Rachel Maddow, Twitter Respond to the Latest Dumb Thing Mitt Romney Said Out Loud
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Rachel Maddow, Twitter Respond to the Latest Dumb Thing Mitt Romney Said Out Loud

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | September 25, 2012 | Comments ()


Poor Mittiford Hayes Romney. The man just can't catch a break. Just a week after throwing half of America under the bus, Mitt Romney was just starting to think about crawling back and potentially rebooting his campaign once again, and now he's gone and said something moronic. Like, George W. Bush moronic, only Mitt Romney doesn't have the excuse of plain stupidity. He just doesn't understand things don't work the way he wants them to work, because, really, they should, on account of him having so much money and all, and because the world -- and physics -- needs to bend to the prowess of his checkbook.

The latest hilarious gaffe? Thinking one ought to be able to crack open a window on an airplane, you know: To let that cool breeze in.

At a Beverly Hills fundraiser on Saturday, Romney commented on his wife Ann's recent scare in the air. Her plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Colorado on Friday after the airplane's cabin filled with smoke on its way to Los Angeles. About the in-flight mishap Romney said:

"I appreciate the fact that she is on the ground, safe and sound. And I don't think she knows just how worried some of us were. When you have a fire in an aircraft, there's no place to go, exactly, there's no -- and you can't find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don't open. I don't know why they don't do that. It's a real problem. So it's very dangerous. And she was choking and rubbing her eyes. Fortunately, there was enough oxygen for the pilot and copilot to make a safe landing in Denver. But she's safe and sound." (via)

Rachel Maddow is already having a blast with this.

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Twitter, naturally, is on top of this, too.

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  • marya

    Are you going to post a correction to the story?

  • BierceAmbrose

    Per New York Mag, which asked the pool reporter who wrote the original piece, Romney was joking.


    Well, I totally fell for it. This is what I get for going with something widely reported in the news, multiple outlets, for a couple news cycles, without looking it up myself.

  • Leigh

    snopes.com said the same thing. If the clip had been shown in its entirety, you can tell at the end by the tone of his voice that he's joking. I can't stand Romney, but I think it's unfair to judge based on an edited snippet. And it's trashy of Rachel Maddow to act like that about the edited sound bite. Yeah, yeah, I know they all do it... but it's still wrong.

  • BierceAmbrose

    Oh, Maddow lost me a couple years back.

    I used to enjoy her work - smart, did actual reporting, had a POV but followed the answers she got.

    For example, early in The Great Meltdown she interviewed a couple economists who didn't have the party-driven answer. I learned more on the subject from that interview than any video-thing since. That was all her, asking honest, very sharp questions. Her POV led her to be skeptical, and her brains let her ask *exactly* the thing that would illuminate. I've tried on and off since to find a link to that clip, because it's that good & I want the book / article / thing the economist guys published.

    Sometime later Maddow interviewed, by which I mean "ambushed" a nuclear scientist running for something local out in Ectopia. Maddow did a Palin Email Archive thing, looking for something to flog & found a candidate. The thing degenerated into "Did you say?" "Not the way you mean it." "I have a quote here." "Not giving you the sound bite." "Answer the question." It wasn't about understanding. If you're seeking understanding, you follow "Not the way you mean it." with "What does that mean?"

    Cal-Tech guy was *associated with the wrong people* so
    *must be destroyed.* He said ome stuff that sounds radical in his newsletters -
    and is perfectly correct. So, put the words in his mouth and flog, flog, flog them.

    Maybe we could listen to a Cal-Tech nuclear scientist talking about nuclear issues, to at least understand what he means, vs. digging for the sound bite to feed the attack ads.

    It's a shame, really.

  • abell
  • Maguita NYC

    No one is saying this out loud? I'll do it: The moment Mittens started fidgeting and blubbering through his apprehension at Ann's mishap, my gaydar went up. I will not say he turned red, because by now, we all know that is his attempt at connecting with the Hispanic voting bloc.

    We may not agree on this, but the least we can say when watching the clip, is that Mitt and Ann are not comfortable around each other. And truly, I am still flabbergasted that my gaydar zinged!

  • David Sorenson

    Not a joke: Today is the last day where you can donate to win a chance to fly with Mitthew on the official campaign jet. Yup. Really.

  • BierceAmbrose

    Oh, that Romney-bot. Such an imp.

    I've been having this odd, familiar feeling all along that's finally making sense. I've met this guy - or reproductions from the same mold. There's a kind of charisma-free senior exec, kind of a plug-in brain (or "Bain") pack that really excels at doing highly complex homework. He's kinda one of those.

