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Mitt Romney thinks it’s “an excellent idea” to drug test anyone who receives government benefits:

OK Mitt, let’s run with this “excellent idea.” Let’s drug test every member of Congress, all 9 Supreme Court justices. Let’s drug test every one of your buds on Wall Street who received trillions in “government benefits” when they were bailed out by the taxpayers. Let’s drug test every senior citizen who receives a Social Security check or whose health care is covered by Medicare. Drug test every disabled vet. Hand everyone who walks in the door at a VA hospital a plastic cup as a condition to receive treatment. How about every one who claims a mortgage interest deduction on their income taxes. Isn’t that a government benefit? Let’s test ‘em all, Mitt.

Of course, Romney’s not referring to any of those. Only those poor people he doesn’t care anything about and the unemployed who he likes to fire.

Speaking of Romney, Svengali Norquist pretty much endorsed him for president:

“All we have to do is replace Obama…We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don’t need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. … We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don’t need someone to think it up or design it…Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States.”

Well then, the Mittbot is your man, Grover. No convictions, no principles, willing to sell his soul and become whatever the right-wing extremists want him to be just so he can have a shot at the presidency. I’m sure he’ll gladly play Charlie McCarthy to you Edgar Bergen. Severely so.

How far the apple has fallen from the tree. During the race to win the 1968 Republican nomination, George Romney held to the courage of his convictions and stood up to the Party on the issues of civil rights, the Vietnam War, and corporate responsibility. Just imagine how this would fly in today’s GOP:

“As a CEO he would give back part of his salary and bonus to the company when he thought they were too high. He offered a pioneering profit-sharing plan to his employees. Most strikingly, asked about the idea that “rugged individualism” was the key to America’s success, he snapped back, “It’s nothing but a political banner to cover up greed.” He was the poster child for the antiquated notion that corporations have multiple stakeholders: the workers that breathe them life, the communities in which they are situated, and the nation to whom they owe a patriotic obligation – most definitely and emphatically not just stockholders.”

Mitt, you are no George Romney.

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