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The Fix: Huge (Sort of) in Michigan!

Is all publicity good publicity?

Check out the latest web offering from the Michigan Democratic Party in which The Fix is prominently featured (and not in a good way) for our analysis in the Veepstakes Line of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney's economic bona fides.

Why put up a web ad attacking a non-candidate? Web advertising is cheap and, due to the viral nature of videos, has the potential to impact the race at a level well above its costs. Second, Romney has roots from Michigan and the state is among the small handful both sides believe will be extremely competitive in the fall. Third, The Fix = web traffic!

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 23, 2008; 6:07 PM ET
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I see John McCain winning Michigan without the help of Mitt Romney, as a Democrat, I could vote for a McCain/Pawlenty ticket. I have traveled to Michigan many times this year and I really see McCain winning Michigan, Obama will probably win Detroit, but that is the septic tank of the state, rural vote will override Detroit vote. I am a Democrat, and I want McCain in the White House, Obama is a joke/fairy tale, and not worthy to be in the Oval Office.
BLUE VOTER, VOTING RED.

Posted by: Victor Flores | July 26, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

I think it would be a mistake to pick Romney as his running mate. The Republicans choose the last sitting VP as the next person to run for the presidency and too many people rejected Romney the first time out. The only states where he did really well were the western ones, where McCain will win anyway, plus MI, MN and MA. MA and MN are too liberal to choose McCain.

MI might be a toss-up if it weren't for the fact that we are bleeding to death here from job loss and a foreclosure crisis ignored by the media because we aren't California. In this election, it will be the economy on MI voters' minds, not foreign policy or immigration (illegal Canadians aren't particularly noticeable).

Posted by: Ann | July 25, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse


THE CONSTITUTION DISCARDED:
EXPOSE THE 'MECHANICS OF PERSONAL DESTRUCTION.'
PEOPLE ARE BEING RUINED.


Chris:

There is a constitutional crisis in this country. This is the charge: The rule of law has broken down on the local level across the nation. Organized groups of private citizens, tacitly and materially supported by elements of the power structure at multiple levels, are bypassing the legal system. The charge is that this extra-legal militia is patrolling the streets, stalking and harassing, allegedly inflicting physical harm upon persons targeted by this extra-legal control mechanism, which denies them their constitutionally protected right of due process under the law.

Even uniformed police are reported to have been intimidated by this network of extra-legal control, using volunteer citizens as the "street muscle."

Victims say that in addition to being physically harassed, their property is being vandalized; their privacy is being invaded; their mail is intercepted, financial and billing statement altered, family finances decimated; and their physical well-being has been compromised, using hi-tech modes of physical punishment.

Victims charge that a network of bureaucratic programs appears to work in tandem with this extra-legal control mechanism.

THESE PROGRAMS MAY BE RESPONSIBLE IN PART FOR THE CRISIS IN THE MORTGAGE AND CREDIT MARKETS.

Some of the agencies looking into those matters may have long-standing knowledge of these programs.

President Clinton often talked about "the politics of personal destruction." Hillary Clinton warned against the "vast right-wing conspiracy," a concern she reaffirmed, albeit in milder descriptive language, in her autobiography, "Living History."

The network of programs and policies that are allegedly circumventing the judicial system, violating constitutional rights and meting out vigilante justice, might collectively be termed the MECHANICS of personal destruction.

It's alleged to be happening all over, in virtually every city and town and county in the nation -- including right there in Washington and in bedroom communities across the river.

It is the rule of the jungle supplanting the rule of law. And there is testimony that horrific, silent and potentially deadly microwave, laser and x-ray weapons -- "directed energy weapons" which are replacing traditional armaments -- are being used by rogue elements to slowly degrade the health and destroy the livelihoods of targeted persons.

I wonder aloud whether Bill and Hillary Clinton weren't trying to warn the rest of us about an evil that even the power of the presidency could not keep in check.

I know your beat is politics. Chris. But politics, and the entire electoral process, is being marginalized, relegated to little more than window dressing, as true power is stolen away by a neo-fascist element that has found a way to seize the reins of power and authority. It is analogous to what John Dean called "a cancer" -- not just on the presidency, but on the entire body politic.

Amazing as it sounds, this powerful apparatus appears to exist under the radar of most elected members of Congress. Those who should know, perhaps they believe such activity, so-called "black ops," exists to target "terrorists," so-called enemies of the state. They naively refuse to believe that these programs, over time, appear to have morphed into a vast system of extra-legal vigilante control not unlike the East German Stasi, the KKK of the old South, the Gestapo of the Nazi Third Reich -- and that these programs effectively deny American citizens their constitutional rights.

