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“I didn’t know you had families.”


That nice, reasonable, moderate Mitt Romney:

We’ve witnessed many Mitt Romneys, but the one unearthed by the Boston Globe‘s Murray Waas yesterday is perhaps the most vicious and cruel: a zealot who, as Massachusetts governor, became hellbent on stigmatizing the children of gay and lesbian parents, labeling these kids as outcasts and causing them to suffer hardship throughout their lives.


Romney hadn’t even previously fathomed that gay people had children. Boston Spirit magazine reported last month that when gay activists met with him in his office in 2004, as Romney was backing a failed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in the state, Romney remarked, “I didn’t know you had families.” Julie Goodridge, lead plaintiff in the landmark case that won marriage rights for gays and lesbians before the Supreme Judicial Court, asked what she should tell her 8-year-old daughter about why the governor would block the marriage of her parents. According to Goodridge, Romney responded,”I don’t really care what you tell your adopted daughter. Why don’t you just tell her the same thing you’ve been telling her the last eight years.”

Additional lesson: even if your blue-state Republican seems better than the national ones in a state race, voting for one is almost certainly a horrible idea.

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  • dollared

    This was bouncing around a few weeks ago. Ward Cleaver’s asshole boss.

  • SP

    He was just thinking ahead in terms of election strategy. Children of same sex couples are probably more liberal on average. If it’s harder for them to get ID they can’t vote Democratic. Scoreboard!
    And should one ever decide to run for president, I’m sure the Donald will use this to prove that children of same sex couples are not US citizens.

    • PhoenixRising

      Yeah, I’d like to be laughing, but this is just straining my sense of humor.

      I knew he was an asshole, but the abuse of the office to punish kids for being born into the wrong families?

      That’s much more relevant than insulting people who’ve come to your office to lobby (which happens all the time).

      The lead story ought to be, “Gov. Romney Told State Workers to Graffiti Birth Certificates to Reflect His Religous Beliefs”.

      • SP

        “punish kids for being born into the wrong families”
        That’s pretty much the one line version of the Republican Party platform, isn’t it?

        • Warren Terra


  • When you get right down to it, he’s a horrible human being.

  • Jim Lynch

    Strange. I recall the duck saying something like, “So, Dr. Ameche, we meet again. Only this time, the advantage is mine”.

    Ducks can fly, remember.

    • Anderson

      Thanks. The cartoon made no sense.

      • Warren Terra

        It’s a meme:

        This originated in 2006 at the now-defunct (and apparently un-cached) blog, modernarthur.com. There, blogger Charles Lavoie made that argument that any New Yorker cartoon could be captioned with “Christ, what an asshole!” with no loss of comedic value. The earliest available references include these from February of 2006 at Wonkette and Gawker.
        In April of 2010, Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing noted that applying this principle made all cartoons funnier – even “Family Circus” and “Marmaduke” – and linked to this collection.

  • Jon H

    Government small enough to fit between you and your newborn.

    • c u n d gulag

      Government small enough to fit inside a woman’s inner thighs.

      • LeeEsq

        Sounds kind of inconvenient for women.

        • No, sometimes it can be fun.

          • daveNYC

            We’ve invented a government that can vibrate?

  • DrDick

    Repeat after me, “There are no reasonable Republicans.” No matter how reasonable they seem personally, when push comes to shove, they always side with the maniacs in their party (see Snow and Collins for instance).

    • Murc

      I do like to qualify this somehow. It gets less pithy that way, as “There are no reasonable Republicans occupying public office above the local level” doesn’t quite have the same… zing to it, but there are reasonable Republicans.

      Most of meet one or more of them every day; many of us are related to them. I have relatives and co-workers who are quite Republican, and many of them hold political positions that are… ill thought out, at best, but they’re ones that are certainly reasonable and they’re often open to compromise.

      That said, I also have Republican relatives who are full-blown teahadi. And gosh, wouldn’t you know, they’re also the ones who are… unpleasant in other areas of their personal life as well.

