Fox News likes talking about the “mainstream media.” But it seems Republicans are finally waking up to the fact that they have been lied to by the “conservative entertainment complex.”
Read one take on it here:
This is true. And if you didn’t see Karl Rove’s meltdown on Fox it’s worth seeing.
From the article:
As it turns out, the Romney campaign’s polling model was completely wrong. The country is getting more, not less, diverse, and those shifts have been reflected in the electoral turnout for presidential races over the past 20 years. There was no real reason to indicate that 2012 would be any different.
According to exit polls, whites actually made up just 72% of the electorate this year, while Latinos and youth voters upped their share of the electorate by one percentage point each. The African American percentage of the electorate stayed the same.
Karl Rove’s meltdown on Fox News Tuesday night illustrated just how shocked Republicans were by this outcome. Rove was convinced that Romney would regain the lead in Ohio with unreported rural white votes, but never anticipated the number of minority voters that would turn out for Obama in the state’s urban centers. In Florida, Republicans were similarly floored by the huge Latino and African American turnout for Obama in Tampa.
This was not unexpected, but still it was sad to hear.
I was a volunteer on the McGovern campaign at the main New York headquarters when I was 15. I was sort of a paid volunteer who received subway tokens and a bit of food money so I could afford to come in every day.
I helped run the campaign shop at the front on the main floor for a while. We had buttons of every kind imaginable: Movie Moguls for McGovern, Catholics for McGovern, Housewives for McGovern… you name it. I think I counted over 300 different kinds at one time.
I also helped with literature tables around Manhattan and once helped host an auction fund raiser and Shirley Maclaine showed up!
I didn’t really understand all the politics of the time, and there really wasn’t much talk of the Watergate break-in during the campaign. All I knew was that just about everybody around me was voting for McGovern (and he won the city, even though he didn’t win the state) and I was disappointed and naively surprised when he lost.
I remember convincing my aunt, who was a Nixon supporter, to vote for him over the Vietnam war. There are other bits and pieces of memories from that time: people in the campaign headquarters saying nasty things about Humphrey, the smell of the headquarters very early in the morning when it first opened, somebody giving me a new candy bar called “KitKat” to try, running mimeograph machines, helping out on the switchboard (what a contraption!), leaving in the morning and coming home late every night and feeling independent for the first time, some sort of videotape (U-matic?) playing “There’s a new world coming…” in the display window…
I don’t have my McGovern buttons any more, and I lost touch with everybody I worked with at the campaign. But it was a very special time in my life, and so I’m feeling especially nostalgic about it this evening.
Contradicting his own top campaign adviser, Mitt Romney on Wednesday declared that the individual mandate contained in President Barack Obama’s health care law is, indeed, a tax and not a penalty against those who refuse to buy coverage
“I said that I agree with the Supreme Court’s dissent, and the dissent made it very clear that they felt the individual mandate was unconstitutional,” Romney said in a released clip of a CBS News interview. “But the dissent lost. It’s in the minority. And now the Supreme Court has spoken. And while I agree with the dissent, that’s taken over by the fact that the majority of the court said it’s a tax, and therefore, it is a tax.”
Romney continued: “They have spoken. And there’s no way around that. You can try and say you wish they decided a different way, but they didn’t. They concluded it was a tax. That’s what it is.
The remarks are a complete 180 from those made by two top advisers to the Romney campaign in recent days. Spokesperson Andrea Saul, two days ago, said that the governor “thinks the mandate is an unconstitutional penalty,” not a tax. Top aide Eric Ferhnstrom, that same day, emphatically declared that the campaign did not believe the mandate was a tax.
The conundrum for Romney of course is that he did the exact same thing with health care in Massachusetts. He didn’t want to call it a tax because then he would be saying he raised taxes in Massachusetts. But conservative do want to call it a tax so they can say Obama raised taxes. So he’s stuck bouncing back and forth, parsing and twisting nuances until he’s tied up in a verbal pretzel he can’t get out of.
Some parts from the Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/04/mitt-romney-individual-mandate_n_1649233.html?utm_hp_ref=politics) which takes some parts from everybody else.