Digging Deeper

I was all set to write a mocking post about Mitt Romney’s new house with the car elevator, and I’ll get to that in a minute, but then along comes this:

(CNN) – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev tweaked Mitt Romney for his characterization of Russia as the “No. 1 geopolitical foe” of the United States, saying the comments did not reflect the current relationship between the two countries.

Ya think?

“It is very reminiscent of Hollywood and also of a certain phase in Russian-U.S. relations,” Medvedev said at the end of the nuclear security summit in South Korea Tuesday.

Who knew those dirty commies were so polite with their ridicule?

Romney made the comment to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Monday while criticizing President Barack Obama over his open mic moment a day earlier.

“In terms of a geopolitical foe, a nation that’s on the Security Council, and as of course a massive nuclear power, Russia is the geopolitical foe,” Romney said on CNN’s “The Situation Room.” “The idea that our president is planning on doing something with them that he’s not willing to tell the American people before the election is something I find very, very alarming.”

I’m certain this interview would have looked better in the original Betamax, but it’s still pretty embarrassing.  Are we to believe Romney could run Bain Capital, successfully, without at least suspecting that Russia had been a corrupt oligarchy, much like what he’d like to have here, and had been “open for business” for decades?  Of course not.  He just thinks Republican voters are stupid, not without evidence.

Medvedev urged Romney to take the current climate into account if he hopes to win the presidential election.

“My first advice is to listen to reason when they formulate their positions. Reason never harmed a presidential candidate,” Medvedev said. “My other advice is to check their watches from time to time: it is 2012, not the mid-1970s.”

Game. Set. Match.  The commie wins and the Mormon is toast, or so you’d think.  But wait….  Like the Black Knight in Monty Python, Romney isn’t through yet:

In response, Team Romney characterized Medvedev’s comments as further evidence “the Kremlin would prefer to continue doing business with the current incumbent of the White House.”

I think I did see Boris and Natasha at that last State Dinner.

But Romney doesn’t just dig holes for himself metaphorically, sometimes, like Ginger, the dog in the Far Side, he brings in the earth movers.  1500 cubic yards of priceless oceanfront dirt will soon depart La Jolla so Romney can have a 3600 square foot basement with a car elevator.  I hear once you’ve had one you never go back.  Parking for four Cadillacs, to boot.

Better yet, he had to hire a lobbyist to get through planning and Coastal Commission, and at the early part of a multiyear process, he’s already paid him over twenty grand.  For the lobbying.  Maybe they’ll have to skimp on towel bars or something.  Disturbingly, plans also include an outdoor shower, which seems a little un-Mormon-y to me, and also forced me to imagine Mitt naked for an unpleasant moment.

Now, there’s no doubt a chorus of righty gasbags will point out, as they have previously, what a marvelous Job Creator Romney is, all by himself , but really?  A CAR ELEVATOR?  That sort of thing goes over like a fart in church in NASCAR-land, where Romney continues to lose, and he doesn’t seem to care.  He’s a proud plutocrat, which so far seems to be about the only thing he’s honest about.

He could take a little lesson from Obama about reticence before an election on touchy issues.  Better yet, a lesson from George H.W. Bush on keeping his silver foot out of his mouth.


  1. Teddy says:

    There used to be an extremely hard-and-fast rule, only broken by traitors and brigands: do not criticize the President of the United States when he is conducting foreign policy abroad. I don’t know who first broke this cardinal rule of statesmanship and patriotism, but I’m not at all surprised to see Willard Romney continue to violate it.

    He’s hollow and odious.

  2. avelna says:

    Maybe the next big west coast earthquake will take the Romney household – elevator, cars and all, (family too!)- spinning into the ocean. Carry ‘em off to China or thereabouts.

  3. michlib says:

    Nothing says man of the people like a car elevator ! Exactly how many cars in various parts of the country does this vulture capitalist have ? Any truth to the rumor the elevator will be scrapped for a hip, state of the art car CD ( with cars, not CD’s )
    changer ?
    Willard – a rat by any other name …

    • cocktailhag says:

      From a design standpoint, the elevator is probably a good thing; too many beautiful sites in California are blighted by all the parking. It’s just not an option available to most people, but I’m not entirely sure Mitt knows that.

  4. mikeinportc says:

    “A car elevator in every garage!”

    Andrew Jackson, William Jennings Bryan, FDR, and now ….’ol Cousin Mitt. ;)

    • cocktailhag says:

      Well, not every garage, if you know what I mean and I think you do…. Some garages. The ones with the maids mopping them each day. Power to the people, Baby!

  5. loretta says:

    If he really wants to relate to the NASCAR fans, he’ll need to park a few cars up on wooden blocks in the front yard, buy a few junk yard dogs (who’d sooner chew his arm off than let him tie them to the top of a car), and let the weeds grow up to the windows (pronounced “windas.”)

    • cocktailhag says:

      Sadly, the only complaint from the Coastal Commission so far is that they want more native plants. That’d be a deal breaker for me; southern California doesn’t have any native plants worth having.
      Grass and scrub oaks. Who’s going to put that crap in their yards when you can grow palms from Madagascar? Birds of Paradise? Ten kinds of banana? Got a dying house plant? Stick it in the yard and it will be 20 feet tall in two years.
      If you can’t have a (fake) tropical oasis, why not just live in, say, Ohio? I hear you don’t even need lobbyists to get your permits through…

  6. loretta says:

    oh, yeah, and use his normal two-car garage for storing all sorts of CRAP. Like good rednecks do.

  7. Teddy says:

    I hope Ann organizes her Cadillacs by color in the car elevator.

  8. rukidding says:

    Little known factoid: the Romneys were forced to buy their beachfront property in trendy, but more bohemian & tolerant, La Jolla, when the super-mega-1%er San Diego suburb of Rancho Santa Fe nixed the Romney’s request to purchase property there. Although RSF inhabitants appreciate Romney’s churlishly arrogant attitude & condescending demeanor to the lower orders, after the Heaven’s Gate mass suicide, RSF won’t permit anymore cults to move in there. /s

    • cocktailhag says:

      Stop the presses…. Religious discrimination, in addition to the usual racial/income? Relegating poor Mitt and his cockroach-sized brood to live amongst the hippies? The humanity!

    • loretta says:

      Guess who grew up in Rancho Santa Fe and whose parents now live in La Jolla?

      Scott Peterson.

      haha lol hilarious.

  9. mikeinportc says:

    SoCal with no worthwhile native plants? Sure they do ! Just don’t get used often enough. I’ve grown a few here, as annuals, or indoor/outdoor container plants . Seen a lot more that I wished I could use . Have to agree with the Madagascar sentiment, though. One of my favorites, the last three years :

    Check out that site, if for some occasion, you do happen to need some CA natives.