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Mitt Romney once again laid into unions on Thursday as he accepted the endorsement of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), a staunchly anti-union industry group:
Thursday’s crowd was particularly receptive as Mr. Romney said he would pursue right-to-work laws and forbid unions from collecting dues that could be used for political purposes.

“If I become president of the United States, I will curb the practice we have in this country of giving union bosses an unfair advantage in contracting,” Mr. Romney said. “One of the first things that I will do – actually on Day One- is I will end the government’s favoritism towards unions in contracting on federal projects.” The audience responded with a standing ovation.

Romney was referring there to Project Labor Agreements, agreements that set uniform standards for all workers, union and non-union and from different trades, on a large construction project. They promote efficiency on projects involving multiple contractors and avert strikes and other labor disputes; additionally, they can contain provisions calling for jobs to be filled by local workers or, as in a recent Los Angeles PLA, people from economically disadvantaged communities.

The Associated Builders and Contractors really hates PLAs, even though PLAs include non-union workers, as part of a more general hatred of unions and workplace safety regulations and prevailing wage laws and really anything else that protects workers. But it's important to understand that the ABC is not the voice of the construction industry. Though the organization tries to present itself that way, a forthcoming (not yet available online) independent report by Thomas Kriger, a professor at the National Labor College, finds that if the ABC's claim to represent "23,000 merit shop construction and construction related firms" is true, it represents just 0.03 percent of the nearly 800,000 construction firms in the country. There is not a single state in which more than 6 percent of licensed or registered contractors are ABC members.

Not only that, the ABC does not appear to define "construction related firms" in the way that most of us would: Its members include 59 banks Freddie's Bar-B-Que of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, the Land and Sea Restaurant of Corpus Christi, Texas, and the Rose of Sharon European Florist of Jacksonville, Florida. In fact, there are only six states in which 75 percent or more of ABC members are actually contractors.

The Associated Builders and Contractors is a totally appropriate Mitt Romney endorser, in other words, since like him, it's not quite what it wants you to think it is. It portrays itself as speaking for a higher proportion of contractors than it does, portrays itself as speaking for contractors specifically when in fact many of its members are restaurants and banks, and uses that false image to promote a comprehensive anti-worker agenda. And in his speech to them, Romney basically promised to enact that entire agenda if he's elected.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Fri Feb 24, 2012 at 12:31 PM PST.

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  •  "Protecting" more 1%ers (9+ / 0-)

    rMONEY is consistent on this one score, and little else.

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Fri Feb 24, 2012 at 12:50:33 PM PST

  •  Thanks for this. (11+ / 0-)

    The ABC is always running ads decrying PLA's, even though projects with PLA's come in on time and on budget more often than those without.

    Under a PLA all contractors, both union and nonunion, are allowed to bid on any aspect of a project, and all are required to pay union scale wages and follow union work rules. The playing field is perfectly level. The fear of these nonunion outfits is that their workers will decide they like earning union scale wages and join the union. Not only that, a significant number of these companies are using poorly trained, inexperienced workers, who are less productive as a result, and the only way they can compete is to pay less.

    Their Orwellian "merit shop" designation is bullshit too...

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Fri Feb 24, 2012 at 01:15:03 PM PST

  •  So much for that Carpenters endorsement (7+ / 0-)

    Doug McCarron hates the ABC as much as everyone in the Building Trades.

    The ABC chose its' name deliberately so that it would be confused with the Associated General Contractors.  AGC, ABC, what's the difference, right?  Well, one is an actual trade association, the other a bunch of right-wing zealots.

  •  Unions are people...my friend. (9+ / 0-)

    n/t.

    We are not broke, we are being robbed.

    by Glen The Plumber on Fri Feb 24, 2012 at 04:40:28 PM PST

  •  It's time for hard hats to get back (6+ / 0-)

    with the Dem Party unless they want to work for less.

