Anybody with Photoshopping skills who can put that motto on a .jpg of Romney’s nasty little Aquafresh oval campaign stickers, you will get my eternal gratitude and a front-page acknowledgement. (Yes, I know, but there’s a world of people and internet sites that won’t let you spell out “bullshit”.)
Meanwhile (h/t commentor EFGoldman), the Union-Leader, mother & father of paleoconservatives, is not letting up on Willard’s tax issues:
It is very clear, from the current debate over revealing more of his tax documents, that Romney knows the steps he has taken to minimize his tax bite, while legal, will subject him to still more fire from President Obama and his supporters. That is a given. No doubt, Romney is right. In fact, his wife, Ann, made that very clear when asked why he would not reveal additional years: “Because there are so many things that will be open again for more attack … and that’s really just the answer.”
Well, yes — and no. Maintaining the secrecy creates the impression, justly or not, that there is something there to hide. No escaping that reality. The impression is there. And it will cost Romney votes he cannot afford to lose. Those voters might not cast their ballots for Obama, but not voting can be just as damaging. And yes, for using the tax dodges and loopholes legally available to him, he might lose votes as well.
But there is no place for secrecy or, indeed, privacy in a Presidential campaign. If you want the job, you have to subject yourself to the scrutiny…
Perhaps the most troubling aspect of this entire controversy is the one NOT being discussed much: How did Romney get himself into this position in the first place? He has been running for office for a long time. His presidential aspirations predate the tax returns in question.
What could he possibly have been thinking when he failed to ensure that everything contained in those documents was above reproach? Or was he simply not thinking at all? Surely he could not have arrogantly believed that he could withstand any storm that developed by bluffing his way through it? If so, it hasn’t worked….
I’ve been in the same room with Mitt Romney twice—in Des Moines and Bellevue. I’ve been in rooms full of people who voted for Romney in the Iowa and Washington State caucuses. I’ve shared disgusting hotel bathrooms covered in litter and puddles of questionable fluids with men wearing baseball hats and pins bearing Romney’s name and Romney T-shirts awkwardly pulled over their very expensive Oxford-cloth button-down shirts. I’ve stood in line with people at cold ungodly hours of the morning as we all waited to be allowed into Romney rallies. And I have never, once, met a Mitt Romney fan.
I have looked far and wide, halfway across this country and back, and I have not found a human being who is genuinely fond of Romney and believes that, based on the strength of his character, he would make a great president. I’m not talking about an anti-Obama Republican; there are plenty of people who will vote for Romney because he’s not Barack Obama. But I have not talked with one person who will vote for Mitt Romney because he’s Mitt Romney. And I’ve tried. E-mails and phone calls to prospective Romney fans went unanswered. Google searches were fruitless…
… Romney can’t run on the issues, because he can’t admit what his issues really are. And he can’t run on his record as a politician. His Senate campaign crashed and burned to a loss of 17 percent in the biggest election year for Republican wins on record. Except for the health- care reform he championed—Romneycare was supposed to be the centerpiece of his presidential campaign, before his party veered to the right and ran it down dead—Romney’s record as governor of Massachusetts is terrible. He cut funds to public education. Massachusetts fell to 47th in the nation for job creation. Hell, even Romneycare relied on funds from the federal government to really work.
So what does Romney have left? He’s “a businessman.” He can’t even say he’ll govern as a “CEO president,” because George W. Bush used that line already, and Romney can’t afford to remind people that the last “CEO president” we had presided helplessly over the destruction of a major American city, drove the economy at top speed into a brick wall, and then made his friends try to pin the accident on the nearest black guy.
Since it’s late enough in London that Romney probably won’t embarrass himself again before morning, what else is on the agenda this evening?