Romney’s Bombing in London


Adolf Hitler was famously responsible for the bombing of London, but Mitt Romney’s trip to England resulted in a massive bombing IN London. It was an absolute disaster; he could hardly open his mouth without saying something irretrievably stupid and insulting. And as Andrew Sullivan points out, the conservative press has been virtually silent about it. Except Dan Riehl, who manages to make it far worse:

A Limp Wrist-ed David Cameron hits back at Mitt Romney over Olympic doubts

Get over it, Britain. You’re a second rate, semi-degenerate nation still on the way down because you went too far to the left too long ago for anyone to care about. Don’t expect us to wring our hands over what you losers did. We’re too busy fighting to make sure it doesn’t happen here.

I really give a flip about what David Cameron thinks. yawn … just be glad we continue to allow you to think you’re actually in the game on most things. Now, get out of our face and try to not screw up the Olympics more than you have already.

Mostly a bunch of feckless wankers if you ask me. Put a Gold Medal on that and aim it at the Queen’s arse.

Ah, such charm, grace and wit. I think Romney has his first ambassador nominee.

Comments

  1. d cwilson says

    So, who wants to tell Riehl that Cameron is the leader of the Conservative Party in Great Britain?

  2. eamick says

    So, who wants to tell Riehl that Cameron is the leader of the Conservative Party in Great Britain?

    I’m sure he doesn’t consider the Tories real conservatives.

  3. Brain Hertz says

    …the conservative press has been virtually silent about it

    The US conservative press might have been, but the UK conservative press certainly hasn’t. Some of the most scathing criticism in the UK came from The Telegraph which is a staunchly conservative broadsheet newspaper.

  4. says

    Did anyone remind Riehl that Britain has troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan fighting alongside ours?

    I guess Riehl’s job is to make Romney look moderate and intelligent. (But didn’t Romney say something similar about Britain’s significance back around 2007?)

  5. Michael Heath says

    Mr. Romney symbolically selling-out his own wife’s good fortune by not watching her horse compete in London illustrates his consistent behavior on being willing to say or do anything to win the moment. I’m really surprised by this since it’s only slightly more transparent to what a numbskull like Sarah Palin would do in hopes of pulling one over on the public. We except such from Palin given her personality and socio-economic class, but his behavior here is not a general attribute for someone with his roots and background.

    I get the obvious rationale for avoiding this competition, but this was a case of there being no good options given Romney decided to be in London, where Romney reveals poor judgment once again. That lack of judgment is important because leaders of all large complex institutions are continually faced with a series of no good options and having to pick the least worst of the lot. In this case Romney makes the very choice which strengthens the narrative the man has no character or principles except what is expedient for him personally.

  6. left0ver1under says

    No doubt Riehlly Stupid sees British soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan as human shields to prevent Americans from dying, and not as human beings.

  7. slc1 says

    Obviously, Cameron is a limp-wristed wimp as he is trying to get a bill passed through the House of Commons to recognize same sex marriage. End snark.

  8. gworroll says

    Raging Bee @5-

    Also, I recall early in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, there were some rising tensions between India and Pakistan, that looked like a potential war brewing. War between two nuclear armed nations, which should terrify anyone with any sense. And the proximity to Afghanistan, general tensions in the region, the war could have spread easily even if the nukes weren’t used. World War III could have happened.

    It was the United Kingdom that stepped in and helped calm things down. This may well turn out to have been one of the most crucial acts of diplomacy ever.

  9. jimmiraybob says

    It’s not going all that well in Israel and Poland either.

    Turns out that the original itinerary said “just shut up and smile” but, due to a clerical error on someone else’s part not associated with the campaign so it’s not really the campaign’s fault but the fault of some local peasant working for minimum wage at the Kinkos, there was a misprint that rendered it as “Open your mouth and leave a trail of stupid.”

    Nobody could have foreseen.

    That’s why the peasants don’t deserve the minimum wage.

  10. robinsv says

    …a second rate, semi-degenerate nation still on the way down because you went too far to the left too long ago…

    Thirty plus years of Thatcher, Major, Blair, Brown and Cameron, with not a single left-of-center amongst them. Congratulation for not letting the facts get in the way of ideological purity, Mr. Riehl.

  11. matty1 says

    You’re a second rate, semi-degenerate nation still on the way down because you went too far to the left too long ago for anyone to care about.

