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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Mitt Romney Can't Hear Your Questions About FEMA Because He's Sticking His Fingers In His Ears and Going "Nyah-Nyah-Nyah-Nyah-Nyah"

Posted by on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 4:40 PM

I told you about Romney's silence this morning, but it's only getting more and more ridiculous as the day goes on. The Huffington Post is running quotes from the Romney pool report:

TV pool asked Romney at least five times whether he would eliminate FEMA as president/what he would do with FEMA. He ignored the qs but they are audible on cam. The music stopped at points and the qs would have been audible to him.

A follow-up report noted the specific questions Romney ignored, as he was collecting hurricane supplies following his event:

"Gov are you going to eliminate FEMA?" a print pooler shouted, receiving no response.
Wires reporters asked more questions about FEMA that were ignored.

Romney kept coming over near pool to pick up more water. He ignored these questions:

"Gov are you going to see some storm damage?"

"Gov has [New Jersey Gov.] Chris Christie invited you to come survey storm damage?"

"Gov you've been asked 14 times, why are you refusing to answer the question?"

Romney is getting so silent, I'm starting to suspect he might be a ninja.


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Gay Dude for Romney 1
From the Huffington Post article that Paul links to:
“Governor Romney believes that states should be in charge of emergency management in responding to storms and other natural disasters in their jurisdictions,” said campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg. “As the first responders, states are in the best position to aid affected individuals and communities and to direct resources and assistance to where they are needed most. This includes help from the federal government and FEMA.”

No, he didn't answer the reporters question. But that is his position.
Posted by Gay Dude for Romney on October 30, 2012 at 4:51 PM · Report this
He is clearly a Milford Man, a school from which graduates are neither seen nor heard.
Posted by MYeghiayan on October 30, 2012 at 4:54 PM · Report this
blip 3
Let me find out what I think and one of my people will get back to you.
Posted by blip on October 30, 2012 at 5:03 PM · Report this
Ziggity 4
@1: Like you know what his position is. It seems to have changed dramatically since the primary debates - why can't he speak to his new-found belief in big government? You just gonna believe a spokesperson as the final word on this? That's really enough for you?
Posted by Ziggity on October 30, 2012 at 5:06 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 5
why would he answer reporter's questions? nothing good can come of it, and he knows it. the reporters know it, too.

he's only going on friendly media betwixt now & next tuesday. hannity won't ask that question.
Posted by Max Solomon on October 30, 2012 at 5:07 PM · Report this
I suppose all the time you've spent defending racists and bigots has had an effect on your ability to comprehend basic English.
Romney has held many CONFLICTING positions with regard to most subjects.
If you include Romney's team, he has held even MORE conflicting position and often within the same 24 hour period.
So no, quoting ONE response from his team is NOT answering the question or clarifying his position.
If it were so, then why wouldn't Romney himself be able to state such?
You know, like Obama did during the debates.

The Commander In Chief MUST be clear on his policies.
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on October 30, 2012 at 5:12 PM · Report this
sperifera 7
I suspect that his handlers/advisors know that they are caught in a no-win situation, both in terms of the perception of how the disaster is being handled, as well as the race in general. After the relief abomination that was seen pasted on every TV set in America following Katrina, however the President ends up being perceived in the aftermath of Sandy, it is bound to be better than how Bush was perceived. So the public expectation of "better relief next time" would be met in the public's eyes, and it would be tough for Romney to criticize him as the situation continued to unfold today. When he tried that on 9/11 during the Libyan consulate attack, he took a serious hit from all sides. Not going to do that twice.

On the other hand, even the keynote speaker at his debutante ball was saying what a great job the Presint was doing handling the disaster on all the morning "news shows", the President looked presidential at a time of national crisis, and that's how the public was perceiving it - real time.

Sandy sunk not only a lot of real estate, but also Romney's last chance at gaining momentum.

