Monday, October 27, 2003
Mike Murphy, Where Art Thou?

Whom do we blame? Mike Murphy? The Coen Brothers? Or Willard Mitt himself?

A perceptive reader asked the Rat Line if we'd write about their “favorite lie of all, (that) Romney's favorite film is ‘O Brother Where Art Thou?’.”

As you may recall, back in February, Willard Mitt did the guest host thing for a right-wing, small-time, NY-based, no-name on an FM talk station. The Globe wrote that 'Romney later said he modeled his radio stint on his father and a character in his favorite film, "O Brother Where Art Thou?" who addressed a crowd with "Is you is or is you ain't my constituents?"' (source: Boston Globe, 2/19/2003)

Wow. The “Is you is or is you ain’t…” character was Homer Stokes, who was the grand wizard of the Klu Klux Klan. He says “Is you is or is you ain’t…” as he is being pelted with food after making racists remarks. (source: film transcript) And Willard Mitt used him as a role model?

Excepting the fact that there is a Taggert Hall in Romney, West Virginia (source: historichampshire.org), don’t you think that if Romney actually watched ‘O Brother…’ he would have remembered that the role model of which he spoke was a KKK member?

Or maybe he just didn’t care. After all, there is a Taggert Hall in Romney, WV ....

But wait. There’s more.

Remember the broom that Homer Stokes used in the movie as a symbol that he'd Clean Up the system?

Romney/Healey Inc. used brooms as a symbol that they'd Clean Up Beacon Hill. (source: BostonHerald, 10/30/2002)

And Arnold ‘Horndog’ Schwarzenegger used brooms as a symbol that he'd Clean Up Sacramento. (source: Washington Post, 10/8/2003)

Of course, Mike Murphy was the political consultant for both Romney/Healey Inc., and Schwarzenegger.

Anyone care to guess the name of Wispy Murphy’s favorite film? Anyone care to guess “O Brother Where Art Thou”?

As Homer Stokes would say, “Get me a mike-a-phone! Some body tellin’ lies, and not ol-timey lies, neither!”


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