    I'm talking about a species of "mid-senior" corporate drone, not the flashy industry-changing genius of a Gates or Jobs but the solid, charisma-free over-performers cultivated for their role since childhood, hired by a Gates or Jobs. Look at the five (still?) executives now reporting to Jeff Bezos - career-clean, steady trajectory over-achievers, from prep school to Ivy league (with perhaps a transition college as finishing school before the big leagues), through executive development in other organizations, to running chunks of the Ama-empire, with their spreadsheets and powerpoints. Not an interweb revolutionary among them, and one technologist. (I find it massively entertaining how places like Amazon & now Google are silently staffing their top ranks with grownups plucked from other places. Look at Head Guy Of Massive Engineering @Google lately - ex-LinkedIn. And of course they *bought* Android. But, don't tell the precious snowflakes. I digress.)

    The open the plane window thing finally clued me in. These processing units in loafers are used to analyzing what's presented to them, not thinking "outside the box." So, with a smoke-filled plane, he *doesn't think about* the flying up high part, because that wasn't in the briefing.

    Under stress, like, say, your wife nearly being burned up in an airplane, people revert to habits and skills that have worked in the past. Romney-bot's better, faster, clearer at processing the punch cards it's given.

    President Obama, of course has the same failure mode. He finds somebody to slime for whatever the problem is - "It's those guys over there." - which is what he's most used to. I wish he'd run something bigger than a campaign before landing in the Presidency. (Or even watched TaiPan.) It's *all* your problem, because you asked for the job. And it ain't where we are now, but what are you going to do about it, in the situation at hand? Any idiot can make things work in happy-land. That ain't the gig & never was.

    Surely we can do better than any of these clowns, but then I remember - who would want that job?

  • firedmyass

    I was right there with you until your staggeringly dim-witted "finds somebody to slime" assessment.

  • BierceAmbrose

    Well, I call them as I see them. Do you think otherwise? Show me.

    Of course, that's not what this is about. "Staggeringly dim-witted", is ad homenim - about me, not what I claimed. Thing is, my wits or lack of same have not a whit to do with what's true.

    That's not the game, though, is it? Somebody isn't with the program, slime the messenger - "staggeringly dim-witted" - to stuff the message. We can ridicule Romney - and millions of Mormon Gods in training know there's ample material there - but can't talk about what the designated winner's been saying & doing for years. That might lead to ridicule - richly deserved - in turn, and we can't have that.

    This is pure social extortion. Agree with us and we're "right there with you" but get off message and you'll be insulted in public, perhaps with "staggeringly dim-witted."

  • "You is one erudite motherfucker, holmes."

    I can't speak for the Overlords, but this is certainly going on my personal list of top comments for the week.

  • Anna von Beav

    You know, I almost feel bad for the guy at this point.

    I still contend that the Republican Party doesn't actually *want* to get back in the White House.

  • BierceAmbrose

    They're not that organized - couldn't be that purposeful if they tried.

  • Guest

    I wish I had your confidence [slobbers in corner, afeared for November]!

  • e jerry powell

    Think about it, though. Mitt Romney was the best they could come up with. Bachmann. Perry. Pawlenty. Cain. Gingrich. Santorum. They couldn't come up with anything better.

  • Maguita NYC

    I still believe they did not expect for the Democratic Party to slyly start playing as dirty as the Republicans have been for the past 4 years.

    Take this new Mittniotic on rolling down airplane windows: We all know it was a joke, poorly and very boringly delivered à la Romney, but it is being pushed by all the same way the Right wing-dings pushed (and are still pushing) that bit about Obama not being American.

    I guess we'll push Mitt Romney's moronic-ism for at least 3 years, and demand a certificate demonstrating lack of oxygen deficiency to be made public.

    In long form.

  • BierceAmbrose

    Perhaps some misguided sense of fair-play here? I mean it's unseemly to drub the other guy too hard, as a competent candidate would.

    Good lord, we just had an ambassador killed, the debt just topped 16 trillion - the magic number isn't "trillions" but the fraction of GDP, with the US being a bit of a special case - gas is, what, 15 Krugerands and some canned goods a gallon, and The Stupid Party + RommneyBot *hand them* yet another gaffe? Are they running from a "stolen" DNC playbook in reality planted to tell them what not to do, or are they just that inept?

    No need to answer that. You'd think after running for about 6 years they'd have worked this out, but noooooo.

  • Guest

    Too bad the polls aren't reflective of this logic. It's getting better now, but it's still too close. I'm only 95% sure Romney will lose, and that's one hell of an uncomfortable 5%. Even for a Canadian.

  • Ghisent

    I hear that. Never underestimate the American potential for mass stupidity. See also: Bush, George W.

    And Two and a Half Men.

  • Ghisent

    Oh, fuck you Disqus.

  • Ghisent

    Indeed. Never underestimate the American potential for mass stupidity. See also: Regan, Ronald and Bush, George W.

    And also too, Two And A Half Men.

