So Mittens is going for the Clinton Defense, proclaiming firmly that
he did not have sex with had no contact whatsoever with Bain Capital after 1999.
Lifted from the Maddow Blog, here are links to documents that say otherwise:
Sully: “How does Romney attend board meetings of Bain acquisitions, sign six filings on Bain acquisitions, get a six figure salary as an executive, list himself as sole owner and CEO with the SEC in these years, and insist he was not ‘involved in the operations of any Bain Capital entity in any way’?”
I say Bill Clinton was a lot more persuasive. You’ve got to be a natural-born charmer to get away with this kind of blatant lying, and Mittens ain’t that. Josh Marshall’s impression is that Mittens’s defense makes him look weak.
Even more remarkably, he picked yesterday to announce that he won’t be releasing any more tax returns after all. Nyah nyah nyah.
And even more weird, the Romney campaign says that the Obama campaign is unraveling. They are also â€œreckless and wild” and “scared to death.” Yeah, like Bugs Bunny was scared to death of Elmer Fudd.
David Weigel looks on in wonder at the degree to which the Romney camapaign is flat-out contradicting the documented record and even some of Mittens’s past statements about Bain Capital.
This is a truly bizarre scandal. At base, we’re seeing a candidate get shamed because he took a (paid) leave of absence in order to successfully turn around the Olympics. But the way he described that decision in his 2006 book Turnaround made it clear — he kept up some Bain Capital ties. “When I talked to my partners at Bain Capital,” he wrote, “I opined that it wouldn’t make sense for me to come back to the company at the end of my tenture at SLOC as I had following my  campaign.” They disagreed and came to a different arrangement — not as much control as he’d retained in 1994, but not zero influence.
If only the campaign had explained this clearly. The reason that Romney’s having trouble escaping this language trap is that it was built and baited by hasty “war room” responses.
But even that explanation could be a lie, because it appears he intended to go back to Bain after the Salt Lake City Olympics but changed his mind in 2001.
As I said yesterday, if Mittens had chosen to defend Bain business practices rather than try to lie his way out of this, it possibly wouldn’t have hurt his campaign that much. But there’s so much blood in the water now even the candy-ass Dem sharks are smelling it.