Holy Shit: Washington Post Runs Op-Ed Asking Why Mitt Romney Isn't Richer, and If He Isn't Richer, Doesn't That Disqualify Him From the Presidency?

Oh dear.

Guess the debate and the ensuing polls are really panicking the liberals, eh?

Mitt Romney is worth $250 million. Why so little?

Mitt Romney is indisputably a very rich man. And if he is elected president on Nov. 6, he will become one of the wealthiest people ever to hold the office.

But exactly how wealthy is Romney? The figure that gets tossed around is $250 million in net worth — meaning the total value of his assets, financial and others, minus any debts.

Mitt Romney's $250 million net worth is much smaller than that of the other big players in the private-equity and leveraged buyout business, as listed in the latest Forbes 400 list of the richest people in America.

Only $250 million? Really?

It’s a big number, but frankly, it seems low. Given the industry in which he made his fortune (private equity), the era when he made it (the 1980s and 1990s) and the wealth of his peers in that business (mostly billionaires), Romney should be worth a good bit more than that.

Why isn’t he?

...

The article then goes through his listed assets, suggesting that Romney might be understating his wealth, based on... well, nothing, really.

It then tries to dream up reasons why Romney shouldn't be richer. It doesn't credit any of them for being true. But one of the reasons pretty much explains it all -- the private equity market took off, and entered a "Golden Age," the year after Romney left Bain.

That pretty much ends the matter, doesn't it? The first billion is the hardest, and Bain only made its first billion right around the time Romney left. After that, Bain racked up the billions; but the first one was the tough one.

And then Romney left to pursue a career of public service.

But the writer is unconvinced.

Leaving us with two possibilities-- either Romney is lying about his wealth, or Romney is stupid and cannot be our President.

Does it really matter if Romney is worth $250 million, $1 billion or more? Rich is rich after all, right? I think it does, politically as well as substantively.

Politically, the alternatives are not great. If he were perceived as the first real billionaire to run for president, it would only exacerbate popular doubts about how someone living so removed from the concerns of average Americans — or even just 47 percent of them — could effectively represent them.

And if he is not a billionaire, doesn’t it suggest that he was not a great private-equity investor after all, thus torpedoing his claim to understand how to create jobs and get the economy back on track?

Something to keep in mind on Nov. 6.

I think we should all rise from our seats and applaud the Washington Post for this.

There is hackery, there is partisanship, and then there is... this.

This is resplendent.

Congratulations, Washington Post.

You are now officially beyond mockery.

Posted by: Ace at 06:56 PM



Comments

1 Second!

Posted by: JDTAY at October 06, 2012 06:58 PM (a0nis)

2 The MFM: Fuckwits, nitwits, and halfwits all.

Posted by: mediumheadboy at October 06, 2012 06:58 PM (aHR5E)

3 Love the italics, BTW.

Posted by: JDTAY at October 06, 2012 06:58 PM (a0nis)

4 Are they taking comment for this dreck?

Posted by: Tami at October 06, 2012 06:58 PM (X6akg)

5 You shall not covet ...anything that is your neighbors

Posted by: Tmitsss at October 06, 2012 06:59 PM (7nKJU)

6 CLAP CLAP CLAP

Posted by: Joffen, fucking sunshine patriot at October 06, 2012 06:59 PM (iL9Kk)

7 eighth!

Posted by: Methos at October 06, 2012 06:59 PM (6LvlL)

8 italics

Posted by: jimi ray at October 06, 2012 06:59 PM (79EF9)

9 Aaaaarrgghh!

The blog has taken a torpedo amidships! A 30 degree list!

Posted by: Gran at October 06, 2012 06:59 PM (aquio)

10 Obama is a stuttering clusterf*ck of a miserable failure.

Posted by: steevy at October 06, 2012 06:59 PM (6o4Fb)

11 This whole thing of wealth......hasn't every prez since like Coolidge been a wealthy guy? And all the first 10 or so. This is very sloppy stats but you get muy point.

Posted by: USS Diversity at October 06, 2012 07:00 PM (0CiTm)

12 They have gone full out Baghdad Bob insane.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at October 06, 2012 07:00 PM (VJCRJ)

13 And the WAPO telemarketers wonder why I burst into uncontrollable laughter whenever they call and try to get me to subscribe.

Posted by: Scott in Va at October 06, 2012 07:00 PM (HFMJ6)

14 Ace:..."Congratulations, Washington Post.
You are now officially beyond mockery."

The mockery almost writes itself, doesn't it.

Posted by: wheatie at October 06, 2012 07:00 PM (l5RhJ)

15 the stench of desperation/failure? It's gonna get good. check out leno's bit on matthews in a straight jacket.

Posted by: D. Hopper at October 06, 2012 07:00 PM (AVfT8)

16 Barack says that at some point you have enough money. I disagree. So that makes Romney incompetant. Ipso Facto, mutha fuckas.

Posted by: Michelle Obama at October 06, 2012 07:00 PM (wUFaM)

17 So, are they saying that Romney isn't 1% rich, and therefore not evil enough for them? Can they only hate people over a certain income? (Like how they hate corporate execs but not Barry). This is splitting hairs even for a group whose record on hair-splitting gives Pantene cold chills.

Also italics.

Posted by: Karusky at October 06, 2012 07:00 PM (dO4L7)

18 Doc Holliday - "My hypocrisy knows no bounds."

WaPo -- "Amateur."

Posted by: GnuBreed at October 06, 2012 07:00 PM (ccXZP)

19 Maybe, and I just spitballing here, maybe RMoney decided he'd made enough money and he would devote himself to public service. I have some vague, gauzy memory of being told this was a great and noble thing.


What's that rule about reality being impossible to parody?

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD/Whiteboard 2012 at October 06, 2012 07:01 PM (Gk3SS)

20 DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM Wash. Compost

Posted by: Evilpens at October 06, 2012 07:01 PM (ck76k)

21 You just can't make this shit up.

Posted by: Countrysquire at October 06, 2012 07:01 PM (GNaYV)

22 The stupidity, it is strong in this one...

Posted by: GuyfromNH at October 06, 2012 07:01 PM (kbOju)

23 How much the TFG/JEF worth again?

I mean aside from the secret offshore accounts Jeff Immelt, George Soros and Warren Buffet have set up for him.

Posted by: Joe Mama at October 06, 2012 07:01 PM (rlba9)

24 Never occurred to them he had the character to look at his bank account one day and say, "Okay, that's enough, now let's see what I can do to make a difference."

Losers.

Posted by: Jamie W. at October 06, 2012 07:02 PM (LBdNc)

25 " doesn’t it suggest that he was not a great private-equity investor after all, thus torpedoing his claim to understand how to create jobs and get the economy back on track?"

Umm, Obama??

Posted by: Paul at October 06, 2012 07:02 PM (aA7+9)

26 Additional reasons Mitt's not richer:

1) He gave away his entire inheritance. I'd bet lots of people he worked with kept theirs.

2) Mitt gave 30% of his income to charity last year. We know he's ALWAYS given @ least 10%. How many millions is that over the course of a lifetime?

Posted by: Shawn at October 06, 2012 07:02 PM (/lltO)

27 Mitt Romney: I'm sorry I only made $250 million.

Caveman: I'm sorry I didn't get fire to you sooner.

Jonas Salk: I'm sorry I only created one miracle vaccine.

Posted by: JDTAY at October 06, 2012 07:02 PM (a0nis)

28 Romney is rich enough to disappear people. Some days I long for an older, simpler time.

Posted by: Invictus at October 06, 2012 07:02 PM (OQpzc)

29 21
You just can't make this shit up.

Posted by: Countrysquire at October 06, 2012 07:01 PM (GNaYV)

You can if you're WaPo.

Posted by: Tami at October 06, 2012 07:02 PM (X6akg)

30 Pretty lame for such a high class newswipe.

Posted by: Ronster at October 06, 2012 07:03 PM (H5i76)

31 Too chicken shit to attach names to it, so they went OpEd.

I assume the goal is to float the meme that Romney is hiding money for tax purposes.

Boy, these people can not lose gracefully.

