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You ARE the 1%

Look. Dude. I don't care how rich you are. Really. That's not the issue. You've done well financially. Good for you. But please stop embarrassing yourself trying to convince us that you know what it's like to be part of the 99%.

I cannot relate to your life. I don't know what it's like to be rich. And you don't know what it's like not to be. Get real.

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snowywolfowl
Jan. 20th, 2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
The more I watch Mitt Romney the less I understand how he's leading the pack. He changes his positions more often then most people change their underwear, he couldn't give a straight answer if his life depended on it, and he's been running for office full-time for years now, instead of doing anything in that time. I get that he's accomplished some notable successes, isn't an idiot (unlike Cain) and appears to have all his marbles (unlike Bachmann), but jeesh, I honestly find him less likeable than Santorum or Gingrich. At least those two don't try to go out of their way to pander to everyone in the room on every issue, every single time.

Not saying I'd vote for the guy if I had a vote, but I have to say Ron Paul is looking more and more legit everyday, even if some of his ideas are way out in left (and right) field. There is something refreshing about a person who has the conviction to stand behind conclusions they've arrived to by themselves, even if I don't agree with all of them.
bonnie_halfelvn
Jan. 21st, 2012 01:24 am (UTC)
I have a huge problem with someone who doesn't believe gay people should be treated just like everyone else (not that Obama is 100% there, either). The Christian right has this party by the balls, and it shows - even with Romney. There is no one left in the GOP race I could support. Huntsman was OK with civil unions. That put him on par with Obama.

But I do get your point. Romney says whatever he thinks will get him votes. He's a slick salesman, but not nearly slick enough.

Gingrich is an equal opportunity condescending douchebag. If you're not rich, white, male, and straight, you're not worthy of his time.

Santorum has drunk the "culture war" koolaid, and that makes him scary. But it's true he never changes his position on anything, and you have to give him credit - he seems to come from a pretty solidly middle class background, and he is a hard worker. His response to the "when will you release your income tax info" question was that he does his own taxes, and they are at home on his computer, and the next time he's home, he will release them.

I agree with some of Ron Paul's ideas, but they seem pretty absolute, and that only looks good on paper. I suspect that he would probably leave the gays alone. That doesn't fix the federal marriage law, but he seems to be a "let the states work that one out" person. I don't think the guy has a prayer, because he says what he thinks, and NOT what people want to hear, which is the right thing to do, IMO, but it doesn't win elections.

There are two candidates: Romney and anyone-but-Romney. And the face in that second slot has constantly changed. Gingrich is the flavor of the week. We'll see if it lasts.
snowywolfowl
Jan. 21st, 2012 10:49 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not saying any of them are likeable but the real Mitt needs to stand up and soon. Otherwise the other candidates are going to make the whole "he'll say anything charge" stick even tighter than it is already.

As for the others, yeah Santorum and Gingrich are not nice people. I found Gingrich's fiery response to the open marriage question to be tactically brilliant, but missing the key point that he was going after Bill Clinton for marital issues, Sure it's an irrelevant question regarding his qualification for president, but when you dump your sick wife for a younger woman what do you expect the press to do with such allegations?

As for Paul, you're right. The poor guy's like the Rodney Dangerfield of the Republicans, he just gets no respect. Add in the comment about him being so absolute he looks good on paper and I don't think he'll get the nomination either. Which brings us to the question I've had for such a long time...how is Ron Paul even a member of either party? He's pretty much a classic Independent if you ask me.

bonnie_halfelvn
Jan. 21st, 2012 02:29 pm (UTC)
Gingrich's personal life is relevant because of what he did to Clinton, and also because he sticks his nose in the gays' bedrooms. I know the press would care regardless, because they love a scandal, but it wouldn't matter to me except for the obvious hypocrisy of it all.

And his firey response was a brilliant tactic - it's bullying at its best. And the news media often backs down to bullying. Offense is a good defense.

I was discussing Romney's potential running mate with a coworker, and if he doesn't pick Paul, Paul might run as an independant, thereby ruining Romney's chances. Although Paul does appeal to some democrats, as well.

If Romney goes conservative and picks Santorum, for example, he will suffer the same fate as McCain. It works great for the conservatives, but democrats will not vote for that team.

There's discussion that Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, might be a good moderate choice for Romney.
snowywolfowl
Jan. 21st, 2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
That's what I was trying to say. He went after Clinton for the same stuff he's getting flak over now, and somehow takes offense at it. He might be able to slough it off, but not against anyone who remembers the 1990s...that lovely utopian time when the US wasn't bankrupt, polarized into paralysis, and mired in perma-war.

I'm honestly surprised Paul doesn't run as an independent. He's said himself numerous times that he doesn't really fit the Republican Party anymore, which is scary when someone like Ron Paul becomes palatable to the moderate middle. How right wing can they continue to go and still remain a party that can legitimately pull voters from the moderate centre?

Not sure who Romney would pull for his VP but whomever it is, I think we can bet they will be vetted this time. Letting Sarah Palin talk was the best election strategy Barak Obama ever used.
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