DC Trawler

Mitt Romney doesn’t care about garbage men (except when he tried doing their job and said he respected them)

Have you seen the latest political ad from the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees? (Slogan: “We Make America Happen.” So if you thought you had anything to do with it, think again, wingnut.) It’s a really great ad.

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Have you hugged your garbage man today? Of course you haven’t, you filthy teabagger.

It’s weird… Do you remember ever hearing about previous presidential candidates’ garbage men? Me neither. Guess they didn’t matter until now.

Not to mention that in Romney’s 2010 book No Apology: The Case for American Greatness, he actually wrote about what a tough, thankless job garbage men do, and how much he respects them. And I’m willing to bet he’s spent more time doing that job* than, say, Obama:

“During my campaign for governor, I decided to spend a day every few weeks doing the jobs of other people in Massachusetts. Among other jobs, I cooked sausages at Fenway Park, worked on asphalt paving crew, stacked bales of hay on a farm, volunteered in an emergency room, served food at a nursing home, and worked as a child-care assistant. I’m often asked which was the hardest job – it’s child care, by a mile.”

“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.”

Other than that, though. Good point, AFSCME!

Take heart, Obamabots. One of these attacks has to work eventually. Say… Have you heard about Mitt Romney’s dog?

(Hat tip: Bob Owens)

*Or any other job, for that matter.