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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Profiles In Courage

Romney's press agent at work.

So, the Marquis de Mittens had to be aware of the poopstorm arising over Rush Limbaugh's latest degradation of the political discourse.  He had to be able to sit down with his spinners and wordsmiths and come up with something powerful and condemnatory.  Right?  I mean, didn't he.

Here's what he said: It's "not the language I would have used".  Well, no, of course not, Mitt!  You're running for office for Pete's sake!  No, you would have used your fancy pants, sorry, Rick, "snobbish" college edumacation to come up with a much better way to defame Ms. Fluke.

"Harlot" perhaps?  "Strumpet"?  "Painted lady"?  Or maybe you would have tried some of your patented minority outreach and called her a "ho"?

Andrea Mitchell has an interesting angle on this.  Bain Capital owns Clear Channel.  Clear Channel employs Rush Limbaugh.  While advertisers are fleeing Rush like his pilonidal cyst is about to erupt all over them, Romney could no doubt make a phone call to his buds at Bain and make Rush take a nine month vacation.

But of course, Mitt lives in abject fear that someone somewhere might question how "severe" a conservative he is.  If Clear Channel sacks Rush, the Wingnuts will see R-Money's hands all over it.  I mean, they thought Obama killed Breitbart with the avada kedavra curse or something, so why couldn't Mitt use the imperious curse to get Rush fired?

I've been reading a lot of Harry Potter recently in case you were wondering.

Anyway, Mitt is stuck.  Scott Brown came out hard against Rush, because Senator McDreamy won by eroding the gender gap in Massachusetts and Elizabeth Warren is likely to kick his teeth in if he leaves her this opening.  A few other figures have offered muted, tentative criticisms.  Usually they condemn Rush and then condemn the Democrats for mentioning it.  I guess the word "slut" is just so offensive, it doesn't matter who uses it or in what context.  Santorum just pulled the old "Rush is an entertainer" line of bullshit out.

But Mitt can't go to hard after Rush, because the Dittoheads just don't trust him.

The other day, Mitt said he wouldn't light his hair on fire to excite the GOP base.  But I guess he's not above piddling in his pants.

Worst.  Politician.  Ever.

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