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Friday, September 30, 2016

Romney, Republicans Struggle To Play Politics After Sandy

Romney, Republicans Struggle To Play Politics After Sandy

As the East Coast begins the long and difficult task of repairing the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, Mitt Romney is struggling to navigate the uncertain political waters in which the disaster has left his campaign — and his Republican colleagues are not helping his cause.

While President Obama has removed himself from the campaign trail to direct disaster relief efforts from the White House, Romney cannot do the same; after all, the Republican presidential nominee has no formal job. Furthermore, given that Romney is behind in the polls in several critical swing states, he cannot afford to completely put politics aside with just a week until Election Day.

Romney’s solution appears to be an attempt to split the middle. Wary of appearing overly political in the midst of an emergency, the Romney campaign canceled a planned campaign rally in Kettering Ohio — and instead decided to hold a “relief event” in the same building, at the same time. The event was not overtly partisan — Romney did not mention President Obama by name, and he avoided bringing up hot-button campaign issues — but Romney’s biographical campaign video did play at the event (along with a song featuring the unfortunate lyrics “knee deep in the water somewhere“).

If there was any doubt that Romney’s “relief event” was political in nature, however, it should be erased by the fact that the Red Cross does not actually want the campaign’s help. As Alex Seitz-Wald points out at Salon, the Romney campaign encouraged atendees to bring canned goods, clothes, and other items to the rally, and Romney said at the event, “We’re going to box them up, then send them into New Jersey.”

The Red Cross does not accept donated goods, however. As its website explains, “Items such as collected food, used clothing and shoes must be sorted, cleaned, repackaged and transported, which impedes the valuable resources of money, time, and personnel.” So, despite Romney’s best intentions, his campaign’s relief efforts will provide little more help to hurricane victims than Paul Ryan’s infamous soup kitchen stunt provided to Youngstown, Ohio’s homeless.

Romney’s fellow Republicans have also done their part to complicate their presidential nominee’s response to the hurricane. Although Romney has refused to answer questions about whether he would cut FEMA’s budget (or even privatize it, as he suggested during the Republican primaries,) New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie has been vocal in his support of the job that FEMA — and President Obama — have done in the wake of the storm. Christie, ostensibly a Romney supporter, also declared that he doesn’t “give a damn” if Romney plans to travel to New Jersey to tour the damage left in Sandy’s wake.

  • I really am terrified of this party getting into office. I am in the East coast in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and I will say that this is no time for any political BS!! People need help, not Romney’s fake-ass BS!!!!!!!!

    • peteserb

      Is this the Massachusetts that gave us, Ted Kennedy, Barney Frank and is now trying to foist Pochahontas Warren on us?

      • William Deutschlander

        You sound just like an uninformed, ignorant Republican!

        • Jack Wormer

          “ignorant” Republican is an OXYMORON!

          • stcroixcarp

            Ignorant republican is more like how the Spanish language used double negatives as emphasis than an oxymoron.

        • Dianes4babies

          Sure does! And quite biggoted too!

        • William, doesn’t he, though?

        • BDC_57

          he is.

      • @ Peteserb It was an intelligent conversation until peteserb, then we get could up in a bigoted statement. If you don’t have a positive, then shut up.

        • Canistercook

          Guess like so many lefties you don’t believe in free speech!

      • You will be very lucky if Warren wins, she will infact watch your back, that is unless you are one of the very corrupt take all type folks. Start counting your blessings.

      • Justin Napolitano

        Peteserb, the fool and Republican party paid hack. If you need someone to make an ass of themselves call peteserb. He has stupid comments for all occasions and is just waiting for the opportunity to show his ignorance.

      • Canistercook

        I’m afraid so!

      • You have the right to vote for who you want. Fortunately the majority rules. Kennedy, Frank and Warren have integrity something the Republican candidates from the top of the ticket on down lack.

      • montanabill

        You sound like a pretty well informed voter to me. But I’m sure you will be informed about the fantastic works done by Kennedy and Barney while they gloss over or completely ignore some major disasters. And just imagine how the Warren saga would play if she were Republican. Wouldn’t it be fun if she suddenly changed parties just so we could watch the verbal gordian knot the Dem’s would get themselves into trying to undo their support?

    • jcbsdriver

      Hang in there Stacie! We Massachusetts voters know the real Romney. Now more voters can get a glimse of the Romney we saw during the flood in Greenfield and the floods in Peabody when he didn’t do what was necessary during a storm.

      Romney lets more people down than he helps. It’s his legacy.

      • Dianes4babies

        Help President Obama and spread that around as much as you can!

        • dalnb

          Nothing can be more American than working our hardest to see that President Obama is re-elected. Be sure you encourage your family, relatives, friends and neighbors to cast their vote for Obama and any Republicans in local and state races. I am a Republican but based on the party’s massive efforts to create failure rather than help with our national problems I WILL NOT VOTE FOR ANY REPUBLICAN IN THIS ELECTION!

          Mitch McConnell’s “Mission of Failure” endorsed and supported by the majority of Republicans has prevented any National Recovery. They have stood in the way of recovery for no other reason than to see Obama fails; they would rather see people suffer than help Fix America!

          • 1bythebrooks2

            I think you meant for us to encourage people to vote for Obama and any Democrata in local and state races. I knew what you meant anyway. Obama/ Biden 2012!!

          • dalnb

            Many thanks for the correction – BY ALL MEANS –
            I meant to say Vote For Obama and ANY DEMOCRATS. The last thing we need are more “Party of NO” Republicans. We can not afford to keep paying people in Washington who do nothing; do not accomplish anything, don’t even try!!

          • I heard that

          • sigrid28

            One of the best things anyone can do to help the Red Cross meet the needs of the hundreds of thousands affected by Hurricane Sandy is donate blood. As a former governor, you’d think Mitt Romney would know that. Donating his own blood may not square with his lofty sense of entitlement, so he shows his disdain for “victims” he looks down upon by collecting canned goods instead and helping load bottled water on trucks–for a few minutes.

            One of the best things anyone can do to help re-elect Obama is, as you say, getting out the vote through personal contacts. Another thing anyone with a phone and a computer can do is make calls using the Barack Obama website, which provides a script, phone numbers, and a checklist to fill out in order to help the grassroots campaign collect data. Just pick a swing state unaffected by Hurricane Sandy and make some calls.

          • Long enough for the photo shoot.

          • I totally agree with everything you wrote. I once lived in Hyde Park,Mass. I know how Romney is. He is full of crap just like his running mate is. I now live in the Louisville,Ky area and you are right about McConnell. He only cares about getting Obama out of office and his close friends,

          • foolsdance

            So pleased to see another Kentuckian in Obama’s corner!

          • jarheadgene

            Only Positive thing I can say about Mitch is …..he is relentlessly stubborn……wait is that a good thing, when you’re an IDIOT and unAMERICAN?

      • neece00

        I am with you all in this discussion, I am scared as hell that Romney will get in. I fear the supreme court, I fear the environment but mostly I fear the middleclass. We will be lost. If I could shout this from the rooftops, I would.

        • Neeceoo, like you, I fear the voter supression, the purges and the supreme court.

          • BDC_57

            they get away with it on my watch. Obama/Biden 2012

        • BDC_57

          good morning my friend I did my duty last and I was proud to go
          vote last night. Obama/Biden 2012

          • neece00

            Good morning to you too, so glad we still have a few good ones in our corner.

      • docb

        He played his campaign video at the fake Disaster rally and had campaign brochures handed out before they could do the fraud disaster ploy!…the Red Cross said NO..to canned goods ..they need blood and donations…This was another scam on the voter by the panicky fraud willard milhous!!

        If I were the Chairman of GM and Chrysler I would bring a suit to romney for causing instability around my products and in my work force!

        He is an outrageous fraud that has lied with glee but now now he has caused hardship to an Industry that was just saved! 1.5 million jobs saved and an institution in manufacturing History of the USA!

        Reprehensible and disgusting trash is all romney milhous is! Worse than Nixon who was a patriot which the scum bag is not!

    • daniel bostdorf

      Mitt Romney refused to answer reporters’ questions about how he would handle the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

      This was directly after a Tuesday “storm relief” event in Ohio for Hurricane Sandy.

      During the GOP primary debate last year, Romney stated he supported the idea of states and private sector groups taking over responsibility for disaster relief…..”Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction,” he stated.

      Romney went on:
      “And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better. Instead of thinking, ‘In the federal budget, what we should cut?’ we should ask the opposite question: ‘What should we keep?’…”We cannot — we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids,”

      More bizarre remarks when asked specifically about disaster relief:

      “It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids, knowing full well that we’ll all be dead and gone before it’s paid off. It makes no sense at all.”

      What is immoral is your existence and that of anyone in the Republican party that supports the neo-fascists mentality of The Teaparty.

      Nauseating to listen to this guy anymore….pathetic….

      Don’t worry…Obama has the Electoral College wrapped up….

      • bckrd1

        Not yet he doesn’t so let’s not get ahead of ourselves. I am superstitious and don’t want to count the chickens yet. I can’t wait until this is over but hopefully with the remaining days more of Romney/Ryan lies will get more attention and they will be rejected soundly. I am praying for that anyway.

