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Some Lies Are So Transparent They Remain Lies Even If You Believe Them

[ 65 ] December 24, 2012 |

Shorter verbatim son of Mittens: “[Willard Romney] wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life.” Yes, clearly this always unambitious man was in it for the principle, and because the Republican base was begging him to run. At any rate, the title principle remains very important when considering pretty much anything about the Romney/Ryan ticket.

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  1. somethingblue says:

    “[Willard Romney] wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life.”

    Tagg needs to get out more.

    • Kyle says:

      It’s half true. Willard didn’t want to RUN for the Presidency. He wanted to BUY it.

    • patrick II says:

      Not that I have much sympathy for the shills and dupes who passionately did want Mitt to be president and worked long hours in that effort — but in their place I’d be feeling like a patsy right now.
      But for true Romney volunteer campaign workers maybe not. Being dupes is in their blood. And the money men got paid, so all is well.

    • Dilan Esper says:

      By the way, why do American politicians have to constantly deny their ambitions?

  2. Malaclypse says:

    Mittens should be proud of how well he instilled a love of the truth in his offspring. You can almost smell the integritude.

  3. melior says:

    Translation:

    “My Dad wanted people publicly poring through his tax returns less than a bad case of jock itch.”

    • rea says:

      “My Dad wanted people publicly poring through his tax returns less than a bad case of jock itch.”

      His dad’s refusal to allow that was not a particularly big deal in the campaign, as it turned out.

      • Incontinentia Buttocks says:

        Disagree. It served as an important, early foundation of the Mitt-is-rich, out-of-touch, and-disdainful-of-avarage-Americans meme last Spring.

        • James E Powell says:

          It’s hard to say what effect his refusal to release his tax returns had, but it is also hard to believe it had no effect.

          It should have been much bigger, prompting more scrutiny of his wealth and how he got it. I would want that from any candidate.

        • MAJeff says:

          Add to it Anne’s complaints about the requests for those returns, and her general Marie Antoinette presentation of self, and that image was reinforced.

      • Pestilence says:

        Although it should have been

      • Bruce Baugh says:

        Judging purely from barber shop and grocery store conversations I overheard, it was more of a deal for the general public than for the media leaders. It helped persuade a lot of folks that Romney was at heart one with all the bad bosses they’d ever had.

      • It was never meant to be a winning issue, a knockout blow, type of “big deal.”

        It helped to paint the picture, though. They did a great job painting a picture of Mittens.

    • Warren Terra says:

      As I recall, Mitt promised to release two years’ tax returns “by the end of the year”, and has so far released one year’s tax returns and described projections for the second. I’m assuming Mitt is a man of his word, but he’d better get cracking if he’s going to meet his deadline in the week he has remaining.

  4. c u n d gulag says:

    What’s next from Tagg?
    ‘I think my Mother wanted to be FLOTUS even less than my Father wanted to be POTUS.’

    Uh, yeah…

    Tagg, Ol’ Bean, if your being alive was what was keeping either of them out of the White House, you’d have been dead in a nano-second after the moment they realized that.

  5. thebewilderness says:

    I think he is telling the truth in the standard duplicitous fashion of the Romney family. The Mittster did not want to be governor either. He just wanted to win. Much like W, Romney wanted the office, the power, and the perks, but not the job.

  6. Murc says:

    I’m not sure why we should trust any assessment coming from a grown man who didn’t change his name from ‘Tagg’ to something else.

  7. rea says:

    A very hungry fox walked into a vineyard where there was an ample supply of luscious looking grapes. Grapes had never looked so good, and the fox was famished. However, the grapes hung higher than the fox could reach. He jumped and stretched and hopped and reached and jumped some more trying to get those yummy grapes, but to no avail. No matter what he tried, he could not reach the grapes. He wore himself out jumping and jumping to get the grapes. “Those grapes surely must be sour,” he said as he walked away, “I wouldn’t eat them if they were served to me on a silver platter.”

  8. commie atheist says:

    “If he could have found someone else to take his place . . . he would have been ecstatic to step aside…”

    What did he think Newt, Santorum, Pawlenty et al were doing in those little get-togethers they kept having (I think they were called “debates”), having a frank exchange of ideas with no ultimate purpose?

    • I don’t think I heard any of these “ideas” of which you speak, but I’m willing to allow it in the spirit of the season.

