The Watering Hole, Monday, June 25th, 2012: Two Images

Bainglorious (Image credit: Bain Capital/The Boston Globe

After seeing the above Mitt Romney photo for about the 100th time (this time accompanying a thread at TP), I decided to refresh my memory as to the origin of the photo. Checking a couple of search results, I noticed this, from the National Journal:

“Asked on Fox News Sunday about a whimsical [“whimsical”?] black-and-white photo of Romney and his colleagues at a private equity firm smiling and posing with money in their pockets, hands and teeth, Romney explained that the image was taken after they won their first round of investment, which he said was roughly $37 million.

“We posed for a picture to celebrate the fact that we raised a lot of money,” he said, adding that he anticipated the photo will surface repeatedly in the election if he becomes the Republican nominee. “I know there will be every effort to put free enterprise on trial,” he said.

Asked whether President Obama might try to paint him as Gordon Gekko, the famous corporate raider from the 1980s movie Wall Street, during a general election matchup, Romney said he anticipated just such a move.

“Of course he will,” Romney said, “in part because he has been the great divider.””

Romney’s official Massachusetts State Governor’s portrait

In my search, I also ran across an ad in the Boston Globefor a book about Mitt Romney, written by two of the Globe’s writers. Here’s a couple of teases from the ad:

By Michael Kranish and Scott Helman of The Boston Globe

Chapter 9: The CEO governor: “his campaign produced television ads designed to preemptively beat back any Democratic attacks. It was a lesson learned from the Kennedy onslaught eight years earlier, which had typecast him as a heartless corporate raider. This time Romney would define himself, instead of letting his opponent do it for him.”

Chapter 10: Health care revolutionary
It was a sunny October afternoon in 2008, and Mitt and Ann Romney were making a return visit to the Massachusetts State House to meet with the portrait artist Richard Whitney. Together they walked to the third-¬floor office Romney had once occupied, its broad windows offering expansive views of the Boston Common and bustling downtown. Whitney needed photos to paint Romney’s official portrait. Romney had been clear about the image he wanted to convey for posterity. Wearing a blue suit, white shirt, and striped tie—the dress uniform of a businessman—he would be sitting on his desk in front of an American flag, next to symbols of two things he held dear. The first was a photo of his wife, the center of his personal universe. The second was the Massachusetts health care law. “He wanted to be remembered for that,” Whitney said.

Apparently RMoney only wanted to be remembered for his historic health care law for as long as it was politically expedient, i.e., until President Barack Obama touted “Romneycare” as a basis for the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare.” Now, of course, RMoney says that repealing “Obamacare” is on his Day-One “To-Do” list upon his inauguration.

Meanwhile…an article in yesterday’s Boston Globe describes RMoney’s relationship with Michael Milken, the junk bond king – a relationship that continued even while Milken was being investigated for insider trading.

So, which image of Mitt RMoney do you think with be remembered by posterity?

This is our daily open thread — have at it!

94 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Monday, June 25th, 2012: Two Images

  1. The focus is on Rmoney but I think the real question shouild be: who are his cronies?
    We are well aware of his amoral lust for money and his own planet but who is he going to use as his henchmen?
    They will have to be even less amoral than mittens and that’s a really low bar to pass under.

    • His cronies?
      The usual suspects.
      Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Exxon, all the telecom giants, Wal-Mart, etc, etc, etc.
      I’m sure Halliburton is still sniffing about the war zones as well.

  2. Yes, I find it curious that the portrait of Rmoney has only one mouth. He will be remembered as the Dressage Vulture Plunderer of Hostile Takeoverness.

  3. i’m personally looking forward to the debates.

    the image of George H. W. Bush stammering and stuttering when asked the “cost of a gallon of milk” was priceless….and effectively exposed him as the out of touch millionaire elitist he truly was.

  4. The Supremes shot down the Montana law banning unlimited contributions from corporations. There is nothing in the Constitution that states that the Supremes are appointed for life.

    Article III.

    Section. 1.

    The judicial Power of the United States shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office

    What’s the definition of “good Behaviour”? That could be open to interpretation. When the Supreme court places the welfare of corporations above the welfare of “we the people”, then I would call that bad behavior.

  5. So, in breaking news, the SCREWEDUS has struck down……the AZ immigration draconian law.

    Health Care Reform? Hello? SCREWEDUS????

  6. Remember when Bush told an audience they were the haves and have-mores (aka his “base”). Romney’s crowd is richer then those people.

  7. Mitch McConnell squeezes out some slime over the SCOTUS strikedown of the MT anti-corruption law, in favor of Citizens United.

    In another important victory for freedom of speech, the Supreme Court has reversed the Montana Supreme Court, upholding First Amendment free speech rights that were set out in Citizens United. As I pointed out in an amicus brief that I filed in the Montana case, a review of Federal Election Commission records of independent spending supporting the eight Republican presidential candidates earlier this year showed only minimal corporate involvement in the 2012 election cycle. Not one Fortune 100 company contributed a cent to any of the eight Republican Super PACs, as of the end of March, according to FEC records. The records also showed that of the $96 million contributed to the eight Super PACs through March 31, an overwhelming 86.32 percent of that money came from individuals while only 13.68 percent came from corporations and 0.81 percent from public companies. Clearly, the much predicted corporate tsunami that critics of Citizens United warned about simply did not occur.

    1) He’s parsing words. Not all corporations are in the Fortune 100 club, but they still pile money into PACs.

