Romney Proves He’s Both a Liar and an Asshole – All in One Sentence

What — what the president did, he — he should have worked on this years ago. If he felt seriously about this, he should have taken action when he had a Democrat House and Senate, but he didn’t. He saves these sort of things until four and a half months before the general election.

– Putative GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, on “Face the Nation” on June 17, referring to Pres. Obama’s decision to halt deportation of children of undocumented workers. In this one statement, Romney lies about the history of the DREAM Act and proves conclusively that he is an asshole. First the lying: the DREAM Act passed in both the Democratic controlled House and Senate late in 2010, but it “only” received 55 votes in the Senate, not the 60 votes needed to prevent a Republican filibuster. Second, Republican pols use witch-hunter Sen. Joe McCarthy’s formulation of “Democrat” as an adjective — as in “Democrat Congress” — as proof to their half-witted base that they are assholes who enjoy annoying grammarians and Democrats.


  • June 20, 2012 - 6:41 am | Permalink

    And #3: Obama has backed the Dream Act from the get-go; he’s not weighing in just before the election. But, as at least one observer noted, Obama can’t even pick out a tie between now and November without being accused of making a political move.

  • Jay
    June 21, 2012 - 4:15 am | Permalink

    So, I suppose that fact that he circumvented any attempt to properly bring this issue through Congress and in essence pronounced an edict through executive order, in no way points to this halting deportation of “Illegal” immigrants (Those people who have chosen to enter this country in violation of law)as an attempt to bolster his support from the Hispanic populace? Anyone who does not believe this is purely a political move is truly ignorant. regardless of whether he supported the Dream Act in the past, the timing and method points to scoring points to save his election.

  • June 21, 2012 - 6:15 am | Permalink

    Jay, first, these folks didn’t chose to enter this country in violation of the law. They chose, instead, to not run away from their parents when their parents brought them here as children. Second, there is no legal line for these people to get in. Our country’s immigration laws are so outdated that there is a grand total of 5,000 work visas available nationwide. Seriously. And third, properly bringing any issue through Congress is a fantasy at this point in America. The Dream Act has come through Congress, and while it made it through with support in both houses, it doesn’t have the votes to survive a Republican filibuster in the Senate. So it’s all very nice to say that everyone should just keep on waiting for Congress to act but in the meantime, real people are moving ahead with real lives. Including the president. Go Obama!

  • bam
    June 25, 2012 - 7:49 pm | Permalink

    Jon Ponder is an obvious idiot. Obama could have done this years ago. Not the Dream Act, but this. Instead he waits until he needs to buy more votes. The incompetent clown has no integrity or morals.

  • June 26, 2012 - 7:41 am | Permalink

    bam – Even if what you said here weren’t completely irrelevant to what Romney actually said, it wouldn’t make Romney any less a liar or an asshole. Obama and the Democrats did vote on the issue when they had a “Democrat” majority in both chambers — Mitt was just lying about that.

    You guys can only go so far making this election about Obama. Past experience shows that as people get to know Mitt Romney, they quickly grow to loathe him. You’re best hope is that regular folks do not wake up to the fact that the guy you are pushing to replace the president is a soulless, lying corporate stooge who has no core beliefs and no alternative vision — just a return to the same failed Bush/GOP “thimking” that created the multiple crises we’re still digging out of.

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