. This model does not use polls or prediction markets to directly gauge what voters are thinking. Instead, it forecasts the results of the Electoral College based on past elections, economic indicators, measures of state ideology, presidential approval ratings, incumbency, and a few other politically agnostic factors.

  13. NJ Assembly Passes Gay Marriage Bill

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Assembly on Thursday passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriages, setting the stage for an expected veto by Gov. Chris Christie.

    The 42-33 vote sends the bill to Christie, who won’t take immediate action. The Republican governor who opposes gay marriage had promised “very swift action” if the bill passed both houses of the Legislature, but the Assembly isn’t required to send the bill to his desk until the close of business Friday. The Senate approved the bill Monday.

    “Without question this is a historic day in the state of New Jersey,” Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver said after the vote. She said she had never been more proud of the Democratic caucus for doing “what citizens sent us here to do: to deliberate, to use the legislative process to represent the interests of all New Jerseyans.”

    Steven Goldstein, chairman of the gay rights group Garden State Equality, echoed the speaker’s sentiments.

    “Today, the Legislature has brought us to the promised land,” said Goldstein. “We know the governor won’t let us enter, but we finally behold the view of our dreams and we will never turn back.”

    Yep, the Republican governor Christi will veto the bill and continue to discriminate, prick! No surprise..This Independent will never vote Republican, thanks Gov. Christi for reminding me what your party represents..

  14. Pursed Lips Morgan can’t let go of the Whitney Houston story
    and of course he pursues the most speculative of story lines.
    Why doesn’t CNN go whole hog and have Pursed Lips and Nancy Graceless anchor the coverage of the funeral

  15. Tonyb, Enough with the copy-and-paste routine please! Is this a blog for comments or just a wire feed??? And yes, we know how to find Taylor Marsh if we need to, without you flacking her every utterance.

  16. Stinky and I bought a 1965 Rambler American from George Romney’s company. She was mighty proud of that car. I wouldn’t buy shit from his son.

  17. Boba..speak for yourself. I kinda like the Cliffs Notes. And that’s what they make the page down for..if you don’t.

  18. I agree, Carol. Tony keeps the quote and his related comment less than a screen long. It’s easy for me to read the short quote and his comment all in one shot.

  19. “Tonyb, Enough with the copy-and-paste routine please! Is this a blog for comments or just a wire feed??? And yes, we know how to find Taylor Marsh if we need to, without you flacking her every utterance.”

    Not to put too fine a point on it, but we are all here by choice, and we read only what we choose. Kind’a the way it works. 😉

  20. Not to put too fine a point on it, but we are all here by choice, and we read only what we choose. Kind’a the way it works.

    Oh man, for sure! Its all about choice..Hope you and yours are having a nice evening…

  21. Just to get back to sex where all the interest seems to be today … Would someone please explain to me why most human beings seem to think all of the males are supposed to be expert and adept while women are most valuable when ignorant and inexperienced …. how does that work again?

  22. Jamie,
    Excellent, yes why?? Could it be that males are in control of the media and set the agenda? Glad you posted and soooo true..

  23. so why is Mr. Romney’s prior involvement in baptizing the dead not an appropriate question and topic to explore?

    LOL, Maybe Mz Marsh, because it is none of your fricking business and it has squat to do with his ability to govern.
    Does Obama engage in ritualized cannibalism when he goes to church, I know Ricky baby does but how about Obama?

    But seriously, the quote above is just one of several really bad shit I’ve seen about Mormonism today as I scanned headlines. One that stuck in my mind “How you can keep the Mormon Church from baptising you after you are dead?” There is starting to be a lot of really silly bigoted stuff out there.


  24. Jamie,
    I’m not sure about your question. But you have it right.
    Just never were enough ‘nice girls’ to go around.

    One thing thing is becoming increasingly clear however,
    when it comes to health care in general the republican mantra seems to be pay as you go. When it comes to contraception they believe in pray as you come. 😉

  25. Jamie..I keep waiting for Phyllis Schlafly to raise her ugly head up again. Is she still kicking?

  26. Or as Tina asks, “What’s love got to do with it?”


  27. LOL, Maybe Mz Marsh, because it is none of your fricking business and it has squat to do with his ability to govern.

    “has squat to do with his ability to govern”.I agree with you!” I was baptized in the Mormon religion and i get the thinking of Mormons as a cult BS..Mormons are no more a cult than any other religion..Each religion has their own tenets and practices.. Romneys religious practices mean squat to me but maybe to others its of value..