        • Dianes4babies

          They will get the attention they need if the media does it job!

        • dalnb

          The fools who strut their hour upon the stage and then (HOPEFULLY) are heard of no more!

        • I’m like you. I am voting Obama-Biden 2012 and Democrats.

        • neece00

          Right, we don’t want to be so far ahead that people think their vote will not count. We NEED every person who is voting for Obama to please, please, please place your vote.

        • Let’s not. Florida can still steal the election with the help of the Supreme Court. What happens to all those voters in New Jersey and New York?

        • geoelb

          This is already becoming the longest week in my life. We MUST re-elect Pre. Obama~!!!

        • action55

          I will pray right along with you. If willard is bold enough to come right out in lie about the auto industry. I’m not sure what else he is capable of. We are going to have watch our backs with him. He wants it to bad. that makes him a desperate man…..WELL I said desperate. It can make you do anything

      • dalnb

        Romney and Ryan have both said the states should be responsible for emergencies in their jurisdictions! That is how much they know about our National Emergency Management program and how it works. It surprises me that Romney does not know better than that as in fact the Governors are responsible for emergency responses within their states. They can call upon FEMA for federal assistance when the emergency is beyond their resources. FEMA can draw on resources from anywhere in the U.S. and is not restricted to Mutual Aid Agreements with neighboring states.

        • The only way Willard could be aware of the protocols involved in emergency response is if he had actually given a damn enough to pay attention to it when he was governor. Willard cares not for any elected office but the title and prestige.

          • WeAreTogetherNow

            Princess Mittzl Schnitzel really doesn’t want the JOB, he wants the title, that’s all. We can’t let him in, he will just lay down on the job, and act offended if anyone tries to speak to him. Mitt does not have the bottom to take on a tough job and see it through, it’s obvious. He contacted the Republican governors only, that pretty much shows our glorious leader Mittzl in all his rapturous glory, the fine upright churchman, trying to lie his way into the White House, because it’s his turn. Ann is going to be very difficult to live with after he loses. She’s had to actually touch Youpeople, and act like she likes Youwomen, and if she don’t get what she wants, it’ll be Katie-bar-the-door.

          • dalnb

            Well said!

            Lets be sure Romney does not get into the White House. I send daily emails to family, friends and relatives and take every opportunity I can to ensure people are getting the truth regarding Obama’s accomplishments and the Republicans Mission of Failure that has prevented any National Recovery!

        • FEMA and the love of our fellow Americans is what this country should be all about.

    • bckrd1

      Now if we can get millions more to feel the same way we might be able to send a loud and clear message to the Republicans that we don’t want what they are trying to sell us.

      • Canistercook

        Well what you are buying smells pretty bad to me. And I am an Independent!

        • old_blu

          No you’re not.

          • Canistercook

            Guess no one can decide for themselves what they are in your book if they are not ‘one of you’.

          • old_blu

            I’ve seen your rants before this is not my first time reading your verbal vomit and you are for Romney all the way and no one could ever change your mind. RIGHT?

          • Canistercook

            They could if they could show me they have good leadership and financial skills. Romney has those skills. Obama does not. Neither man has a good background in foreign affairs which worries me but I only have two choices. I don’t insult those that don’t agree with me and I go with who I feel will be better for my children and grandchildren. This Republic is seriously divided and in deep trouble and there is a lot of blame to go around but laying blame on one or the other side or insulting the other side will not fix it. Obama is not an idiot nor is Romney or Trump. Just some have a different opinion of how we can pull ourselves out of the mess we are in. I just do not believe the country can continue spending money and borrowing 40% of it from China and Obama’s solution is tax the heck out of the ‘rich’ and spend and Romney’s is cut spending and keep taxes at their current rate. With the average ‘rich’ guy in California already paying 50 cents out of a dollar in various taxes and the rich paying over 60% of the taxes I support the no new tax side I guess. We are heading for a new form of slavery and I think many of the rich slaves will move even more out of the country including themselves. We would be a third world country and all would be poor!

          • old_blu

            OMG! I know you said you were an independent, but you just spewed everything I have already heard from your blow up doll Rush, and you said Trump wasn’t an idiot, now you have to know that’s BS.

            Are you saying that a business man with no compassion, character, and honor that can’t tell the truth if his life depended on it is going to be better? It takes more than business to run a country, you have to care, and Romney has proved time and time again he don’t care about anything unless it’s money.

          • Old Blu, he is not an Independent. I have been an Indpendent and one know thier own. Yes, his views come from the hate blogs.

          • Thats great, what has Romney said that makes you think he is going to do anything about a deficit. Obama has actually takent steps to cut the deficit. He had a giant bill full of smart cuts and small tax increases and the republicans walked away. Econo 101. Romney is a liar. I am watching him lie right now. The guy is fake!

          • BDC_57

            you got that right he’s a bigger liar then casy anthony.

          • Where did you ever get the notion that it takes good financial and leadership skills to be a corporate pirate?? (All it takes is more money than you know what to do with…which Romney got from his Dad.)Are you saying Black Beard was also a good business person?? Because Romney is absolutely no different…The only difference was Mittens came into lots of money and was able to buyout many companies that didn’t want buying out, and reworking many unsuspecting companies in a way that loaded them with debt, shipped their jobs overseas and left many of their retirees with either no pensions or reduced pensions. And he even often cheated companies he bought by intentionally overbidding other companies until Bain was the only bidder and then Bain would nickel and dime the company to get the actual bid down bringing up all kinds of reasons why when it was too late for the company to say”Take your bid and shove it.” He is not a nice guy…and you can have him..just don’t give him to America.

          • great job old blu. this slimy rascal is just like Romney. Coming in posing as an independent but immediately recognized for who they really are, a far right winger trying to sound as if they are being objective. I’ve never seen tricks like this being pulled by republicans. They really meant it when they said “Their primary agenda is to make this POTUS a one term President”. They are doing everything they can to get this election just like in 2004. Vote folks or this coldhearted rascal will make us suffer for the next four years. Mitt is bad for the country and bad for politics.

          • Old Blu, you are good.

          • northroader1775

            If you get your news from fox you are a drone….to be fair though msnbc is not too much better though they don’t claim to be fair and balanced. Anyhow to vote for a flipflopping liar over Obama is a very bad choice.

          • Canistercook

            I get my news mostly from CNN and sometimes Greta on Fox. Like all politicians both men are playing to their audience and followers and likely voters. I feel another 4 years of a man with a law degree who makes good speeches and has 2 years voting in the senate (those votes have never been revealed) vs a man with an economics major and has run two big business organizations is a poor decision on your part. Unfortunately I feel neither man has a lot of knowledge and experience when it comes to defense and world affairs. I just hope either would be a quick learner and do the right things for America. Getting ones news all the time from any same source or periodical is not a good thing to do. However I also read the N.Y. Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Fiscal Times and the U.K. Daily Telegraph if I have time. We only have two choices. I feel Romney would swing more to the middle if not the need to placate the far right wing voters and Obama would swing more to the left if not the need to placate the white middle class voters! I believe in basically a competitive capitalistic system with help to the deserving poor as necessary, but require all to work and contribute as best they can to the good of a healthy society. With 90% black, 47% Hispanic, 27% white babies presently being born to single mothers, many of them teenagers, I feel we are heading in the wrong direction. I therefore support strongly Planned Parenthood. I am concerned that neither candidate will take on the gun lobby that has and is causing our streets to become dangerous, My experience with trying to run a small business today with the overbearing people with government badges lording over me with forms, penalties,permits, fines has led me to feel if we want jobs we must create the atmosphere that is conducive to creating them. Right now we are driving them out of much of California and the U.S. Our only saving grace is our California Silicon Valley where because of the climate we are able to attract and keep highly skilled workers and gifted individuals. Whether you agree or disagree with a man’s politics calling him a liar when you cannot prove his lies is a shame. Politicians all tell the crowd what they want to hear. This election is not about Big Bird or Obamacare, it is about the economy and future of our country. Guess we will see who made the right choice!

          • North, it is not suprising that Cannister is lying and that tells you, right there, he is a Republican. I am apolitical. I do not believe in political parties, but after the Republican Party become the patsies for the Koch brothers and told so many lies, I will vote straight Democrat this year.

        • No, you are not. I was an Independent for several years and I know how they think. You are a right-wing from the lying party.

          • Canistercook

            Another left wing ‘know it all’ I guess

        • idamag

          No, you are not. I’m and Independent and one Independent can recognize another Independent.

          • Canistercook

            Amaziing!

    • Dianes4babies

      AGREED! Romney does not have a genuine bone in his body!

    • I Totally Agree With You Stacie!!! Romney Is A True Sociopath He Gives Less Than A Damn About Other People Lives, You Can Tell By The Way He Made He Money!! I’m Hoping And Praying For All Of You Who Have Been Harm By This Storm!!! Please Be Safe!!!!!

      • BDC_57

        hello friend I did vote last nite and voted for obama/ biden.