Posted by: Redd at October 06, 2012 07:03 PM (guxHP)

32 I can hear the slurping sounds from halfway across the country.

Posted by: Alex at October 06, 2012 07:03 PM (HwgHt)

33 1000 monkeys with 1000 keyboards. All beating on the keys with their dicks.

Posted by: Countrysquire at October 06, 2012 07:03 PM (GNaYV)

34 I'm all ambivalent. Yaaaay LSU lost! To. Florida.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD/Whiteboard 2012 at October 06, 2012 07:03 PM (Gk3SS)

35 Maybe I just figured once you got $250 mil I didn't need anymore.

Posted by: Mitt Romney at October 06, 2012 07:03 PM (/YJYi)

36 Because he donates 30 percent of his income to charity.

Posted by: John the Libertarian at October 06, 2012 07:03 PM (bJQRu)

37 We want to embrace this. Because if Romney not being a billionaire is now disqualifying (an indicator he doesn't really no much that much about economics), then what kind of credibility does the Washington Post have, having ran Newsweek into the ground (unless there are other magazines being sold for $1). Why should we ever listen to them again?

In other words, at least Romney is solvent. Richly solvent. Whereas the WaPo is a wino with a brown-bagged bottle in his hand lecturing us about responsibility.

Posted by: A. at October 06, 2012 07:04 PM (K3hhW)

38 Wow. William D. Cohan really engaged in the ultimate in mental fapping in that piece. He must be missing the top of his head after that effort. Fapped it clean off.

Posted by: Soap MacTavish at October 06, 2012 07:04 PM (vbh31)

39 What the Compost is trying to say is that the qualification window is so narrow and specific that only TFG can squeeze through it by coincidence

These people aren't competent enough to handle a homeowners association newsletter

Posted by: kbdabear at October 06, 2012 07:04 PM (wwsoB)

40 Bubba was NOT wealthy when he ran for President. The JEF wasn't all that wealthy either.

Posted by: Truck Monkey at October 06, 2012 07:04 PM (jucos)

41 Dave Bowman enters the Washington Post monolith, "My God! Its full of Obamatards!"

He was never heard from again.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at October 06, 2012 07:04 PM (VJCRJ)

42 At some point, Mitt made enough money. for realz.

Posted by: USS Diversity at October 06, 2012 07:04 PM (0CiTm)

43 "Isn't there a point where you've made enough?"
Barack Obama

Posted by: Beto at October 06, 2012 07:04 PM (BAnPT)

44 Here's one logical reason he's not richer: Since he tithes a minimum of 10% of his pre-tax income to his church annually, he's given away hundreds of millions of dollars over the years that would have added to his assets and grown even larger had he not given it away. But if he were worth $500 million or even a billion, the libs would be even more outraged. Poor Mitt can't win. Neither can rich Mitt.

Posted by: Jim at October 06, 2012 07:04 PM (bryM0)

45 This op-ed writer did not write War and Peace or the Harry Potter series or Lord of the Rings, or the Penthouse Forum or...

Therefore.

QED, bitches. QFED

Posted by: ChampionCapua at October 06, 2012 07:05 PM (KZi9D)

46 These guys are scared shitless.

Posted by: Honey Badger at October 06, 2012 07:05 PM (cDwCa)

47 Hasn't he given a fuckton of money away to his church and to charity as well? Fuck it, don't answer that. This line of inquiry is so goddamned ridiculous that it doesn't deserve an even semi-serious response.

Posted by: DanInMN at October 06, 2012 07:05 PM (dyI4e)

48
Personally, I am grateful for the MSM, they are making me not only popular but necessary. I've been a negative for so long, but now I'm a positive. Self-esteem for everyone.

In fact, being a collasol fairlure is now a positive.!@!!!

Posted by: Failure at October 06, 2012 07:05 PM (wUFaM)

49 Who wrote that bull? I dont wanna click on the link and givem themtraffic for this kind of whoredom...

Posted by: Elize Nayden at October 06, 2012 07:05 PM (afNTN)

50 At least with the traditional loaded question "have you stopped beating your wife yet?" you actually have to have the balls to ask it of somebody.

The Post cuts out the middleman, and passes the dishonesty directly to the consumers.

Posted by: sistrum at October 06, 2012 07:05 PM (SUlmX)

51 If Romney is as smart as the private equity guys I worked for, a very large portion of his wealth has already been transferred to his kids and grandkids.

Posted by: Nash Rambler at October 06, 2012 07:05 PM (LZ7QO)

52 Mockery might save us all from having apoplexy with rage at these folks. Good job, Ace and for another laugh take a look at the excellent article by Smitty at "The Other McCain". The were clearly banking on a big Obama win in the debates. Obama, the new Reagan. LOL

http://theothermccain.com/2012/10/06/propaganda-recognized-is-propaganda-failed/

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at October 06, 2012 07:05 PM (66Ung)

53 The left just doesn't understand charity. They think that's what the Government is for.

Posted by: BitterClingy&Buried at October 06, 2012 07:06 PM (QQcJv)

54 If this is what they're serving up, can you imagine what other op-ed they passed on?

Posted by: weft cut-loop at October 06, 2012 07:06 PM (vY2x+)

55 The Washington Post won't exist in 10 years.

Posted by: Truck Monkey at October 06, 2012 07:06 PM (jucos)

56 How can a community activist end up as a multimillionaire?

Posted by: Questions the MBM won't ask at October 06, 2012 07:06 PM (wwsoB)

57 Um, because some people actually give their time and money to charity and some people just talk about it?

Posted by: jc at October 06, 2012 07:06 PM (ufJKx)

58 Mitt is so poor, he can only afford one handkerchief.

Posted by: Craig Poe at October 06, 2012 07:06 PM (BVkEs)

59 Know much, not "no much".

Posted by: A. at October 06, 2012 07:06 PM (K3hhW)

60 It could mean he's given away at least a third of his income all his life.

Wow, guess that never occurred to the WAPO guys.

Think, last year alone he gave away TWICE what his tax bill was.

Posted by: Billy Bob, pseudo intellectual at October 06, 2012 07:06 PM (wR+pz)

61 He gives a lot of it away. I guess that's a bad thing, eh? Maybe they can go after him for being charitable and kind.

Posted by: mama winger in paul ryan's district at October 06, 2012 07:07 PM (P6QsQ)

62 CAC needs to get his stompy boots on and curbstomp this thread with the great numbers from PPP on Wisconsin like ace did to his thread on California this morning!

Posted by: NWConservative at October 06, 2012 07:07 PM (M1gmo)

63 55 Ha ha yep.

Posted by: Joffen, fucking sunshine patriot at October 06, 2012 07:07 PM (iL9Kk)

64 Part of the damage control.
Everyone knows that no one has ever destroyed an incumbent like that in a debate and the media damn well knows it's a near mortal blow.
That's why we're getting the "kitchen sink" to save Obama- including polls this week that will show that this beatdown didn't resonate as much as it should have.
Abject panic.

Posted by: jjshaka at October 06, 2012 07:07 PM (vT3kg)

65 Wow. All In really means ALL IN!

Posted by: Count de Monet at October 06, 2012 07:07 PM (BAS5M)

66

This is Journolist From Mars material, right there.

Who will follow suit?

Posted by: I checked: it's not April 1. at October 06, 2012 07:07 PM (LpQbZ)

67 So? How much has obama stolen earned?

Posted by: Darth Randall at October 06, 2012 07:07 PM (mV8sg)

68 Given the industry in which the WaPo made it's fortune (sucking cock), the era when they made it (the 1970s and ever since) and the wealth of it's peers in that business (mostly Kardashians), WaPo should be a good bit better than this as professional suckers of cock.

Why aren't they?

Posted by: ChampionCapua at October 06, 2012 07:08 PM (KZi9D)

69 PPP WISCONSIN
OBAMA 49%
ROMNEY 47%

Was 52-45 Obama/Romney 2 weeks ago.
62-27 Romney/Obama on who won debate.
72% of R's saying 'very excited' to vote vs

PPP trying to blunt any hint of bounce by saying 'Saturday interviews read more like pre-debate'

Posted by: CAC at October 06, 2012 07:08 PM (epA9m)

70 Declining pay to serve as governor is obviously a sign that he's unfit for office...

Posted by: sistrum at October 06, 2012 07:08 PM (SUlmX)

71 OT:

Concerning the Ninja video link on the sidebar.....Vagina Bubbles From Hell is still better.

