Strapped to the roof of his own karma: Romney ends up with 47% of vote

With ballots still being counted (ballots are still being counted?) in Maryland, New York and California, Mitt Romney’s share of the popular vote will dip below 47.5 percent, and round down to the now-infamous 47%.

Cue the irony.

Says Greg Sargent:

At risk of piling on, a 47 percent finish would represent a perfect conclusion to the Romney political saga. If Romney ran a campaign of unprecedented dishonesty and lack of transparency, virtually all of it was geared towards misleading people about the true nature of his — and his party’s — actual beliefs and governing agenda. This was the case on multiple fronts, from Romney’s dissembling about the size of the tax cut he’d give to the rich, to his evasions about the overhaul he and Paul Ryan planned for the safety net, to the obscuring of the massive upward redistribution of wealth represented by the Ryan agenda — the GOP’s central governing blueprint for nation’s fiscal and economic future.

Mitt Romney

Romney via Shutterstock

This entire election cycle I’ve felt something almost surreal about Mitt Romney.

He struck me as the caricature of everything people hate about politics. He was born to wealth and power, groomed his image to the point of being uncomfortably slick, buried his opponents in dark money, said absolutely whatever he felt necessary, lied, cheated, bullied and compromised whatever other principles he may have had for the sake of winning an election.

It’s only fitting that such a storybook villain of a candidate get a storybook villain’s comeuppance to end his campaign.

They say the arc of history bends towards justice.  It also has a way of kicking you on the way out.

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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27 Responses to “Strapped to the roof of his own karma: Romney ends up with 47% of vote”

  1. I strongly suspect that the reason Romney did not release his tax returns is that he was caught hiding money in Swiss bank accounts and avoided criminal penalties under the amnesty provision. If he thought releasing his returns would help him, he obviously would have done so, so the only possible conclusion is that he had something very big to hide.

  2. karmanot says:

    I’d settle for a Fed investigation into Tag Romney’s laundering of Dad’s money made in the Texan billionaire Allen Stanford’s Ponzi scheme.

  3. Bill_Perdue says:

    40% of
    eligible voters didn’t bother to vote in this counterfeit electoral version of pin the tail on the lesser evil contest, Obama got about 30% of the total eligible vote and what’s his name got a bit under 30%. SF Examiner 12 06 2012 and about 206 million Americans were eligible to vote.

    Democrat political prostitutes retained the WH and Senate and Rethug political prostitutes retained the House. Their victories were a defeat for working people, women, people of color, the GLBT communities and the antiwar movement. Because of restrictive and anti-democratic voting laws left parties are always effectively kept off the ballot and out of the news

    Of the eligible voters a total of 146 million Americans, or about 75%, actually registered to vote. That’s an unusually high ratio that reflects mounting rage about the depression and insistent demands for positive action by voters. Of those registered voters Obama got roughly a bit over 50% of the total final vote (as distinguished from both the eligible and registered votes). Romney got under 48%
    of the total vote. Approximately one quarter didn’t register and among registered voters about one third didn’t vote. Obama and Romney split half of the eligible vote and non voters comprised the other half of eligible voters.

    It was clear throughout the campaign that working people were desperate for solutions to unemployment, the Depression and for an end to wars of aggression and high GI causalities. It was clear that workers wanted socialized medicine. They were offered no solutions. Obama said he was for excellence in education, which we know from their actions in Chicago means busting teachers unions. As for the rest Obama and Romney engaged in personal attacks and little else. Romney correctly accused Obama for forgetting the unemployed but conveniently omitted the fact that many of them are victims of his own corporate piracy. Obama was telling the truth when he accused Romney of having a callous attitude towards workers but declined to say why he’s done nothing real or substantial to reduce the nearly 15%, four year long run of the violence of unemployment, poverty and homelessness.

    Both ignored their health insurance reform plans because there are so few differences. Romney because he wanted to attract Teaparty voters and Obama because he didn’t want it known that he and Romney agreed on making insurance companies, HMOs and big Pharma richer at the expense of workers, especially poorer workers and seniors. During the next four years Democrats will do anything and everything to please the rich and so will Republicans.

