Category Archives: Mitt Romney

“Mitt, you ignorant slut!” The question no one asked at Tuesday night’s debate.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

In the 1970s, CBS’ “60 Minutes” had a recurring segment during which two consummate journalists would briefly argue some issue. It was serious television that apparently caused the writers at “Saturday Night Live!” to wonder what these overly-civilized professionals really thought of each other. The result was SNL’s own late night “Point/Counterpoint,” starring Jane Curtain and Dan Aykroyd.

Here’s one of those SNL segments. Take a look. You’ll enjoy it. (Sorry, but you may have to sit through a brief commercial.)

By comparison to Tuesday night’s second debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney, the SNL skit seems tame, save perhaps only the colorful language, and certainly less troublesome.

I only wish I had been in the audience and that CNN’s Candy Crowley had called on me for a question.

“Mr. President,” I began, rising to my feet. “Governor Romney. Do either of you seriously believe that this contentious, in-your-face, confrontational, substance-poor ‘discussion,’ if I can call it that, of the most critical issues of our time demonstrates that either of you have the temperament, are mature enough to be our President and Leader of the Free World?”

I’ll leave it to you to speculate how the candidates might have answered. Me? I’m emailing Jane Curtain and Dan Aykroyd to check their party affiliations and availability in 2016. At least they’re funny.

-Next Contestant
( is the political blog from the author of the WordFeeder.)


President Obama: “I have a plan to pay off the entire national debt. Unfortunately, …”

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

“..unfortunately, it requires electing Mitt Romney President.” Thank you, Mr. President. What irony. Here’s how the plan works.

Yesterday, it was announced that our government has made another $2.7 billion by exercising our option to buy additional AIG stock, and then selling it. The stock market is up. Our total profit to date on the AIG bailout is now $15.1 billion. This is great. ..Or is it?
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Dating Romney

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Hi. A couple of days ago, a wrote a piece that gave my advice to a friend who is a liberal when it comes to social issues, but who believes we need a fiscal conservative in The White House. Her dilemma has to do with compromising her social concerns in return for getting us out of our current economic and financial mess. I did my best to assure her that it wasn’t a matter of one or the other, but of setting priorities.

And then it occurred me, after having watched some of the Republican and now Democrat Conventions, that I didn’t go far enough. Consider this brief article to be a postscript to the one I wrote on Tuesday.
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Professor President?

Friday, April 6, 2012

Hi. I’ve been busy lately, working on something way too long to post. In the meantime, brilliantly creative storylines have been piling up in my notes. I just haven’t had time to turn them into the short short stories I love to write. “Okay,” I’ve told myself. “I’ll just have to take a break from my blog for a few weeks,” but then I heard this speech, the one I’m going to talk about, and couldn’t help myself. It’s the feeling I get when guy at the table next to mine gets served a piece of key lime pie. To hell with my low carb diet.

Of necessity, this post is going to be longer than usual, but then so was the President’s speech. Fair is fair. Feet up, chips and guacamole at the ready, here we go. (What? You don’t type with your feet up on your desk? ..Oh. You prefer salsa. I’m okay with that.)

The speech I’m talking about is the one President Obama delivered before the Associated Press Luncheon a couple of days ago on Tuesday, the third of April. It was approximately 7,200 words that were intended to wow his audience through a lengthy, intellectual, sometimes mocking, explicitly devastating attack on the budget proposal authored by Representative Paul Ryan and endorsed by Mitt Romney.

Quote of the Day: Rick Santorum admits he isn’t qualified to be President.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Finally, there’s something about which he and I agree.

Yesterday in Phoenix, at an event sponsored by the Maricopa County Republican Party, candidate for President Rick Santorum made the following statement:

“I am not a manager. I am not a visionary. I am a guy from a steel town who grew up understanding what made this country great.”

As for the last of these three sentences, the fact that he grew up in steel town is irrelevant and that he understands what made this country great is nothing special, nothing that he doesn’t have in common with many, many millions of Americans, including his competition.

More to the point, his first two sentences immediately and unequivocally disqualify him as a candidate. Mr. Santorum freely and, apparently, enthusiastically denies that he has the management skills and vision which are essential for effectively run our government as its Chief Executive Officer.

So would he please drop out already? If he has any sense of what running the government entails, of what we so desperately need in The White House, he needs to prove his unselfish commitment to our country and stop running for President. He needs to either endorse Mitt Romney who does have the requisite skill set or someone else more competent. It’s the patriotic thing for him to do.

As voters – I’m an independent, by the way, registered for neither party. – can any of us in our right minds honestly vote for a candidate who insists, who boasts, “I am not a manager. I am not a visionary.”? For exactly what position does Rick Santorum think he’s running?

Here’s the video of his statement from CNN Politics.


Dork Discrimination

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

We all discriminate. I, for example, favor blondes – more specifically, women who look exactly like my wife in case she’s reading this. We all have our favorite colors. Mine is red. Fortunately, these types of discrimination are benign in that they don’t cause any material harm to ourselves or others. They have no detriment.

In politics, it can be different.

Chris Christy is fat. There. I said it. Would you have preferred “morbidly obese”? Too depressing. Personally, I prefer “fat.” He’s fat, and yet tons of people, no pun intended, are willing, even anxious to vote for him were he to run for President.

President Obama is black. Nobody cares. Not really.
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Politics and the “Last Call” Theory of Public Opinion

Thursday, February 16, 2012

President Obama and his crew are very excited by recent polls showing that 50% of the people have a favorable opinion of his performance as President. Only in the wacky world of politics would a 50% approval rating seem like good news. Put another way, the other 50% of the American people think the President sucks at his job. ..Okay, “sucks” may be too strong a term, but I’m trying to make a point. It’s the old half full, half empty dilemma. How would you feel if your employer or lover gave you a 50% favorable rating?

The sad news is that the President may actually think that he’s gaining popularity in recent polls because the economy is getting better, and that it’s getting better because of his programs. Really? Careful, Mr. President, that you don’t succumb to the tendency of all politicians to believe their own hype.
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