So Glenn Kessler, faced with an overwhelming amount of evidence and a great deal of pushback, decided to walk back his previous certainty about Romney’s involvement with Bain from 1999-2002, and yet continues to not recognize the difference between fact and opinion:
For some readers, this may not be important. He is listed as chief executive in SEC documents, he hired the people at Bain, and so they might believe he bears responsibility for these deals. End of story. But that’s really an opinion, not a fact.
Actually, he hired those people and is listed as CEO in the SEC filings. Those are facts. The only opinion here is that you think he had no involvement, despite the facts smacking you in the face.
He then moves on to obfuscation and demonstrates a deftness in the art of red herrings:
When evaluating an attack ad, I have to look at the actual facts behind that ad. Can you really say Romney was responsible for the closing of 600 stores at KB Toys in 2004, given that the initial Bain investment took place in 2000, when he was at the Olympics, and he had clearly left Bain by 2002? It would have been fuzzier if the investment had started under Romney’s confirmed leadership, but I could find no evidence of his direct involvement in this deal.
No one in the Obama campaign has ever mentioned 2004. The time period in question is 1999-2002. Tired of obfuscation, he moves on to waffling and contradicting himself:
The years 1999-2002 are a gray period in Romney’s life.
And the reason it is gray is because Romney won’t honestly state who was CEO (HIM, according to the notarized SEC filings) or release his tax returns from the time period in question. And if they are gray, how do you award pinnochios with certainty, and how are political attacks on gray areas out of bounds? Having completely made an ass out of himself, Kessler now commits rhetorical and logical suicide:
In 2011, Romney, as a presidential candidate, filed a public financial disclosure form, under pain of perjury, that stated: “Mr. Romney retired from Bain Capital on February 11, 1999 to head the Salt Lake Organizing Committee. Since February 11, 1999, Mr. Romney has not had any active role with any Bain Capital entity and has not been involved in the operations of any Bain Capital entity in any way.”
You can see Romney’s signature, on the first page. If Romney lied on this form, that would be a felony.
Well, yes, Glenn. That would be a felony, and it’s exactly what the Obama campaign said when they stated that he either lied on his disclosure forms and filings to the SEC then, or he is lying to the American public now. If I remember correctly, when the Obama campaign said the exact same thing, you awarded them… wait for it… wait for it…
THREE PINNOCHIOS. When will we see the column where he awards himself three pinnochios for using the same exact rhetoric as Stephanie Cutter?
How does this clown have a job?