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Romney’s “Bully” Pulpit (Updated: New Music Video)

This Mitt Romney gay bullying issue seems to have legs. As we all know by now, The Washington Post published a story about the Republican nominee’s youth that is extremely unflattering. According to five of Romney’s exclusive prep-school classmates, when Romney was 18 years old he rounded up a group of friends to pin down another student who happened to be gay and haphazardly hacked off his hair. During the incident, the boy was terrified and reduced to tears. By the way, the five witnesses were all eyewitnesses to the event. The Post also recounted another incident in which Romney shouted “atta girl” to a different student at the all-boys’ school who, years later, came out as being gay. Of course there is also the example of Romney bullying his dog, Seamus by means of strapping him to the roof of his care for a 12 hour trip to Canada during which time the terrified pet was reduced to defecating all over the vehicle (Seamus’ sexual orientation is unknown).

There is a particularly disturbing aspect to Romney’s reaction to the bullying incident in high school. During an interview on Fox News (where else?), Romney laughingly remarked, “I participated in a lot of hijinks and pranks during high school and some may have gone too far. And for that I apologize. If there was anything I said that was offensive to someone, I certainly am sorry about that. There was no harm intended.” He went on to say he did not remember the incidents from long ago, but didn’t dispute that they happened. He stressed that he didn’t know either student was gay. He said, “I had no idea what that individual’s sexual orientation might be.” So which one is it? If Romney is to be believed when he says he does not remember the incidents, then how can he remember that he had no idea of his victims’ sexual orientations? He cannot have it both ways. And making matters worse, he actually laughed while speaking about these incidents and referred to bullying as mere “hijinks and pranks”.

Also last week, Romney’s openly gay foreign policy spokesman, Richard Grenell, resigned, implying that social conservatives had driven him out of the job, which once again thrust the gay issue into the campaign. But we digress. As mentioned above, the Romney bullying story is gaining traction and is now finding its way on to late night television.

Last night Comedian Bill Maher was a guest on Conan O’Brien’s show and the topic was Romney’s bullying (BTW, who is the guy sitting to Maher’s right? He looks very familiar).

Here’s hoping the spotlight stays on Romney and this issue for quite some time leading up to the election.

UPDATE:  “Mitt Romney, the Demon Barber of Wall Street” video

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s song parody.

Mack The Knife” song link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEllHMWkXEU

MITT THE KNIFE

 (sung to the Bobby Darin song “Mack The Knife”)

Oh, that Mitt babe, has straight teeth, dear
And he shows them pearly white
And a jackknife plus a sharp switchblade
Romney keeps them out of sight

You know when that Mitt bites, with his teeth, babe
Bully stories start to spread
Cranebrook School though is just so preppy
So there’s never, never a long-haired head

On a sidewalk, blue Sunday mornin’, oh yeah
Lies a young lad, who fears for life
There’s someone sneakin’ ‘round a corner
Yes that someone is Mitt the Knife

There’s a “sissy”, down by the bubbler, don’t you know?
With a blond-dyed shag, just a droopin’ on down
Oh, Mitt Romney is just, he’s hiding in wait there
Five or maybe ten of Mitt’s boys circling round

Now d’ja hear ‘bout Richie Grenell? He disappeared babe
After bringin’ in, all that donor cash
But Mitt Romney says, “Rich is too gay”, yeah
So Romney dumped Grenell, in the trash

Ol’ Mitt’s a liar, ho, ho, yeah and he’s tawdry
Gay adoption oh yeah, upon that Romney frowns
There’s a hate storm on the right, babe
Now that Romney rules their town…

Ol’ Mitt’s a liar and he’s tawdry
Look out civil unions oh yeah, upon them Romney frowns
There’s a hate storm on the right, babe
Now that Romney’s………….. in our town…

Look out, ol’ Mitt he’s back!