    • Jerpell

      All I see is Obama using this as another campaign stop…He knows the cameras will be there…

  • old_blu

    I knew they were going to jump on the band wagon, I wouldn’t be surprised if they blame the whole storm on Obama.

    Remember us peeps in the north west are thinking of all of you, and hoping for the best for everyone.

    • daniel bostdorf

      yes- Romney et al will make up the lie that it was because of Obama’s economic policies that somehow create global climate change…that was the real cause of the superstorm…

      Lies, Lies and more lies and fascist propaganda….anything to get elected….

      • Canistercook

        Sometimes wonder how stupid comments can get!

        • neeceoooo

          Sometimes, I wonder how stupid some people can be

          • Canistercook

            So do I.

          • Neeceoo, it is amazing with all the real information, available, some people cannot learn.

    • THERE IS NO STORM!! Republican “scientists” [formerly dumpster divers] announce once again that climate change is bogus. To quote, “Storm, what storm? ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGH! WHOOOSH followed by silence.

      • CooofNJ

        Thanks for the props. I was just over on another article getting labelled as a Communist and a sheep (ya know, following those greenie masters) because I dared to suggest that it was prudent to continue to study global warming and put some measures in place in case humans were causing it. Not, mind you, railing on about how its a proven fact, just saying that in a risk analysis it’s prudent to pay attention. You would think I murdered Jesus personally! Of course, as “elitists” we would feel that way….

        • As a progressive ex-Pat vet working in the “sustainability sector”, pro-renewable in the leading country in energy efficiency and renewable energy, I get smeared by the “ding bat” right ever time I make an intelligent statement about the relationship between burning fossil fuels and what we have been witnessing this year. Global warming is seerious. However, if one menntions, one is greeted with “Oh, you´ve been brainwashed y the greens”.(used to be “brainwashed by Liberals”).
          The McCarthyite right has an extraordinarilly limited “mental take” on things which relly hasn´t changed in the 66 years I have been alive.

          • CooofNJ

            Yeah, I woke up this morning to a post explaining how McCarthy was “proven right” and that anyone who believes in things like climate change is obviously a sheep for the Communists. . “proof” is that climate change scientists keep refining their “theories” (actually hypotheses but you can’t quibble with them) and asking for more money. Proof that I can’t possibly be a “real” scientist is that everyone “knows” that climate change is the only thing being studied that continues to change models and ask for money for more research. Wtf?! Never heard of nutrition science, cold fusion, medicine, or even petroleum hydro fracking? My head hurts!

            Try to explain that in the early days of internal combustion engines the smart money bet on steam power because water was readily available and there was no petroleum infrastructure. Standard Oil was benefited by years of favorable tax treatment and somehow we got to a society with small business owners having a Lukoil franchise on every other corner, and then hey will rail against government subsidies for alternative energy. Oh my stars!

          • Kent, have you noticed that there are some that think ignorance is a virtue. Global warming is real. The question is whether it is man made or not. However, it does not hurt us to take precautions in case we are responsible.

            I remember, years ago, I was working in OR in a large hospital. In another hospital, in another city, a nurse sliding up onto a stook set off a spark that ignited the ether and killed the patient. After that, they asked OR personnel to wear cotton underwear. This is what I heard from nurses, “I have always worn nylon underwear and I am not going to start wearing cotton.”

            That is the mentallity of those who are not going to do their part to save the environment just in case global warming is not real. It is, but people don’t want to give up their aerosol cans and foam plates. That is too much to ask.

        • old_blu

          The right wingers are only worried about their children and granchildren paying back a debt, they are not worried if they have a world to do it in.

    • Old Blu, that is a good one. I have been expecting these tea party nuts to find a way to blame the storm on Obama.

      • BDC_57

        tea baggers started last nite. hello my friend.

  • docb

    He played his video at the disaster rally today in Toledo!..They seem to be doing just fine with the continued lies, deceit, fraud and scams on the ignorant rabid right voter!

    • “the ignorant rabid right voter!” Says it all. THE NEW MASTER RACE sees their chance for complete dictatorial control of America!

  • kanawah

    Mittens actions are disgusting.

  • Imagine if Romney’s proposal to let the states or private investors handle the present emergency? Imagine if responders were primarily concerned about profits rather than what is best for the people affected by the monstrous storm.

    And also imagine if the Republican denial about climate change and other environmental threats continues.

    Hopefully, Hurricane Sandy will be a wake-up call that will help move the US in positive directions.

    • CAThinker

      Maybe the storm is the real October surprise…

    • stcroixcarp

      Then he could say with that wistful smile of his, “No one wants such a horrible and violent storm to ruin your house or or kill your mother-in-law, but it is God’s will. When life hands you a lemon, Bain Capital will make lemonade and billions of dollars. You should be grateful for this gift.” (I apologize for the snarkiness, because I know that real people are suffering horrendous losses. )

    • Dmullins84

      No, I doubt they will ever learn. We’ve been through some of this before and they are still in denial. Some people never learn.

  • STS

    What I can understand is why anyone would vote for Romney, you can not believe anything he says or most of the Republican party because they have proven themselves to be fools.

    • The Republican problem of PSYCHOLOGICAL PROJECTION
      Psychological projection is a form of defense mechanism in which someone attributes thoughts, feelings, and ideas which are perceived as undesirable to someone else. For example, someone who harbors racist ideas while believing that racism is socially undesirable might come to believe that a friend is racist, projecting his or her racism onto the other person. Projection may manifest in all kinds of ways, and while it may be a defense mechanism, it can also be very destructive.

      • Saw a good example of psychological projection in the so called voter fraud that is supposed to be a problem.

    • micahm14

      STS, you did mean to say “What I can’t understand”? Otherwise, I totally agree with you.

  • While his plans were not well thought out and will not benefit the victims; I would like to see Mitt and Ann dealing with used clothing and canned goods. I would like to see them deal with the realities of life with out the million dollar insulation.

    My thoughts are with the people who are struggling in Sandy’s path of distruction.

  • peteserb

    If Obama deficated in the streets, the left would determine it to be beneficial to disaster releif. If a conservative attempts to help individuals, it’s impeding the effort. Could the mindless left ever wake up and at least look impartially at someone from the right?

    • CooofNJ

      I did. I was an independent centrist who looked long and hard at Romney. I don’t think all of his ideas are nonsense (for example, while I think privatizing SS is wrong (its an annuity), coming up with a voucher system for Medicare may not be a terrible idea (its a service you buy)) but at the end of the day I simply can’t make the data support most of his platform. Unfortunately, the invective that anyone who supports Obama must be in the tank for him, a lefty, a Communist, a Socialist, etc. has completely turned me off. I have become, because of the name-calling by the far right, MUCH more left leaning during this election than I ever would be. I didn’t want to be, but I got sick of being yelled at by people who simply can’t do math.

      The government response to this crisis was not perfect, but they sure did a lot right. I voted Obama in 2008, and was one of those who was not taken in by the “anointed one” hype – I simply thought he would be more competent than McCain. I think he has proven that he is. Perfect, no, but again I never expected him to be transformative. But his math gets at least within shooting distance of adding up (not there, but much, much better than Romney/Ryan). Far from being “mindless”, I would say that many of us who will not vote for Romney put our “minds” into the choice.

      • “Unfortunately, the invective that anyone who supports Obama must be in the tank for him, a lefty, a Communist, a Socialist, etc. has completely turned me off. I have become, because of the name-calling by the far right, MUCH more left leaning during this election than I ever would be. I didn’t want to be, but I got sick of being yelled at by people who simply can’t do math.”
        Sadly people like peteserb have left rational thinking far behind!

        • old_blu

          I completely agree with you, I used to pride myself on not voting along party lines, but people like him and many others have changed my mind I am voting only for Dem this time and I can’t wait to do it.

          • I’m with you, Old Blu. I always thought people, who voted straight party lines were just uninformed zealots who were too lazy or too biased to study issues. The ugliness that has come from the right has convinced me to vote straight Democrat this year.

    • “To all My True Conservative Family and the Undecided Voters”

      The American Family is a family of sharing and giving. And within it self has always been the foremost of for-give and forget: the very heart and soul of Human Decency. It is the fore most “blessing” that makes Our American Family the greatest nation on earth. And yet we see a trend in opposition to this, within the Grand Old Party. Over the past twelve years we have see the rise of special interest in the seizing of governing through out our country. That is, the out-sourcing of our jobs. The devaluation: of our living standards. The deregulation: of our Banks and Stock Markets. The shipping of Our Manufacturing Base: to China and Elsewhere. A special interest group that has devalued our Conservative and Christian values as it created a great economic meltdown.
      Though it is good to forgive and forget. Please give attention too. Something that is not going to repent: in the total deregulating of the Our Banks and Stock Market. In the on-going saga in the devaluations of our children future in the out sourcing of their tomorrow. In the elimination of: the collage grant and student loans. The R&D grants too our Colleges and Universities. The special interest group: seeking the commercialization and privatizing of governing. The special interest group: of ALEC in the Philosophy of Bain Capital. Even now the outsourcing of our jobs is on going in Ohio Wisconsin, Illinois and else where. Don’t take the devaluations of our Conservative and Christian values as “Humdrum”. All of us as conservatives and liberals are always concerned about the well being of Our American Family. A family of sharing and giving through out the world.
      It truly seems to be typical when election time comes around. That is. The choice: between the lesser of two evils. But in truth: we cannot afford a special interest group that seeks to devalue and deregulate the sharing and giving of Human Decency, we all know and honor in common. In all earnestness President Obama is the better alternative. Compared to the special interest group demeaning and abasing the wellbeing of Christian and Conservative Values today.