Posted by: Sticky Wicket at October 06, 2012 07:08 PM (L7hol)

72 Jon Corzine disappeared $1.6 billion from his investors' accounts. We should elect him as a write-in candidate. More than six times better than Mitt.

Posted by: Resident, Massachusetts Home for the Bewildered at October 06, 2012 07:08 PM (UGxsK)

73 Was Mitt wrong about the percentage of green energy businesses that went bankrupt? He said half of the loans Obama gave went bankrupt.

Posted by: Joffen, fucking sunshine patriot at October 06, 2012 07:09 PM (iL9Kk)

74 Funny, panic smells a bit like... napalm.

Posted by: backhoe at October 06, 2012 07:09 PM (ULH4o)

75 So he's gone from evil capitalist to bumbling fool who can't make money? Ohkaaaaay. Yeah.

Posted by: ParanoidGirlInSeattle at October 06, 2012 07:09 PM (RZ8pf)

76 All that extra money? Stuffed in his temple underwear!

Posted by: Newsweek editor at October 06, 2012 07:09 PM (wR+pz)

77 WaPo has alot of readers in NoVa--a must win area for Romney. There are alot of rich people up there. unemployment is lower in Northern Va than anywhere else in the state. Those people won't get all pissed off about this. this won't move 1 undecided's vote to O.

Posted by: kelley in virginia at October 06, 2012 07:09 PM (HNwOT)

78 In the LDS Church, in order to carry a Temple Recommend, you must Tithe 10% of your gross to the church, pay your share of the Ward expenses and your portion of the Stake expenses.

Posted by: Beto at October 06, 2012 07:09 PM (BAnPT)

79 As billionaires go, Mitt's got quite a ways to go.

Math is not just hard, it is impossible, if you're a journolist.

Posted by: The littl shyning man at October 06, 2012 07:09 PM (PH+2B)

80 Mittens wins MA and CT starting the wave that won't stop until he wins NV and NM. 350+ electoral votes and a good 7+ point margin. Of course the Washington Post is panicking.

Posted by: Truck Monkey at October 06, 2012 07:10 PM (jucos)

81 CAC - Get yer crayons ready to color Wisconsin RED

Posted by: mama winger in paul ryan's district at October 06, 2012 07:10 PM (P6QsQ)

82 Someone needs to point out to the Washngton Post that the Romney's donate a lot, A LOT, to charity. That could lead to less money in the bank.
Idiots

Posted by: LRBnSC at October 06, 2012 07:10 PM (Qp3K5)

83 Dear WaPo,
At one time you controlled the media in DC and much of the country. Now you rely on Kaplan Test Services to bail you out year after year, your stock price is in the crapper, and your entitled, hereditary, nepotistic owner got caught whoring our her house to try and peddle her fast diminishing influence with people who matter, whereupon she denied it all and let her flunky take the blame.

Are you really in a position to judge the professional performance of a man like Mitt Romney?

Posted by: pep at October 06, 2012 07:10 PM (6TB1Z)

84 Hilarious. In some sense, Romney is just a fantastic candidate for us. Imagine the man-hours they've spent searching for dirt on this guy, and they can't find any.....so they resort to this.

Posted by: Spike at October 06, 2012 07:10 PM (I4NNt)

85 This is Joe Scarborough level of brilliance

Posted by: Albie Damned at October 06, 2012 07:10 PM (Yhu4q)

86 Is the biggest shareholder of the post still Berkshire Hathaway?


Maybe Buffet should have tried the "Romney Rule" and decided to help someone other than himself after a while.

Posted by: jc at October 06, 2012 07:11 PM (ufJKx)

87 69
PPP WISCONSIN

OBAMA 49%

ROMNEY 47%

yeee ahhhh!

Posted by: kelley in virginia at October 06, 2012 07:11 PM (HNwOT)

88 Partisanship has turned journalism into a laughable profession. Its hilarious what news papers will print now in the name of pushing a narrative. Is it ok for us to go back to treating reporters like the lowly life form that they are? Oh and along the same line, can we also go back to treating actors and actresses like prostitutes? They all seem to have no problem with being whores for Obama.

Posted by: Drew in MO at October 06, 2012 07:11 PM (ZgvAc)

89 I could never be a liberal. The mental gymnastics required to think like a liberal are just too difficult. I'm not that bendy.

Posted by: mama winger in paul ryan's district at October 06, 2012 07:12 PM (P6QsQ)

90 O/T (obviously), but I've been Jonesing a good meat loaf. Morons, lay it on me. What's your favorite recipe?

Posted by: Ombudsman at October 06, 2012 07:12 PM (eOufH)

91 so either Romney hasn't stolen enough ( dirty evil rich meme)
or He has given too much away to charity.
or He hasn't made enough to be impressive as an actual working businessman?
i thought 250k was rich?

or is He supposed to live like a king at 1.4 billion a year to be good enough?
are they looking to hire Sorors next?

Posted by: willow at October 06, 2012 07:12 PM (TomZ9)

92 @68

You are close. The biggest income for the Washington Post Co? Kaplan bullshit courses. Been under investigation for years.

Funny how selling a correspondence course for four times what everyone else does and taking Federal money to pay for it is ok if you are a liberal newspaper. You don't get investigated either.

Posted by: Billy Bob, pseudo intellectual at October 06, 2012 07:12 PM (wR+pz)

93 Former publisher's new question, "Warmup on that coffee?"

Posted by: DM at October 06, 2012 07:12 PM (LaKlJ)

94 PPP trying to blunt any hint of bounce by saying 'Saturday interviews read more like pre-debate'

Posted by: CAC at October 06, 2012 07:08 PM (epA9m)

CAC, do you know the d/r/i breakdown of it?

Posted by: Tami at October 06, 2012 07:12 PM (X6akg)

95 CAC, I think your right. We are going to win Wisconsin. PPP only does the important polling on the weekends because they tend to benefit the Democrats. And that they are a hack organization that bumps the samples for the democrats all the time. It might be really a Romney +2-4% right now there...

Posted by: NWConservative at October 06, 2012 07:12 PM (M1gmo)

96 The takeaway from this is Biden's been showering under a faucette of unlimited money for two decades , and he's too stupid to get wet .

Posted by: Bill D. Cat at October 06, 2012 07:12 PM (lo/S5)

97
We and other noble keepers of the truth which is know as Barack Obama have begun Operation Loose Bowels.

Posted by: Washington Post at October 06, 2012 07:13 PM (6v/Tu)

98 Someone already did an article on this from the conservative's perspective. Can't remember who. Off to goggle land.

Posted by: polynikes at October 06, 2012 07:13 PM (cK3Ih)

99 Jon Corzine disappeared $1.6 billion from his investors' accounts. We should elect him as a write-in candidate. More than six times better than Mitt.
Posted by: Resident, Massachusetts Home for the Bewildered

I can't understand why this isn't a bigger scandal.
That was people's savings accounts, 401Ks and pension monies.
What if you got a statement saying your $250,000 in retirement money was gone for good with no recourse.

Posted by: Beto at October 06, 2012 07:13 PM (BAnPT)

100 I am more curious about the 98% of Barry's $181 million Sept. haul that is non-reportable but I am just a tiny blogger so I defer to the Washington Post and it's keen journalistic judgment in exploring this question.

Posted by: TD at October 06, 2012 07:13 PM (+uFux)

101 Even Romney's favorability is up in Wisconsin. Up 8 points.

Posted by: Joffen, fucking sunshine patriot at October 06, 2012 07:14 PM (iL9Kk)

102 If PPP has Romney close, it is fucking over. They are the most dishonest polling group in the nation. democrat hacks.

