U.S. Politics

Mitt Romney’s first post-election interview: 5 takeaways

The Week

Romney started his return to the public spotlight on Fox News Sunday

On Sunday, Fox News aired the first interview with Mitt Romney since the former Massachusetts governor lost the 2012 presidential race. Fox New Sundayhost Chris Wallace flew out to California to interviewRomney and his wife, Ann, and they dissected what went wrong for the Romney campaign, what the Romneys plan to do now, and what ails the GOP, President Obama, and America, among other topics. (Watch the Mitt Romney solo interview below.) Here, five key takeaways from Romney’s first big post-election interview:

1. He and Ann thought he was going to win until the very end (think: Ohio)
Both Romneys believed they were moving to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. right up until the returns started coming in, they tell Wallace. “I think Mitt intellectually was thinking it was possible we couldn’t” win, Ann says. “He knew how close it was, but my heart and whole soul was, we’re going to win, I was there.” Mitt agrees that “we were convinced that we’d win,” even though the polls were close. “We knew the energy and passion was with our voters, and my heart said we were going to win.” The first hint that his internal polls were wrong was when Florida exit polls started coming in showing a very close race — “we thought we’d win solidly in Florida,” Romney says — and from there it was “a slow recognition” that he’d lost. “Ultimately, when the Ohio numbers began coming in and they were disappointing,” he began to give up hope.

2. The Romneys blame his loss on his campaign, plus ObamaCare
Mitt Romney mostly blames his own campaign for his loss, singling out his poor showing among blacks, Latinos, and other minorities. The campaign wasn’t “effective at taking my message primarily to minority voters,” he says, and “the ObamaCare attractiveness and feature was something we underestimated… particularly among lower incomes.” ObamaCare? “ObamaCare was very attractive, particularly to those without health insurance,” Romney says. “And they came out in large numbers to vote.”

At the same time, Romney acknowledges that his infamous “47 percent” remark “hurt and did real damage to my campaign,” even though suggesting that almost half the people in the country are moochers is “not what I meant.” Reinforcing a common criticism — or excuse, from supporters — that he’s a “famously unprincipled political weather-vane,” says Daniel Larison atThe American Conservative, Romney added: “What I said is not what I believe.”

Ann Romney, for her part, contributed this little “sound bite that’s sure to get all kinds of rotation over several news cycles this week,” says Eric Wemple at The Washington Post: “I’m happy to blame the media.” She says that the campaign didn’t let people “really get to know Mitt for who he was,” but “it was not just the campaign’s fault. I believe it was the media’s fault as well” for not giving him “a fair shake.” There’s “a mound of contradiction” in that critique, since the campaign tightly controlled media access to Mitt Romney, says Wemple. Blaming both the campaign and the media “at the same time is a touch precious.”

One thing Romney explicitly did not blame: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R). “I’m not going to worry about how Chris was doing what he thought was best for the people of his state,” he says. “I lost my election because of my campaign, not because of what anyone else did.”

3. Mitt Romney thinks he would be doing a better job as president
Romney doesn’t have many nice things to say about the man who beat him. The president, mostly, is letting a “critical moment, this golden moment just slip away” to fix America’s long-term fiscal problems.

It kills me not to be there, not to be in the White House doing what needs to be done. The president is the leader of the nation. The president brings people together, does the deals, does the trades, knocks the heads together. The president leads. And — and I don’t see that kind of — of leadership happening right now. [Fox News]

Instead, Obama is “out campaigning to the American people, doing rallies around the country, flying around the country and berating Republicans and blaming and pointing,” which only makes GOP lawmakers “retrench and then put up a wall and to fight back.” Maybe Romney is right that he “would have been better at working out a deal, says Ann Althouse at her blog, “but Obama, being better at campaigning, won the election, and if what he is doing now is more campaigning… well, that’s the downside of democracy, isn’t it? We judge the campaigns. We don’t know what expertise they’d bring to negotiating and reconciling differences.”

Continue here…


Fox News

Ann Romney On ‘Fox News Sunday’: ‘I’m Happy To Blame The Media’ For Mitt’s Loss (VIDEO)

The would-be First Lady speaks…again…

The Huffington Post

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann sat down with Fox News’ Chris Wallace for their first interview since the 2012 election. The couple candidly discussed the campaign they ran and the disappointment they felt when they lost the election.

When Wallace asked Ann why she thought her husband lost, she partially blamed the media. She also expressed her frustration that voters “didn’t really get to know Mitt for who he was.”

“I want to pick up on that,” Wallace said. “There were reports that you and your oldest son Tagg were frustrated with the Romney campaign that they didn’t ‘let Mitt be Mitt.’ That they didn’t let him show his more open, compassionate side. True?”

