Topic: Mitt Romney

Thank God for Wednesday’s Debate

Friends, we need to have a heart-to-heart, just among progressives.  Close the door.  I want say something. I’m glad that Obama lost the debate.  Yes, I just said that.  It was painful, and it was maddening.  For those of us who have stood with Barack Obama since 2007, it was even a bit humiliating.  And it was just what we needed. It had to happen, the proverbial slap in the face.

Radical Republicans

Most of us know at least one “sensible” Republican, someone who says they’ll vote for Mitt Romney’s economic policies and turn a blind eye to the radicalism of the GOP’s religious/fringe faction.  Forty years ago, Rockefeller Republicanism made some sense.  These days, the “religious faction” is no longer on the fringe — it has taken over the party.   Nowhere is that fact more evident than in the party’s platform, adopted at the Tampa convention on Tuesday. Here are some highlights … Read More

The Truth About Medicare

If Grandpa or Grandma in Florida are worried that Obamacare threatens Medicare, here’s your short answer: You have paid into Medicare for years and rely upon it.  When you need it, it will be there.  Obama has not cut anything from Medicare.  There are NO CUTS TO MEDICARE BENEFITS.  Obama stopped the government from OVERPAYING for Medicare Advantage.  Now, America’s seniors won’t keep subsidizing private insurance marketing, profits and administration.  Those savings help pay for better health care for everyone, including you.  Anyone who … Read More

Live Long and Prosper

Let’s start with the most basic proposition: Government is run by the people for the benefit of the people; private insurance companies exist to make a profit for investors.  Why else would we need a law to make insurance companies cover children with pre-existing conditions?  Why else would we need a law to make them cover check-ups and preventative care?  Why else would we need a law to keep your insurance company from dropping you if you get sick?  The private insurance system … Read More

We’ve Come A Long Way, Baby! Don’t Let Them Push Us Back.

Are these Republicans for real?  Just as we women are proving our mettle in combat and in the boardroom, we have to fight for our right to …contraception?  As women earn more degrees at every level of education than men, we have to fight to prove that we have the intelligence to make our own health decisions?  They’ve got to be kidding! The Republican Party’s War on Women is real.  Here are some of the facts: Contraception.  Under Obamacare, all health care plans except those … Read More

Vice President Paul Ryan? It’s On!

We can’t believe it either.  Mitt Romney actually chose Paul Ryan as his running mate — Paul Ryan, the most conservative VP running mate ever selected. This means two things: 1. Mitt Romney is running scared.  He would never have taken such a huge risk on a far-right, unpopular VP had he felt like he was cruising to the White House. 2. We absolutely cannot allow Mitt Romney to win.  As bad as a President Romney would be, you can be … Read More

I Was Kicked Out of a Mitt Romney Event and Arrested. I’m Still Trying to Figure Out Why.

(Originally posted at thewheatandchaff.com) I’d been in New Hampshire for the past several days to follow the campaign and see some of the candidates in-person. Yesterday morning, I was chatting up a Romney campaign staffer before an event at the Gilchrist Manufacturing Company in Hudson, NH, when a police officer approached. Sir, we have to ask you to leave the premises. “Sir, is this about my backpack? I’d be happy to show you – there’s nothing dangerous in there.” “No, … Read More

Newt Gingrich: Occupy New Hampshire

By the looks of it, Newt Gingrich may start an Occupy group if he loses the New Hampshire primary today. He’s just that concerned about the power of the 1%. And, by the 1%, I mean Mitt Romney. Back in October, I suggested that the most compelling electoral strategy to defeat Romney was to make the election about Wall Street, with Romney as its plunderer-in-chief. “The only viable option is to turn the very name ‘Romney’ into a synonym for … Read More

Who’s Counting? And Who Counts?

What can I tell you about the Iowa Republican Primary that you don’t know already? That Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum were neck and neck for most of the evening? That Romney “won” by only eight votes? That libertarian Ron Paul was close on their heels? That Newt Gingrich seemed dead in the water, having missed the deadline for the South Carolina primary, but announced he was headed for New Hampshire? That Michelle Bachman dropped out today after her poor … Read More

My Forecast: This Thing is Done

I’m penning this just before results from the Iowa caucuses start to roll in. Why? Because I don’t think that they matter much at all. (Don’t worry: I have no plans to visit Iowa in the near future.) I’ve been saying it for several months (since October 28th to be precise): the GOP race is already wrapped up for Mitt Romney. There’ve been twists and turns along the way, including the stunning rise and fall of Newt. Like many people, … Read More