Bag’s Take-Away:
1. Still photo-op shopping at the dollar-brand store. 47% sure he doesn’t need any more flack over the bank roll.
2. And then, reeking of upper crust, there’s always the British version. Cheerio!
3.  By the way, who buys cereal at a drug store?
4. Shorts in late November. Ah, the good life.
5. All about the hair. 
indecen-t:

look who just waltzed in last night and bOUGHT HIS FUCKING CHEERIOS
didnt even look at the camera when i asked for a pic

Bag’s Take-Away:

1. Still photo-op shopping at the dollar-brand store. 47% sure he doesn’t need any more flack over the bank roll.

2. And then, reeking of upper crust, there’s always the British version. Cheerio!

3.  By the way, who buys cereal at a drug store?

4. Shorts in late November. Ah, the good life.

5. All about the hair. 

indecen-t:

look who just waltzed in last night and bOUGHT HIS FUCKING CHEERIOS

didnt even look at the camera when i asked for a pic

(Source: asssquake)

Tags #Mitt Romney    #cheerios    #politics    #LaJolla   

Bag’s Take-Away:

They really believed it. They were ready to get working. Even if it meant using a photo of Obama’s inauguration in their representation of Romney’s special day.

But what this truly underlines is the difference between the science party and the “no science” party. Had they looked at the U.S. Census and read analysis of the popular vote in the last two elections, they would see they overestimated the white vote by 5-6 percent and no pixels would have died in putting up a transition team website.

Clinton wasn’t talking about electoral math or polling when he said “People ask me all the time how we delivered four surplus budgets. What new ideas did we bring? I always give a one-word answer: arithmetic.” My take is that if you can use math in one endeavor, you can use it in another.

via Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire

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Before the Campaign ‘12 results come in this evening, I want to pay my respects to one of America’s finest editorial photographers. I’m constantly taken by his ability to capture meanings on multiple levels. Take his images from candidate Romney’s final blitz, for example. On face value, Stephen Crowley is merely offering glimpses into stagecraft and campaign ephemera. Look further though, and the photos are silent editorials, even essays about the candidate, his personality and political culture.

I want to touch on a few of Crowley’s images that appeared in yesterday’s New York Times slideshow entitled: “To the White House? Or Home to Massachusetts?” as Crowley sees Mitt back to the land of the 1%.

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Bag’s Take-Away:

I don’t really know how to put this in words, but something about these two late October photos in the same Reuters slide show struck me as cementing conceptions of the two candidates for president. Romney alone and waiting, the focus on the man waiting for the verdict. A woman with her back to him, but every other human nearly incorporeal. He’s the only real solid in the photo. A lonely solid. If I could paint, this could be my portrait of him.

In the other photo; Obama is embraced by a man who seems almost humbled by the president’s attention: he’s hugging Obama in an intent if awkward manner, his arm solidly around the president’s waist. His fellow fire fighters smiling at his vulnerability and the interaction. Again, if I could paint, this could be my portrait — not of the president, but of his emotional impact. I don’t know why or how Obama engenders this dynamic, but it is genuine and evident in this photograph.

via Reuters Obama vs. Romney Slide Show

(Top Photo Credit: Bryan Snyder/Reuters caption: Staff members are reflected off the window of the room as Mitt Romney works before a campaign rally in North Canton, Ohio October 26, 2012. Bottom Photo Credit: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters caption: President Obama hugs a fire fighter who offered up a game of basketball during a visit to a fire house in Tampa, Florida October 25, 2012.)

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 The media (justifiably) goes after Romney for taking the day off yesterday, the newly-minted candidate not only choosing not to acknowledge Labor Day (maybe he thought he was snubbing the union movement?). Rather than lying low and just doing a b-b-q, however, he’s out doing the boating/yachting thing. Like the vacation over Fourth of July while Obama bypassed Camp David or Martha Vineyard for campaigning on Main Street, Romney’s response (as it was at the time) is that he’s earned his vacations. Anyway, it’s belaboring the obvious to say that yesterday’s optics are terrible — especially since that’s the way my local news channel framed it. It’s like Romney is doing to himself what it took Rove to do to Kerry in 2004 … in framing a tall, handsome dude as extremely rich, out of touch, and a man of expedience: Same tune, different body of water.
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The media (justifiably) goes after Romney for taking the day off yesterday, the newly-minted candidate not only choosing not to acknowledge Labor Day (maybe he thought he was snubbing the union movement?). Rather than lying low and just doing a b-b-q, however, he’s out doing the boating/yachting thing. Like the vacation over Fourth of July while Obama bypassed Camp David or Martha Vineyard for campaigning on Main Street, Romney’s response (as it was at the time) is that he’s earned his vacations. Anyway, it’s belaboring the obvious to say that yesterday’s optics are terrible — especially since that’s the way my local news channel framed it. It’s like Romney is doing to himself what it took Rove to do to Kerry in 2004 … in framing a tall, handsome dude as extremely rich, out of touch, and a man of expedience: Same tune, different body of water.

