Day: February 4, 2012

Rachel Maddow Mocks Mitt Romney’s ‘Very Poor’ Backtracking (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post

Rachel Maddow opened her Friday show by roundly lampooning Mitt Romney’s attempt to back away from his statement that he is “not concerned about the very poor.

“The GOP presidential frontrunner stepped into a landmine earlier in the week when he said those words to CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, arguing that poor people have a “safety net” and that he wants to focus on the middle class.

On Thursday and Friday, Romney told a pair of interviewers that he had misspoken and mangled the point he was trying to make. O’Brien herself seemed skeptical about this line of defense, and Maddow was downright incredulous.

“Misspeaking is a real thing,” she said, before playing a series of verbal gaffes by everyone from news anchors to John McCain. Romney’s statement, she said, was not so much a misplaced set of words as it was a real statement of beliefs that people took issue with.

“You can tell what’s a legitimate mistake and what is a slip of the tongue,” she said. Maddow also wondered what Romney meant to say, if he had simply fumbled his words.”I just bobbled it!” she cried mockingly. “I meant to say ‘sore people,’ not ‘poor people!’”

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West Wing Week: 2/3/2012 or Riding the Advanced Technology Superhighway

The White House 

This week, the President made history by holding the first completely virtual interview at the White House on Google+.

He also tackled the rising cost of tuition at the University of Michigan, welcomed the President of Georgia, convened a cabinet meeting, stopped by the Washington Auto Show, announced a major refinancing plan for responsible homeowners, and attended the National Prayer Breakfast.

Politico’s: The week in one-liners: Mitt, Jay, Donald

The top quotes in politics …

“I’m not concerned about the very poor.”— Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney making a regrettable remark.

“Mitt is tough, he’s smart, he’s sharp.” — Donald Trump endorsing Romney for president.

“I’m not going to comb-over that question.” — White House Press Secretary Jay Carney when asked about Trump.

“I like hiring people.” —  GOP White House hopeful Newt Gingrich dismissing The Donald’s endorsement.

“I still endorse the people and Newt Gingrich. They are not exclusive of each other.” — Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain clarifying his stance.

“He does have a beautiful voice, and he sings to me all the time.” — First lady Michelle Obama complimenting her husband.

“Don’t muck it up!” — President Barack Obama telling lawmakers to keep the economy moving forward.

Orrin Hatch: Obama thinks he’s Jesus Christ

Can’t they make up their minds?

First they say he’s a Muslim, then an atheist, some acknowledge that he’s in fact a Christian but portrays himself as a self-indulgent heretic!

The problem is this:

To the detriment and dismay of the GOP, the POTUS has exceeded all expectations in terms of domestic and foreign policy.

They continue to say the economy is failing when it isn’t. Everything they’ve tried to pin on this President is a lie. So, they’re throwing any and everything out there hoping something will stick! Shame on them…

Romney splits with debate adviser credited for turnaround

O’Donnell was paid for his work assisting Romney but was not offered a formal role. | AP, Reuters

Is it just me or does Mitt Romney remind any one else of a Massachusetts version of “Gomer Pyle”?

The debate coach who actually helped Romney look better in the last two debates is no longer on staff…

Politico

A GOP operative who won plaudits for bolstering Mitt Romney’s recent debate performances is not being retained by the front-runner’s campaign, an apparent victim of internal tensions over staff receiving too much credit for the candidate’s comeback, POLITICO has learned.

Brett O’Donnell, a former top aide to Michele Bachmann, has been paid for his work assisting Romney in the crucial Florida debates but was not offered a formal role with the campaign as he expected, according to Republican sources familiar with the situation.

After O’Donnell was identified last week as advising Romney and then highlighted in subsequent news accounts as being one of the reasons behind the former Massachusetts governor’s improved debate performances, Romney campaign officials grew uneasy.

O’Donnell received phone calls late last week from two Romney advisers — campaign manager Matt Rhoades and informal adviser Charlie Black — where it was made clear that there was severe discomfort about how his role was being portrayed in the media and that he ought to tread lightly.

Then on Saturday, when The New York Times posted a Sunday story online detailing how Romney’s campaign targeted Newt Gingrich in Florida that again mentioned O’Donnell’s role with the debates, chief Romney strategist Stuart Stevens called O’Donnell. Stevens asked the adviser to contact Jim Rutenberg, one of the Times reporters who wrote the piece, and request that the reporter change the depiction of O’Donnell’s role in what would become a front-page article, according to Republican sources.

The Times altered some of the language relating to O’Donnell in the final story — he was mentioned briefly as only a “debate adviser” — but O’Donnell’s name was not removed. O’Donnell was not quoted in the story.

Reached on the phone by POLITICO Friday, O’Donnell declined to comment.

Stevens would only say: “I have a great deal of respect for Brett and would welcome the opportunity to work together again down on the road.”

But, according to the Romney campaign last week, O’Donnell was already part of the team.

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