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Things That Make Me Say Hmmm

Published by Joyce Jones on Friday, August 24, 2012 at 3:45 pm.

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Just last week Mitt Romney was simply aghast by what he called the negative tone of the presidential campaign and accused President Obama of taking things to a new low.

“Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago,” he said at a campaign event in Ohio.

And then what does he turn around and do this week? Makes a birth certificate joke on Friday while campaigning in Michigan, the state where he grew up and hopes to put in play in November.

“Now I love being home in this place where Ann and I were raised, where both of us were born,” Romney said. “Ann was born in Henry Ford Hospital. I was born in Harper Hospital. No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised.”

The remark sounded an awful lot like it came straight out of the playbook of so-called birthers who’ve insisted that the president wasn’t born in the United States even after he released publically copies of his birth certificate. Romney’s campaign hastened to say that he believes Obama is an American citizen and it was just his way of expressing hometown pride.

But to some people it will seem more like his way of speaking in code to appeal to certain members of the GOP’s far-right base. The Obama campaign definitely sees it that way.

“Throughout this campaign, Gov. Romney has embraced the most strident voices in his party instead of standing up to them. It’s one thing to give the stage in Tampa to Donald Trump, Sheriff Arpaio, and Kris Kobach.  But Gov. Romney’s decision to directly enlist himself in the birther movement should give pause to any rational voter across America,” said Obama for America national spokesman Ben LaBolt.

As if to underscore LaBolt’s point, radio host Rush Limbaugh applauded  the incident on his program, proclaiming Romney’s remarks “right on, right on, right on.”

Hmmmm …

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Friends Like Trump Could Cost Romney Voters

Published by Joyce Jones on Monday, May 28, 2012 at 1:05 pm.

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By Joyce Jones

Donald Trump is back on the birther bandwagon and his zeal for bashing President Obama could come back and bite Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney in the butt.

“A book publisher came out three days ago and said that in his written synopsis of his book,” he said in an interview with The Daily Beast last week. “[Obama] said he was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia. His mother never spent a day in the hospital.”

The misguided mogul was referring to a decades-old client catalog produced by Obama’s literary agent that incorrectly claimed that the future president was born in Kenya. Miriam Goderich, who was an assistant at the agency at the time, publicly acknowledged that she’d misidentified Obama’s birthplace.

But why let the facts get in the way of an attack?

“He didn’t know he was running for president, so he told the truth. The literary agent wrote down what he said,” Trump rattled on. “Now they’re saying it was a mistake. Just like his Kenyan grandmother said he was born in Kenya, and she pointed down the road to the hospital, and after people started screaming at her she said, ‘Oh, I mean Hawaii.’ Give me a break.”

Romney should take heed of the adage “if you lay down with dogs, you’ll get up with fleas” since Trump is hosting a Las Vegas fundraiser for him next week. Will Romney denounce Trump’s dogged pursuit of his ridiculous birther theory, or remain silent and wake up with fleas? If Romney is smart, he’ll disassociate himself from Mr. Bad Combover because crucial independent voters might think twice about supporting him over Obama.

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