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2012-07-16 08:46:08 AM  
This isn't the VP file. This is the Opposition Research file and it's been floating around the internet since like 2010.
 
2012-07-16 08:55:09 AM  

RexTalionis: This isn't the VP file. This is the Opposition Research file and it's been floating around the internet since like 2010.


is it oppo research from mccain? i'm sure the obama folks have it, along with a whole shiatload more. this bain stuff that comes out every day is pretty damning.
 
2012-07-16 08:57:26 AM  

RexTalionis: This isn't the VP file.


Clearly. I mean, we all know for a fact that McCain wouldn't bother to vet a VP candidate.
 
2012-07-16 09:05:21 AM  

Rev. Skarekroe: RexTalionis: This isn't the VP file.

Clearly. I mean, we all know for a fact that McCain wouldn't bother to vet a VP candidate.


lol. well, yeah, there's that.

actually, i'm sure they vetted several - romney included. just no women. the palin pick was a completely reactionary move by a desperate campaign. it gave them a brief bump and then ultimately sunk them. but it did thrust sarah palin upon our poor unsuspecting country. and for that alone, mccain should burn in hell.
 
2012-07-16 09:25:11 AM  

RexTalionis: This isn't the VP file. This is the Opposition Research file and it's been floating around the internet since like 2010.


The most intriguing part of the book Primary Colors is the Libby Holden character (Kathy Bates in the movie), whose job is to "Dust Bust" the candidate. The amount of dirt these folks dig up in order for the campaign to preemptively address controversies is just fascinating to me.
 
2012-07-16 09:29:54 AM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: RexTalionis: This isn't the VP file. This is the Opposition Research file and it's been floating around the internet since like 2010.

The most intriguing part of the book Primary Colors is the Libby Holden character (Kathy Bates in the movie), whose job is to "Dust Bust" the candidate. The amount of dirt these folks dig up in order for the campaign to preemptively address controversies is just fascinating to me.


There was an NPR (or maybe it was WNYC, I wasn't paying attention) interview on the afternoon/evening news show with two opposition research guys and they'd tell you the stuff they'd do to find out their info - like going to public records and just camp out looking for something on their target.
 
2012-07-16 09:42:02 AM  

RexTalionis: This isn't the VP file. This is the Opposition Research file and it's been floating around the internet since like 2010.


This. This oppo file has been around awhile.
 
2012-07-16 09:50:46 AM  
It may not be new, but there's enough material in here to run three or four campaigns against Romney.
 
2012-07-16 09:56:52 AM  

Bladel: It may not be new, but there's enough material in here to run three or four campaigns against Romney.


In a Republican Primary.

A lot of the issues there in that file basically comes down to the argument that Romney is too liberal. Not exactly a easy argument for Obama to make.
 
2012-07-16 10:04:13 AM  
In December 2005, Romney "abruptly ordered his administration to reverse course ... and require Catholic hospitals to provide emergency contraception medication to rape victims."

Obama is attacking our religious freedom by making us provide contraception!

Romney health insurance plan expanded access to abortion, required Planned Parenthood representative on state panel.

Romney endorsed legalization of abortion pill RU-486 access during his 1994 Senate race and backedfederal funding of abortion, saying "I think it's important that people see me not as a pro-life candidate."


Stepped on a rake there.
 
2012-07-16 10:20:05 AM  
Lots of damning stuff in there.

Romney Claimed To Have No Idea How Much Profit He Made From Selling DDi Stock.

"Governor MittRomney yesterday continued to distance himself from a controversial stock sale, saying he took no responsibility for any role that his former company, Bain Capital, had in touting the stock's value and that he has no idea whatprofit he made when he sold it. 'I left Bain long before the events,' Romney said in his first, but brief, publiccomments about DDi Corp. ..."
(Frank Phillips, "Romney Says Profit Unknown In DDi Sale,"
The Boston Globe
, 8/21/03)

Report: Romney Personally Sold More Than $4 Million In DDi Stock In 2001.

"Romney, according to theSecurities and Exchange Commission's records, sold 182,436 shares of DDi stock in May 2001 for $4.1million. His profit is unclear."
(Frank Phillips, "Romney Investment Surfaces In Probe,"
The Boston Globe
, 8/19/03)


Romney Refused To Release Tax Forms Or Profit Records.

