1. Romney remembers his NAACP speech differently (very VERY differently!)
A couple of weeks ago, Mitt Romney brought his trusted teleprompter to the NAACP convention, where he received a polite reception, right up until he vowed to destroy a health care reform law that brings coverage to 7 million African Americans. The Republican then heard loud and sustained booing.
Soon after, Romney made it seem as if he wanted to get booed. In fact, that night, he told donors in Montana that if NAACP members want "more free stuff" from the government, they should "vote for the other guy."
Two weeks later, however, the Romney campaign has a new video, reaching out to African-American voters (via ABL).
2. The best part is Mitt Romney is getting desperate and pulling tactics that he used to JUST associate with (for example he would associate with Donald Trump while denying Trump's birther stance)... but in this video he actually tells a birther joke...
3. Romney’s birther joke and the closed information loop
Just approaching this from the point of view of campaign strategy: Yikes! This can’t possibly be any good for him. I mean, where to start? First of all, it’s certain to put the Romney campaign on the defensive over the weekend. The national press is pretty clear that birther nonsense is out of bounds; make up stuff about welfare and you’ll get burned by MSNBC hosts, the liberal blogosphere and the fact-checkers, which have a combined audience of approximately zero undecided voters — but make birther jokes, and you’re going to get the (negative) attention of the national press.
But that’s not all! Romney has been arguing that he’s the one running a policy-oriented campaign while Barack Obama has been making personal attacks; birther jokes completely undermine that. The Republican National Convention, we’re told, is going to be all about introducing a very likeable Mitt Romney. Spending the weekend before it talking about his birther joke is hardly going to be helpful to that.
Now, I do need to point out that none of this is apt to shake a lot of votes one way or another. It’s a late-August blip, and at the very worst it will be a big deal through the first day or two of the convention, and then fade away. (Although you can be sure that Democrats will be quick to raise it the next time they are accused of cheap shots or personal attacks.)
It does, however, remind us of the real dangers of the conservative closed information feedback loop. If you spend all your time in a world in which birther and teleprompter jokes are really funny, Solyndra was a major national scandal, and Barack Obama and the Democrats are encouraging gun crimes so that they’ll trick the nation into strict gun control, it can be hard to know what’s appropriate to say in mixed company and how it’s going to be taken. After all, at every event a Republican politician is at, it’s stuff like that that’s getting the big reactions. It’s not surprising that they lose a sense of how it plays with the rest of the world. Remember, while there’s nothing inherent in conservative ideas that causes that feedback loop, it doesn’t currently exist equally for both parties; Republicans have built their epistemic closure by systematically demonizing and discrediting the neutral press and encouraging their supporters – and themselves – to listen to only the Republican-aligned partisan press.
Which means that Mitt Romney’s joke and Todd Akin’s garbled biology have more in common than one might think, and there’s every possibility that we’re going to see more of these sorts of gaffes before the election is over.
THEN, Mitt Romney did a tour... embarrassing the GOP leadership to an extent that was actually quite impressive.
To begin with the Polish people don't like like and make it Absolutely Clear that they would vote for Ron Paul...
This was not just embarrassing for Romney & the GOP, his followers literally tried to cover it up! ...
Rick Gorka's Press Outburst in Poland: Mitt Romney wraps up his historic vacation to England, Israel and Poland, and checks three countries off the 1,000 Places to Offend People Before You Die list...
"Kiss my ass. This is a holy site for the Polish people" Mitt Romney Aide.
BBC: Romney wraps up overseas tour amid tensions with media
But it was a Romney spokesman who captured headlines by lashing out at US reporters asking questions.
The Republican is set to challenge President Obama in November's polls.
On Tuesday, Mr Romney's travelling press secretary, Rick Gorka, lost his cool with reporters who tried to question the candidate after he visited Warsaw's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
"Mitt Romney visits London in his first overseas trip as the Republican nominee, but his Olympics expertise nearly severs America's unique relationship with Britain."
The best part is the refusal to respond to questions when caught acting crazy ...
Despite dodges, Romney, Ryan haunted by extremist record
Rachel Maddow points out the clear political and policy connections between the Romney ticket and the extreme, absolutist anti-abortion movement, and encourages the political media to hold Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to account for their legislative deeds and political associations instead of taking them at their word as they try to distance themselves from their own record...