I have so many editorial cartoons to share with you tonight that I need to break them up into two posts. This first one is full of Romney cartoons…
Party of the Second Part coming up later on tonight.
We have lots of links to get to this Wednesday morning, so get that cup of coffee and let’s start the ball rolling.
First up, Chicago Teachers Union has a deal. Chicago teachers vote to return to classroom
Teachers agreed Tuesday to return to the classroom after more than a week on the picket lines in Chicago, ending a combative stalemate with Mayor Rahm Emanuel over evaluations and job security, two issues at the heart of efforts to reform the nation’s public schools.
Union delegates voted overwhelmingly to suspend the strike after discussing a proposed contract settlement that had been on the table for days. Classes were to resume Wednesday.
Jubilant delegates poured out of a South Side union hall singing a song called “Solidarity Forever,” honking horns and yelling, “We’re going back.” Most were eager to get to work and proud of a walkout that yielded results.
There was no need to count.
Inside a raucous union hall packed with people Tuesday night, a thunderous round of “ayes!” and pittance of “nays” halted the first Chicago teachers strike in 25 years.
With exhilaration and relief, delegates from the Chicago Teachers Union voted to return to work Wednesday morning
“It was thunderous applause,” said delegate Adam Martinek of Gage Park High School. “People were blowing whistles and clapping and cheering.”
“And a couple of people started to cry,” said Susan Hickey, an elementary school social worker. “It was very moving. We just all sort of stood up. Very quickly we adjourned the house, and everybody left.”
The hooting and hollering could be heard outside the Operating Engineers Hall, then smiling faces spilled out the doors.
Across town at one of the city’s premiere high schools, Mayor Rahm Emanuel hailed the contract, with its teacher evaluations and his signature longer school day, for giving Chicago’s children a seat at the table.
“This settlement is an honest compromise,” Emanuel said. “It means a new day and new direction for the Chicago Public Schools.
I am glad this strike is over, and that there is an agreement in place the teachers feel comfortable about.
Before we get to the Romney 47% links, I have to share this quote from Clint Eastwood. Clint Eastwood: Obama Sleeper Agent by Ta-Nehisi Coates from The Atlantic
Via Gawker, Access Hollywood asked Clint Eastwood about his now-infamous speech. His response:
“If somebody’s dumb enough to ask me to go to a political convention and say something, they’re gonna have to take what they get,” the veteran actor told an Extra correspondent during a one-on-one interview about his upcoming film Trouble with the Curve…
Asked if Mitt Romney was that “somebody,” Eastwood initially said “yeah,” before adding, “actually, he had some of his people ask.”
The Islamo-fascist, radical atheist, communist bail-out, secular sharia wizard is cunning. And Hussein has many spies.
That is one hell of a sound bite there Clint, it fits in with that other comment from Rick Frothy Dick about the GOP not being “smart.”
No, they are not. Take this example from Rep. Schilling: Lots of Latinos don’t even know proper Spanish
Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-IL) on Tuesday faced criticism for claiming that many Latinos had trouble learning the English language because they had not fully learned Spanish.
“One of the biggest problems is — you know, I’ve got some Hispanic friends — is that a lot of those folks that don’t know English, is primarily because they don’t even know Spanish,” he said in April at a town hall event. “They don’t even know their own language. So that’s why you’ve got these teachers coming in helping them to try and get them better with their own language and then kind of teach them. It’s a pretty tough battle.”
A recording of his remarks was posted online and promoted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, according to Quad Cities Online.
They are not just stupid, they are blatantly stupid.
Which leads me to the Romney Remarks of the 47%…
I have been curious about what Jon Stewart would do with this, here is my answer: Jon Stewart Tears Apart Romney’s Assertions About The ‘Dependent’ 47 Percent
On Tuesday night, Jon Stewart took on the current campaign controversy: Mitt Romney‘s hidden video about those “47 percent” of voters. Noting Romney’s damage control, he mocked the GOP presidential hopeful’s brushing off the incident while clearly being rattled by it.
Stewart began by noting that before this whole debacle, the Romney campaign had hit the reset button, which he likened to goading a girl to go on a seventh date…because this time, she’ll like him.
