Romney's Biggest Flip-Flop Yet

Here's what former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney said yesterday in an attempt to woo Clinton supporters to the Republican side:

"Hillary Clinton had a strong support group. Number two, she exudes the impression of having extensive experience, and Barack Obama does not. And she would, I think, have been a very compelling Vice Presidential candidate."

I understand how politics works. I'm not at all surprised or angry to see the McCain camp praising Hillary just to score political points for themselves. What does annoy me, though, is that Governor Romney still does not understand that, as a politician, he is accountable for all his past statements, including this little gem from one of his campaign ads a year ago, when Senator Clinton's nomination seemed inevitable:

“Hillary Clinton wants to run the largest enterprise in the world. She hasn’t run a corner store. She hasn’t run a state. She hasn’t run a city. She has never run anything. And the idea that she could learn to be President as an internship just doesn’t make any sense.”

I guess one could argue that this isn't exactly a flip-flop, since what Romney said yesterday is that Senator Clinton "exudes the impression" of being experienced, not that she actually is. But then one must ask, to whom does she "exude" this "impression?" In Romney's eyes, Senator Clinton, even after having served 8 years as First Lady and 8 years as U.S. senator, is still just an "intern." (And yes, we all get the joke.) Had Obama picked Senator Clinton as his VP, Romney would have been on the air yesterday talking about what a terrible a choice he had made. He may even have used the "intern" line again. And for once, he would have been consistent.

A Bit Alarming

I feel like every year around this time, I go through some kind of childhood nostalgia phase involving some old children's movie or video game, etc. Let's look at the timeline:

April 2001: I started a new file in Super Mario 64, a game I always loved but had never previously beaten. Within a week, I collected all 120 stars and then defeated the last Bowser.

April/May 2002: I went on eBay and bought an old computer game called Ancient Empires (no, not Age of Empires, Ancient Empires). The game was so old it came with a 5 inch floppy and I had to install it through MS-DOS.

April/May 2003: I re-fell in love with Amanda Bynes after seeing "What a Girl Wants." (Yes, I actually saw that movie.) Then I started watching re-runs of the Amanda show on Nickelodeon every weeknight. I also watched a lot of Disney Channel, which eventually inspired me to write an entire rap song about fucking Tia and Tamera.

April/May 2004: I watched my all-time favorite movie, Beauty and the Beast, five times in a row and overanalyzed the shit out of it, as can be seen here and here. I then rented the sequel (which was actually okay) and re-watched Dumbo, Alice in Wonderland, The Lion King, Pocahontas, The Aristocats, Aladdin and Matilda.

May 2005: Star Wars: Episode III came out. It wasn't great but it did get me back into Star Wars. After seeing the movie, I opened all my old Star Wars toys (which I had saved in mint condition since the fourth grade thinking they would be worth a lot of money when Episode III came out) and put them on display in my bedroom.

April/May 2006: I started playing Pokémon again as a way to pass time on the long car ride of our family road trip to Norcal. After becoming addicted to the game, I started watching the cartoon again, too. When I watched the episode where Ash releases Pikachu, I cried. I cried a lot. It made me want a stuffed Pikachu doll of my own, but I checked like 5 toy stores and none of them had a Pikachu. Eventually I bought one on eBay, and he accompanied me everywhere (school, plays, restaurants, Ojai) until the end of the year.

April 2007 (present): I just watched Disney's Hercules, which wasn't anywhere near on the level of Beauty and the Beast or Aladdin, but it got me back into that same mindset. I wish I knew why it always happens this same time every year.
  • Current Music
    "Something There" from Beauty and the Beast: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

In All the Forty-Eight

My greatest past time,
Is wasting passed time.



It's hard to believe in karma when you don't have concrete definitions of the words "good" and "bad."
Why is it called a "crush," anyway?
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    "Let's Get Away from It All" by Frank Sinatra