"Citing privacy reasons, Romney aides saidthe governor would not review his 2001 income tax to find out his profit on DDi. He also declined to releasecopies of his tax forms."
(Frank Phillips, "Romney Says Profit Unknown In DDi Sale,"
The Boston Globe
, 8/21/03)
 
2012-07-16 10:31:29 AM  
Oops!
 
2012-07-16 10:32:12 AM  
Perhaps McCain did vet Romney as a possible VP candidate and decided Palin was a safer choice.
 
2012-07-16 10:32:41 AM  
Rev. Skarekroe: RexTalionis: This isn't the VP file.

Clearly. I mean, we all know for a fact that McCain wouldn't bother to vet a VP candidate.


We do know he vetted 22 years of Romney tax returns, then turned around and picked Sarah Palin.

If that's not damning of the man, I don;t know what is.
 
2012-07-16 10:33:00 AM  

RexTalionis: Bladel: It may not be new, but there's enough material in here to run three or four campaigns against Romney.

In a Republican Primary.

A lot of the issues there in that file basically comes down to the argument that Romney is too liberal. Not exactly a easy argument for Obama to make.


Actually very easy as an argument, "How can you trust this man to actually do what he says he's going to do?".

Bam, done in one.
 
2012-07-16 10:34:28 AM  
-Months after his "conversion," Romney stated his commitment to upholding Massachusetts' abortion laws andappointed pro-choice judge to state district court.

I love this document. I am going to buy it flowers.
 
2012-07-16 10:34:54 AM  

Walker: Lots of damning stuff in there.

Romney Claimed To Have No Idea How Much Profit He Made From Selling DDi Stock.

"Governor MittRomney yesterday continued to distance himself from a controversial stock sale, saying he took no responsibility for any role that his former company, Bain Capital, had in touting the stock's value and that he has no idea whatprofit he made when he sold it. 'I left Bain long before the events,' Romney said in his first, but brief, publiccomments about DDi Corp. ..."
(Frank Phillips, "Romney Says Profit Unknown In DDi Sale,"
The Boston Globe
, 8/21/03)

Report: Romney Personally Sold More Than $4 Million In DDi Stock In 2001.

"Romney, according to theSecurities and Exchange Commission's records, sold 182,436 shares of DDi stock in May 2001 for $4.1million. His profit is unclear."
(Frank Phillips, "Romney Investment Surfaces In Probe,"
The Boston Globe
, 8/19/03)


Romney Refused To Release Tax Forms Or Profit Records.

"Citing privacy reasons, Romney aides saidthe governor would not review his 2001 income tax to find out his profit on DDi. He also declined to releasecopies of his tax forms."
(Frank Phillips, "Romney Says Profit Unknown In DDi Sale,"
The Boston Globe
, 8/21/03)


$4 million? That's all? That would be like asking me to remember how many pennies I found on the ground in the month of February.
 
2012-07-16 10:35:57 AM  
-In 1994 and 2002, Romney confirmed his support for Roe v. Wade decision and forcefully positioned himself as pro-choice in 1994 Senate race, saying "you will not see me wavering on that except for when I need to appeal to drooling mongoloids in a presidential primary."

Emphasis mine.
 
2012-07-16 10:36:35 AM  
Foreign Policy: Romney has no foreign policy experience.

Nice.
 
2012-07-16 10:37:05 AM  
Xmas in July:

-In 1994 Senate race, Romney backed Brady bill and assault weapons ban, saying "I don't line up with theNRA" and "that's not going to make me the hero of the NRA
 
2012-07-16 10:41:32 AM  

RexTalionis: Bladel: It may not be new, but there's enough material in here to run three or four campaigns against Romney.

In a Republican Primary.

A lot of the issues there in that file basically comes down to the argument that Romney is too liberal. Not exactly a easy argument for Obama to make.


Oh, that one is easy. Publish ads in strong republican districts using PACs that are ostensibly in support of Romney, while discussing his strong record on socialized medicine, gay rights, gun control, etc, just to demoralize the base.
 
2012-07-16 10:42:08 AM  
Only Penthouse Forum could use just words to get one's dick harder:

-Romney refused to endorse the Bush tax cuts in 2003, telling the state's all-Democrat congressional delegation he wouldn't be a cheerleader for the plan.
 
2012-07-16 10:42:25 AM  
1970: After four years of deferments through student and missionary status, Romney drawshigh draft number and avoids conscription and service in Vietnam.

