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Scott Prouty revealed himself on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” Wednesday night as the bartender who shot a damaging video of Mitt Romney dismissing President Obama’s supporters during a closed-press fundraiser last year.

“I was behind this whole thing,” Prouty said.

The bartender said he brought a camera to the Boca Raton, Fla. fundraiser in case Romney came back to take pictures with the staff, as former president Bill Clinton had done at another event Prouty worked. ”I didn’t go there with a grudge against Romney,” he said. “I really had no idea he would say what he said.”

Prouty grew up in a blue-collar neighborhood in Boston, he said. He said he felt that people who couldn’t afford to attend a high-priced fundraiser should get a chance “to find out what the candidate actually thinks.”

He said he struggled for two weeks with whether or not to release the video and risk his own career. He did not have health insurance. After wrestling with the decision, he decided it would be cowardly not to release the video: “I went down the path and never looked back.”

quickhits:

Romney admits to telling people what they wanted to hear.

It’s a weird coincidence. The same day I came across the old and arcane political word “snollygoster,” I come across the perfect example of one. According to Taegan Goddard’s Political Dictionary, a snollygoster is:

A politician who will go to any lengths to win public office, regardless of party affiliation or platform.

Mitt Romney is most definitely a snollygoster.

Business Insider:

Mitt Romney gave his first extensive postmortem interview Sunday after his 2012 election loss, appearing on “Fox News Sunday” alongside his wife, Ann.

Fox News host Chris Wallace asked Romney to explain what many saw as the downfall of his campaign — the leaked comments about the so-called “47 percent.” In trying to explain them away, he might have revealed why he really lost.

Romney told Wallace that it was a “very unfortunate statement that I made.”

“You know, when you speak in private, you don’t spend as much time thinking about how something could be twisted and distorted, and it could come out wrong and be used,” Romney said.

“But, you know, it did. And it was very harmful. What I said is not what I believe.”

This may or may not be true. It may be that Mittens is just display an emotion rarely seen in modern Republicans: shame — although, that’s not a bet I’d place. But one thing’s for sure, that collection of gold-plated elites he was speaking to sure believed it. So that’s what he told them. Because he’d tell anyone anything to get elected.

BI’s Brett LoGiurato goes on to quote The American Conservative’s Daniel Larison on Mitt’s honesty — and Larison is scathing:

[I]t never mattered whether Romney “really” believed what he was saying, because it became clear years ago that he would have said almost anything to win. In that case, it was a good bet that Romney was always more likely to lie to his audience than not, and for that reason he disqualified himself through sheer, overwhelming dishonesty. When in doubt, it was safe to assume that Romney was lying, and it was usually safe to assume the worst about his intentions. If there was a chance that he might cave in to hard-liners and ideologues in his party, there was no reason to believe that he would ever stand up to them. When the 47% remarks came out, it didn’t matter whether he believed what he had said, because he had been willing to say it and he had done so because he was so desperate to appeal to the worst elements in his party.

A snollygoster, ladies and gentleman. In the truest sense of the word. Thank whatever force it is that you believe in that Mitt Romney lost.

[image via DonkeyHotey]

Snollygoster. Good word. Also, why is Romney getting so much attention? Didn’t he lose? I don’t remember Kerry and/or Gore going on TV after their elections and whining about how they didn’t get a pony.

austexpaul:

Capital Area Asian American Democrats Lunar New Year Fortune Cookie (making fun of Mitt Romney). (at Satay)

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Oh, how I miss being a part of CAAAD!

ccindecision:

What will happen when we use Google Glass to look at politicians?

(More.)

I thought that would have been Nov. 6. ;)

inothernews:

brooklynmutt:

It’s haunting him 

Heh.

They do realize that President Obama can’t run again, right?

yahoopolitics:

Yahoo’s Rachel Rose Hartman reports:

Mitt Romney’s claim in a campaign ad that President Barack Obama “sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China” earned PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year,” the site announced on Wednesday.

“The Jeep ad was brazenly false,” Angie Drobnic Holan wrote in her analysis.

The Romney campaign ran the ad in the final weeks of the campaign, drawing sharp rebukes from the automakers and public condemnation from the Obama campaign.

