Bigot of the Week Award: March 16, Mitt Romney

16 Mar

Bigot of the Week Award

As the gruesome clown car pileup that is the GOP Presidential Primary season grinds on, it would be sadly easy to give the BWA to any given candidate any given week. Mitt Romney manages to sink below the pack sufficiently this week to make it a lock. Pandering ever-farther to the right as he tries to fire up the base that horrifically prefers even Rick Santorum, the Mitt-bot has staked out some pretty loathsome positions over the past few months, including his support of so-called “personhood” and his signing of a virulently anti-gay pledge. Most of these actions — which Romney characterizes as emblematic of his “severe conservatism” — are direct contradictions of positions he staked out as Governor of Massachusetts or during his failed run to unseat Senator Ted Kennedy.

His dangerous and desperate flip-flopping has him so coated in Santorum that he’s adopting the most far-right talking points as his campaign positions, no matter how illogical or unpopular. The terrifying example that wins him this week’s award is a single sentence from a campaign stop, bizarrely included in a discussion of budget cuts: “Planned Parenthood, we’re going to get rid of that.” REALLY? Let’s set aside for a moment that this is an independent organization, not a Federal program, so any attempt to “get rid” of it is anti-business (ironic much?). Far more terrifying is that the putative front-runner for President in one of our two major parties has officially endorsed the war on women. The Romneyborg wants us ignore the fact that the vast majority of the services Planned Parenthood provides are critical women’s health care to poor and rural women. He has become so extreme in his eagerness to clinch the nomination that he’s endorsing the radical anti-contraception position that the vast majority of Americans (including Catholics and all Republicans other than the Tea Party) oppose. This candidate’s dizzying spin might provide a great alternative energy source; in every other respect it just induces nausea–yes, I will have to spit up after publishing this.

A huge dishonorable mention goes to the Arizona legislature for even entertaining the idea of allowing women to be fired from their jobs if they use birth control.

5 Responses to “Bigot of the Week Award: March 16, Mitt Romney”

  1. nevercontrary March 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    This makes me so sad. Sad for the people who are supporting him, sad for the children being raised to believe in him and his ideals, and sad for the country.
    How do we reconcile?
    Maybe I should send him a link of the black eyed peas, where is the love?

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 16, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

      Yes, it is very sad indeed! It is also sad that so many are supporting him just to vote against Obama–racist much? Bonnie, I wish I had the answer. All we can do is vote and hope people in the US become better educated.

      • nevercontrary March 16, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

        Better educated, now you just opened a can of worms. The attack on teachers is insane these days.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 16, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

        Very true. We seem to be quite punitive toward our teachers. One wonders if there is a political agenda behind all of this.


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