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Romney is actually making the Youkilis thing a campaign issue

Jun 26, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

Mitt Romney

There’s a pretty good argument to be made that Bush beat Gore in 2000 and Kerry in 2004 because, on a very basic level, he was a more likable guy while his opponents seemed like humorless prigs. Remember all that “who would you rather have a beer with?” stuff?  Anyway, Mitt Romney seems to be playing the Gore/Kerry role this time around with respect to L’Affaire Obama/Youkilis:

Mitt Romney’s campaign is chiding President Barack Obama this morning for being insensitive to Boston Red Sox fans … the Romney campaign said Obama “went to the heart of Red Sox nation and committed an error.” It added that Obama “chose to mock them for trading away one of its favorite players at a time when the team is struggling”

And here I thought the folks in the comments going after Obama for his Youkilis comment this morning were humorless.

I’m sorry, but if you can’t mock Red Sox fans, what’s the point of living anymore?

Of course, Obama’s press secretary isn’t helping. He’s claiming the crowd wasn’t booing, it was just saying “Yoooouuuk!”

128 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. singingfriar - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Someone needs to let the Romney campaign know that there’s no way in hell they’re winning any state northeast of West Virginia, so they might as well drop this like a hot potato.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      My thought exactly. Making fun of Rockies fans might have been exploitable for Romney. Making fun of Red Sox fans most certainly is not.

    • davidpom50 - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:49 PM

      Right. Why would Former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney think he could ever win an election in Massachusetts?

      • mrfloydpink - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:20 PM

        You’re not serious suggesting Mitt Romney could win Massachusetts, are you? First of all, he was a lousy governor and is now unpopular there. Second, he’s presently running against Barack Obama, whom Massachusetts liberals love. Third, as a consequence of items one and two, President Obama is leading in the polls there 51 to 34.

      • lardin - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:31 PM

        If Mitt were running as the former Mass Governor, he never would have won the GOP nomination. The Mitt who is running for President wouldnt have a prayer of being Governor of Mass.

      • Kevin S. - Jun 26, 2012 at 6:36 PM

        Nah, you forgot that he shook the etch-a-sketch after wrapping up the primary.

  2. redguy12588 - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Romney doesn’t have a chance, and I’m a Republican.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:15 PM

      A year ago, I would have said he’d get blown out of the water, but if the economy continues to tank, you never know…especially if our current President makes statements that everything is fine. It’s going to be a lot closer than anyone thinks.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:25 PM

        The fact that it might be close speaks to what a sad state much of your country is in. People need to vote with their minds, not their hearts. Obama isn’t perfect but next to Romney he looks like he’s damn close.

      • djpostl - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:26 PM

        “Continues to tank” lol.

        Is it better than the point it was the last time the GOP had control (when the DOW was around 8k and we were losing 825k jobs per freakin’ month)?

        With every retarded GOP Governor slashing public sector jobs people actually still wonder why the economy hasn’t really taken off?

        And stop being spoon fed your stuff by Faux News & the Koch brothers rocket scientist, it has already been shown how out of context that commercial you’re referring to was.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:35 PM

        So, you think the economy is doing well?

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:43 PM

        Based on his comment, no, he does not. Try reading it.

      • jjschiller - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:46 PM

        What I think is that there’s not some “Economy Go Good Now!” switch in the White House that Obama can’t find, Romney has an inside line on.

        I also think that when the President has tried to make changes in the things he CAN control, the Republicans in congress has done a real good job of obstructing, keeping our economy from progressing, so they could get themselves a nice platform to run a presidential candidate on.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:02 PM

        I did read it- apparently he didn’t read mine. The ecomony is not doing well. If it continues not to do well, the election is going to be a lot closer than anyone would have anticipated just a short time ago. That was my point. The President made an unfortunate statement that he later tried to say was taken out of context. That statement did him some harm. I wasn’t assigning blame for the economy just stating it’s going to be cause of either a surprise winner in Romney or at least a close finish. There was no need to come to the President’s defense or use the increasingly lame “Faux News” phrase. And no, I don’t watch Fox News. I don’t even know what channel it is.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:11 PM

        The ecomony is not doing well.

        Just for curiousity’s sake, what are you basing the economy on to say whether it’s doing well or not?

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:28 PM

        Well, the economic indicator that matters most is unemployment- which doesn’t look to go down by the time the election rolls around. But the fed itself doesn’t sound too encouraged by any of the indicators either.

  3. jgraening - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    They were saying Boo-urns.

