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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. thatyankeedude - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Did I hit a nerve APBA guy? Is it because I dont worship the dictator of the united states? Is it because I am a God loving Christian? Was my previous comment the most ignorant because even deep down you know that this country is failing and unraveling at an alarming pace thanks to the mass spending and irresponsibility of the left wing and it’s leader?

    • drewsylvania - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      Spending would not be an issue if the rich paid taxes. I don’t care who you are or your affiliation, if you’re rich and not paying taxes, you’re helping wreck the economy.

      • bigdicktater - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:45 PM

        Yeah, if we were in Mitt’s 15% tax bracket we’d have enough to run for Prez too, right?

      • Old Gator - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:46 PM

        Calling the freely elected president of the US, and one who will have to run for re-election this year, especially one stymied by a congress full of obstructionist corporate whores, a “dictator” demonstrates what a total ignoramus you are, with a head full of prefabricated Trailer Park Network sound bytes, a bellyful of medieval superstition and a bottomless contempt for the English language.

      • drewsylvania - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:47 PM

        @bigdicktater: No–you’d need to, as Old Gator says, become a corporate whore.

      • - Jun 26, 2012 at 3:00 PM

        I don’t nomrally get into this, but this type of stuff is what irritates me about both sides and their partisian hacks.

        You are in Mitt’s 15% Tax Bracket. It’s the Capital Gains Tax on investmnet income. Mitt’s investment income is taxed at 15%, your investment income is taxed at 15%, and my investment income are all taxed at 15%.

        INCOME TAX is a different story. But I’m sure the Huffington Post and Daily Kos failed to point that out. I lump people complaining about Romney’s 15% “tax bracket” into the same crowd as The Birthers: Out of all the issues out there inwhich to rundown a candidate THAT’s the issue you’re running with? Really? It doesn’t look good on you and it hurts your credibility.

        Move along to something that matters.

      • jjschiller - Jun 26, 2012 at 3:05 PM

        sportsdrenched – the insinuation is, you have to have a pretty high baseline of net-worth to rely on your capital gains, rather than a payroll.

        People working at Home Depot aren’t making their money in capital gains.

        Thus, taxing capital gains at half the rate you tax payroll income, is a regressive concept. It helps the rich stay rich and heavies the burden on the poor.

      • mrfloydpink - Jun 26, 2012 at 3:10 PM

        Really, sportsdrenched? Mitt Romney derives ALL of his income from his investment portfolio (and his compensation agreement with Bain Capital). He therefore pays 15% on his income, even though he could afford to pay much, much more without missing the money. The fact that his income is from capital gains, and that the tax he pays is therefore not properly called an “income tax” seems an incredibly trivial distinction,

        Further, is it really unreasonable or crazy to suggest that, at best, Romney’s financial circumstance makes him out of touch with those of us who have to bust our rear ends to pay the bill?. And at worst, that it might indicate that he’s a selfish, thoughtless individual who probably won’t be too interested in looking out for the needs of the people who elect him? Is making this argument REALLY equivalent to what happens with the birther movement–a movement built around an arguably racist conspiracy theory utterly at odds with any and all evidence?

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 26, 2012 at 4:08 PM

        Who’s paying the bill? the 50% of Americans that pay no income tax? How about folks who under report their income, sre they shouldering their load too.

        Listen folks, i’m all for dragging corporations like GM across the carpet and tweaking the capital gains tax a bit, but hell, be fair, it’s not just the wealthy.

        And again, be fair, Romney these days may make the bulk of his money off of his investments. But i’m sure he’s been taxed to code on both his civil service earnings and any speaking or consulting wages he’s accrued.

    • mrfloydpink - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      Wow. You’re a Yankee fan. A self-righteousm preachy Christian. And a mouthpiece for Fox/Rush/Hannity who is willing to repeat any blather they spoon feed to you. That’s one, two, and three strikes. I’m not sure it would be possible to find a more obnoxious combination.

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 26, 2012 at 3:37 PM


      • historiophiliac - Jun 26, 2012 at 4:00 PM

        Unless he’s also a Clemens fan.

    • bigtunany - Jun 26, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      Ah, ok. I think i have it now. yankeedud isn’t real. It’s a Beta test of GOP software to automatically troll the comments section of ALL websites. It just rearranges GOP talking points while randomly plucking specifics from other comments.

    • azvikefan - Jun 26, 2012 at 3:22 PM

      I’m with you yankeedude. Lot’s of liberal pussies on here today. Old gator used to be a prof so that explains his socialist leanings. He’s quite the big talker too. “stymied by a congress full of obstructionist corporate whores”. ooooh, he’s edumacated.

      • mrfloydpink - Jun 26, 2012 at 3:27 PM

        Right, azvikefan. Education sucks! Who needs it? Only stuck-up liberal pansies, that’s who!

        Now, shouldn’t you be on your way to the bus stop, so you can catch the #22 and make it to McDonald’s in time for your afternoon shift?

      • azvikefan - Jun 26, 2012 at 6:16 PM

        My point was most educators are liberals trying to destroy America.

      • Kevin S. - Jun 26, 2012 at 6:34 PM

        Yeah, that’s it – learning things is bad! That’s why there’s a pretty fucking strong correlation between the poorest states and the states with the worst education, right?

      • mrfloydpink - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:06 PM

        Most educators are liberals trying to destroy America? Really? The people who work hard at a very difficult job for not great money trying to help kids learn? Don’t you feel a little dirty even saying that? Why not target mothers or firefighters or nurses or people who volunteer to read books on tape for the blind? Those SOBs are probably trying to destroy America, too.

