Mitt Romney Failed ‘The 3:00 A.M. Phone Call’ Test–Not Fit To Be Commander-In-Chief

It has been a devastating day for the Mitt Romney campaign.  There seems to be a real crisis atmosphere just below the surface among Romney staffers concerning the slumping poll numbers in key states, and the inability for the larger themes of the anti-Obama message to take hold.

Following a political convention speech that failed to mention Afghanistan, comes a most perplexing and troubling political blunder that has everyone noticing Mitt Romney does not have the bona fides to be sitting in the Oval Office.

President Obama is making it very clear that there needs to be a reasonable and sound person making the decisions for the nation, not a shoot-from-the-hip guy with nice hair but no substance or moral guiding principles.

Mitt Romney has his cash stashed in off-shore accounts, and seems unable to buy any common sense about the way to conduct a campaign that many Republicans keeps claiming should be an easy election to win.

Might it be that President Obama is a much stronger leader, with a deeper connection among the electorate than GOPers ever dreamed?  Or did the GOP start believing their own press releases months ago, and just thought 2012 was ‘their year’?

Mitt Romney is proving with his clumsy efforts the wilderness years for the Republicans are not over.

What should gall everyone–including conservatives–is how Mitt Romney tried to undermine the President of the United States at a time of crisis on the other side of the globe–that very well will impact our foreign policy.

How can anyone think Romney has what it takes to sit in the Oval Office as Commander-In-Chief?

In response to Mitt Romney’s criticism of the Obama administration for its handling of recent violence in Egypt and Libya, President Obama told CBS News on Wednesday that Romney “seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later.”  

“There’s a broader lesson to be learned here,” Mr. Obama told “60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Kroft. “And I think — you know, Governor Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later. And as president, one of the things I’ve learned is you can’t do that. That, you know, it’s important for you to make sure that the statements that you make are backed up by the facts. And that you’ve thought through the ramifications before you make ’em.” 

Asked if Romney’s attacks were irresponsible, the president replied, “I’ll let the American people judge that.”

Wisconsin (Madison) Jobs Lost Due To Bain Capital

From this morning’s Wisconsin State Journal.

One month after the company that owns The Weather Channel bought Weather  Central, 401 Charmany Drive, more than 20 employees of the Madison company face  the loss of their jobs.

Weather Services International, of Andover, Mass., told 21 employees at the  Madison office last week that their jobs will end by the end of the year,  spokeswoman Shirley Powell said. “These positions are, for the most part,  duplicate management and back office functions that have been consolidated,” she  said.

Powell also said five to seven new positions are expected to be created in  Madison by the end of the year, mostly in software engineering and enterprise  sales.

Weather Central, founded in 1974 by Terry Kelly, of Madison, was purchased by  Weather Services International in August for an undisclosed amount. It is part  of The Weather Channel Cos., owned by NBC Universal and private equity firms The  Blackstone Group and Bain Capital.

King Richard III’s Body May Have Been Found

Hat Tip to James.

History buffs have something to talk about today.

A human skeleton with a cleaved skull discovered beneath a parking lot in England may belong to King Richard III, researchers announced Wednesday, though they have a long way to go in analyzing the bones to determine the identity.

The researchers note they are not saying they have found King Richard III’s remains, but that they are moving into the next phase of their search, from the field to the laboratory.

“We are clearly very excited, but the university now must subject the findings to rigorous analysis. DNA analysis will take up to 12 weeks,” Richard Taylor, the director of corporate affairs at the University of Leicester, told reporters this morning, as recorded in a Twitter tweet.

The remains were hidden within the choir of a medieval church known as Greyfriars, where the English monarch was thought to be buried. Though the location of this church had been lost, historical records suggested that Richard III was buried there upon his death in battle in 1485.

Two skeletons were discovered: A female skeleton that was broken apart at the joints was found in what is believed to be the presbytery of the lost church. The other skeleton, which appears to be an adult male, was found in the church choir and shows signs of trauma to the skull and back before death, which would be consistent with a battle injury, the researchers said.


Mitt Romney Used Partisan Politics During International Events In Middle East

This is one of those events that separates the men from the boys.  The boys who look too big when trying to still wear their daddies suits.

