So three interesting bits about the Republican Nominee today:
1) Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney thrust himself into the the Susan G. Komen controversy on Monday when he said in a radio interview that he agreed with Komen's decision to cut Planned Parenthood funding...
Also: "During his 2002 gubernatorial campaign, [Romney] attended a Planned Parenthood fundraiser, and answered in a Planned Parenthood questionnaire that he supported state-funded abortions."
Squid analysis: Who swings at a pitch after it's been caught by the catcher, and thrown halfway back to the mound? This is like seeing your buddy step on the first land mine, and wading into the field anyway! This seriously makes me question the guy's political judgment.
2) A New Poll Finds The More People Learn About Romney, The More They Dislike Him!
By a more than two to one margin, Americans say that the more they learn about Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney, the more they dislike him, per a new Washington Post / ABC poll:
Overall, 55 percent of those who are closely following the campaign say they disapprove of what the GOP candidates have been saying. By better than 2 to 1, Americans say the more they learn about Romney, the less they like him. Even among Republicans, as many offer negative as positive assessments of him on this question. Judgments about former House speaker Newt Gingrich, who denounced Romney on Saturday night in Nevada, are about 3 to 1 negative.
3) Romney gets it wrong about the National Anthem. Romney's apparently been saying this bit of nonsense for a while now:
"We are the only people on the earth that put our hand over our heart during the playing of the national anthem. It was FDR who asked us to do that, in honor of the blood that was being shed by our sons and daughters in far-off places."
"...The first part of this statement is simply wrong. As Kaczynski noted, Romney ran the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics and surely should have noticed the many athletes with their hands on their hearts during the playing of their national anthems... [an expert] said he was unaware of "any such declaration by him [FDR] or anybody in his administration" to call for Americans to put their hands over their hearts during the National Anthem. He noted that one historian wrote that the Star-Spangled Banner, which made its first appearance at a sporting event during the 1918 World Series, became ubiquitous during World War II in movie theaters and sporting events especially because team owners did not want anyone to question the patriotism of the athletes who had not joined the military..."
The author gives a detailed history of the anthem, shows videos of other nationals with their hands over their hearts at the Olympics Romney ran, and awards him "Four Pinocchios" because he "managed to get just about everything wrong in this story, in what appears to be a misguided attempt to both promote American exceptionalism and ding President Obama."
Squid analysis: You'll recall that Obama in one stop during the 2008 campaign did NOT put his hand over his heart, so in that context, the motivation for this elevates it to a baldface manipulative lie... GO MITT GO! You sir, are a jackass who starts early!
Funny faked picture going around today with the caption "Says it all..."
Yeah, says it all except the current system we have in place forces both sides to do exactly the same thing, and neither side has any self interest in changing the rules, so we're stuck with corrupt mediocrity...
Of course he should. He does not have the power unilaterally to set aside their decision. He thinks it was a bad decision. That said, it's the law of the land, and he has every right to share that he thinks it sucks.
By your logic, every time a president disagrees with a SCOTUS decision, they're hypocrites then for enforcing them or abiding by them? W shouldn't say he thinks Roe v Wade was a bad call? Well he did, about a gazillion times.
Maybe this way will work:
According to the Constitution, what is the President's responsibility with regard to Federal Law, regardless of his personal views?
A little secret about Washington: Everyone loves this decision. Democrats get more money, strategists and pollsters and ad-makers get bigger checks; Republicans will use this to call Obama a hypocrite and to scare donors into giving them more money, which in turns means more money for their strategists, pollsters and ad-makers; and the media make more money as all of this is funneled into TV and Web ads. Incestuous, isnt it?