How Did Micromanager Mitt Miss This One?

Republican Presidential hopeful, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to local residents during a town hall meeting at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007. AP

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"So much for micromanager Mitt," wrote cassandragop in response to Wednesday's column about Mitt Romney's campaign accidentally running ads on Gay.com.

She was not alone. Skinny commenters pounced on the incident mostly as a means of questioning Romney's image as a biz whiz. Tech-savvy commenters also had little patience with the campaign's slow climb up the online learning curve.

"Policitians who are not web-savvy should go home and catch up on their naps," cassandragop continued.

Commenter antoniof123 concurred. "You know for a businessman who according to Republicans is supposed to be capable," he wrote, "Did he miss the part about research?"

Romney made headlines early in the campaign for spending eye-popping amounts on advertising, and commenters have not forgotten. "When you've got more money to spend than places to spend it, these things happen," wrote marcodele. "Poor Mitt."

Many others didn't buy the idea that it was an accident, despite the Romney campaign's claims that it was. "Accident????" wrote watcher269. "Like a cop misunderstanding Sen. Craig's airport bathroom buddy gestures."

Commenter greco99 chimed in: "Romney - I take a "wide stance" when I advertise . . . "

Rosie The Riveter

Tuesday's column's news that Rosie O'Donnell was in talks with MSNBC about a prime-time slot caused reactions of every stripe except indifference. It seems that even those who swear they'll never watch her have something to say about the comedienne.

"I like Rosie!" wrote jh6379. "Why? Because she drives the neocons nutz!"

But scoliosuxs voiced the opinion of the majority: "Give me a break. Rosie is obnoxious on a good day. I don't care for her at all. One more reason not to watch MSNBC or any of the other political programs."

Commenter greeneyes222 agreed. "Free speech and all that, but putting Rosie on is one less reason to watch MSNBC. The woman's a nut, and that's before we even get into politics."

Much of the commenting was given over to debating whether or not 9-11 was an inside job. But a few voices pointed out that whether or not O'Donnell sign on, MSNBC was already a left-leaning voice.

"By no means is this a 'tilt' to the left by MSNBC . . . with the addition of Rosie to their already liberal programming, they are grabbing on to the left with both hands," wrote tcoleman12.

Reagan Library Staff Honestly Cannot Recall Where Mementos Are

The irony of Thursday's columns' news that Ronald Reagan's presidential library could not account for some 80,000 artifacts because it was so underfunded was not lost on Skinny readers.

"Reagan may have claimed to have been for security and efficiency, but what he was really for was cheap labor," wrote tuckerndfw. "Ironic that his memorial is reaping what he sowed."

Commenter omega 39 had an appropriately Reagononic-inspired solution: "It would be fitting to take this library out of the government-run national archives system and sell it to a private equity firm."

And commenter Iceman_1960 just couldn't resist one little jab: "Asked about the missing Reagan mementos, an unidentified security guard at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library replied, 'You know, I don't remember. I honestly can't recall. I have no recollections about them. I think it's possible to forget."

Yes, it is possible to forget, especially when you don't have any mementos to remind you!

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