Cranky comments

16 Aug

A lot of people seemed to have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed.

Cranky seems to be the best way to describe it.

Senator John McCain said he thinks “it might be wise” for President Obama to replace Vice President Joe Biden on the ticket with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Said McCain: “I think it might be wise to do that. But it’s not going to happen…If I were Hillary Clinton, I’m not sure I’d want to be on that team.”

Then, some¬†fashion critics are not happy with Mitt Romney’s running mate Representative Paul Ryan.
They say the man needs better fitting clothes.

New York Times: “Yet if Mr. Ryan was chosen to bring youth and vigor and a kind of Ayn Rand boldness to the GOP, as the commentators kept saying, then his jacket was killing it.
So much for his lethal six-pack.
He was swimming in his coat, like Tom Hanks in Big when he becomes a kid again.”

Washington Post: “Ryan, a high-ranking House Republican, known as a stickler for numbers and a devotee of hard-core workouts, seemed oddly unconcerned about the clothes he wore during the most important announcement of his political career.
How could a fitness buff with 6 to 8 percent body fat wear a suit that looked two sizes too big?”

Over here is Paul Waldman of The American Prospect:
“Some public figures get defined by a single image, or a single statement (‘Ask not what your country can do for you’; ‘I am not a crook’).
Others have a characteristic linguistic tic or hand gesture that through repetition come to embody them; think of Ronald Reagan’s head shake, George W. Bush’s shoulder-shimmy, or that closed-fist-with-thumb-on-top thing Bill Clinton used to do.
For Mitt Romney, it’s the laugh.
I’m sure that at times Romney laughs with genuine mirth, but you know the laugh I’m talking about.
It’s the one he delivers when he gets asked a question he doesn’t want to answer, or is confronted with a demand to explain a flip-flop or a lie.
It’s the phoniest laugh in the world, the one New York Times reporter Ashley Parker wrote ‘sounds like someone stating the sounds of laughter, a staccato Ha. Ha. Ha.’
Everything Mitt Romney is as a candidate is distilled within that laugh — his insincerity, his ambition, his awkwardness, and above all his fear.
When Mitt laughs that way, he is not amused.
He is terrified.
Because he knows that what he’s saying is utter baloney, and he knows that we know it.”

And over there is Dan Balz of the Washington Post:
“No one expected Campaign 2012 to be positive or uplifting.
The country’s problems are too severe and the battle lines between Republicans and Democrats have been hardened by almost four years of conflict between the White House and Congress.
But what is most striking about the campaign at this point is not just the negativity or the sheer volume of attack ads raining down on voters in the swing states. It is the sense that all restraints are gone, the guardrails have disappeared and there is no incentive for anyone to hold back. The other guy does it, so we’re going to do it too.”

Finally, Ann Romney says her husband will not be putting out any additional tax returns: “We have been very transparent to what’s legally required of us.
There’s going to be no more tax releases given.”
She added that if they release any more information, “it will only give them more ammunition” while adding “there’s nothing we’re hiding.”

Everyone needs to take a break.

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