    Both pretended to have differences about the prosecution of mad dog wars of aggression against Arabs and muslims and out did each other in promising to supply more bullets and phosphorous bombs for zionist ethnic cleansers.

    Both promised to increase the level of forced austerity and continue attacks on the last shreds of the Bill of Rights. They aim to gut entitlements like Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid. Both agreed to continue to attack teachers unions under the guise of ‘excellence’ in education. Neither will let up on their attack on unions because it’s the key to driving down workers wages and engorging the rich at
    the expense of workers.

    Working people are out in the cold with gutless union leaders and another failed election with no solutions in sight. We have no choice but to build workers parties and create a workers government.

  4. Sweetie says:

    Hardly. The world is so unfair the word obscene doesn’t even begin to describe it.

  5. Sweetie says:

    You can add in all the Dems, including Bill Clinton, who supported Gramm-Leach-Bliley, too.

  6. D.w. Skinner says:

    I felt the same thing… like he was the perfect James bond villan..

  7. silas1898 says:

    But that would make the Democrats look MEAN! And we can’t have that. Clinton let them off the hook in 1993+ and look what that got him. Impeached for a blow job and that whole insane circus.

    Jimmy Carter was a wuss and Democrats in general are wussies. It’s pathetic. Look how Dumbya took his election theft as a “mandate” and rolled the Democrats. Jeffords flipping in 2001 slowed them down a tad.

    When Ford pardoned Nixon, they should have impeached his sorry ass too. Obstruction of Justice in a big way. He would have been re-elected if it wasn’t for his boneheaded comment that there was no Soviet domination of eastern Europe.

  8. UncleBucky says:

    I am just wondering how long Romney and Ryan will receive Secret Service protection. OBVIOUSLY not that I… But what is the process for letting a loser go back behind the woodwork? ;O)

  9. UncleBucky says:

    Sweet Karma with whipped cream, and a maraschino cherry on top!

  10. zorbear says:

    No, it will not happen again in 2016. They will WIN in 2016 because voters, historically, will not vote for 12 years in a row of Democratic presidents…and for some reason they think GOP Presidents will be less crooked, in spite of what actually happens…

  11. lynchie says:

    Yeah. His jumpsuit will have a Laurin logo and be fitted and pressed.

  12. BeccaM says:

    This here is the photograph of Mitt Romney from a few days ago that, every time I look at it, feels like I’m mainlining schadenfruede while simultaneously having the pleasure center of my brain receive constant milliwatt jolts.

    It is the picture of a man destined for forgotten obscurity. A man who in a generation will be a Jeopardy question nobody gets. A man who, whenever anybody actually does remember anything about him — Democrat, Republican, Independent, or whatever — will say, “Oh yeah, the flip-flopping liar who thought he could buy the presidency.”

    I’ll let the Rude Pundit sum up for me: “But when he sees that picture up there of Mitt Romney, hair finally disheveled, looking for all the world like Ward Cleaver after taking an axe to his annoying goddamn kids? That shit is like smoking opium while getting blown on a mountain top. The only way it could be better is if pumping gas was now Romney’s job.”

    Yeah… but I’d settle for an IRS investigation into whether Mr. Romneyshambles has been engaging in illegal foreign investment and tax dodging activities. Y’know, the kind of charges that would bring on prison time.

    Ooooh… the thought of Mitt Romney wearing a blue denim prison jumpsuit… I’d better stop now.

  13. Yeah, but she’s a fair bitch.

  14. I’d like to add to your list of criminals and white collar political crime the meeting in January 2009 where
    Frank Luntz – GOP Minister of Propaganda
    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
    Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)
    Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA),
    Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX),
    Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX),
    Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI)
    Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA)
    Sen. Jim DeMint (SC-R),
    Sen. Jon Kyl (AZ-R),
    Sen. Tom Coburn (OK-R),
    Sen. John Ensign (NV-R) and
    Sen. Bob Corker (TN-R)
    and Newt Gingrich plotted to sabotage the economy just to try and bring President Obama down. Then in March of the same year Pete Sessions said republicans should follow the model of the Taliban in their battles against President Obama. Many would consider these acts as tantamount to treason because these men acted upon this plot, yet there has been no outrage and Ryan was allowed to run for VP.