Video at the link.
I won’t quote this next link, cause it is from one loony right-wingnut extraordinaire: Time for an Intervention – Peggy Noonan’s Blog – WSJ
An intervention? Why bother? Hey, watch that Stewart clip again….
By his own logic, Romney’s dad wouldn’t vote for him…
But is all cool, the Romney campaign has a plan. /Snark Via Little Green Footballs – Romney Campaign Releases Video Titled “Mitt Doesn’t Disdain the Poor,” Then Deletes It
Tonight the Romney campaign released a video featuring Ann Romney, titled “Mitt Doesn’t Disdain the Poor.”
Then they deleted it.
Damn! I bet she was wearing a $1000 t-shirt and said the words “those people” at least once during the interview. Wait a moment! Buzzfeed has an update if you go to this link you can see the entire bit. Take a look at the comments below the interview, funny stuff.
Anyway…Obama went on Letterman and the Guardian had this little post about it: Obama rebukes Mitt Romney over his 47% remarks
President Barack Obama declared that the occupant of the White House must “work for everyone, not just for some,” hitting back at Mitt Romney‘s jarring statement that as a candidate, he doesn’t worry about the 47% of the country that pays no income taxes.
In the secretly recorded video published on Monday by the liberal Mother Jones magazine, Romney told donors that 47% of Americans would back Obama no matter what and “my job is not to worry about those people.”
The Republican presidential challenger neither disavowed nor apologised for his remarks. Instead, Romney cast his comment as evidence of a fundamental difference with Obama over the economy, adding the federal government should not “take from some to give to the others.”
Obama responded during an appearance on the late-night David Letterman television show.
“One thing I’ve learned as president is that you represent the entire country,” he said. “My expectation is if you want to be president, you’ve got to work for everybody, not just for some,” he said to applause from the studio audience.
And one more thing about these leaked videos, if you host an asshole running for president, be ready for some prodding and probing, cause you are going to get it. After all those reports of sex parties and flaming torch baton twirlers, we have this “Exclusive” from Fortune. Exclusive: Marc Leder, Romney fundraiser, speaks out
I don’t know just what kind of “exclusive” this statement can be, sounds like the same shit we here from “these people” on a regular basis.
In a statement first given to Fortune, Leder says: “I hosted a fundraiser for an old friend in May. I believe all Americans should have the opportunity to succeed, to improve their lives, and to build even better lives for their children.”
Okay…I won’t even bother commenting on that.
As for the videos that Mojo released today, Emptywheel had this to say: Mitt: Hostage Situations Are Electoral “Opportunities”
MoJo has released the full Romney donor video. And like Josh Marshall, I was immediately struck by this passage (after 3 minutes in–this is my transcription). This is in response to a donor suggesting that if Mitt could get the Iranians to agree to drop their pursuit of a nuclear bomb.
And the American people are not concentrated at all on China, on Russia, Iran, Iraq. This President’s failure to put in a place a Status of Forces Agreement allowing 10-20,000 troops to stay in Iraq–unthinkable. And yet in that election–in the Jimmy Carter election–the fact that we had hostages in Iran, I mean that was all we talked about then. And we had the two helicopters crash in the desert, that was the focus and so him solving that made all the difference in the world.
I’m afraid today if you simply got Iran to agree to stand down a nuclear weapon they’d go, “hold on.”
By the way, if something of that nature presents itself, I will work to find a way to take advantage of the opportunity. [my emphasis]
Now, like Marshall, I think this explains why Mitt jumped on the Libyan attack so quickly.
So, what are y’all thinking about today?
Okay, for some reason after reading some headlines on the reactions of other GOP candidates to Mitt the Twitt’s latest bombshell, cough…I could not help but think of a few scenes from movies that show how I perceive these fellow candidates feel about Mitt.
First one is from Revenge of the Pink Panther…listen carefully because audio is low.
Just stick with me here…that clip has the reaction that’s like…damn, he shouldn’t do that in public…even though we know everyone does it in the privacy of their own campaign dinner fundraisers.