  • e jerry powell

    Somehow I still think Jon Cryer might make a better president than Mitt Romney.

  • I heard if he's elected, Mitt will make Air Force One a convertible.

  • Kirbyjay

    I'm sorry, I know it's not allowed on Pajiba but I just literally laughed out loud.
    and I'm wondering if "Cindy" is just a pseudonym and you are actually a man because, you know, women aren't funny.

  • We're all Dustin.

  • Also, he plans to put in hydraulics, some neon, spinners, and a bitchin' sound system.

  • BierceAmbrose

    That would be kinda cool.

  • dizzylucy

    Oh goodness. So he doesn't know how fire or planes work.
    Can someone send him DVDs of Mythbusters? Maybe he's a visual learner and that would help explain some science to him.

  • celery

    Nooooo don't tell me scary plane stories while I'm overseas. I'm already nervy enough about air travel.

  • Strand

    Oh Mitt. His campaign is falling apart before his eyes, I'd feel sorry for him if it wasn't for some sick, cynical part of my brain still knowing the fact that come election time, it would still be too close to call. He could publicly endorse slave labor on the poor, and the psycho half of America would still come out in droves to vote for him.

  • The Other Agent Johnson


    Or black.

  • David Sorenson


  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    He would be, but they don't make spray tan in that dark of a shade. Actually, they do, but it's called Tremclad and it's a bitch to get off.

  • e jerry powell

    Or maybe he can just use that otherwise useless Flex Seal stuff.

  • FrayedMachine

    But wait. By Romney logic, being Black would HELP him.

  • Jezzer

    That's why he's slowly becoming a shade darker in each interview. He's going to be full-on Al Jolson by the time Election Day rolls around.

  • $27019454


  • e jerry powell

    Not Jewish enough for that.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Yes Mitt, MORE oxygen is exactly what you want when something's on fire.

  • zeke_the_pig

    What was that thing Tom Lehrer said when Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize? 'It was at that moment that satire died.'
    Satire may be dead, but Idiocracy is slowly coming to life.
    Who knew that Mike Judge was the modern incarnation of Nostradamus.

  • Danar the Barbarian

    Pretty sure President Camacho would do a better job than Mitt.

  • I think Mike Judge knew.

  • Quatermain

    Twitter is an irredeemably vapid wasteland and the fact that people are paying attention to it like it means something is dumber than anything Romney has or could have said.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    No form of media is inherently stupid.

    but most users on every media are.

  • BierceAmbrose

    +++++ (That's trying to be like a kabillion upvotes.)

    Sturgeon's Law - 90% of everything is crap.

    Spreading it around faster & more easily hasn't changed that ratio.

  • The Other Agent Johnson

    Ah yes. But complaining about it on an entertainment website... THAT'S some intellectually stimulating shit right there. You sure showed those mooks, eh? You is one erudite motherfucker, holmes.

  • Quatermain

    I am an erudite motherfucker, thank you for noticing. (By the way, I'm fairly certain that it's 'homes' i.e. a contraction of 'homeboy' and not 'holmes'. Unless you were sarcastically comparing me to Sherlock Holmes...but I digress)

    My dislike of Twitter has nothing to do with "Awww, why does the mean Internet insist on picking on poor Mitt Romney." If the RNC can't be bothered to pay attention to the last two election campaigns and insists on running their own version of a vaguely patrician and robotic charisma vacuum, then frankly they deserve to lose.

    My dislike of Twitter stems from the fact that 140 characters works well for haiku, or to tell someone that you love them, or to celebrate a football win. It does not lend itself to reasoned and nuanced arguments, which it what politics needs. All 140 characters gets you is a bumper sticker, which politics does not need.

    I will sit and listen to reasoned and nuanced arguments all day long, and respond in kind, because that is how adults (should, anyways)communicate. But all Twitter can offer is hackneyed jokes, crass comments, and bumper stickers and I have no desire for that.

  • BierceAmbrose

    If the RNC ... insists on running their own version of a vaguely
    patrician and robotic charisma vacuum, then frankly they deserve to

    True that.

    As I occasionally dip into late-election coverage these days, I can't help imagining I'm tuning in to Kong vs. Mecha-Kong in the wonderfully batshit "King Kong Escapes", played on seemingly endless rotation by non-network NYC TV during "hangover Saturdays."


  • Quatermain

    When I was growing up in OK, the local UHF stations would play 'King Kong Escapes' and Godzilla movies and those cheesy old kung-fu movies starting at noon and going well into the evening. Those were always fun to watch, as bad they were.

  • barlowjk

    Yeah, I've met you before.

    1. You will only participate in conversations that meet an exalted standard you set yourself, in private.
    2. No conversations ever meet this standard because it is unrealistic, set extremely high and frankly a little incoherent
    3. You never have a conversation and no one ever finds out what a dumbass you are.