This appears to be nothing less than neo-fascism under the guise of "national security" and "keeping America safe." And liberals and progressives, arguably disproportionately targeted by these programs, naively insist that "it can't happen here." Among the most complicit in this regard: the national mainstream media. Only the Libertarians seem to perceive the threat.

Whoever is elected the next president will inherit these programs. That person, if he learns of such programs, is likely to be told of their necessity and propriety -- that such an extra-legal control mechanism, using citizen vigilantes as street "muscle" and extra-legal programs targeting financial resources, can co-exist with democracy. In fact, this extra-legal control mechanism is destroying our democracy; much damage already has been done. Individuals and families are being slowly destroyed. Some call it a "silent holocaust" due to its clandestine nature and the use of silent, invisible directed energy technology.

I've written about this neo-fascist threat based on first-hand experience. I post this here because I know that the national media reads this blog. I do so at risk to my personal well-being. But I do so because there is a crisis in our nation; the boil must be lanced before the national body politic becomes fatally infected.

Here are the links to two articles I've written about this imminent danger to our constitutional democracy. I urge you and your colleagues to study this issue, do some research, and start asking some tough questions, starting with the Department of Homeland Security:

"Mr. Chertoff, are you aware that many Americans believe they have been the victims of so-called community or gang stalking, possibly perpetrated by persons equipped and trained by federally funded volunteer programs under your charge? Have you heard of such reports, and are you investigating to ensure that these programs and their resources are not being misused?"

That would be a good place to start. I believe it goes much deeper; but the curative process must begin before more Americans are seriously damaged by this descent from the rule of law to the nihilist rule of the jungle.

A FINAL NOTE: My communications are subject to constant disruption. I would appreciate it if Fix readers would forward the links below to people you know at the ALCU.org, CCRjustice.org, or any other group that could help. I can't do this alone; and I have put myself at some risk already.

IF YOU VALUE THE RULE OF LAW AND THE
RIGHT OF DUE PROCESS, PLEASE CLICK HERE:


http://www.nowpublic.com/world/vigilante-injustice-organized-gang-stalking-american-gestapo-are-they-doing-hi-tech-torture?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/zap-have-you-been-targeted-directed-energy-weapon-victims-organized-gang-stalking-say-its-happening-usa-1

Posted by: scrivener | July 25, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

Willard, We Hardly Knew Ye


Rumors are mounting that Sen. McCain will tap former Massachusetts Gov. Willard "Mitt" Romney as his running mate as soon as Wednesday of this week. Rural Americans can learn what we in rural Massachusetts found out between 2002 and 2006: Mitt Happens.

Torrential rains pelted New England during mid-October 2005 and left a path of destruction in their wake for many rural towns in Massachusetts. In the hilltown hamlet of Middlefield (pop. 542), Clark Wright Road was washed away as well as a bridge over Glendale Brook. In Franklin County, Huckle Hill Road in Bernardston (pop. 2,155) disappeared from the floods, causing concern as the road is an alternative evacuation route, should an accident occur at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant across the state line. The neighboring town of Leyden (pop. 772) also saw several roads rendered impassible.

Rising waters also swept away an entire mobile home park in Greenfield, victimizing dozens of residents and leaving them homeless. Springfield television stations captured the surreal scene of thousands of orange pumpkins floating down the Connecticut River from their flooded fields, depriving farmers of an important cash crop soon before Halloween.

As worried highway superintendents and local officials called the governor's office in Boston to request state aid for threatened dams and devastated roads, they found to their dismay that Gov. Mitt Romney was out of state. Making matters worse, Romney issued a statement offering the services of the Massachusetts National Guard to New Hampshire.

Rural voters looking for insight into how Mitt Romney will treat rural America can learn from our experience.

When the Massachusetts Legislature passed a sweeping economic stimulus bill in 2006, Romney vetoed rural broadband access provisions designed to bring high-speed Internet service to the hinterlands. He chopped $3 million for an agricultural innovation center at the University of Massachusetts. Luckily for rural Massachusetts, the House and Senate overrode those vetoes by huge margins.

According the most recent U.S. Census data, more than half the state's 351 cities and towns can be classified as "rural" using the U.S. Department of Agriculture's definition of having a population of 10,000 or less. While the percentage of residents considered rural is 8.6%, we cover a lot of geography and the rural economic engine fuels a significant work force.

