Romney: Hey, I’m unemployed too UPDATE: Begala outraged

Oh brother. Would someone please tell this guy to stop trying to be just one of the guys. It’s an unforced error my little mobsters.  but is it as bad as the young president laughing at the stimulus failure?

The comment came at some kind of coffee shop in Tampa, Florida as Mitt continues to pile up the endorsements, the cash, and the poll numbers. So generally when you’re leading the pack it’s best just to keep plugging away on your plan and the President’s failures. But instead some staffer must’ve said, “Gov,  you need to loosen up.” Well Governor stop being folksy and just be Mitt Romney.


Maybe I’m just being too hard here. I mean everyone in the coffee shop laughed. And it was kind of cute to see Mitt let his hair down. But somehow I think Just the Way, Romney care neutralized Obama care, this soundbite neutralizes the young president laughing at the stimulus failure. Here’s how the NYT reported this:

The references to Mr. Romney’s own unemployment status added yet another humorous, but occasionally awkward, moment to his ever-growing catalog of off-the-cuff remarks that he makes as he seeks the Republican presidential nomination. He spent the morning doing more listening than talking — a woman in the crowd openly urged him to talk about the deficit — and it was unclear whether he persuaded any voters to join his effort.

Tom Yarranton, 55, lost his job in March 2010. He had spent 31 years as an internal auditor at a manufacturing company. He said he liked Mr. Romney’s mind-set as a businessman, but added that he did not blame Mr. Obama for still being unemployed.

“I’m not mad at him,” Mr. Yarranton said in an interview after the session ended. “It’s amazing in politics. They’re all into pointing fingers at each other. The Republicans right now are so mad at the Democrats, but nobody is doing anything.”

Thoughts, questions, comments?

UPDATE: Want a clue as to how the left will spin this? Here you go. Begala and Matlin.


Yeah, Matlin’s right. It was a joke. And Begala wasn’t too outraged over the stimulus joke. Still I think its a neutralizer in some respects. No?

30 replies
  1. TomL
    TomL says:

    Jim, Romney is sitting in a coffee shop with the average joe having coffee and seemingly enjoying himself talking to people.

    On the otherhand Obama is sitting at the head table?with a bunch of gazzilionaires, party donors??and the political elite and they are all laughing about his failed policies.

  2. winnie888
    winnie888 says:

    Begala also said the Anthony Weiner story was nothing? in an interview with Anderson Cooper, part of transcript from Accuracy in Media (dated 6/2/11):
    Cooper: But Paul if this was a conservative Republican would you be saying the same thing?
    Begala: Yes, who allegedly had a picture taken of him in his underwear and then someone hacked his account and sent it out?? I do think the apparent hacking of a Congressman?s account is more of a story. And this is the Democrat, but it is a right-wing blogger who was pushing this, and a pretty unreliable one at that, which mama always said, consider the source.
    And that’s exactly what I’ll do with Begala when he’s “outraged” by something:? consider the source.

  3. Plainvillian
    Plainvillian says:

    Mitt is trying to channel Reagan’s ability to connect to real people in a real way.? Begala is being a hack.? Much adieu about nothing.
    Mr. Obama, on the other hand, bears real responsibility for the failure of his “stimulus” and the damage to the economy on his watch.? Mr. Obama’s jokes indicate his indifference to real consequence and suffering, and that matters.

  4. Tim-in-Alabama
    Tim-in-Alabama says:

    As Begala’s mama said, “consider the source.” We have Mrs. Begala, and your son is a wiener.

  5. TomL
    TomL says:

    Crystal just like GE and all the members of obamas jobs council, lay off workers and move the jobs offshore

  6. crystal4
    crystal4 says:

    A Republican congress set up these tax loop holes and recently voted to a man to continue them.
    They have to be closed-the middle class is picking up the slack. (With the Republican controlled Supreme Court’s decision, “Citizens United”…we are doomed, however.)
    As far as Obama, you are proving a point that I try to make, that he is not a liberal President, he is “Republican-lite”.

  7. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    Don’t worry crystal:? I am sure that the Senate’s budget will make everything better again.
    Wherever it is….
    ?bama’s continual need to play golf speaks libraries about his “complete disconnect and disregard as far as what the average American faces today.”

  8. crystal4
    crystal4 says:

    And I’m sure you were similarly outraged when Bush spent more time on his ranch then in the oval office.

  9. winnie888
    winnie888 says:

    Hmmmm….when did this post become about Bush?? Oh yeah…it’s the old go-to argument when all other avenues fail.

  10. crystal4
    crystal4 says:

    WHEN did it become about Obama??
    Oh yeah, when Tom and Dimsdale brought him in as they usually do.
    It’s ok, I’d like to forget about Bush, too!

  11. TomL
    TomL says:

    crystal?if you bothered to read the post with the links its a post about Romney and obama. For someone who’d like to forget about President Bush you keep bringing him up.?

