Aug 292012

Be sure to read David Brooks’ definitive biography of “The Real Romney.” Here’s a bit to whet your appetite:

Mitt Romney was born on March 12, 1947, in Ohio, Florida, Michigan, Virginia and several other swing states. He emerged, hair first, believing in America, and especially its national parks. He was given the name Mitt, after the Roman god of mutual funds, and launched into the world with the lofty expectation that he would someday become the Arrow shirt man.

Romney was a precocious and gifted child. He uttered his first words (“I like to fire people”) at age 14 months, made his first gaffe at 15 months and purchased his first nursery school at 24 months. The school, highly leveraged, went under, but Romney made 24 million Jujubes on the deal.

Mitt grew up in a modest family. His father had an auto body shop called the American Motors Corporation, and his mother owned a small piece of land, Brazil. He had several boyhood friends, many of whom owned Nascar franchises, and excelled at school, where his fourth-grade project, “Inspiring Actuaries I Have Known,” was widely admired.

The Romneys had a special family tradition. The most cherished member got to spend road trips on the roof of the car. Mitt spent many happy hours up there, applying face lotion to combat windburn.

The teenage years were more turbulent. He was sent to a private school, where he was saddened to find there are people in America who summer where they winter. He developed a lifelong concern for the second homeless, and organized bake sales with proceeds going to the moderately rich.

Click here to read the entire column. I hope you do. It comes a lot closer to the truth than what you are hearing this week at the Republican National Convention.

P.S. Speaking of truth, you must read this FOX News review of Paul Ryan’s acceptance speech last night: “Paul Ryan’s speech in 3 words.” Be sure to read the whole thing.

If Paul Ryan's mouth is open, he is lying.
If Paul Ryan's mouth is open, he is lying.


  6 Responses to “The Real Romney”

  1. That’s pretty funny.

  2. Forgot to add – you should check out the links that Sally Kohn linked to. She has totally lied herself. If you’d like, I could take up this comment box that would be longer than your entire post – but – you should just follow her links and then go check out Ryan’s transcripts. Here’s the short version

    The politifact post she links to – clearly states that the S&P never says they downgraded the rating due to the Republicans not raising the debt ceiling. They downgraded it because of the extremely large debt and because the White House and Congress can’t figure out how to fix it.

    The second article she links to claiming that Ryan blamed Obama for the Janesville plant closing down – it is a very positive article defending Ryan’s position. Ryan’s transcript clearly indicates he never blamed Obama. he was calling Obama on the carpet for making a promise that the plant won’t close – yet it did within 6 months.

    She doesn’t bother linking her 3d statement because (as I posted on here in the past) Obama clearly stated “If you own a business….you didn’t build that.” We already debated the merits of that statement. Was it a gaffe? Maybe – but he did indeed say that.

    Her fourth statement – saying Ryan embraces the savings in Obamacare – did you follow that link? It is to a NYT piece – here is what it says “Led by Mr. Romney, Republicans revived that line of attack for 2012. But Mr. Romney cited a higher $716 billion in the same week that he announced his selection of Mr. Ryan, who had supported the reductions until joining the Republican ticket.” – However, as you know – that is not true. Ryan in fact does oppose the $716B cut in Medicare. They so slyly try to tie Ryan’s budget proposal to Obamacare in which Ryan doesn’t raid Medicare – he proposes allowing younger Americans to save their contributions and privatize it – there will be a reduction in Medicare through attrition – not an all out raid on it like Obamacare does.

    I know you do a lot better fact checking than that. Unfortunately, you followed blindly because Sally Kohn is a flaming liberal and she just happens to be a Fox contributor. All of her links are like this. No truth or fact – just spin.

  3. @ The BoBo:
    Would love to agree with you, but as you well know I cannot. Ryan lied. Period. And no, “you did not build that” was not a gaffe. It was a quote taken entirely out of context. If the Democrats did that to a Republican, you know full well you would be screaming bloody murder. Thanks, though, for your comment that was indeed longer than my entire post.

    A flaming liberal on the Fox payroll? Somehow I doubt it. (And a postscript for the rest of you: comments are open to others besides myself and Bobo) 😉

  4. @ Len:
    LOL. It does seem like we’re the only one’s talking lately.

    From Sally’s twitter account: “Writer. Community organizer. Progressive voice on Fox News. My tweets do not reflect the opinion of the Romney campaign.”

    btw – can I post active links here? If I can, next time I’ll add the link for you to whatever I reference.

    Also – you can go check out her Wiki – all the organizations she’s ever been affiliated with are far left, progressive outfits and definitely not moderate mainstreem.

    I know you guys hate to admit it, but, Fox News is balanced. They have contributors from both ends of the spectrum.

  5. @ The BoBo:
    FOX News balanced? Are you serious? Have you ever watched FOX News? I have. FOX News is not balanced. No way, no how.

    I’ll save your “moderate mainstream” comment for another time and another place.

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