Some wonder if the Mitt Romney Tax Return Theft hoax (fact?) is really just a political ploy by Karl Rove, or someone like him, to try and move Romney out of the position of “rich asshole who won’t release his tax returns to the American public,” and into the position of sympathetic victim (evil Democrats did it!).
If so, good luck with that. I’m not sure many would feel sorry for him if his tax returns were released without his consent.
AP: “The plot in this mystery has enough holes that it could be an elaborate hoax. But it comes at a critical moment during the 2012 presidential campaign. In its broadest outlines, the case might be compared to Watergate, the 1972 political break-in that led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation. But unlike Watergate, which started with the arrest of bungling burglars traced to Republicans, the Tennessee case is a baffling mystery so far, without any clear suspects. There is no evidence Democrats were involved.
“[...] It was unclear even among experts whether the purported theft might be a hoax. The alleged culprit so far has provided no evidence that Romney’s tax returns actually were stolen, such as a scan of a partial page from one of the documents. But for seasoned and committed hackers such a theft was described as entirely plausible, especially for someone who could gain physical access to a company’s keyboards.
“[...] Even if the latest case were a hoax, hackers have been alerted to intense public interest in Romney’s personal finances. ”You’ve got every hacker in the world thinking, `Wouldn’t that be awesome to do?’” Maiffret said. “I have a feeling this is going to be a hoax, but you’re going to have copycats who are going to try to do this.”"
And just in time for all the new hacker-interest:
Larry Flynt Offers $1 Million for Mitt Romney’s Tax Returns: The offer will be featured in a full-page ad taken out in the Sunday edition of The Washington Post and the Tuesday edition of USA Today.
Release those returns, Willard. You’re supposed to be proving yourself, not asking voters to prove they believe you.
“The work begins anew. The hope rises again, and the dream lives on.” – Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, 1932-2009
Ted Kennedy (from the video): “Now [Romney] looks like he’s for minimum wage, now he looks like he’s for education reform. If we give him two more weeks he may even vote for me because those are the things I’m for.”
Josh Marshall: “I am pro-choice. Mitt Romney is multiple choice,” was the big Kennedy line from the video. I believe Alex Castellanos, on CNN, called it “eviscerating.” I should say so.
Elizabeth Warren: ”Ted Kennedy changed my life. He changed how I understood what it is that a public servant does. And I think of him in this race every single day. And I come to this convention and I think of him every single hour.”
Jamelle Bouie: In just over seven minutes, Democrats have honored a lion of American liberalism, and reinforced the image that Mitt Romney is utterly devoid of conviction. Not a bad first move.
@ezraklein: I, for one, am shocked that Democrats would inject politics into a video about politician Ted Kennedy during a political convention.
Charles P. Pierce: The video was a delightful combination of elegy and attack ad. A lot of it was taken up with clips from the debate between Edward Kennedy and Willard Romney during their 1994 Senate race in which Romney came off looking very badly. In fact, I’d forgotten how much of an obviously snippy lord of the manor type he was back in his younger days. This prompted some Twittery whining from obvious anagram Reince Priebus, as though that pipsqueak was the true custodian of Edward Kennedy’s legacy, and as though Edward Kennedy himself wouldn’t have been twice as tough in person as he was on film.
Ron Paul won’t be speaking at the convention because of two conditions that he says convention organizers required:
Paul claims that convention organizers told him he could deliver a speech on two conditions. First, the Romney campaign would get to vet his speech, and second, he would have to give a full-blown endorsement of the GOP nominee. Paul balked at both requirements. “It wouldn’t be my speech,” Paul told the Times. “That would undo everything I’ve done in the last 30 years. I don’t fully endorse him for president.”
IDK, what does “I don’t fully endorse him” even mean? That he sort of endorses him? Slightly? That he doesn’t completely reject him? Blah. And now Ron Paul goes back to his day job of writing frivolous bills (14 long years, 620 bills sponsored, FOUR made it to a vote and only ONE became a law).