Then you have this one, from an old commercial…which by the way is a favorite of mine from way back:
Yeah, every one on the same page, but after a few stinkbombs leak out, leave him sitting alone…
But wait, this one from Ghostbusters is the best description, at least for me. It isn’t that Mitt is just the smelly kid, he is the dangerous toxic smelly kid:
“Switch me on…” and then move over slightly to “safety” even though you are pretty much screwed anyway!
On to the articles. I will just post the links and the first few paragraphs, so be sure to check them out.
U.S. Sen. Scott Brown – in another effort to distance himself from national Republicans – denounced GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s recent statements that 47 percent of voters depend on government handouts and don’t pay taxes.
“That’s not the way I view the world. As someone who grew up in tough circumstances, I know that being on public assistance is not a spot that anyone wants to be in. Too many people today who want to work are being forced into public assistance for lack of jobs,” said Brown in a statement. “The number of people receiving food stamps has grown to 47 million. That’s why I’m fighting for job-creating policies that will help turn our economy around.”
Brown, who endorsed Romney for president, has differed with his political mentor before. He even urged Romney to release more tax returns earlier this year, saying the former Bay State governor should be open and honest about all aspects of his life.
The Romney campaign and its surrogates are eager to convince the public the candidate’s “47 percent” problem is little more than clumsy language, but keep an eye on Republican candidates who’ll face a simple question: do you agree with the presidential candidate?
But it ain’t just the candidates distancing themselves…David Brooks Thurston Howell Romney Column – Charles P. Pierce on David Brooks – Esquire
Our Mr. Brooks Jumps the Ship, Thurston for More
Illustration by DonkeyHotey for The Politics Blog (Based on Images from the AP)
Moral Hazard, the Irish setter owned for photo-op purposes by New York Times columnist David Brooks, decided he would be a real dog today. Master seemed down in the dumps, wandering the dark clubrooms of the Young Fogies Club, murmuring to the pictures on the wall, and idly caressing the leatherbound copies of Reflections on the Revolution in France that lie around on every table. Master Brooks didn’t even crack them open. He just stood there, staring off into the middle distance, holding the book as though it were the last bottle of Petrus in the cellar.
President Obama is trying not to get in Mitt Romney‘s way while Republican candidate deals with a newly released video of him offering frank comments about Obama supporters during a closed-door fundraiser.
But the president’s team is also not passing up the chance to point out Romney’s comments to interested viewers.
Out Tuesday on the Web is a new Obama for America video highlighting the grainy images of Romney asserting that many Obama voters see themselves as “victims” who deserve handouts from the government and who don’t want to take responsibility for their own lives.
The video then shows interviews with people on the street reacting to the Romney statements.
“Victims?” says one woman. “I wouldn’t say so.”
Well, one thing is sure…Paul Ryan is taking the South Park approach:
Click this one…can’t embed, it is awesome. First the clip about assisted suicide:
Paul Ryan, do you agree with Romney’s statement about the 47 percent?
“My son, I’m not touching that with a sixty foot pole…”
Full episode here:
Have a wonderful evening!
This is an open thread…
This is going to be mostly a link dump with little commentary, because I have a lot of news to share and I’m still tired from last night.
Yesterday was a day that will very likely go down in presidential campaign history along with the day Mike Dukakis posed for photos wearing a silly-looking helmet and riding in a tank. In a series of surreptitiously recorded videos/audios, we heard the real Mitt Romney–a man who truly believes that he and other wealthy people got where there are on merit alone and that those pathetic Americans who are not so “successful” are worthless, lazy drones who have the nerve to think we are entitled to food, shelter, health care.
Late last night, Romney finally responded to the firestorm over the leaked videos at a hastily called press availability. He looked desperate–his hair mussed and bags under his eyes, his expression sheepish yet defiant, but he stood by his statement at the May 2012 fundraiser that 47% of Americans are dependent on the government and pay no taxes.