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Romney’s “Bully” Pulpit (Updated: New Music Video)

This Mitt Romney gay bullying issue seems to have legs. As we all know by now, The Washington Post published a story about the Republican nominee’s youth that is extremely unflattering. According to five of Romney’s exclusive prep-school classmates, when Romney was 18 years old he rounded up a group of friends to pin down another student who happened to be gay and haphazardly hacked off his hair. During the incident, the boy was terrified and reduced to tears. By the way, the five witnesses were all eyewitnesses to the event. The Post also recounted another incident in which Romney shouted “atta girl” to a different student at the all-boys’ school who, years later, came out as being gay. Of course there is also the example of Romney bullying his dog, Seamus by means of strapping him to the roof of his care for a 12 hour trip to Canada during which time the terrified pet was reduced to defecating all over the vehicle (Seamus’ sexual orientation is unknown).

There is a particularly disturbing aspect to Romney’s reaction to the bullying incident in high school. During an interview on Fox News (where else?), Romney laughingly remarked, “I participated in a lot of hijinks and pranks during high school and some may have gone too far. And for that I apologize. If there was anything I said that was offensive to someone, I certainly am sorry about that. There was no harm intended.” He went on to say he did not remember the incidents from long ago, but didn’t dispute that they happened. He stressed that he didn’t know either student was gay. He said, “I had no idea what that individual’s sexual orientation might be.” So which one is it? If Romney is to be believed when he says he does not remember the incidents, then how can he remember that he had no idea of his victims’ sexual orientations? He cannot have it both ways. And making matters worse, he actually laughed while speaking about these incidents and referred to bullying as mere “hijinks and pranks”.

Also last week, Romney’s openly gay foreign policy spokesman, Richard Grenell, resigned, implying that social conservatives had driven him out of the job, which once again thrust the gay issue into the campaign. But we digress. As mentioned above, the Romney bullying story is gaining traction and is now finding its way on to late night television.

Last night Comedian Bill Maher was a guest on Conan O’Brien’s show and the topic was Romney’s bullying (BTW, who is the guy sitting to Maher’s right? He looks very familiar).

Here’s hoping the spotlight stays on Romney and this issue for quite some time leading up to the election.

UPDATE:  “Mitt Romney, the Demon Barber of Wall Street” video

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s song parody.

Mack The Knife” song link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEllHMWkXEU

MITT THE KNIFE

 (sung to the Bobby Darin song “Mack The Knife”)

Oh, that Mitt babe, has straight teeth, dear
And he shows them pearly white
And a jackknife plus a sharp switchblade
Romney keeps them out of sight

You know when that Mitt bites, with his teeth, babe
Bully stories start to spread
Cranebrook School though is just so preppy
So there’s never, never a long-haired head

On a sidewalk, blue Sunday mornin’, oh yeah
Lies a young lad, who fears for life
There’s someone sneakin’ ‘round a corner
Yes that someone is Mitt the Knife

There’s a “sissy”, down by the bubbler, don’t you know?
With a blond-dyed shag, just a droopin’ on down
Oh, Mitt Romney is just, he’s hiding in wait there
Five or maybe ten of Mitt’s boys circling round

Now d’ja hear ‘bout Richie Grenell? He disappeared babe
After bringin’ in, all that donor cash
But Mitt Romney says, “Rich is too gay”, yeah
So Romney dumped Grenell, in the trash

Ol’ Mitt’s a liar, ho, ho, yeah and he’s tawdry
Gay adoption oh yeah, upon that Romney frowns
There’s a hate storm on the right, babe
Now that Romney rules their town…

Ol’ Mitt’s a liar and he’s tawdry
Look out civil unions oh yeah, upon them Romney frowns
There’s a hate storm on the right, babe
Now that Romney’s………….. in our town…

Look out, ol’ Mitt he’s back!

Obama Endorses Gay Marriage While Romney Endorses Gay Bashing

Timing is everything.

In a speech delivered earlier this week, President Barack Obama made the historic announcement that he endorses same-sex marriage. He is the first sitting President of the United States to offer such support to the gay community. President Obama’s announcement is certain to bolster his already overwhelming approval from the gay community inasmuch as it is coupled with his administration’s call for the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy and his decision to order the Justice Department to stop defending the federal Defense of Marriage Act. In retrospect, the timing of this announcement was perfect.

