Saturday, July 21, 2007

Mitt's Lapse of Judgment

I usually don't pay much attention to semi-literate signs held by those with whom I disagree. This is a big country, with plenty of folks with ill-considered opinions. But when the sign lumps two U.S. senators together with public enemy number one, and is held high by a leading contender for the GOP nomination, that's another matter:
One qualification for high public office is judgment. One would hope that a candidate for president (or at least an aide) would have the presence of mind to avoid posing for pictures holding up a sign comparing two rivals to a terrorist.


Anonymous jason330 said...

I know what Ryan would say. "You don't have a sense of humor."

..and you know what. He is right. When it comes to this kind of crap, my sense of humor is broken. It was broken by the totally unfunny crap that has happened since the people with the most terrible judgement in history have taken over.

4:27 PM, July 21, 2007  
Blogger TommyWonk said...

I guess there are some who find rhyming Obama and Osama to be clever. I take it you're not one of them.

5:19 PM, July 21, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What rhymes with Morman??????

11:39 PM, July 21, 2007  
Anonymous kavips said...


5:31 AM, July 22, 2007  
Blogger TommyWonk said...

I don't know if the anonymous poster mispelled "Morman" (it's spelled Mormon") out of irony or not.

7:46 AM, July 22, 2007  
Anonymous jason330 said...

Romney responds... "The governor stopped briefly for a picture with a supporter who just happened to be holding their own sign with an alliterative play on words," Madden said, via e-mail. "I don’t think it was equating or comparing anyone."

What a bunch of liars. Can you imagine if Hilary Clinton "stopped briefly for a picture with a supporter who just happened to be holding a sign" with the alliterative wordplay - "No to Moron Mormons!"

I think it would cause a bit of a stir.

9:33 AM, July 22, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry for the dyslectic spelling of Mormon...did you teach English in a past life? I notice you are a spelling/grammar stickler :)

Mormon, morman, moron..what's the difference? Everyone gets the point...Mittman is as wacky as the founders of the LDS cult.

I do like Kavits answer and I agree w/Jason...'stir' would be the tip of the iceberg.

Tommy I like your blog very much...I have to admit it is one of the best written, most organized,and intellectually challenging (hope I spelled all those 'big' words correctly...if not I'm certain I'll read the correction(s) next time I log onto your blog.)

3:59 PM, July 22, 2007  
Anonymous joe b said...

If I only had a brain

4:27 PM, July 22, 2007  
Blogger TommyWonk said...

Jason, thanks for the update. In other words, Mitt Romney decided to hold up the sign because of its literary merit.

Anonymous, thanks for your kind (and correctly spelled) words. If I want people to take an interest in what I have to say, it seems to me I should take some care in how I say it.

This is particularly true if I'm taking note of others' displays of carelessness in thought or exposition.

4:31 PM, July 22, 2007  
Anonymous jason330 said...


Republican malfeasance is too fleet of foot to worry too much aboout spelling.

(For me, I mean, you got it going on Tom. To each his own. )

8:32 PM, July 22, 2007  
Anonymous kavips said...

I too bit on the lapse of judgment kick, but on reflection, it was much ado about nothing. I think it was the Hillary remark by Jason that open my eyes and caused me to change my mind......How many times had I watched Rush Limbaugh do the same and laughed and told him to get a life......

Now with shoe on other foot, here I was doing the same unadulterated thing as he was.........

In my own view, there was a fire, and I was pretending to put it out with gasoline.....

All of America is smart enough to see such juxtapositions and laugh and say it's funny....(Correction: the talk show circuit does not seem to be so inclined.) But what is pissing Americans off is this constant attacking of each others side over nothing.

In 1984 I thought Newt Gingrich was crazy....What the hell is he doing I asked a prominent South Carolinian......The answer I was given was this: I think he is throwing mud at the wall to see what will stick. Sometimes it works.

The "macacca" remark stuck, or did it? Was it the key to victory? The election was so close that the answer will never be decided. Most likely the remark generated enough of a buzz so the electorate actually looked a little harder at the candidates this time and ultimately made their decision based of what they discovered, not the media overplay.......

But if someone came up to me and said Romney should never be president because he once held up a sign 15 months before the election that had Obama, Osama, and Jo mama on it, I would call that person nuts.

I certainly do not want to criticize anyone for jumping on this like I did at first, but if I were in the future to lose my judgment and pull the same stunt, can one of you please remind me of what I said here? Because this election is far too important, and I really do not want to be party to distracting the electorate away from the horrible issues facing us down today......

And to be enormously presumptuous, neither does America this time.......

3:32 AM, July 23, 2007  

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