      • Hi Denis, Unfortunately this is too long and too intellectual for the Rabid Right who are way past rational thinking. Whatever traditional Republicans are still left will read and understand but I hope you will also publish a brief, more emphatic version for the terrified, unthinking right also. SUPER WORK! My Dad [ a lifelong Republican until the BUSH BUSH TEA PARTY took over] would have been proud of you. Thanks, Skip West

      • Denis, there is a documentary, out there, well researched, non partisan, that explains how this mess came to pass. It is called, “Heist.” I think everyone, regardless of the church, oops, I meant to say party, they belong to, should see this documentary.

    • AdamMos

      Tax Returns? Swiss Bank accounts? Off shore accounts in the Caymans and Burmuda? The Pioneer of outsourcing? Dogs on the roof?

    • old_blu

      I can not believe you can’t open your eyes and see what is going on right in front of you, come on you can do it, open them and don’t just look, you need to see.

      • BDC_57

        he can’t he’s on crack.

      • idamag

        As my mother used to say, “There are none so blind as those who don’t want to see.”

    • It appears thaym your brain ran out of sense a long time ago. You repubs are an amazing bunch. You believe every lie he speaks about and make it gospel.

    • Justin Napolitano

      Why don’t you shut up peteserb? You are a paid Republican poster that just can’t say anything good about anyone or anything. Shut up you dumb ass, and go away,.

  • jimhummel

    If Mitt wins, America will lose.

  • It is a sad day in America when one will allow political bias to divide our country during a time of need. My thoughts and prayers go out to all that are affected by Sandy.

  • I think it’s funny Romney trying to play straight line on this. Then Michael Brown OF ALL PEOPLE tries to play politico card implementing Obama’s reaction to storm so quickly was for politico reasons. You think someone in NJ without power gives a rats azz.

    • Shows what kind of scuz Michael Brown is. If Obama had not responded quickly he would be getting bad mouthing for that. With tea party it is damned if he does and damned if he don’t.

  • I agree the whole pochanonta sline of attack is silly. When someone writes that crap I just tune you out peteserb. That’s all the GOP knows is lil snark comments.

    • roseviolet

      It’s not “silly”, it’s racist.

  • I understand why someone in 34% tax bracket would vote for Romney. It’s the one’s that need soc sec and medicare voting for Romney that are irrational.

  • Dude ur an idiot. You can’t even make a point without degrading someone who doesn’t agree with you. You had to write mindless left rather than left ideology. You are a freaking idiot petes.

  • Note to Romney: Withdraw a few million dollars from your over-seas accounts and donate to those in need……believe it or not Mormons are not the only ones who need your charity dollars!

    • And I’m not talking the 47% but both Republicans and Democrats who have been hit hard by this storm.

    • Another note to Romney: WITHDRAW NOW!!! You have done enough damage already!

  • I think Romney made a big mistake running to Ohio when the only man in the race returned to Washington to make sure is country is ready and able to deal with the Sandy strom, each man showed his true colors and the winner is far the only MAN I will vote for and that man is Obama you showed me you are the person to run this country for another 4 years, May GOD Bless you for what you did for this country when it was needed I live in New York and we thank you from the botton of our hearts to me you are the MAN, Romney go back to your home and spend you millions and Pray you will someday be the Man that Obama is .

    • micahm14

      Thank you J. Hull, for your observation of who the best man for the job is and should be. There is no doubt, President Obama needs another 4 yrs to do even more for this country. He genuinely has the best interest of this country at heart. Mitt the Nitwit couldn’t live 100 lifetimes and be the man President Barack Obama is. I hate the idea of Mitt claiming he’s a christian, and has christian principles, being a member of a cult (The Mormons). Check them out on Youtube. read/see all about the secret society they are, not to mention the “magic underwear he and his wife Ann has been wearing since marriage. it’s something that’s a requirement for all married couples who are members of this mormon cult. God has placed our president in the position to run this country, and he will continue to do all he can do to get this country right where we need to be. If Mitt the Nitwit becomes president, we can forget the United States of America as we now see it, and hope for it to be. Personally, I’ve already told my husband, I will be more than happy, and more than willing to leave America if this happens. it would literally be the saddest day of my life on earth. Don’t boo, vote! Barack the Vote!!!! DO THE RIGHT THING AMERICAN, AND GIVE OUR PRESIDENT ANOTHER 4 YEARS!!! IT’S VITAL, AND CRITICAL TO OUR SURVIVAL AS A COUNTRY. MOST IMPORTANTLY, if you’re praying people, you won’t stop praying. Paul tells us in the scriptures to; “pray without ceasing”. We must pray our president back into office. In the meantime, let him do his job as Commander in Chief. Mitt, you and your people need to move out of the way, let the Red Cross do their job. They don’t want, nor did they ask for your help. Go back to MA and live that life you only know, which is to live your lies.

  • Mimi2kool

    Unbelievable. Only the GOP could make being on top of things a bad thing.

  • daniel bostdorf

    Mitt Romney refused to answer reporters’ questions about how he would handle the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

    This was directly after a Tuesday “storm relief” event in Ohio for Hurricane Sandy.

    During the GOP primary debate last year, Romney stated he supported the idea of states and private sector groups taking over responsibility for disaster relief…..”Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction,” he stated.

    Romney went on:
    “And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better. Instead of thinking, ‘In the federal budget, what we should cut?’ we should ask the opposite question: ‘What should we keep?’…”We cannot — we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids,”

    More bizarre remarks when asked specifically about disaster relief:

    “It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids, knowing full well that we’ll all be dead and gone before it’s paid off. It makes no sense at all.”

    What is immoral is your existence and that of anyone in the Republican party that supports the neo-fascists mentality of The Teaparty.

    Nauseating to listen to this guy anymore….pathetic….

    Don’t worry…Obama has the Electoral College wrapped up….

  • The Red Cross does not accept donated goods, however. As its website explains, “Items such as collected food, used clothing and shoes must be sorted, cleaned, repackaged and transported, which impedes the valuable resources of money, time, and personnel.” So, despite Romney’s best intentions, his campaign’s relief efforts will provide little more help to hurricane victims than Paul Ryan’s infamous soup kitchen stunt provided to Youngstown, Ohio’s homeless.

    • daniel bostdorf

      Publicity stunts by both that are out of the Karl Rove playbook.

  • ATTENTION COLIN POWELL REPUBLICANS: If you want a Real Republican president PLEASE PLEASE wait four years and nominate a genuine Republican candidate. As General Powell has realized Romney/Ryan would be a Corporate dictatorial DISASTER for America!

    • daniel bostdorf

      I don’t think Powell can beat Hillary Clinton. 🙂

  • kpolicastro

    OMG they can’t even part with their $$$$$ in this case?

  • Bob Williams

    As you an see from the picture, Romney is out helping the folks, while Obama is sitting in the White House and watching reruns of “Oprah”.

  • Thomas Johnson

    I hear that several of the subway tunnels in NYC are flooded. Why not send Romney and his campaign crews to the subways and give them straws… because they ALL SUCK !

  • bckrd1

    Breaking News: Romney says he created FEMA. As well as saving the Auto Industry, brought Iran to it’s knees with his sanctions and is promising everyone a raise. It says so on his bus. ” Higher paying jobs”. I am not kidding about that part but I am kidding about the first part but I would not be surprised if he did try to take credit for that too as well as everything else. The man is just too much.

    • Canistercook

      You are kidding yourself!

    • bc, let me tell you about Romney. There are referendem votes on the ballot in my state. 1. No more tenure. Teachers have to reapply for their jobs each fall. 2. Merit raises only. Any of you ever work for a boss that had biases against an employee? No more collective bargaining. 3. lay off 800 teachers and all juniors will take virtual learning classes with state supplied computers they can keep after the year is over.

      Romney is appearing on ads on our local tv stations. He is supporting what we are calling the Luna laws. He said outright, he is against Unions.

  • MasterWes

    I like Gov. Christie’s take on this. He reminds me of the story about atheists. They talk a good talk about denying the existence of God, just as Christie has been denying the qualifications of President Obama to serve another four years. But, jsut as the atheist looks up when the ground shakes, Christie says that the best man for the job is there DOING THE JOB. Romney needs more supporters like that, and I am sure that if President Obama had the time to read this, he would approve this message.

    Good luck to you people up there – your storm is completely different from what we have here in Texas, but has proven itself to be of Ike’s caliber, and far beyond that of Katrina!

  • 1standlastword

    Why doesn’t he just send $$$$$$$$$$$$$$?

    Oh…I forgot…we’re talking about Myth RobME!

