Posts Tagged ‘Mitt Romney’


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What to do about Trump’s GOP? A serious question as America watches the “Republican” insurrectionists hijack what was once the Grand Old Party under the guidance of the Former Guy, the unlikely arch-Conservative from the stalwart Republican dynasty, daughter of the Former Vice President Dick Cheney, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) willing to put her political career on the line to save the soul of her party and some say democracy. Welcome to The Halli Casser-Jayne Podcast this week all about the threat to democracy the Democratic Party might not be taking seriously enough, if New York Times columnist Thomas Freidman is correct, a spirited conversation on the subject and more between Halli and her partner in politics, former White House correspondent and Newsweek and Time alum, Matthew Cooper.


In a frank piece in the New York Times and in an eye-opening exchange with Anderson Cooper on his nightly cable show A360 this week, Friedman warned that President Biden’s successful handling of the Covid-19 Pandemic and the passing of his Stimulus Package seems to have lulled many into thinking that Donald Trump and his Big Lie that the election was stolen, which led to the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, would all go away. It hasn’t. In fact, Friedman says, the opposite is happening. “We are not OK,” Freidman insists. “America’s democracy is in real danger. In fact, we are closer to a political civil war — more than at any other time in our modern history.” You don’t want to miss Halli and Matt’s discussion. Do they agree? Do you? Can Rep. Lynn Cheney stop the madness that has overtaken her Republican Party? Should she stay in and fight, or leave? There’s more. Tune in. You might need a tranquilizer by the time Halli and Matt are done.

What to do about Trump’s GOP? The fate of Liz Cheney, Mitt Romney, the Republican Party. And what’s in store for Rudy Giuliani? Is it true that ETTD, as Rick Wilson so famously said? Covid-19, Caitlyn Jenner, Bill and Melinda Gates, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis…there’s a lot to get to. Tune in to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show with Matthew Cooper the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too. We’ve got a lot to get to. Here we go!


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Not the “PERFECT” Acquittal, the State of the Union, the Iowa Debacle, the Coronavirus, and just when you thought there were no heroes among us along comes a few, Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Doug Jones (D-AL) to name two. This week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show a conversation with one of our favorite conservatives, Peter Wehner, an outspoken critic of Donald Trump, and a voice of great magnitude, one of the most moral men we know. And that’s just where we begin. Stay-tuned for our second half-hour and our weekly political analysis, when Halli’s partner in politics, former White House correspondent Matthew Cooper joins the conversation.

In these fractious times, The Trump Era, what does the word politics mean to you? Does it conjure an image that is nasty, brutish, and depressing? In his book THE DEATH OF POLITICS: HOW TO HEAL OUR FRACTURED REPUBLIC AFTER TRUMP, the outspoken conservative and Christian critic of the Trump presidency, New York Times contributing opinion writer and White House veteran, Peter Wehner pushes back against what people have come to think about politics, and argues that while Americans have come to loathe politics, that loathing comes with disastrous results. Ethics and morality do count, impeachment always has risks — every generation has to prove itself worthy of self-government.

Not The "Perfect"Acquittal

It has been a week in politics that will be remembered for the ages. Donald John Trump was acquitted but not exonerated in his impeachment trial, the first POTUS to have one of his own party, Senator Mitt Romney, to vote for his conviction. But before that America was offered a State of the Union that had the makings of a 1960 TV variety show, replete with staged heart-wrenching moments and a Rush Limbaugh political stunt. But it was Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi who stole the show. Did we mention the Iowa Caucuses? And that’s just where we begin.

Not the “PERFECT” Acquittal, the State of the Union, the Iowa Debacle, the Coronavirus, and a lot of ethical and moral conversation brought to us by a truly moral man, Peter Wehner this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show podcast, always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and via all your favorite apps.

Walsh, Cooper, Grunwald – Top Political Pundits – Guests for the Hour

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POST-ELECTION COVERAGE – Illuminating hidden truths The Halli Casser-Jayne Show explores the hot button issues of race, media influence and the ideological divide with top political pundits on Nov 7, 3 pm EST.

Top political minds will bring you post-election coverage of Election 2012 and insight into what is in store for the U.S. in the upcoming four years, Wednesday, November 7, 3 pm EST, on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds.