      I’ve voted for Republicans in local elections. VERY local, I’m talking town council, people who I literally went to school with their kids and suchly. I’d never vote for one at the state level and frankly I’d be hesitant to vote for one at the county level; I live in a NY county where the County Executive position is often a springboard to the statehouse.

      • DrDick

        I did mean Republican politicians and I have never voted for a Republican in the 40 years I have been voting and never will. They are and always have been on the wrong side of history.

      • I suppose I was a reasonable Republican when I started voting in the mid-1980s – somewhere between moderate Democrat and liberal Republican when there was such a thing, about where Howard Dean or Lowell Weiker were. Funny thing is, my positions on most issues have stayed about the same, but that now puts me on the far left of the Democratic Party.

        • scott mc

          Interesting. My experience mirrors yours almost exactly. I considered myself a moderate republican in the late 80’s/early 90’s. With the exception of a strong change of heart to support healthcare reform, my views haven’t shifted substantially in 20 years. In 1991 I was a republican; today I am a liberal.

          You can thank starting a couple businesses and watching the insurance companies first gouge us on premiums and then routinely deny claims for my switch to support HC reform. Any small business who doesn’t support HC reform and also wants to provide benefits is nuts. But the operative part of that sentence is probably “wants to provide benefits”.

      • mpowell

        There’s a big difference between the voters and the politicians in a party.

  • Davis X. o

    No real difference, remember…

  • herr doktor bimler

    Romney has elsewhere informed us that gay marriage is bad because every child has a right to a father *and* a mother. Even better, of course, is to have *two* mothers and a father, like his grandchildren.

    • Warren Terra

      Dan Savage has a habit of posting links to news stories about atrocities committed in families of whose composition Mitt would approve, the point of course being that there are families with two great male parents, or two great female parents, or one great parent, or three, and families with a mother and a father that happen to be terrible.

    • STH

      I saw an interesting point about this “argument” the other day (I think it was from Signorile on Joe.My.God): if the real motivation is to keep kids from growing up with gay parents, why aren’t the Republicans fighting hard for bills to keep gay people from adopting? Because they aren’t doing much on that issue at all.

  • Another item from Mitten’s tenure as Governor: the legislature passed a bill authorizing the creation of a state office to organize gay-straight alliances in high schools, because of the suicide problem among gay teens. Romney vetoed it, and they overrode him.

    OK, fine. The alliances start sprouting up in various high schools.* In response, Romney puts out an executive order forbidding them from using letterhead with the state seal, even though they’re chartered with the state. Such a petty act, but it was a way to show contempt and stigmatize. It was so unnecessary, it didn’t accomplish anything, and it doesn’t mean anything to anyone in terms of his political profile – which tells me that he did it simply because it was what he actually wanted to do.

    Christ, what an asshole.

    • catclub

      No, he was planning ahead. He knows it is doing apparently pointless things like that that will get him the ‘endorsement’ from Billy (actually Franklin) Graham.

      Doing things like that wins him 28% of the contested GOP primaries rather than the 2% that Huntsman got.

      • Murc

        I don’t like or have that much respect for Billy, but what his son is doing to that old man is awful and borderline abusive.

        • c u n d gulag

          Kind of like George and Mitt, no?

          • NonyNony

            Except at least George Romney is actually dead, and so his son can’t use him like one of Jeff Dunham’s ventriloquist dummies.

            Honestly – guys like Franklin Graham make me wish I still could believe in Hell, because at least I could have the peace of mind in thinking that someday they’d have to actually answer for what they’ve done.

        • herr doktor bimler

          what his son is doing to that old man is awful and borderline abusive.

          Billy chose while he was still sentient to turn his personal grift into a
          hereditary theocracy. If his son takes advantage of that to turn his old man’s still-breathing corpse into his personal fuck-puppet, clearly it is God’s will.

  • Alan Tomlinson

    What a shame that this asshole gets Secret Service protection: it would be just if someone could close to him and smear some dogshit on him.


    Alan Tomlinson

  • Tirxu

    So, a child born of rape is God’s will, but a child born of a gay parent is wrong in theory, wrong in fact. Gee, who could have guessed ?

  • Here is a parody of the Superpac Video “New Morning” that hits this exact issue


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