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2001 - Along with the destruction of the Twin Towers, the entire collection of spinal columns, formerly residing within the bodies of Democratic office holders, disappear into a black hole, somewhere near the center of our galaxy.

2012 - For the first time in more than a decade, Democrats begin to go on the offensive, starting with Bain of Mitt's existence.

COINCIDENCE? I think NOT!
Friend --

The more everyone finds out about Mitt Romney's finances, the more questions they have. Perhaps that's why he's hiding as much as he thinks he can get away with.

Today, The Boston Globe reported that Romney was still running Bain Capital two years after he claims he left the firm, directly contradicting his campaign's denial that he was involved in deals that led to layoffs, bankruptcies, and American jobs getting shipped overseas.

It's a pattern of secrecy, and this is just the latest example of him trying to hide the truth from voters. There are a number of issues in play right now -- and voters deserve answers:

1) Mitt Romney refuses to release multiple years of taxes, ignoring decades of precedent.

2) He won't disclose his "bundlers," the people raising millions for his campaign.

3) He is the sole owner of a questionable shell corporation in Bermuda.

4) Until recently, Romney kept cash in a Swiss bank account.

5) According to the Globe, he hasn't been honest about when he was running Bain Capital, even though legal documents refute his claims.

A friend in need is a friend indeed. Miss Cutter, I am proud to be called your friend.

FROM THE CHURCH OF INEFFABLE STUPIDITY:

If effectiveness is measured by the strength and volume of the response it provokes, then clearly, Mr. Obama has a very effective spoke (Spake? Speak?) person in Stephanie Cutter. The quote above the orange spider web on acid is hers, from an email she sent yesterday.

For eleven years, the GOP has dominated, nay, run roughshod over the democrats in congress. As a result, too many Democrats have not only appeared afraid of their own shadows, but have acted as though mental castration and auto-lobotomization were part of the oath office they once took. The spineless posturing was never more visible than when Obama tried to get a Health Care act with teeth and effectiveness. As late as last month, a number of DINOs and rabid, frothing, Azure Curs even voted to hold Eric Holder in contempt. For a program started under George Bush.

There are countless other examples, tax breaks for the bitch, refusal to push Obama's agenda on safety, health, even the minimum wage.

So imagine my surprise when we witnessed something so welcome, that I had to pinch myself to insure that I was actually awake. The White House stood up, reared up, showed its fangs, then took a huge, welcome, overdue bite out of Mitten's overprivileged, pampered ass. That had to hurt.

Having heard Mr. Obama at noon (CST) it does not look like they are backing down, either. Unlike the WaPo truthiness and factiod squad that can't quite wrap their shriveled, barely functioning, biased minds around the fact that Romney is a liar, quite possible a felonious one.

Whether the White House sticks with this new and exciting development remains to be seen. I recall other White House staffers who were summarily dismissed for excessive truth-telling and spinal column display. But, on the other hand, this new approach starting with Joe Biden's KICK ASS 30 minute talk to the NAACP, and salted with Cutter's spot on analysis of the Bain of Mitt's existence, we may be witnessing something that cannot help but be contagious. Standing up, attacking targets who deserve it, and showing that our side actually has a spine.

I almost want to ask what took so long, but it now seems clear that when Bitch BcConnell and a tearful Boehner promised to attack and stop Obama on every single issue, someone on Team Obama finally realized that they meant what they said. This Gloves Off approach could not come at a better time.

One fear, though. What if Romney's crimes, lies, and financial misdeeds are indeed so bad, that he pulls out ahead of the convention? This might be more than a simple pipe dream, if the rumors about Mitt's dressage birthday party are true.  All the research, all the time and effort, and all that planning would go down the shitter. Having a new shiny, relatively unknown face heading up the GOP ticket could actually work to their benefit.

So, who would be a front runner to replace Mittens should the facts be as bad as they begin to seem?

Poll

Who would throw their china-made beret into the ring if Mittens withdraws?

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  •  Tip Jar (23+ / 0-)

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 10:48:36 AM PDT

  •  I love (4+ / 0-)
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    agnostic, NormAl1792, txcatlin, raincrow

    the truthiness and venom in this post.  Well done.

  •  Lol, reading your poll... (4+ / 0-)
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    agnostic, NormAl1792, txcatlin, raincrow

    They're fucked

  •  We know what we have. (5+ / 0-)

    The unknown scares me.

    Your left is my right---Mort Sahl

    by HappyinNM on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 11:04:57 AM PDT

  •  VP selection may become a critical issue if Mitt's (5+ / 0-)

    record in taxes, finance, jobs, health=care and other stuff continues to deterioate. US has experienced a VP withdrawing from the Campaign, but never a Presidential candidate.  I would think the VP would be the legally acceptable candidate if Mitt is forced out after the Republican Convention, but before that time, "Katue bar the Door" is the only plan

    I call "dibs" on the popcorn concession for the Republican convention.