As for Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney,… not so much. Romney is also in the spotlight this week relative to the gay community but the news for him is all bad. CBS News reports that at a time when Romney is not well defined and seeking to introduce himself to general-election voters, The Washington Post has published a story about the Republican nominee’s youth that is extremely unflattering. According to five of Romney’s exclusive prep-school classmates, when Romney was 18 years old he rounded up a group of friends to pin down another student who happened to be gay and haphazardly cut his hair while the boy was terrified and reduced to tears. Think bullying. The paper recounted another incident in which Romney shouted “atta girl” to a different student at the all-boys’ school who, years later, came out as gay. Also last week, Romney’s openly gay foreign policy spokesman, Richard Grenell, resigned, implying that social conservatives had driven him out of the job, which thrust the gay issue into the campaign. Romney of course, not only opposes gay marriage, but civil unions as well. It is evident that whatever little  support from the gay community Mitt Romney once had (in 1994 he proclaimed himself “better than Ted Kennedy” on matters of gay rights), it will now be decreasing rapidly if it has not been completely lost.

There is a particularly disturbing aspect to Romney’s reaction to the bullying incident in high school. During an interview on Fox News (where else?), Romney laughingly remarked, “I participated in a lot of hijinks and pranks during high school and some may have gone too far. And for that I apologize. If there was anything I said that was offensive to someone, I certainly am sorry about that. There was no harm intended.” He want on to say he did not remember the incidents from long ago, but didn’t dispute that it happened. He stressed that he didn’t know either student was gay. He said, “I had no idea what that individual’s sexual orientation might be.” So which one is it? If Romney is to be believed when he says he does not remember the incidents, then how can he remember that he had no idea of his victims’ sexual orientations? He cannot have it both ways. And making matters worse, he actually laughed while speaking about these incidents and referred to bullying as mere “hijinks and pranks”.

Romney’s response and recollection (or lack thereof) of the events does not sit well with one of his former classmates who was a witness to the hair-cutting event. CNN reports that Phillip Maxwell confirmed the story, first reported in the Washington Post. However, he insisted the incident was far worse than a high school prank. He said, “I’m a lawyer. I know what an assault is. This kid was scared. He was terrified. That’s an assault.” Maxwell went on to say, “He (Romney) says he doesn’t remember it and I find it difficult to believe. It’s unfortunate that Mitt simply hasn’t owned up to his behavior.” He also said the episode is “relevant” in the campaign as a window into Romney’s character.

Cheers to President Obama and Jeers to Mitt Romney.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s song parody.

“Johnny B. Goode” song link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8JULmUlGDA

ROMNEY’S NO GOOD

 (sung to the Chuck Berry song “Johnny B. Goode”)

Way down Louisiana and in New Orleans
Mitt Romney looked dejected in his pressed blue jeans
He’s not very welcomed in that neighborhood
He’s not a country boy and they think he’s no good
They never ever saw a person lie so well
They are not really so sure that Mormons can avoid hell

No No
No Romney No
No
No Romney No
No
No Romney No
No
No Romney No
No
Romney’s no good!

Mitt Romney was a pro-choice star but then he went back
He fathered RomneyCare and that is a fact
Oh, the Mitt(wit) penned his dog in a kennel he made
Up on top of his car, the dog was afraid
People passing by they would point and say
Who treats a dear family pet that way?

No No
No Romney No
No
No Romney No
No
No Romney No
No
No Romney No
No
Romney’s no good!

(Tax Break For The Rich)

Mitt Romney is nothing but a flip-flopping man
He changes his positions as fast as he can
He once liked gun laws, now says they’re unsound
He’ll take any position that gains him some ground
Mitt’s really nothing but a John McCain-Lite
Sorry Romney’s no good tonight

No No
No Romney No
No No No Romney No
No No No Romney No
No No No Romney No
No
Romney’s no good!