Why I Hate Mitt Romney: He Is Like An Internet Troll
In 2008 I wasn’t on Team Romney but I didn’t hate him either. This time around I hate him with a burning passion. I’ve been trying to figure out why and I think last night’s debate finally clarified it for me. Romney is an internet troll.
We’ve all been in the comment section of a blog when some idiot comes along and starts making outlandish statements that derails the conversation. They are impervious to facts, unconcerned with their obvious contradictions and every time they are cornered they simply say something more idiotic so that you start chasing them down that rabbit hole. All the while they ignore all the links you offer to refute them and refuse to provide any to support their claims.
Take a look at last night’s debate and you’ll recognize typical troll behavior from Romney.
And let me — let me — let me mention one more — the reason we have Obama Care — the reason we have Obama Care is because the Senator you supported over Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania, Arlen Specter, the pro- choice Senator of Pennsylvania that you supported and endorsed in a race over Pat Toomey, he voted for Obama Care. If you had not supported him, if we had said, no to Arlen Specter, we would not have Obama Care. So don’t look at me. Take a look in the mirror.
Wait, what? How about we blame Specter’s parents. I mean, if they hadn’t had him, he wouldn’t have grown up to be a lousy Senator.
I disagreed with Santorum and George W. Bush’s support for Arlen Specter but this is ridiculous. No one had any clue who Barack Obama was in 2004, let alone he’d win the presidency someday and 6 years later Specter would change parties and vote for a specific bill.
Now I get why Romney doesn’t want to talk about ObamaCare now but remember, he won’t be able to talk about in a general election campaign against Obama. Of course, Obama will bring it up all the time and Mitt won’t be able to change the subject with lame deflections like that.
Santorum also pointed out that Romney was a hypocrite for attacking him on earmarks while as Governor and head of the Salt Lake City Olympics Romney asked for and received hundreds of millions of dollars in earmarks.
ROMNEY: I didn’t follow all of that, but I can tell you this — I would put a ban on earmarks. I think it opens the door to excessive spending, spending on projects that don’t need to be done.
I think there are a lot of projects that have been voted for. You voted to the “Bridge to Nowhere.” I think these earmarks, we’ve had it with them.
ROMNEY: If Congress wants to vote in favor of a bill, they should take that bill, bring it forward with committees, have people say — vote it up or down on the floor of the House or the Senate, have the president say yes or no, and move forward. But the earmark process is broken. There are thousands and thousands of earmarks, money being used inappropriately.
And I’ll tell you this — he mentioned coming to the Olympics, coming to the United States Congress, asking for support. No question about it. That’s the nature of what it is when you lead an organization or a state.
You come to Congress and you say, these are the things we need. In the history of the Olympic movement, the federal government has always provided the transportation and security. So we came to the federal government asking for help on transportation and security.
I was fighting for those things. Our games were successful. But while I was fighting to save the Olympics, you were fighting to save the “Bridge to Nowhere.”
So earmarks are good and virtuous when Romney asks for and receives them but wasteful and corrupting when others do? The “logic” of a troll.
When asked to use one word to describe himself Romney said, “resolute”. In what way, beyond his personal ambition, is Mitt Romney “resolute”? His record of flips and flops is long and well known.
Romney once again claimed last night that he “enabled our state police to enforce illegal immigration laws”. This is misleading at best, a lie at worst. But Mitt, like a troll simply makes assertions without any regard for the truth. They both hope you are simply to stupid to catch them.
Mitt gets away with this in the primaries because his opponents aren’t very good at knocking him down, have their own problematic records, don’t have the resources to do enough research (though all you need is a couple of interns and Google) or the money to exploit his weaknesses. Romney on the other hand has no qualms about lying and enough money to repeat the lies enough that people think they are true.
It’s a strategy that will likely be enough to get him through the primaries (barely) but if his supporters think it won’t all come back to bite him (and us) in the butt in the general they are fooling themselves.