  4. nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    I think I’d prefer sitting down for a beer with the guy who actually drinks the stuff! (And that included both Gore and Kerry, as Bush had long since sworn off drinking anything due to substance abuse issues.) And I’m actually more concerned with who will be appointing federal judges, so I prefer the moderate/liberal incumbent over the GOP challenger who has expressed strong disapproval for easy access to safe, legal birth control by grownups.

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Ooooooooooooooo. Romney said that the Red Sox are struggling? David Ortiz is going to have explicative-laden words with him now.

  6. xpensivewinos - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    See, now here’s a man with his finger on the pulse of the issues that are really on the minds of Americans. Glad he’s focused on the things that really matter.


  7. ryan02190 - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Funny, because Romney was MA governor.

    • djpostl - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:27 PM

      Mitt doesn’t like to talk about that fact because it brings up things like Romneycare & his crappy record of “job creation” whilst in that office. Oh yeah, and the part where he outsourced state jobs to India.

  8. lessthanittakes - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    24 minutes for 1st Koch Brothers reference. I would have taken the under.

  9. randygnyc - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Holder and Ba’raq should both be awaiting execution, on death row, for the murder of Brian Terry.

    • The Common Man - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      This is racist and disgusting, wishing death on a sitting president and attorney general. Congratulations, Randy. You’re truly a disgusting person. This racist shit does not belong, and is not welcome, here.

      • davidpom50 - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:54 PM

        I guess I don’t delve into the comments section enough, because I see nothing overtly racist here. Is it based on other stuff this dude has said, or simply that he stupidly thinks the President and the AG should be tried for murder and executed over Brian Terry’s death? That seems more like partisan hackery than racism. I hate when the racism card is played for stuff that, while really stupid, has nothing to do with race.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:10 PM

        Yeah, I’m not seeing the racist angle here either. Just because Holder and Obama are black or part black does not make it racist.

      • Matt S - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:11 PM

        The racist part isn’t the opinion, David, it’s in the spelling of Barack. It may be slightly more creative than the usual “Barack Hussein Obama” that the bigots like, but it’s still backward and bigoted.

      • davidpom50 - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:59 PM

        So, I missed the completely, overtly racist part? Whoops. I feel really dumb now. Please carry on with castigating randygnyc. I shall join you all.

        Raesistte D’ouche-Ba’ag, you’re a dumb motherfucker.

    • The Common Man - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      I assume it’s ok to spell your name Raesistte D’ouche-Ba’ag from now on, asshole.

    • drewsylvania - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:33 PM

      Expected nothing less from you.

    • drewsylvania - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      The Brian Terry thing needs more airplay. But not in the ignorant way you’re doing it.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 26, 2012 at 6:57 PM

        Agreed. This was an incredibly irresponsible act by whatever government entities thought it up and carried it out. I’m not surprised that it’s pretty much been swept under the carpet though.

  10. ningenito78 - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    The GOP governors that are supposedly just chopping away public sector jobs is as watered down and tunnel visioned as it gets. They wanted the unions to contribute more to their benefits like, you know, every other friggin worker in America. The unions decided they didn’t want to do that and called the GOP bluff and got torched. The unions are at fault for the cutting of the public sector. Not the GOP.

    • danaking - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      And this has exactly what to do with the topic at hand?

      • Ari Collins - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:50 PM

        It was a reply fail.

        It’s also flat wrong. The fact that the governors told the unions they were cutting their health benefits and the unions did not like getting what amounts to a massive pay cut means it’s the unions’ fault that the governors fired people instead of… you know… creating jobs?

    • brewcrewfan54 - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      If you are in any way reffering to Wisconsin you are wrong. The public unions, while they didn’t like it, conceded to him and started paying in and then education and positions still got cut.

    • jjschiller - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      Those benefits were given to the public sector employees as a part of collective bargaining, in lieu of pay raises.

      The state governments expected health care costs to remain stable, but their own de-regulation initiatives came back to bite them in the ass as health care costs have soared in the last decade.

      So now, we blame union workers because “Hey, he’s just like me. Why does he get a living wage and health insurance when I don’t?” is a lot easier to sell then “Hey, that CEO is just a person like me, why does he make 1000x what I make and get to control congress?”

  11. randallmyhandle - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Looks like both campaigns are in silly-season form.

  12. ningenito78 - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    The Common Man- where exactly was the ‘racist’ part in that post? Or is that because you just rediculously made a huge stretch and assumed it was racist because the 2 guys he mentioned were black? Seems you’re the one turning into something even remotely resembling a race issue.

    • jjschiller - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:58 PM

      Are you an idiot?

      I’m not trying to insult you. I’m just asking for clarification. Because that would make your comment a lot easier to understand.

