Mitt Romney falsely accused President Obama of doing exactly what he—and his campaign—have done (Beck Diefenbach/Reuters)
With one visit to the failed solar energy firm Solyndra, Mitt Romney hit a perfect trifecta today—a perfect trifecta in that he leveled three separate accusations against President Obama ... each of which were not only false, but the mirror image of valid criticisms against Mitt Romney.
First, Romney's campaign cloaked his visit to Solyndra in secrecy, refusing to tell reporters where they were going when they set out to stage the event. Their explanation for the secrecy?
"We knew, if word got out, that Solyndra would do everything in their power, and the Obama administration would do everything in their power, to stop us from having this news conference," the adviser said.
Asked how the Obama administration could prevent an event staged on public property, the adviser said there might be a way.
"Well, he's only the president of the United States," the adviser said. "I mean, they could work with town officials to deny us access."
Not only is that Glenn Beck-style black helicopter nonsense, Romney's own campaign earlier today disrupted
an Obama campaign press conference, hoping to shut down a discussion of Mitt Romney's record.
Second, when Romney was asked about his campaign's effort to drown out the Obama press conference, Romney claimed his staff was merely doing what the Obama campaign has already done:
If the President is going to have his people come into my rallies and heckling, why, we’ll show them that we conservatives have the same kind of capacity he does.
This wasn't a campaign rally—this was a press conference. And President Obama has never sent his staff to disrupt a Romney event, whether it's a press conference or a rally. So this wasn't a case of turnabout is fair play: This was a case of Romney trying to be a bully. Axelrod was lucky to escape with the (admittedly scarce) hair on his head.
Third, Romney says Solyndra represents "crony capitalism." He claims President Obama supported the firm's loan guarantee application to reward campaign donors who he claims invested in Solyndra. But the truth is that none of President Obama's major donors were Solyndra investors and even if they were, the Bush administration supported Solyndra's application and encouraged the Obama administration to continue pursuing it. As for Romney?
GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has hammered President Obama for his administration’s tax-funded investment blunders — but when Romney was governor, the state handed out $4.5 million in loans to two firms run by his campaign donors that have since defaulted, leaving taxpayers holding the bag.
The two companies — Acusphere and Spherics Inc. — stiffed the state on nearly $2.1 million in loans provided through the state’s Emerging Technology Fund, a $25 million investment program created while Romney was governor in 2003 that benefitted 13 local firms.
Acusphere, a biotechnology firm headed by a Romney campaign donor, got $2 million in 2004 that it was supposed to put toward a $20 million manufacturing facility in Tewksbury, which never became fully operational
And perhaps the perfect capper to Romney's perfect trifecta, it turns out
that Karl Rove's latest video attacking President Obama accuses Obama of using taxpayer dollars to support a company ... that received taxpayer dollars from Massachusetts, under Mitt Romney.
At this point, I don't know what's more likely: Mitt Romney accusing President Obama of bullying gay kids in high school ... or accusing him of being the vulture capitalist CEO of Bain Capital. Whatever it is, it's surely something for which Mitt Romney is guilty.