Posted by: Billy Bob, pseudo intellectual at October 06, 2012 07:14 PM (wR+pz)

103 Obama ain't no "Stepan'fectchit" - he's a "Stepinit". LOL!

Posted by: Year 2012 - NOT 2008 at October 06, 2012 07:14 PM (wIgpo)

104 haaha Mama Winger: i was never that bendy. even in my yute

Posted by: kelley in virginia at October 06, 2012 07:14 PM (HNwOT)

105 Mr. Cohen, what you have just written is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever read. At no point in your rambling, incoherent screed were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational argument. Everyone in this blog is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

Posted by: Conservative Crank, yet another work computer at October 06, 2012 07:14 PM (d7H2D)

106 Ah yes, the WaPo -- that pinnacle of decency and ethics. Then again, maybe not. Try out the link in my sig for a fairly recent expose on these turd munchers.

If it wasn't for their for profit Kaplan U. subsidiary, they'd be as broke as Newsweek.

Posted by: GnuBreed at October 06, 2012 07:14 PM (ccXZP)

107 I mean, what kind of person does it take to sit down at their computer and come up with this kind of slop? Who thinks like this?

Posted by: mama winger in paul ryan's district at October 06, 2012 07:14 PM (P6QsQ)

108 @100

Don't hold your breath.

Posted by: JDTAY at October 06, 2012 07:14 PM (a0nis)

109 If Romney is as smart as the private equity guys I worked for, a very large portion of his wealth has already been transferred to his kids and grandkids.
________________

Exactly. IIRC, an article on Mitt's wealth from the 2008 season said that he had transferred over $100 million of his wealth to his sons. Plus, Mitt has used a lot of his own money on his campaigns (for governor, and president in 200. And then there are all the millions he has donated to charity.

If the Romneys had been more selfish with their wealth (like the Obamas), they'd probably be worth a billion or so.

Posted by: Observer at October 06, 2012 07:14 PM (/sohm)

110 If PPP has Romney close, it is fucking over. They are the most dishonest polling group in the nation. democrat hacks.

---

Ahhhhhhh. No wonder Gerg loves that one so much.

Posted by: mediumheadboy at October 06, 2012 07:15 PM (aHR5E)

111 @ Beto ,

What if , indeed ?

Posted by: Bill D. Cat at October 06, 2012 07:15 PM (lo/S5)

112 Washington Post: I stink of fish, therefore I am.

Posted by: Count de Monet at October 06, 2012 07:15 PM (BAS5M)

113 Some Meatloaf - http://youtu.be/9GNhdQRbXhc

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at October 06, 2012 07:15 PM (VJCRJ)

114 It could have something to do with the fact that he has given a shitload of his money away every year he has been working.

Evil like.

Posted by: JackStraw at October 06, 2012 07:15 PM (TMB3S)

115 He gives a lot of his money away. He often takes jobs without taking a salary.

He isn't greedy.


Posted by: crosspatch at October 06, 2012 07:15 PM (ZbLJZ)

116
Even Romney's favorability is up in Wisconsin. Up 8 points.

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Wow. That's amazing. Who knew Wisconsin would ever go for a non-drinker?

Posted by: mama winger in paul ryan's district at October 06, 2012 07:15 PM (P6QsQ)

117 Who thinks like this?
Posted by: mama winger in paul ryan's district at October 06, 2012 07:14 PM (P6QsQ)
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I would hardly call this thinking.

Posted by: Truck Monkey at October 06, 2012 07:15 PM (jucos)

118 100% Pure Awesome. Most people will go their whole lives without being able to write something so groundbreaking, so distilled, so, so... conceptually free.

William D. Cohan deserves some kind of a literary prize for this.

Posted by: runninrebel at October 06, 2012 07:15 PM (N/1Dm)

119 keep making the phone calls going door-to-door.

for the life of me, I can't believe that Christians didn't vote overwhelmingly in '08 though reports keep surfacing that many Christians stayed home.

so do a little campaigning at church tomorrow

Posted by: kelley in virginia at October 06, 2012 07:16 PM (HNwOT)

120 They have nothing left.

After Wednesday they can't compare Mitt and Obama. They now must compare Mitt to some hypothetical better-Mitt.

They have Rachel Corried themselves.

Posted by: eman at October 06, 2012 07:16 PM (Wp4rQ)

121 I mean, what kind of person does it take to sit down at their computer and come up with this kind of slop? Who thinks like this?

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The same kind of dolts who call themselves feminists but will defend BJ Clinton to the death.

Posted by: mediumheadboy at October 06, 2012 07:16 PM (aHR5E)

122 $250 mil?? Mitt's pretty fly for a white guy.

Hmmm..I wonder if he'd pee on me

Posted by: Kim Lardsassian at October 06, 2012 07:16 PM (Yhu4q)

123 Congressmen- especially long-serving senators, often become rich, despite their official salaries. I assume a lot of that is corruption straight, no chaser, but a lot of is at the very least impossible to prove. One exception is Joe Biden, who apparently isn't smart enough to even take advantage.

Posted by: Lance McCormick at October 06, 2012 07:17 PM (/D8ux)

124 $250 million ain't shit. Barky is looking at spending 14% of Mitt's total net worth, just on a little house to relax in. And that's just for one of Barky's houses, none of which he should be able to enjoy while donning the orange jumpsuit that he deserves and that America's continued existence requires.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at October 06, 2012 07:17 PM (X3lox)

125 This is beyond ignorant. He left Bain to fix the Olympics. Then he went and balanced the budget of Massachusetts. Maybe after doing all that and realizing he was already worth $250 mil he figured he'd made enough and would stay in public service? Do these assholes have more than a few functioning brain cells?

Posted by: Adam at October 06, 2012 07:17 PM (/YJYi)

126 I mean, what kind of person does it take to sit down at their computer and come up with this kind of slop? Who thinks like this?


Someone desperate to meet his byline? Just a guess.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD/Whiteboard 2012 at October 06, 2012 07:17 PM (Gk3SS)

127 Romney doesn't have enough money? Poor guy. Time to write another check.....

Posted by: Craig Poe at October 06, 2012 07:17 PM (BVkEs)

128 The split in ppp Wisconsin poll is dri of 34% 33% 33%. Almost all exit polls in wisconsin in years past had 1-4% more repubs than dems with indys giving their share of the votes to the dems in larger portions.

Posted by: NWConservative at October 06, 2012 07:17 PM (M1gmo)

129 I would hardly call this thinking.

Posted by: Truck Monkey at October 06, 2012 07:15 PM (jucos)

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Do these people have to show their stuff to an editor or something before it goes to print? I can't imagine someone saying, "Oh yes! That's great! Let's go with this!"

Posted by: mama winger in paul ryan's district at October 06, 2012 07:18 PM (P6QsQ)

130 Going to get take out. Everyone get a drink and chill so I don't have a hundred posts to read when I get back.

Got that! Drink now!

Posted by: Billy Bob, pseudo intellectual at October 06, 2012 07:18 PM (wR+pz)

131 You are now officially beyond mockery.
Just lower your standards ace.
They're going with "If you're so smart, why aren't you richer?"

Posted by: DaveA at October 06, 2012 07:18 PM (wcjj2)

132 128
The split in ppp Wisconsin poll is dri of 34% 33% 33%. Almost all exit
polls in wisconsin in years past had 1-4% more repubs than dems with
indys giving their share of the votes to the dems in larger portions.

Posted by: NWConservative at October 06, 2012 07:17 PM (M1gmo)

I just keep thanking you.

Posted by: Tami at October 06, 2012 07:18 PM (X6akg)

133 Meatloaf Recipe?

Two outta three ain't bad.

Posted by: Count de Monet at October 06, 2012 07:19 PM (BAS5M)

134 Next he'll be blamed for giving too much to charity, or to the wrong charity, or for being too unselfish and therefore is too much of a boy scout. maybe if he'd earned his wealth with two autobiographies or maybe if he had several extra marital affairs he could earn the ComPost's respect.

Posted by: Ulysses at October 06, 2012 07:19 PM (XGsdO)

135 I can't imagine someone saying, "Oh yes! That's great! Let's go with this!"

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Bear in mind that the editors are left-wing asshats too.

Posted by: mediumheadboy at October 06, 2012 07:19 PM (aHR5E)

136 Remember a handful of articles in 2000 about some of the die-hard Dems needing "counseling" after the recount to get over the fact that Bush won? These folks are going to go out of their minds entirely when Romney puts O in the Mondale Suite.

