Election 2012

Mitt Romney is Painful to Watch

Last night was the first time in a while I've watched a Romney speech from beginning to end.

He's terrible. Especially off-prompter.

At the last minute, his advisers yanked the prompters because Santorum didn't use prompters. Again, the stupid anti-Obama prompter meme coming back to haunt the Republicans.

Consequently, all of Romney's awkward herky-jerky animatronic characteristics were on full display. His speech patterns were rushed, nervous and spastic, he could barely hold the audience or stir reactions from them, and he generally seemed uncomfortable addressing a large crowd.

Of course, this is window dressing, but it's also a window into Romney's superficial candidacy. His positions are phony-baloney -- indicative of what he thinks the far-right wants to hear. And he's not entirely comfortable pandering to that tea party wing. So he looks it.

And the tea party people know he's bullshitting them.

  • BuffaloBuckeye

    Ok, first, let’s show some consideration for the troll. It just happens to be his afternoon shift to work the Cesca blog. He really can’t help himself. Re Romney video; that was pretty painful to watch. There is a shallowness about him that is disconcerting. Just strikes me as incapable as leading.

  • muselet

    They got rid of the prompters? *facepalm*

    Today, Steve Benen posted a TPM video from 2008. It’s particularly amusing to hear the peevishness in Mitt Romney’s voice when he’s called on his bullshit.

    Romney’s an incompetent public speaker with zero charisma. And yet he’s the presumptive Republican nominee. Go figure.


  • rgbyref

    He’s the political Ron Popeil, without the smooth delivery.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    Romney strikes me as an OK guy; not mean and arrogant like Gingrich, not stupid and clumsy like Perry, not wacky and shrill like Bachmann, not stuck in a time warp like Paul, not ignorant and bigoted like Santorum. Romney is a CGI character, a generic millionaire, nothing more, with really nothing to offer besides not being the incumbent (cue the Kerry comparisons here). Yet he’s still going to be the 45th President because unlike Kerry, who ran against the real George W. Bush and his real record, Romney is running against a fictional character’s fictional record. And Americans like fiction better than reality.

    Americans, especially in perilous times, would rather stick with the devil they know, but Obama is not the devil they know; Obama is the devil they don’t know. Which of course is ridiculous, after three years in office and a record that flatly contradicts everything the right-wing media says about him (and a lot of what the left-wing says about him too). People are still going to vote against “socialism” and “spending” and “big government” and “sharia law” and the Kenyan Muslim usurper who hates capitalism and Israel and religion and white people, and whatever other fictions they’ve been ordered to vote against.

    I doubt that the Romney administration will accomplish much or even attempt to accomplish much; I doubt that anything terribly good or terribly bad will happen while he is president. I doubt he will take us to war, I doubt he will fix the economy or help the poor and middle classes, I doubt he will repeal the Affordable Care Act or try to criminalize abortion or gay marriage at the federal level. His job will be to simply keep “government” out of big business’s way. That’s what his campaign donors are paying for; that’s why he’s the frontrunner. That’s why he’ll be re-elected in 2016.

    Our only hope is that after the primaries end, until which the Republicans are the only ones doing the talking and getting the attention, and the real campaign begins, to paraphrase Bill Maher, America’s bullshit detector goes off. I don’t see it happening. I hope I’m wrong.

    • http://drangedinaz.wordpress.com/ IrishGrrrl

      “Romney is running against a fictional character’s fictional record”
      –amen that!

      ” I doubt that anything terribly good or terribly bad will happen while he is president”
      –that in and of itself is a problem, failure to improve the economy for another four years will turn what is going to be a “lost decade” into a period twice as long

      “His job will be to simply keep “government” out of big business’s way”
      -I read an article yesterday that posited, if elected Romney won’t be able to back down from his conservative campaign social stances like many politicians do because of the strangle hold that the Tea Party has on the GOP and Congress. I think the author meant it as a warning to disaffected Liberals who think R0mney would be a harmless alternative. Ultimately, if he’s a do nothing president or a Tea Party conservative president–harm WILL be done. That’s why we need to work as hard as we can to get Pres. Obama re-elected.

  • http://twitter.com/PowerElement David Paul

    I know, Bob… You much prefer that “tingle up your leg” when you hear the inane and misleading rhetoric of Obama, so long as it sounds good.

    You know who else sounded good, Bob? Adolph Hitler.

    Good speeches do not a good president make. The current state of the Obama Economy demonstrates that fact everyday…

    • http://cousinavi.wordpress.com cousinavi

      Godwin! You lose.
      Thanks for saving me the time. Dismantling insistent ignorance can be tiresome. In your case painfully so.

      You know who else sounded good? MLK. And Churchill…now there was a speaker.
      Now fuck off somewhere, you blithering tri-corner ‘tard.

    • http://www.politicalruminations.com/ nicole


      Like I said, buffoons.

    • JMAshby

      Trololol you know else hated minorities, the poor, the disabled? Adolph Hitler!


    • http://drangedinaz.wordpress.com/ IrishGrrrl

      You mean the current ec0nomic state caused by unnecessary wars (that liberals didn’t support), the deregulation of banking (that liberals warned would bite us in the ass) and insufficient economic stimulation (that liberals argued would not be enough)…..all that? That was the doing of everyone on the right, too many in the middle and some on the left. Laying it all Pres. Obama’s feet is like blaming FDR for causing the Great Depression.