  28. I hope the debate moderators ask Sanctimonious some questions about sex and Nudie too. And I want detail. Plus written and notarized statements from their various partners

    For all we know Sanctimonious just had the seven kids to justify all the sex. I want to hear from his wife that neither of them enjoyed it at any time.

    Mittens mother was also a better person. What about Mitt’s siblings are they jerks as well or is he the only one and if so what happened?

  29. Tony…keep posting your links. I’ve said before that this is one of the best features of this site.

  30. corey – Glad you live in a state where “the trees are the right heighth.” (How tall is that, exactly?) I’m surprised he didn’t say he liked the state because, except for the UP, it was shaped like a Mitten.

    Best analysis of Mitt’s style so far was on Tweety’s show last night. Someone compared him to a Conehead from SNL, trying to convince others they were human.

    A good weekend to all.

  31. I also heard that Mitt Romey’s wife is going to be speaking at a $40 a plate luncheon in Hudsonville tomorrow. That’s about 20 minutes from here. It seems that Santorum and Romney are pandering their base and bashing Obama and unions here in Michigan.

  32. Soledad OBrien would not let Sanctimonious press secretary give a speech however she missed an opportunity to ask the woman about Manboob’s contradictory stances.

    The press secretary claimed Sanctimonious did not allow his religious views to inform public policy — what a lot of hooey

    Ms OBrien was too busy asking about the 9 point gap between Mittens and Ricky with Republican women

    I have heard that 1850’s throwback say a million times he does not leave his faith at the door of the legislature

  33. Tony…
    you are soooooo gracious… I wanted to rip boobado a new one. But in honor of both you and Craig, I won’t. And next time, Rick and I will take you to dinner.

    hey Corey… good to see you here.

  34. Thanks Renee! Good to see you and everyone else, too!I see there was a tehnical glitch here last night. No wonder I couldn’t get on here! Michigan is the center of attention here, but it’s just for Conservatives and Republicans. Which is probably 90% of the people where I live! :(

  35. I’m surprised Santorum hasn’t embraced public funding for female genital mutilation; certainly don’t want women enjoying intercourse for enjoyment’s sake.

  36. I wonder how many hours of groping and searching went on in the back seats of cars looking for that fu–ing aspirin? :roll:

  37. Somewhat belatedly I have realized that Mitt/Mutt/Mittens-in-any-case-not-George Romney doesn’t even look like a real person–

    he looks like an oldtime square-jawed comic strip character–Dick Tracy or Steve Canyon or some such–

    Never did know of either of them flip-flopping on principles though–

  38. Meanwhile a friend posted this link–and I could only think what a whining self-pitying bigot it is

    If the intertubez are to be believed, Buchanan has been photographed lately with loud & proud white supremacists–

    guess he finally has decided to don the robe & hood he’s long worn in the eyes of a whole lot of people–

    As for his rhetoric: as a southerner I’ve heard similar BS, even in my immediate family, for the whole of my half-century of life. The only difference in Buchanan and those I’ve heard is that he uses storeboughten fifty-cent words to express himself.

  39. Ah, Dick Tracey using his wrist radio to do good. Romney probably doesn’t even carry his own phone.

    If challenged to use the capabilities of a smart phone he would probably be left speechless as was Bush-the-Elder when he was faced with a supermarket scanner.

    Can’t imagine that he carries his own billfold, either. Romney the Imperious.

  40. Have to say that as I sign online petitions protesting that travesty of a panel on birth control and harangue my pandering GOoPers in Congress about same, I miss Patsi like hell–

  41. Pat Buchanan Fires Back After Being Sacked at MSNBC

    by Taylor Marsh

    I’ve read several of Mr. Buchanan’s books. His latest did not make my reading list, because the subject matter of it and the blurbs provided were offensive to me, so I wasn’t going to spend valuable time away from other reading to include it on a list that grows ever longer by the week. So I can’t opine about what has been written and said about it.

    What I think Buchanan is missing in the piece he writes today is that nobody is saying he cannot say what he said. The outcome, however, does render a verdict.

    If my book is racist and anti-Semitic, how did Sean Hannity, Erin Burnett, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Megyn Kelly, Lou Dobbs, and Ralph Nader miss that? How did Charles Payne, African-American host on Fox radio, who has interviewed me three times, fail to detect its racism? How did Michael Medved miss its anti-Semitism?

    The list of people he names as proof his book isn’t “racist and anti-Semitic” is interesting. It’s just not very long.

  42. Introducing the Bob McDonnell Transvaginal Probe, Hand Crafted by Republicans

    by Taylor Marsh

    Virginia hasn’t changed much for women since I first lived here and had to cross state lines to get a legal procedure, otherwise known as an abortion. I’ve talked about this before and do in my book in the chapter “Is Freedom Just for Men?” I did so for a reason, which now seems positively prescient and I’m proud to say so.