Other Republicans like Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell and Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas stepped up to help save dairy farmers in their states, but Mitt Romney turned his back on Bay State dairy producers struggling to stay on the land. He turned a deaf ear to our cranberry growers, whose signature crop contributes more than $50 million in payroll to Massachusetts's workers and employs some 5,500 people.

Mitt Romney has a history of nonsupport for the rural community.

His 2002 gubernatorial campaign detoured around rural Massachusetts as he avoided any talk of closing the digital divide, protecting the working landscapes of our farms and forests or real solutions to encourage rural economic development. As governor-elect, he signaled little interest in having rural voices in his administration. Only one of 97 transition team members was from a rural community.

One month after taking office, Romney created six "regional competitiveness councils" as the cornerstone of his economic revival strategy. Councils included representatives from agriculture, the forest and wood products and tourism sectors and the hope was to devise a strategy for boosting local economies. A year later, Romney dissolved the councils and his director of economic development, who championed the idea, resigned.

Things got much worse for small towns and rural communities as Romney's term progressed. The governor's annual budget shortchanged critical local aid accounts, such as payments in-lieu of taxes, which reimburse communities for tax-exempt state lands and facilities and regional school transportation payments. Rural towns host huge tracts of state forest and park land, which are off the local tax rolls, and rural school districts with almost no commercial tax base had to pay ever-increasing bus and van costs for transporting students across multiple towns, many with dirt roads.

Romney's smart growth initiative penalized rural towns from the outset. Dubbed "Commonwealth Capital", the program placed heavy emphasis in calculating a community's score on such factors as "transit-oriented development" and "commercial infill" even though dozens of rural towns have no public transportation service or town centers with commercial districts. My town of 1,273 has a general store. Period. Romney tied a town's score to its ability to compete for state environmental funds for farmland and open space preservation, programs that had been successful stand-alone entities since the 1970s. Rural towns were shut out because their CommCap scores were so low. And it never got better.

In 2003, with the state in financial turmoil, Gov. Romney's solution to solve the budget crunch was to raise every state fee, including those for gun owners like me. Romney quadrupled to $100 the Firearms Identification card registration and made law-abiding gun owners go through the hassle of being fingerprinted like criminals.


Voters would do well to pay close attention to Mitt Romney's long trail of flip-flops and u-turns on policy positions as he campaigns for a Republican victory. Here in rural Massachusetts, we know better and no amount of those "Farmers 4 Mitt" signs drawn by campaign staffers during the primary season will paper over Romney's abysmal record as governor when it came to helping our Commonwealth's 6,000 commercial farmers, sportsmen and broadband-deprived rural residents.

Posted by: Matt | July 24, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

McCain HAS TO PICK ROMNEY!!!
If not, he's in real trouble.
Posted by: George | July 24, 2008 12:52 PM
___________________________
A long time ago, somewhere back in the stoneage 60's, when this guy McCain had his senses, he got three out of five people that he was flying KILLED, because he did not know how to "juke" a SAM!
Now that he's a borderline aged Dementia, a so called Political Party is going to nominate him for Republican Candidate!
Debate? Against a man that the whole world wants? A man that can chew words into logic?
The only thing this poor old crippled geezer has going for him now is PITY!


Posted by: harried | July 24, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

And here's the Cillizza moment
"* It shouldn't be terribly surprising that Obama delivered a powerful speech on the world stage. After all, this is a guy whose candidacy was launched by his address at the Democratic National Convention in 2004 and propelled at crucial times (particularly his address on race after the Rev. Wright scandal) by his oratorical abilities"
_____________________________________

Really? The Rev. Wright "SCANDAL"!
GEEZ LOUISE!!

Posted by: harried | July 24, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

McCain HAS TO PICK ROMNEY!!!

If not, he's in real trouble.

Posted by: George | July 24, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

this ad is great. i still think that romney will be a big benefit to mccain and i hope mccain doesnt choose him for VP


to see obama live at 1PM
http://sensico.wordpress.com/2008/07/24/watch-obama-live-in-germany/

Posted by: Anonymous | July 24, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Sen. McCain: Please, Please pick Willard Romney. Americans will see him for who he really is....A Phoney Phlip-Phlopper.

Posted by: Gianni St. Angelo | July 24, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Proud I normally appreciate your posts but you think snObama is funny? I mean really? I assumed only the writer and KOZ thought that assinine drivel was funny.