      As for great speakers do not a good president make…I agree. Instead the indicate intelligence, rationality and the ability to persuade–all of which DO make a good president.

    • deacrick

      Under GW Bush losing 600,000 jobs a month
      President Obama adding 124,000 jobs a month

      that is a net swing of 724,000 jobs a month.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S7NUGMJ2FDHYATRLWFEFCC5CQI schemata

      Godwinning! You know whoelse sounded good? Reagan! Thats Who!


  • http://www.politicalruminations.com/ nicole

    My two cents, worth nothing, of course.

    I didn’t think he was that bad. He could certainly have been worse. He did sound like what he is…….a phony.

  • http://drangedinaz.wordpress.com/ IrishGrrrl

    Bob, you seem to be implying that Romney’s awkwardness stems from disingenuousness….and you might be right, although I am not sure. I’ve known many millionaires and high powered executives and all of them, to a one, could speak to large audiences very well and either had something charismatic about them or they were simply ruthless (and sometimes both). So I don’t understand how Romney earned all that money being such an incredible dork! Furthermore, practice makes perfect….Romney has probably been in the spotlight his entire life (seeing as his father was also a politician….and again, why is he so incredibly bad at public speaking when he’s had more than enough practice at it.

    It could be because he doesn’t believe what he is talking about. It could also be that he didn’t really earn all those millions…that he inherited money from his father, hired a bunch of smart people to work under him and let them do all the hard work (kinda like Pres. GW) and underneath he really is a privileged good for nothing guy.

    • http://www.politicalruminations.com/ nicole

      He didn’t inherit “all that money” from his father. I know this. :)

      But, I agree that he really is a privileged good for nothing guy. I suspect that even his father (who was an old time conservative) would be disgusted by his pandering to the tea party buffoons.

      • http://twitter.com/PowerElement David Paul

        Right, you moron… The Tea Party are a bunch of “buffoons” for wanting to restore fiscal sanity to an out-of-control government. Are you entirely sure it’s not YOU that’s the buffoon. Go back to playing tiddlywinks and leave the politics to adults… idiot.

        • http://cousinavi.wordpress.com cousinavi

          The tea party, which doesn’t even really exist – just a bunch of Republicans ginned up on racism and fear who want to pretend they never voted for W. – has no fucking idea what fiscal sanity even looks like.

        • http://www.politicalruminations.com/ nicole

          Buffoons, buffoon.

          Adding….and to prove my point, here is the ^^Teabagger’s Twitter profile:

          Knave-despising, catechumenical political observer. Religiously reject such platitudinous and counterfeit leftist mantras as social justice and fairness.

          If that isn’t “buffoonish”, WTF is?

          • GrafZeppelin127

            Speaking of buffoonish….

            Looks like our friend is also clinging to the Tea Party™ fiction that the size of the Federal Register is indicative of “over-regulation.”

            Obama’s government adds 81,000 pages to the federal register… Over-regulation anyone?

            The Federal Register is a journal, not a compendium of regulations or laws. It is “added to” every day, no matter who is president and regardless of whether regulations are being created, modified, reconsidered, repealed or eliminated.

            This is one of those memes that was either started by someone who has no idea what the Federal Register is, or who does understand that the Federal Register is actually a journal (and therefore can only increase in size) but knows he can fool credulous Teabaggers by telling them this lie.

            Why do I think it’s the latter?

        • GrafZeppelin127

          No one believes that. The Tea Party™ doesn’t “want[] to restore fiscal sanity to an out-of-control government;” it wants to restore the GOP to the White House, either mistakenly believing they’re the same thing or knowingly ignoring the GOP’s record of never having done any such thing.

          By and large, the Tea Party™ is the same cohort that, in 2004, enthusiastically supported and re-elected a President and a congressional majority that had taken a balanced budget and purposefully thrown it grotesquely out of balance, created the largest new federal bureaucracy and the most expensive new federal entitlement program since the New Deal, and enacted the most sweeping curtailment of individual liberties since the Alien and Sedition Acts.

          Hence you’ll forgive us if we don’t take Tea Partiers™ at their word vis-à-vis what they “want.”

          And before you turn around and claim that the current administration and the 111th Congress made the above matters “worse,” the fact is they didn’t, and haven’t, no matter how badly you want to believe that and no matter how much NewsCorp and ClearChannel pay their respective employees to make you believe it.

          • http://www.politicalruminations.com/ nicole

            That ROCKED, Graf! FTW!

        • laddieluv


          Hey, pal. You’re in the wrong place.

          Intelligent, compassionate, well-informed people post here. Those with cognitive thinking and reasoning skills.

          That sure as he.ll is not you.

          Isn’t there a “red state” board or “fuxnooze” blog where you’ll get the “relief” and “attention” you need/seek? (rhetorical)

          And buy yourself a Thorazine Big Gulp on the way out.


  • http://cousinavi.wordpress.com cousinavi

    I’m not sure the tea party people have the ability to spot bullshit. And if they did, they have better reasons to hate Mitt.
    I heard one of them once gained total awareness on their deathbed (ala Carl Spackler) and spontaneously combusted in a flash of irony.

    • http://www.politicalruminations.com/ nicole

      goddamnit……..i am not in the mood to laugh, avi! ;)

    • maggy

      The tea party is irrelevant, now swallowed up by the Republican machine.