    Yep, going all lefty-hippie and ending the war those anti-colonialist rebels in north America was our big mistake.

  12. matty1 says

    @3

    I’m sure he doesn’t consider the Tories real conservatives.

    I know you’re being snarky here but it’s worth pointing out they pretty much invented the brand. Tories were Conservatives when Republicans were still radical leftists trying to use big government to smash the property rights of plantation owners. Both have changed over the years but if you have to give one rights to the name it would be more conservative to stick with the original.

  13. slc1 says

    Re robinso @ #11

    Compared to the teabaggers, every British Prime Minister in history has been a left wing pinko commie. Ditto for former French President Sarkozy and German Chancellor Merkel.

  14. says

    I’m a little surprised that Romney managed to screw this up as he did. I don’t think much of the guy, but I at least give him credit for having brains, and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out how to not to insult your guests.

    I think what we’re seeing is Romney’s cyborg-like charm combined with the boundless arrogance of the conservative movement from which he’s now taking direction. He lacks the ability to connect on an emotional level, and his intellect has now been tuned to see the rest of the world as our inferiors, worthy only of sneers. Good job Mitt.

  15. anubisprime says

    What with the likes of Riehl & Romney a rethuglian victory at home will be their high point for the rest it will be downhill for at least four years!

    I very much doubt the Brits will forgive & forget, a rod has been made and Riehl & Romney stuck them right up their own asses.

    The Brit Conservatives used to worship the GOP and not so long ago they copied the GOP in ideology by trashing the NHS in favor of privatization …early signs suggest it is not a popular or successful strategy, they are regretting it…well the Blighty public are for sure, it is absolutely hated, and no doubt will register in the next national vote…that sycophancy well and truly ended with Romney…they saw through Romney and the bitterness and shock is toxic.

  16. shouldbeworking says

    Romney and Riehl fit right in with the stereotypical American tourist image we poor non-Americans have of the Greatest Nation On Earth ™.

  17. says

    Romney doesn’t need a Sarah Palin. Romney is a Sarah Palin. (Sorry for repeating myself… I’ve said that before.)

    It seems the GOP just doesn’t learn.

  18. ShowMetheData says

    Romney failure in Britain = Britain’s fault

    President Romney’s failure in U.S.A. = America’s fault

  19. Randomfactor says

    And if Romney’s horse loses in the ballet competition…Polish judges’ fault?

  20. Abby Normal says

    My thought was that his offensive comments were intentionally so. I think you wanted to provide a contrast to Obama’s supposed apology world tour. Shitting on other countries, especially European countries, is exactly the kind of thing that would endear him to a disturbingly large number of his base.

  21. Abby Normal says

    Oh, the “he” in my comment was Romney, not Riehl. And damn it, Dr X beat me to it.

  22. Moggie says

    I’m not familiar with Riehl, but it seems a little rough to be so critical of the kid, given that (judging by his writing above) he must be about twelve years old.

  23. donalbain says

    We except such from Palin given her personality and socio-economic class, but his behavior here is not a general attribute for someone with his roots and background.

    What the fuck Michael? You expect someone to be a dick if they are working class, but not if they are patrician class? Fuck that bullshit.

  24. says

    And if Romney’s horse loses in the ballet competition…Polish judges’ fault?

    The fault of having transported the horse in a carrier on top of the plane.

  25. says

    “What the fuck Michael? You expect someone to be a dick if they are working class, but not if they are patrician class? Fuck that bullshit.”

    Well, I can’t speak for Michael Heath but I’m guessing that he was more likely referring to Palin’s naked and cluelessly demagougic populism being a product of her political naivete coupled with her lack of education, hubristic indignorance and KKKristianist dominionist beliefs, whereas Romney’s is not so easy to trace given that he grew up affluent, educated and fairly well plugged in, politically.

    They’re both fucking clowns–dangerous and demented clowns, but clowns nonetheless.

  26. Ben P says

    What the fuck Michael? You expect someone to be a dick if they are working class, but not if they are patrician class? Fuck that bullshit.

    I’ll take a slightly different tack that I think is what he was really getting at.

    When Palin said something radically offensive to Brits or people in another country, I’m quite sure a great many of them find it easy to simply chalk it up to Palin “being a stupid American.” Yeah, you might get angry about it, but at the end of the day, well, she’s a redneck from America, what did you expect?