“Well, of course … but it was not just the campaign’s fault. I believe it was the media’s fault as well … He was not being given a fair shake, that people weren’t really allowed to see him for who he was,” she said.

“Okay, what about the media?” Wallace pressed.

“I’m happy to blame the media,” Ann said through laughs.

“Do you think the media was in the tank for Barack Obama?” Wallace asked.

“I think that any time you’re running for office, you always think that you’re being portrayed unfairly. Of course on our side, [we] believe there is more bias in favor of the other side,” Ann said. “I think that’s a pretty universally felt opinion.”




U.S. Politics

Ann Romney has not gotten over losing the election

Some people have dubbed Ann Romney The Queen of Mean…just saying…

The Week

Fox News has bagged the first interview with the Romneys since President Obama’s convincing victory in November, and the conservative-leaning network has offered a sneak preview to whet the appetite of political junkies and Romney fans. In an interview with PoliticoFox News Sundayhost Chris Wallace says Mitt has taken his defeat in stride, but his wife Ann “feels the pain and the what-ifs and the hurt more than he does.” Wallace adds, “There’s a lot of emotion that comes through in the interview, and she’s more open about it — the ‘what might have been.'”

Mitt, on the other hand, reportedly went into the election knowing he’d face liberal bias in the media, but “you don’t expect anything different and that’s part of what you wage in a campaign,” says Wallace. Romney also reportedly believes he could handle “the mess in Washington” a “lot better” than the White House’s current occupant.

The full interview will air this weekend on Fox News Sunday.

Watch the clip…


Year End Review

Top Ten News Stories of 2012 That Turned into Jokes

Very funny.  Thanks Will Durst


2012 should not under any circumstances be confused with the Top Ten Legitimate News Stories of 2012. They are as different as red satin cummerbunds and Liar’s Dice. Duck liver and Spanish moss. Matched pearl necklaces and motorcycle handlebars.

For those of you itching to point out that some stories, especially those involving death, destruction, devastation and disaster are not proper subjects for this sort of fanciful folderol; way ahead of you. Totally agree. Exactly why the Aurora, Colorado movie theater massacre, Hurricane Sandy, Jerry Sandusky and the movie John Carter failed to make the cut.

Also left off the list are a few of the fiendishly frivolous footprints despoiling the sands of this annum horribilis such as Lindsay Lohan’s continuing struggles with sobriety, that curious craze called Gangnam Style, the introduction of the iPhone 5 and Facebook’s roller coaster IPO.

That said; here they are, the key stories from the past year providing the purest opportunities for major mocking and scoffing and taunting as determined by the executive council of the Comics, Clowns, Jesters & Satirists Union.  Me.

10. Donald Trump. Assumes figurehead post of Birther Movement. Then refuses to shut up all year long including several embarrassing tweets on Election Day. An ever- gushing political comedy material fountain with all the grace and elegance of tumbling dumpsters.

9. First Presidential Debate. Turned what was becoming a slam- dunk into a horse race. 70 million Americans tuned in. But for some unknown reason, President Obama was not among them.

8. The entire GOP primary campaign. Party plays Candidate Whack- A- Mole for five months. Everybody takes turns beating Romney like a red headed stepchild, including some folks who aren’t even running.

7. London Olympics. Ann Romney’s horse Rafalca competes in Dressage. Event where the horse and the rider perform predetermined movements. Like interspecies dancing. Which you would think would be illegal in Utah. But horse fails to medal and probably gets shipped home strapped to the fuselage of a 747. McKayla Maroney remains unimpressed.

6. Vice Presidential Debate. Joe Biden goes all Malarkey on Paul Ryan. Two words- decaf. Bold Choice Ryan blames Obama for GM plant closing in 08. Fails to implicate POTUS in fall of the Roman Empire. But just barely.

5. Barack Obama comes out in support of gay marriage. Emerges from his own personal policy closet like a butterfly emerging from a conflicted cocoon.

4. Mitt Romney vows to get rid of Big Bird losing him pivotal pre- adolescent vote.

3. Democratic National Convention. Specifically Bill Clinton laying out the precise reasons why America should re-elect as President… Bill Clinton.

2.  Republican National Convention. Specifically Clint Eastwood upstaging the nominee’s acceptance speech by getting into an argument with an empty chair. Which he proceeded to lose. Probably upset him so badly he rushed back to the hotel room where he got into a squabble with his armoire.

1. Mitt Romney. All the charisma of a plastic picnic fork with three of the tines snapped off. May have run the worst campaign ever. And that includes New Coke, McCain/ Palin and France in 39.

