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Thursday, November 1, 2012

As Mitt Awkwardly Grins, a Romney Rally Boos Down a Protester's Mention of Climate Change

Posted by on Thu, Nov 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Right after the news broke that Bloomberg endorses Obama primarily due to the president's stance on climate change, Wonkette posted this incredible video:

Everything about this video is amazing. The most obvious thing to notice is the fact that a Republican audience's immediate response to the question, "What about the climate?" is boos and chants of "U!S!A! U!S!A!"

But look at Mitt Romney's fucking face when the protester kicks in. His smile freezes in place, his eyes go dead, and he starts nodding and oscillating. He has no idea what he's supposed to do. He has no idea what he's supposed to say. So he just circles his head back and forth, like a busted Roomba, with that fucking smile plastered on his face. Then, after an appropriate amount of time passes, he just starts his speech where he left off. He can't even acknowledge what just happened. There's nobody home behind that face, which means that Romney can't answer the question, so he just lets the ravenous, angry crowd answer for him.

 

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Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 1
Interesting Roomba analogy. In Bladerunner, the question was What makes a replicant/machine human? Romney is posing the question, What makes a human into a machine?
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on November 1, 2012 at 1:13 PM · Report this
cressona 2
When I read about Bloomberg endorsing Obama on account of climate change, I took that as a kind of backhanded endorsement. Like when Axelrod and Plouffe got wind of this, they must have started calling Bloomberg's people and trying to explain, "Cool it. Doing something about climate change doesn't poll well with independents."
Posted by cressona on November 1, 2012 at 1:15 PM · Report this
mrbarky 3
USA? USA? Good lord what a bunch of paste-eating morons he has supporting him...
Posted by mrbarky on November 1, 2012 at 1:20 PM · Report this
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His face and expression is the same one from the debates while Obama was speaking. Very practiced, non-emotion face.
Posted by Tom on November 1, 2012 at 1:29 PM · Report this
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This is actually terrifying.
Posted by hereiswheremynamegoes on November 1, 2012 at 1:36 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 6
I can see why Bloomberg jumped ship.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on November 1, 2012 at 1:36 PM · Report this
Kenneth 7
@5 Yeah... creepy Body Snatchers kind of shit.
Posted by Kenneth http://offtempo.com on November 1, 2012 at 1:42 PM · Report this
Gay Dude for Romney 8
@6: Bloomberg is an independent, at the most he was a once RINO.
Posted by Gay Dude for Romney http://mittromney.com on November 1, 2012 at 1:44 PM · Report this
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Jesus. We are so screwed.

The Americans who will likely decide this election are venal ignorant cretins.

Romney stands a very good chance of winning. We have to face that fact.

And if Romney wins he will implement the same moronic policies that have already been proven failures. Policy failures for everybody but the top 1%. But even the 1% has to eat and breathe.

Even the toughest most brainwashed goon squads of the top 1% won't be able to scream "USA! USA! USA!" loud enough to hold back the rising oceans.

Or by defunding education and promoting the bible will the 1% prevent the apocalyptic shift in how much food the planet can grow and where we can grow it.

Posted by tkc on November 1, 2012 at 1:52 PM · Report this
jp 10
For a split second I thought the protestor was actually a Romney supporter holding a sign that said "End Climate Science."
Posted by jp http://vegetablecow.wordpress.com on November 1, 2012 at 1:52 PM · Report this
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@8 it's true. Anybody that shows the faintest glimmer of reasoning or intelligence can't possibly be a Republican.
Posted by tkc on November 1, 2012 at 1:55 PM · Report this
pfffter 12
Well, they are really gonna hate the bloomberg business cover story this week.