    I'm from the Elizabeth Warren and Darcy Burner Wing of the Democratic Party!

    by TomP on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 08:34:38 AM PST

  •  Always running against the "union boss", need to (7+ / 0-)

    put a new roll in the player piano.

    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 08:34:41 AM PST

  •  ah false consciousness: click your heels, Mitt (7+ / 0-)

    if we all wish real hard Tinkerbell will come back to life

    Faith, trust & pixie dust.
    -- - Tinker Bell

    dangerous voter for a "dangerous president"; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; Warning-Some Snark Above"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Sciant terra viam monstrare."

    by annieli on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 08:38:41 AM PST

  •  Methinks this Mittens is developmentally disabled. (4+ / 0-)
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    n/t

    Hope has a hole in it when Republicans come, bringing shackles and sorrow; branding their greed on the backs of the poor. - Wendy Connors

    by Wendys Wink on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 08:53:41 AM PST

  •  I can see why rich Repubs support this (5+ / 0-)

    But for everyday, working and middle class Repubs--the lifeblood of the party--to support this, is for them to say, in effect:

    What is WRONG with these people? Slavery has been illegal for 150 years and STILL they seem to identify with the master/slave model of society.

    Of course, they all believe that they are or soon will be the masters.

    I guess the intellectual bottom 40% need their myths, too.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 08:54:26 AM PST

  •  Why did some of us ever fear this clown? (4+ / 0-)
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    I mean, I never did, but a fair number of us were terrified of Obama facing him in the general. Don't you feel a little silly now after the last few months?

    •  If the electorate was rational (2+ / 0-)
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      I would never have worried, and actually we'd have Democrats in control of both houses of Congress and most state legislatures and governors.

      Instead we have an electorate -- squirrel!!  Gas prices are up, need to kick Obama out.

      Sorry, we have an electorate where a large percentage are willfully ignorant - Obama isn't a citizen, global warming is a hoax, we have to "protect" marriage from gay couples.  Another large percentage are low information voters who will listen to the garbage that will blanket the airwaves from the Koch Brothers and other right-wing propagandists.  

      And even with an informed electorate, many of them will be prevented from voting, and I'm not comfortable that voting machines are not rigged.

      I won't count my election until it's certified.

    •  Serious Money (2+ / 0-)
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      Even with his clown status, when Romney wins the nomination, all of the huge money will flow to him from the various Super Pacs. That will allow him to flood the airways with lies about Obama. The American electorate has many low information voters who get their information solely from commercials and talk radio. That money will buy votes - regardless of his clown status. I still think that he is going to be a formidable foe.

  •  ABC please tell me mitt didn't sing M. Jackson (0+ / 0-)

    A*B*C*
    1*2*3
    Baby you and me

    Response: If you "got it" you wouldn't be a republican

    by JML9999 on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 08:56:35 AM PST

  •  Just one problem Mitt... (3+ / 0-)
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    Your sorry ass will never see day one..

    Go Obama 2012!

  •  If I were a union member in Michigan, (5+ / 0-)

    I might be trying to think of some way to send Mitt a message.

    •  ...wrapped around a brick? n/t (0+ / 0-)

      Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

      by JeffW on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 09:11:28 AM PST

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      •  Inserted into a ballot box (2+ / 0-)
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        Marked Santorum, Gingrich, or Paul.

        In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'ya aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il ya toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

        by blue aardvark on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 09:22:36 AM PST

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    •  Send Mitt a message (2+ / 0-)
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      by voting in the primary as a Republican, and choosing Ron Paul.  He never had a chance, and it robs Mittens of a victory in his home state.  He has just written off Michigan with his anti-auto worker opinions and anti-union stance.

      BTW, have you ever seen any of the actual workers of the ABC standing up against union membership?  No, it's always the rich owners and their lawyers.

    •  But how could it be done... (1+ / 0-)
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      UAW Workers and their spouses - how could they help the Romney Campaign go bankrupt???

