How is Mitt Romney going to survive the onslaught that he (along with his campaign) brought on himself by unsuccessfully utilizing the “best defense/good offense” routine, and going after the Obama Administration as “job out-sourcers?” Talk about opening a can of worms, getting his butt in a sling, being in a pickle, and every other “things really suck” cliche out there. Thing is, many of us always knew he was dirty – his own lies and flip-flops and “etch a sketch” moments told that tale. What many of us didn’t know was from which direction he’d be most vulnerable. Now, that picture is coming into focus.
Romney swears up and down that he left Bain Capital in 1999, and therefore couldn’t possibly be responsible for the job out-sourcing, the companies he helped decimate, the jobs lost on his watch. Except, according to the Boston Globe and Talking Points Memo and Politicususa.com and Mother Jones, based on their research and digging into SEC filings and state and federal disclosures, Romney actually didn’t leave Bain Capital until much later, even as late as 2003. This places Romney smack dab in the middle of what he hoped his lies and hidden tax returns and desperate attempts to change the subject would avoid. According to Romneytheliar.blogspot.com, “. . . [I]n the Aug. 12, 2011, federal disclosure form filed as part of his presidential bid, he said, ‘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.'”
Think about what it means to the GOP if that disclosure – along with many other alleged incidences of false disclosures – become the quagmire for Romney that it’s appearing it will be.
Many websites and bloggers are investigating the timeline of Romney’s grand finale with Bain Capital; but as more and more details emerge, and Romney finds it harder and harder to dig out of the deep, deep hole he’s dug for himself, when the usual stuff (consisting, basically, of lies and “yeah, but he did it too!”) isn’t working, why would the GOP sit back and let a tainted, disastrous candidate lead the charge? There’s an answer for that: If there’s a way around it, any way, the GOP won’t.
We’ve all seen how critical the right wing of this country believes this race to be, how desperately they want to unseat President Obama, and because of that, it’s a serious backslide that their candidate is spending much of his time beating back, not rumors, but factual data that may implicate him in more serious ways than simply being caught in lies. The right believes Romney has (or, at least, had) a fighting chance to beat President Obama in November, but as the boiling cauldron of fact-gathering continues, Romney may quickly become a liability. It’s not unheard-of that the GOP turns on its own; remember Herman Cain? No American, on either side of the aisle, likes slicksters, hustlers, and con artists. No American likes to be played for a fool. Republicans simply can’t afford another “Sarah Palin” election, another Palin’esque candidate, another gaffe-ridden, ethically challenged counterpart to Palin’s epic failure in 2008. Maybe the GOP forgot, once again, to vet its candidate.
Romney, the guy who touts himself as a business guru and job creator, the one who brags that, based on his business background, he’s the dude to lead America out of the forest of a damaged economy, has some serious problems if the documents out there prove he had deeper involvement in Bain Capital beyond 1999: He has to not only own the job losses, failed companies, wrecked lives, and job out-sourcing, he also has to answer for fraudulent state, federal and SEC disclosures.
The powers that be in the GOP always underestimate their opponent, thinking they’re the smartest guys in the room. In this case, President Obama and his Chicago-based campaign staff have put the Romney campaign back on its heels, have forced Romney to defend himself against the relentless onslaught of ads President Obama has run that have effectively turned the one angle Romney had – that of a businessman and economic smarty pants – into a serious liability. With Romney’s failure to release his tax returns (something even conservatives are pressuring him to do), a horrified GOP may have to watch the train driven by its golden boy careen off the rails.
As Romney’s lies pile up and the blizzard of Romney-tales circulate, as the internet lights up with daily, titillating details of Romney’s reality show, Life With Bain, the GOP’s brows will begin to furrow and palms will begin to sweat. Like tigers, the GOP will devour its own; it won’t be long before we see whether Mitt Romney will end up as just another tantalizing morsel, fletcherized by the machine.