Mitt Romney

Prostitution and Mitt Romney

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Four and a half years ago, San Francisco had the chance to make history as well as eliminate a major social problem. Measure K would have eliminated the prosecution of sex workers in the city. Sensible, sane and prudent, this ballot initiative would have finally given some legal recourse to one of the city's biggest underground businesses. Because it is sex-based, however, hysteria ruled the day and the measure was defeated.Read more »

Romney has lost. Unless ....

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Polls aren't perfect, but a lot of polls that come to the same conclusion are rarely wrong, at least not by much, and all the polling data suggests that in the critical swing states, Mitt Romney is SOL. Read more »

The British press: "Nowhere Man" and "Mitt the Twit"

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I like one liners that make the point.

As Maureen Dowd put it in her Sunday (7/29/2012)  column in the New York Times  on "Mitt's Olympic Meddle,"

"The alarming thing about Romney is that he has been running for president for  years, but he still doesn't know how to read a room."

A range of rage at Obama visit

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Hundreds gathered in the financial district today as President Obama came through San Francisco for a brief visit, consisting of a high-priced fundraising lunch and no public events. A mostly silent crowd waited patiently to watch the president’s motorcade drive by this afternoon, first at 1 Market St and then at 456 California, before he went off to SFO. On the crowd’s sidelines, handfuls of dissenters from various groups held signs and spoke up with a diverse range of reasons for protesting the president.Read more »

Calvin Trillin: Ron Paul, still standing

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Ron Paul, Stll Standing

 Mitt's opposite number is still in the race.

Paul has his supporters; he has his own base.

He has his own style, which is folksy, not canned.

Religion? He's got one. His prophet's Ayn Rand.

By Rand's wacko theories he's fervently gripped,

So he  won't do the flip-flops. He long ago flipped.

Calvin Trillin, The Naton (5/14/2012


Calvin Trillin: The situation

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So Mitt's officially an Etch A Sketch,

And Rick says JFK's speech made him retch.

Ron Paul's a ditz, and Gingrich is a letch.

Though nets are flung as far as tthey will stretch,

There isn't any white knight there to fetch.

Republicans thus sit around and kvetch.

Calvin Trillin: Deadline Poet: The Nation (4/16/2012)

Calvin Trillin: On not leaving the field

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On not leaving the field

Ring-wingers who want to be heard

Note Newt's place is solidly third.

But if right wing votes were combined,

The front-runner might fall behind.

So they say to Newt, "Won't you go?"

And Newt, being Newt, answers no. Read more »

Calvin Trillin: Romney unconcerned about the poor

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Romney says he's not concerned about the poor

"The remark about the poor immediately became catalogued in a growing list of awkward comments by Mr. Romney." --The New York Times

His profile's divine.

His shoes have a shine;

They're almost as shined as his hair.

And voters ignore

That seeking Mitt's core

Has failed because nothing is there.

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Calvin Trillin: Newt lays into Mitt

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It's "pious baloney." Yes, pious baloney.

What Mitt speaks, Newt says, is remarkably phony:

His citizen pose is all hooey;

He's hungered for office like Thomas E. Dewey.

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Louis Dunn comments on Mitt Romney statement that "corporations are people"

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"Corporations are people, my friend," says Mitt Romney on the campaign trail.

Hear him emphasize and embellish the point: 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2h8ujX6T0A

Guardian graphic by Louis Dunn