Mitt Romney was spotted pumping gas in La Jolla, California, near one of his many homes:
"Mitt Romney at my local gas station," Reddit user mkb95 wrote. "He looks tired and washed up."
Romney's hair appears to be slightly frazzled, unlike the slicked-back coif he sported on the trail—though it's nothing like Al Gore's post-2000-election-loss beard. Other Reddit users countered that the former Massachusetts governor merely looked annoyed at having his photo taken at the pump.
"I talked to him for a good three minutes while he was filling his tank," the photographer added. "I guess he's moving to one of his houses in the town I live in, La Jolla."
In related news, Hank Plante writes for the SF Chronicle about the Romneys' plan to settle there, noting that it's a not so "red" area with many gay families:
But it is also in La Jolla where the local Democratic councilwoman was just re-elected, giving the San Diego City Council a 5-4 Democratic majority. And it is in La Jolla where the longtime Republican congressman was just beaten by a Democrat.
And it is in La Jolla where, according to the New York Times, there are six gay households within a three-block radius of the Romneys' $12 million home.
This is not to mention that La Jolla is part of the bluest of blue states, California, where Republican registration just fell below 30 percent, and where voters said "yes" to a tax increase on people just like the Romneys.
So what gives? If you are the Romneys, then why not settle in a red state where people love you? What's wrong with Alabama, Mississippi or even Utah? Simply put, when it comes down to it, Mitt and Ann Romney seem to want the same things that so many others seek in California living: a tolerant, open, environmentally beautiful place to live that we're not afraid to pay for.
Legal Wingnut Mat Staver Says Romney's Reluctance to Blast Gay Marriage Made It Win at the Polls: VIDEO
Mat Staver continues the right-wing delusion that it couldn't possibly be changing American values that helped same-sex marriage measures win in four states this election, Right Wing Watch reports:
Staver said that had Romney campaigned on the issue, his support would have gone up as would support for the anti-marriage efforts before blasting conservative pundits who are now saying the GOP needs to distance itself from the social issues culture war, declaring "I'm fed up with people on Fox News, whether it's Sean Hannity or Bill O'Reilly; they think they just know everything."
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
In related news, Buzzfeed's Chris Geidner has an excellent piece up on how the state marriage equality campaigns won this time, overcoming the frustrating meme used to great effect by Frank Schubert during Proposition 8 in ads that were re-used this election cycle, featuring a child talking about how she was taught in school that a "prince married a prince" and that she "can marry a princess."
Geidner details how findings in a confidential report from Third Way helped the state campaigns overcome the right's misleading messaging and find a message that would work with voters, the key element being convincing parents that core values are taught at home and not in the school and giving parents the power to make up their own minds on the subject.
Check out Geidner's must-read piece here.
And watch delusional Staver, AFTER THE JUMP...
Today is the 2012 International Transgender Day of Remembrance, created to draw attention to the many people killed due to anti-trans hatred and prejudice and mourn those who have been lost.
A shocking number of transgender people are killed each year in murders related to their gender identity, the TVT Project reports:
The March 2012 update reveals a total of 816 reported killings of trans people in 55 countries worldwide from January 1st 2008 to December 31st 2011. The update shows an exponential increase in reported killings of trans people over the last four years. In 2008, 141 cases were reported, in 2009 213 cases, in 2010 214 cases, and in 2011 a shocking number of 248. These are mainly the reported cases that could be found through Internet research and cooperation with trans organizations and activists. In most countries, data on murdered trans people are not systematically produced and it is impossible to estimate the numbers of unreported cases.
GLAAD has posted a timeline of transgender visibility.
The HuffPost looks at 50 trans icons.
The Socially Connected Equality Network made this video in memory of the 265 transgender people who lost their lives in 2012. Writes SCEN: "This video is there to honor those that died so violently and prematurely. Some victims were tortured, burned or shot more than a dozen times only because they were expressing who they truly felt they were inside."
(clip via think progress)
Rachel Maddow delivered a searing look at the GOP's lack of leadership on foreign policy last night, looking at the situations in Iraq, Libya, and Israel:
"The Iraq war was not a good idea. If that is confusing to you. If you have not bothered to figure that out, that implies that you are not thinking very hard or very clearly about the role of America in the world and the idea of what counts as a good idea for a war. And the GOP has not been thinking about about these issues for the past ten years...."
She ultimately delivered a major smackdown to John McCain and the position he's taken "for lack of any competition for the title" as the Republican Party's most prominent go-to guy on foreign policy when he just has no clue:
“How did John McCain get to be the Republican Party's northstar on foreign policy in 2012? ... There is a basic level of interest and competence required even of the opposition party on the subject, even if the country has decided they don’t want to put you back in the White House, not after what George W Bush did with it. Even if you’re just in congress, even if you’re just the opposition, you need to know what you’re talking about. You need to have a basic level of competence. And doing what John McCain says is not a reasonable substitution for basic competence on this subject.”
Watch Maddow's evisceration, AFTER THE JUMP...
The theatre vomiting incident which occurred last week during a production of Grace was probably the most disgusting theatre story we've heard in a while. And, if you recall, the show's star Paul Rudd, a consummate professional, kept on going with his lines after chaos erupted in the audience due to the spillage from overhead.
Now, thanks to David Letterman, we know just what Rudd was thinking during the incident.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
The NYT reports on how furious various members of the GOP and the Romney campaign are at NJ Governor Chris Christie for putting his state ahead of his party in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy:
Inside the Romney campaign, there is little doubt that Mr. Christie’s expressions of admiration for the president, coupled with ubiquitous news coverage of the hurricane’s aftermath, raised Mr. Obama’s standing at a crucial moment.
During a lengthy autopsy of their campaign, Mr. Romney’s political advisers pored over data showing that an unusually large number of voters who remained undecided until the end of the campaign backed Mr. Obama. Many of them cited the storm as a major factor in their decision, according to a person involved in the discussion.
“Christie,” a Romney adviser said, “allowed Obama to be president, not a politician.”
In a sign of residual frustration, a banner headline popped up on Sunday on a Romney-friendly Web site, The Drudge Report, going after Mr. Christie for appearing on “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend “as residents suffer.”
Then of course, there are all the other reasons Romney lost:
Mr. Christie is, of course, a convenient scapegoat for a candidacy that fell short for many reasons — demographic, ideological and personal — and Mr. Romney’s campaign manager, Matt Rhoades, emphasized that Mr. Christie did “exactly what a governor should do” in a crisis.