April 17, 2012 |
MITT ROMNEY's aides soft-pedaled his latest tax pronouncements on Monday, insisting that he wasn't tipping his hand when he told donors privately that he might seek to end the tax break for mortgages on second homes and curb other deductions for the wealthy as part of tax reform. "He was just discussing ideas that came up on the campaign trail," said former Missouri Sen. Jim Talent, a frequent campaign surrogate. The remarks, made at a closed-door fundraiser in Florida and overheard by reporters, did not mark any "change in policy," Talent said on a conference call with reporters.
September 23, 2012
City Council seems well-versed in the concept of schadenfreude - the taking of pleasure in the misfortune of others. In this case, the pleasure was taken at the expense of Mitt Romney, who had the misfortune of speaking his mind a little too forcefully while being secretly videotaped. In his now-infamous comments, Romney referred to the 47 percent of the population that doesn't pay federal income tax as moochers who see themselves as "victims. " Thus, the end of Thursday's Council session turned into something of a roast of the GOP presidential nominee, beginning with Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco.
November 2, 2012
PRESIDENT OBAMA and Mitt Romney head into the final weekend of Campaign 2012: UP - Michael Bloomberg (above): New York's mayor endorses Obama. Good to see that the billionaire has the same taste as the People Paper (see Page 13). UP - Mitt in Pa.: Romney's considering a rally in southeastern Pennsylvania Sunday (see Clout, this page). Let's hope he knows how to order at Wawa this time. DOWN - Missouri Rep. Todd Akin: "Legitimate rape" guy releases campaign ad featuring - wait for it - a rape victim.
May 4, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann has endorsed one-time Republican rival Mitt Romney for president. Bachmann says electing Romney will be the country's last chance to keep from "going forward" over a cliff. The reference is to Democratic President Barack Obama's use of the word "forward" as a campaign slogan. In a statement announcing her decision, Bachmann says Americans can vote for Obama - and for more joblessness, higher energy prices, more government controls and failed economic policies.
October 29, 2012
THE UPS AND DOWNS of another weekend of Campaign 2012: UP - President Obama: He nabs coveted New York Times endorsement. Mainstream-media conspiracy continues. UP - Mitt Romney: Republican nominee gains on Obama in Inquirer Pennsylvania poll. Obama still leads, 49-43. DOWN - Newt Gingrich: On ABC's "This Week," former presidential candidate defends Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who said that it's "God's intention" when a woman gets pregnant through rape. Stay classy, Newt.
February 28, 2012
NO MATTER what you might think of Rick Santorum and his race for president, his decision to sponsor a car in last night's NASCAR Daytona 500 is a stroke of political genius. Think about this. On the day before a critical primary in Michigan, home of the American auto industry, Santorum has a Ford race car with his name on it running in what's called the "Great American Race. " I gotta think Michigan, home of Ford, is packed with NASCAR fans. And Santorum's sponsorship draws a clear contrast to Mitt Romney, both in Romney's home state of Michigan and with NASCAR followers across the nation.
March 25, 2012
The Czech novelist Milan Kundera has lamented that life is like a sketch without a painting, lived only once and never subject to revision or perfection. It goes to show that when it comes to creativity and optimism, the Czech novelist has nothing on the American politician. To the latter, life is more like an Etch A Sketch, subject to virtually infinite revision without regret. An aide to Mitt Romney, Eric Fehrnstrom, gave us this unfortunately brilliant metaphor last week - brilliant because it describes much of the trouble with American politics, and unfortunate (for Fehrnstrom and his boss)
October 22, 2012
"The seeds for what appears to be a very robust remodeling recovery have been planted. " - Harvard University Center for Joint Housing Studies, on increased investment in the home remodelers Home Depot Inc. and Lowe's Cos. "We may sharply curtail our hiring, and our total employment in corporate functions may begin to fall as we have voluntary turnover within the company. " - CEO Gary Kelly on Southwest Airlines Co.'s plans to contend with rising fuel prices and weaker travel demand.
October 14, 2012
"We advocated for constituents who had applied for grants. " - U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, regarding the Obama administration's federal stimulus program, which Mitt Romney and Ryan decry. "I love that. This is such a bad program, and [Ryan] writes me a letter saying . . . we need this stimulus. " - Vice President Joe Biden, during Thursday night's debate with Ryan. "We think there are more important issues for presidential candidates to talk about than our little funding issue here.
November 4, 2011 |
Members of Occupy Philly are outside the Rittenhouse Hotel in Center City, chanting "Where is Romney?," protesting Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's appearance late this afternoon at a fund-raiser for his campaign. The Romney event is being hosted by prominent attorney Charles Kopp of the politically wired Philadelphia law firm, Cozen O'Connor. While protestors had marched around the block to the 20th Street garage entrance to the hotel, Romney walked through Rittenhouse Square late this afternoon and went into the hotel through the front entrance.