Appearing on Fox News, Mitt Romney campaign spokesperson Andrea Saul pushed back against a Priorities USA ad that linked Bain Capital to the cancer death of a laid-off steelworker's wife (this is where we are in the campaign cycle, guys), which is a bit scurrilous, as there's no evidence to suggest that Romney has literally murdered anyone.
Did Saul counterattack by pointing out the advertisement's discredited timeline? Or shift attention to the 42 straight months of unemployment above 8 percent that is Barack Obama's greatest electoral weakness? No! Saul pointed out that if the family featured in the Super PAC ad had lived in Massachusetts, it would have been covered by Romneycare.
"To that point, if people had been in Massachusetts, under Governor Romney's health care plan, they would have had health care," said Saul.
Obviously, this whole "highlight Romney's most important policy achievement, which helped working families purchase health insurance" is very dangerous, according to conservatives. Red State's Erick Erikson tweeted, "OMG. This might just be the moment Mitt Romney lost the election. Wow," a sentiment shared by the Washington Examiner's Philip Klein. That's a little much. Very few votes will be affected by this. Mitt Romney has murdered more people than the number of conservatives who will vote for Obama because they hate Romneycare.
But it does highlight a problem with the Romney campaign: "Vote for me because of the life-saving program which I implemented in Massachusetts and will swiftly repeal everywhere else in the country when I'm elected," is hard to fit on a bumper sticker.
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Tags: Health Care, Massachusetts, Mitt Romney
Like approximately three-eighths of all the world's problems in this modern era, it would appears as though Mitt Romney's current woes concerning his unwillingness to release more than two year's worth of tax returns could very well be traced back to Bill Clinton's underwear.
Makes sense right? Maybe too much sense? Or just the right amount of sense? It's tough to say exactly. At any rate, if you need some convincing for whatever weird reason, the Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan lays down the science…
The reason Mitt Romney isn't releasing more tax returns can be reduced to three words: Bill Clinton's underwear. When he first ran for president, Bill Clinton put out his tax returns.
Lisa Schiffren, an enterprising young writer for The American Spectator, went through them and found that the Clintons, when they were in Little Rock, had gone to great lengths to limit their tax bills, to the point of itemizing each contribution to local charities, including Mr. Clinton's old underwear. Hilarity ensued.
This is the kind of thing everyone in national politics fears.
And that's really just one avenue you can use to link these things. But there's totally other ways you can get there. Like, have you considered what would have happened if Bill Clinton's underwear had been just a little tighter, a little more constricting? Would a lack of groinal comfort have changed the way things went down between Clinton and Monica Lewinsky that fateful night? And what would the lack of Democratic scandal have meant for Al Gore's chances in the 2000 election? Would it have been enough to put him over the little tiny hump he needed to take Florida? And how would a Gore administration have changed the political landscape in 2002 when Romney beat Shannon O'Brien for the governorship of Massachusetts? And if he hadn't won that election, would he seriously even be a contender for the presidency now? And if he wasn't running for president, who would even care about his tax returns?
BOOM! Did it! Six Degrees of Bill Clinton's Underwear!
By the way, you can do that with almost anything. Try it if you don't believe me.
(via Political Wire)
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Tags: Bill Clinton, Fashion, Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, Monica Lewinsky, Sex, Taxes
Earlier today Ann Romney appeared on the ignoble boob tube, on which we commoners suckle, to talk to Good Morning America. After Robin Roberts asked her about her husband's undisclosed tax returns, Romney replied…
"We've given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation…"
Taken out of context it sounds exactly like what it sounded like in context, which is that Ann Romney calls everyone who doesn't own a Rafalca "you people." But her "Let them eat tax breaks!" moment didn't end there…
"You know, you should really look at where Mitt has led his life, and where he’s been financially. He’s a very generous person. We give 10 percent of our income to our church every year. Do you think that is the kind of person who is trying to hide things, or do things? No. He is so good about it. Then, when he was governor of Massachusetts, didn’t take a salary for four years."
That's nice, but the Mormon church requires its followers to tithe 10 percent of their income every year. And while it was righteous of Romney to let Massachusetts keep his salary for four years, the approximately $600,000 he would have earned is a mere .3 percent of his net worth.
Look, if a homeless guy tried to give me a quarter he found on the ground, I probably* wouldn't take it either.
* Unless I needed money for the meter.
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Tags: Ann Romney, Massachusetts, Mormon, Taxes
Mitt Romney's website is, as a Mormon would say, pretty swell. But the other day I noticed that Romney's official campaign bio has several glaring omissions. As a Romney completist (I own all the Romney 2012 bobbleheads, buttons, beer coozies and limited-edition stemware) I decided to take a stab at writing a more thorough history of Mitt.
THE UNOFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY OF MITT ROMNEY, AS WRITTEN BY ME, JARED LOGAN
Tags: Ann Romney, George Romney, Health Care, Indecision Delegates, Massachusetts, Mitt Romney