    Romney on the other hand puts on airs of sophistication. He’s supposedly an international traveler and an international businessman. Not the hick who steps off the plane and mortally insults the leadership of the country he’s visiting through simply not knowing better. In a way it’s a bigger shock.

  27. grumpyoldfart says

    Don’t American politicians have advisers ready to whisper a diplomatic response on occasions like this? Or does Romney just not listen to them?

  28. vmanis1 says

    I quite enjoyed the Telegraph’s comment that Romney went to the U.K. to engage in a charm offensive, but displayed no charm and was mildly offensive. (The Telegraph is a pretty doctrinaire Conservative paper, so a lower-case conservative who turns them off has to be pretty wacko.)

    He matched not being able to remember the name of Ed Miliband, the name of the British Labour Party leader (‘Mr Leader’, he called him), by going to Israel and refusing to meet with the leader of the Israeli Labor Party, because Bibi told him not to.

    His staffer in Poland told a reporter who asked a question `Kiss my ass, you’re within 100 metres of a holy site’.

    But I think the topper was his observation that he had crawled inside David Cameron’s intestine and was looking out the Prime Minister’s asshole (`as I look out No. 10 Downing Street’s backside…’).

    Anyone else longing for the days when all he talked about was the height of the trees in Michigan?

  29. says

    Ah, such charm, grace and wit.

    Pah!
    Liberals are rude. Conservatives are strong. Even if they’re both reciting the same sentence.

    Area Man “The fault of having transported the horse in a carrier on top of the plane.
    +1 internet

    grumpyoldfart “Don’t American politicians have advisers ready to whisper a diplomatic response on occasions like this? Or does Romney just not listen to them?”
    Yes and yes. Probably for the best, as John Bolton told him to start throwing punches.

    vmanis1 “Anyone else longing for the days when all he talked about was the height of the trees in Michigan?”
    That was the most insightful, wittiest thing he’s ever said. Haven’t you ever had that feeling of “just right” when coming home after being abroad*?

    * Or, for that matter, aman.

  30. Michael Heath says

    Me earlier:

    Mr. Romney symbolically selling-out his own wife’s good fortune by not watching her horse compete in London illustrates his consistent behavior on being willing to say or do anything to win the moment. I’m really surprised by this since it’s only slightly more transparent to what a numbskull like Sarah Palin would do in hopes of pulling one over on the public. We except [sic, expect] such from Palin given her personality and socio-economic class, but his behavior here is not a general attribute for someone with his roots and background.
    [emphasis added here only – MH]

    donalbain writes:

    What the fuck Michael? You expect someone to be a dick if they are working class, but not if they are patrician class? Fuck that bullshit.

    I wasn’t referring to dickish behavior, I instead explicitly noted Romney’s acting in a manner to win the moment without any apparent forethought to the future. That’s an attribute well established by sociologists, in fact it’s noted in 100 level introductory courses.

  31. jakc says

    Indeed Abby Normal, I think you are right. How is insulting Europeans or Palestinians going to cost Romney votes among the people who are planning to vote for him or thinking about it? It will appeal to them.

  32. StevoR says

    Er, Ed, look at your first two words. Do we still have Godwin’s law on the net or has it been repealed or were you deliberately trying the break the record for fastest occurence of it?

  33. dingojack says

    Sir Riehl bleated: “Don’t expect us to wring our hands over what you losers did. We’re too busy fighting to make sure it doesn’t happen here‘.

    OK then, noted.
    No Olympics in North America in the near to distant future, got it.

    Dingo
    —-
    After the beige cock-up that was Atlanta, no wonder!

  34. KG says

    As a Brit, I have to say that the fact Robomormon royally pissed off David Cameron, Boris Johnson and the Daily Telegraph made me warm to him a little for the first time.

  35. christophburschka says

    So, who wants to tell Riehl that Cameron is the leader of the Conservative Party in Great Britain?

    Anything left of the BNP is too liberal, I suspect. And they barely make the cut.

  36. gworroll says

    Raging Bee @5-
    http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2006/02/13/060213fa_fact_coll

    Basically, suicide attack on Indias parliament. Tensions rose, troops moved to border regions, a few exchanges of fire and other small scale engagements.

    The UK stepped up in some key moments there, even sending Tony Blair to Pakistan during the crisis. The US did play a part later on, but there probably wouldn’t have been a Pakistan or India to save if Blair hadn’t gotten in and started the process.

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