    Good luck!

  • The Other Agent Johnson

    Gosh, thanks for that brilliant exercise in condescension.

    No one said Twitter was meant to be used for in depth sociopolitical discourse, but rather, in this instance, for brief, humorous commentary. So I'm not sure why you've got yourself twisted into such a wad over it.

  • PerpetualIntern

    I have no horse in this Twitter race, but it takes you 140 characters to tell a person you love him/her? I can do it in 8. BAM!

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    This just in, Mitt Romney installs screen door in hull of yacht for easier access. Forgets to spray with Flex Seal.

  • Drake

    Just for the record, Flex Seal sucks. It's a nasty sticky mess that doesn't do seal for shit.

  • blacksred

    thanks i wondered about it. i mean the guy in the commercial used a screen door for the bottom of his boat just fine.

  • e jerry powell


  • Physics not your strong suit? Handler!

  • The Other Agent Johnson

    Cue random conservatives complaining about the site posting about politics and then vowing to never return in 5... 4... 3... 2... 1...

  • BierceAmbrose

    I complain, sometimes, about campaign talking points posted as actual, novel thought, mostly because I think better of our Overlords. I have yet to vow never to return, perhaps because I'm not a caricature "conservative."

    You might want to distinguish between calumny, vitriol and good clean, dirty fun. Nobody likes being called a racist, baby-killing misogynist, except of course people who actually *are* racits & etc. Them it bothers not at all.

    This bit, however is actually funny. Kudos, BTW to both SNL and Dear Overlord for those recent political skits, which were spot on and hysterical. The fake-Obama speech threw lead in all directions, hitting every time. It's not like we lack material.

  • marya

    I've been meaning to say this for some time but it seemed weird and mushy. Here goes - BierceAmbrose, I appreciate you.

    I almost always disagree with you, but I respect you. You are welcome and needed on Pajiba, and don't let anyone convince you otherwise. The world (and by extension, the internet) would be a better, more interesting place if we all posted opinions of substance, did our research, listened to opposing arguments, and stuck to our firmly-held principles without demonizing anyone.

    ...you racist, baby-killing misogynist.

  • BierceAmbrose

    Awwwww. Thank you marya.

    I'll try to live up to the good opinion you've formed. (God, if you knew what a jerk I am in real life ... Wait. Strike that.)

    Weird and mushy is just normal. Almost everybody is a great big marshmallow underneath, me included. I love you sweet, mostly wrong-headed, over-read degenerates (My people!) So smart, sincere and funny. OK, so not so much like me there, but I aspire! Surround yourself with people you have to live up to. I'm fortunate to have so many. (Wait. That didn't come out right either.)

    They won't run me off, not to worry. You guys are way too much fun to miss over jackholes who haven't bothered to earn my good opinion. Honest, thoughtful disagreement, however, is a plus. Besides, maybe I'm wrong. (Hint for the trolls - "You suck" in whatever form does not help convince me of anything. I've been dissed by far cooler people than you'll ever know. Wait. That came out wrong, too. Dammit.)

    There's two surprisingly brief comments at this Paji-link where list my basic assumptions about government and politics. Policy preferences follow from those. I may be wrong, but I think I'm mostly consistent: http://www.pajiba.com/pajiba_l...

    Appropriately, that article is about Salma Hayek's boobs.

    Also, you left out that I *love* the smell of an endangered species roasting over bristlecone in the morning. It smells like ... victory.

  • TheOriginalMRod


    I was wondering why anyone would even want to be president... now I know, they just don't know any better.

  • BierceAmbrose


  • alannaofdoom

    I don't know, you guys, his confusion is perfectly understandable - the space shuttle is a T-top.


  • Socrates_Johnson

    I know. Just imagine all the fresh air those guys are getting.

  • People! You know we have to wait for Ann's translation to hear what he really meant.

  • Haven't you hear, Cindy? Ann got benched after telling an Iowa radio station "Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring. This is hard." I don't think we'll be getting anymore of Ann's helpful translations for a while. We'll have to settle for Paul Ryan's translation after SNL skewers it. http://www.politicususa.com/an...

  • PerpetualIntern

    At least the dog strapped to the roof of his plane is getting fresh air.

  • BierceAmbrose


    Made me snort.

  • anikitty

    Someone should remind him of Payne Stewart's fate by way of explanation.

  • Wembley

    I would have no problem with Mitt rolling down the windows on his next flight.

  • kirbyjay

    Mittens would never ride any mode of transportation where you had to "roll" down the windows. Mitts ride is always loaded.

  • Groundloop

    Won't someone think of the children*?!!?!

    //fans self - clutches pearls - faints//

    *Children in this case being everybody else on Mittens plane.

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