    • With his money, he could send emergency generators down there. That is one thing Christie called for.

      • 1standlastword

        Good point Maggie! Why didn’t Mitt hear that call?

  • epubcar

    Romney and his minions need to be eliminated.

  • bud2011

    Remember how successful Obama was at Bengazi, letting four Americans die so that he could have his fund raiser. With the economy in turmoil, anyone would be better than Obama.

  • MITTENS/LYING RYAN FAIL TO UNDERSTAND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE .WE WILL STAND TOGERTHER IN OUR HOUR OF NEED. ROMNEY IS THE LAST THING WE NEED FOR PRESIDENT.

    • There have been two chances for Romney to stand up as an American and not a partisan: Libya and now and he flubbed both of them.

  • micahm14

    bud2011. I don’t know who you are, and glad I don’t know anyone that would make such a STUPID statement, like the one you just made. you have to have your head straight up your butt, to think Mitt the Nitwit is the answer for this country. You would have to literally be insane to believe that. Get your facts right. It wasn’t our president that went overseas and had fundraisers, that was YOURS TRULY, mitt the nitwit. England, if they could’ve, they would’ve kicked Mitt in his butt, and told him to get the hell out of their country. so you think anyone would be better than Obama.

    • Canistercook

      Well it looks like the Brits are more polite at least than you! Mitt held no fund raiser in the U.K.

      • Yes, but after Romney´s remarks about the “bad way” London handled the Olympics, Lord Mayor Boris Johnson held a rally attended by 100.000 Londoners, and they sent the mesage they were proud they did a bettere job than Mitt did. British comments about the way obama is handling the crisis are very complementary, by the way, ranging all the way to “Churchillian”.
        As for Rolmney not stumping for funds in England, I bet to disagree. he also was given a list of people in Israel to contact by a certain casino operator- American-Israelis residing in israel who also contributed to his campaign. Nothing against that personally, but please be honest aobut it.
        now concentrate on praying for the victims of the storm and see what you can do to help people there.

        • Canistercook

          They are not allowed to accept Foreign funds. American citizens abroad can donate though.

          • idamag

            can, are you uninformed.

        • Canistercook

          Would do more than pray if I lived in the East but the Salvation Army volunteers are out there helping with my donations.

        • The London Times called him “Mitt the Twit.”

  • You guys are really grabbing at straws here. Quite pathetic really…and desperate.

  • WHY DON’T MITT DO WHAT HE CAN DO BEST FOR SANDY , PUT HER IN A FOLDER AND THROW SOME MONEY AT HER.

  • micahm14

    Continual prayers for the communities of NJ & NY that’s being totally affected by this monster storm. Praying for you all, and praying some more! May God’s grace and mercy be upon all involved, families, friends, etc…

  • Canistercook

    Perhaps what bothers me the most is the level of intelligence and rancor expressed by so many in comments these days.
    We sure have become a very divided country and I am beginning to wonder if we are still a civilized country. We could treat one another with respect even if we disagree with their politics.
    This leaves me with great concern about the future for my grandchildren. As an Independent I am truly concerned.

    • Sierra111

      The incivility started with the Republican House of Representative which hampered many things the president wanted to do for the country. No civility or compromise amongst the whole bunch.

      • Canistercook

        To get compromise one needs leadership. Reagan, Clinton, Kennedy, Bush all had leadership skills. Obama and Carter have none.

        • BDC_57

          If you don’t like it move to china where romney move the jobs.

          • Canistercook

            Unfortunately, some of our best business people and the jobs they are creating are already doing just that and Hong Kong and Singapore is inviting them!

      • Sierra, you are absolutely right. When they filled the house with tea partiers, the most ugly rhetoric that was ever produced came to pass. How about Sununu saying the president was lazy. How about Mitch McConnell saying, “The Republicans number one goal is to make Obama a one-term president.” Nothing about what to do about the economy. A house divided against itself cannot stand. This country is now divided along party lines. Not loyal Americans, but loyal party members.

  • micahm14

    Bob Williams, you just made the second most dumbest statement I’ve ever heard, or read. get your head out of your butt. Get a life. It’s obvious you don’t have one. Oh, by the way, they’re not showing reruns of The Oprah show dumb azz! what a idiot! it’s people like you, that’s really taking up our air, of which, you’re not worthy of.

  • micahm14

    Hell no! Mitt the nitwit, could care less about the devastation those people are going through. they’re not the mormon church. he wouldn’t give to his own cult, if it wasn’t a requirement. he’s a idiot! plain and simple. What part don’t you get America?

  • Chad1945

    Why doesn’t Mitt go make soup with Paul. Than they can sit together and discuss what they should do with the rest of their lives.

  • TheOldNorthChurch

    We are suppose to believe that Obama is not playing politics? He has run out of money so why not use FEMA as a campaign front? He is going to need some excuse for why he loses.

    • Sierra111

      President Obama did nothing to play politics during this hurricane. You have your candidates mixed up.

      • TheOldNorthChurch

        All this President does is play politics. The operative word is play or should I say act, as in actor. He has proven in the last four years that he has no experience nor education to handle the job required. Gotta let him go!

    • Theold, and if he hadn’t responded, what would you be saying?

      • TheOldNorthChurch

        I would be saying that he is acting like a President, not a Politician. FEMA is suppose to do its job. I am sure Obama has no experience in disaster relief operations.

        • BDC_57

          Better than your teabaggers would do they would it to china.

        • idamag

          No, you wouldn’t. You are biased against this president and anything he says or does you will find fault.

          • TheOldNorthChurch

            I only find fault in his ideology.

  • It bothers me that Romney is getting over 20% of the vote. This election should not even be close. We have came a long ways in a 3.5 years. If you look at the economy in a realistic way you would have to agree that Obama has done great with the lack of help he has received from the Reps. They have had one Goal and we know it wasn’t jobs. But thanks for the 50000 cans of pork n beans. This is his idea of help. He has to know the red cross does not want can goods. What a tool!

  • Canistercook

    The adjectives get interesting anyway. “nitwit’, liar, tax cheat, greedy, selfish, fascist, oxymoron, dumb ass. What happened to discussing the issues intelligently?

  • Chad1945

    Why doesn’t Mitt go make soup with Paul, than they can sit together, eat it while they discuss what to do with the rest of their lives.

    They are both pathetic people.

  • Sierra111

    Christie sounds rather irritated with Romney. And I heard Romney say he would not have FEMA because we borrow from China to fund it. How does he know what we do with the money from China versus our own tax money?

    I would like to see him take a $million dollars out of one of his off-shore accounts and donate that money to help. But no, he wants others to donate. This is how he would run the country. No help from the rich but take from the middle class.

  • micahm14

    Polite hs nothing to do with anything. I was responding to your comment, which had no merrit either, so if you’re going to write something, state the facts, otherwise, keep your mouth shut, and go vote for Mitt if you want to. No one can tell you who to vote for, but I can’t imagine anyone, in the conscience right mind would, but I’m just saying. The British are very polite, that’s exactly why they didn’t like Mitt being there, nor did they like what he had to say, or what he represented. You know for yourself, if you have a consience, Mitt has done nothing, for 18 months but told one lie after the other. I know some people would rather believe a lie, then to believe, listen, or even hear the truth. That must be who you are. No matter what he says, you’ll believe it. if you believe what he or anyone else of his party has to say, then….I must tell you, I have a bridge to sell you too.

  • Canistercook

    Let’s just wait until Mitt is in the White House and able to get things done.

    • Magginkat

      Do you really hate this country so much that you would want that lying, thieving, corrupt cult leader in the White House?

      • Canistercook

        Too rude and stupid to deserve a response.

  • Magginkat

    Did you really expect anything decent from this lying, thieving, CEO? He’s campaigning no matter what he calls it & telling lies the whole way. Has there ever been such a prolific liar in any presidential campaign in the entire history of the country? He’s plain jealous because Obama is in charge and not himself. He will do anything to keep the spotlight on himself. He could care less about the victims of this storm. I wonder how long before he decides to turn up in NY pretending that he is helping?

    • It fits with the Ryan photo shoot, washing dishes in a soup kitchen.

  • brothergene

    Newt Gingrich! The man never disappoints. Count on him to rattle off something stupid

  • brothergene

    Terrified, you say? Have you voted for President Obama yet?
    OBAMA 2012!

  • Another photo-op moment for Willard Mittens R’money, a perpetual candidate for president over six years now.

    • Mitt the ultimate hedge fund manager, is just hedging his bets. Like every issue in this election cycle, he test the wind then and takes a position that he believes will improve his chances of winning. He is the ultimate polititian. Without a a set of principles, he is no statesman!.

  • This type of story and the responses herenot only illustrates the desperation of Liberal but the intolerance and hate that they are World famous for

    • daniel bostdorf

      Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels (like Foxnes, Limbaugh, beck and Rove believe) said it best:
      “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
      or as Adolph Hitler stated:
      “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it”
The 1930’s had the Brown Shirts.
The 1950’s had Joseph McCarthy
The 1980’s had Ronald Reagan
The late 1990’s had George Bush JR…
Today we have The Teaparty and the “red shirts.”
The American Right invented it’s imaginary Obama to try and get us to by into their fascism.
It didn’t work.
Obama is going to win.
      Electoral College alone will assure that.

