Late Afternoon Open Thread: The Romney Bunch

I can’t work myself up to writing a real post today for some reason. I’m kind of in a holding pattern waiting for the Republican Convention to start. I’m expecting it to be a complete disaster along the lines of the one in 1992 when Pat Buchanan gave his “Culture War Speech” and ended George H.W. Bush’s hopes for a second term.

Which one of the “Romney Bunch” will play the Pat Buchanan role? Will it be Rick Santorum? Will it be Mike Huckabee? Or Will it be Mitt Romney himself, the birther-in-chief?

Here are a few interesting links I’ve found this afternoon.

Think Progress: Seven birthers to speak at Republican Convention.

1. Donald Trump. The famed billionaire/birther king Donald Trump has been the most vociferous — and most closely connected to Romney — person alleging that the President wasn’t born in the United States.

2. Actress Janine Turner. The Northern Exposure star who has her own conservative radio show wrote a long screed titled “Reasoning ‘Kenyan Born.’” In it, she complains that anyone who questions the president’s citizenship is deemed a racist: “If this were a legal case in court, [Obama’s] book bio stating that Obama was ‘born in Kenya’ would be taken into consideration.”

3. Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens. During a town hall captured on video (at 3:5), Olens said, “You know the state of Hawaii says he’s produced a certified birth certificate… so on one hand I have to trust the state of Hawaii follows the laws. On the other hand it would be nice for the President to say, here it is, I have a copy.”

4. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. On one radio appearance during Huckabee’s bid for president, the former governor said, “I would love to know more [about where Obama was born]. What I know is troubling enough.” He later walked back the statement.

5. Florida Gov. Rick Scott. In 2010, the Orlando Sentinel reported than an audience member at one of Scott’s campaign events asked “what he would do about President Obama’s ‘birth certificate’ and whether he could legally appear on the 2012 ballot in Florida.” Scott responded, “I’ll have to look into it.”

6. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA). The Vice-Chairman of the House Republican Conference once told reporters “Oh, I’d like to see the documents.”

7. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Jindal was willing to sign a “birther” bill into law. It would have required all presidential candidates to release their birth certificate in order to qualify for a spot on the state’s ballot.

TPM: Birthers plan their own convention next month in Arizona.

Some of the best known birthers in the nation are scheduled to take the stage at a star-studded event in Phoenix, where they plan to call for Congress to investigate whether President Obama’s birth certificate is real.

There will be singing. There will be speeches. Drinks will be available for purchase. The only question is whether the venue, which features seating in the round, will activate its spinning stage. Promoters are calling it “A Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriots Event” but you can call it Birtherpalooza.

The star of the gala is Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the eccentric Arizona lawman and a Republican who is running for his sixth term in office this year. Arpaio has been trying to find his way into next week’s festivities at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., even scheduling an “invitation only” event for Republicans at a nearby zoo. But he will not be part of the convention itself.

Arpaio has positioned himself as one of the leaders of the birther movement. For almost a year, he has been using a combination of taxpayer money and amateur volunteers to try to bolster the conspiracy theory that Obama’s birth records are elaborate forgeries designed to put a foreigner in the White House.

Pat Boone will be there too!

The Economist seems to think Romney should follow his own advice to “run toward the problem,” and release his tax returns as well us let us in on what he really believes in.

Mitt Romney had an interesting article yesterday in the Wall Street Journal entitled “What I Learned at Bain Capital.” In it, he explains how his business experience taught him how to help companies grow—and what to do when trouble arises. “When you see a problem,” Romney says, “run toward it before the problem gets worse.”

After Gawker’s massive release of Bain documents, Various journalists have begun to pore over the material and find instances in which Romney may have played fast and loose with U.S. laws.

Now that the hunt has begun, tax experts have begun to sniff blood. The more adamant that Mr. Romney is that he will not release his returns, the more energetic the search for answers will become.