    I was safe once I got to New York, but in 2012, women aren’t safe in Bob McDonnell’s Virginia.

    Bob McDonnell is hoping for a spot on Mitt Romney’s ticket, but right now Mr. Romney has bigger problems than an anchor like Transvaginal Probe Bob, the man who is gnashing his teeth to sign a bill that codifies rape with a wand into Virginia law.

    Republicans actually think this will work up against Barack Obama and Joe Biden? Republicans are the dumbest men on the planet.

  43. Moochers Against Welfare

    Many readers of The Times were, therefore, surprised to learn, from an excellent article published last weekend, that the regions of America most hooked on Mr. Santorum’s narcotic — the regions in which government programs account for the largest share of personal income — are precisely the regions electing those severe conservatives. Wasn’t Red America supposed to be the land of traditional values, where people don’t eat Thai food and don’t rely on handouts?

  44. The Electoral Wasteland

    Thus, the New York Times poll of this week found that all voters, by a 66 to 26 ratio, support the federal requirement that private health care plans cover the full cost of birth control for female patients. Among women, support is 72-20. And with Catholics, it’s 67-25. Yes, Catholics are slightly more liberal than the population at large.

    Other polls show a huge majority of Americans want to raise taxes on the rich, favor the planned withdrawal from Afghanistan and believe the earth is warming because of human action.

    Yet the Republican front-runner of the moment, Rick Santorum, is with the minority on each of these issues, and Mitt Romney is a near match.

    So, given how out of sync these two candidate are with the rest of the country, how could they be the front-runners? It’s simple: Look at who is voting, a nation unto itself.

  45. Alta Devices, Maker of Highest Efficiency Solar Panel, Working With Military

    Alta Devices President and CEO Christopher Norris told TPM in a telephone interview that the company has just begun working on demonstrating its equipment in a “small pilot line” of solar panels at the company’s headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, but that it already had spurred great interest from industry and government.

    The small pilot line will produce about 2 megawatts of power, Norris told TPM, enough to power about 600 homes. But comparing Alta’s panels to standard fossil fuel power plant alternatives is a bit misleading, because the company isn’t looking to replace fossil plants or fuel sources, but rather go where they cannot.

  46. Erin Burnett: Worst of the worst

    The Iranian Threat by CNN’s Erin Burnett (“frightening,” she observed). I barely know what to say about it — the critiques of media fear-mongering I wrote the last two days apply in spades to this — but it really just mocks itself. It’s the sort of thing you would produce if you set out to create a mean-spirited parody of mindless, war-hungry, fear-mongering media stars, but you wouldn’t dare go this far because you’d want the parody to have a feel of realism to it, and this would be way too extreme to be believable. She really hauled it all out: WMDs! Terrorist sleeper cells in the U.S. controlled by Tehran! Iran’s long-range nuclear missiles reaching our homeland!!!! She almost made the anti-Muslim war-mongering fanatic she brought on to interview, Rep. Peter King, appear sober and reasonable by comparison.

  47. Just a reminder the Academy Awards are a week from Sunday. If you want in, the ballot is below. Just delete the ones you don’t want and email the choices to me at webthings at comcast dot net


    Best picture?

    “The Artist”
    “The Descendants”
    “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
    “The Help”
    “Midnight in Paris”
    “The Tree of Life”
    “War Horse”

    Best actor?

    Demián Bichir in “A Better Life”
    George Clooney in “The Descendants”
    Jean Dujardin in “The Artist”
    Gary Oldman in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
    Brad Pitt in “Moneyball”

    Best actress?

    Glenn Close in “Albert Nobbs”
    Viola Davis in “The Help”
    Rooney Mara in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
    Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady”
    Michelle Williams in “My Week with Marilyn”

    Best supporting actor?

    Kenneth Branagh in “My Week with Marilyn”
    Jonah Hill in “Moneyball”
    Nick Nolte in “Warrior”
    Christopher Plummer in “Beginners”
    Max von Sydow in “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

    Best supporting actress?

    Bérénice Bejo in “The Artist”
    Jessica Chastain in “The Help”
    Melissa McCarthy in “Bridesmaids”
    Janet McTeer in “Albert Nobbs”
    Octavia Spencer in “The Help”

    Best director?

    Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”
    Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”
    Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life”
    Alexander Payne, “The Descendants”
    Martin Scorsese, “Hugo”

    Tie Breaker: How many oscars will the Best Picture winner receive?

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