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/201…
Posted by pfffter on November 1, 2012 at 2:03 PM · Report this
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Boos and chants of "USA" are standard protester-shushing behavior no matter where you are on the political spectrum. Other chants are sometimes used - "Four More Years" or other short slogans, or even the candidate's name if it has a nice shouting rhythm to it.
Posted by RonK, Seattle on November 1, 2012 at 2:07 PM · Report this
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@ 8 RINO? You mean like Tea Baggers? Claiming to be conservative but really bat shit crazy radicals. Or GProud and the most of the the log cabin "republicans"? Claiming to be conservative but really locked onto a single issue ("trickle down economics" an economic policy history has proven to be a abject failure.) and a strange diefication of Reagan.
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on November 1, 2012 at 2:10 PM · Report this
knobtheunicorn 15
I did not know that bowels can be disquieted. Now I must go take a haunted shit.
The next couple of days are going to feel like sitting in the waiting room while our mom/dad/SO/kid/dog/cat/ferret is in surgery. That horrible melange of climbing the walls and calm, chilling dread.
Posted by knobtheunicorn on November 1, 2012 at 2:10 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 16
@11 exactly.

Oh, by the way, job numbers are way up. Both ADR and the "secret" numbers they release tomorrow (already leaked on the other side of the pond).

And unemployment is down.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on November 1, 2012 at 2:12 PM · Report this
Pick1 17
@8 Ah, the term RINO. You've really been jumping the shark lately.
Posted by Pick1 on November 1, 2012 at 2:13 PM · Report this
pfffter 18
@8 Better crack open that bottle soon in your profile pic. That particular vintage I hear is going downhill with each passing day. Sorry, Uncle Tom!
Posted by pfffter on November 1, 2012 at 2:21 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 19
We used to be a country that reveled in science, research, critical thinking, and healthy debate.

What happened?
Posted by Urgutha Forka on November 1, 2012 at 2:29 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 20
Republicans are ridiculous people: Between their naive and/or sociopathic ways and their seemingly endless sex problems, I don't know how anyone can take them seriously.

There's a reason why things like spam will always be with us, and that reason the people in that audience and others like them.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay http://www.danlangdon.com on November 1, 2012 at 2:35 PM · Report this
blip 21
There is something pitifully tragic about a self-described gay Republican using a with-us-or-against-us term like RINO, which is typically reserved for Republicans who are soft on social (read: gay) issues -- that endangered breed of semi-respectable Rockafeller Republican who once dominated the Northeast, now at best can be referred to as a Republican in name only. From a gay dude. It gets worse, apparently.
Posted by blip on November 1, 2012 at 2:42 PM · Report this
lizlemon 22
Mittsy is looking a little tired these days. Dark circles around the eyes much? Must be losing sleep over all that money he spent on disaster relief. Oh wait.
Posted by lizlemon on November 1, 2012 at 3:07 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 23
@19: very droll.
Posted by Max Solomon on November 1, 2012 at 3:09 PM · Report this
dwightmoodyforgetsthings 24
@21- If it cheers you up at all, I'm 100% certain GDFR is just Seattleblues pretending not to be a closet case.
Posted by dwightmoodyforgetsthings http://www.reddit.com/r/spaceclop on November 1, 2012 at 3:25 PM · Report this
Cracker Jack 25
I dunno -- my favorite part was at the 9 second mark when he says "we, uh, we 'care' about them", as if it's a foreign word that he's pronouncing for the first time.
Posted by Cracker Jack on November 1, 2012 at 3:51 PM · Report this
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Hey, Gay Dude for Romney -

I know we're all planning our election night activities and heard about this promotion they're having at Steamworks exclusively for people like you. For just $5, they blindfold you, throw you over a bench and f*ck you with a three inch dildo. Since you clearly love to get screwed by something unpleasant, I thought this would be right up your alley.

