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Rachel Maddow Asks Why Romney Laughs About Anti-Gay Bullying, Abusing Dogs, and Closing Factories: VIDEO

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Why does Mitt Romney laugh when he's talking about his own anti-gay bullying, dog abuse, and closing factories? Rachel Maddow wants to know.

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  1. for the same reason gay republicans, like Chris No Balls Barron, "laugh" at Obama's stance on LGBT Equality.

    They laugh because it's the last thing they can do to distract themselves from reality.

    it's a smug yet obvious way to pretend you're not dying inside at everyone seeing that you're empty in every conceivable way.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 11, 2012 2:22:46 PM


  2. Back to the Seamus issue: How the hell does a dog climb to the top of a car to enter a kennel? Was the car covered in carpeting?

    Romney's denials about remembering the school incidents, his rationalization about the treatment of his dog - these do not pass the smell test.

    Posted by: Hank | May 11, 2012 2:34:01 PM


  3. I love Rachel. Would a lesbian marry a gay man?

    Posted by: Zlick | May 11, 2012 2:36:34 PM


  4. There is a word for people who consistently show a lack of empathy and habitually lie about their actions: sociopath

    Posted by: Steve | May 11, 2012 2:37:16 PM


  5. It's becoming clear that Romney is a fundamentally callous man, unfit for public service. I doubt he gives any thought at all to ordinary people and their ordinary lives. Their petty concerns are beneath his notice, and he is beneath contempt.

    Posted by: BABH | May 11, 2012 2:37:56 PM


  6. If the fact are real, Romney is a sociopath.

    Posted by: Luke | May 11, 2012 2:44:55 PM


  7. Jane Auer married Paul Bowles, Zlick. They lived separate romantic lives but were very happy together as friends and fellow artist.

    And you nailed it, Luke. Romney is a sociopath. Plain and simple.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 11, 2012 2:54:01 PM


  8. because he is a sociopath with money

    Posted by: say what | May 11, 2012 3:04:10 PM


  9. The more I see, read and hear about Willard, the more convinced I become that he suffers from a severe mental disorder. He's cold and unfeeling, he must always be 'one up' and cannot take criticism, his compulsive lying and now this inappropriate 'chuckling' or laughing which I believe in psychiatric circles is referred to as "hebephrenia". These are all part of a paranoid-schizophrenic personality.

    We've suffered horribly as a result of 8 years with another sociopathic Republican in the White House. Do we really want to be subjected to another. Naomi Klein has observed that being a Republican is now more of a mental disorder than an ideology. I think this fact was demonstrated clearly by GW Bush and now even more clearly by Weird Willard Romney.

    The child is the father of the man. Romney was a cruel, judgmental, bigoted bully as a child. I really don't think much has changed, he's just become a little less brazen but deep down he's that enraged 14 year old with scissors in his hand and hate in his soul.

    Posted by: Bob R | May 11, 2012 3:04:41 PM


  10. I agree David. His tone of flippancy is right out of central casting...I can imagine the same voice talking about murdering someone.

    Posted by: St. Theresa of Avila | May 11, 2012 3:05:54 PM


  11. And the amazing thing is that we probably thought social issues wouldn't be prominent in this election when the Republicans nominated a "Massachusets moderate" instead of a "movement conservative" (or as you'd call it on the Left, a "batshit crazy") Life is full of surprises, isn't it?

    Posted by: mary | May 11, 2012 3:06:17 PM


  12. Poor Santorum! He was denied the nomination partly because of his social issue blunders, but he never did anything as perverse as assault a gay student when in high school. The worst that Frothy did during his youth, from what I've heard, is jerk off to some straight porn ( or possibly that AND some gay porn!)

    Posted by: mary | May 11, 2012 3:09:47 PM


  13. I don't understand how a party that told us Al Gore was too robotic and fake can actually nominate someone that makes Al Gore look like Howard Stern.

    Posted by: Randy | May 11, 2012 3:19:23 PM


  14. I used to think Romney might be more of a threat to Obama than some of the other republican wannabes. I don't think that way anymore. Romney has some serious character flaws which are really going to hurt him. I keep forgetting that he's only won one election in his entire life. All of his other attempts at winning public office (and there have been many) failed.

    Posted by: George | May 11, 2012 3:19:39 PM


  15. Well Mary, I will agree that in terms of whom they would appoint to the Supreme Court, Santorum & Romney are not different at all.

    Posted by: St. Theresa of Avila | May 11, 2012 3:20:15 PM


  16. And btw...Romney's spokesclone said on MSNBC last night that reversing the appeal of DADT wasn't part of Romney's plans, but, can I just say to that "Read my lips - no new taxes?"

    Posted by: St. Theresa of Avila | May 11, 2012 3:22:38 PM


  17. OOOPS...REPEAL! LOL. Of course, the appeal of it IS the problem to their minds. Military integration as I've noted several times in the past, preceded racial integration in this country.

