Just as unloveable dimwit Mitt Romney makes his millionaire estate tour across the country, allowing the fantastically rich to know that "I got you!" in robot Small Wonder-ese, he's probably dropping his gimlet of scotch off of his double Jetski right about now. A pretty impressive story from the Boston Globe surfaced this morning alleging – or, well, proving – that he's been a lying liar who lies about the extent of his involvement with outsourcing heroes, Bain Capital. Sure, everybody's touched on Romney's tenuous relationship with the truth (including us), but the implications of today's big reveal are potentially explosive. So explosive, in fact, that Obama for America held a press conference-call at 11 a.m. today to address "Romney's Big Bain Lie," and we were there!
Here's the gist: There are "literally scores" of documents – including those mentioned in the Globe from the Securities and Exchange Commission – that indicate that Romney did not walk away from his Mr. Burns duties at Bain in 1999, but rather carried right on through as “sole stockholder, chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and president" through 2002. So all of that "No Evidence" crap he's shooting with his latest ad buy is now just another expensive waste of time. It turns out there IS evidence!
Obama for America general counsel Bob Bauer popped on the line to say that "this is serious business," calling Romney's fiscal shapeshifting "sloppiness" at one point, and then warned that, because Romney's past statements have been false on official documents, there could be "very, very serious legal consequences that would follow." See, Romney should have had lawyers that knew this stuff already (and maybe they did), but now Romney's lies could be considered felonious. That's right, FELONIOUS. Deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter cut to the brass and tax of the dealings, saying that Romney "was legally responsible for everything that happened in all of those Bain deals." Adding insult to injury, Cutter said that "Romney is the most secretive candidate to run for president since Richard Nixon." Ouch.
So, not much unreported news there, beyond the fact that Obama's people are clearly giddy with the Globe revelations, even giddy enough to hold an impromptu call with 108 journalists at 11 a.m. The fun part came in the Q&A period where we heard luminaries like MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell (Miss Greenspan if you're nasty) and CBS's Norah O'Donnell throw softballs like, "why does this matter?" and "how are you going to use this?" (Answer: You are on this call, right?). But the real kickers came later with Obama staff telling journalists to "keep tuned in" for further evidence of Romney's canoodling with Bain in boardrooms. Also, a Boston Phoenix reporter queried as to whether this might include Romney favoring Bain corporations for contracts when he saved the Olympics. (You could hear the staffers salivating at this particular prospect, though evidence is currently unavailable).
"The question shouldn't be 'How are we going to use this?'" Cutter went in for the zinger at the end of the call. "It should be 'How is Mitt Romney going to clear it up? He could do it simply today by following precedent and releasing his tax returns ..."
Bearing in mind that felons aren't allowed to vote in Florida (all right, convicted felons, but still), it seems like a logical leap to say they shouldn't be allowed on the ballot here, either, right? Anyway, expect a lot of squirming in your usual evening news feed from the Romney camp. This offshore casino is sinking.
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