    • Bitter Scribe says:

      …having a frank exchange of ideas with no ultimate purpose?

      That’s pretty much how it worked out.

    • NonyNony says:

      What did he think Newt, Santorum, Pawlenty et al were doing in those little get-togethers they kept having (I think they were called “debates”), having a frank exchange of ideas with no ultimate purpose?

      To be fair, I don’t think those “debates” were recognizable as frank exchanges of ideas.

      They most closely resembled the flinging of poo at the local zoo’s monkey cage to me.

  9. soylenth says:

    The reluctant hero was called to service by a people yearning for a savior on a white horse. Of course. It’s all so obvious now.

    • efgoldman says:

      Looking back, the only election he won, he shivved the existing GOBP governor, and then faced a candidate roughly equal in personality to Martha Coakley, who lost to CosmoBoy in 2010.
      Every time he has faced a real candidate, he got good and croaked.

    • owlbear1 says:

      You’ve nailed their mindset perfectly. This constant litany that, “Willard really didn’t want the job but aw, shucks he was being forced into it by a religious prophecy.” Of course, not in so many words.

      His complete surprise and shock at losing also reveals the lie of ‘not really wanting it’.

      Glad the fucking loon lost but I’m sure each of his spawn are working hard to convince themselves they are the one the <prophecy really means to win.

  10. Bitter Scribe says:

    Hey, now, Rick Perry only ran because his wife told him his country needed him.

    It’s just amazing how easily these guys can be persuaded to run for president against all their own inclinations and wishes, isn’t it?

  11. calling all toasters says:

    Well, sure. Being President would be just an unpleasant but necessary duty on his path to a larger goal: robbing the US Treasury of every last cent.

  12. Jim Lynch says:

    At least Tom Dewey had a sense of humor about losing, and he lost twice. Romney is quite simply humor impaired, like every other republican presidential candidate during my lifetime. Nixon, for example– and need I say more? Reagan of GE was zinging witless hippy/Tarzan one liners to ultra-right audiences long before he reached the presidency, yet it was only at that point that his mean spirited invective was hailed as comedy gold by The Villagers. GHW Bush sense of humor was always upstaged by the nearest plate of mashed potatoes, and his mutant offspring was a cruel, cold blooded sociopath. Mittens passed muster on sense of humor score, anyway. The GOP was true to itself in choosing his sorry ass to represent their party.

    • John says:

      Bob Dole had a decent sense of humor, I think. McCain has his moments. Both of them have kind of a nasty sense of humor, though.

      • Jim Lynch says:

        Dole? Yeah, forgot about him. OK, Dole was not un-humorless. When fellow septuagenarian and presidential candidate Pat Paulsen asked him if he likewise got cranky, too, when he didn’t have his nap, the Man From Kansas grunted appreciatively for the cameras. At least, it seemed to be an appreciative grunt.

        • Mike Schilling says:

          Dole was hilarious, in a dark, sarcastic vein that the media was generally too stupid to understand.

          “History buffs probably noted the reunion at a Washington party a few weeks ago of three ex-presidents: Carter, Ford and Nixon – See No Evil, Hear No Evil and Evil.”

          “Our intent will not be to create gridlock. Oh, except maybe from time to time.”

          On being asked whether he preferred the Rolling Stones or the Beatles:

          Which would get me more votes?

          • Informant says:

            Good examples. Post-presidential run, Dole also appeared in a number of TV commercials and movies/TV shows that clearly showed he had a sense of humor about himself. (See, e.g., the “Down, boy!” Pepsi ad, the Visa ad that made fun of his habit of referring to himself in the third-person, and his appearance on Suddenly Susan, where he still thinks he’s running for president and waves off the ’96 election results as being a temporary setback.)

  13. thebewilderness says:

    Reading the statement again, it appears to be an ill conceived effort to fall on his sword and knife his mom for dear old dad.

    • thebewilderness says:

      This statement is in no way to be construed as an accusation that he actually fell on a sword or knifed his mom, in fact it should not be construed as an accusation that he has either a sword or a knife or has ever come in contact with a sword or a knife. Cuz, figger of speech, yanno?

