Saturday, July 14, 2012

Mitt explains Bain

Only two weeks ago the Romney campaign was boasting it didn't need the lamestream media:
…The governor will no longer allow the mainstream media to dictate the terms of this debate. This is just the beginning… We are witnessing the rise of the center right media.
And by center right they mean the Zombie Breitbart task force, Tucker's vanity project and the various other far fringe screechers of Wingnutopia.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the wingnut revolution. The dreaded MSM got interested in Bain and suddenly Willard was just dying to give those irrelevant mainstream networks and a couple of the cables a round robin of interviews. You can get the coverage and transcripts here but CNN's summary pretty much covers the gist of every single one.
On five different occasions in the first few minutes of the interview, Romney said he had “no role whatsoever” at Bain Capital after February 1999.
Well of course, there is a mountain of evidence that suggests otherwise leaving the Romneybot to explain that just because he's listed as sole stockholder, chairman of the board, chief executive officer and president, and was paid $100K+ a year for holding those titles, it doesn't mean he actually was in charge of anything. In fact he has absolutely no idea what those people were doing while he was so busy running the Olympics that he just didn't have time to so much as set foot outside of Utah.

Needless to say, none of his media interrogators pressed him on why he testified differently to the ballot commission when he was defending his residency requirement to run for governor. As I recall he claimed at the time he was maintaining a residence in his son's basement. They just let him mumble something and moved on.

All this could be easily cleared up if the Rmoneyman would just release a few more back years of his tax returns, but you know that's not going to happen:
“I know there will always be calls for more. People always want to get more. And you know, we’re putting out what is required plus more than that is not required,” Romney said.

Referring to the 2010 and 2011 returns, Romney could not be more clear about his plans. “And those are the two years that people are going to have. And that’s – that’s all that’s necessary for people to understand about my finances,” he added.
Actually, no it's not. If that was enough there wouldn't be all these questions about conflicting legal filings. But clearly he's going to do his best to keep everybody in the dark because, it would be bad if anyone figured it out. He's running for president for Pete's sake.

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