Joining host Halli Casser-Jayne is Joan Walsh, editor-at-large for, the pioneering, award-winning website, and an MSNBC political analyst, author of “What’s the Matter with White People?” Walsh will shine her perspective on the browning of America and why white working class opportunities have stagnated and declined.

Ms. Casser-Jayne’s second guest is a Time Magazine senior national correspondent, Mike Grunwald, author of The New New Deal, The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era in which Grunwald seeks to enlighten America’s thinking about President Obama and his stimulus package as being the most aggressive fiscal stimulus bill in U.S. history, helping to stop an economic death spiral, easing the pain of a great recession and preventing a depression. Grunwald is recognized as one of this generation’s most original and tireless journalists with a talent for illuminating hidden truths.

National Journal editor and former White House correspondent, Matt Cooper, will also join in a political roundtable hosted by Halli Casser-Jayne, author of A Year in My Pajamas with President Obama, the Politics of Strange Bedfellows.

Don’t miss The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds Wednesday, November 7th at 3 – 4 pm ET as our guests shed light on America’s political future. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds and Lovers of Politics is always enlightening.

The Halli Casser-Jayne Show airs Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m. EST on ( The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is one of the top shows on the BlogTalkRadio Network, the world’s largest live online talk radio network with over 50 thousand show episodes created each month that attract over 20 million listeners. Podcasts of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show are available on multiple networks including iTunes (…), and via apps in multiple formats. For additional details and to download previous interviews, visit


Halli began her radio career on “The Dick Summer Show” on WYNY in New York City and has also worked as a reporter and photographer; actress and documentary producer; radio personality; author, editor and publisher. Her radio show, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds, features stellar guests from the world of politics, books, art, culture, and celebrity. Recent guests have included Gloria Feldt, author-activist and former CEO of Planned Parenthood; actress Linda Evans; bestselling authors Kristin Hannah and Jackie Collins; star of  Broadway’s Jersey Boys, Russell Fischer; Representative Betty Sutton; Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset, Danny Danon, two-time Pulitzer prizewinner political cartoonist Jim Morin. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, a production of RESSAC LLC, airs Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m. EST on For more information, visit Like the show’s page on Facebook,, and follow Halli on Twitter,


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OK. When a seemingly legitimate candidate for the presidency of the United States of America stoops to the low that Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney did today in invoking the “birther” controversy into his campaign, I cannot let it roll by. Yes, of course, there’s the proverbial question as to how low will a pol go to win a campaign, a question we sadly  know the answer to: lower than low. But there’s something even more unseemly here that needs to be addressed.

The question of President Obama’s birth  by the lunatic fringe is fraught with layers. These are not frivolous attacks on the legitimacy of the Obama presidency. They are, in fact, deliberate, focused attacks on the black president fueled by racism by a predominately white Southern constituency.

Of course, Mitt Romney knows this, which is what makes his invocation of the absurd claims by the absurd fringe of his absurd party that much more heinous. And, one might even go so far as to say desperate.

But mostly it is despicable, and in my mind, should disqualify Governor Mitt Romney as a presidential candidate. When a presidential candidate plays the race card, however cleverly, he should not qualify for a chance to win the highest office in the land that  is the American presidency.

In response to the horror over his remarks by his detractors, the Romney campaign replied with this: “Governor Romney was just illustrating that he was born and raised here in Michigan.”

An absurd excuse.



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Paul Ryan










This morning Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will announce Paul Ryan as his running mate and in doing so appears to be declaring war against everything that the Democratic Party stands for. With the choice of Paul Ryan, Romney will not only be exacerbating the culture wars, but he appears to have set his sights on two of the great presidents of the Twentieth Century: FDR (The New Deal) and LBJ (The Great Society), indeed, the great shift of the Twentieth Century back to the people. This will be a battle — and perhaps a dangerous one — pitting Conservatives against Liberals, rich against poor, the religious Right against the rest, corporate culture against the unions, The Great Society against the elite. This battle has been a longtime coming, and maybe it is past time to engage. Maybe it will propel this nation forward, when it has been mired in inanity. Maybe it will further divide an already divided nation. Perhaps it will purge us of our differences — what wars often do — that have led to the inability of our leaders to move our country forward in a most necessary way. What Romney’s choice has done, no question, is to take the tired old description of our presidential races that this is the most important election of our lifetime, and make it true.