-Gay Dude for Obama
Posted by dak7e on November 1, 2012 at 4:06 PM · Report this
venomlash 27
@26: There's a company that makes 3-inch dildos?
Posted by venomlash on November 1, 2012 at 4:39 PM · Report this
28
Never underestimate the stuff people can be into.
Posted by dak7e on November 1, 2012 at 5:09 PM · Report this
watchout5 29
Why didn't he stick his fingers in his ears and start speaking in tongues. If you act like something doesn't exist, does that make it disappear? Maybe Romney's plan for climate change is to click his heels together. There's no place like Rome. There's no place like Rome.
Posted by watchout5 http://www.overclockeddrama.com on November 1, 2012 at 5:49 PM · Report this
Fnarf 30
To be fair, Romney's probably had about four hours of sleep in the past two weeks combined. Campaigning is tough work, and Romney's really too old for that game.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on November 1, 2012 at 5:57 PM · Report this
Fnarf 31
@27, Vlasic.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on November 1, 2012 at 5:58 PM · Report this
ScienceNerd 32
@10 so did I. I'm glad you commented that or I wouldn't have watched it again. Wow conservatives, you are just making yourselves look ridiculous to the world. Be ashamed!
Posted by ScienceNerd http://stanichium.tumblr.com/ on November 1, 2012 at 6:01 PM · Report this
Gay Dude for Romney 33
@26: You know what is really being screwed by something unpleasant? That is if your guy wins and appoints Bloomberg as the new Secretary of Business.
Posted by Gay Dude for Romney http://mittromney.com on November 1, 2012 at 6:16 PM · Report this
Fnarf 34
@33, oh, my god make it stop! Such terrifying threats you make! Bloomberg! Secretary of Business! Maybe Obama will make Necco wafers the Official US Candy too! Then how screwed will we be?

Seriously, this is what you got? I remember you saying you've been doing a heckuva job defending your miserable piece of shit candidate? What happened to that?
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on November 1, 2012 at 6:54 PM · Report this
Gay Dude for Romney 35
@31: Pickled suppositories?
Posted by Gay Dude for Romney http://mittromney.com on November 1, 2012 at 7:36 PM · Report this
36
@19: Reagan.
Posted by DonServo on November 1, 2012 at 7:48 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 37
@33 "There ain't no Secretary of Business no more, son."
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on November 1, 2012 at 9:19 PM · Report this
Rhett Oracle 38
This audience of mindless dorksheep buying into Romney's charmless boilerplate makes me think of what the crowd was like in Rouen in 1431 when someone shouted out: "what's wrong with a woman hearing voices, dressing in men's clothes and leading an army?"
Posted by Rhett Oracle on November 1, 2012 at 9:46 PM · Report this
zivilisierter Wurm 39
@19: " We used to be a country that reveled in science, research, critical thinking, and healthy debate. What happened?"

Well, people other than white, propertied, Enlightenment deists got the vote - and not we're stuck pandering to the rest of the mouth-breathers.
Posted by zivilisierter Wurm http://peregrinari.tumblr.com/ on November 1, 2012 at 11:22 PM · Report this
Andy Niable 40
Reports of whirling sounds emanating from the grave of George Romney could not be immediately confirmed...
Posted by Andy Niable on November 2, 2012 at 3:58 AM · Report this
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Is the left really this desperate? You don't have to like the guy or vote for him, but the seething, spittling anger here is comical.

He's awkwardly, politely waiting for security to remove an obnoxious, disruptive protester. That's it. Should Obama put up with some asshole screaming at him about Benghazi? Of course not. Obama would probably have a snappy comeback, and Obama's crowd would probably cheer just as loudly to drown out the jackass.

Non issue. Grow up.
Posted by Laughing at the desperation on November 2, 2012 at 7:45 AM · Report this
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A personal comment: any post containing the terms "RINO", "DINO", "sheeple" (or variations thereof), "Rmoney" (or variations thereof), or "sgt_doom" is an automatic TL;DR as far as I'm concerned. I suspect I am not alone in this.
Posted by DonServo on November 3, 2012 at 4:15 PM · Report this
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John Kerry reacted similarly the day that kid in Florida got tazed (of "Don't taze me, bro" fame). It is not presidential. It does not show leadership under pressure.
Posted by DRF on November 4, 2012 at 6:27 PM · Report this

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