    Posted by: St. Theresa of Avila | May 11, 2012 3:23:57 PM


  18. Hey! I called Romney a sociopath yesterday and backed it up with evidence! I demand credit!

    Just kidding, though I did look up Hare's Psychopathology Checklist yesterday, THE diagnostic tool used by mental health and law enforcement professionals to diagnose sociopaths, and tried to score Romney with it. Though of course laypeople aren't supposed to do that without training, by my (untrained) reckoning Romney definitely scores within the sociopathic range. No fooling, and I didn't even attempt to score him on the things I have no information about, like infidelity.

    As soon as you start to see him that way the evidence just keeps coming! It's why he can drop things like "grits" and "y'all" in a campaign speech and think he's connecting, not just being really condescending. It's why he can "flip-flop" with such facility- there IS no "there" there and he'll say ANYTHING that furthers his short term goal. It's why people get that disturbing "uncanny valley" feeling about him, think he's "robotic," a simulation of human behavior instead of the real thing. It's how he could make his fortune dismantling companies with the ONLY goal being what gained him the most profits without regard to the individuals, families, and communities he was destroying. The laughing over his dad closing factories, animal abuse, and bullying a gay student are just the icing on a very creepy cake.

    Posted by: Caliban | May 11, 2012 4:53:54 PM


  19. Oh, and one more thing.

    IF Romney had changed since these events this story wouldn't matter, but he hasn't changed! This event was disturbing enough that it weighed heavily on the minds of at least four other men who were either witnesses or participants. They recall with regret the time they ganged up on a younger, weaker, more shy, "different" boy and hurt him. The memory of it SHAMES them! But the ringleader, Mitt Romney, doesn't even remember it! Think about that. Mitt Romney doesn't remember the time he held another boy down and hacked off his hair while that boy cried and screamed for help?! What does that say about him?

    Nothing good, that's for sure.

    Posted by: Caliban | May 11, 2012 5:12:18 PM


  20. @Caliban
    You have nailed it entirely, especially about him not Remembering it. That to me is the worst part - he did it so casually he doesn't recall, if we are to believe him that he doesn't remember.

    Posted by: NullNaught | May 11, 2012 5:50:33 PM


  21. He is a clueless dork! Or just a sadistic idiot! Or just well our potential next President!

    Posted by: jaragon | May 11, 2012 5:59:24 PM


  22. OK Zlick, you keep your mitts off of Rachel - she's mine, do you hear - mine!! :)

    Posted by: jhr459 | May 11, 2012 6:38:36 PM


  23. Am I the only one who noticed Mitt saying the kennel was "air tight"? lol

    SOOOOOOOO... it was MORE humane to put the dog in a kennel on the roof of his car, because the dog had NO AIR? heh

    Posted by: sparks | May 11, 2012 6:53:47 PM


  24. Not to defend this guy because I do think he exhibits a marked pattern of failing to empathize with the suffering of others, but I do not honestly believe this inappropriate laughter is indicative of sociopathy or hebephrenia. It's a classic "nervous laugh." He's been nailed and reacts defensively by laughing as a subconscious means of trying to reconnect amicably with the accuser to minimize the threat of conflict.

    If anything, I'd put his overwhelming lack of character and core beliefs together with this behavior and conclude the guy's not got the balls to function as Commander in Chief of a major world power for his general cowardice in standing his ground assertively. And no doubt, he is clearly lacking in his ability to empathize and relate to others, but this laugher strikes me as a lot more neurotic than psychotic.

    Posted by: Shelly | May 11, 2012 7:24:02 PM


  25. I, too, might give Romney a pass on the canned laugh-track chuckle when he is faced with a question challenging his behavior or judgement; though one would think his peeps would have by now inculcated him with tropes to excise it. It does make the skin crawl. But in the spirit of the gaggle of ambitious, troubled (and often downright dangerous) pathologies that have afflicted numerous presidents or aspirants that have preceded him, the man is a Times Square sized billboard telegraphing tsunami warnings. No dog whistle subtlety; a full on freak preening into any live mike willing to listen. He is a proud peacock, and forty-eight-odd percent of us are ostriches with a belly full of anti-Obama juice.
    It has been obvious to me that this man's complicated pathology must include a degree of autism. It is chilling every time he opens his mouth to sputter on about his delusional concepts about an inclusive society. The allegations alleging his repugnant abuse of a long ago classmate would be credibly dismissed by a contrite person apologizing for thoughtless youthful stupidity. Predictably his response codifies what is already obvious to many.

    This country still faces serious problems. Obama disappoints me on many issues, but I am proud that he is president. I could countenance a worthy opponent that shakes up the dialog. But how do we end up with another candidate who has escaped the looney bin because of his fat bank account.

    Since the story broke, I can't get out of my head the image of this poor kid pinned down while this monster hacks at his head with scissors. Yuck.

    Posted by: Marcus | May 11, 2012 8:53:34 PM


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