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The United States has gone Seinfeld; it’s a country about NOTHING. Nada, nil, bupkes, zip, zilch, N-O-T-H-I-N-G!

Nothing seems to be the message of our times. Nothing matters…elections…relationships…friendship…our word…anybody else…love…honor…valor…N-O-T-H-I-N-G!

We’re living in a time of spoken clichés…nothing ventured nothing gained, nothing up anyone’s sleeve, a fistful of nothing, next to nothing, nothing between her legs (See: Below!), little or nothing, which all amount to…N-O-T-H-I-N-G!

Let me explain: There is no venture capitalism from which to gain; everyone’s got something up their sleeve these days so we are in a period of null and void (a euphemism for N-O-T-H-I-N-G). A fistful of nothing is what most of us have, except the banks and rich Republicans; ditto, we all have little or nothing…

…as I said: this is a country about N-O-T-H-I-N-G.  Thank you Jerry Seinfeld, who himself got rich off of N-O-T-H-I-N-G!

William Shakespeare must be doing nothing in his grave, but L-A-U-G-H-I-N-G as we as a
nation have devolved into a nation that is much ado about N-O-T-H-I-N-G!

America has become a play on Shakespeare’s words. It’s just as the title says it is: Much To Do about Nothing. As the title’s meaning implies: a great fuss about very little — in this case a country that had been made of something  but which is quickly becoming  N-O-T-H-I-N-G!

Here are a few examples of how we have become nothing because we seem hell-bent on making much ado about nothing. Consider that because President Obama’s middle name is Hussein, there are those who insist that The President of the United States, Barack Obama is therefore a Muslim (and that would somehow make him a threat); Mitt Romney ran Bain Capital even when he didn’t run Bain Capital, therefore he’s not suitable for anything, most of all being President of the United States; Barack Obama is a Socialist because he enacted The Affordable Care Act as originally created by the Republicans, specifically Mitt Romney, who therefore – I digress into nothing — must be a Socialist, too.

Oh, and by the way, let’s bring into the discussion vaginas, about which there’s been much ado about nothing this election cycle. Why? Because the Republicans, who have built the Romney campaign on a lot of NOTHING, have focused on their most favorite topic of nothing – vaginas – and who shall own them: Roe (Obama) or Wade (Romney), truly a discussion of nothing since Roe beat Wade a long time ago, although according to Republicans, there’s nothing in that truth.

Which takes me back to William Shakespeare and Much Ado About Nothing…I’ll bet you didn’t know that “Nothing” was Elizabethan slang for “vagina”, apparently derived from the pun of a woman having “nothing” between her legs.

Proving that in the world of Nothing…nothing is as it seems, because if there is one thing women have…it is indeed, something between their legs, even in a country about N-O-T-H-I-N-G!


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Mormon Temple

For those of you who asked, here is the  information on where you can learn more about the guests who appeared on Wednesday’s The Halli Casser-Jayne Show: Is Mitt Romney’s Mormonism Fair Game? We tackled the controversial subject of Mormonism, the often besmirched and little known religion. In that context, we asked the question whether Republican presumptive nominee, Mitt Romney’s Mormonism would be a consideration of voters when they make their choice for president. It was an informative and sometimes controversial discussion. I hope that you’ll all tune in. You can listen right here on our website, or download the episode/podcast directly from iTunes. If you do go to iTunes, we ask that you leave a comment there to help us build our presence on iTunes.

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Election 2012: Boring…boring…boring!!!

Maybe it’s because Election 2008 was so extraordinary. Maybe it is because during Election 2008 I was researching what would become my book A YEAR IN MY PAJAMAS WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA, The Politics of Strange Bedfellows. Maybe it’s because the two men vying to win Election 2012 could not be running more lackluster campaigns than Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

From the man who took presidential campaigns to new heights in 2008, the once mercurial Barack Obama now comes across as phlegmatic.  The campaign itself is equally composed.

Boring, boring, boring!