Mitt Romney

Mitt Wants To Know Why Airplane Windows Don’t Open

So you’re saying it’s SUPPOSED to stay closed?

You can’t make this up, TFC readers…he actually said that!  Now let’s be clear here, I believe a good majority of Americans know why windows don’t open in planes.

Note to Mr. Romney: Opening a window or door in an airborne plane affects the aerodynamics of the aircraft.

Addicting Info

Last week, Ann Romney’s plane was forced to make an emergency landing due to an electrical fire that filled the cabin with smoke. On Saturday, Mitt was quoted saying the following:

When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly, there’s no — and you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem. So it’s very dangerous. And she was choking and rubbing her eyes. Fortunately, there was enough oxygen for the pilot and copilot to make a safe landing in Denver.

OK, I don’t expect a presidential candidate to know a great deal about airplanes. It’s not exactly in their job description. However, I would expect a well educated person that travels extensively by plane to know something as basic as air pressure. Honestly, did he never wonder why his ears pop? Did he never ask why oxygen masks drop in an emergency? Has he never heard the safety warnings about securing your own mask before helping anyone else secure theirs?

I knew this when I was 7 and took my first plane ride. Where’s Mitt been this whole time? How many movies use this as a plot device? Dozens? Hundreds? This is pop culture fodder and he’s never come across it?

This is George H.W. Bush’s “price of milk” moment all over again. It’s worse, actually, because it’s not that hard to understand how a millionaire doesn’t go grocery shopping. It’s very hard to understand how such a basic fact of something Romney does almost daily could escape him. It’s like not knowing what turbulence is. Let’s hope he’s not feeling particularly heroic the next time the plane fills with smoke.

It’s going to be fun watching the personalities on Fox act like this is no big deal and how only elitist snobby liberals would even pay attention to trivial stuff like air pressure and airplane safety.

And people wonder why the right is the laughing stock of the world…

U.S. Politics

Ann Romney to GOP Critics: “Stop It. This Is Hard.”


I am tempted to call Mrs. Romney “The Queen of Mean” but that would put me on the same level as those who have been saying for at least five years that Michelle Obama is an angry Black woman.

The fact is we don’t know these women so I, for one,  won’t be so quick to play tit for tat.


During an interview with Radio Iowa last night, Ann Romney had a message for the growing ranks of Republicans who have criticized her husband in recent days.

Stop it. This is hard.

You want to try it? Get in the ring, she said.

This is hard and, you know, it’s an important thing that we’re doing right now and it’s an important election and it is time for all Americans to realize how significant this election is and how lucky we are to have someone with Mitt’s qualifications and experience and know-how to be able to have the opportunity to run this country.


Politico top quotes of the week

Politico’s: Week in one liners: Palin, Crist, Obama



The top quotes in politics …

“Man, are you a powerlifter or what?” —  President Barack Obama reacting to being lifted off the ground by a pizza shop owner

“I move around a lot.” —  Scott Van Duzer, the pizza shop owner, brushing off the compliment.

“You know what I’m here for.” — Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist looking for a hug from Van Duzer.

“He was covered up.” — Ann Romney on walking in on George W. Bush getting a massage.

“Oh, I’m just here to see some friends.” — Rep. Paul Ryan popping into Boehner’s office on his first day back.

“He needs to be severely aggressive.” — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin urging Romney to go attack Obama.

“I don’t think Christie is taking the middle seat.” — California Gov. Jerry Brown zinging New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

U.S. Politics

Ann Romney Refuses To Answer Questions About Birth Control

I’m not certain I can stand much more of the Romneys obfuscation on the real issues in addition to the economy.

What thirty some odd states with Republican Governors have done to dictate to women about their reproductive rights is incredible.   The only thing I can attribute to Mrs. Romney’s hesitance to answer the question is that Mitt Romney knows it’s a liability to his campaign.

In 2010 the Republicans campaigned on “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!”  However, in reality, it’s been about “the fetus” and person-hood.  The problem of course is that the Right has this way of loving and protecting “the fetus” but starving and ignoring “the child”.

By the way Republican politicians…where are the jobs?

Think Progress

In an interview with KWQC-TV6 today, Ann Romney refused to comment on the issues stemming from the ongoing War on Women, declining to address whether she believes women should have access to contraception through their employer-based insurance plans. Such questions are irrelevant, Romney said, because this election is not going to be about birth control:

KWQC TV6: Do you believe that employer-provided health insurance should be required to cover birth control?

