Mitt Romney’s Gary Hart Moment

 

In 1987, with rumors circulating of affairs, Gary Hart challenged the media to follow him around. They did and soon found out that he was having an affair with Donna Rice. In an article published Sunday, Mitt Romney revealed that he had an anonymous Twitter account. The reporters looked for Romney relatives who had few followers and soon found out that the account was named “Pierre Delecto.” It’s now been made private, but people took screenshots. I assume that these have not been doctored.

Talk about an unforced error. If Mitt had not revealed the existence of the account, it’s very unlikely that its existence would ever have been discovered. It was established in 2011 and no one had commented about it. It only took reporters a few hours to figure out its name. He looks like a hypocrite, attacking Trump for acting unpresidential while using an anonymous account to defend himself.

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  1. She Member
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    @She

    Honestly, this bunch, on both sides, gets weirder every day.  Pierre Delecto?  Crimenutely.

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  2. Knotwise the Poet Member
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    This may seem a very minor point to get hung up on, but which tweets reflected a potty mouth?  According to the Slate article Mitt/Pierre only tweeted 10 times, and I didn’t notice any foul language among the summaries/screenshots of them.  It mentioned him referring to Dick Durbin as Dick, but it is the name the guy goes by.  The article did not have screenshots for all 10 tweets so maybe I missed something.

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  3. Richard Easton Coolidge
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    Knotwise the Poet (View Comment):

    This may seem a very minor point to get hung up on, but which tweets reflected a potty mouth? According to the Slate article Mitt/Pierre only tweeted 10 times, and I didn’t notice any foul language among the summaries/screenshots of them. It mentioned him referring to Dick Durbin as Dick, but it is the name the guy goes by. The article did not have screenshots for all 10 tweets so maybe I missed something.

    See my revisions and comments at the end of my post. Thanks!

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  4. Jon1979 Inactive
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    I don’t know if this was an unforced error, or if Mitt wanted people to find the account for Lord only knows what reason (To show he’s tech savvy like the cool kids? To contrast his secret account’s tameness with Trump’s online offerings?).  Not a big shock though to see the account re-tweeting Molly Jong-Fast of Bulwark fame (or infamy, if you’re old enough to remember 7 1/2 months ago….)

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  5. Arahant Member
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    She (View Comment):

    Honestly, this bunch, on both sides, gets weirder every day. Pierre Delecto? Crimenutely.

    More like in flagrante delicto.

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  6. RufusRJones Member
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    @RufusRJones

    I cannot possibly exaggerate how fired up I am about this. Why on earth would you try to reason with Jennifer Rubin?

    What is this guy really like? Tell me.

     

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  7. OmegaPaladin Moderator
    OmegaPaladin
    @OmegaPaladin

    Seriously?   What a clown.

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  8. Stina Member
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    @CM

    Looks like Trump isn’t the only Narcissist in the room.

    Trump’s just more open about it. 

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  9. RufusRJones Member
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    He just wants power. He’s not into how much he can move the ball in a conservative or libertarian direction.

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  10. CJ Inactive
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    Even his sock puppet is boring! What a snoozefest.

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  11. Arahant Member
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    CJ (View Comment):

    Even his sock puppet is boring! What a snoozefest.

    🤣

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  12. Kozak Member
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    CJ (View Comment):

    Even his sock puppet is boring! What a snoozefest.

    What do you expect from a sock puppet made from mittens?

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  13. Franco Member
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    You guys will probably appreciate this:

    (some profanity)

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  14. Stad Coolidge
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    Richard Easton: The reporters looked for Romney relatives who had few followers and soon found out that the account was Pierre Delecto.

    Makes me wonder if he’s ever had a drink with Carlos Danger . . .

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  15. Kozak Member
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    She (View Comment):

    Honestly, this bunch, on both sides, gets weirder every day. Pierre Delecto? Crimenutely.

    He’s buddies with Ron Mexico and Carlos Danger.

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  16. DrewInWisconsin, Influencer Member
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    So what’s his sock puppet account here?

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  17. The Cloaked Gaijin Member
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    Richard Easton:

    …the account was Pierre Delecto. It’s now been made private, but people took screenshots.

    I believe Trump was told that it is against the law for him to hide his tweets from American citizens even though the same people could log out to read the exact same information.

    I think Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has done the exact same thing, but she is allowed to do this for some reason?

    Now Mitt Romney is doing essentially the same sort of thing?

    I really respected Mitt Romney a lot, but Trump’s election drove him and Paul Ryan completely insane.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudonyms_of_Donald_Trump

    However, there is always a problem with a conservative or Republican who is a politician or commentator who enjoys attacking his own side more than the Leftists.  (Just look at the podcasters on Ricochet.)  There are probably a few older solid conservatives who can get away with being a strong critic of their own side, but that is still not the normal way to act.

    I wonder what former Mitt Romney fan (and former Donald Trump fan) Ann Coulter will say about all of this…

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  18. DrewInWisconsin, Influencer Member
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  19. DrewInWisconsin, Influencer Member
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    The Cloaked Gaijin (View Comment):
    I really respected Mitt Romney a lot, but Trump’s election drove him and Paul Ryan completely insane.