And then there is Mitt Romney and his uninspiring style. Mitt Romney reminds me of the Ken doll. I suppose he might be considered good-looking, if you like the type of man who graces the back pages of cheap newspaper supplements with their arms in that odd waist-high position and their dead facial expressions. Romney is a figure in a wax museum. His voice is as mundane as his looks, and as annoying as his lack of style. He speaks with a nasal tone and always seems breathless to me, his cadence oddly staccato.


My description of both candidates must seem oddly superficial. I talk about their style and delivery and not about the content of their campaigns. There is good reason for this: There is no content in either campaign. The candidates attack each other, they attack each others’ party, they attack each others’ politics. Election 2012 is a campaign Against and is nothing about FOR.  Romney is against whatever Obama is for, and Obama is against whatever Romney is for. Or I could say that Romney is for whatever Obama is against, and Obama is for whatever Romney is against. Whichever way you play the sentence, it gets you to the same place. No innovation, nothing inventive, no wealth of ideas. Truth is, they were both for it, whatever it is, before they were against it.


So, if you believe, as I do, that our candidates reflect us, than you have a pretty good idea where America is today. America is no longer the land of the free and the home of the brave…it’s just…



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I begin with this: we don’t have to agree with everyone about everything. But we must be respectful of each other’s point of view. This simple notion, long the tenet of American society, seems to have gone to the dogs. Ruff…ruff…rough.

Rough is what we all seem these days. We’ve, like dogs, separated into packs: staunch Republicans, die-hard liberals, and somewhere in the middle a bunch of stray blue-dogs, if you will, who have wandered.

And then there is Mitt Romney, top dog of the current Republican Party, their candidate to lead the pack that hopes to unseat President Barack Obama. Obama’s somewhat in the doghouse these days due to an uncompromising economy, not helpful to his hope to remain chief dog.

About Mitt Romney, he’s no mutt. He presents himself as a pedigree: well-mannered, well-educated, well-bred, and oh, so successful. No doubt he’s a handsome puppy, which ought to garner him a pack of votes because the animal instinct of most human beings is to be attracted to the best-looking dog.

But there is a character issue that has dogged Romney since the start of his campaign – no, not the one about his flip-flopping – but instead the one about his intolerance to those who don’t share the Romney pedigree and all that it means.

The character issue, one of intolerance, apparently surfaced early in Romney’s privileged life. A recent Washington Post story revealed that senior high school student Mitt Romney didn’t much care for a soft-spoken (code description for gay back in the day) new student at the prestigious Cranbrook School, John Lauber, also deemed a non-conformist. When Lauber returned to school after a vacation with bleached-blonde hair, which seductively draped over one eye, it was too much for the upper-crust, high school senior, the un-MITT-igated bigot Romney.

“He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” a riled Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection. Mitt kept complaining about Lauber’s look, Friedemann recalled.

A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school pack shouting about their plan to cut Lauber’s hair. Friedemann followed them to a room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.

The incident was recalled similarly by five students, who gave their accounts independently of one another.

Is it fair to judge the character of the adult Romney by the acts of a high school senior? If you don’t think so, it is worth noting that Team Romney’s reaction to the incident as revealed most definitively fails the character test.

Laughing non-denials and a half-assed “if I hurt anyone” apology in response to charges of violence and violation is the hallmark, not just of a bully, but of the culture that enables them. And laughing off the incident is exactly what Romney and his team attempted to do.

Did Romney also lie? He said he doesn’t remember the incident. WTF? Doesn’t remember the incident? He doesn’t remember leading a pack of assaulting students with sharp implements?

He’s also made the claim that he didn’t think that the soft-spoken, bleached blonde guy he attacked was gay (so he did remember?). What? Did bigotry against sexual orientation just begin today? No. Bullies like Romney were attacking what they called “faggots” long before Romney’s violent attack against a closeted homosexual. Finally, what kind of person isn’t quite sure “if I hurt anyone” by holding down a whimpering young man and chopping off his hair?

Romney makes me want to howl, and so I will now at the latest revelation about Romney and his disdain for the LGBT community.