      OH was too overt, there needs to be peer to peer messaging to get Dems to vote Santorum on Tuesday.  So the Romney camp and RNC can't point to anything in print or obvious.  Nor can it come out too soon that Romney supporters use it to get out their voters.  

      800,000 votes were cast in 2008 Michigan Primary - 80,000 votes is 10% of the vote - Romney isn't polling up 10%, probably in the 5-6 range now.  

      •  you do know that UAW and MI dem party (1+ / 0-)
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        as well as Obama's superpac have been reminding registered dems for several days now that the primary is open...

        you do know that right?

        And running ads in heavily democratic areas against Romney, ostensibly to suppress indie turnout for him, right?

        I've become re-radicalized. Thanks a lot you bunch of oligarchical fascist sons-of-bitches. But once again, I have no choice. Bring it the fuck on.

        by mdmslle on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 09:39:45 AM PST

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        •  Yes but... (0+ / 0-)

          They're not saying "Vote Santorum!!" and the ads the Obama Campaign has run is to counteract all the attacks against him in Michigan (or least give the campaign deniability).

          Money being spent is still for Pres Obama.

          •  the ads obama's pac are running are (0+ / 0-)

            intended to depress right-leaning indie turnout. to stoke doubt about romney and depress them from showing up at the polls.

            as far as telling dems which candidate to vote for, well, no but...really. our side does tend to be the thinking side. I think we all can figure out which candidate is the best bet and besides, union people and DEC folks communicate directly in other ways. They know what they're doing. They don't need to say it explicitly (like we did here). The race is between santo and romney - anyone with half a brain knows that. and any dem or union member who is trying to stir shit up can figure it out easily enough.

            I've become re-radicalized. Thanks a lot you bunch of oligarchical fascist sons-of-bitches. But once again, I have no choice. Bring it the fuck on.

            by mdmslle on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 11:28:00 AM PST

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  •  possible typo? (0+ / 0-)

    23,000 out of 800,000 is approximately 3%.  So it would be accurate to say a .03 share of the total, but not .03 percent I'm thinking.

  •  They can send him a message... (1+ / 0-)
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    By voting for Santorum in MI, if  it's an open primary. I have heard it's already happening, in some coordination, said Rove on Faux.

    Sanitorium is a weak GE opp for Obama, with his retarded social views about everything from bc to prenatal testing, so Dems should vote for him in the primaries.

    I think this is a repeat for the Rethugs of 1964 if they nominate Icky Ricky, and I suggest helping them out to commit suicide. Man, I wish I lived there, I live in a state that will have no bearing on this stuff, and by the time it gets to me, it will already be moot...

    •  Rove will say this to rally Romney voters out... (0+ / 0-)

      We won't know until numbers come in Tuesday.  

    •  santorum will not win the nomination (1+ / 0-)
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      but a loss by Romney in MI would be a humiliation of epic proportions, especially a loss to santorum.

      and yes, UAW, MI Dem party and Obama's superpac have been blanketing heavily Dem districts on air with anti-romney messages (to suppress indie turnout for him) and correspinding via email directly with their memberships to "remind" democrats and left-indies that the primary IS INDEED OPEN and they can vote at their local precinct.

      I think many of them will.

      I've become re-radicalized. Thanks a lot you bunch of oligarchical fascist sons-of-bitches. But once again, I have no choice. Bring it the fuck on.

      by mdmslle on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 09:42:42 AM PST

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      •  If Romney loses MI, he's toast, which is why.... (0+ / 0-)

        We should vote for Santa.

        He is ideal for us to whip and we have chances to do it even if the economy turns,  not so Mittens.

        No way he can spin a loss there, if MI goes, Santa rolls on Super Tuesday and wins the nomination.

        •  he's not toast if he loses MI. not by the math. (0+ / 0-)

          santo will not get the number of delegates and neither will romney. MI and AZ have little yo do with it.

          The reality is that if romney loses in MI it's a humiliation but it doesn't effect the math of the delegate count in any significant way. Romney is polling ahead in big places like CA and NY which will not be switching to santo no matter what. Santgo will win the midwest and maybe even much of the south. TX is a big (delegate) deal and he's doing well there. He's not on the ballot in VA. He made it onto the ballot in IN.