    • The Common Man - Jun 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM

      You can’t legitimately think I was criticizing anyone for criticizing someone who just happens to be black. The deliberate misspelling of Obama’s name as “Ba’raq” is racist on its face. Stop being an obtuse horse’s ass.

  13. sdelmonte - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Boy, it sure would be nice if somewhere out there, there was a politician who never, ever talked about sports.

    • bloodysock - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:58 PM

      Remember this classic:

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:13 PM

        In Ted’s defense- he was probably drunk.

  14. ningenito78 - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    So attempting to force a bogus recall is the union’s way of giving in? Got it.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 26, 2012 at 6:41 PM

      There’s nothing bogus about the procedure they used for the recall election – they followed Wisconsin protocol for that. A lot less bogus than the party that supposedly believes in the sanctity of contract ripping up a collective-bargaining contract unilaterally.

  15. bigleagues - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Honestly, this is a bunch of useless noise.

    • bmorelikeme - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:58 PM

      Pretty much my reaction to most political stories and all the comments from internet knuckleheads like ourselves. Yet I read on…everytime.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      That’s probably the best description of politics, ever =\

  16. humanexcrement - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Never underestimate Republicans’ ability to turn something completely fucking irrelevant into a controversy worthy of national news attention. Remember the no-flag-pin crap? The teleprompter stuff? Nothing like a guy on the national news criticizing the president for using a teleprompter while using a teleprompter himself. If they want this on national news, it’ll happen. And President Rubberspine will immediately convene a press conference and apologize for it. You wait. If it isn’t this, it’ll be something equally irrelevant.

    • bbgraf08 - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      Never underestimate Republicans’ and Democrats ability to turn something completely fucking irrelevant into a controversy worthy of national news attention.


  17. ningenito78 - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    I love how it’s ‘Just create jobs!’. For decades the unions required rediculous amounts of money to do jobs that could be done much, much cheaper by non-unionized companies. To create jobs, there has to be money for projects. When the unions are eating up enormous, disproportionate amounts of the money for all the projects and forcing taxpayers to foot almost all their benefits is the reason why the jobs eventually ran out. You can’t create jobs if there’s no freakin money to pay for them.

    • jjschiller - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:59 PM

      So the government is responsible for giving us all jobs???

      What are you, some kind of Socialist?

    • myspaceyourface - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      Watch out for the mob. You attacked unions.

  18. ningenito78 - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Is who an idiot? Because if you’re talking about me I was typing my comment while you posted yours so I didn’t see it and it wasn’t a response to you. As for your argument with union workers and CEOs it’s not comparable because most CEOs are paid via company profits where many union workers are paid with taxpayer money. It’s a apple and oranges difference.

  19. randygnyc - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Common- the race card is tired. I wonder what would happen to you if you had sold automatic weapons, to known felons, that were used in the murder of a federal agent, in the state of Arizona? You’d be on death row for Capitol Murder.

    Now, as a matter of policy, I have always sat quietly and watched posters here attack eachother. I have never engaged in this. Never. Yes, I have attacked the subject of a post, but never any fellow posters. I make that exception now. FUCK YOU, COMMON MAN!!!!

    • fearlessleader - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:15 PM

      The death of Brian Terry is no laughing matter. But it’s hilarious that the right wing suddenly cares who the hell gets their hands on automatic weapons.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      I wonder what would happen to you if you had sold automatic weapons, to known felons, that were used in the murder of a federal agent, in the state of Arizona? You’d be on death row for Capitol Murder.

      You’ve posted this at least three times now, and haven’t made a single case of why Obama should be brought up on charges. Did he personally sell the weapons in question? If your justification is that he was the head of this policy, why isn’t Bush Jr being brought up on war crimes for an illegal war against Iraq that killed hundreds of thousands of people?

      • nukeladouche - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:35 PM

        It’s also worth noting that Operation Fast & Furious was the successor to Operation Wide Receiver. Under Operation Wide Receiver, as with Operation Fast & Furious, guns were allowed to “walk” in an effort to arrest higher-level smugglers. Operation Wide Receiver began under the Bush Administration.

    • Ari Collins - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:39 PM

      First, for someone who’s been on HBT for a long time, why have you never learned to hit “Reply”? It’s right below every post everyone ever makes. It’s even below your own! I just hit it.

      Second, no one’s “playing the race card”. You called him “Bar’aq,” a clearly bigoted and islamophobic spelling of his name. Calling a racist slur a racist slur is not playing the race card.

    • papasadappa - Jun 26, 2012 at 3:44 PM

      Curious…were you mad at Reagan for Iran-Contra? Of course not, being Reagan is infallible for conservatives !!!