Posted by: GT in China | July 24, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

I am one of the boomers who was around when Mitt's dad was governor. George was really liked by both sides but Mitt is a different story. I didn't remember that Mitt existed i only knew that the gov had kids. Mitt has no cred in MI and because dad was a former gov means nothing to me or my friends.
as to the comment about Barak going to Afganistan all I can say is that listening to news correspondents who have followed McCain over there they have commented that no one of any importance has actually gone into the dangerous zones. McCain as well as congressmen/women, Condi Rice, the Pres and others have all been ushered around to the safe places and all have vests on. I don't know why Obama didn't shake hands of the waiting troops but maybe there is an explanation. He's not dumb and know how important it is to show his support for the troops.
But, back to Michigan...........we are NOT for Mitt Who?

Posted by: cjgrandrapidsmi | July 24, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Scrivener needs a shrink. Really badly. paranoia creeps in...

Posted by: Anonymous | July 24, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

To the paid disinformation specialist posting at 9:25 a.m.:

Thank you for calling more attention to creeping fascism in America. Your careful attentiveness to this issue is noted.

-- Scrivener

Posted by: scrivener | July 24, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse


(CNN) -- One day after it was revealed that Sen. John McCain was to hold a closed-door meeting with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, Jindal said Wednesday that there is no way he will fill the bottom half of the GOP presidential ticket.

"I'm not going to be the vice presidential nominee or vice president," Jindal told Fox News. "I'm going to help Sen. McCain get elected as governor of Louisiana."


Funny--I thought McCain was running for president. But it's just as well. He's clearly demonstrated he's not presidential material, and governor of a corrupt state like Louisiana is more his speed.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 24, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: the next president | July 24, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse


"The average American is much more concerned about spiraling gasoline prices than about Iran's nuclear ambitions. Of all the steps U.S. President George W. Bush has undertaken to solve his country's energy crisis, the rapprochement with Iran has emerged as the most effective of all. At a cost of only one airline ticket for William J. Burns, the U.S. State Department's third-ranking official, the administration in Washington achieved an almost-immediate 12-percent drop in oil prices. [...]"

http://www.warandpiece.com/

Posted by: the reason gas price high--fear of war wiht iran | July 24, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Mitt Romney is a zero. A nothing. A boob.

and Scrivener, you better see a professional. Fast. You are one sick puppy.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 24, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse


THE CONSTITUTION DISCARDED:
EXPOSE THE 'MECHANICS OF PERSONAL DESTRUCTION.'
PEOPLE ARE BEING RUINED.


Chris:

There is a constitutional crisis in this country. This is the charge: The rule of law has broken down on the local level across the nation. Organized groups of private citizens, tacitly and materially supported by elements of the power structure at multiple levels, are bypassing the legal system. The charge is that this extra-legal militia is patrolling the streets, stalking and harassing, allegedly inflicting physical harm upon persons targeted by this extra-legal control mechanism, which denies them their constitutionally protected right of due process under the law.

Even uniformed police are reported to have been intimidated by this network of extra-legal control, using volunteer citizens as the "street muscle."

Victims say that in addition to being physically harassed, their property is being vandalized; their privacy is being invaded; their mail is intercepted, financial and billing statement altered, family finances decimated; and their physical well-being has been compromised, using hi-tech modes of physical punishment.

Victims charge that a network of bureaucratic programs appears to work in tandem with this extra-legal control mechanism.

THESE PROGRAMS MAY BE RESPONSIBLE IN PART FOR THE CRISIS IN THE MORTGAGE AND CREDIT MARKETS.

Some of the agencies looking into those matters may have long-standing knowledge of these programs.

President Clinton often talked about "the politics of personal destruction." Hillary Clinton warned against the "vast right-wing conspiracy," a concern she reaffirmed, albeit in milder descriptive language, in her autobiography, "Living History."

The network of programs and policies that are allegedly circumventing the judicial system, violating constitutional rights and meting out vigilante justice, might collectively be termed the MECHANICS of personal destruction.

It's alleged to be happening all over, in virtually every city and town and county in the nation -- including right there in Washington and in bedroom communities across the river.

It is the rule of the jungle supplanting the rule of law. And there is testimony that horrific, silent and potentially deadly microwave, laser and x-ray weapons -- "directed energy weapons" which are replacing traditional armaments -- are being used by rogue elements to slowly degrade the health and destroy the livelihoods of targeted persons.