Posted by: B at October 06, 2012 07:19 PM (9LrE7)

137 Candid Camera, The Onion, and April Fool's Day all rolled into one WaPo article.

Posted by: Craig Poe at October 06, 2012 07:20 PM (BVkEs)

138 Tami, I love looking at poll internals in this election and comparing them to history. That is why I am not worrying about this election at all. It will be in no way close to 2008.

Posted by: NWConservative at October 06, 2012 07:21 PM (M1gmo)

139 Obviously, Romney left Bain in 1999 because he was incredibly worried about the Y2K virus knocking out all of his hard earned income. He was so worried that in his early 50s he decided he would have rather have just a few hundred million than stay the course and become a billionaire.
That's the story someone writes next week. Romney is essentially a tinfoil hat wearing loon that makes Joe Biden look normal.

Posted by: RKinRoanoke at October 06, 2012 07:21 PM (pxur/)

140 107
I mean, what kind of person does it take to sit down at their computer and come up with this kind of slop? Who thinks like this?


Posted by: mama winger in paul ryan's district at October 06, 2012 07:14 PM (P6QsQ)

There's a certain breed of intelligentsia that thinks what is obvious to everyone must be false because, duh, EVERYONE sees it that way. Only the intellectual elite can be privileged to know the truth; ergo, only something that seems fallacious on the face of it must actually BE the truth. And the more far-fetched and contrived their explanation of why it really is so, the more they pride themselves on their brain's nimbleness (which MUST be a sign of brilliance).
So if nobody else would possibly suggest it, bingo, what a genius you are!

Posted by: sistrum at October 06, 2012 07:21 PM (SUlmX)

141 They, the WaPo, are truly at the flinging poo stage. Mitt cleaned Barry's clock so bad, Barry still thinks its Wednesday. So they have to denigrate and mock Romney's accomplishments since Obama has never worked in a real sense for any of his wealth.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at October 06, 2012 07:21 PM (VJCRJ)

142

How much scotch would it take to write this?

I'm thinking he was drinking ever since he watched the debate, and hasn't stopped.

He had a deadline.

Posted by: I checked: it's not April 1. at October 06, 2012 07:22 PM (LpQbZ)

143 Shorter Washington Post: he's no George Soros

Posted by: Wonkish Rogue at October 06, 2012 07:23 PM (gLXfE)

144 The Mondale Suite? If he's lucky. More like the dog house to me.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at October 06, 2012 07:23 PM (VJCRJ)

145 I thought that excessive wealth was a liberal vice????

Posted by: gastorgrab at October 06, 2012 07:23 PM (FX38i)

146 Next he'll be blamed for giving too much to charity, or to the wrong charity,

Posted by: Ulysses at October 06, 2012 07:19 PM (XGsdO)


They already tried that when Mitt released his 2011 tax returns. They said that he gave so much to charity to reduce his tax burden and also said that giving to the Mormon Church wasn't a legtimate charity.

Barky also made grunts and groans about reducing the charitable deduction back in 2008, claiming that it was unfair that those in higher tax brackets got higher percentage reductions from the same dollar donations - i.e. he argued for the fairness of a flat tax ... for charitable deductions. Few on the right caught this and no one ever bothered trying to hold Barky to it on the other side, on the tax side.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at October 06, 2012 07:23 PM (X3lox)

147 Didn't society used to assume all reporters were whores? Or was that actresses? Same thing really.

Posted by: Invictus at October 06, 2012 07:24 PM (OQpzc)

148 I thought WaPo ceased publication and went out of business years ago. That aside, this sort of drivel is not at all surprising. Leftism is a mental disorder, it's not a legitimate political ideology.

Posted by: Tsar Nicholas II at October 06, 2012 07:24 PM (r2PLg)

149 That is why I am not worrying about this election at all. It will be in no way close to 2008.

Posted by: NWConservative at October 06, 2012 07:21 PM (M1gmo)

From your keyboard to God's monitor!

Posted by: Tami at October 06, 2012 07:25 PM (X6akg)

150 So now Romney doesn't have enough money.

Hey liberal Washington Post,
Romney hasn't been full time involved in the private equity business for
over a decade and donates millions to charity every year. Perhaps
that's why he's not worth more, you complete assholes.

Posted by: Slappy at October 06, 2012 07:25 PM (LTbLf)

151 Romney will win in a landslide... see above article for proof of desperate democrat slinging poo hoping something will stick.

Posted by: Jumbo Shrimp at October 06, 2012 07:25 PM (DGIjM)

152 To them, money is nothing more than a status symbol, isn't it? "Oh, he really like G.I. Joe... so then, why doesn't he have an original, unboxed 1984 Flint?" Just like do-nothing celebs and their do-nothing Pres**ent, and their cheerleaders in the do-nothing media. I guess money is nothing more than a teacup dog and a Gucci bag if you've never had to work for it.

Posted by: Karusky at October 06, 2012 07:25 PM (dO4L7)

153 And Mark Zuckerberg is not really a Billionaire. The creation of one Facebook virus and he can lose 90% of his wealth overnight. And he knows it, that is why he only has a few outfits as he knows he can be poor again.

Posted by: Trevor (@TJexcite) at October 06, 2012 07:25 PM (PNDql)

154 107 I mean, what kind of person does it take to sit down at their computer and come up with this kind of slop? Who thinks like this?

Posted by: mama winger in paul ryan's district at October 06, 2012 07:14 PM (P6QsQ)

What kind of person? A complete horse's ass ... that kind of person.

Posted by: Slappy at October 06, 2012 07:26 PM (LTbLf)

155

You know that first dollar bill new business owners make, then frame and hang up in their business?

This has got to be, by far, the one for Romney to frame as the day he knew he won.

Posted by: I checked: it's not April 1. at October 06, 2012 07:27 PM (LpQbZ)

156 If I was stupid enough to subscribe to The Post, I would be sending them a cease and desist letter. Alas, even if I lost half of my intellect from 2 brain aneurysm surgeries and failed hair plugs, I would still be smart enough to NOT subscribe to such a rag.

Posted by: dfbaskwill at October 06, 2012 07:27 PM (ndlFj)

157 One exception is Joe Biden, who apparently isn't smart enough to even take advantage.
Posted by: Lance McCormick at October 06, 2012 07:17 PM
______________________

Biden is not as rich as a lot of senators, but he's not poor either. He owns a "compound" of houses in Delaware that was reported to be worth over $2 million (in a 2008 article), and he also owns a pricey vacation home in Ireland.

Posted by: Observer at October 06, 2012 07:28 PM (/sohm)

158 Romney's so poor-his wifes horse dances for change

Posted by: Bloody Mary at October 06, 2012 07:28 PM (Y//vu)

159 I seem to recall that the tax deduction for charitable contributions is limited each year to 50% of your Adjusted Gross Income, with excess amounts having the ability to roll forward into future tax years until exhausted. That and total Itemized Deductions are further reduced in steps as your Taxable Income increases over certain threshholds.


Yeah, Mitt made large charitable contributions JUST for the tax deductions and to pretty up his tax returns for when running for President.

Makes perfect sense.


If you're wearing your tinfoil hat shiny side in.

Posted by: Count de Monet at October 06, 2012 07:28 PM (BAS5M)

160 CAC pushes ace down like a fat kid. Payback's a bitch.

Posted by: Tami at October 06, 2012 07:28 PM (X6akg)

161 Paying for the Milk to the VA hospital in Boston for nearly 2 years does not come cheap and it is not written on a tax return.

Posted by: Trevor (@TJexcite) at October 06, 2012 07:29 PM (PNDql)

162 Is Mitt rich enough to buy the WAPO?

Wait a few more years and he will be even in this economy, more fishwrap!

Posted by: ConcealedKerry or SubMitt at October 06, 2012 07:29 PM (ESjIn)

163 Romney will win in a landslide... see above article for proof of desperate democrat slinging poo hoping something will stick.
Posted by: Jumbo Shrimp at October 06, 2012 07:25 PM (DGIjM)


Yes, they are drowning and flailing and hoping a dolphin will come along and save them.