The political reality is that Mr. Romney’s taxes create a massive distraction for his candidacy and get in the way of serious discussion of the substantive questions facing the country. So why doesn’t Mr. Romney follow his own excellent leadership advice, that he learned so well at Bain Capital, and run towards the problem, not away from it?

From the Post Partisan blog at WaPo: Romney’s Secret Tithe, in which Rachel Manteuffel discusses Romney’s latest excuse for not releasing his taxes–he doesn’t want to reveal how much he gives to his church. Haven’t he and Ann both said frequently that they give 10 percent? So is he afraid the church will find out he’s been holding out on them or what?

Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency. Will the RNC have to be postponed? I hope not.

Scott said the goal was to make sure every local, state and federal agency “has the exact same information” on the storm and preparations in order to make informed decisions. He issued the state of emergency Saturday during a media briefing in Broward County.
The state is also focusing on preparations ahead of the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Scott said delegates were being information on how to remain safe during a storm. Officials in the Tampa area were also being kept informed of issues that may occur due to Isaac, such as storm surge and bridge closures.

Tampa airport remained open Saturday.

35 Comments on “Late Afternoon Open Thread: The Romney Bunch”

  1. RalphB says:

    I put an Economist editorial that just rips Rmoney a new one in the last thread. Here’s the link.|a

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Gawker has put up a searchable file of the Romney/Bain documents

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Mark Ames has a post up on foreclosure suicide–lots of anti-Obama stuff there too.

    • northwestrain says:

      Interesting reading.

      So school children are sent to jail for being kids. People are sent to jail for all sorts of idiot reasons — and yet the real criminals who have stolen Billions and driven people to suicide — nothing happens to them. The depth of the criminal behavior of the banks — robo signing — a whole industry involved in forging documents — and the masterminds behind the whole scam are still out there WITH the billions they made.

      Yes there is a graphic of 0bama in that article — but since 0bama’s hand picked AG will not touch the people who were involved in this fraud. . . . . .

  4. bostonboomer says:

    The Red Sox – Dodgers 9 player blockbuster trade is complete.

    • RalphB says:

      And Pat Robertson says …

      • ANonOMouse says:

        I think Pat Robertson must be stewing right now trying to figure out how to frame this as “god’s on our side”. As soon as he knows Tampa isn’t going to take a direct hit, he’ll be spinning this event as “a miracle”.

        Looking at the current path of this storm, it looks as if Tampa/St.Pete is going to have one hell of a rain event. It’s being held at The Tampa Bay Time Forum, which is a stones throw from Tampa Bay. Not a good place to be during a Tropical Storm/Hurricane.

    • Delphyne says:

      Oops – sorry! I see that this was mentioned in the comments, which I didn’t read before posting!

      • RalphB says:

        Now it’s a tropical storm with 60 mph winds. Unless it strenghens a lot, seem like overkill to cancel day one but what do I know?

        • dakinikat says:

          It’s just skimming Cuba so it will strengthen when it hits the warm Gulf Waters. Tampa’s on the windy side and the area at the convention center is barely above sea level. They could have some flooding.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        Those waters in the Southern Gulf of Mexico brew some monster storms at this time of year. I think this is the very same weekend that Katrina hit it’s maximum strength. Right now it looks like the panhandle is the target.

