So you didn’t exactly have to be Nostradamus to predict that Captain Capitalist was going to once again attempt to deliver a Costco-style bulk of lies during tonight’s debate, as he painfully attempted to ditch the Mr. Etch-a-sketch moniker for the more palatable Moderate Mitt one. But there certainly was a moment of sheer Scooby Doo-like flabbergast from those of us in the reality based community, and I’m referring to the question of gun violence.
For whatever reason, the corporate-manicured Debate Commission allowed for an unscripted, non-media-talking-point question to infiltrate an otherwise predictable debate forum. I’m referring, of course, to the Town Hall questioner’s question on how to prevent another tragedy in Aurora and, specifically, what President Obama and Romney would do about assault weapons. So what version of Romney would we get: the Mittbot of 1994-2007, who supported the assault weapons ban, or the Mittbot of recent vintage who embraced gun-toting, right-wing nut job Ted Nugent, and who proudly accepted the NRA endorsement (i.e., he will be a super duper pawn for supporters of penis-substitute weapons of death). But what we got was Rick Santorum with better hair.
While answering the woman’s question about gun control and assault weapons, Romney suddenly morphed into either Rick Santorum or primary Mitt mode, as he implored the importance of marriage and two-parent households. Romney has proven that he’s worthy of bonus pay when it comes to exploiting national tragedies for political gain and ideological divisiveness, so naturally he used the question on gun violence to sell family values and perpetuate the Christian Taliban nonsense that single parents are somehow terrible:
Romney: What I believe is we have to do, as the president mentioned towards the end of his remarks there, which is to make enormous efforts to enforce the gun laws that we have, and to change the culture of violence that we have.
And you ask how — how are we going to do that? And there are a number of things. He mentioned good schools. I totally agree. We were able to drive our schools to be number one in the nation in my state. And I believe if we do a better job in education, we’ll — we’ll give people the — the hope and opportunity they deserve and perhaps less violence from that. But let me mention another thing. And that is parents. We need moms and dads, helping to raise kids. Wherever possible the — the benefit of having two parents in the home, and that’s not always possible. A lot of great single moms, single dads. But gosh to tell our kids that before they have babies, they ought to think about getting married to someone, that’s a great idea.
Because if there’s a two parent family, the prospect of living in poverty goes down dramatically. The opportunities that the child will — will be able to achieve increase dramatically. So we can make changes in the way our culture works to help bring people away from violence and give them opportunity, and bring them in the American system. (Washington Post)
Attacking single parents is as much a meme with today’s Republicans as attacking women and their fun parts. Romney appeared to be expanding upon some hilariously baseless and unfounded comments made by a Republican state Senator from Wisconsin, and in doing so, he made sure not to totally throw under the bus the right-wing hate groups he wooed during the Primaries.
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