I wonder aloud whether Bill and Hillary Clinton weren't trying to warn the rest of us about an evil that even the power of the presidency could not keep in check.

I know your beat is politics. Chris. But politics, and the entire electoral process, is being marginalized, relegated to little more than window dressing, as true power is stolen away by a neo-fascist element that has found a way to seize the reins of power and authority. It is analogous to what John Dean called "a cancer" -- not just on the presidency, but on the entire body politic.

Amazing as it sounds, this powerful apparatus appears to exist under the radar of most elected members of Congress. Those who should know, perhaps they believe such activity, so-called "black ops," exists to target "terrorists," so-called enemies of the state. They naively refuse to believe that these programs, over time, appear to have morphed into a vast system of extra-legal vigilante control not unlike the East German Stasi, the KKK of the old South, the Gestapo of the Nazi Third Reich -- and that these programs effectively deny American citizens their constitutional rights.

This appears to be nothing less than neo-fascism under the guise of "national security" and "keeping America safe." And liberals and progressives, arguably disproportionately targeted by these programs, naively insist that "it can't happen here." Among the most complicit in this regard: the national mainstream media. Only the Libertarians seem to perceive the threat.

Whoever is elected the next president will inherit these programs. That person, if he learns of such programs, is likely to be told of their necessity and propriety -- that such an extra-legal control mechanism, using citizen vigilantes as street "muscle" and extra-legal programs targeting financial resources, can co-exist with democracy. In fact, this extra-legal control mechanism is destroying our democracy; much damage already has been done. Individuals and families are being slowly destroyed. Some call it a "silent holocaust" due to its clandestine nature and the use of silent, invisible directed energy technology.

I've written about this neo-fascist threat based on first-hand experience. I post this here because I know that the national media reads this blog. I do so at risk to my personal well-being. But I do so because there is a crisis in our nation; the boil must be lanced before the national body politic becomes fatally infected.

Here are the links to two articles I've written about this imminent danger to our constitutional democracy. I urge you and your colleagues to study this issue, do some research, and start asking some tough questions, starting with the Department of Homeland Security:

"Mr. Chertoff, are you aware that many Americans believe they have been the victims of so-called community or gang stalking, possibly perpetrated by persons equipped and trained by federally funded volunteer programs under your charge? Have you heard of such reports, and are you investigating to ensure that these programs and their resources are not being misused?"

That would be a good place to start. I believe it goes much deeper; but the curative process must begin before more Americans are seriously damaged by this descent from the rule of law to the nihilist rule of the jungle.

A FINAL NOTE: My communications are subject to constant disruption. I would appreciate it if Fix readers would forward the links below to people you know at the ALCU.org, CCRjustice.org, or any other group that could help. I can't do this alone; and I have put myself at some risk already.

IF YOU VALUE THE RULE OF LAW AND THE
RIGHT OF DUE PROCESS, PLEASE CLICK HERE:


http://www.nowpublic.com/world/vigilante-injustice-organized-gang-stalking-american-gestapo-are-they-doing-hi-tech-torture?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/zap-have-you-been-targeted-directed-energy-weapon-victims-organized-gang-stalking-say-its-happening-usa-1

Posted by: scrivener | July 24, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

"Romney for V.P.", can you explain how Romney turned around the state of Massachusetts? What was wrong with the state that Romney fixed? And if he did such a good job, why was his Lt. Gov defeated by a huge margin in 2006?

Posted by: Blarg | July 24, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Chris, your Politics Section is not working. I am trying to log in with my ID but failed.

If you could contact GOPs and McCain Campaign that McCain Campaign should be quite without issuing any statement or engaging in a nasty conference call, I would be appreciated. McCain Campaign seriously needs to run a long-term campaign, instead of running a daily campaign.

Let them meditate with their spiritual advisors now since someone spelled against Senator McCain as I said earlier. Please let them cancel any further campaign activities until they find peace in their mind.

Let them not to watch news tonight but just meditate, pray, and appreciate. Let them stay home. Please check your on-line security.

Thank you.

Posted by: premier | July 24, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Chris, could you let your WP editors know that your Politics Section is currently being interrupted? It automatically directs readers to contact "Customer Service" asking user name and access ID.

7:58 a.m.

Posted by: Concerned Reader | July 24, 2008 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Some of these posts are pretty interesting and all over the board. Interesting stuff.