A dolphin will come along and mount them and pound away as they founder.

Posted by: eman at October 06, 2012 07:30 PM (Wp4rQ)

164 Reason # 326 Why Obama Lost The Debate

Obama felt sorry for Romney for only making 250 million when a half-tard could have made a billion.

Posted by: polynikes at October 06, 2012 07:31 PM (Bfbpz)

165 Dem husband proclaimed "What a bunch of assholes!"

Posted by: Thunderb at October 06, 2012 07:31 PM (Dnbau)

166 I was distraught in 2000 when All Gore lost and when John Kerry lost in 2004. When your a Democrat, it is a tribal mentality and people who do not agree or think like you are the enemy. It is a cultural thing as well. I remember seriously thinking that we needed to get amnesty to get all the illegals to vote for us to keep the evil repukes out forever. I was fine with vote fraud only when our side was doing it because the ends justified the means. Brainwashed.

The thing that caused me to have an epiphany was actually a conservative friend and talk radio. I would "listen" to the other side to make myself feel all high and mighty and "moderate" aka extreme liberal. Little did I know that the whole time I was listening, I realized I started agreeing with them more and more. I listened mainly to Michael Savage because he would criticize Republicans and Michael Medved because he took a lot of dem callers. The problem was, a lot like the Romney Obama debate, the debates there were so lobsided that even I became persuaded by the hosts on them to become a Republican. Michael Medved is really good at finding common ground with democrats by phrasing questions in ways Newt does where 60-70% of Americans agree with.

So yeah its probably a tl:dr but there you go. I almost needed counseling in 2000 because my whole world crashed down around me since NO ONE could possibly vote for a dirty nasty REPUBLICAN.

Posted by: NWConservative at October 06, 2012 07:37 PM (M1gmo)

167 No, guys, it's proof he's like, totes stupid.

See, when Romney heard that taxes go up over 250k, he was soooo dumb he thought it meant that they go up if your net worth was over 250 million. So, he deliberately held his fortune down.

See? He's STUPID!!!

(Smoke enough of Bill Maher's "campaign contribution" and it all makes sense.)

Posted by: bigpinkfluffybunny at October 06, 2012 07:38 PM (1Ialr)

168 I only read the first page of comments but it's running 10-1 in favour of "What is this stupid bullshit?" And others pointing out all the money (including his inheritance) Romney has given to charity and not being paid for his public service including the Olympic work and bonus.

Posted by: andycanuck at October 06, 2012 07:39 PM (vDl/w)

169
I am pleased as punch at today's posts comments!
So pleased I am going out to celebrate! To a delicious Sicilian restaurant in town. I think I'll order a tomahawk steak and a big glass of fine wine.
I'm sure I'll bring home leftovers of the steak but definately not the wine.
Keep up the GREAT work everybody!

Posted by: concrete girl at October 06, 2012 07:39 PM (y2Ojs)

170 Tony Stark only had one iron man suit. One suit?

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at October 06, 2012 07:39 PM (pfqFp)

171 Biden is not as rich as a lot of senators, but he's
not poor either. He owns a "compound" of houses in Delaware that was
reported to be worth over $2 million (in a 2008 article), and he also
owns a pricey vacation home in Ireland.

Posted by: Observer at October 06, 2012 07:28 PM (/sohm)[p]Huh, okay. Guess I was misinformed. Though isn't his wife a doctor? Well, anyway. I retract the allegation that Biden isn't corrupt.

Posted by: Lance McCormick at October 06, 2012 07:39 PM (/D8ux)

172 And aaargh I keep failing at the html. <p> Does this work?

Posted by: Lance McCormick at October 06, 2012 07:40 PM (/D8ux)

173 Well, back to lurking, then. (And there was much rejoicing.)

Posted by: Lance McCormick at October 06, 2012 07:41 PM (/D8ux)

174 "Does it really matter if Romney is worth $250 million, $1 billion or more? Rich is rich after all, right? I think it does, politically as well as substantively.

Politically, the alternatives are not great. If he were perceived as the first real billionaire to run for president, it would only exacerbate popular doubts about how someone living so removed from the concerns of average Americans — or even just 47 percent of them — could effectively represent them."


So Leftists have set the culture up in such a way that Romney is damned either way, and now they're bragging about their "success."


Honor.

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at October 06, 2012 07:42 PM (boomF)

175 Barry Sanders retired early. Terrible running back.

Posted by: MostlyRight at October 06, 2012 07:43 PM (ZG8Ti)

176 And aaargh I keep failing at the html.
Does this work?

Posted by: Lance McCormick at October 06, 2012 07:40 PM (/D8ux)


Square brackets. Use [br] to get a linefeed.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at October 06, 2012 07:44 PM (X3lox)

177 172

This is pseudohtml so you don't need any p tags. Just type plain text and bold/italic it with the appropriate tags.

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at October 06, 2012 07:44 PM (boomF)

178 176

The Return/Enter key will give you one for free.

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at October 06, 2012 07:45 PM (boomF)

179
I just tried to read the article on The Washington Post's site and the page is temporarily unavailable.
Complete and utter fuck up that only few know about.
Only an unbelievably stupid person could begin to think this would fly. At all.

Posted by: Justamom in Achin' Akin's district at October 06, 2012 07:46 PM (Sptt8)

180 Square brackets. Use
to get a linefeed.


That's what I thought, but nothing was working right. Oh, well. Like the saying goes, "If at first you don't succeed, give up, you worthless loser."

Posted by: Lance McCormick at October 06, 2012 07:46 PM (/D8ux)

181 NWConservative: Welcome to the dark side, baby! I love conversion stories, better a convert than a saint.

Posted by: MaureenTheTemp at October 06, 2012 07:47 PM (GOJp0)

182 "Mitt Romney is worth $250 million. Why so little?"

Because he keeps giving money away on top of working for free.

Romney was paid one dollar per year as governor of MA.
That wasn't, "I'm giving away my salary and deducting it," that was, "No, I'm only taking one dollar, thereby saving the taxpayers the additional burden of paying me."

Posted by: BuddyPC at October 06, 2012 07:47 PM (jfUIE)

183 180

Just use the enter key.

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at October 06, 2012 07:47 PM (boomF)

184 If there was a certification organization for journalists that certified based on ethics, adherence to the principles of journalism, common sense and incisive thinking, and devotion to serving the public, no one would know about it and they would go out of business waiting for their first phone call.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at October 06, 2012 07:48 PM (bxiXv)

185 Posted by: Lance McCormick at October 06, 2012 07:39 PM (/D8ux)

Dr. Jill isn't a doctor-doctor

She's got a Doctor of Education in educational leadership from the University of Delaware... which she received a few years ago...

Posted by: Bill from Chappaqua at October 06, 2012 07:49 PM (oPOWQ)

186
Perhaps it is that a liberal couldn't understand that not everyone is consumed with greed and envy, and motivated by opportunistic graft.

Posted by: Justamom in Achin' Akin's district at October 06, 2012 07:49 PM (Sptt8)

187 The Mondale Suite? If he's lucky. More like the dog house to me.
Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at October 06, 2012 07:23 PM (VJCRJ)


And we all know where that went....

Posted by: Bill H at October 06, 2012 07:50 PM (3sZO1)

188 184

There really isn't anything more important than a monopoly on the distribution of information. The shit is more valuable than spice.

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at October 06, 2012 07:50 PM (boomF)

189 If you are using IE, make sure it is in compatibility mode. Won't fix all the broke shit, but it will fix the line and paragraph breaks.


Posted by: Invictus at October 06, 2012 07:52 PM (OQpzc)

190 How about the college tuitions he's given away, among the many other millions in charity. This type of benefactor -- i.e. one who doesn't go about bragging over being a benefactor -- is a completely foreign concept to the MSM.

Posted by: desertdweller at October 06, 2012 07:55 PM (1A+Ma)

191 Let's look at the results of Obamas community organizing. Chicago is a deadly hell hole.

Posted by: California red at October 06, 2012 07:57 PM (3ryAQ)

192 190

I think I might have read about such a concept in some book or, perhaps, some sort of collection of books.

