Dumb quote of the... good gods. Seriously? What is wrong with this man?

>> Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I appreciate the fact that she is on the ground, safe and sound. And I don't think she knows just how worried some of us were. When you have a fire in an aircraft, there's no place to go, exactly, there's no--and you can't find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don't open. I don't know why they don't do that. It's a real problem. So it's very dangerous. And she was choking and rubbing her eyes. Fortunately, there was enough oxygen for the pilot and copilot to make a safe landing in Denver. But she's safe and sound.
- Mitt Romney, as quoted by



David Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 11:10:00 AM EDT  

Speaking as a former firefighter, the thing that bothers me about Romney's quote is his assumption that the proper response to an interior fire is to add oxygen to the environment.

Actually, no. That's just me being snarky, which is fun but not constructive.

What bothers me about Romney's quote is the sheer thoughtlessness of it. I get it - he's upset about his wife being in danger, even after it is clear she is now safe, and he spoke without thinking. I can forgive him being upset. But this is just part of a long pattern of thoughtless statements on Romney's part that I find extremely troubling.

This is the guy who managed to create a diplomatic incident with our staunchest ally over a sporting event. This is the guy who attacked the sitting president during an ongoing terrorist attack. He does not think before he speaks.

If you're going to be President, you must weigh your words, because the weight of that office gives those words more impact than otherwise. Romney doesn't get this. I can't imagine he has no advisors telling him this - and still he doesn't get it.


Janiece Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 12:23:00 PM EDT  

Hey, I fly almost every week. From now on, I'm TOTALLY going to demand airplanes with windows that roll down. BECAUSE I WANT TO TOUCH THE CLOUDS, BABY.


Clearly, cream no longer rises to the top in the RNC.

TimBo Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 1:29:00 PM EDT  

Could he really be the best the RNC has to offer? Have the Teabaggers so much power that no one with any sense can be nominated? I don't want to be paranoid, but I wonder if some powerful people are thinking something like, "It'll take at least another four years for the economy to rebound, let's make sure a Democrat is seen to be in charge of all that suffering. Let's run someone who has no chance."

I'm rather cynical about politics and politicians for that matter so I may be way off base. On the other hand, I think that Kim Campbell was made the first Canadian female Prime Minister by the conservative Progressive Conservative (not at all progressive) party so they could claim not to be sexist. Her campaign for re-election was so badly managed that I don't think you could come to any conclusion other than that the PC party knew they were going to lose the election and didn't really try t get her reelected.

[I used to be timb111, now I see I'm TimBo. Stay tuned for my new Single Grandpa blog! ;-]

TimBo Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 2:31:00 PM EDT  

And just so I don't sound totally paranoid, I do lean towards the idea that the Teabaggers have more to do with Romney's nomination than a secret cabal at the top of the RNC. Though a secret cabal would be more interesting.

Steve Buchheit Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 3:20:00 PM EDT  

You know, GHW Bush was astonished by checkout barcode scanners when the rest of us were used to them. But AT LEAST HE FUCKIN' GOT HOW THEY WORKED AND WAS AMAZED. I just… I just can't… there aren't enough bread crumbs in the world to travel where he's at and return safely.

Carol Elaine Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 6:15:00 PM EDT  

TimBo, I don't really think the Teabaggers had much to do with Romney's selection. If the Teabaggers had their way, Bachmann, Perry or Santorum would be the GOP nominee. I think because Romney was the least crazy of the choices considered viable by the RNC (and, before his nomination, the least likely to totally put his foot in his mouth) is why his name is on the ballot.

Unfortunately for Romney (and fortunately for us), his complete disconnect with the majority of Americans (and scientific principles) is becoming all too clear these days.

Joe Biden may be gaffe prone, but from what I've seen, his gaffes still have some basis in reality - it's more about him being excited and not engaging his mental brake before engaging his mouth. And unlike Romney, he's cognizant enough about foreign policy that he does think before he speaks.

(I admit it, I like Joe Biden. He ain't perfect - I certainly don't agree with him about everything - but he's my kinda guy. Maybe because I tend to those sorts of gaffes myself...)

Megan Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 8:59:00 AM EDT  

I'm going with "this was a joke". It just had to be.

Eric Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 12:08:00 PM EDT  

Megan, others are saying Romney was joking as well. Could be, at that, though I'm less-convinced than others appear to be.

I won't go as far as Rachel Maddow did when she said Romney couldn't possibly be joking when talking about his wife being in danger or that if he was joking it says anything dubious about his character--I've been known to whistle past graveyards, myself. But I would have to say if Romney was joking, he demonstrated yet again that he can't tell a joke.

It's a further bad sign when you've been so prone to foot-in-mouth disease, nobody can tell when you're trying to be funny anymore.

Konstantin Burlak Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 12:59:00 PM EDT  

Rolling windows on the airplane. Think about it. Fly-through Starbucks! McDonalds blimpto shut the kids up on the longer flights. The opportunities are limitless.

Leanright,  Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 1:48:00 PM EDT  

At least she's okay. It was just a "Bump in the Road", like four dead from and embassy attack.

You people amaze me sometimes at the lines you focus on. Really.

I guess that's just the audience here.

Eric Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 4:11:00 PM EDT  

I'm happy to still amaze, Dave--especially to be able to still amaze as old and faithful a member of the audience here as yourself. Thanks!

Leanright,  Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 6:39:00 PM EDT  

I guess what shocks me the most is that I didn't hear "I wish that bitch died! It would serve Romney right for being wealthy"!

Eric Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 7:53:00 PM EDT  




Well. Alrighty then. Hm. How about that? So. Okay, then.

Eric Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 7:55:00 PM EDT  


(Dave, there are professionals who can totally help you with any issues you're having.)

Leanright,  Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 10:53:00 AM EDT  

Sometimes I wish I could go back and delete my comments.

Eric Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 11:05:00 AM EDT  

You should be able to delete your own comments, Dave.

But as a blog moderator I'm reluctant to delete responses which may reference those comments. It's a tough call, because I certainly respect someone's right to retract an ill-advised statement or to modify their position; on the other hand, I'm not a fan of the empty retraction or someone scrubbing the record (I'm not accusing you of that, Dave, I'm actually just trying to explain a position). I also wouldn't say there's an absolute rule--I can certainly imagine deleting a comments thread where everybody is just better off with the whole thing going down the memory hole. Then again, sometimes it's good to have those kinds of things around to remind us to be humble.

It's nothing personal, either way.

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