Romney first claimed Jeep was moving to China in a late October campaign speech in Ohio, citing “reports,” which he later identified in his ad as a story by Bloomberg News.

But Chrysler immediately rejected the claim, saying the company was reviewing adding production in China, not moving production out of the United States. Chrysler also noted that the Bloomberg story was misinterpreted.

think-progress:

The first photo of Obama taking Romney’s concession call. If only we could see the other end of the line. via

Savoring… :)

(via theatlantic)

Former presidential candidate and Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is rejoining Marriott International’s board of directors.

He’s held the post with the hotel chain twice before. The first time was from 1993 to 2002, when he left to campaign for governor of Massachusetts, and from 2009 to 2011, when he left to start his campaign for the presidency.

Romney has been connected to the Marriott dynasty all of his life. He was named after J.W. Marriott. Romney’s full name is Willard Mitt Romney and Marriott’s was John Willard Marriott. Marriott, who founded the company in 1927, was close friends with Romney’s father.

There’s no aide to make his peanut-butter-and-honey sandwiches.
The people who showed up to vote on November 6 were younger and less white than Team Romney anticipated.

Great comment:

I have seen quite a few articles wondering why such a high percentage of Asian voters (73%) went for Obama instead of Romney and almost all of them have made me deeply uncomfortable. As OP states, they’re nearly always written by white American men who are examining Asian Americans in this creepy, dehumanizing way. Stereotypes abound.

What’s particularly obnoxious about the articles examining the Asian vote is that hardly any of them to mention how diverse the ‘Asian’ demographic is, especially in terms of class, which is what a lot of these analyses focus on. But no—Asians are just an indistinguishable mass. Same with ‘the black vote’ and ‘the Latin@ vote’.

Meanwhile, whites are have always been carefully broken down into many distinct sub-racial demographics: soccer moms, rural, urban, blue collar workers, the wealthy, the religious, students and young people. It’s only very recently that I’ve seen main stream media outlets acknowledge the fact that whites—no matter their other demographic characteristics—vote as a racial bloc.

downlo:

As the post-election quarterbacking heads into its second month, pundits are now turning their gaze on this forgotten group, wondering, if Asians are so good at math, why didn’t they vote Republican? The fact is that 73% of Asian Americans cast their ballots for Obama – that’s a higher percentage of Democratic support than even the coveted Latino bloc.

David Brooks started opining in the New York Times just a few days after the election, wondering how the “party of work” lost Asian Americans. Because, you know… they are such hard workers.

Over at Slate Richard A. Posner performs the post-mortem. And conservatives are getting in the game, too. The American Conservative is pondering the “loss” of the Asian American Vote. And the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute asks Why Aren’t Asians Republicans?.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s a good thing that the media is paying attention to the political power of Asian Americans, even if it is after the elections.

But all the discussion about Asian voters seems to neglect… Asians. As one white male after another opines about why Asian Americans voted the way they did, where are the voices of Chinese, Korean, Indian, Vietnamese and Filipino Americans? Sure, Slate quotes the Pew Research Center report from last summer (that Asian American groups criticized for reinforcing the old “model minority” stereotype and overlooking many current needs and issues) and then even brings up the “new Jews” comparison.

What all these writers seem to have forgotten is that we are still in the room. And we even speak English.

I have seen quite a few articles wondering why such a high percentage of Asian voters (73%) went for Obama instead of Romney and almost all of them have made me deeply uncomfortable. As OP states, they’re nearly always written by white American men who are examining Asian Americans in this creepy, dehumanizing way. Stereotypes abound.

What’s particularly obnoxious about the articles examining the Asian vote is that hardly any of them to mention how diverse the ‘Asian’ demographic is, especially in terms of class, which is what a lot of these analyses focus on. But no—Asians are just an indistinguishable mass. Same with ‘the black vote’ and ‘the Latin@ vote’.

Meanwhile, whites are have always been carefully broken down into many distinct sub-racial demographics: soccer moms, rural, urban, blue collar workers, the wealthy, the religious, students and young people. It’s only very recently that I’ve seen main stream media outlets acknowledge the fact that whites—no matter their other demographic characteristics—vote as a racial bloc.

thedailyshow:

“By the way, Obama couldn’t have met the guy at a restaurant? Had to make him come to the White House?” http://on.cc.com/UfZoC0