  • blueclouds123

    If Romney held a store relief gathering today why was it in the same location designated for his campaign speech, why did they show a Romney video on how kind and good a person he was, Make me sick. It was good that people bought food and staples for those who need it, but shame on Romney for taking advantage of suffering people and some who have lost everything. Vote Obama, surely you can see he is the better person, Romney is not a person, but a controlled puppet by the tea party. Romney is also going to cancel FEMA and pass those costs onto the individual states who are already short of money, guess who will suffer and not receive any assistance, YOU. The rich in the mean time will benefit very well thank you due to lower taxes and all the costs that Romney passes onto the states will go into some very rich deep pockets.

    • idamag

      Actually, the Romney campaign team bought $5,000 worth of stuff at Wal Mart. A person outside the door handed each person, going in, a sack.

  • TZToronto

    Katrina was, simply, mishandled by a show jumping clown (“You’re doing a hell of a job, Brownie! . . . You’re fired!”) and his clueless boss. Disaster relief is not helpful if the people directly affected have no assistance ASAP. The longer it takes for assistance to get to where it’s needed, the worse the situation becomes. And something of this magnitude cannot be handled at the state level since it affects a big chunk of the country. Romney would wait until the needs could be assessed and then issue grants to the states which would, in his nutty scheme, then hire Halliburton or Blackwater to fix things (at four or five times the actual cost).

    • idamag

      No bid contracts to Haliburton and Blackwater and when Blackwater was caught cheating the US Govt, they kept giving them contracts.

  • I just wonder what would Mitt Romney do if he was the President in this case ? maybe somthing stupid like George bush would do.

    • Maybe fly over the disaster area and comment, “That’s a lot of water.”

  • montanabill

    Mr. Decker, your story seems to jump to the conclusion that whatever was collected (and I understand it was quite a lot) was intended to be given to the Red Cross. The lead-up does not mention Red Cross, but suddenly you are and implying that it would not be welcome.
    I don’t quite understand your attempts at pettiness. The people affected by Sandy can use lots of help and will need it for some time. I sincerely doubt that the relief aid collected by Romney will be labeled. It will simply be aid.
    You also ‘imply’ that Romney might do something with FEMA’s budget, when he has said explicitly that he would not.
    You might look in a mirror to find someone who is attempting to politicize a disaster.

    • daniel bostdorf

      total baloney mister fake name hider and you know it…

      Michael Steele JUST NOW at 740PM and GOP is
      running away….Romney stated in debates FEMA is history.

      Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels (like Foxnews, Limbaugh, beck and Rove believe) said it best:

      “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
      or as Adolph Hitler stated:
      “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it

      ”
The 1930’s had the Brown Shirts.
The 1950’s had Joseph McCarthy
The 1980’s had Ronald Reagan
The late 1990’s had George Bush JR…
Today we have The Teaparty and the “red shirts.”
The American Right invented it’s imaginary Obama to try and get us to by into their fascism.
It didn’t work.
Obama is going to win.

      Electoral College alone will assure that.

      montanabill or whoever the frig you are….your ilk is history because real Americans know you do not have their best interests in you soul…..beauase you have no soul….just mimick what you are told to state….Rove playbook…

      bye bye Teaparty…

      • montanabill

        It was a demonstration in response to an awful video.

  • msrita

    Really that is the best thing they should do at this time. They did tell all Americans to help out not them but us.

  • dalnb

    You learn from your mistakes; maybe that is why Romney seems to change his main so much!

  • So, who exactly is Willard running against? His own record? His fellow Republicans? President Obama? This guy flipflops more than a trout in a flat-bottomed boat! Looks like one, too, the way he is gasping for whatever he can!

  • Christie has finally come to his senses, I wasn’t sure he had any commonsense

    • I was really impressed with Chris Christy. He was genuine. I loved it when faux news shoved a microphone at him and asked him if he was going to embrace Romney’ visit during the storm. He said he didn’t give a damn about politics at this time. He has a state in crisis.

      • old_blu

        Me too, I take back all the bad things I said about him. (ok not all but alot of them)

  • Yachachiq

    I find it sadly interesting that the rest of this terrific country is not tuning into the people of Massachusetts and the degree to what those who know this charlatan is for real. They certainly do not show much support for their former governor. Hmmmm. I wonder why?

  • kanawah

    The no brain fool (Romney) just keeps chewing on his foot, with a little help form his friends.

  • jiggymama

    What a shameless hypocrit.

  • I just read this article and it made me chuckle a bit it just goes to show what a phony romney is and the fact that Chris Christie said he really would nt give a shit if romney did come to jersey to see Sandies damage he kind of said he d be about as effective as the appearence of Ryan at that soup kitchen. Ryans appearence was also all so phony. Romney is nothing more than a lying sack of dog done.

  • darkagesbegin

    The storm struck over 2 days ago, and we still haven’t recovered. Our country is in trouble. We need to elect a man who can get the job done. Mitt Romney

    this ad paid for American Crossroads and not authorized by any candidate or candidates committee.

    • you dumb a.s.s. you cant recover from that much damage in 2 days. and what are they supposed to do what until mitt gets elected to start helping those people. he wouldn’t be able to do anything faster because he’s not doing the work himself. we have the rite person on the job the job he will keep to despite what you may think

  • a80a

    mitt romney a multi millionaire handing out food and dirty cloths , to who? every thing has to be cleaned and checked before distribution, this is a grandstand play,handing off sacks to other volunteers is like ryan washing already clean pots in the soup kitchen. anyone can see though this ploy to gain votes ,but is a failure.

  • northroader1775

    absolutely…and thank you MA…now go back to sucking for a living peteserver. I predict Warren in a landslide. the clown you are running couldn’t campaign his way out of a sack of wet mice…if it wasn’t for super pack money he’d be gone now. Oh an he is also a disaster as a public servant as well…even more important.

  • northroader1775

    No totally believe in it just also believe in calling an idiot by the proper name. I’t’s my version of free speech….don’t like it move on punkass.

  • northroader1775

    it is very important to stop imagining a what if scenario…he will not win …plan a party for Obama’s speech. Call your friends and tell them to bring food and drink and help you celebrate a victory for America.

    • foolsdance

      I’ll bring the champagne!

  • But what’s sad is, when they’re lamenting about their kids and grandkids having to pay back a debt, they’re racking up trillions in t he deficit by cutting taxes and starting wars. I mean, Reagan and the two Bushes are into the defict for 12 trillion if you just look at the budgets they created. But what’s missing is that after Bush left office, trillions got added to the deficit at no responsibility of Obama for a couple reasons: 1) bush and the irresponsible GOP congress passed numerous unfunded bills like: starting two wars, passing two tax cuts, adding a Medicare Drug benefit giveaway to the Drug Industry; along with several unfunded mandates to the states like no-child-left-behind, etc, all of which keeping adding to the deficit even today; and 2) Bush trashed the economy so bad with companies going out of business right and left and workers being laid off at around 800,000/month, which also kept happening until Obama could turn it around, so that Bush is into at least another 3-4 trillion in debt. Which all means that 3 GOP presidents are responsible for over 90% of our 16 trillion debt. So how can they in all honesty say that they are concerned about passing on debt to their kids???(And Romney wants to keep doing the same thing but saying he’s going to spend more billions on defense and cut taxes…how dumb.)

  • My God! RMONEY (sic) hasn’t a clue. He’s not ignorant. Ignorance can be eradicated by training and education.

    He’s stupid. And as we all know, you can’t fix stupid

  • northroader1775

    “how can they say in all honesty….?” That’s the point they never leave the bubble they never check facts they just slurp up whatever Rush/fox is sell this week and repeat it until the next story rises to the top. They haven’t brushed past honesty in years. Unless maybe they meet her dancing in a club somewhere on one of their bible retreats. You know along with destiny and mercedes.

  • northroader1775

    go ahead throw up a list of glowing accomplishments for us to discuss…Oh wait the only thing mitt did right he had to take back just to get nominated…the rest is pure bullshit. How can we take you seriously when the only people who have experienced Mitt’s hand of governance are polling +15 points to OBAMA…why does Mitt still call MA “HIS” state they have rejected him and his policies. How do you expect to convince anyone he is a viable candidate he has PERSONALLY shipped jobs to china…wants to keep the tax break for those who continue to ship jobs out of the country…he has personally profitted from the auto bailout all the while railing against it for political reasons….he has Personally endorsed legislation that strips women of their rights and has yet to appologize for it…he has PERSONALLY endorsed members of the rape is gods will posse…he has PRESONALLY endorsed the idiots that serve on the science and technology committee who believe the earth is 6-9000 years old “Cuz the bible says so.” but you want to have an intelligent conversation about him leading the country because he made money while doing these things and that makes him smart. Go ahead I dare you to put up proof that anything I said was inaccurate…you won’t of course you will just say i need to check my facts. That’s what you say everytime someone calls you on your bullshit brand of pseudointelectualism…you figure “as long as you can spell intelligent you are one!” and yeah I know it’s grammatically incorrect I did it on purpose to point out how dumb you sound.