          In the end, Romney will have the most delegates but he will not have enough to clinch the nomination early, which is the idea. (you should take a look at some of Attorney at Arms delegate diaries. They give Mitt a best case scenario and even with that, AAA has Mitt at around 913 delegates by convention).

          The best thing that happens as a result of a Romney loss in MI on Tuesday is humiliation and a prolonged primary. That's all. But that's enough for me.

          I've become re-radicalized. Thanks a lot you bunch of oligarchical fascist sons-of-bitches. But once again, I have no choice. Bring it the fuck on.

          by mdmslle on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 11:33:05 AM PST

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      •  He can win the nomination, in fact... (0+ / 0-)

        If Santa wins in MI, given his numbers elsewhere, it steamrolls as the loss cannot be explained. He's already on the ropes now, this would make a Sanitorium nomination a lot more plausible. Ricky would lose big in November, but the anyone but Mitt crowd would have standing to claim Mittens cannot win in November, thus making for a Ricky nod.

        •  you need to study the delegate math. (0+ / 0-)

          ricky is not going to get the nomination. he simply will not be able to get the number of delegates necessary, even with momentum. Take a look at it on a state-by-state basis. California, for example, has 172 delegates alone. That's over 10% of the needed delegate count. Do you think santo will win california? Santo's doing well in TX, which also has a huge delegate count. But NY has 95, Maryland and DC combined have 56, IL has 69.

          You have to look at the state by state delegate counts, the characteristics of the GOP voters in that state (would they favor a romney-type or a santorum-type?) and whether the state is a winner-take-all state or whether delegates are apportioned (and how - some do it by congressional district and some have a threshold or percentage of votes to get any of the delegates at all).

          If you examine that, you'll realize that ricky, even with momentum, is very unlikely to win the nomination on delegate count.

          http://www.batonrougeteaparty.net/...

          We're (They're) headed for a brokered convention.

          I've become re-radicalized. Thanks a lot you bunch of oligarchical fascist sons-of-bitches. But once again, I have no choice. Bring it the fuck on.

          by mdmslle on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 11:44:22 AM PST

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          •  I dunno... (0+ / 0-)

            There is a level of wingnuttery in California's zombie death cult, high enough that if the Santo stampede is still in effect in June, he may win here as well.

          •  No, psychology dominoes almost each and every time (0+ / 0-)

            People vote for a winner. The states Santy is not winning in will flip, IF he keeps winning. Also, a messy floor fight is good for us. And he can still win there and even if Santy does not, it's the right move for us to support him everyplace, for a host of reasons.

          •  I know the math, you are wrong, (sort of) (0+ / 0-)

            1) Psychology flips results, a bandwagon effect sets in. Santorum is already winning in places (or was winning, this might change) like Ohio, and he can win in TX, etc. It will give neither the amount to win the nomination without such flipping, but it's at least possible for it to happen in CA IF people perceive Romney's toast.

            He cannot spin a loss he guaranteed already in MI if that occurs.

            2) If they keep dividing, and Santorum ends up with more but not the required amount of delegates to clinch, he takes it to the floor of the convention and tries to win there.

            If nobody wins enough to clinch, some fight there is likely. No matter who does, it helps us. It's divisive and weakens Romney, if Santa prevails he gives us the gift we've been waiting for, pun intended.

            Even if Mitt and Rick are close in count and Mittens has more, some deal making may occur, and Mittens may be forced to put social issues ridden Ricky on his ticket, which also helps us in the final analysis.

            IOW, without being strictly wrong, you are not optimistic enough!

            •  neither mitt not santo will have enough. (0+ / 0-)

              We are headed for a brokered convention no matter what. I just can't see either candidate getting enough at this point.