  •  Had to vote for other because (2+ / 0-)
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    agnostic, salmo

    there is one candidate with some machinery behind him to pull it off at the convention

    His followers worship at the church of paul

    You know the POS I am talking about.  He is a PROVEN bigot.

    Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

    by Mannie on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 11:20:24 AM PDT

  •  Actually the Even Better Time Was 2010, but This (5+ / 0-)

    is certainly needed now.

    Huckster's the only good one they've got. Bilingual, speaks both crazee and plausible.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 11:23:00 AM PDT

  •  It is not a matter of backbone (1+ / 0-)
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    agnostic

    I agree that democrats have show a great willingness to run away from some of the important issues of our day: why did we go to war when there were no WMD; who is responsible for the bank failures of 2008 and what consequence should be given to those responsible; is it OK to torture; is it OK to bomb civilians in the hopes some terrorists will also be killed; should taxes be raised; etc.

    This willingness to run away looks very much like a lack of backbone.  But I contend this behavior is not because democrats want to do these things but are too afraid.  My contention is that democratic office holders do not want to do these things.

    The cowardly running away of democrats is nothing more than an attempt to preserve their own jobs and to protect the wealthy and corporate interests that fund their election campaigns.

    When our law-makers are no longer allowed to accept private donations they will stop acting like private interests, and start acting like the public servants working towards a public good.

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 11:23:40 AM PDT

  •  it's simple. Cutter was front and center for the (2+ / 0-)
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    agnostic, raincrow

    swiftboating, and partially responsible for the tepid response at the time.

    this is a woman who obviously learns from her mistakes.

    and the prez has shown steely spine over the course of his presidency.

    This comment is dedicated to my mellow Adept2U and his Uncle Marcus

    by mallyroyal on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 11:23:50 AM PDT

  •  Comment (4+ / 0-)
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    salmo, raincrow, greengemini, Justus

    I doubt Romney would be replaced, absent something directly actionable.  No matter who they pick, it is an unmitigated disaster for the Republicans.

    There are a couple of scenarios.

    1. Romney never releases his tax returns.  In this case, he hands Obama a very good club, not to mention building a thriving market in conspiracy theories.  But this means Obama wins by 5-8 and the Republicans hold their own in Congress, they even keep a shot at the Senate.  This is the most likely scenario and a good one for the Republicans because it does the least political damage.

    2. Romney release his tax returns and they look like his 2010 returns.  The optics aren't great, but at that point he mouths off his "I created jobs, I am a businessman" crap and moves on.  This is the lowest probability outcome (but by no means impossible) for the simple reason that he could have done this a month ago at relatively low political cost.

    3. He releases his returns and they show even lower tax rates; it's all barely legal but it's full of offshore accounts and sketchy tax dodges.  At this point, the issue doesn't really go away.  He'll also probably get a call from the IRS.  This won't get him in deep legal dog poop but it will cost him a lot of money in negotiated settlements.

    4. There are amended returns from past IRS actions against his tax shelters.  These would define him: he's a goner, politically.

    5. There are active illegalities (stuff on his tax returns that investigators find to be wrong) and now he's facing a serious tax avoidance charge.  Again, his lawyers can buy him out of serious legal consequences but he's even more dead meat, politically.

    In the case of scenarios #4 and #5 he stays the nominee (swapping nominees is a recipe for an electoral wipeout) but Obama wins by 15 points and likely gets Congress back.

    •  Don't hold your breath waiting for the returns (2+ / 0-)
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      liberaldregs, Justus

      You will know hell is minutes away from freezing over the moment you see multiple years of additional Romney tax returns, including his MA returns.  It will never happen.  One does not have to posit nefarious accounting to come to this conclusion, but I would not discount the possibility that there is some wicked shaky interpretation of laws and rules in there.  No matter what, the downside of not releasing the returns is jeopardy for his Presidential ambitions, the downside of releasing them is jeopardy for Presidential ambitions, plus fines and penalties, payments of unpaid taxes plus interest, criminal and civil risk - with associated defense costs, and significant public reaction to the way someone as fortunate as Romney calculates what he owes to be part of our nation.  I think there is little doubt where his values will take him.

  •  Jan Brewer (0+ / 0-)

    Maximizes the GAG quotient.

    (I sort of do blame Obama for pulling out Janet Napolitano and leaving us with that, that creature.)

    Sometimes . . . I feel . . . like a redneck with chopsticks . . . Dreaming of squirrel while I'm sucking down squid . . .

    by Pale Jenova on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 08:15:15 PM PDT

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