    2) He fails to mention that only a few billionaires gave the $96M, which makes up that 86.32% of monies given to PACs.

    3) He’s a skeezy bastard.

  8. Major portions of the AZ immigration law were struck down by the SCOTUS, but the “papers please” portion was upheld as Constitutional. Un-fucking-believable.

    • Just wait until they put implants behind the ears to determine citizenship. That way people don’t have to carry papers with them. Don’t they know that this is the electronic age and people are trying to reduce paper usage? The Supremes are so behind the times.

    • uh, no, “papers please” portion of the law WAS struck down. Bad media reporting. Still, go stand in the corner and repeat…”I will not be a knee jerker” for the rest of your life. 😉

      • I’m afraid to even think about it. I need this damned law to even have a shot at obtaining health insurance if my husband loses his job when the contract ends next year. My entire family is an interesting cluster of pre-existing conditions.

        • It’s farily certain that Alito, Scalia and Justice Snoozer will agree with Emperor Roberts that we should go back to the days of leeches and alchemy. Kennedy will be sure that having no health care at all wouldn’t impose any burden on the populace.

    • My daughter LOVES the black and white bag that I bought for her for her birthday. She takes it everywhere and she is always getting compliments on it. Both my girls have been to your store and they told me that you make really nice things and that your prices are fair.

    • The problem with Scalia is that he is too old too make sound judgements. He lives in a past world of make believe. Scalia should retire and Thomas should be impeached for blatant ignorance. Neither of them have “good behaviour”. Alito should go too because talking at the President during the State of the Union is NOT “good behaviour”.

  9. And meanwhile – I’m hearing rumours that the SCOTUS deep-sixed (refusing to hear) the Montana state’s challendge to Citizens United – maybe because it would make them look like the corporate sock-puppets they are…..

    .. and the media coverage…… *crickets chirping*

  10. I’m wondering if anyone is going to start talking about what has been going on solidly for the past 2 years. Congress and Republican controlled states have managed to pass a great deal of legislation dealing with Voter ID, cutting programs and spending on Americans, tax breaks for the rich, union busting, gay sex and girl parts. Now they are complaining that the economy isn’t recovering fast enough even CEO salaries are rising as are major corporation profits.

    Whatever happened to that Tea Party claim that they knew how to put America back to work and right away? Is it stuck in some poor woman’s uterus in Kansas? Can’t some private company come up with a peepee police squad numbering in the tens of thousands to protect American bedrooms? Or at least provide video.

  11. One thing I have noticed is that the septic tank that is American politics has finally begun to seriously overflow. The anger, hatred, bigotry and lies are seeping out so fast that even Roto Rooter can’t clean up the mess. The Right no longer even pretends to be decent or civil and they do it because there is no one out there to tell them about it.

    I am just hoping that the average American is noticing that the neighbor’s yard is turning into a cesspool and if they don’t do something about it, it will be in their yard next.

  12. How very odd. Today the SC said a state could have federal power in dealing with illegal immigrants and then turned around and said states couldn’t have federal power in deciding who could spend money on elections.

    The Supremes have the legal consistency of baby poo. Same aroma as well.

    • The Supremes have the legal consistency of baby poo. Same aroma as well.

      Explosive too…never knowing when that will occur. Diaper on or off.

      SCOTUS is dangerous and scary these days.

  13. “Team Romney Heckles Another Obama Event”

    Romney’s campaign bus circled Obama’s fundraiser at Boston Symphony Hall Monday night several times honking its horn, according to Romney deputy press secretary Ryan Williams and verified by several onlookers.

    “It’s the second time the Romney campaign has used one of it’s buses to heckle Obama supporters.”

  14. Sick Conservative Radio host says nuns on a bus tour protesting Paul Ryan’s budget deserve to be “pulled over and pistol whipped” because “they threw the first punch” by speaking out against Ryan’s plan. GOP twofer: waging war on women AND religion!

    • “Those girls deserve it, cuz they pissed me off. Just don’t piss me off anymore, okay baby? Then I won’t have to pistol whip you.”

      • Abusers logic.
        Makes one wonder what his home life is like, doesn’t it?
        Will he then offer the nuns flowers and promise “it’ll never happen again” (until the next time).

  15. Humanity Rules:

    Money quote:

    “We move more earth and stone than all the world’s rivers. We are changing the chemistry of the atmosphere all life breathes. We are on pace to eat to death half of the other life currently sharing the planet with us. There is nothing on Earth untouched by man — whether it be the soot from fossil fuels darkening polar snows or the very molecules incorporated into a tree trunk. Humanity has become a global force whose exploits will be written in rock for millennia. ”

    • It really is sort of ironic. The government went after the mob for loan sharking, bribery of government officials and tax evasion. Did a pretty good job of it, shutting down La Cosa Nostra and other aspects of organized crime.

      Yet the Republicans have legalized loan sharking, bribing government officials and tax evasion in the past twelve years. Don Sammy, the Capo di Tutti Capo of the Supremes will keep things legit.

      • And to think that America was worried about a President in the 60’s that might be taking orders from the Pope. Who knew that the Supreme Court was the real seat of power?

        Who worries about all of the Fundamental Catholics on that stellar body?

        • The Dark Side will attempt to manipulate whatever entity it can.
          If it can’t manipulate the Executive, it will focus on the Judiciary.
          If that fails, then there is always the Legislative.


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