For your reading pleasure, I’ve gathered some of the media reactions to yesterday’s stunning events, but before I get to those, there’s even more from David Corn this morning. After yesterday’s big scoop and his appearances on MSNBC last night, Corn released another episode from the Romney fundraiser bootleg videos: SECRET VIDEO: On Israel, Romney Trashes Two-State Solution
During the freewheeling conversation, a donor asked Romney how the “Palestinian problem” can be solved. Romney immediately launched into a detailed reply, asserting that the Palestinians have “no interest whatsoever in establishing peace, and that the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish.”
Romney spoke of “the Palestinians” as a united bloc of one mindset, and he said: “I look at the Palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway, for political purposes, committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel, and these thorny issues, and I say there’s just no way.”
Romney was indicating he did not believe in the peace process and, as president, would aim to postpone significant action: “[S]o what you do is, you say, you move things along the best way you can. You hope for some degree of stability, but you recognize that this is going to remain an unsolved problem…and we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it.”
Romney did note there was another perspective on this knotty matter. He informed his donors that a former secretary of state—he would not say who—had told him there was “a prospect for a settlement between the Palestinians and the Israelis.” Romney recalled that he had replied, “Really?” Then he added that he had not asked this ex-secretary of state for further explanation.
Video at the Mother Jones link.
Also at Mother Jones, a list of likely guests at the Romney fund-raiser.
Joe Coscarelli at New York Magazine: How Jimmy Carter’s Grandson Helped Leak the Secret Romney Fund-raiser Video
The damning video of Mitt Romney telling a room of wealthy donors how he really feels about the freeloading 47 percent of Americans “who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it,” among other candid things, has been floating around online in bits and pieces for three months, but didn’t hit the big time until it was published by David Corn at Mother Jones today. Credited as a “research assistant” on the story is James Carter IV, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, who has been toiling online as an opposition researcher and is “currently looking for work,” according to his Twitter bio. “I’ve been searching for clips on Republicans for a long time, almost every day,” said Carter this evening. “I just do it for fun.” But by connecting Corn with the mysterious uploader of the clip, Carter has uncovered his biggest story yet, one that could potentially affect the outcome of the election. (And get him a job.)
Carter told Daily Intel that he first noticed a portion of the video in which Romney discusses using Chinese labor while working at Bain Capital. That clip, uploaded by a YouTube user named “RomneyExposed” in late May, and then again in late August by an account called “Rachel Maddow” that has since been deleted, eventually made it to Buzzfeed and Daily Kos.*
Additional pieces of the tape were then added to a YouTube account called “Anne Onymous” starting three weeks ago. “There was a minor uproar about it on Twitter when I found [the first clip], so I kept doing research on it and that eventually led me to be able to narrow down who it originated from,” said Carter. Via Twitter, he contacted the person who claimed to have secretly taped and uploaded the video, and then sought to help publicize the remarks. “That seemed to be the purpose of [the filming] — to get it to a larger audience,” Carter said.
Now for those reactions…
Charles Pierce: The Worst Thing Romney Has Said About Americans Yet
Chris Cillizza: Mitt Romney’s Darkest Hour. Chris transmits what is probably the reaction of most Villagers–that the videos are just a distraction and won’t spell the end of Romney presidential campaign.
Jonathan Chait finally faces the reality that Romney is not a moderate Rockefeller Republican: The Real Romney Captured on Tape Turns Out to Be a Sneering Plutocrat
The New Republic staff: Three things we learned from the secret Romney video.
Right wing nut blogger Erick Erickson announced that he has given up on Romney winning the election.
Dave Wiegel: We Are the 47%: The Lousy Math Behind Romney’s Gaffe
Brad Plummer at the Wonkblog: Mitt Romney versus the 47%. Plummer explains why Romney is wrong about half of Americans being shiftless louts who contribute nothing to society.
David Graham at the Atlantic: Where Are the 47% of Americans Who Pay No Income Taxes?
Ben Smith at Buzzfeed: The Long Strange Leak Of Mitt Romney’s 47% Video
The Guardian: Mitt Romney ‘victims’ gaffe: key players
In Other News…
The Nation: What’s Behind the U.S. Embassy Protests in Egypt
WaPo: US Aid to Egypt Stalled