  • northroader1775

    you are not an independant….you are however a liar. And a rabid mitwitt who cares nothing about the truth.

  • Love it! They are starting to eat their own kind! SO proud of our President right now!

  • Unfortunately for him, Romney is totally bereft of any idea how to truly help people. He has never been in the position of truly ‘helping’ people through bad times, just creating them and leaving the people in the wake of his clearing out all the dollars he can get and shutting down corporations. He only looks more stupid when he is trying to look like he’s doing something humanitarian, because he hasn’t the slightest idea what humanitarian is. If by some wicked chance he should get into office, it would be an even longer, more painful 4 years than Bush put us through in 8 (and that was horrific). I also hope people have enough sense this time to vote out all the Republicans they can and get some people in office who will truly do all they can for the people of this country instead of just stonewalling every good thing the President tries to do. Nuf said!

  • northroader1775

    RIIIIIGHT so Jimmy Carter who has gone on to be an even greater man after his presidency then he was during…no leadership qualities…you know the big problem with Jimmy was he actually served in the military and didn’t want to knee jerk us into another war. So all the war hawks called him weak. It takes a great deal of courage to watch your name be slandered and your legacy go up in flames while you stick to the moral high ground. you wouldn’t know a leader if he slapped your face…and BTW mitt wouldn’t make a pimple on Jimmy Carter’s ass if you are comparing leadership skills.

  • northroader1775

    the economy isn’t in turmoil…it’s in recovery…perhaps if you peak out of the bubble you will notice we are WAY better off than 4 years ago and getting better everyday.

  • Ask the people of Mass where Romney’s brain was when he was Gov in their state. It seems extremely hard to find anyone in that state that has anything good to say about him other than ‘he’s gone and we’re glad’! It does not suprise me that he doesn’t understand what FEMA is or how it works to help in emergency situations because he is so very good at closing and covering his eyes like a little boy who doesn’t want to see the truth and pretends it isn’t there. He is also very good at screwing things up, and I’m glad the Red Cross slapped his soft little hands for getting involved where he should not have been.

  • daffodilly

    The portion of the lazy, useless 47% who would fall for the Republican line are like the domestic partner who is continually insulted and abused but swears “he loves me, I just know he loves me ’cause he keeps telling me so”. Whop!! Wake-up people!! Don’t lie down on the porch then bitch because someone wipes their feet on you!! The “shadow people” (the undecided) may be paying attention to Romney’s behavior in the Sandy situation but, in view of all the Romney claptrap spewed up to now, the poor deluded folks who have made-up their minds to vote for this guy just ain’t gonna change. Lie down people. Mittens needs to wipe the $70,000. horse poop off his sneakers.

  • ih8aloss

    Obama – Biden is the only ticket! Two thumbs up to Mitt and his republican no compromise party going down.

  • IF MITT REALLY CARES SO MUCH ABOUT HELPING THE DISASTER RELIEF WHY NOT JUST GIVE A MONETARY DONATION OR BETTER YET HE CAN GET HIS BUDDY TRUMP TO GIVE HIM THAT 5 MILLION HE OFFERED OBAMA FOR SOME NONSENSE.THIS DUDE CALLS HIMSELF TRYING TO HELP BUT HE DOES’NT EVEN KNOW HOW TO ORGANIZE DONATIONS TO THE RED CROSS . THIS GUY HAS NEVER GAVE ANYONE ANYTHING IN HIS LIFE BUT A BUNCH OF B.S. TALK. WHERE ARE YOU AND YOUR RICH BUDDIES NOW WHEN THE COUNTRY NEEDS YOU. WHY ARE YOU ASKING THE UNFORTUNATE TO HELP THE UNFORTUNATE WHEN YOU AND YOUR BUDDIES HAVE SO MUCH. YOU CAN RAISE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS TO FUND YOUR CAMPAIGN BUT THE BEST YOU CAN DO IN A DISASTER IS ASK THE PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP THEMSELVES TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE THAT NEED HELP BY GIVING THERE USED SHOES , CLOTHES , AND CAN GOODS WHEN YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS CAN EASILY BUY NEW THINGS TO DONATE OR JUST GIVE MONEY

  • My heart and prayers go out to all those impacted by “Sandy”. Now is not the time to talk politics but to talk about helping our fellow Americans. Obama is handling things very well. Any statements to the contrary are made by those who don’t know what they are talking about.

  • onedonewong

    Cut FEMA’s budget??? last I checked FEMA has been closed for business since last Friday. The question that should be asked is why have FEMA

  • Marcy

    Hurricane Sandy – The aftermath of Sandy is heartbreaking. Many states are still without electricity, 80 homes burned beyond repair. Con Edison NY, said “this is the worst case of power outage!” President Obama, immediately acted on the situation working with all governors across party lines. The New Jersey coastline has changed. Fema is already set up, the American Red Cross is in place. Thank God Obama is president because Romney said he would “privatize” FEMA, but because he lies so much, he will probably say, that it’s not what he meant. I hope and pray that the many faces of Romney won’t win. He lies so much, that I’ve lost count. What a Pinnochio! Check the facts don’t listen to Fox News – their 2nd largest shareholder is Prince Wahleed bin Talal! Hypocrites!

    Get your information, not from the lying tea party folks, Fox News Alqaeda Center, the Drugster, Limbaugh man, now going on his 4th wife. Karl Rove (Closet Homosexual), or false prophets and fake Christians.

    For the truth (if you can handle it), go to: 1. Factcheck
    2 Snopes
    3. Urban Legends
    4. Politicheck

    Now, forget politics, please pray for the families who had to endure and are now suffering because of Hurricane Sandy. Donate to American Red Cross or whatever legitimate agency that handles aide for Hurricane Sandy. And, hope that healing and rebuilding will happen with the human heart; no barriers, e.g., politics, race or religion and mean propaganda — just genuine caring for one another. Thank you Chris Christi for saying the truth. Thank you president Obama for caring and reaching fairly out to all governors regardless of their party connection – This is a human thing.

  • jazznj

    This snake-like creature is one lying, soulless opportunist. A pure unadulterated phony!! He must be defeated. This nation would be changed for a generation to come should this bastard is elected!

  • Give me a break you phonies, This National Memo is making this political. Romney may very well be the next President to rid us from the disasterous policies AND foreign policy of Obama. BO is the phony, Romney is real and compassionate. Liberals “act” like they are compassionate , but with other people’s taxes and debt. Romney, thank God will fix that.

  • Only sick people can back-up a jerk like romney. the man is a liar.

  • only stupids can back-up a jerk like romney.this man will do anything to steal the elections.

  • ridemybroom

    Romney….i hope after this is over ill never hear of you again….Chris Christie has already bailed on your behind and the the repubtards party….good job Chris,,,way to go !

  • notafoxfan

    it is a sad state of affairs when someone like romney, who seems to “lie like a rug”,is politicizing a disaster where people are actually hurting..his relief effort in ohio was nothing but a campaign stop and a photo opportunity, as he smiled for the cameras and handed a box of water to a volunteer..oh yes, he also refused to answer questions about his statement during the republican debates about getting rid of fema and letting local commerce handle disasters..guess the fox new network wont play those clips!!!

  • What timing. Don’t you see and reallize that ‘GOD IS IN CONTROLE”. Just ask yourself, why now? Why the east coast? What more of a clear message do we need. Let us pull together and do what we know is right for those in need after this “Historic” storm. Then let us pull together to do what is right for our country and VOTE WISELY.

  • Can Romney say or do anything for anybody without trying to get something in return?? Well here’s your answer.

  • .Can Romney say or do anything for anyone without expecting something in return? I guess not.

  • nobsartist

    willard has his dancing horse judge that headed fema during the katrina disaster to advise him.

  • dondaniel

    Good for Romney! He and his people are pitching in and helping as much as possible. Instead
    of finding fault, have you sent in your relief money yet? I’m sure you haven’t……This has been the ugliest slanderous political race I have ever seen. Obama’s scare tactics aren’t fooling anyone….like it’s been said: When you don’t have a record to stand on, you start throwing in
    personal insults….Isn’t time we all grew up and just talked about the issues and what Obama
    has/or has not accomplished?

    • foolsdance

      Good for romney??? Did you actually read the article??? Here, let me help you: The Red Cross does not accept donated goods, however. As its website explains, “Items such as collected food, used clothing and shoes must be sorted, cleaned, repackaged and transported, which impedes the valuable resources of money, time, and personnel.”
      As usual, Romney didn’t spend one second finding out – much less caring about – how to help the effort. This man is an idiot Apparently, you belong in his camp.

      • fool, you are right. Romney should have called the Red Cross and asked what he could do to help and then done it. Instead he shows up with a camera crew and probably left right after the photo shoot.

      • dondaniel

        There you go…name calling again…how pathetic and boring (and juvenile)….Can’t we have a passing of dialog w/o all the name calling? I’m going out tonight with a very liberal Democrat and we have lively political discussions w/o debasing ourselves with unintelligent name calling….I voted for Obama in 08′ but I’m sure I won’t be making the same mistake twice!