      • Kevin S. - Jun 26, 2012 at 6:45 PM

        Which is hilarious, since Ronald Reagan was probably more liberal than that “socialist” Barack Obama.

    • The Common Man - Jun 26, 2012 at 3:49 PM

      I’m happy to have made the list of such a racist fuckwit such as yourself, Randy.

      • 18thstreet - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:55 AM

        I’m just happy that more people are seeing what a tool he is.

  20. ningenito78 - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Jjshiler- what the hell are you talking about?

  21. humanexcrement - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    I’m sorry, but all you amateur economists on both sides who get your ideas from blogs and soundbytes and talk radio, please be assured that you don’t know shit. Everybody’s got the solution to all of our problems: jobs, the economy, the war, health care. If only they’d do things your way, everything would be okay, right? Bullshit. Nobody really knows how to fix things, and the more you think you know, the less you actually know. Maybe we could really work this out together as a country if we could all admit that NONE OF US know how to fix the economy for sure, because we can’t account for what’s going to happen in the future. There isn’t one single set of policies that always works and another that is just dumb people talking out of their asses. Different situations require different approaches. Please, all of you, wake up and admit you don’t know jack shit.

    “The only true wisdom consists in knowing that you know nothing.”

    –Tony Danza

    • davidpom50 - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      I know one way to make sure the economy DOESN’T get fixed… Lots of partisan infighting and legislative gridlock, where each side blocks the others’ attempts to do ANYTHING.

      • drewsylvania - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:37 PM


  22. thatyankeedude - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    @ randynyc u sir r 100% correct! Obama and his followers are the most ignorant and corrupt individuals on this planet. They hide behind their screams of racism. This is a president that is trying to strip the rights of Christian Americans and those who are in favor of capitalism. If u support Obama, his love for socialism, and his passionate hatred toward America get out of this country, just get out.

    • APBA Guy - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:15 PM

      Yankeedud, yours has to be the most profoundly ignorant statement to ever appear in HBT, going far beyond anything from RandyG in NYC and ‘biceps.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:20 PM

      This is a president that is trying to strip the rights of Christian Americans

      Hahahahahaha, the most powerful religious group in this country is losing rights? What planet do you live on?

      • yahmule - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:34 PM

        A planet where Christians in America fantasize about being persecuted when most of them have absolutely no idea what it feels like to be on the losing side of a civil rights issue?

    • humanexcrement - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:22 PM

      Right. Only people who agree with you should be able to live in this country. You don’t like Democracy much, do you? Maybe you should go live somewhere else.

    • drewsylvania - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:38 PM

      You guys aren’t helping the perception of the dumb, rich, entitled Yankee fan much.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:43 PM

        I’m rich and entitled? Why didn’t anyone tell me?

      • jjschiller - Jun 26, 2012 at 3:01 PM

        Jingoism and front-running are the same tendency in different mediums.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:31 PM

        As a Yankee fan, it’s our responsibility to the best at everything, even the perception of ignorance and stupidity!

    • Kerry Moss - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      Yes… The Dow Jones Industrial Average has doubled since our practicing-Christian President was inaugurated. He has cut more taxes than Reagan and both Bush president’s combined. Executive pay continues to rise exponentially.

      But Obama hates Christians and capitalists.

      Don’t let the facts get in the way of a great story…

  23. noozehound - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    if you want to be a shitty political reporter so bad just quit hbt. because you suck at reporting sports anyway.

  24. mornelithe - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Uh….I listened to the speech, and Obama wasn’t mocking anything. He specifically thanked Boston for trading Youkilis to Chicago. How is that mocking Boston? Additionally, there were some boo’s among the crowd, but rather than being a hugely divisive topic, the entire situation sounded more light-hearted than anything else. There was more laughter than booing, by far.

    • framingham123 - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:48 AM

      mornelithe – thank you. You are the first commenter to address the topic of this article. I didn’t understand the article as I didn’t hear the speech. And I live in Boston. But now that you remind me the trade sent Youkilis to Chicago, Obama’s comment makes more sense now. And it had to be light-hearted. That’s how I hear it (and I live in Boston!). Obama had lived in Chicago. So it’s a bit of a rivalry type statement–for fun.
      And now I can’t believe Romney jumped on that. Poor choice in my mind. He should know well the various rivalries that exist for Boston sports teams with other cities’ teams.

      And all the other comments here……
      Thank you again, mornelithe.

  25. myspaceyourface - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:25 PM



    • sabatimus - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:31 PM

      Clowns. The lot of them.

    • The Common Man - Jun 26, 2012 at 3:50 PM


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