    Not all of these non-apprehended criminals are Obama’s fault… For example, Newt’s 84 ethical violations and his slap on the wrists occurred long before Obama had the power to do anything about it. But there are some things he can… Bush43, the men listed above, Romney etc, those he can do something about and I’m with you on calling out the Obama administration to start investigating these criminals.

  15. jsmithutes says:

    I have wondered out loud many times, why Bush,Cheney, and Rove have not been hanging from a rope for the so called” war”against Iraq. If these are not among the worst war criminals of my 60 yrs. I don’t know what we would call them. I agree with you, where is the justice. Jim

  16. leliorisen says:

    Had the vote in NY, NJ and CT not been suppressed by Sandy, I daresay the number could have been closer to 46%.

  17. A reader in Colorado says:

    And Justice would be Romney IN PRISON, not losing a Presidential election he never belonged in in the first place and whining about it, nor Obamabots crowing about how the Obama administration was so lacadaisical they let a criminal run for high office and won the election because of it.

  18. A reader in Colorado says:

    It’s gonna get ugly. I wonder how the would be successor to the Obama administration is going to explain these people being allowed to run riot is explained and when it is asked, once again, why politically running against these people while never enforcing the law against them is somehow honest behavior.

  19. mf_roe says:

    Don’t waste your breath, Obama is about to give the New Deal the coup de gras.

  20. A reader in Colorado says:

    I can tell you what felt surreal to you about a Mitt Romney candidacy, that you can’t put your finger on it because it involves castigating the Dear Leader, and that unconsciously any Obama supporter’s mental fingers tiptoe right past that point:

    That the guy, Romney, and half of his competitors, perhaps, should have been, should be, sitting in a jail cell instead of running for the Presidency of the United States. And the fault that he isn’t sitting in a jail cell, in addition to almost unbelievably lax laws, is an unbeleivably lax Justice Department, or one whose priorities are so screwed up as to be ludicrous.

    That the guy was stuffing cash in the Cayman Islands and Switzerland and paying almost nothing in taxes on millions of dollars in income and was challenging the man whose Justice Department should have had the man so bound up in criminal investigations that he couldn’t breathe, let alone run for political office.

    That we have a Presidency whose lack of care about criminal accountability for powerful people is so vast, it almost destroyed his own second term.

    That we have people, including Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney who have been running literally criminal rackets or else rackets so stinking of criminal behavior that they should have had hundreds of federal investigators all over them. That they’ve been treated as hands-off pets by the Obama administration itself.

    It was “surreal” that a Presidency could be so uncaring about outright criminality that people who are almost gangsters were almost allowed to topple it, and that the only thing that saved them were people who were so afraid of the very gangsters the Presidency WOULD NOT DEAL WITH saved them.

    And what about Sheldon Adelson? What about the people running CRIMINAL RACKETS worldwide, funding these assholes? Why aren’t they sitting in prison?

    Will you ever join me in screaming for the Obama administration to start enforcing the law? Or is talking about the consequences of not enforcing the law to prop up this administration, to make this administration look GOOD instead of being so lacadaisical, so uncaring about plutocrats that those self same plutocrats rise up to destroy them, good enough?

    The Mitt Romneys of this world, THEIR ENTIRE NON-JAILED EXISTENCE, is the Obama Administration’s FAULT, and that of the Democratic Party in general.

    And it will happen again in 2016.

  21. DCinDC says:

    Dem Senator Introduces Bill To Lift Social Security’s Tax Cap, Extend Its Solvency For Decades

  22. karmanot says:

    Mega loser Mitty following the course of cause and effect.

  23. RonThompson says:

    So he’ll wind up one point higher than Dukakis, who got 46%. No Democrat since Clinton in 1992 has received less than 48%; Romney becomes the fourth Republican in six elections to do so.

  24. Tor says:

    Too bad (for him) that his speech was not about the 51%. Karma’s a bitch.

  25. TheOriginalLiz says:

    Aint karma a b*tch

  26. FLL says:

    Oh, no! Mittens is as powerless to escape the cycle of action and reaction as his dog was to escape his car-roof cage. Absolutely hilarious. The metaphysics of the Vedas in action. Om:

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