        Further, when you repeat this nonsense you get from Rush or Michael Savage or Bill O’Reilly or Ann Coulter or whomever, doesn’t it just seem a little too simplistic to be true? Let me give you the equally offensive left-wing variant: All soldiers are fascists trying to destroy America. That statement is just as facile and just as ridiculous.

      • azvikefan - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:06 AM

        You liberal pussies confirm my belief that you all hate America.
        God Bless America! Thanks for the 2nd amenment Lord.

      • drewsylvania - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:20 AM

        Love it when, as is routine, RWNJs can’t compete when someone offers logic or facts.

    • APBA Guy - Jun 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM

      It was the “most ignorant” because it is, simply, untethered from any reality, as is your comeback remark.

    • illegalblues - Jun 26, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      LOL. You honestly think you are special. That is precious

    • purnellmeagrejr - Jun 26, 2012 at 4:46 PM

      Didn’t have to scratch too deep to find crazy on this board. There is no dictator for starters. The rest of what you post is such gibberish I’ll just leave it at that.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 26, 2012 at 6:49 PM

      Ah, I believe we’ve discovered the problem. Thatyankeedude makes bogus claims of Christian persecution, gets called out on such bogus claims, and then thinks that’s somehow an attack on his Christianity, which feeds right back into his loop of Christian persecution.

    • rhondayes - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:31 AM

      you’re being foolish. You’re also stuck on stupid by the very use of “dictator”. You may be God-loving, but you are no Christian. This country isn’t failing, but it does have a failing infrastructure and for that you can thank the republican congress. There is a transportation bill that they’ve been sitting on for a year where hundreds of thousands, possibly, didn’t have to lose their homes, had the congress allowed a vote on the bill. This is the bill that would employ up to 5 million people over the next few years while fixing some of the most dangerous structures in this country. We have 70,000 failing bridges and roads and the congress has decided to put it on hold, because it would make the President look good. Who cares who looks good if people get employed and off of unemployment insurance? YOU guys. You prefer to further cripple hurting families and this is why I say you are not Christian.

      This is funny. I have another one that I will post in a moment:

      • rhondayes - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:34 AM

        Oh well. I see that they do not allow images. Sorry.

  2. deathmonkey41 - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    I think these posts are a lame attempt by Craig to distract attention away from the fact that it’s “He Who Shall Not Be Named ‘s” birthday?

  3. pickelback - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    This is Romney’s wheelhouse- he is a fan of sport after all…

  4. silversun60 - Jun 26, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    I’m from Canada…. and they think I’m slow….. eh….

    Why can’t you gosh darn Americans just get along.

  5. skeleteeth - Jun 26, 2012 at 3:43 PM


    • jimeejohnson - Jun 26, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      Have to admit: I gave this post 2 thumbs up! It was refreshing after all the partisan bickering, even though Republicans and Democrats are simply opposite sides of the EXACT same coin.

    • deathmonkey41 - Jun 26, 2012 at 6:54 PM

      I gave it thumbs up too- but mostly because it’s the smartest thing he’s said in weeks!

    • sabatimus - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:28 PM


  6. jlovenotjlo - Jun 26, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    You all laugh now but this will become the issue that defines this election and determines the next leader of the Free World..

    Anyway, Obama is correct. Thanks Red Sox

    • badintent - Jun 26, 2012 at 5:42 PM

      Red Sox Nation needs more beer ! Call Holder , he can scream for more DOJ agents to go after white moonshiners to get the liquor tax and beer We all know that ATF waste tons of $$ trying to track down dirt poor folk making a few extra dollars while the massive liquor companies don’t pay taxes. “I’m talking bout Taxes and practice ” Everyone in Hong Kong doesn’t pay more than 15 % a year , even millionaires. . They got it right.As a Yankee fan, I hope Youk hits .400 the rest of the season.

  7. tubbman27 - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    What do you want to bet Romney could even pronounce Youkilis’s name.

  8. mlp3180 - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    I remember when this website was full of actual baseball news and remained apolitical…oh that’s right, it was just last week.

  9. chap0904 - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    This comment from an idiot who met a really tall person and stated “I assume he must have been in “sport”… What a douche…..

  10. dremmel69 - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Romney is actually making the Youkilis thing a campaign issue……….

    Why not? You did.

  11. rhondayes - Jun 27, 2012 at 5:49 AM

    LMFAO! Mitt is a fool. President Obama said what he did on purpose. He was deliberate and knew what he was doing. It was great and it was hilarious; especially watching him laugh some and hold back the rest of his laugh. The crowd was eating it up. It was fun.

    Continue being human Mr. President! You are a person and a president and we love your being down to earth and regular people, occasionally.

  12. riverace19 - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    It’s confirmed: Romney IS as dumb as he looks.

  13. chicagofan - Jun 28, 2012 at 6:16 AM

    I am from Chicago and have lived in Massachusetts for over 25yrs. Obama did what any true Chicago baseball fan would do–talk trash when we get a chance,a rare event. That any dumbass like some of the posters and Romney would use this as an attack issue, confirms the obvious–they are desperate and have no substantive issue to run on. The problem with Romney is not his tax bracket but his proposed tax policies that would destroy our recovering economy. Tax cuts for the upper middle class and upper class tax brackets did not work during 8yrs of Bush and will not work/still are not working now. Romney wants you to waste your time thinking about the MLB rather than the game he is playing with our economic future.
    Also, Obama at least has a sense of humor and the courage to tweak his own supporters, while Romney lies at the drop of a hat and tells everyone what he thinks they want to hear–where is the humor in that?.

  14. materialman80 - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Romney is a “sport” fan….right?

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