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at October 06, 2012 07:59 PM (boomF)

193 Dr. Jill isn't a doctor-doctor


She's got a
Doctor of Education in educational leadership from the University of
Delaware... which she received a few years ago...



Posted by: Bill from Chappaqua at October 06, 2012 07:49 PM (oPOWQ)
That actually makes more sense. Thanks for dropping some science on me. Still, it doesn't affect my larger point, whatever it was.

Posted by: Lance McCormick at October 06, 2012 08:02 PM (/D8ux)

194 Rassen' frassen' close tags...

Posted by: Lance McCormick at October 06, 2012 08:04 PM (/D8ux)

195 test

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at October 06, 2012 08:04 PM (boomF)

196 Well played, sir, well played.

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at October 06, 2012 08:04 PM (boomF)

197 Mitt Romney is an illegitimate multi-millionaire because he earned his wealth, and before public service.
He neither married it nor cashed in on his official status.

Posted by: BuddyPC at October 06, 2012 08:05 PM (jfUIE)

198

From the WaPo:

"Does it really matter if Romney is worth $250 million, $1 billion or more? Rich is rich after all, right? I think it does, politically as well as substantively."


If we are to go down this path, then we should also ask the following questions:

1. Vice President, and former Senator Joe ("I have a high IQ" or some such shit, yet bounced from running for President ... for cheating in college) Biden, was the 49-th wealthiest Senator, and he's been in the Senate forever ...

... so a) what's the problem with the actual value of Romney's personal wealth

... and b) why didn't this matter months (or maybe 4 years ago?

... and c) Jeeenyus Joe is really rather far behind in terms of personal wealth, particularly when time-in-office is factored in ... why? Isn't he connected, like Reid?


2. Teh JEF had to have Tony Rezko work a deal, then another deal, so Teh JEF could have the house (of M'Chelle's) dreams ...

... so a) what did he do and who does he owe?

... and b) where is the MSM investigation of this "boneheaded" situation?


3. Teh JEF (or at least M'Chelle's MOTHER) is eyeing an estate in Hawaii ... $35,000,000.00 ...

... so a) where will Teh JEF get the money for this grass hut (he WILL get the money, MIL says so)

... and b) what must he do and who will he owe?

... and c) the MSM knows about this ... will the MSM investigate?

Posted by: Arbalest at October 06, 2012 08:07 PM (ZFRTC)

199 I think I know why Romney has "so little" money. It is the answer we should be giving. It is in the link in the Posted by: section.

No, seriously. I think this is how we should push back. Ace has a really good line of attack on -why- the question is stupid, but I think turning it around and answering the question in a way the Washington Post would rather us not answer it, is better politics.

And ever so much more satisfying.

Posted by: Matt S. at October 06, 2012 08:08 PM (7oWbB)

200 199

Pretty good. But what's wrong with "money grubbing, monocle wearing stereotype?"

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at October 06, 2012 08:13 PM (boomF)

201 test

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at October 06, 2012 08:14 PM (boomF)

202 There should be a {s} after the e, with brackets instead of braces.

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at October 06, 2012 08:16 PM (boomF)

203 Romney never made Bain go public... When you go public it's all about the bottom line, so like other wallstreet firms it becomes about gambling betting against the US, beting against the American people... What this stupid hack doesn't say is firms like Goldsacks who make billions ,but do they make lasting American companies and invest in growing the American ecomny, no it about the buck...... Romney wasn't looking to make a quick buck, he was and you can see that by what he actiually did invest in to make a profit and make a company that made money for the investors, the shareholders and the workers.

Posted by: Sam at October 06, 2012 08:18 PM (FWINB)

204 MaureenTheTemp: I have been in the dark side since 2005. But I am only 26. Converted young.

Posted by: NWConservative at October 06, 2012 08:25 PM (M1gmo)

205 Because he gave a lot away. Duh. What was his charitable giving rate, 20 or 30%? Imagine all the money he would have made from investing all his charitable giving over the years.

These guys really aren't very bright, are they?

Posted by: not the mama at October 06, 2012 08:28 PM (kJ4+n)

206 My stars, the butthurt from this hack is palpable. They really should stop...any more Schadenfreude and I'm just going to break out in fits of hysterical laughter from any progressive I come across.

Posted by: The Ghost of Flannery O'Connor at October 06, 2012 08:29 PM (mMtFx)

207 205

Well, they're good at producing propaganda, and that's something...

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at October 06, 2012 08:31 PM (boomF)

208 "I could never be a liberal. The mental gymnastics required to think like a liberal are just too difficult. I'm not that bendy.

Posted by: mama winger in paul ryan's district at October 06, 2012 07:12 PM (P6QsQ)"

A Peking opera acrobat couldn't pull it off.

Posted by: The Ghost of Flannery O'Connor at October 06, 2012 08:36 PM (mMtFx)

209 Unbelievable that this opinion is written by the elite of the exceptional US.

Posted by: vnohara at October 06, 2012 08:36 PM (yQDyS)

210 Wow. Driving near Glendale, California, at the junction of freeways 2 and 134, I saw something I couldn’t believe. On someone’s empty land set back from the freeway, there is a giant set of letters sort of like the Hollywood sign. It simply reads “Romney.”
First thing that came to my mind is, will it be 24 hours or less before it is vandalized and torn down. The second thing that came to my mind is, I can’t fucking believe it!

Posted by: George Orwell what knows that poor people don't know how to show up for work at October 06, 2012 08:37 PM (ogtsB)

211 209

It's no longer exceptional. Obama's election was supposed to put an end to that. He succeeded.

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at October 06, 2012 08:38 PM (boomF)

212 What's a Washington Post?

Posted by: Aud at October 06, 2012 08:39 PM (PGpgl)

213 I'm printing this. This is a crowning achievement of modern journalism.

It's almost like the writer was studying Ace's prior literature on the media double standard. He/she actually made opposing cases in the last two paragraphs. Even if he/she weren't ignoring Ace's points about the timing of Bain's earnings, this would still be one of the great journalism pieces of our time.

The last line is almost overkill, but it puts the piece firmly beyond satire.

Posted by: hurtin1 at October 06, 2012 08:41 PM (f5BLY)

214 This convinces me that Rombley is a good man and that he isn't the greedy mother#@?/!, that other fund managers may appear to be.

The guy has a heart, something the MFM doesn't quite get.

Posted by: sTevo's Obama Phone at October 06, 2012 08:47 PM (ufA61)

215 214

Is the oPhone programmed to misspell Romney?

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at October 06, 2012 08:49 PM (boomF)

216 Why isn't the WaPo stock higher ?

Posted by: Islamic Rage Boy at October 06, 2012 08:51 PM (e8kgV)

217 Don't want no greedy billionaire, or lazy quarter-billionaire running my country. Give me an average, hard-working man worth $725 million who knows what it's like to get up early in the morning and put in an honest day's work. Yeah, $725 million -- that's the sweet spot.

Posted by: Ted Anger at October 06, 2012 08:53 PM (JsCdW)

218 216

It's already overvalued.

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at October 06, 2012 08:53 PM (boomF)

219 217

Works for me.

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at October 06, 2012 08:54 PM (boomF)

220 After all, Obama, the Man of the People, hasn't worked out too well, now has he?

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at October 06, 2012 08:56 PM (boomF)

221 If Mittens were a greedy person and hadn't given to charity, you could do the math and figure he would be worth a billion.

How much is enough?

Posted by: sTevo at October 06, 2012 08:56 PM (VMcEw)

222 The power of compound interest, and the vast amounts he gave to charity along the way (starting with his inheritance) would seem to explain this.

Giving away even just ten percent of your income, and then ten percent of all the investment income that comes from your accumulated wealth, over time adds up. Really.

Posted by: Clint at October 06, 2012 08:58 PM (IJDTs)

223 221

"How much is enough?" is the wrong question. The right question is "Who determines how much is enough?".