As reported in the Boston Globe, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s administration in 2006 blocked publication of a state anti-bullying guide for Massachusetts public schools because officials objected to use of the terms “bisexual’’ and “transgender’’ in passages about protecting certain students from harassment, according to state records and interviews with current and former state officials.

Suppressing the guide’s publication was among steps that Romney and his aides took during his last year in office to distance the Republican governor from state programs designed to specifically support gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people. His critics said it was part of an effort to court social conservatives as he prepared for his first campaign for president in 2008.

Pretty lame excuse for not standing up for the LGBT community, as a man of character would. What kind of man wouldn’t?

A hound dog.


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Here’s a shocker: in April, President Obama held a 49 percent to 43 percent lead over Republican presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney amongst women. That has now flipped to 46 percent backing Mr. Romney with 44 percent for Mr. Obama — an 8-point swap, according to the latest CBS-New York Times poll.

I feel raped, surely by the Republican Party and their vagina defiling antics, but moreover by those 46 percent of American women who are backing Romney and who clearly suffer from Stockholm syndrome.

Just in case you don’t know what Stockholm syndrome is, here is a definition from Wikipedia: “In psychology, Stockholm syndrome is an apparently paradoxical psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and have positive feelings towards their captors, sometimes to the point of defending them. These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, who essentially mistake a lack of abuse from their captors for an act of kindness.”

Yes, the definition is applicable here and it appears, at least according to the CBS-New York Times poll, that fully 46 percent of women voters have bowed to their captors, the Republican Party, and are in need of some serious psychological help.

How is it that any self-respecting woman could align herself with a political party who is hell-bent on eroding women’s rights in every way possible? Even if for religious reasons a woman is anti-abortion, no woman who loves her vagina can love the current Republican Party.

Clearly, there are a number of women in the United States who don’t like their own vaginas, anatomy that they should solemnly swear (or affirm) that they will faithfully execute their rights over as women of the United States, and will within the best of their abilities preserve, protect and defend, as the president of the United States does the Constitution of the United States when he (so far no she!) affirms when taking the Oath of Office.

Instead, too many American women as seen in the CBS/New York Times poll continue to be submissive to the Testosterone Power of male lawmakers – and in a few cases such as that of estrogen deficient Arizona Governor Jan Brewster misaligned in a strange sisterhood.

Are these women misogynistettes who seek to disassociate themselves from their cruel and deceitful gender?  Are they religious zealots? Are they dumb? Are they ignorant? Are they mental cases? Do they, indeed suffer from Stockholm syndrome? Whichever, it is unfathomable that any woman worth her vagina agrees with a political party that is engaged in a four-point assault on women’s health that include prohibiting the right of a woman to choose abortion within the framework of Roe v. Wade  and actually go so far as to omit reasonable exceptions for a woman’s health or cases of rape, incest or grievous fetal impairment which would actually require that a woman be near death before she is allowed medical care, according to the New York Times.

Or that a women worth her weight and her vagina would demean herself by aligning herself with a political party that denies a sister access to affordable health care,  as recently occurred in Arizona as signed into law by the penis-envying  Gov. Jan Brewer.

Under The Republican Penis Brigade even equal pay for women is under attack. Consider Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin who signed the repeal of a 2009 law that allowed women to bring lawsuits in state courts against pay discrimination. When asked to defend his idiocy, Walker actually said that he didn’t want the courts clogged by lawsuits, apparently justified or not.

But the penis de resistance is the battering of the Senate approved reauthorization of the Violence against Women Act, legislation meant to protect victims of domestic and sexual abuse, and bring their abusers to justice by the House of Misogynists-representatives.  Just two GOP congresswomen voted against it: Reps. Judy Biggert (Ill.) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.). The House version rolls back critical provisions to help victims of abuse.

Yes, we are engaged in a great civil war, a war against women and the control of their vaginas. In this case we know the enemy. It is the Republican Party, and some vaginas themselves. As the great Sun Tzu said in The Art of War, “If you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss. If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you may win or may lose.”

I say that if you know neither yourself nor your enemy, you will always DIS-ENGENDER or is it DIS-MEMBER yourself.  Some women are their own worst enemies.

UPDATE:  A must read: Romney Puts Women’s Lives at Risk


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