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Monday, October 1, 2012

Mitt Romney Will Fight Lyme Disease with Synergy

Posted by on Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Slog tipper Amy writes, "Remember when Romney's campaign said they were going specific? I guess they meant very specific, like Lyme Disease specific."

Last week, a lot of political observers were scratching their heads after reports that the Romney campaign is sending direct mail to Virginia voters on, of all things, Lyme Disease. It looked like evidence of campaign micro-targeting reaching new levels of sophistication.

At first blush, the mailing doesn't even make any sense. Romney/Ryan promises to combat Lyme Disease though "improved synergy"? What does that even mean? And what happens to those who contract the illness, but lack basic coverage after Romney/Ryan destroys the Affordable Care Act?

Laura Helmuth at Slate thinks that this is a Romney campaign attempt to cash in on Lyme Disease conspiracy theories, which are popular in northern Virginia. I eagerly await my micro-targeted Romney mailer. It will probably tie childhood vaccinations in to Joe Biden's hair plugs.


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internet_jen 1
Are they going to re-distribute long sleeved clothing and long pants to everyone east of the rockies?
Posted by internet_jen on October 1, 2012 at 1:23 PM · Report this
rejemy 2
I hope nobody tells him that the way "synergy" happens in fighting diseases is that the National Institutes of Health use taxpayer money to fund scientific grants to do research.
Posted by rejemy on October 1, 2012 at 1:35 PM · Report this
Stuff like this makes me think that Mitt Romney's campaign messaging would sound more coherent if it was developed through Mad Libs.

Posted by bookworm on October 1, 2012 at 1:44 PM · Report this
Rob in Baltimore 4
Romney has absolutely no interest in doing anything about Lyme Disease. Notice it's yet another Romney plan that is lacking any real details. He's just pandering to the crackpot right wing conspiracy theorists. They're already going to vote for him anyway.
Posted by Rob in Baltimore on October 1, 2012 at 2:01 PM · Report this
As someone who has had Lyme Disease for a long time I do know about it. I caught the Lyme disease years ago, and before it actually became known as Lyme, when we were camping in Washington State Park. Because there was not enough known about the cause at that time I was not treated until quite a few years had passed by. The treatment is not an aggressive anti-biotic as Romney suggests but anti-biotic tablets taken for a few months. This does not, unfortunately, cure the disease which does spread rapidly through ones body. Lyme is spread by about 50 different specis of birds and animals - the tick is on the animals and it is dropped into the grass by the birds as well as by the the animals. Once thought to be carried by only deer it is now known not to be true. Romney is "blowing in the wind" as he usually does. This man should stick to piloting his boats instead of spreading false statements.
Posted by Dismay on October 1, 2012 at 2:03 PM · Report this
BostonFontSnob 6
I suspect this whole bizarre thing is almost certainly Romney sucking up to this Michael Farris character for a big campaign donation.…
Posted by BostonFontSnob on October 1, 2012 at 2:06 PM · Report this
The Mormon bible has 2 dozen words for "wife" but not a single mention of "synergy".
Find out what the Mormons are hiding about lyme disease in my new book "Why Mitt Romney's religion means the he won't fight lyme disease".

Nope. Kookery just does not sound the same coming from Liberals.
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on October 1, 2012 at 2:49 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 8
@ 4, "they're going to vote for him anyway." Not necessarily - they could stay home, which Romney really doesn't want.
Posted by Matt from Denver on October 1, 2012 at 3:54 PM · Report this
Simone 9
Romney/Ryan plan to combat Lyme Disease though "improved synergy" = Make you buy mosquito netting made in Honduras.
Posted by Simone on October 1, 2012 at 5:04 PM · Report this
AnnaCakes 10
As someone who has been suffering with Lyme for the last five years, I can't wait to try some synergy on my illness. Maybe I'll even feel well enough to leave the house this week!
Posted by AnnaCakes on October 1, 2012 at 6:55 PM · Report this
Free Lunch 11
I like the author's quip from the linked Slate article in response to "lay witnesses" that say they have been successfully treated with long-term antibiotics, despite a CDC study that showed such treatment to be ineffective:

"The plural of anecdote is not data."
Posted by Free Lunch on October 1, 2012 at 7:04 PM · Report this
The Slate author has her head up her ass. I was successfully treated for Chronic Lyme (yep, had it for years) with about 2 years of antibiotics. You don't have to be a religious zealot or a conspiracy theorist to believe that maybe, just maybe, the research of ONE institution isn't the final word on a matter.
Posted by SocialScience on October 1, 2012 at 7:54 PM · Report this
venomlash 13
@12: You were told that you had chronic Lyme disease and given a course of antibiotics. The antibiotics made you get better. Therefore, chronic Lyme disease is real, because there OBVIOUSLY COULDN'T be anything else causing your symptoms that might respond well to antibiotics.
The research of one institution isn't the final word on a matter; in science, there is no final word, only the most recent. Until there are more reliable data, we have to go by what we've got, though. What #11 said.
Posted by venomlash on October 2, 2012 at 1:10 AM · Report this
I can't help but love that my area is described as "filthy with ticks."
Posted by DCGirl on October 2, 2012 at 8:33 AM · Report this

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