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Way back in 2006, Mitt Romney unintentionally and presciently defended Barack Obama against Romney's own attacks on Obama's jobs record:
"I came in and the jobs had been just falling off a cliff. And I came in and they kept falling for 11 months. And then we turned around and we're coming back. And that's progress.

"And if you're going to suggest to me that somehow the day I got elected, somehow jobs should immediately turn around, well that would be silly. It takes a while to get things turned around. We were in a recession; we were losing jobs every month, we've turned around, and since the turn around we've added 50,000 jobs. That's progress.

"There will be some people who try to say, 'Well governor, net-net you've only added a few thousand jobs since you've been in.' Yeah, but ... we were in free-fall for three years and the last year of that I happened to be here and then we've turned it around as a state, private sector, government sector turned it around and now we're adding jobs.... I'm very pleased that over the last two, two-and-a-half years we've seen pretty consistent job growth."

The video, which Steve Benen reminds us of now that unemployment has fallen below eight percent and Obama has presided over net positive job creation, was found by American Bridge. Remember too that Romney made these big turn-around claims despite Massachusetts having been 47th in job creation during his tenure as governor. Not only was the state not, in early 2003, in the kind of free fall that the United States was in when Barack Obama took office, but under Romney Massachusetts' recovery lagged behind almost every other state.

So much of Romney's defense of himself, back in 2006, is better suited to President Obama now. Romney said then that "if you're going to suggest to me that somehow the day I got elected, somehow jobs should immediately turn around, well that would be silly." That is exactly what Romney has said about Obama's presidency—but it's actually something worse than just "silly."

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 07:35 AM PDT.

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  •  Oh Mittens.... (4+ / 0-)

    isn't there any issue that you can run on that you haven't been on the opposite side of?

    Seriously, at this point, I wouldn't be surprised if Romney does or says something, or that something in his past will be revealed, that is as damaging as the 47% video.

  •  Willard had all those jobs he created (5+ / 0-)

    put into a blind trust, and he's going to let them out if he's elected!

    Romney economics: Feed our seed corn to the fattest pigs and trust them to poop out jobs.

    by blue aardvark on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 07:49:41 AM PDT

  •  gotta make an ad that starts with this on a black (2+ / 0-)
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    cai, ardyess

    screen and then identifies Willard as the speaker... with the obvious conclusion for today's race and Willard's Flip-Floppery,

    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 08:06:08 AM PDT

  •  STOP (1+ / 0-)
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    Retroactively contradicting yourself!

    "I'm sorry, I have no pithy, insightful, enlightening quote for my signature." --- Me

    by liberalagogo on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 04:35:06 PM PDT

  •  Romney absolutely needs to be nailed (2+ / 0-)
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    rhauenstein, ardyess

    on all of these flip flops.

  •  Isn't video proof a wonderful thing? n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    © cai Visit to join the fight against global warming.

    by cai on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 04:36:18 PM PDT

  •  Sometimes I think that before he says (0+ / 0-)

    anything he has an assistant make sure he has said the exact opposite in the past.

    So I see only tatters of clearness through a pervading obscurity - Annie Dillard -6.88, -5.33

    by illinifan17 on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 04:36:41 PM PDT

  •  actually, for the next prez debate (1+ / 0-)
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    why don't we just have rmoney answer whatever questions he chooses, and the when it's O's turn, he can just show rmoney videos of rmoney saying the exact opposite of what he just said at the debate.

    So, so much to work with here.....

  •  I'm sure that will get airtime (0+ / 0-)

    on FOX with Hannity and Tucker saying, "See...this is the kind of stuff that would cost Obama the election..."

    Sorry, I hopped into alternate universe me for a second.

    But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have laid my dreams under your feet; tread softly, because you tread on my dreams. – Yeats

    by Bill O Rights on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 04:39:54 PM PDT

  •  2008 and 2009 Romney Demanded A Stimulis (2+ / 0-)
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    Bill O Rights, LiberalTill IDie

    2009 Romney demands  Congress pass emergency stimulus,  because the economy crashed under Bush
    ".......I think there is need for economic stimulus. Americans have lost about $11 trillion in net worth. That translates into about $400 billion a year less spending that they'll be doing, and that's net of additional government programs like Medicaid and unemployment insurance. And government can help make that up in a very difficult time. And that's one of the reasons why I think a stimulus program is needed...."  

    2008 Romney demands Republican Congress pass a stimulus  
    “This is surely the time for economic stimulus,” ...."infrastructure projects should be a high priority. ....“expand the money supply,”

    2012 Romney admits the promised cuts would probably trigger a depression, so he won't do it.
    "....Well because, if you take a trillion dollars for instance, out of the first year of the federal budget, that would shrink GDP over 5%. That is by definition throwing us into recession or depression. So I’m not going to do that, of course."

