Political Animal


September 18, 2012 8:10 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

Since I suspect we will spend a good part of the day discussing Mitt Romney’s weltanschauung, let’s start it off with Ellen Jewell performing “Rich Man’s World,” in 2007.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • R on September 18, 2012 8:26 AM:

    Perfect. Thanks, Ed!

  • Ronald on September 18, 2012 8:30 AM:

    Part two of the David Corn video reveal is up:

    This one covers foreign policy, including the fact that Mr. Romney "Doesn't believe peace in the middle east is possible" and that a "two state solution will never work".

    There's some scare tactic neo-con stuff about Iran and how weak the President is, but that's boilerplate.

    This one isn't quite as devastating as the first set, but still with quotes like the above, Romney's FP creds just took wing and flew out the damn window.

  • John B. on September 18, 2012 8:43 AM:

    Not to worry! Borowitz reports Romney has a new campaign strategy... he's going to wire his mouth shut until November.

  • j on September 18, 2012 9:02 AM:

    One reason Romney's comments were brain dead is that he was talking about his loyal states - Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, South Carolina, all the southern states seem to get huge subsidies from the rest of us.

  • Ronald on September 18, 2012 9:04 AM:

    Oh, and don't miss this little gem from the latest set about Romney's Leadership plan for handling the middle east:
    "Romney was indicating he did not believe in the peace process and, as president, would aim to postpone significant action: "[S]o what you do is, you say, you move things along the best way you can. You hope for some degree of stability, but you recognize that this is going to remain an unsolved problem…and we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it."

  • berttheclock on September 18, 2012 9:05 AM:

    Very similar to writings by Pat Buchanan in the early '90s for the Hearst Papers, where he wrote "Why should the Republican Party do anything for blacks as they are not going to vote for us anyway?"

  • esaud on September 18, 2012 9:07 AM:

    The Romney video belongs in the dictionary next to "gaff", i.e. making the mistake of saying what you really believe.

    Stick a fork in it!

    To me, the best two books on the conservative movement are Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine, showing how their MO is to lie about their true motives, and John Dean's Conservatives WIthout Conscience, showing how their DNA lacks any kind of integrity or conscience gene.

  • T2 on September 18, 2012 9:19 AM:

    if the "kick the ball down the field" comment gets as much play as the "47%" comment, I think Romney has made a bad mistake. On the other hand, kicking the ball down the field in the Mid East is sure a lot better than making up lies to invade countries, blowing them up and killing half the populations. I think at least 47% of Americans would favor the "kick the ball" approach to the Mid East.

  • N.Wells on September 18, 2012 9:36 AM:

    The only thing needed to complete this campaign season is for Mrs. Romney to express surprise about visiting a supermarket and seeing a whole shelf of day-old, half-off brioche going unpurchased by poor people.