Mittens Goes to Israel

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So Mittens needed a “breakout moment in Israel to salvage foreign trip,” WaPo says. So far, his breakout has been to piss off the press.

Romney’s campaign announced Saturday that it would block the news media from covering the event, which will be held at the King David Hotel. The campaign’s decision to close the fundraiser to the press violates the ground rules it negotiated with news organizations in April, when Romney wrapped up the Republican nomination and began opening some of his finance events to the news media.

Under the agreement, a pool of wire, print and television reporters can cover every Romney fundraiser held in public venues, including hotels and country clubs. The campaign does not allow media coverage of fundraisers held in private residences.

It is speculated that Mittens intends to badmouth President Obama, which he said he would not do while on foreign soil. But truth is he doesn’t have anything else to campaign on. And there are other complications:

The fund-raiser may be especially delicate for Mr. Romney because of the attendance of Sheldon Adelson, a billionaire casino magnate who has pledged to spend some $100 million this election to help defeat President Obama, as well as elect Republicans. Though Mr. Adelson first supported Newt Gingrich during the early nominating contests because of his strong support for Israel, he has since thrown his support behind Mr. Romney. Mr. Adelson and his wife recently gave $5 million to a pro-Romney “super PAC.” He flew over to Jerusalem for the weekend to attend the event.

Mr. Romney seems to be taking pains to keep the fund-raiser under wraps. Typically, a small pool of reporters is allowed into fund-raisers held in public locations, in order to provide a written report on Mr. Romney’s remarks. Though there have been a few occasions when the campaign has tried to limit access — citing an especially small venue or the fact that Mr. Romney was not giving formal remarks — this is the first time that a public fund-raiser has been closed without any explanation.

This is no way to run a presidential campaign.

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  1. biggerbox  •  Jul 28, 2012 @9:49 pm

    So, Mitt flew to a foreign country in the Mideast, to have a meeting in secret with an anti-Obama billionaire and who knows who else, where they are going to give him money in exchange for promises he expressly kept the press from overhearing?

    Seems to me that if his opponents can’t make something out of that, they have no business being in politics.

  2. Kyle  •  Jul 28, 2012 @10:24 pm

    Rmoney made his fortune by trashing prior agreements with Little People who work with/for him.

  3. Tom_B  •  Jul 28, 2012 @10:58 pm

    If a democrat did that, the usual suspects would go ballistic.

    I am looking forward to the debates. Mitts has clearly never had to think on his feet. Ever. It could be a good chance for Obama to overcome his $$$ disadvantage.

  4. Swami  •  Jul 28, 2012 @11:40 pm

    The King David Hotel ? Isn’t that the birth place of Middle Eastern terrorism?

  5. c u n d gulag  •  Jul 29, 2012 @5:53 am

    Mitt’s not making it easy for the MSM reporters to keep his historically inept campaign afloat until November, so that he’s got a chance, and the reporter’s media corporation can milk the millions and billions of Super PAC dollars that other corporations and their executives will spend to see him defeat the man who basically kept those executive’s’ @$$es in safe range from pitchfork-and-torch-carrying masses.

    But ‘Goshdarnit,’ there’s SOOOOO much corporate and personal unregulated profit at stake here, anything short of Mitt performing a ritual murder, will be glossed-over.
    But don’t let President Obama, or one of his supporters, make a gaff! Or else he’ll face “The Wrath of Koch!” ‘Revenge, is a dish best served cold – by ‘the help,’ with a side salad, and a nice chilled, not too oakie, “refreshment,” from some billionaire buddies winery/tax shelter/deduction – Mitt will have a hot chocolate, thank you – leaving half for ‘the help,’ in lieu of a tip.’

    Next stop – Poland!
    Where Mitt will ask if it really take four of their fine citizens to change one light bulb? And the MSM will blame the pressure from the Obama campaign for Mitt’s “gaff.”

  6. erinyes  •  Jul 29, 2012 @7:33 am

    Everything is for sale, including unconditional love.
    I do give Israel credit for several things; their gun laws, their healthcare system, and their ability to buy our politicians like so many hookers.
    What’s in YOUR wallet?
    HA!

  7. erinyes  •  Jul 29, 2012 @7:54 am
  8. erinyes  •  Jul 29, 2012 @2:10 pm
  9. Swami  •  Jul 29, 2012 @4:33 pm

    “We will not look away, and nor will my country ever look away from our passion and commitment to Israel.”

    Speak for yourself,Asswipe. Some of us think that the love affair between Israel and the U.S. is the biggest crock of shit foisted on the American people since the founding of our republic.



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