Mitt Romney is about to face the withering spotlight for his display of overly partisan politics at a time when the United States and its diplomatic community were coming under attack in the Middle East.  What happened over the past roughly 18 hours from Mitt Romney is truly mind-numbing.

If there was talk about Romney’s poll numbers slumping, and his political themes being stuck in neutral before last night, there will now only be talk of a candidate who is not ready for prime time.  What took place is nothing but a desperate attempt for a losing political operation.

Mitt Romney is nothing but a political opportunist.  He has an instinct for saying the wrong thing, at the wrong time.  He is not sound enough to be president.

I know that Mitt Romney the Mormon Bishop, and one-time president of the Boston Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wants to sit in the Oval Office so to further whatever ends his faith calls him to do…but what took place last night was just not the actions of a serious-minded politician.

Which is why I seriously question the real motive of why Romney wants to sit in the Oval Office.  Thanks to the following we all will have less to worry about concerning his electability.

 …..on the anniversary of 9/11 — one of the most over-the-top and (it turns out) incorrect attacks of the general-election campaign . Last night after 10:00 pm ET, Romney released a statement on the attacks on the U.S. embassies in Egypt and Libya. After saying he was “outraged” by these attacks and the death of an American consulate worker, Romney said, “It’s disgraceful that the Obama administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.” Yet after learning every piece of new information about those attacks, the Romney statement looks worse and worse — and simply off-key. First, Romney was referring to a statement that the U.S. embassy in Egypt issued condemning the “efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.” But that embassy statement, which the White House has distanced itself from, was in reference to an anti-Islam movie and anti-Islam pastor Terry Jones, and it came out BEFORE the embassy attacks began. Then this morning, we learned that the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and others died in one of the attacks.

Why didn’t the Romney campaign wait until it had all the facts? On his overseas trip in the summer, Romney was so careful not to criticize Obama while on foreign soil. But how much time do you give an administration to work through a diplomatic and international crisis before trying to score immediate political points? You’d expect the Sarah Palins of the world to quickly pounce on something like this, and she predictably did. But a presidential nominee running for the highest office in the land? After the facts have come out, last night’s Romney statement only feeds the narrative that his campaign is desperate.

Tammy Baldwin Gay Dance Video Fails To Excite Me

Tommy Thompson, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, called it “a mistake”.

The former governor was speaking about the action of a former political director who emailed a video of his Democratic opponent Tammy Baldwin dancing at a gay pride festival.

Many Democrats got all excited about the politically driven email, and not so long ago I too would have joined the chorus denouncing the action.  Truth is the email sent by Brian Nemoir is homophobic, but I do not think it deserves all the excitement it has generated.

The reason I am not in a lather about the video is that society has moved, by and large, beyond political operatives who think they can make voters jump through a hoop about gay people as they once were able to do.

I suppose part of my reason for not being upset about this video is due to the fact it is 2012.  The calendar is the same for those of us who live in Madison, as it is in Omro.  Yes, I am fully aware of gay prejudice that still exists, and the work which still needs to be done to ensure civil rights are attained for all in this state.

But everyday I see progress being made in society which leads me to think the bigoted reasons for Nemoir sending the video will not work, and more than anything else his effort will just land with a thud.

Within a one-block area of where James and I live two gay dads are raising an adopted daughter, two other men are in a 15 year relationship, one gay man is seeking his Ph.D in music theory, and another young gay man has his own mapping business.   All are living open and honest lives, and have family and friends that span all over the state.

The fact is that gay people exist in all families, and trying to denigrate a candidate for office simply by showing dancing is just going to be seen as laughable by the vast majority of voters.   In case some in the Republican Party are not aware of it yet there has been a vast sea-change in the way society views gay people.

It is no secret that Republican Party leaders have looked at public polling and decided they need to change the way they look at this part of their culture war.  The massive shift in public opinion on gay rights has reduced the vocal uproar that was very evident from the GOP when President Bush was in office.  While the party platform is still outdated, the big names in the GOP are not acting as they once did over this issue.

The fact is society is changing very fast on this issue.  Can anyone say 20 years ago they would have predicted we would be this far along in making changes for gay Americans?

That is why I am not really upset at all by the action of Nemoir.  I figure when he concludes that his idea fell flat he will resort to Tweets about black politicians who have white spouses.