Thursday, September 20, 2012

SNL: 'Fox and Friends,' Mitt Romney and the 47 Percent

SNL's first Weekend Update Thursday of the campaign season opened with Fox and Friends' defense of Mitt Romney's leaked videos, complete with Jason Sudeikis recreating the "47 percent" comments and some other secretly taped moments.

Changing Washington From the Inside or the Outside?

As President Obama's Truth Team demonstrated this morning, it's easy to take someone's words out of context. Mitt Romney admitted to not yet watching, only hearing about, Obama's Univision forum today, in which the President said that one of the things he's learned over the last four years is that you can't single-handedly change Washington "from the inside." Romney jumped on these remarks hours after the President made them and released this video from a campaign rally. He promises to change Washington "from the inside."
Meanwhile, the Obama campaign is not treating the President's comments as a gaffe, but rather embracing them in their own web video that contrasts the idea that we can only change Washington by working together with Mitt Romney's dismissal of the 47 percent. The idea of change coming from outside Washington did not represent Obama "throwing in the white flag of surrender" (Romney's words), but was exactly in line with his convention speech where he told the American people "you were the change" in 2008.
It's certainly arguable that candidate Obama promised more change in 2008 than President Obama has been able to deliver during his first term. But what was Mitt Romney saying four years ago? BuzzFeed uncovered a trove of clips from Romney's 2008 run in which he says "you can't change Washington from the inside." His outsider businessman persona was practically the theme of his campaign.
One of Mitt Romney's aides told him about the President's remarks today and he chose to attack it without considering the context or implications. This is yet another example of Romney's tendency to "shoot first and aim later" as he did with the Egypt and Libya attacks and will no doubt continue to do through the campaign. Romney's memory didn't stretch back far enough to the Democratic convention, let alone his 2008 presidential run, or he would never have made such brazen accusations against President Obama.

Sarah Silverman Takes on Voter ID

Sarah Silverman makes another PSA for the 2012 election (after her proposal to scissor Sheldon Adelson), this time to raise awareness about voter suppression laws being implemented across the country.

THE SIMPSONS: Homer Votes for Mitt Romney

As it enters its 24th season, The Simpsons remains as relevant as ever. In this preview of the September 30th season premiere, Homer overcomes strict voter ID laws and ends up facing a tough decision on Election Day.

Obama's Truth Team Takes Mitt Romney Out-of-Context

The Obama campaign gives Mitt Romney a taste of his own medicine.

FOX AND FRIENDS: Obama Meets With Pirate Over Netanyahu

The hosts of Fox and Friends failed to find the humor in President Obama's "Talk Like a Pirate Day" Twitter joke.

FUNNY OR DIE: Guide to Voter ID Laws

Funny or Die produced this helpful video to help you navigate this year's new voter ID laws.

KEY AND PEELE: Obama and Luther on the 47 Percent

President Obama's anger translator Luther writes Mitt Romney's obituary after the leaked fundraiser videos effectively end his campaign.
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LETTERMAN: Mitt Romney Pet Peeves Top Ten

David Letterman might not hate Mitt Romney, but Mitt Romney hates a lot of things about America.

COLBERT REPORT: What Mitt Romney Will Not Do

Mitt Romney doesn't need to get specific about his plans for America if he just keeps telling us what he won't do.

DAILY SHOW: Fox News and The Moochocracy

After taking a chaotic trip to Bullshit Mountain, Jon Stewart gets serious about the shameful hypocrisy surrounding Fox News and the GOP's attacks on Obama's "entitlement society." He points out the tax breaks and deductions that have helped corporations like Exxon Mobil and AT&T, and people like Mitt Romney, get where they are today. Do these not count as "government handouts" according to Sean Hannity and his colleagues?
"The biggest problem with the denizens of bullshit mountain is they act like their shit don’t stink. If they have success, they built it. If they failed, the government ruined it for them. If they get a break, they deserved it. If you get a break, it’s a handout and an entitlement."

'West Wing' Reunion: Walk and Talk the Vote

The cast of the West Wing reunites (for the second time this year) to promote actress Mary McCormack's sister Bridget Mary McCormack, who's running for State Supreme Court in Michigan.
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