  12. Tim-in-Alabama
    Tim-in-Alabama says:

    The post was about positive interaction between Romney and a potential voter. Those present got a chuckle out of Mitt’s comment, and the person to whom he was speaking took no offense. It was the kind of give and take normal people have, but something that is foreign to Democrats. The post is also about the macrocephalic Paul Begala4, and his insane tirade about Romney’s comments. Begala4’s ramblings were consistent with a Clintonista political hack, but inconsistent with reality. Romney’s comments differ from those of Bumpy Barry4 when the latter tried to laugh off a question about his monstrous Porkulous Spending Binge with his now infamous and incredibly insensitive comment about shovel ready not being so shovel ready. These videos show a case of manufactured outrage by a political movement lead by wieners and winers.

  13. Gary J
    Gary J says:

    I agree Tim. So lets keep it to the OLRINO as the post started. Oh in case you may be wondering? Romney is OLRINO? =Obama Like RINO. Establishment thru and thru.Say what you like but I fail to see much difference between the two.Anyone that thinks the government can or should run healthcare has screws loose period.

  14. Eric
    Eric says:

    Well, he’s not working, right? That’s unemployed! Of course the guy doesn’t need to work, but the dummy is unemployed… and probably will be after the election too.

  15. Tim-in-Alabama
    Tim-in-Alabama says:

    Unless it’s Romney vs. Bumpy Barry O’Bama, I’m not voting for him, but that’s because I disagree with real things Mitt’s done, not for made-up things chanted by Begala4, or distortions or outright lies posted by enumerated commenters. I believe all Republican candidates should be defended from falsehoods but held accountable for their actions.

  16. Todd from Farmington
    Todd from Farmington says:

    Romney has disappointed me recently-with his global warming crap.? He’s also going to have a difficult time trying to walkback Romneycare.? I’d love for Rubio to enter into this election.? He could energize the base, and if you think the libs were pissed when McCain added a female to his ticket…you ain’t seen nothing.? Rubio is self-made, brilliant, young, has a true American Dream story…and could put the Hispanic vote in California into to play in 2012.
    I still think old Hillary is going to pull a Ted Kennedy and run against Obama in the next few months.? I think Hillary would be harder to beat than Obama.? Obama’s misery index numbers are being to look a lot like Jimmy Carter’s numbers!? I could be wrong, but I seriously doubt it!

  17. Tritonesam
    Tritonesam says:

    It appears to me that Romney is an establishment Republican, one of the Good Old Boys. He’ handsome, speaks well, and tries to have an attractive personality. However, Romneycare does not suit me, and his explanations are weak. Also, his swithc to Pro-Life is highly questionable (was it in order to be approved by other Republicans?). He has just refused to sign a pro-life pledge with the Susan B. Anthony group, which tells me his word is not to be trusted. I can only “thank God” that my own mother did not kill me in the womb so that she would not be tied down to raising another human being. I cannot vote for someone who does not believe life comes before all other considerations. This seems to fit Romney (and, for that matter, Dictator Obama).

  18. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    When did ?bama come into it??? When he started running for reelection!? If Romney continues as the presumptive candidate for the Republicans, the comparisons must be made.
    Btw: according to CNN: “Barack Obama has come in at eighth in a list of golf-playing American presidents, higher than both George Bush and Ronald Reagan.?? …..Obama has played golf 32 times during his presidency — eight times more than his predecessor did during his entire tenure at the White House”.?
    And that is only 2.5 years into his first (and hopefully only) term, compared to 8 years for Bush.

  19. gillie28
    gillie28 says:

    Two words for Rommney:? RICK PERRY

    FYI – the WH travels with the President, be it Bush, Obama or Clinton: remember?Martha’s Vineyard??Obama’s had a few years under his belt to take responsibility for his own presidency.

  20. sammy22
    sammy22 says:

    You guys are never satisfied: you have 7 declared candidates and you want more. Who chose the 7 declared so far? Is this a game? of? “candidate by trial and error”?

  21. TomL
    TomL says:

    Dims as usual CNN was going easy on the golfer and chief, Saturday was his 73rd round. I read an article where somebody from NBC interviewed? obama and he said the only regret he has is that he can’t spend more time with his kids, how about playing golf half the time and spend it at home with the family.
    Sammy nobody chose those who announced their candidacy, they’re putting out the offer to run and its up to us to determine who we want.

  22. sammy22
    sammy22 says:

    Right-on, TomL. I imagine they are paying for their “willingness-to-run” with their own money!

  23. David R
    David R says:

    If I read this correctly Romney has already worn out his welcome. Contributing to his demise seems to be his comments on climate change…an issue about which I think he’s correct.? I know most of you think it’s a hoax. I don’t, and I am willing to put my money where my mouth is, if it meets?with Jim V’s approval. Here’s what I propose: I? challenge any blogger to this site to? “prove” global climate change is a hoax.? If he/she can do that, ?I will donate $100 to the charity of his or her choice.? Against that person’s proof, I will present the counter information, with the outcome to be decided by an independent/non-partisan person of Jim’s choice. If my counter information wins the day…I would like a $100 contribution to my favorite charity.? Any takers?

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