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Mar 30 2012

Romney’s WTF Statement of the Day

David Plouffe recently said that Mitt Romney is the “godfather” of the health care reform bill — which is true, by the way — and Romney is still scrambling to explain why the very idea he supported as governor is now a socialist plot to destroy the country. And he gave this really weird answer to that question on the Hugh Hewitt radio show:

Hewitt: Yesterday, the president’s campaign manager said that you are the godfather of Obamacare … if that’s who you are, can you make the Democrats an offer they can’t refuse to repeal it?

Romney: (laughing) That’s a great idea. We counted, by the way, that Mr. Plouffe is the Rumpelstiltskin of trying to turn straw into gold. He will not be successful. I can tell you one thing. If I’m the godfather of this thing, then it gives me the right to kill it.

Huh?

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  1. 1
    Bronze Dog

    …Okay, everyone, keep him away from children.

  2. 2
    Jordan Genso

    Mr. Plouffe is the Rumpelstiltskin of trying to turn straw into gold.

    I thought Rumpelstiltskin is the Rumpelstiltskin of trying to turn straw into gold? I’m confused.

  3. 3
    Chiroptera

    If I’m the godfather of this thing, then it gives me the right to kill it.

    In fairness to Romney, as a Mormon, he may not understand what godparents are.

    He probable thinks godfathers all head mafia families and godmothers are all magical fairies.

  4. 4
    fifthdentist

    If Mittens has any grandchildren: Runnnnnn! Get away from the crazy Cyborg. Especially if he tells you that he would never, ever shoot you.

  5. 5
    fifthdentist

    Godchildren, not grandchildren. Doh.

  6. 6
    Ellie

    Rumpelstiltskin didn’t try to turn straw into gold. He did turn straw into gold. I’m confused.

  7. 7
    naturalcynic

    Uhh, mittens, Rumpelstiltskin was able to turn straw into gold. The only problem was the price.

  8. 8
    jamessweet

    See here’s the problem with Romney being the Godfather of anything: Mormons like to get married in Mormon temples, and only other Mormons in good standing are allowed in — so how are you supposed to ask him for a favor on the day of his daughter’s wedding?!?

  9. 9
    dingojack

    OK I’ve said it before but -

    Mittens couldn’t organise a orgy in a cathouse.
    And even if he could manage somehow to arrange the participants to be in the same joint at the same time, the only stiff thing in the place would be his dialogue.

    Dingo

  10. 10
    cptdoom

    See here’s the problem with Romney being the Godfather of anything: Mormons like to get married in Mormon temples, and only other Mormons in good standing are allowed in — so how are you supposed to ask him for a favor on the day of his daughter’s wedding?!?

    Just to pick a nit – Mittens and the former Ann Davies have only sons, so it’s sort of a moot point.

    OTOH, I think we have to be concerned about an alleged public servant who fails to understand the concept that legislation is voted on by a legislature and, once signed into law by a sitting President, cannot be undone without another piece of, you know, legislation. So, whether Mr. Romney takes credit or blame for his attempt to act like a progressive in Massachusetts, he has no “right” to do anything, even if elected, without Congress.

    (aside: Sr. Catherine Kelley – RIP – would be so proud of me for remembering all that government stuff she taught us).

  11. 11
    jimmiraybob

    “If I’m the godfather of this thing, then it gives me the right to kill it.”

    Rom, interesting imagery. Old Testament?

  12. 12
    Raging Bee

    If I’m the godfather of this thing, then it gives me the right to kill it.

    Um…does that mean he’s the only Republican who has any right to oppose or strike down his health-care plan?

    Oh, and what about that whole democracy thing? If “the Godfather” wants to kill something the voters supported, do the voters get to vote on killing what they voted to create?

    Seriously…WTF?! This comment could end up being as damning as his etch-a-sketch gaffe.

  13. 13
    lofgren

    Here I thought that being a godfather just meant I had to cough up an extra fifty bucks on my godchild’s birthday. But now with the threat of death hanging over his head, he should at least be better behaved on sleepovers.

  14. 14
    Ingdigo Jump

    I thought Rumpelstiltskin is the Rumpelstiltskin of trying to turn straw into gold? I’m confused.

    I knew Rumpelstilskin, I worked with Rumpelstilskin and you sir are no Rumpelstiltskin.

  15. 15
    Mr Ed

    Mitt, take the canole leave the election

  16. 16
    The Lorax

    Yes Mitt, you created it. Now, you can by all means turn around and try to kill it. Why don’t you start with Massachusetts first, eh? No? Huh…

  17. 17
    laurentweppe

    The thing is, I could easily see Romney saying “I gonna make the GOP an offer they can’t refuse”

  18. 18
    Aratina Cage

    If I’m the godfather of this thing, then it gives me the right to kill it.

    Makes sense. It’s how he thinks about his pets, too.

  19. 19
    Nick Gotts

    Robomormon and his minions are leaving no gaffe unspoken in their campaign to lose the Republican nomination, but are still failing: Real Clear Politics shows Romney’s percentage in national polls rising persistently if unevenly from a low point of below 20% in September to near 40% now. He’s ahead in most of the remaining states that have been polled recently. So barring some absolute disaster, he’s the candidate. But will any of his rivals, or anyone else, take up the Tea Party banner and split the Republican vote?

  20. 20
    Nick Gotts

    OTOH, how about a Romney-Santorum ticket? They clearly dislike each other, but I don’t get the impression it’s as visceral as Gingrich and Romney, or for that matter Kennedy and Johnson. It would have the potential to enthuse the wingnuts, while reassuring some fools in the soggy centre.

  21. 21
    Raging Bee

    KG: How soggy to you have to be to find a Romney-Santorum ticket reassuring?

  22. 22
    jamessweet

    I think a Romney/Santorum ticket would be a big mistake. Santorum has way too many negatives. Yes, it energizes the wingnuts — just like Palin did — but you lose way too many women voters. Not to mention his Google problem (and on that note, please don’t use the words “santorum” and “soggy” in the same comment anymore, okay people?)

    Ideally you want somebody who is a theocratic wingnut, but one that most of the frothy middle hasn’t heard of yet.

  23. 23
    Reginald Selkirk

    Jordan Genso #2: I thought Rumpelstiltskin is the Rumpelstiltskin of trying to turn straw into gold? I’m confused.

    A == B
    B == C
    therefore A == C.
    .
    He’s apparently saying that David Plouffe is Rumpelstiltskin.

  24. 24
    sunsangnim

    Sounds like the policy equivalent of “I brought you into this world, I can take you out of it.” I suppose it’s a fair argument if you believe in the god of the Old Testament.

  25. 25
    dingojack

    Maybe Mittens is channeling ‘Marko’, and he meant that since he had proposed the bill, he could buy crappy overpriced pizza for it too.
    :) Dingo

  26. 26
    Crudely Wrott

    Not really an April Fool (I could be wrong) but speaking of Romney, I just found this hilarious and scientifically correct editorial in the New York Times.

    A Quantum Theory of Mitt Romney. It really is a hoot! There’s even a Feynman diagram.

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