Ed Gillespie, a senior campaign advisor for Mitt Romney, appeared on Meet the Press this morning to answer questions about Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital, and unveiled a new excuse for why Romney should not be held responsible for the company’s actions during a time in which he remained CEO and president:
GREGORY: He was still financially linked to Bain. And of course, a lot his fortune is due to his time with Bain. Even when he was on leave, does he stand by the business decisions that were made by the firm he created?
GILLESPIE: He actually retired retroactively at that point. He ended up not going back to the firm after his time in Salt Lake City. So he was actually retired from Bain.
“Last week, the Huffington Post reported that Romney, in sworn testimony during a 2002 Massachusetts hearing to determine if he met the residency requirement to run for governor, declared that he had remained on the board of a company in which Bain was an investor. This scoop received much attention. Still, the Romney camp did not directly respond to it, and in interviews with the major television networks on Friday, Romney insisted, as he told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, that he had “no role with regards to Bain Capital after February 1999.” He maintained that all the questions regarding his stint at Bain were merely part of the Obama campaign’s “kill-Romney” strategy.” — Romney’s Account of His Departure From Bain Undercut By…Romney Testimony | Mother Jones
“While he was in Utah getting the luge runs in shape, Romney was also still getting a six-figure salary for being a Bain “executive.” Perhaps for Mitt, that was just the going-away equivalent of a monogrammed briefcase. Although it does sort of take the steam out of his principled refusal to accept any money from the Olympics until his turnaround was successfully completed. So to summarize: Romney was at Bain after 1999, but not necessarily in the sense of occupying physical space. He was employed by folks in Utah, but not in the sense of the people who made out his paycheck. If we ever manage to really get our heads around Higgs boson, perhaps we will also be able to understand the Mitt Romney Olympics period.” —
Gail Collins (via azspot)
“Most Americans figure if you are the chairman, CEO and president of a company that you are responsible for what that company does.” — President Obama
Donald Trump will be in Florida a day before the Republican National Convention kicks off to receive a “Statesman of the Year” award from the Sarasota Republican Party. A spokesman for Trump said he is “honored to be the recipient of this prestigious award,” according to Mediaite. Prestigious!
If Republicans didn’t give each other these
meaningless silly prestigious awards, who else would?
According to Josh Fruhlinger at Wonkette, RNC Political Director Rick Wiley has been sending “Obama’s campaign manager like four or five Tweets a day making fun of his lousy campaign and calling him “bro.”" Seriously:
The RNC does important stuff! Fruhlinger reports that “Jim Messina’s been taking the high road so far and not responding.” Why would anyone respond to such an idiot? Told you conservative pinheads like to spew trash on Twitter.
Tip: Bro, try gluing some of that chin beard where your eyebrows should be.
Dana Loesch of CNN and Breitbart.com fame is a pinhead. And conservative pinheads love to spew trash on Twitter:
Jesse Taylor: Pandagon – The actual statistics: “About 34 percent of food-stamp recipients are white, while 22 percent are African Americans and 16 percent Hispanic, with the rest being Asian, Native American or those who chose not to identify their race, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.”
Charles P. Pierce offers Mitt Romney a new speech:
“Stop sweating me, okay? It’s time for my nap. Tell Kristol to shut up or I’ll look under the lawn chairs until I find enough loose change to buy that little magazine of his and sell it to the publisher of Biker Mamas for a 200-percent profit. Let Kristol go cover Bike Week in Laconia next summer if he wants to run his yap. And Murdoch? He doesn’t like me? Tell you what: How about I get in there and revoke that tin citizenship medal that he’s got and let him go back to selling titty magazines to sheep farmers in Queensland. He’s over here because people like me allow him to be over here. Goddamn immigrant. I hope the senile old fool is tapping my phone, because I won’t have to shout at him that,
“I’m Mitt Romney, bitches, and I’m all you got left.
“[...] Is it a penalty? Is it a tax? You think I care? I can write a check and buy English and change words to mean anything I want them to mean. “Horse” is now “deduction.” See how it works? “Penalty” and “tax” and “fee” all mean the same thing. They mean I don’t have to pay them. I own English now. Say something. Go ahead, I dare you. Say something and you owe me a buck royalties and you better believe I’m coming for it because,
“I’m Mitt Romney, bitches, and I’m all you got left.”