Here’s Mitt Romney in a nutshell, writes Matt Taibbi in a Rolling Stone release titled Mitt Romney: The Huckster

During a town-hall event at a chapel in Merrimack, New Hampshire, some stammering yahoo in the back row gets up and asks the slick Mormon venture capitalist just exactly what he means when he says he plans to “change the face of the Middle East.” “I want to know where you stand on that,” the yutz pleads. “Your answer will determine whether I want to vote for you.” Romney smiles, humbly accepting the challenge. When it comes to the satanic art of presidential campaigning, this lean, heavily moussed political athlete is a stone prodigy, a natural who glides through campaign events with the aid of some dark supernatural power – a tie-clad, sweat-resistant cross of Roy Hobbs and Rosemary’s Baby. As he ponders the question about the Middle East, you can almost see the Terminator display screen behind his eyes, calibrating to the hundredth of a centimeter the exact distance to his questioner and quickly selecting from a prefab list of responses.

“Well,” Romney says sunnily. “What I’d like to see is, I’d like to see a Palestinian state at peace, where Israel and Palestine are at peace” … etc., etc.

Just damn. Why didn’t anyone else think of that!?

yours &c.
dr. g.d


  1. coollikeme

    Giuliani is our only hope.

  2. dotan

    I think I agree with you.—g.

  3. TJ Thompson

    If you read the rest of the article you essentially plagiarized, you would know that there was much more to Mitt’s answer.

  4. dotan

    To quote, cite, excerpt, refer to, or even to reproduce whole and entire—these things do not constitute “plagiarism,” effendi. To plagiarize would require me to try to pass off Matt Taibbi’s brilliant take on Romney as my own. And the “more” of Romney’s “answer” that you refer to leaves both Taibbi and his readers wanting “less,” which is a problem, don’t you think?—anyway, whateverz.

    Question: why do Romney supporters always have problems with simple definitions, e.g. plagiarize?—or, in Romney’s case, the term “conservative.”—g.

    P.S. More “plagiarism,” this time from Lewis Carroll:

    ‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone,’ it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.’

    ‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

    ‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master – that’s all.’

  5. TJ Thompson

    Yes, I apologize, it is not plagiarism. I notice now that you did cite the source. I hope I’m usually more observant 🙂

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