Political Animal


January 15, 2012 10:10 AM Silly minds think alike

By Steve Benen

Me, in August:

“‘Corporations are people’? In this little figure of speech, wouldn’t that make Mitt Romney a metaphorical serial killer?”

The new ad from Stephen Colbert’s Super PAC:

“As head of Bain Capital, he bought companies, carved them up, and got rid of what he couldn’t use. If Mitt Romney really believes ‘corporations are people, my friend,’ then Mitt Romney is a serial killer.”

For the record, I don’t actually believe the likely Republican presidential nominee kills people, his treatment of dogs notwithstanding.

Steve Benen is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly, joining the publication in August, 2008 as chief blogger for the Washington Monthly blog, Political Animal.


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  • hells littlest angel on January 15, 2012 10:22 AM:

    Kindly billionaire Romney gave $50 to an unemployed woman on his ropeline. Commenters at Free Republic are apoplectic. Heh heh heh.

  • c u n d gulag on January 15, 2012 10:25 AM:

    Corporations don't fire and lay-off people.

    Corporations just love to hire the person's who fire and lay-off people.

    So, deep down, corporations are 'people person's!'

    And therefore, people - because you can't be a 'people person' if you're not a people or a person.


  • Mimi on January 15, 2012 10:30 AM:

    I think Colbert must have read Steve's remarks!

  • Tfisher on January 15, 2012 10:32 AM:

    Copyright infringement! Benen vs. Colbert: an epic battle. Go get him Steve.

  • Pal2008 on January 15, 2012 10:37 AM:

    Corporations are people? In this little figure of speech, wouldn't that make Mitt Romney a cannibal?

  • sick -n-effin-tired on January 15, 2012 10:47 AM:

    Hey Don't miss Colbert on Stephanopolis this morning at 11:00 am (EST)
    Clobert is a hero for exposing the foolishness of the "separated" Super Pacs.
    He is big enough that it is hitting the evening NOOZE.
    If it wakes one person up to what is happening it is a success.

  • biggerbox on January 15, 2012 11:30 AM:

    I've always thought Romney meant it in the Soylent Green sense.

    It's a bit like those Cisco commercials about the 'human network'. Here I thought they used wires and bits of silicon, but apparently it's body parts of some kind.

  • SKM on January 15, 2012 12:00 PM:

    Romney says that corporations are people, but, I think he means that the corporations are controling people, or, the famous "We the people (meaning the corporations)."

    IMO, this guy is arrogant. As I seen him on television, he tends to be aggressive with people asking him questions he don't like. It seems that his campaign is more on bashing Obama than telling what his actual policies would be. Which, makes me wonder, is he 'jealous,' that he's not president, or is it bigotry. The church has a long-standing history of bigotry towards blacks, and he once said in 2007 that 'muslims are not welcome in his cabinet.'

    Interesting that in 2007 Bain Capital made a bid for Yahoo, bought 3Com for $2.2 billion dollars. Bain Capital purchased Bellsystem24 from citigroup (a Japanese telemarketing firm) Hires Goldman Sacs & Citi to sell FCI unit. It is reported that Bain Capital received a $54 million dollar taxpayer bailout.

    Not sure on this, but, it is said that these banks are either owned, operated, controled, founded by Mormons, Downey Savings & Loan (failed due to mortgages), Beneficial Life (Bonneville International), Wells Fargo, WAMU (washington mutual). Deseret Management Co (radio and newspapers. But, people have been trying to get information on Bain Capital under FOIA and have been denied access.

    The most puzzling thing, it seems that the Mormons have all of the money, for example, Meg Whitman spent millions of dollars for her failed gubernatoral bid in California (chris christie intimidated the town hall attendants - even Mr. Buck, a self-made millionaire) and now Romney (chris christie is there to handle, or should I say bully the town hall attendants). Jon Huntsman, heir to Huntsman Corp is worth $16-70 billion dollars. Just look up all the rich millionaires/billionaires, most are Mormons - and yes, the LDS members do have to tithe 10% like other churches. So, I'm just saying, it seems the wealth in concentrated in just a few hands - and it is said that Romney is listed in the top 3000 riches individuals in America.

    Rush Limbaugh is said to have received a $400 million dollar contract with Clear Channel - but, there are people boycotting his show and Hannity shows and ratings are supposed to be plummeting. *Wouldn't that be nice to see Limbaugh and Hannity begging people to be loyal followers in order to keep their shows?

  • g on January 15, 2012 12:03 PM:

    Brilliant and hilarious. Bravo, Colbert!

  • Ken on January 15, 2012 12:37 PM:

    I donít actually believe the likely Republican presidential nominee kills people,

    Still, I think it's important that the evening news reports on the controversy, and why so many people are talking about this apparently-ridiculous idea.

  • jjm on January 15, 2012 1:06 PM:

    I think that the Colbert comment (with kudos to Steve for first framing it) is going to be something that sticks on Mitt. Bravo to you both.

  • Daddy Love on January 15, 2012 1:54 PM:

    So that makes Romney Buffalo Bill from "Silence of the Lambs." Comforting.

  • MR Bill on January 15, 2012 1:56 PM:

    I suppose it is too commonplace to note that unemployment, for any period, increases mortality and morbidity of the unempoyed.

  • Keeping Track on January 15, 2012 4:07 PM:

    Not only are corporations persons, they are persons from the moment of conception in certain religious groups. Even nameless, just a glint in the founder's eye, they already have more citizen rights than say, a one-hundred year old Tennesseean who doesn't drive a car! Of course, everyone knows a corporation cannot purchase alcohol until it's 21 years old. I'd like to see even a medium-sized corporation wiggle itself out of jury duty. Finally, does "one person, one vote" mean that in an election all the employees, management and shareholders have to decide how they'll cast their one vote, because as one corporation, indivisible, that's all the ballots they'd get. And if the draft comes back? Pudgy corporate legions marching off to war...

  • neil b on January 15, 2012 6:54 PM:

    BTW, take a look at this, Romney being a soulless cad over medical marijuana: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9cn0M_AFWg&feature=share

  • pj in jesusland on January 15, 2012 9:58 PM:

    C'mon, sing along with Mitt and Barbra!

    Corporations who need corporations,
    Are the luckiest corporations in the world . . ."