As Twitchy reported last night, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is out with a new ad blasting Mitt Romney for not hugging his “invisible” garbage man. The purpose of the ad is to illustrate that not only does Romney not care about

National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke made the unprecedented move to look to Romney’s own words for insight into the GOP nominee’s attitude toward sanitation workers. Shocking, we know. Cooke found a passage in Romney’s book, “No Apology,” in which Romney describes taking on the jobs of various constituents during his gubernatorial campaign. One of those jobs was collecting trash. And, as it turns out, not only does Mitt Romney not hate garbage men, but he has a tremendous amount of respect for them:

One day I gathered trash as a garbage collector. I stood on that little platform at the back of the truck, holding on as the driver navigated his way through the narrow streets of Boston. As we pulled up to traffic lights, I noticed that the shoppers and businesspeople who were standing only a few feet from me didn’t even see me. It was as if I was invisible. Perhaps it was because a lot of us don’t think garbage men are worthy of notice; I disagree – anyone who works that hard deserves our respect.

Too bad the AFSCME was too busy doing “research” to do any actual research.

As Cooke points out, although Romney did not make a career out of garbage collection, the time he did spend working that job is enough to make Swiss cheese out of the AFSCME’s ad:

And Twitterers rightfully gave the union jokers the business:


The folks who failed to dig up any real dirt on Romney must be the same ones who read “Dreams from My Father.”

  • Kent Vig

    This is almost as funny as Joe Biden

    “the middle class has been buried for 4 years”

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)


      • grais

        When Biden finally gets something right, we have to call it a gaffe.

    • Isahiah62

      The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.

      Vladimir Lenin

  • PennyRobinsonFanClub

    The only garbage Sock Puppet ever handles is what pop up on his teleprompter.

  • bicentennialguy

    Hahaha! Delicious!

  • Catherine Barrett

    Reminds me of the “dog” story … you know the one that backfired on Obama when it was pointed out he had EATEN DOG! … my little dog has a t-shirt “Romney for President not a dog eater” 😉

    • djbarry

      A backfire? Not exactly…
      Romney is merely a dog torturer.

      • Grandma HeadInjury

        Yawn. Try to come up with an insult that works in the current news cycle. I’m sure the dog your guy was picking out of his teeth wasn’t tortured one bit….

        • Rivkale Yacob

          love your name

        • $18912735

          Nope, Obama’s dog was humanely fricasseed, served with a balsamic reduction and potato/radish confit. Accompanied by a glass of red from the up-and-coming South Kalimantan wine region.

      • TugboatPhil

        Young Barry Soetoro actually skinned his dogs alive before he ate them raw. He still eats dogs today. He’s never said he stopped.

      • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

        Yes, and if your Irish setter had gotten up on the counter and ate the turkey and had the runs as poor Seamus did, I would think that your setter has assumed the role of ‘torturer’.

      • Rivkale Yacob

        I don’t know what kind of dogs you know, but the ones I do, love to have the wind in their faces, they would love to ride on top of a car as opposed to being stuck inside any day. Romney did not torture his dog. If that is all you guys have, just surrender.

  • Orangeone

    AFSCME is running ads against Chip Kravaack, the conservative legislator that defeated long-time demorat and long-termer Jim Oberstar saying he doesn’t support Minnesotans. I laugh every time I see it because Chip wants to defund the unions like WI did and improve the lives of Americans. AFSCME, just another on the gov’t teat.

    • Kent Vig

      Is Illinois going to send their teachers to protest?

      • Rivkale Yacob

        They should, any day they are out of the classroom is a good day for their students, they all suck and don’t earn their pay.

    • weRbroke

      Chips got an uphill climb, those unions up there will blame HIM, when its the Obama EPA they should be kicking on,

  • djbarry

    So he had a photo-op as a garbageman. Big deal. It was probably the only time that he ever dirtied his hands. The skin on his palms is probably soft as a baby’s butt

    • Chris Cherry

      It’s called “Irony”, and it’s not the opposite of “wrinkly”, moron!

    • TugboatPhil

      You’re probably right. I’m sure Obama’s hands are thick with callouses after his all-nighters with Larry Sinclair.

    • Rivkale Yacob

      OK, when exactly did Obama get his hands dirty? Oh thats right, rising up through the slime that is Shitcago politics.

  • disqus_BktOMwqkBg

    Romney rode a garbage truck? Obviously he was upset when he couldn’t outsource the garbage business to China and fire all the Americans. As a consolation, Mitt became a scab worker so at least he could take a job away from one union man.

    • Madelyn Martine

      Don’t be bitter. Your guy had a shot and failed, abysmally. Don’t make the rest of us suffer because you hate being proved wrong.