  5. HT says:

    Good grief – birther be darned, why don’t they just be honest. He’s not one of them. He’s not republican, he’s not of the inner circle, he’s just not them. I’m not referring to race here, although I do believe that it has something to do with it, however these so called elites have a habit of attacking anyone that doesn’t seem to be part of what they consider their inner circle. Consider Sally Quinn and Hillary.
    Janine Turner and Pat Boone? How can the RNC do this to themselves?
    I’ve been trying to find a picture of Pat Boone in his heavy metal phase, but alas it appears that he has scrubbed them. I will say this, my son who is a heavy metal musician wouldn’t be caught dead looking like that and believe it or not, all the heavy metal musicians I have met through my son don’t even know who Pat Boone is, or if they do, they consider him a putz, however I doubt that’s the demographic to which the RNC is appealing.
    Janine Turner, who had an affair with a married man and produced a child – I’m not sitting in judgement, however it doesn’t coalesce with the single mother bad, extramarital affair bad, RNC good scenario. I personally do not have a problem with what she did raising her child as a single mother (I did so myself, two of them although not as a result of a liason with a married man), however with the republican platform, isn’t that a bit odd/
    I have to admit, Janeane Garofalo is rather embarassing to this liberal, but Janine Turner? I just do not get the ethics involved, nor the so called widely proclaimed morality.

    • Hi HT! Great to read you again 🙂

    • RalphB says:

      Ethics and morality mean nothing. It’s all about the so-called optics and finding someone who will say anything they’re told.

      • HT says:

        Good point, but still – consider the optics – Pat Boone? my sisters danced to him back in the 50’s, and he wasn’t particularly good then. JMHO of course. And Turner? Out of touch much? And remember, I’m in my 60’s so what do those choices say to young voters?

      • RalphB says:

        I imagine Rmoney thinks those are “hip” choices. The entertainment for his big donor fete is the Oakridge Boys. They haven’t had a hit in forever.

      • HT says:

        I’d have more respect for them if they got Tony Bennet – even my son loves him. of course I’m not sure about his politics, but at least he has talent and a massive following, despite the fact he’s quite a bit older than I (however since kd lang is one of his favourite singers, I suspect that his politics would not be palatable).
        Seriously, Chuck Norris, Ted Nugent, Patricia what’s her name (from that abominable sitcom about some guy named Raymond) et al. My son is 23, my daughter 25 – not one of those people, including the country guys like Hank Williams Jr would appeal to them or their friends, so what does that say about the RNC optics. Perhaps in the south?

      • bostonboomer says:

        I used to love the Oak Ridge Boys. They definitely have talent, even if they are Republicans.

      • bostonboomer says:

        I haven’t heard that Pat Boone is appearing at the RNC–just that birther conference.

  6. HT says:

    Very sad news – Neil Armstrong died today. First man on the moon.

  7. HT says:

    Where are all the new heroes?

    • northwestrain says:

      There are a few sheroes!

      But few new heroes or sheroes.

      • HT says:

        There are a ton of sheroes for sure and thanks for the reminder. Unfortunately, with the current media climate, we rarely hear about heroes of either sex. That is the saddest part of all. Do you recall sitting in front of the television when Yuri Gargarin and Alan Shepherd were going into space. Or the sheer delight when Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon and spoke those immortal words? Or when the first woman went into space. I’m only talking about the space situation – anything outside of that never received front page treatment, even though many, many breakthroughs were accomplished. Today, the media is more interested in celebrity news and doesn’t publicize any breathtaking breakthroughs. I suppose that’s what I’m decrying, if there were heroes of either sex, we wouldn’t be able to read about it, because it wouldn’t be anything but a backpage one column article. Perhaps I should have written, why don’t we read about our heroes of either sex today. Why is it not front page news.

      • northwestrain says:

        There are some unnamed s/heros which the media and the 1% who own the media have turned into villains — Occupy Wall Street. Some in this group have gone to bat for foreclosed homeowners.

        I’m thinking that some of the s/heros will be recognized in the future. Some of the early feminists we honor were probably thought to be insane in their time.

        Today the s/heros could be the ones who tell the truth — when it is easier to lie.

        People who speak out against useless wars and the drone attacks — when it is easier to go along with the propaganda of the “good kill”. These are the s/heros of today.

        Economists who speak the truth about the plans the GOP have for the future — researchers who figure out just where the money is coming from that fuels the political campaigns of the extreme right. These are the unsung and unrecognized s/heros. Problem is if they are names they could be targeted for extreme treatment by the goons of the 1%.