I think the Democratic Party is deathly afraid of Romney, that's why the early attack ad on "The Tube." Romney would be a homerun for McCain, if he is wise enough to go that route. Romney rounds out the Republican ticket and adds strength to McCain's weaknesses.

The ignorance of the anti Mormon rhetoric is just as dumb as the anti black rhetoric against the democratic candidate. It won't fly with anyone except a bigot. Those who post that type of stuff need to move on in life.

There are two other choices I wouldn't mind seeing McCain make, but they wouldn't fly with the conservative wing. Joe Lieberman is one and Colin Powell is the other. All in all, Romney would be the logical choice.

Posted by: Capt. Howard | July 24, 2008 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Mitt Romney is uniquely qualified to tackle our country's economic and fiscal issues: devaluation of the dollar, out-of-control spending, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc. Mitt has turned around companies (Staples, Home Depot, etc.), the Olympics, and the State of Massachusetts. When you add to that conservative social values, and an exemplary personal and family life - - He's the best choice for McCain's Number Two.


Mitt Romney has the right qualifications (the only one with non-governmental (Bain, Olympics) leadership experience, a deep-seated faith, a vision for this country's future, and an exemplary personal and family life. He won most of the GOP debates.

Mitt has the organizational skills to help MCain run a campaign in the general election and run the country. Obama has never even run a lemonade stand. Mitt would appeal to the Independents and some Democrats for his unique qualifications in these times of economic uncertainty.

Posted by: Romney for V.P. | July 24, 2008 7:15 AM | Report abuse

Mitt Romney is uniquely qualified to tackle our country's economic and fiscal issues: devaluation of the dollar, out-of-control spending, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc. Mitt has turned around companies (Staples, Home Depot, etc.), the Olympics, and the State of Massachusetts. When you add to that conservative social values, and an exemplary personal and family life - - He's the best choice for McCain's Number Two.


Mitt Romney has the right qualifications (the only one with non-governmental (Bain, Olympics) leadership experience, a deep-seated faith, a vision for this country's future, and an exemplary personal and family life. He won most of the GOP debates.

Mitt has the organizational skills to help MCain run a campaign in the general election and run the country. Obama has never even run a lemonade stand. Mitt would appeal to the Independents and some Democrats for his unique qualifications in these times of economic uncertainty.

Posted by: Romney for V.P. | July 24, 2008 7:15 AM | Report abuse

What happens when the Media Darling that is being shoved down are throats is rejected in November. Right now the media/Obama promoters are saying all is well in the democratic party but come November it will be all Hillary's fault. It won't be Obama who sunk Obama. Chris will have registration in place so none of us rebel rousers can point this out then. Chris report Obama's racism in Illinois. Just becuase you are a sleaze doesn't mean it is all right to protect a sleaze like Obama.

Posted by: Mark Jackson | July 24, 2008 2:51 AM | Report abuse

Mormons haven't practiced polygamy since 1890 or so.

Posted by: rogerdpack | July 24, 2008 1:24 AM | Report abuse

Re: Dean

Your Kool-Aid is losing its temper?? Chill out, man.

Posted by: premier | July 24, 2008 1:07 AM | Report abuse

Thanks CPT J's Friend! Barack is the liberal media creation, the "cultural" schizophrenia. We do not know who he is yet.

Posted by: imagination | July 24, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Always being negative means desperate. Barack, keep cool!

Posted by: imagination | July 24, 2008 1:01 AM | Report abuse

I could never vote for Romney. I'm against polygamy. One wife is enough. There's too many of those Mormons already without somebody glorifying their sinful polygamist ways.

Posted by: majorteddy | July 24, 2008 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Geez, Captain J, maybe your commanding officer doesn't like your smart mouth and he put you on KP that day so you wouldn't screw up. We saw Obama having breakfast with a whole mess of soldiers in Afghanistan at Bagram. Maybe you got up late little miss sunshine.

Posted by: majorteddy | July 24, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

As for Cpt J's friend, your not telling the whole truth, remember a lot of people have family, friends and love ones over there as well and your being less than truthful. The military has a protocol, they decided how things would be runned so I suggest Cpt J get with his commanders on that.

i


Posted by: Cheryl L. | July 23, 2008 11:58 PM | Report abuse

We all need to get a life.

Posted by: Cheryl L | July 23, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Yeah but Chris, the ad does have a point.

Posted by: Brian | July 23, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

jay spartan:

CC has promised that registration will be back soon ... I'm just hoping he'll expedite the process.

proud:

Well, I wasn't trying to post a funny comment. But if I were going to bother posting some snarky comment about one of the Presidential candidates, it would be wittier than snObama's incessant droning. And it would be on-topic for the subject of the thread.