              I understand psychology but money plays a huge factor too. Psychology was with Santo a week ago after his wins. Today, mitt is either ahead or it's even in both MI and AZ. Psychology is useful but not impentrable, obviously. So the question is: could Romney's money and organization (and clear bias for him by the establishment - which is no small thing) overcome the psych effect of Santorum wins?

              All I can say is: it appears so.

              They'll both win states from here. They'll both rack up delegates. Neither will have enough to clinch and yes, I'm stocked up with popcorn for the floor fight in August. I can't see any way for the GOP to avoid it at this point.

              I still believe the GOP establishment will have its way and Romney will be the nominee. He happens to be my own preference as well.

              I've become re-radicalized. Thanks a lot you bunch of oligarchical fascist sons-of-bitches. But once again, I have no choice. Bring it the fuck on.

              by mdmslle on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 04:33:01 PM PST

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              •  Why is he your preference? (0+ / 0-)

                He's harder to beat, why prefer him to Sanitorium?

                •  Mitt is my preference (and has been all along) (0+ / 0-)

                  For these reasons:

                  http://www.dailykos.com/...

                  In short, either of them will lose. But a Romney loss keeps the GOP in the wilderness for at least another
                  4-6 years and moves progressive dialog about tax and income unfairness forward. It may even cause an actual party split. Overall I think a Romney loss benefits the country more long term, as well as allows our party to move leftward inch by inch.

                  I've become re-radicalized. Thanks a lot you bunch of oligarchical fascist sons-of-bitches. But once again, I have no choice. Bring it the fuck on.

                  by mdmslle on Sun Feb 26, 2012 at 06:03:01 AM PST

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  •  I am eagerly awaiting the day (3+ / 0-)
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    when not-Joe the non-plumber endorses Willard M. Romney, the non-not-Romney Autobot Decepticon.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'ya aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il ya toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 09:17:54 AM PST

  •  Hey! You can't build the Pyramids with... (4+ / 0-)

    ...Union labor!

    Let's say that Bectel, or Halliburton, or some other big construction company wants to build a project. They figure that, in the end, they will make a profit of $30 million on it.

    However, if they can figure out a way to pay slave wages, while at the same time skirt workplace safety regulations, they might stand to make a profit of $30.2 million!  Who cares if the workers can't pay their mortgage? And who cares if a few drones die at the construction site?  If they don't like it, they can go get a better job.

    The rich must always get richer.  That's what the Founding Fathers intended, right?

    There are not enough guillotines in the world.

  •  Construction contractors love government (3+ / 0-)
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    work. A majority of them also hate taxes, big government, unions, worker protections, and the Miller Act.

    A majority of the very best contractors do well by respecting and valuing their workers and subcontractors.  They appreciate the higher skill level that union members bring to their work.  Unfortunately, the very best contractors are in the a minority.

    Like good little Republicans, the hacks in the construction industry blame others for their inability to get really rich.  

  •  Um.. My Union Boss (2+ / 0-)
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    is a grandmother in tennis shoes and a heart as big as all outdoors who works all week and then volunteers on weekends at the food bank and homeless shelters.

    I would love to see a face to face, no rules smackdown match between my Union Boss and Mitt Happens.

    Figures don't lie, but liars do figure-Mark Twain

    by OregonOak on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 09:27:40 AM PST

  •  How courageous of Romney... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...to help crush the little guy... What a friggin leaders, undoing years of rights painfully gained over the years...

    When you were born with a silver spoon like Romney, it's frigging cheap to suck up to bosses...

    But he will see that karma can be a bitch!

  •  So ABC is a "contracting group" (1+ / 0-)
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    the way Joe The Plumber is a plumber. Did I get that right?

    Not to worry, though. Even if Mittens doesn't get to be POTUS (and he won't the way things are going), ABC can still get it's guys contracts for building 6 more of Mittens' homes.

    A win win for everybody!

    A village can not reorganize village life to suit the village idiot.

    by METAL TREK on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 09:30:52 AM PST

  •  I hope Michigan's unions show up en (2+ / 0-)
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    masse Tuesday at the polls and hand Santo a surprise upset.