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at October 06, 2012 09:01 PM (boomF)

224 Hey NW Conservative your story is pretty much like mine. Democrat always. Daughter (now 32 years old) went door-to-door campaigning for both Gore and Kerry. The whole family was pretty distraught when they lost and we thought the sky was falling. Everything changed for this family when the clown announced he was running. We looked into his background, his history (what little there was) and didn't like what we saw. We started linking to Drudge, once in a while listening to Medved, Hannity and what do you know? Our whole family, including three grown children are all now Republicans. I was born and raised in liberal land Southern California and I would have been ashamed at one time to say that I was a Republican because I thought they were evil. The fact is that I'm in my mid-50s and I want to keep what I worked hard for my whole life. I have a comfortable life and the government already confiscates too much of my paycheck. We need this SCOAMF out of the WH and someone who has good business sense running this country! Romney/Ryan 2012

Posted by: It's Not Just Obama's feet that stink at October 06, 2012 09:05 PM (apLox)

225

If the undecideds did not figure out after the first debate that the only answer is Romney, then they are just clinging to hope that they can justify another obama vote.

It means they weren't seriously curious to begin with.

Posted by: No to Pravda at October 06, 2012 09:06 PM (LpQbZ)

226 Posted by: It's Not Just Obama's feet that stink at October 06, 2012 09:05 PM (apLox)

It's a natural transition.

For those that never cross over... they are stuck on stupid, and have never grown up.

Posted by: No to Pravda at October 06, 2012 09:09 PM (LpQbZ)

227 I have a question for the writer.. Mr Cohen.. when you fellate the President. do you have your own personal appointment or do you have to fight off other members of the press?

Posted by: JCNY at October 06, 2012 09:09 PM (drt2i)

228 225

Sometimes the answer is Obama. E.g. "Who's one of the worst Presidents ever?"

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at October 06, 2012 09:10 PM (boomF)

229 227

He has to stand in (/on) line. Which is fine. Communists love standing in line.

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at October 06, 2012 09:13 PM (boomF)

230 I could have made a gazillion bazillion, except I'm too good, too authentic, and too cerebral.

Posted by: BHO at October 06, 2012 09:14 PM (agWlz)

231 230

That and the Man was keeping him down (as can be found out by acquainting oneself with his biography.)

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at October 06, 2012 09:17 PM (boomF)

232 Also, Dead White Males.

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at October 06, 2012 09:18 PM (boomF)

233 Gilded, jewel encrusted nonsense, is still nonsense.

Posted by: @PurpAv at October 06, 2012 09:21 PM (oC6oQ)

234 233

Where were the jewels?

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at October 06, 2012 09:23 PM (boomF)

235 Honestly, is this what it now comes to?

These are the bon mots of Obama's journalistic tribesmen?

There had to be gratuitous amount of spittle on the screen as this was written.

And he was probably hitting the keyboard so hard it sounded like a woodpecker on a oak tree.

What's next- Romney starches his underwear? Maybe he occasionally wipes booger on the headboard? Good grief.

Posted by: marcus at October 06, 2012 09:31 PM (ZvZEL)

236
at the risk of sounding unoriginal and a plagarist to boot..and fully deserving of mockery...to quote an old frined...these people are glittering jewels of colossal ignorance..

Posted by: steve at October 06, 2012 09:32 PM (UljOc)

237 235

That's where we differ. This sort of thing seems cold and calculated to me.

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at October 06, 2012 09:36 PM (boomF)

238 236

I've never heard that before.

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at October 06, 2012 09:38 PM (boomF)

239 Way late to this thread, but I guess WaPo never considered how much he gave away.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at October 06, 2012 09:48 PM (PHb2k)

240 What's the difference between Barack Obama and Lady Gaga?

Lady Gaga earned her fucking money.

Posted by: Fritz at October 06, 2012 10:07 PM (vm7ot)

241 Wikipedia entry

William D. Cohan (person) - syn. PART ' is uhn HACK '
dispenser of ignorant ,bitchy words crammed together in a deeply ridiculous text wall of pseudo "questions" about a hated political figure in support of a political boyfriend (see also Obama Leg Humpers). Interestingly, the same questions are NEVER asked of the current political love interest.

syn. PART ' is uhn HACK '

ex: The combination of Thai food and banana cheese nachos resulted in a bowel product that resembled the work of William D. Cohan.

Posted by: wiki at October 06, 2012 10:25 PM (EZl54)

242 Romney earned his money by manipulating the system

Posted by: LickSum at October 06, 2012 10:31 PM (hogX0)

243 LickSum earns money by manipulating dicks...

Posted by: obviously at October 06, 2012 10:53 PM (EZl54)

244 You can tell Ace thinks he's all like fancy and stuff cause he uses the word "resplendent."

Posted by: Brian at October 06, 2012 11:12 PM (7khLN)

245 "240 What's the difference between Barack Obama and Lady Gaga?

Lady Gaga earned her fucking money."
Posted by: Fritz

-----------------


Tonight, you're my hero.

Posted by: tired at October 06, 2012 11:32 PM (cHc31)

246 They're Bush-shi-fying him BEFORE he hits office. EPIC. Well done. *golf clap*

Absolute desperation.

Posted by: tired at October 06, 2012 11:36 PM (cHc31)

247 "It’s a big number, but frankly, it seems low. Given the industry in
which he made his fortune (private equity), the era when he made it (the
1980s and 1990s) and the wealth of his peers in that business (mostly
billionaires), Romney should be worth a good bit more than that.


Why isn’t he?"

Romney stepped out of the Private Equity game to:

1. Save the Olympics at SLC. 1999-2002

2. Become the Governor of a state. 2002-2006.
3. Run for President.

and he did it all Pro Bono. So this WashComPost writer thinks stopping a career of making gobs of money to engage in Public Service (and do it pretty well) is a DIS-qualification from more Public Service?

Posted by: Harry P Ness Reid at October 07, 2012 12:31 AM (WhCZZ)

248 "O/T (obviously), but I've been Jonesing a good meat loaf. Morons, lay it on me. What's your favorite recipe?"

2 pounds of hamburger, a big handful of crushed saltines, an egg and a splash of milk.

Posted by: sablegsd at October 07, 2012 12:44 AM (AKS75)

249 Willard Romney had to give money to his creepy racist cult of a church, which reduced his personal total. He also had to contribute to right-wing hate groups, and launder money to hide in illegal campaign accounts for when he began his campaigns against our beloved President.

He originally planned to run against Hillary Clinton, which makes him a sexist. Fortunately the distinguished bipartisan statesman John McCain stopped him. But this time, Willard Romney overran the other lunatic racist Republicans, including the Christian Domionist Islamophobe Bachmann, who's even dumber than that slut Sarah Palin. His racism and fearmongering has brought him within one election of the Presidency, which should be the property of our beloved, wise, multiracial President, Barack Obama, who I and everyone I know support completely.

Good night from Brattleboro.

Posted by: Mary Cloggenstein from Brattleboro, VT at October 07, 2012 01:15 AM (Yg+nf)

250 The proper amount of wealth for any human? The sum of whatever Obama has as salary and in his accounts at any given moment. We here at the Washington Post, Goldilocks Division, cannot justify any more or any less. Obama has it just right. Furthermore, Romney the Bear eats waaay too much porridge.

Posted by: Washington Post, Goldilocks Division at October 07, 2012 01:25 AM (eHIJJ)

251 As if the WasPo was eager to line up behind billionaire Ross Perot back in 1992, when a billion dollars was still worth a lot.

Posted by: Micha Elyi at October 07, 2012 05:03 AM (q1sBZ)

252 "Romney earned his money by manipulating the system."

-- For the most part, that's how everyone earns money. If you do not touch the system, it will not work for you. Simply entering the workforce manipulates the system to some end (namely, you earning money as opposed to someone else earning it.)

So, this statement is, on its own, meaningless, except for the connotation it creates.

Posted by: Matt S. at October 07, 2012 09:28 AM (7oWbB)

253 Maybe he is not as rich because, unlike Joe Biden,who has given less than 2% of his income in the last 10 years, charges rent to the Secret Service for a piece of property they stay on, has given more of income away.

Posted by: ray rodda at October 07, 2012 09:58 AM (WqeS5)

254 Considering all the exercise he gives it, why doesn't William D. Cohan have a larger penis?

Posted by: Unkle Bunky at October 07, 2012 10:59 AM (BYUVM)






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