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  • Mitt Romney Tells Hilarious Tale About His Dad Closing a Factory

    I have some sympathy for Mitt Romney. Sure, he has a nearly insurmountable lead in the delegate count, a polling advantage in the upcoming Wisconsin primary and a pretty decent lifestyle to fall back on should the whole presidency thing not work out.

    But you know that deep in the vacuum tubes of his "heart," he really wants to be Newt Gingrich. That guy fired one-third of his campaign staff, including his campaign manager. Meanwhile, Romney is forced to keep adding staffers, leaving him with nothing but nostalgia for better days in the Romney clan

    Talking by conference call with thousands of Wisconsin voters Wednesday, Mitt Romney told them he had a humorous connection to their state…Romney's story involved the time more than 50 years ago that his father, George, an American Motors executive, shut down a factory in Michigan and moved the work to Wisconsin.

    "Now later he decided to run for governor of Michigan, and so you can imagine that having closed the factory and moved all the production to Wisconsin was a very sensitive issue to him, for his campaign," explained Romney, who described a subsequent campaign parade in which the school band marching with his father knew how to play Wisconsin's fight song, but not Michigan's.

    "Every time they would start playing 'On Wisconsin, On Wisconsin,' my dad's political people would jump up and down and try to get them to stop, because they didn’t want people in Michigan to be reminded that my dad had moved production to Wisconsin," said Romney, laughing.

    In all seriousness, Romney could tell a positive story about his father's experience at American Motors. By moving production to more efficient locales, George Romney saved the company from having to shut down all their plants. Framed correctly, it's the kind of thing Romney could proudly champion, if only he took a moment to extricate the silver foot from his mouth.

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    Tags: George Romney, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Primaries, Republicans, Unemployment, Wisconsin
  • In Romney Clan, the Foot Doesn't Fall Far from the Mouth

    By now, we're all familiar with Mitt Romney's penchant for cringe-worthy gaffes about his own massive wealth. There was the accidental admission that his wife drives "a couple of Cadillacs," his friends own NASCAR teams, he likes "being able to fire people" and of course, that he's "not concerned about the very poor."

    But what seemed like an individual quirk might be a deadly inherited condition

    [S]o far, Mitt's verbal flubs still fall short of his father's. George Romney was forced to drop out of the presidential race in 1968 after uttering one of the most ruinous gaffes in modern politics, a 50-megaton slip of the tongue… If Romney history continues to repeat itself, Mitt's most stupendous gaffe is still to come…

    George took seemingly contradictory stands on many issues, including the war in Vietnam… Romney conceded that he had changed his views on the war, but claimed that when he had toured Vietnam in 1965, he'd been misled by overly-optimistic reports from American military and diplomatic officials.

    Then George Romney uttered the line that would haunt him for the rest of his life: "Well, you know, when I came back from Vietnam, I'd just had the greatest brainwashing that anybody can get."

    Rick Santorum may have a Google problem, but it looks like Mitt Romney's got a Romney problem. From flip-flopping to embarrassing gaffes, Romney's biggest liability is his own mouth. No wonder the candidate hasn't spoken to the national press in over 20 days and had an Economist reporter arrested.

    So please, donate to the Romney campaign. You can help cure Mitt Romney, and the entire Romney family, of this debilitating condition of verbal diarrhea. Every dollar you give to Romney will help him win over GOP voters without actually talking to voters.

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    Tags: Economy, George Romney, Mitt Romney, Primaries, Vietnam