    I have to tell you, it's a matter of principle to me, if I'm a union worker in Michigan. Or even a Democrat. he comes to MY state and shits on the #1 industry, then shits even more on labor? Then tries to act all like he's a local?  

    Fuck dat.

    I have not been a fan of the whole OpHil (and related actions) but I think if I was a resident of the state, Romney's actions would have pissed me off enough by now that I'd want to humiliate him roundly and send him a strong message in the process. A surprise loss to Santo would be just the ticket.

    They ain't polling nothing but republicans in MI. But last time I looked, overall, the state is something like 60-some, 30-some in FAVOR of the auto bailout and the auto industry. And Obama's polling around that same spread, which tells me our side has the potential to be disruptive.

    I sincerely hope the unions and the dems are planning to get back at him for this shit. I hate this guy.

    I've become re-radicalized. Thanks a lot you bunch of oligarchical fascist sons-of-bitches. But once again, I have no choice. Bring it the fuck on.

    by mdmslle on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 09:35:22 AM PST

  •  He's going to pretty busy on Day One (0+ / 0-)

    Is anyone tracking these empty promises?

    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 09:42:35 AM PST

    •  for what? On November 7th 2012 (0+ / 0-)

      Romney can slip back into obscurity and go set up house on the Caymans with the rest of his money. It'll take him a while to recover from the ass whupping he's gonna suffer during this election.

      As for me, I will be celebrating Obama's epic win and second term mandate and the retaking of the House and  the holding of the senate.

      I've become re-radicalized. Thanks a lot you bunch of oligarchical fascist sons-of-bitches. But once again, I have no choice. Bring it the fuck on.

      by mdmslle on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 09:46:57 AM PST

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  •  How many UAW workers in Michigan? (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Romney & "GOP don't 'Get' MI & Manufacturing"... (1+ / 0-)
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    Romney's stuck in a past that never was, Santorum's stuck in a in fantasy where he's the Chief Theologian of the world, and none of the Candidates 'Get' what's needed for our survival.

    ...Politics and economic policy are intersecting right now in Michigan, with important lessons for the rest of the country...Michigan is ground zero for the ferment in U.S. manufacturing, the sector that has done so much to power the recovery and a surge in overseas demand for American products...

    Even if manufacturing does not regain the outsized share of GDP and employment it once had, it remains powerful engine of innovation, a driver of exports that are taming our trade deficit, and a source of good-paying jobs. ..

    ...In states like Michigan leaders are looking to the future, one driven by innovation.  By contrast, our national politics is still stuck in the past. Michigan’s GOP primary contest makes this all too clear...Manufacturers know you can’t get into overdrive if you’re stuck in reverse. ...

  •  Two Quickies (1+ / 0-)
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    1.  Thanks for the post about ABC.  Not all Dems are aware of who they are and what they stand for.  We had a very earnest and well-meaning Democrat running for local office a few years ago who couldn't understand why none of the party people refused to meet with her.  Finally, somebody sat down and explained that having ABC on her donor list was keeping every pro-labor politician and activist in the county far, far away.

    2.  Not relevant at all, but when I look at that photo of Romney, I can't help but think: Frankenbot.  

  •  Also, look at the other states where Santorum is (1+ / 0-)
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    leading...

    It will get worse if he wins MI. It's pyschology and Mittens cannot stop that or spin it, if he loses MI he's in real trouble. There is no lock on the nomination for Mr. 4 cars...

  •  Mitt wants to deport illegals so real Americans (1+ / 0-)
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    can take Mexican wage jobs.

  •  I swear to God he looks like Max Headroom. (1+ / 0-)
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    Except he has dark hair. Headroom was a joke on YUPPIES back in the day. And no, he was not a caricature on Reagan--Ronbo was too old.

    Inner and Outer Space: the Final Frontiers.

    by orlbucfan on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 01:18:12 PM PST

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