And Gov. Christie has positioned himself beautifully as the next GOP candidate.
Posted by sperifera on October 30, 2012 at 5:15 PM · Report this
Knat 8
@6: To be fair, even if he did answer the question today, it's likely the answer would be different - possibly even the direct opposite - tomorrow. So why bother going to all that effort of opening his mouth and engaging his vocal chords? He's gotta rest up for when his inevitable victory comes down next week. He'll have plenty of time for talking after that.

@2: Thank you for that.
Posted by Knat on October 30, 2012 at 5:18 PM · Report this
tainte 9
uh yeah, of course he didn't answer the questions. he wants to win, and he just might. ugh.
Posted by tainte on October 30, 2012 at 5:32 PM · Report this
Romney's in difficult spot. He can't possibly answer the question in a way that's a win for him, so if he does, he'll just perpetuate the story. If he doesn't, it'll just add to the negativity of the story.

However, it's the same thing as his tax returns. He just said, "No, no, no," and after a while the story went away. The problem now is that he has less than a week left. And, in addition, it's a week when Obama gets to play diligent commander-in-chief who reaches out to Republican governors and leaves no stone unturned. The best Romney could do was hold a lame rally where he gave out trite platitudes and little personal stories. Like Ryan "working" at the soup kitchen, it's all a show, and it looked like it.

But this is the best he can do. Whether Obama will get a bump or not, or whether people along the coast will even be able to move around and have shelter a week from now, let alone vote, remains to be seen.
Posted by floater on October 30, 2012 at 7:13 PM · Report this
Rob in Baltimore 11
1, Are you one of those people who have damage to your long term memory?…

Posted by Rob in Baltimore on October 30, 2012 at 8:01 PM · Report this
Free Lunch 12
@1 - I'm completely baffled by Romney's lack of a strong response here. Please, help me out.

Sure, they have him on video months ago saying he'd shut down FEMA, but why should that stop him from completely reversing his position now with the same confident certainty he employed to reverse all previously held positions during the debates?

Romney is the master of the behemoth lie, but here he assigns the dirty work to his inept staff? What gives?

Jesus, Romney: be a man, turn to the cameras, and lie your ass off. It's where you shine. Instead, you are scampering away from the press in a time of crisis: pretty much the exact opposite of presidential.
Posted by Free Lunch on October 30, 2012 at 8:44 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 13
@7 I don't understand your last sentence. Christie is acting like a grown-up who might be willing to work with someone from the other party to do good.

Bob Dole not only turned off the lights as the last pol leaving that faction of the GOP, he called to cancel the utilities.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on October 30, 2012 at 9:34 PM · Report this
Hernandez 14
@1 "But that is his"

See? I fixed it for you.
Posted by Hernandez on October 30, 2012 at 9:49 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 15
What exactly is FEMA supposed to do..stand on the Manhattan Bridge with some stone tablets and part the waters and make them recede from Battery Park?

This is yet another case where the best solution was and is personal responsibility. Every leader said EVACUATE. What part of that word is not clear? Jump on Amtrak the day before and take a trip to some place out of reach and hole up in a motel.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on October 30, 2012 at 10:39 PM · Report this
Christampa 16
Amtrak? I heard Mitt wanted to shut that down.
Posted by Christampa on October 30, 2012 at 10:55 PM · Report this
JensR 17
@15 let me show you this AMAZING thing I just found. The kids call it "google", with which I can find information on stuff.

As so:

Anyway I found this weird thing called wikipedia where they have all sorts of information of what Fema does, how it reacts and how it function. Enjoy.
Posted by JensR on October 31, 2012 at 12:27 AM · Report this
It will be nice when he's silent after November 6th, after he loses the Election.
Posted by Patricia Kayden on October 31, 2012 at 6:37 AM · Report this
You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me 19
“Well, ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell’ is back - not for gays in the military. It's President Obama's new policy for questions about Libya. Don't ask, don't tell."
-Jay Leno
Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me on October 31, 2012 at 8:09 AM · Report this
mkyorai 20
@ 19 thanks for that timely and useful reminder of how unfunny Jay Leno actually is.
Posted by mkyorai on October 31, 2012 at 8:49 AM · Report this

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