Posted by: mnteng | July 23, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

This is from a USAF friend in Afghanistan:

Hello everyone,

As you know I am not a very political person. I just wanted to pass along that Senator Obama came to Bagram Afghanistan for about an hour on his visit to ' The War Zone'. I wanted to share with you what happened.

He got off the plane and got into a bullet proof vehicle, got to the area to meet with the Major General (2 Star) who is the commander here at Bagram.

As the Soldiers where lined up to shake his hand, he blew them off and didn't say a word as he went into the conference room to meet the General. As he finished, the vehicles took him to the ClamShell (pretty much a big top tent that military personnel can play basketball or work out in with weights) so he could take his publicity pictures playing basketball. He again shunned the opportunity to talk to Soldiers to thank them for their service.

So really he was just here to make a showing for the Americans back home that he is their candidate for President. I think that if you are going to make an effort to come all the way over here you would thank those that are providing the freedom that they are providing for you.

I swear we got more thanks from the NBA Basketball Players or the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders than from one of the Senators, who wants to be the President of the United States . I just don't understand how anyone would want him to be our Commander-and-Chief. It was almost that he was scared to be around those that provide the freedom for him and our great country.

If this is blunt and to the point I am sorry but I wanted you all to know what kind of caliber of person he really is. What you see in the news is all fake.

In service,

CPT J
Bagram, Afghanistan

Posted by: CPT J's Friend | July 23, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

"Geez. The FIRST two comments already have nothing to do with the post?"


Yeah, but snObama's a lot funnier than any post about Mitt Romney's chances for number two. (Of course, there was that incident with his dog and some "number 2", but I don't think that's helped his odds any).

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | July 23, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Can you teach me how to get featured in nasty attack web ad? Maybe write a book?

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | July 23, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

CC, Congrats! Remember the wise adage "there's no such thing as bad publicity".

Posted by: JNoel002 | July 23, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

jay spartan - NOT "Evangelicals", "Fundimentalists"! Evanglicals are genuine Christian's that place their faith above any silly partisan politics (even though it IS fun). A lot of Evangelicals will vote for Obama, some will vote for Paul and, I suspect, most will just stay home. Fundimentalists are a pseudo-christian cult led by James Dobson and other assorted creeps whose only God is money. They will vote, blindly and in lock step, for whomever Dobson and his crew point at. Romnmey could turn out to be a pedophile and Satanist for all these brain dead cretin's care and they would still for him, never you mind "Mormon".

Posted by: mibrooks27 | July 23, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

You don't run attack ads if you don't think you'd be under attack. By doing so, you also let the opposition know that the very prospect has them worried... so it becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy.

But the Mormon thing rules out Mitt as a "no brainer" IMHO. Huck wouldn't offend as many as would Mitt. He would be more acceptable to disaffected centrists who think Obama is too inexperienced for the job. And he'd be the first evangelical preacher to run for high office, making the campaign a real holy-roller.

MI will probably go red anyway with Obama at the top of the ticket, unless he runs with Hillary or Dodd.

His foreign tour notwithstanding, Obama's going to have some serious problems, even up against an increasingly dottering old guy with a temper and an apparent memory problem, a guy whose world geography still includes the Czechs and the Yugos and the Iraq-Pakistani border.

The Obama world tour: the story line was set by Politico today: more stagecraft than statecraft, more show than substance.

The GOP ads will attack Obama as presumptuous and a showboater. It fits the narrative: expect the Obama pretty pictures to morph into GOP attack ads very soon.

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Posted by: scrivener | July 23, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

That ad has some funky music. Let's dance together, tigers.

Posted by: Fillibuddy | July 23, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Chris, as a native Michigander (I don't care if John Engler and a previous Republican-dominated Legislature declared the State's citizens to be "officially" "Michiganians"...that's so country-clubish), I can tell you that Mitt Romney hasn't spent ANY of his adult life living there. And Michiganders who even remotely remember his father, former governor George Romney, are either extremely well-drilled teens who are now in their 50's and 60's, or people sitting out on their front porches wishing their golden years lived up to their expectations, or snowbirds who spend most of their time propping their canes up on their golf carts on a Florida golf course. I've never been able to figure out WHY you talking heads think that a few misty teenaged years of residence and a foggy memory of a nearly-forgotten governor's son would somehow make Mitt a "favorite" in a struggling state that he abandoned long ago...especially when he never really put down any roots in Michigan to begin with. NO!!! he's not a "favorite son" of the general electorate there...no more than Michigan holds a more special place in his dog-abusing blown-dried heart than Utah, Massachusetts, or his vacation home of New Hampshire. He's done nothing for Michigan other than show up, hat in hand, begging for undeserved votes and campaign cash...and I don't think that's a favor, unless it's that it's that much less money that the Michigan GOP has to destroy the state even more than it has.