    I don’t think it drove them insane. I tend to think that President Trump’s election revealed what they (and many others) had kept carefully hidden. The permanent bipartisan fusion party will brook no dissent.

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  20. Jon1979 Inactive
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    The Cloaked Gaijin (View Comment):

    Richard Easton:

    …the account was Pierre Delecto. It’s now been made private, but people took screenshots.

    I believe Trump was told that it is against the law for him to hide his tweets from American citizens even though the same people could log out to read the exact same information.

    I think Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has done the exact same thing, but she is allowed to do this for some reason?

    Now Mitt Romney is doing essentially the same sort of thing?

    I really respected Mitt Romney a lot, but Trump’s election drove him and Paul Ryan completely insane.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudonyms_of_Donald_Trump

    However, there is always a problem with a conservative or Republican who is a politician or commentator who enjoys attacking his own side more than the Leftists. (Just look at the podcasters on Ricochet.) There are probably a few older solid conservatives who can get away with being a strong critic of their own side, but that is still not the normal way to act.

    If you’re Mitt or Maverick, and you’ve actually had the media destroy you simply because they want the other guy to win, your desire for affirmation from the same people after the election seems to be degrading in and unto itself.  But it does keep them both relevant and in the public spotlight by their willingness to essentially take a knee and bow to their conquerors (McCain’s re-election after his 2008 loss allowed him to save Obamacare in 2017. He got a week-long media state funeral out of that, while the same people are now hoping Romney will be at the forefront of persuading other GOPers in the Senate to convict Trump if he’s impeached, or at the very least persuade enough swing voters around the country not to support him next November).

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  21. Addiction Is A Choice Member
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    @AddictionIsAChoice

    And he probably pronounces it “Peer,” like the capital of South Dakota.

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  22. RufusRJones Member
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    The Cloaked Gaijin (View Comment):
    However, there is always a problem with a conservative or Republican who is a politician or commentator who enjoys attacking his own side more than the Leftists. (Just look at the podcasters on Ricochet.) There are probably a few older solid conservatives who can get away with being a strong critic of their own side, but that is still not the normal way to act.

    My rule is, unless they have genuinely strong libertarian sensibilities and are pretty smart and informed don’t listen to them.

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  23. Arahant Member
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    DrewInWisconsin, Influencer (View Comment):

    So what’s his sock puppet account here?

    Say something bad about him and see who defends him.

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  24. DrewInWisconsin, Influencer Member
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Influencer (View Comment):

    So what’s his sock puppet account here?

    Say something bad about him and see who defends him.

    Oh, we’ve had some Mitt-Critical threads recently.

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  25. Arahant Member
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    DrewInWisconsin, Influencer (View Comment):
    Oh, we’ve had some Mitt-Critical threads recently.

    So, go look and see who defended him.

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  26. RufusRJones Member
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    @RufusRJones

    My fun activity is go on to social media and ask a John McCain supporter how he moved the ball politically to the right for them. You never get a decent answer. The only exception I ever saw, I really didn’t understand what they were saying. 

    Just for the record, I think RINOs are okay as long as they don’t create a lot of damage. I never ever got worked up about John McCain until his ACA vote. 

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  27. The Cloaked Gaijin Member
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    DrewInWisconsin, Influencer (View Comment):

    The Cloaked Gaijin (View Comment):
    I really respected Mitt Romney a lot, but Trump’s election drove him and Paul Ryan completely insane.

    I don’t think it drove them insane. I tend to think that President Trump’s election revealed what they (and many others) had kept carefully hidden. The permanent bipartisan fusion party will brook no dissent.

    I disagree, I think.

    Trump’s successful election which included Trump winning Ryan’s home state of Wisconsin and Romney’s original home state of Michigan was a bit too much for them.

    The situation would have been different if Romney and Ryan had been elected and had to endure four years of being called Hitler and all the stuff that was poured upon George W. Bush.  If Romney and Ryan had been elected president and Trump had been elected afterwards, the situation would have been different.

    I thought Romney was going to be Trump’s Secretary of State there for a while.  Romney probably thought like Reagan offering Gerald Ford the vice presidency in 1980 that he was going to be some type of co-president or something.  I was thinking that Trump should have used the out-of-work Romney for something.  Some diplomatic post like Ambassador to France for a year might have been a good fit since Romney lived them once.  He really replied, “C’est moi?”

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  28. RufusRJones Member
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    @RufusRJones

    The Never Trumpers are loving John Kasich right now. Total RINO menace. He changed just as much as Joe Scarborough. All these people care about is money and power.

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  29. DrewInWisconsin, Influencer Member
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    @DrewInWisconsin

    Arahant (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Influencer (View Comment):
    Oh, we’ve had some Mitt-Critical threads recently.

    So, go look and see who defended him.

    Which is my way of saying “I know who defended him.” And so do you.

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  30. She Member
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    @She

    Re: #18 (can’t quote the tweet from Casey Mattox): “Is Pierre Delecto a play on In Pari Delicto — the idea that both parties are equally at fault?

    Nice try.  That certainly wasn’t the first thing that sprang to my mind (which must be in the gutter this morning).  I was going more with a loose translation, and the “Carlos Danger” interpretation.

    Good Lord.

     

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