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  1. says

    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.

  2. says

    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.

  3. BABH says

    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.

  4. Bob R says

    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.

  5. St. Theresa of Avila says

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

  6. mary says

    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?

  7. mary says

    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!)

  8. Randy says

    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.

  9. George says

    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.

  10. St. Theresa of Avila says

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

  11. St. Theresa of Avila says

    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?”

  12. St. Theresa of Avila says

    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.

  13. Caliban says

    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.

  14. Caliban says

    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.

  15. NullNaught says

    @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.

  16. sparks says

    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

  17. Shelly says

    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.

  18. Marcus says

    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.

  19. Caliban says

    Let’s not forget that it was Romney who told the “humorous” story about the time his dad closed plants in Michigan and a marching band played the Michigan song. (Or something like that. Even minus the disturbing “my dad put all the people out of work” aspect, it wasn’t a real knee-slapper of a story.) Ah, the lighter side of massive unemployment!

    Nobody put him on the spot that time. He whipped that little comedy jewel out all on his own.

    He also bragged about liking to fire people.

    I’m pretty sure Romney is really Mr Burns from The Simpsons before he got so old.

    And no, Sparks, you aren’t the only one who noticed the bizarre “air-tight dog kennel” defense. LOL! What? Did he give the dog a veterinary oxygen mask up there in his hermetically sealed capsule atop the car? And if it was air-tight, how did the dog’s terror-stricken diarrhea get out?

    He was really scraping the bottom of the barrel for Mitt-igating circumstances there. (Couldn’t resist the pun.)

    I don’t have the slightest problem seeing Mr Warmth giving an impromptu performance as Willard Scissorhands in a homophobic incident in prep school.

  20. Marcus says

    I meant to say, more forcefully, that the thing, whatever it was in exact detail, that Romney et al did to that kid a long time ago sounded violent and ugly. And violent and cruel.

    The act, in more or less undisputed detail, is another pungent thing lurking in Romney’s shadow. After numerous people recount, mostly absent disagreement, a sordid narrative like this you cannot explain it away. There is no explanation. A humble, public apology is the only thing a decent person would think to do.

    Caliban: I wasn’t sure, exactly, what you meant when you said you didn’t have the slightest problem seeing the deed done. I think you meant that you imagine it in your head? Or maybe you meant it in another way.

    I picture a dead look in Romney’s eyes while he chopped at this kid’s hair. Aside from how violent it was (could you imagine being fifteen years old at a prep school and being held down while a classmate chops your hair off with a scissors because he doesn’t think it is right that a fifteen year old boy should have long, bleached hair?) I think I see this deadness in him sometimes when happen to watch him sputtering on about any random thing.

    More better to listen to Obama sing Al Greene songs.
    Or give a speech.
    Too much about Romney repels. I tried hard to find something about him to like, but I couldn’t.

  21. Hank says

    Shelley, I understand what you’re saying, but I don’t think I agree. In reference to the ‘atta girl’ comment, and the factory closure, particularly, it sounds to me like he’s laughing because he still finds those incidents funny. While it may be hyperbolic to call him a sociopath based on this alone, he does display a striking lack of empathy. He seems to recall these incidents, even after all these years , from the same callous adolescent perspective he had at the time, without apparently ever having reflected on what the experience of the other people involved might have been.

  22. Caliban says

    Marcus, I had been looking at accounts of this on mainstream news sites, reading the comments, and arguing with the Mitt-iots who are trying to claim this is a made-up story planted by Obama’s army of zombie minions. When I said I had no problem seeing him do it, that was bleed-over from defending the story’s veracity elsewhere.

    I don’t doubt this story at all. Why should I? It’s been verified by four different men who were there either as participants or witnesses, men who are ashamed to this day for their actions or lack of action to stop it, unlike the ringleader Mitt Romney who doesn’t remember it or claims not to.

    However, unlike you I don’t think Mitt Romney had a “dead” look in his eyes at all, I think he was probably quite angry that someone DARED not to conform to his rigid ideals of how things should be. According to the article he repeatedly said things like, “He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” My guess is Romney was both angry and THRILLED to punish John Lauber for his non-conformity and reinforce the status quo.

  23. Jerry6 says

    Mr. Romney laughs heartily about his poor memory. I’m sorry, but I expect the President of the United States to know what he says, and to be able to remember What he says, and not to giggle every time he is caught in some stupid act or comment.

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