ANN ROMNEY: Again, you’re asking me questions that are not about what this election is going to be about. This election is going to be about the economy and jobs.

KWQC TV6: Well, a Pew research poll shows those issues are very important to women, ranking them either “important” or “very important. […]

ANN ROMNEY: Listen, I’ve been across this country, I’ve been for a year-and-a-half on the campaign trail. I’ve spoken with thousands of women and they are telling me, they’re telling me a couple of things, one they say they’re praying for me which is really wonderful, and then they’re saying, ‘please help, please help. We are so worried about our jobs.’ So really if you want to try to pull me off of the other messages it’s not going to work because I know because I’ve been out there. […]

I’m going to talk to you about the economy and about job creation and about how my husband is the right person for the right time. This is going to be an election that is very important for women, and we are going to make sure that their economic prosperity is more certain under a President Romney.

Despite Romney’s attempt to pivot to the economy, her claim that birth control is “off message” ignores the real economic situation of women across America. In fact, women’s access to reproductive health services is inextricably linked to the economic issues that countless women face. For example, the Obamacare provision that requires employer-based coverage for contraception — which Ann Romney sidestepped after the interviewer brought it up twice — attempts to address the fact that one in three American women report having struggled to afford birth control at some point in their lives. And when women risk pregnancy without reliable access to contraception, they strain their own finances with the expensive addition of a dependent, as well as incur millions in taxpayer costs for medical care.

Politico top quotes of the week

Politico’s Week in one liners: Ryan, Obama, Romney


Paul Ryan, Barack Obama and Ann Romney are pictured. | AP Photos


The top quotes in politics …

“Good evening everyone, and welcome to Barack Obama’s retirement party!” — Former Gov.Tim Pawlenty knocking the president at the RNC.

“It should be a pretty entertaining show.” — President Barack Obama commenting on the convention.

“Save a little for Mitt.” Actor Clint Eastwood hushing an excited crowd at the RNC.

“He’s a unique guy, and he did a unique thing last night.” — Ann Romney when asked about Eastwood’speech.

“My playlist starts with AC/DC and ends with Zeppelin.” — Rep. Paul Ryan on Romney’s poor taste in music.

“Ryan is the devil in disguise.” — “View” co-host Joy Behar ripping the GOP vice presidential candidate.

“If everyone had competed fairly and honestly, I’d probably be the nominee.” — Herman Cainlamenting his failed White House bid.

“Put me down as undecided.” Rep. Ron Paul discussing his vote in November.


Fox News · Fox News Distortions · Juan Williams

Juan Williams stuns Fox News panel: Ann Romney just a ‘corporate wife’

Fox News political analyst Juan Williams

Once in a blue moon, Juan Williams drinks a cup of courage and tells his co-workers at Fox News the TRUTH….

The Raw Story

Fox News political analyst Juan Williams shocked his fellow panelists during Tuesday night’s Republican National Convention when he went off script and said that Ann Romney was just a “corporate wife” whose husband takes care of her.

Following Ann Romney’s convention speech, the conservative panelists all offered praise for the presidential nominee’s wife, calling it a “triumph” and “utterly affecting.”

But Williams apparently wasn’t impressed, saying that she “looked to me like a corporate wife.”

“The stories she told about struggles, it’s hard for me to believe,” he explained. “I mean, she’s a very rich woman, and I know that, and America knows that.”

“Wow, OK,” panel host Brett Baier replied.

“What does that mean, corporate wife?” Megyn Kelly pressed.

“It looks like a woman whose husband takes care of her and she’s been very lucky and blessed in this life,”  Williams observed. “She’s not speaking, I think, for the tremendous number of single women in this country or married women or separated — she did not convince me that, ‘You know what? I understand the struggles of American women in general.”

Baier asked Brit Hume if that was the same speech that he had heard.

“I think that was the single most effective political speech I’ve ever heard given by a political wife,” Hume insisted. “I think a lot of women would look at her — particularly mothers, married women — and find her utterly admirable and utterly credible.”

Earlier this year, similar comments made by Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen, that Ann Romney had “never worked a day in her life,” were met with outrage at Fox News.

“The comments that Hillary Rosen made today certainly have awakened many mama grizzlies across the nation,” Fox News contributor Sarah Palin told Sean Hannity at the time. “And I know that because I got a lot of emails today — a lot of text messages from apolitical girlfriends, some who have chosen to stay home over the years.”

“The message seems to be that why is it that some on the left choose to divide, to incite with comments with comments like that instead of just respecting women’s choices and what they want to do with the gifts that God has given them, how they want to contribute,” she added.

Watch this video from Fox News, broadcast Aug. 29, 2012.