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Friday, September 30, 2016

Believe it or not, you can still buy a George W. Bush “Elite Force Aviator” 12-inch action figure—to commemorate his 2003 aircraft carrier “Mission Accomplished” photo op prematurely celebrating victory over Iraq. Amazon.com offers them for $74.99, plus shipping and handling.

As Republican fetishes go, nothing will ever top it.

So let’s say you wanted to market a Mitt Romney action figure to enhance the GOP candidate’s chances among voters who play with dolls. How would you dress the thing? There appear to be several possibilities, none very flattering.

No warrior poses, of course, because Romney sat out Vietnam as a Mormon missionary in Paris, where he learned to speak French but converted not a soul. Now he’s keen for war with Iran, about which one thing’s certain: no son or grandson of his will serve.

A Governor Mitt doll could only resemble a statue of the Roman god Janus, usually depicted with two faces symbolizing his ability to see the past and the future. In Romney’s case, both faces would signify extremely flexible convictions. As Massachusetts governor, Mitt was all for government-imposed health insurance mandates; now he’s categorically opposed.

It’s been fascinating watching the candidate explain how money paid to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue in lieu of buying health insurance is a “penalty,” while money shelled out to the IRS under identical circumstances constitutes a “tax.”

Who does he think he’s fooling? Back in 2009, when Romney wrote a USA Today column urging President Obama to adopt a health care mandate, he called it a “tax penalty.” You provide proof of health insurance or you pay a penalty. How hard is that?

To be fair, Obama’s been similarly evasive. To be even fairer, the Massachusetts tax penalty is much higher than “Obamacare’s”—half the cost of a yearly health insurance premium, assessed on state income taxes.

Observing this ludicrous spectacle, former Bush speechwriter Matt Larimer predicts that Romney can’t help but be “haunted throughout the campaign by unforced errors to explain his various shifts: the weak evasions to questions, the odd explanations, the bizarrely unnecessary misstatements.”

  • bcarreiro

    What would Mitts action figure look like….GUMBY and his motto: uuummm… I cant have a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

  • alumahead

    The Mitt doll should be on stilts so it doesn’t have to step in it’s own BS.

    • Along With Horns On It’s Head And A Pitch Forks In His Hands!!

  • He will probably hold lots of interviews at his $8 million VACATION house or in his luxury yacht. His 5 sons, on the other hand, will focus their energies pretending to be patriots at Dave & Buster, while the whole gang tries to extricate their silver spoons out of their throats. Hopefully there are no dogs in the premises…

  • OverThe

    What I do not understand is why working people and retirees even consider voting for Romney. Are people really that stupid?

    • highpckts

      YES!!

    • I share your bewilderment. I live in Florida and many of my neighbors are planning to vote for Romney because they are convinced President Obama is going to destroy MEDICARE and Social Security!!! When I point out to them that the man that suggested dismantling MEDICARE was Rep Ryan, a Republican leader and potential VP nominee, all I get is a blank stare back from them. A large segment of our electorate is more inclined to react to a persuasive or cute 30-second commercial than the record of the candidates or their political platform.

      • OverThe

        My wife, a retired educator, and I have decided we are either really intelligent or really dumb. Things seem so obvious to us and are unable to understand others who do not seem to see the truth. I must admit I am becoming very frustrated with our present political climate. All Republicans seem to have to do is push the right irrelevant hot buttons and many rush to their side.

        Eddy T. Hill

        • I believe part of the problem is due to President Obama assuming people have the intellectual acumen to understand policy and discern the results without being spoonfed. Unfortunately, that is not the case. The GOP understands our limitations a lot better than the Dems and take advantage of them to score political points. President Obama should consider lowering the level of his discourse if he wants to reach the average Joe.

          • OverThe

            You could not be more right. Recently I had a phone call to contribute. Not to be coarse here, but I suggested at that time that Obama needed to “Grow some balls”. Which he has seemed to do. Republicans are not going to cooperate with any of his ideas. Get over it and move on without them. I believe the American people understand they are putting politics above the good of our country.

    • They are conditioned, (brainwashed), just to fall in line. The have key words to activate the hate such as liberal, socialist, muslim ect. You can see it work.

      • DurdyDawg

        Don’t leave out ‘Communist’ most oldsters still remember that word though now, like then, they really had no clue as to who they were actually hating. When the walls came down, they realized that Russia was no different in citizenship as we but throughout those years they sorely missed using that word and now they come back strong with it not even knowing (or caring) that this time their directing it at their own Countrymen. Maybe we do have communists running part of our Country, we allowed it by keeping our wide asses on the couch watching reality TV while leaving it to others to vote them in THEN having the gall to bitch about it. Stop looking at reality TV.. It’s SCRIPTED! Just like the minions running as the saviors of GOP. Get out and VOTE! I’m not here to tell you how to vote BUT if you don’t pay attention to the facts behind these candidates and instead get pulled in by the propaganda you will surely vote unwise which will give you four (and if they have their way even eight) more years of woe.

    • dcarpent

      YES!

    • DurdyDawg

      In today’s world, money is god and the media is the almighty word.. Go figure. These people have adapted the rebel yell of the pubs “Anybody but Obama” because rock’n roll is obsolete and this saying could have some great old lyrics in it. We say that the Mittenhead is out of touch, I say the couch potatoes, sleepers and ignoramus’ have joined his ignorant stupidity. They sleep with their eyes open, making it difficult to determine if their paying attention or snoozing.

    • That From Drinking Venom From All These Snake Oil Sales Men Has Been Selling Them And Now They Are Just Brain DEAD!!

    • apparently they are, I think people who have their eyes closed to all of his past deeds, which was never meant to the help the hard working people of America those deeds were meant to make the rich richer..that’s why they turn the blind eye, cause they can’t stand the thought of losing any money.

  • “I don’t remember what I said on that particular occasion. But whatever I said, I stand by it now.” — Mitt Romney.

    In truth, how can Romney be expected to remember anything he’s said in the past? As a serial liar, Romney makes up his stand on issues to suit his audience of the day. Since he holds no firm views on much of anything, he can easily shift gears as needed. Fortunately for Romney, his core constitutency is unconcerned about the truth so he’ll be just fine.

  • Romney Bring Nothing To The Table But More Lies, More Trickle Down Bull Crap Polices, More Tax Breaks For The Rich, More WARS And CHAOS On The Middle Class And Poor Working People Also Down Grading America For Profits!!

    • DurdyDawg

      Fern! You magnificent sweetheart.. You go girl..

  • What I do not understand is why working people and retirees even consider voting for Romney. Are people really that stupid?
    you got that right

  • Aj

    nothing

  • Now We Got Cheney Having A Fund Raiser For Mr. Strip And Ship!! LOL All The Devil Worshipers Should Be There!! LOL