Mitt Romney and the Stinkin’ Truth

Mitt Romney and the Stinkin' Truth   :

Romney at the third debate.

Unfortunately, in nowhere in the world is America’s influence greater today than it was four years ago.

True? Nope, not even close. Like so many of Mitt Romney’s statements, this one’s just another lie he pulled out of his ass. Here’s a chart from the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project that among other things, measured American influence around the world.

And a chart from Ezra Klein using data from the same Pew report.

As is typical with much of what Romney says, the truth is the exact opposite of his assertions. It has become obvious that the Romney game plan has been to just throw anything and everything out there and hope that some of it sticks.

As the Romney campaign said last August, they have no intention of letting fact-checkers dictate what they say.


Film buffs would know that the illustration above is inspired by the following clip from the 1948 John Huston classic The Treasure of the Sierra Madre starring Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston and Tim Holt. The film still ranks in my top 20 movies of all time – Casablanca ties with Godfather I and II as my top picks.


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6 thoughts on “Mitt Romney and the Stinkin’ Truth

  1. Thanks for this Mario. It’s almost like John Huston made this film in preparation for you to use it over half a century later.

  2. I think that would be the way this guy would govern too – – – if something works much credit will be taken and the extreme right will bow down and worship. If something goes wrong it will be laid onto something that Obama did or didn’t do.

    I also think that if something doesn’t work or doesn’t have a peck’s chance in hades of working, no one is going to know about it because Folks Snooze will invent a different fantasy for consumption by the clueless hordes.

    I also think that we will be in for nothing more than a few tweaked Obama policies if “they” get their mitts on the government in November – – – and, of course, more than a few of the old failed policies of the Bush Era… lots of those!

    You mention the lies that have been pulled out of an – – – ass!

    I think that if “they” win (Steal) the election in November a lot of those lies pulled out of that malodorous area will be thrust up ours and I think there will be one heck of a lot of buyer’s remorse . . . far too late for anything to be done about it, of course.

  3. John,
    Thanks for the inspiration for this tweak:

    “I also think that we will be in for nothing more than a few tweaked Obama policies if “they” get their Mitt IN the government in November – – – and, of course, more than a few of the old failed policies of the Bush Era… lots of those!

  4. So true. Unfortunately, Mario, the public “too soon forgets”.
    When I have politely, respectfully suggested that some one Romney lie or another has been fact checked and proven untrue, my tea party neighbor just shrugs her shoulders and says, “liberal media nonsense. Romney is a good man and a religious man. He wouldn’t lie.”
    Lately, I’ve noticed a somewhat vacant look in her eyes. I’m beginning to wonder if she’s gone on auto pilot.

  5. Dear R. L. McCarthy:

    If you want to get an accurate picture of what is going on with your neighbor, find a way to watch an old movie from the silent era called “Metropolis” and observe how the workers march together in the film – – – blank expressions, robotic movements and the whole “brain washed” mess.

    Then for a more accurate picture, watch a movie called “Schindler’s List” and notice how the young officer goes to the gallows with praise for his leader still on his lips even as the trap is sprung.

    Such it is with those who have lived too long under the influence of the far right propaganda machine.

    Even while they suffer under the yoke of their chosen masters, they still find ways to blame their misfortunes on anything and everything except their own mis-informed choices.

    They are beyond hope in many instances – – – too far gone as it were.

    We cannot afford to waste time sympathizing or arguing with this kind because it goes nowhere and accomplishes nothing.

  6. The problem with your proof of “influence” is that you’re confusing “popularity” with “influence.” They are not the same thing. Obama is very popular in Europe, but why wouldn’t he be? The news there about him is even more filtered (for his benefit) than it is here. Europeans find it shocking, then very interesting, to have Americans tell them that they don’t like Obama’s policies, and why.

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