    Romney tells Lara Ingraham the economy has improved under Obama
    INGRAHAM: You’ve also noted that there are signs of improvement on the horizon in the economy.....
    ROMNEY: Well, of course it’s getting better. The economy always gets better after a recession, there is always a recovery.

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 04:41:11 PM PDT

  •  thats a republican for ya (0+ / 0-)

    he thinks being 47 out of fifty states is progress so i can only assume that after he finishes outsourcing jobs to other countries (china) america will be worse off then it is now, thats american exceptionalism gop style.

  •  The sheer brilliance that is the Romney campaign (0+ / 0-)

    has seen fit to send me some half a dozen mailings this year, referring to me as "one of America's most notable Republicans" (read: you can afford to donate big).

    Here is the first page from the most recent one, which I got last week:

    Great research department there Mitt!

    Also, this:


    Too cheap to include a prepaid bulk class mail envelope!

    He believes in America--except when it comes to his wallet!

    Also, I love where he likely gets this line:

    So am I supposed to be Don Corleone in this scenario?

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 04:46:12 PM PDT

    •  I got one, and my wife got one (0+ / 0-)

      We may live in the single least likely precinct in the State of Washington to find a Republican in.  But Mitt apparently has so much money he can waste it on a mailing like this to me.

    •  "sick and tired..." (0+ / 0-)

      Serial Liar Mitt Romney sounds like a crazy old coot, not a potential president.   "Sick and tired..." is something a crank in a rocking chair says; it is a comment from one who has no energy and no ideas.  All he offers is complaints and scare tactics, plus pie-in-the-sky vague promises that everything will somehow, magically, improve on day one if only we'll just push him and his rocker and his dancing pony into the White House.  (Or maybe Pretend Princess Annie will sashay into the residence astride the pony, to show his commitment to cutting costs, including moving expenses.  Save a nickel here by firing Big Bird, a penny there by forcing the pony to kick up its heels and work for a living instead of demanding free oats, and, gosh, in just three minutes or so we'll wipe out that nasty old deficit.)  

  •  I smell a Looper sequel. (0+ / 0-)

    The day may come, when the rest of the animal creation may acquire those rights which never could have been withholden from them but by the hand of tyranny.

    by Tetris on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 04:46:26 PM PDT

  •  Preaching to the choir... (2+ / 0-)
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    Sam Sara, Tuffie

    what Romney said doesn't surprise me. Furthermore, this will barely influence anyone against Romney. I'm fast loosing faith in many, if not most, of my fellow Americans to do the correct thing. You've got those on the Right who vote against their own interests, and you got those on the Left who won't vote because they think it doesn't matter.

    When Romney can flat out lie and 'win' a debate, does anyone think something like this revelation will sway anyone?

    Apologies if my cynicism is over the top for some...maybe I'm just having a bad day.

    "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities" Voltaire.

    by JWK on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 04:46:57 PM PDT

    •  You're not alone (0+ / 0-)

      I mean, so what.  Romney's a lying asshole.  We know that.

      Somebody tell the rest of the idiot voters.

      This crap is all a sideshow now thanks to President Can't-Be-Bothered-It's-All-a-Big-Media-Show.  I'm so fucking pissed with each passing day I can't believe it.  And no, it wasn't 'the media' that blew this lead.

      And please save your 'donuts' ... that's a sideshow too.  

  •  Could that have been a (0+ / 0-)

    The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

    by JML9999 on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 04:49:12 PM PDT

  •  D'oh... (0+ / 0-)

    Rmoney, the mayonnaise of modern politics; rich white pasty goo in a transparent container.

    by Sam Sara on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 04:49:59 PM PDT

  •  It Should Be Clear to All (0+ / 0-)

    That Mitt has no conscience, core or character. He is counting on voters' (like cutomers) propensity to fall for marketing gimmicks!

  •  Mitt wants a pass for the years 2003-2007? (1+ / 0-)
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    Was he kidding?

    He thought jobs were falling off a cliff in 2003? Compared to 2008?

    The recession had ended November 2001.

    He did not inherit a recession.

    While the years 2003 to 2007 were going on Republicans everytwhere were calling them the Bush Boom years. In the meantime Mitt was making excuses about how bad it was?

    It must be nice to cover every side of every issue.

  •  And he didn't have a whole Democratic Party that (0+ / 0-)

    did everything it could to keep jobs from being created from the day Romney was sworn in as Governor so he would lose the next Election like The Republican Party vowed to do To President Obama on the day he was sworn in.

  •  Briliant (0+ / 0-)

    This is a brilliant discovery, just a gorgeous way to repudiate the Mittster's current stance.

    In that regard (and because I am going to keep flogging this until it goes viral) you really have to check out the most incredible website yet that shows the mendacity of "Multiple Choice Mitt" - get a load of this: No matter what you believe, Mitt agrees with you.  It's a stunning compilation, and the best example ever of his total plasticity.

    Build Your Own Mitt

    "One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others." - Lewis Carroll, 1832-1898

    by Audio Guy on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 08:40:00 PM PDT

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