Under the heading, Romney Threatened To Cancel Univision Forum If Organizers Didn't Allow Him To Bus In Supporters, "ThinkProgress" on September 23, published a report of how Mitt Romney really did make that threat.
This writer cannot report this event better than ThinkProgress did: (2)
Mitt Romney packed the audience for a Univision forum earlier this week, BuzzFeed's McKay Coppins (3) reports, busing in local supporters "after exhausting the few conservative groups on campus. The campaign threatened to "reschedule" the event if organizers did not allow the "rowdy activists from around southern Florida in order to fill the extra seats at their town hall."(Don't you wish they had shown the tantrum, too?)
Romney also refused to come out on stage after the hosts introduced him by noting that he "had agreed to give the network 35 minutes, and that Obama had agreed to a full hour the next night." Univision re-taped the introduction after Romney allegedly "threw a tantrum."
During the event, Romney dodged four questions about whether he would maintain President Obama's directive allowing young undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States on a temporary basis and said that he is happy to be known as "the grandfather of Obamacare."(Romney promises to kill Obamacare, his own "grandchild!')
Romney has a history of padding the audience. During a speech before National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) in June, the GOP presidential candidate also brought in his supporters to the address.
Meanwhile, Care2's James Pieklo wonders whether we should care how the Romney campaign uses Ann Romney. Writing about how the Republicans treat women and women's rights, Pieklo says, "... we get a very clear picture of how the Right views women."
Ann's been sent out on the campaign trail to "humanize" her husband." The Romney campaign people stated that "We use Ann sparingly now, so that people don't get tired of her--or start attacking." The Romney quote came from the now-infamous video tape where Romney told his big-money backers that he's not really interested in the 47% of Americans.
Pieklo further reports that, "the idea that Ann is a woman to be kept and brought out at just the right moments is the worst kind of paternalism. Ann, it would appear, is a mere prop in her husband's ambitions, a bit actor in the narrative he's peddling to voters. But context is important--Mitt didn't make this comment to voters. Of course not. That kind of gaffe would only make his image worse with women voters, if that is even possible. Instead he confessed this campaign truth to his donors, the wealthy men (mostly) financing his farce." (4)
It gets even better! Ohio Gov. John Kasich added this gem: "It's not easy to be a spouse of an elected official. You know, they're at home, doing the laundry and doing so many things while we're up here on the stage getting a little bit of applause, right? They don't often share in it. And it is hard for the spouse to hear the criticism and to put up with the travel schedule and to have to be at home taking care of the kids. And where is the politician? Out on the road."
"The doting, suffering but loyal wife."
Wow, do those Republicans know how to court the women's vote, or what? The answer, of course, is "What?" This is where we have to use the vernacular, as in OMG! Are they serious? Of course, the best part is watching how a campaign implodes. History professors will no doubt use this as a prime example of how not to run a campaign. Using Ann Romney sparingly is a good thing for both sides, as "you people" won't have too much to use against her and Mitt.
The Battle between Democrats and Republicans is filled with little things, like contraception and abortion rights, and the right to vote, and bigotry with racism as a side dish.
Jeff Fecke, writing on Care2, (6) offers the warning that the Obama campaign must pay attention to the fact that Mitt Romney has high expectations for votes by Affluent White Males. He points out that "relatively-affluent white men are not enough to swing the election to Romney, they do help him in one significant area: they turn out."
Quoting a writer in Emily's List, Fecke continues:
If women, poorer voters, and non-white voters don't get to the polls in November, a 3-point lead can quickly turn into a 2-point deficit.
"It is mission critical that women turn out in November," said Jess McIntosh, a spokesperson for EMILY's List, a pro-choice advocacy group. "In 2008, 10 million more women turned out to vote than men did, and we all know what happened. In 2010, those women stayed home, and we ended up with the Tea Party House." (7)
There is much more to read, and think about; lots more that can be found even on the major networks' news programs. CBS' 60 Minutes, on September 23, was enlightening because of how the two candidates were contrasted. The major network news shows have been criticized by many for not reporting the lies of the Romney campaign, and the attacks by both sides. They have responded by reporting in more detail, making the truth of this campaign available to all viewers, not just the "choirs' of each side.
You, the reader, are urged to dig deeper into all of these reports, so that you are not conned into voting for the wrong candidate. Clearly, the wrong candidate -- in this writer's opinion -- is Mitt Romney; you must make up your own minds. More than that, you must " repeat, must " vote. This is not the year for you to waste your vote by staying home, or even by throwing that vote away on a third party candidate. That will only dilute the votes and give the wrong candidate a chance to take this election, especially if they continue to support voter suppression across the board.
Voting is not only your Right, it is your Responsibility.
1. Care2 online.
3. From TruthOut's BuzzFeed.
5. Photo from Donkey-hotey.