        • foolsdance

          Sorry, I have to stand by it. Anyone who doesn’t even bother to read the article but simply jumps to the comments section to congratulate Romney for his effort is, in my book, an idiot. I went out with a repub the other night and ditto on the lively political debate, but he was intelligent and had fact based opinions. There is a differnce, in my opinion.

          • old_blu

            If you are like I am I have no patience or sympathy for stupid, so once in awhile they get called names, and I don’t think we have to say we’re sorry for that.

    • old_blu

      I got a better idea lets talk about what Romney is or is not going to do.

      I’ll bet today he is backing FEMA unlike last week.

      • dondaniel

        Haven’t you been listening to BOTH their speeches?  Haven’t you looked on BOTH their web sites?  Aren’t you making a clear and impartial judgment?  Aren’t you a bit skeptical on the Benghazi debacle?  Sec. of State Clinton wanted to send in help but Obama said NO!  What is that about?  Or is it about him telling all the U.S. voters that “he”  (the Navy Seals) had the terrorists on the run?  And that seeing the Embassy set on fire and four men killed, maybe he misjudged his success in that region after bowing and scraping to all the Middle Eastern leaders?  He’s not fooling anyone.  “We’ll get to it after the election”?

        • dondumbdan, You are lying to us and yourself if you say you listened with an open mind to both their speeches.

          • dondaniel

            There you go!  Name calling again!  Can’t you write an intelligent response w/o name calling?  Interesting.  Each time I have a dialog with a Obamaite, they resort to name calling…..do us all (and probably your parents too!) a favor and grow up.

          • old_blu

            LOL. Did you just say Obamaite?

            I got a name for you, hypocrite.

          • dondaniel

            There you go…name calling again…how boring and pathetic…..no intelligent recourse. Some how I’m not surprised….(sigh)

          • old_blu

            hypocrite (1) A person who engages in the same behaviors he condemns others for.

        • old_blu

          That sounds like what you and your Fox News, and Breibart, and that is where I heard it I don’t believe either one, but it still don’t talk about what Romney is going to do.

          • dondaniel

            Look up his ideas and thoughts on his web site!  Have you done that?  How can you make a intelligent decision if you haven’t done that?  Don’t drink the Kool-aid.  Delve into all the rhetoric and make the best possible decision…..

          • old_blu

            Here’s what I read on the real news, I’m sure his ideas sound great coming from him, this is what he said about FEMA to get nominated, so his stance may have changed since then.

            “We cannot — we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids,” Romney continued, when asked specifically about disaster relief. “It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids, knowing full well that we’ll all be dead and gone before it’s paid off. It makes no sense at all.”

        • i have been listening and watching and read closed captioning on all the candidates. I try to go onto Townhall, and they won’t let me on to talk and the Repubs are not letting me on the sites I go on without alot of hassle. So you are dedffinitly a donedaniel in ther lions den.

      • yet mitt wants to give FEMA over to the States, and where are the States supposed to get that kind of money, of course, the MIDDLE and POOR Folks, not the rich

        • old_blu

          You and me agree on that.

    • dandumb, Obama is not throwing out scare tactics. That’s the other party that does that. He was even kind when Cristie praised him and said prior storms have taught us what to do. If that were your kind, you would have brought up Fema not responding to Huricane Katrina for a week.

    • Yes, you are Don[e] daniel. All the messages I get on the TV come from one Republican Candidate from Pennsylvania saying he is for Social Security and even having his “Mother” say yes. If he is a Millionaire off of dirty coal, then he should be taking care of his mother. She doesn’t need SS and Med Care as son has enough to take care of all her needs.

  • What ticks me off so much is that when Romney and his party tell lie after lie, when dickheads like “Brownie,” Trump, Rove, Gingrich, “Rush,” even the normally stand-up guy like John McCain falsely accuse the President of ridiculously outrageous duplicity, the network “journalists” don’t expose them, don’t challenge them, don’t question them! I was raised in a moderately conservative family but we’re totally embarrassed and disgusted by what Republicans have become–a disgrace to what they were and to what now it means to be an American.

  • Any opportunity, even a small one, is taken by Romney to politicize events. Even as he has tried to to politicize this disaster, he has a video playing of his campaing. That’s desperation. While he is bagging groceries for victims of this horrendous storm, he and his billionaire friends are grouping to profiteer off of this disaster, the same way Bush/Cheney profiteered off of hurricane Katrina. I would bet a dollar to a donut that we will hear of contractors connected to Romney, his sons, his wife, and all of his billinaires friends seeking to position themselves for contracts in the recovery of the impacted areas. Christie will be heavily invovled in it himself. Stay tuned.

  • Hurrah for Chris Cristie going for the President

  • If Gov. Christie is any indication, the mayors, governors and disaster workers will simply roll right over Romney and his minions. He is so clueless. Obama is their salvation now and they know it. The people who they most care about and who elected them are watching. Maybe the rest of the country will finally realize who Romney is. The contrast between Romney and the President should be glaring.

  • Just sharing some thoughts

  • Jerpell

    As much as I didn’t like Romney, he is the man I will be voting for….With nonsense reporting such as this article, the media has pushed me into voting against Obama, and many of my friends feel the same way…What ever happened to the issues, instead of made up nonsense. Thanks for helping me make my decision!

    • idamag

      liar

  • Romney is a political animal. Such are wall street tugs who make money of out nothing- toxic debts and rotten loans bundled to insurance suckers. Romney puts together a drive like collecting canned goods and flee-bugged sweaters to sick and cancer suffering people while listening to music extolling how relaxing cigarettes can be.

  • jjrjon

    Mr. Brown can ask some of the stupidest questions. It’s reassuring that the President had the forethought to take immediate action and help people caught up in this natural disaster. Our “Do Nothing Politicians” have taken this opportunity to squander the day and play political hot potato with this storm. If it were left up to them how long would they wait before taking action? Our Smart A– politicians want to compare the Benghazi Terrorist Attack to the major storm that battered the east coast that left approx 40 people dead in its wake. This isn’t Benghazi and for an Idiot Politician to even mention Benghazi in the same sentence about this storm is asinine and irrelevant to this storm and rescue efforts taking place as they speak. Furthermore whatever Newt Gingrich says about anything is irrelevant. No one wants to listen to a loser. He had his three minutes of fame and lost.

  • anncats

    Hey guys – this is a losing argument and pretty ridiculous, too. Red Cross isn’t the only relief organization and oh yes, you did know that the Mormons are aleady there helping by feeding people, putting them up in chapels and helping reunite families. And as for the goods that Romney gathered – the Red Cross DEPENDS on the LDS church to provide the food and hygiene kits.

    As for the Red Cross thieves, lets all have the Red Cross tell us what to do – the same Red Cross that took donations of Katrina and 9-11 aid and then siphoned off the money for “other projects” because it wasn’t specifically for Katrina and 9-11?

    Be careful who you ask for help, it could end up making you pay for doughnuts and coffee as the RC did to our boys in Europe during WW2. There is a good reason that a LOT of veterans won’t give a dime to the Red Cross.

    Just once, stop being ridiculous and just say thank you.

  • jjones99

    It is really nice to see people who finally see the republication as they are, not for the people, but for the party. We can’t afford to not vote our president back into office. He is the only person that has stood up for the middle class, and poor these past four years.

  • jjones99

    The Red Cross also need our money.

  • jjones99

    With all that is happening on the east coast right now, I just hope we don’t have another repeat of the 2000 election that happened in FL.

  • jjones99

    How can the states be responsible for emergencies when they can’t even take care of their education and retirement programs. That was the reason the federal government got involved in overseeing the education programs in the first place.

  • jjones99

    At least he’s out there trying to help the people.

    • anncats

      Yes, isn’t it nice that Romney is out there gathering money and repleneshing the Red Cross pantry with food and the LDS hygiene kits. As so many have said, he’s a good man who really cares.

  • action55

    Please vote for Obama and Biden and all democrats!! this race is so important. I do not trust Willard in anything he says is untrue. just ask the Boston Statehouse Reps. That is a very scary man.. forget the costume he does very well in his own persona……

  • jjones99

    THANK YOU! You are the first person I heard that has spoken out and put the blame where it should really be – the rep. congress.

  • jjones99

    Are you sure he didn’t have any?

  • jjones99

    Keeping believing that.

  • Right On Stacie!

  • jjones99

    Not yet, but will do first thing Thursday.

  • Start this rumor. It is not only funny but it might actually be true:

    American Crossroads is running an attack ad claiming that New York and New Jersey would already be rebuilt if Mitt Romney were President.

  • Allen from College Park

    Let’s see–Obama went to New Jersey to help with the immediate need there (which is what President is supposed to do), and meet with the governor there and try to get things done. Romney, on the other hand, goes over to Ohio–a SWING STATE (get the drift?). Now who is where for publicity??

  • Ed

    You should not get caught up in the idea that the repubs want to help the people of the United States. They are looking to the future , when the United States will be replaced by The United Corporations.