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Bag’s Take-Away:
 This is what it looks like before it winds up in your chowder.
(Though Reuters poll shows 2/3rds feel country on the wrong track, Obama has sizable lead working theme Romney out of touch.)
via DayLife
(credit: AP Photo caption: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talks with Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey , center, and farm owner Lemar Koethe in Des Moines, Iowa, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012.)
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This is what it looks like before it winds up in your chowder.

(Though Reuters poll shows 2/3rds feel country on the wrong track, Obama has sizable lead working theme Romney out of touch.)

via DayLife

(credit: AP Photo caption: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talks with Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey , center, and farm owner Lemar Koethe in Des Moines, Iowa, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:
 This Souza White House photo is nothing special — unless you’ve been following  the saga of Churchill’s bust. The fact it anchors a campaign rebuttal and is served up as documentary evidence actually is unusual however, as the White House post points out.  So it goes in a campaign season in which absolutely nothing is left on the table, or the credenza, or the bookcase in the daily tit-for-tat.
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(credit: Pete Souza/Official White House Photo caption:  President Barack Obama shows Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom a bust of Sir Winston Churchill in the private residence of the White House, July 20, 2010.)
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This Souza White House photo is nothing special — unless you’ve been following the saga of Churchill’s bust. The fact it anchors a campaign rebuttal and is served up as documentary evidence actually is unusual however, as the White House post points out.  So it goes in a campaign season in which absolutely nothing is left on the table, or the credenza, or the bookcase in the daily tit-for-tat.

via WhiteHouse.gov

(credit: Pete Souza/Official White House Photo caption: President Barack Obama shows Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom a bust of Sir Winston Churchill in the private residence of the White House, July 20, 2010.)

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 I don’t really understand this photo, but it’s an odd one. Maybe she was just hot due to the temperature. It’s certainly not due to relevancy. 
via Zimbio
(credit: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images caption:  Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican Vice Presidential candidate speaks at a “Patriots in the Park” Tea Party rally at the Wayne County Fairgrounds July 14, 2012 in Belleville, Michigan. The event was sponsored by Americans for Prosperity: Michigan and the Willow Run Tea Party Caucus.)
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I don’t really understand this photo, but it’s an odd one. Maybe she was just hot due to the temperature. It’s certainly not due to relevancy.

via Zimbio

(credit: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images caption: Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican Vice Presidential candidate speaks at a “Patriots in the Park” Tea Party rally at the Wayne County Fairgrounds July 14, 2012 in Belleville, Michigan. The event was sponsored by Americans for Prosperity: Michigan and the Willow Run Tea Party Caucus.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

Bad weekend for Romney…photos of uber rich donors’ cars queued up for a fundraiser, elitist quotes from attendees, photos of the Romney boat at his vacation manse and in front of a child’s toy that costs anywhere from $300-400. The campaign is taking quite a risk banking on competence trumping displays of ostentatious wealth.

Top photo via The Atlantic Wire. Bottom photo via Business Insider.

(Top photo credit: Kathy Kmonicek/AP Photo Bottom photo credit: Charles Dharapak/AP Photo caption:Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney walks past sons Craig, Matt, and Josh after a swim on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, N.H., Friday, July 6, 2012, as he continues his vacation from the campaign trail.)

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Tags #Mitt Romney    #Hamptons Fundraiser    #Politics    #Campaign 2012    #News    #1%    #Economy    #Romney Family   

Bag’s Take-Away:
Is it me or does this cover, without mentioning his name, absolutely ooze Romney?
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Is it me or does this cover, without mentioning his name, absolutely ooze Romney?

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