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Romney 2012: Just Ignore All Those Nagging Doubts!


From the Friday edition of the Morning Jolt:

Can You Feel the Romney Euphoria? It Tastes Like . . . Like . . . Tap Water!

Looks like another ringing endorsement for Mitt Romney, this time from the Ace of Spades!

Mitt Romney

Vote for the candidate who appeals to downscale white voters in the middle . . . even if the candidate in question does not, in fact, appeal at all to downscale white voters in the middle.

It’s confusing, but trust us. We’ve prevailed in two elections or primaries before this year (out of 17), so seriously, we know what we’re doing.

That weird, uneasy vibe you get off Romney? Telling you not to trust him? Don’t sweat it, we’ve heard that a million times. And it’s just you, anyway. No one else has that, except for everyone else.

And that in no way will play any role in this election. Because this election will be decided on ISSUES and principles. You know — Romney’s strength.

So it’s not like that whole lack-of-charisma or can’t-identify-with-him-at-all background will hurt him at all. Nope! It’s all smooth sailing from here, on principles and ideas, and trust us, we’ve got big plans to have some of those, sometime down the line.

What’s that? You sense sarcasm in that? Oh. Well, Andy McCarthy is defending Romney . . . sort of . . . or at least declaring himself appalled by the tone of the big “documentary” that purportedly showcases the greed and cruelty of managerial decisions at Bain Capital. McCarthy writes:

I finally got around to watching the Mitt-Bain movie today. It is disgusting — something you’d expect from Michael Moore or Occupy Wall Street. It plays on every juvenile prejudice in the book (Romney heckled, hands counting wads of cash, Romney speaking French, Romney statements out of context repeated again and again). It is wildly inaccurate even in what little it tells us about Bain (two of the four companies were not under Romney’s direction when the job losses occurred). Moreover, we learn very little even about the four companies profiled (like whether they would have survived had Bain not intervened) — all we hear is that, because of Mitt Romney personally, parents had to raid the college funds and skip meals so their children could eat. I’m surprised there wasn’t a Romney look-alike pushing a wheelchaired granny off the cliff — maybe she could even have landed on the Paul Ryan wheelchaired granny.

I realize that Romney started the attack ads and ran a lot of them. This is not a paean to Mitt, whom I like but about whom I have concerns — especially in an election in which Obamacare is so central to our case. But I’ve given a very hard time to people around here when I thought they were being unfair to Newt and Rick Perry. I don’t think I was wrong to do that, because I still think it was unfair. But I have to confess to feeling pretty embarrassed right now.

Like me, McCarthy’s a Jet fan. We don’t embarrass easily.

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