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April 23, 2012

CookieGate Joins the War

Filed under: Uncategorized — trp2011 @ 7:36 PM
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Before the incessant “war”—the one on terrorism, Christmas, Easter, salt, potatoes, etc.—there was the “gate.” Mostly invisible for the past few years after Sarah Palin’s infamous “Troopergate” episode, “gate” is back—in CookieGate. The news went across the country from the Wall Street Journal to the LA Times.

When the almost-annointed Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, set up a staged meet with four Republican couples in Bethel Park (PA) for a friendly chat last week, he started his conversation by ridiculing the cookies in front of them. Looking at a plate of lady locks, thumbprints, and other delicacies, he said, “I’m not sure about these cookies. They don’t look like you made them. No, no. They came from the local 7-Eleven, bakery, or whatever.” Little did he know that a nearby beloved bakery, opened in 1955 by the current baker’s father, had prepared the variety tray especially to celebrate Romney’s.

”Mitt Romney is right,” said chirpy 7-Eleven spokesperson Margaret Chabris. “There are bakeries dedicated just to delivering and making fresh baked goods every day, 365 days a year, for 7-Eleven stores. So we were very amused, because he got it right.” Chabris added that 7-Eleven will “send some [cookies] to his campaign headquarters in Boston so he can try them out.” What an amazing spin when the real cookies didn’t come from 7-Eleven!

Meanwhile the Bethel Bakery offered a “CookieGate Special”—a free half-dozen cookies with the purchase of a dozen cookies—for the two days after Romney’s gaffe. The Obama campaign had already ordered a tray of five dozen cookies, the same platter that Romney mocked, for its campaign before the sale.

Faithful customers were not amused by Romney’s rude comments. “Maybe he’s just used to eating cookies with diamonds in them,” one said on Facebook. Another contributed, “I think the Bethel Bakery should make a new cookie, called ‘The Romney’, and have the top be encrusted with something that resembles diamonds.” Even local GOP candidates were bothered by Romney’s bad-mannered remarks, including Evan Feinberg, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, for his 18th Congressional District seat. Feinberg said on his Twitter page: “Huge mistake. Bethel Bakery is an institution around here!”

If this were Romney’s first blunder and if he had apologized, there might be less attention paid to his discourteous off-hand observations. We know, however, that neither of these is true, and Romney has shown his total lack of concern for small businesses, giving the corporation 7-Eleven publicity in his remarks without noting—even after his gaffe—the consideration of a small business.

Romney opens his mouth and a stupid comments seems to fly out. Yesterday as he auditioned Marco Rubio for potential vice-president at a press conference in Pennsylvania, he opened his speech with this statement like this: this is where you get to ask questions, and I circumvent them.

When he’s not making mistakes, Romney is either lying or showing the bravado that demonstrates how out-of-touch he is with people. When he complains about the hundreds of millions that President Obama will receive in donations from unions, he is totally unaware of the fact that unions have provided only ten percent of political donations from organizations compared to the 90 percent that comes from wealthy corporations, usually for Republican causes and candidates.

Addressing a group of state Republican party leaders in Arizona, Romney said about the proposed Keystone project, “I will build that pipeline if I have to do it myself.” This affirmation might bring up images of John Henry to some, but others may see it as Romney’s potential ability to do this because of his wealth. This statement is reminiscent of his offer to bet Rick Perry $10,000 in one of last fall’s debates. Romney also ignores the facts—that existing cross-border pipelines could carry perhaps 1 million additional barrels of oil per day and that the proposed Keystone pipeline would employ only 13,000 people instead of the ten-fold numbers that Republicans have tossed around.

Rachel Maddow, one of the top political researchers in the nation, has said this about Romney: “This is not a normal amount of politician lying. He lies about himself, he lies about the president, he lies about everything! [Romney lies] arguably more than any modern candidate for major office, and there are a lot of creeps among them,” and [he is] “utterly unashamed, unprecedented deceit.”

Romney’s behavior illustrates the reason that people don’t trust government, but the same people who don’t trust government are more likely to vote for Romney. Go figure!

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