The best defense is a good offense, Chris...it's something that Michigan Democrats have learned from many years of dirty campaigning and propaganda from John Engler and his cronies who controlled Lansing long enough to set Michigan back 25 years. Michigan Dem chairman Mark Brewer is smart enough to know that if you frame the conversation before it starts, you have a better chance of shutting off the "good news" about "Michigan's 'favorite' son" before the impressionable start forming misguided opinions about his real record. And what doesn't stick to The Carpetbagger will slide downhill to those lower on the GOP ticket there.

Don't buy into the argument that Mitt is a Michigander...he's happily assumed that mantle out of convenience and electoral expedience, and Michiganders in-residence or in-exile who ARE trying hard to restore confidence in the state we love are insulted by the inference that Mitt is "one of us". He's not. And we're not stupid.

Posted by: Dean | July 23, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

The Queen is no longer amused by you, Fixy.

Posted by: Fillibuddy | July 23, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

mnteng-off topic, have you ever tried e mailing CC about registration? it seems the McTrolls are running the asylum?

Posted by: jay spartan | July 23, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

CC- yeah theres that or maybe some intern at Mi dem hq just used google and found your blog(i know i did after hanging out at the detroit freepress fourms, no moderators there either!)

smart move by MIdems here, its following my line of thinking that romney is going to be the vp. it might help him win MI(doubtful). primary wins dont really translate into general election wins(much i would love to see TX turn blue,its just wishful thinking) so picking romney just because his dad was governor of Mi wont work, if that was the case obama should pick caroline kennedy cause jfk was her dad.

also, wouldnt Mcsame picking a mormon drive down the evangelical vote? im just throwing that out there.

Posted by: jay spartan | July 23, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Geez. The FIRST two comments already have nothing to do with the post?

Anyways, the ad also is a pre-emptive first strike, since Mittens seems to be on the list for McC's VP slot. It's probably especially important in a state that Romney won. A good gambit -- and a cheap one at that.

Of course, it does nothing to enhance The Fix's reputation though it may increase web traffic. Maybe then we can get registration back and have some semblance of order back in the comments section.

Posted by: mnteng | July 23, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Just to prove I don't need a teleprompter I will respond before the Carter administration has time to write it down for me:

Uh, uh, are, uh, uh, uh, um. That's -- that's a bunch -- so -- so let me tick these off. Deh... Uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, um, uh. So the issue is not a perception that, uh... Weh, weh, let me put it this way. Uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, We're -- we're trying to -- you know, we've got a bipartisan group here and -- and -- and, uh, uh, uh, uh, um, uh, uh, uh.

Posted by: snObama | July 23, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Messiah Lies About His Senate Committee Assignment [Andy McCarthy]


This guy is going to be harder than Bill Clinton to keep up with. The next whopper whips along before you have time to wrap your brain around the last one.

At Powerline, John Hinderaker goes through Obama's continuing contortions (in Israel) over how Jerusalem must remain the undivided capitol of Israel, unless of course it is divided and unless of course it is also the capitol of "Palestine," which possibilities absolutely positively mark no change in the messiah's original decree, which he really really meant, that Jerusalem must remain the undivided capitol of Israel. Obama then continued (italics mine):

Now, in terms of knowing my commitments, you don't have to just look at my words, you can look at my deeds. Just this past week, we passed out of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, which is my committee, a bill to call for divestment from Iran, as a way of ratcheting up the pressure to ensure that they don't obtain a nuclear weapon.
John explains the rest:

But Obama is not a member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Obama just made that up so he could count the committee's action as one of "my deeds."

If committed by a Republican, this would be a gaffe of historic proportions. Even a Senator as inattentive to his duties as Obama certainly knows what committees he serves on. For him to fabricate the claim, out of whole cloth, that the Senate Banking Committee is "[his] committee," strikes me as another sign of Obama's megalomania. That, plus more evidence that he is totally at sea without a teleprompter.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

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