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Romney to Sean Hannity last night:

"I believe we're in a recovery mode, finally," Romney told Fox News' Sean Hannity. "I think it's likely things will get better."
Craniums are exploding in Wingnuttia.   It's an article of faith on the right that the US Economy is in a shambles and it's all Obama's fault. Hundreds of millions of advertising dollars are being spent creating 60-second doom and gloom pieces with black and white, fuzzy scenes of urban devastation, cleverly coded with subtle hot-button race signals, featuring slightly balding middle-aged white guys grimly staring into the camera with their arms folded across their chests,  all  accompanied by music that sounds like the intro to the "Walking Dead."


Don't know how he walks this back.

Reality makes clear that the dubious claim just isn't true, but the Republican presidential hopeful repeated it anyway, ad nauseum, in nearly every speech, interview, and public appearance. It became the central point of the former governor's entire campaign: Obama made the economy worse, and Romney would make it better.
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For Romney, who likes to pretend the economy is his strong point, this is especially problematic. He can argue Obama made the economy "worse," and he can concede the "we're in a recovery mode," but he can't say both at the same time, at least if he wants to be taken seriously.
Mitt, if the economy is getting better, what the hell do we need you for?
Mitt, if we're in a recovery, doesn't that mean the President's economic policies were successful?
Mitt, your party opposed everything this President did. Doesn't this mean they were wrong?

Mitt, if the economy is getting better, you should make a donation here.

Complete interview here.  Notice how Hannity re-directs him.

ROMNEY: Well, I think a race is always tough to remove an incumbent president. He has the power of running policy in the intervening months, he will probably take actions to try and shore up his favorable numbers prior to the election. But I think he’s real trouble. I believe we're in recovery mode finally --

HANNITY: You really think so?

ROMNEY: It's hard to know. No one can predict precisely what's going to happen in the economy, but I think its likely things will get better. Look, no recession has gone on forever. They get better.

This has taken much longer to recover from in part because of the policies of this president. Everything he has done has made it less attractive for an entrepreneur to start a business or for a current business to hire more people. Whether it was Dodd-Frank or pushing card check or cap and trade or higher taxes, higher marginal tax rates, all these things, Obamacare, all of them make it less likely for a business to grow. That’s why so many people are suffering today.

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Comment Preferences

  •  They'll use the Allen West strategery: (3+ / 0-)
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    OrangeMike, elmo, Orinoco

    They will say that the economy is getting better because they know the Kenyan will soon be out of office.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 06:20:07 AM PDT

  •  obama (4+ / 0-)
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    Dartagnan, nomandates, OrangeMike, Orinoco

    Just lucky.

    Had nothing to do with economy etc


  •  The Romney ads are pathetic. (8+ / 0-)

    They are running here in Chicago, and I can hardly wait until Wednesday when I don't have to look at this fraud again. I think we could all be brilliant businesspeople if all we did was destroy companies and loot them to make millions. I absolutely loathe this man.

    "It does not require many words to speak the truth." -- Chief Joseph, native American leader (1840-1904)

    by highfive on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 07:22:12 AM PDT

    •  Loathe is a strong word (4+ / 0-)
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      Zacapoet, nomandates, Orinoco, highfive

      one I don't use often, but I was thinking the exact same thing this morning. I loathe Romney.

      I loathe him for his soulless political opportunism, his craven pandering, and his willingness to say and do anything, no matter how morally corrupt, to try to win his party's nomination and then the presidency.

      And for what end? Why does he want to be president so badly that he's willing to utter lie after lie? That's what I can't really figure out.

      •  Mitt's moral corruption (1+ / 0-)
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        started a long time ago, back at Bain Capital, when he would say or do anything to profit from gaming the system. He made more money than he or his heirs could spend in seven lifetimes, and retired from working for a living.

        So what's a rich, purposeless, corrupt prick going to do with his time? There's only so much joy in buying and remodeling mansions, and sightseeing may lose its luster.

        Uttering lie after lie isn't a problem for Mitt. It's just how he's put together. It's what he does. He wants to be president because, quite frankly, he's got nothing better to do. He was telling the truth when he said he was unemployed.

        It's kind of a shame he ran for Senate in Massachusetts, and lost. If he'd have run in a red state he'd probably be happy in a nice Senate sinecure. He'd have an office to go to, a staff, lobbyists to tell him what to do, and invitations to the finest parties.

        "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

        by Orinoco on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 09:46:47 AM PDT

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