  14. The nation went through a presidential election in the midst of a lingering recession, with a black man running for re-election, and a bitterly divided electorate. And the best the GOP could come up with was a man who apparently never wanted to be prez. Further proof we’ve moved to a one-party system in the US.

    Boston Globe’s story (with the Tagg Romney quote) is an excellent story on the utter ineptness of the GOP efforts in 2012. http://bo.st/Vfmjjt

  15. montag2 says:

    “Dad was really bored with the idea, but Mom was like a she-bitch in heat about becoming the next Nancy Reagan,” Tagg did not say. Out loud.

    Tagg’s lying is like a microcosm of the entire Rmoney campaign. Rmoney’s principles would turn on a dime, depending upon where he was pimping for votes. He might well have been the most mendacious candidate for President since Richard Nixon (Ronnie Raygun believed some incredibly dangerous and stupid shit, but at least he believed it).

    Both Daddy and Son Rmoney are Wall Street thieves, so none of this “he’s just a humble and dedicated public servant” rot should be taken with more than a grain of salt.

    Hell, Rmoney would have preferred to gain the White House in a hostile takeover, not an election, if he could have managed it.

    Rmoney is, by nature, avaricious, devious and mendacious. We know that because Republicans picked him to represent them.

  16. Mitt "Mitt" Romney says:

    My friends, those of you who are parents can certainly appreciate the enthusiasm with which your children might rise to your defense and the defense of the vast monies and business contacts they stand to inherit. All five of our boys–Tagg, Nog, Zip, Korg, and Biff–are good boys, despite their near-pathological habit of lying to me at each and every turn. But I wanted to take this opportunity to speak to you all here, at my favorite blog of the 47% who are unstoppably bound to government largesse, and explain what Tagg meant.

    Before I get to that, however, I am told that there is one among you who enjoys decaptiating his political opponents and placing their severed heads on spikes. Is he here?

    Let me be clear: Tagg was speaking as to my desire to be elected President in this election only. In full candor, in 2008 I had absolutely determined that the Office of the Presidency was both the right height and the right magnitude in order to be filled by a person such as myself. Why, I still get a chuckle when I recall Ann and me, so giddy with anticipation, imagining what it would be like to bring the Mexicans who serve as caretakers of our various domiciles to the White House with us and watch them try to tend the Rose Garden without lacerating themselves on the thorns! Ann was particularly enthusiastic at the idea that one or more of them might contract sepsis from their wounds.

    Ha ha! “Sepsis”! Terrific!

    At any rate, my friends, when the Republican electorate saw fit to pass me over in favor of the older, but no whiter and substantially less wealthy, John McCain, I still maintained an enthusiasm for the possibility of running again four years later. Indeed, I began to hear from Corporation-Americans across this nation, speaking to me, and not in the usual “Please don’t dismember us and cut out our organs and sell the parts off to the highest bidder before dumping our shattered bodies into some overseas sex trade sewer!” way that I had become accustomed to hearing from them while I was at Bain. No, my friends, these corporations were large corporations, good corporations, and they were in pain. A…stain, if you will, had blotted the office of the Presidency, um, darkening it, as it were, and our country’s outlook seemed, uh, blacker by the…OK, they’re telling me I should just stop this here. I’m sure you get the idea.

    However, the dream died for me late in 2011. I can still remember the words leaving my mouth like it was yesterday:

    “Come on, Saul, I have to clear at least a 14% effective rate this year! I’m running for President, for Pete’s sake!”

    Saul, for reference, is our lead tax accountant. Lovely man, he’s a Hebraic but insists that he’ll be honored when I posthumously baptize him into The Church.

    Anyway, as soon as the words left my lips I realized how hollow I felt inside. Sure, being President would have been an interesting experience. But was it still the right height for a job that should be done by someone such as myself? I couldn’t in good conscience say that it was. What is the point of being the “Most Powerful Person in the World,” at least as far as the various less fortunates are concerned, if one has to forfeit one’s hard-invested monies to the government in order to win that office? When I think of all those 2011 millions, condemned to pay for some woman’s birthing control units rather than joining their would-be brothers in our various Cayman and Swiss accounts, why, there’s just no joy in that for me, my friends.

    And so I say, no, take your elective office. I’ll be back down to my usual 3-5% effective tax rate next year, and that’s OK as far as I’m concerned. And don’t you worry about Ann and me. We’ll pull through this somehow.

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