And we're already off to a good start...
 
2012-07-16 10:42:33 AM  
ECONOMIC ISSUES

State spending increased at well over rate of inflation under Romney's watch, estimated at 24% - more than$5 billion - over Romney's final three years.

Under Romney, Massachusetts dramatically underperformed the rest of the nation in terms of job growth.

Romney has been criticized by experts for failing to deliver on issues of business development and economic growth after selling himself as the "CEO governor."

2006 report issued by quasi-public Massachusetts Technology Collaborative warned the state was losing its grip as leader in "innovation economy" and that tech job was alarmingly slow.

Romney left his successor to fill a budget deficit exceeding $1 billion.

Romney raised state fees and taxes more than $700 million per year, according to independent experts.

Romney raised fees by roughly $500 million in his first year alone, a figure that was highest in the nation.

Romney quadrupled gun licensing fees and raised fees on first responders, real estate transactions, the blind,golfers and many others.

Massachusetts' state and local tax burden rose more than 7% during Romney's administration.

Romney refused to endorse the Bush tax cuts in 2003, telling the state's all-Democrat congressional delegation he wouldn't be a cheerleader for the plan.

Romney implemented three rounds of tax changes (which he referred to as "closing loopholes") which increased business taxes by an estimated $400 million per year.

Massachusetts' corporate tax climate now ranks 47th in the nation, according to the Tax Foundation.



Here's what Romney did when he was a "leader" in MA... Enjoy your "severe conservative", Republicans.
 
2012-07-16 10:43:00 AM  
on page 88:
"In 2002, Romney proposed installing 10 percent tax on private donations to political campaigns."

This year's donations could easily wipe out a sizeable chunk of the deficit. Tax corporate donations also and we can take care of more.
 
2012-07-16 10:44:41 AM  
Fortunately for Romney, 200 pages is about 2 orders of magnitude more than the average American is willing to read about someone who may become leader of the free world.
 
2012-07-16 10:45:38 AM  

Walker: Lots of damning stuff in there.


And some damning stuff that's not in there, such as no mention of when he left Bain.
 
2012-07-16 10:47:48 AM  
Romney says the Harlem Globetrotters have trouble making touchdowns. (Tape 62)
 
2012-07-16 10:48:08 AM  
For those who don't/won't scribd, here's the link to a PDF: http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/McCain-2008-Oppo-File-on-Rom ney.pdf
 
2012-07-16 10:48:12 AM  
The common wisdom is becoming something to the effect of, "McCain saw the writing on the wall with Mittens, and picked Palin instead."

I hope that means there is some real dirt on Mittens yet to be revealed. And not that the last GOP ticket just wanted something other than a second dull, out-of-touch rich white guy.
 
2012-07-16 10:49:06 AM  

zipdog: Fortunately for Romney, 200 pages is about 2 orders of magnitude more than the average American is willing to read about someone who may become leader of the free world.


Take every point, make it an infographic, use HootSuite to meter out the posts to twitter / Facebook for the next 100 days, boom - electorate educated (or enraged and calling you a puppet of Soros despite using a document from McCain)!
 
2012-07-16 10:50:19 AM  

mrtk421: Romney says the Harlem Globetrotters have trouble making touchdowns. (Tape 62)


Romney says that 640K (dollars) should be enough for no one. Page 78
 
2012-07-16 10:50:47 AM  
DNR;TL. Any gold?
 
2012-07-16 10:50:59 AM  
The AMPAD stuff seems familiar. In 1994, Romney claimed he was "on leave" while Bain was laying off a bunch of workers and hiring them back with reduced wages and benefits.
 
2012-07-16 10:51:31 AM  

RexTalionis: Bladel: It may not be new, but there's enough material in here to run three or four campaigns against Romney.

In a Republican Primary.

A lot of the issues there in that file basically comes down to the argument that Romney is too liberal. Not exactly a easy argument for Obama to make.


No, it works very well to diminish GOP turnout / enthusiasm in swing states.
 
2012-07-16 10:54:11 AM  

SpectroBoy: DNR;TL. Any gold?


Well, it certainly reminds us of how much Romney has flip-flopped. So far, nothing really new.
 
2012-07-16 10:56:33 AM  

Bladel: RexTalionis: Bladel: It may not be new, but there's enough material in here to run three or four campaigns against Romney.

In a Republican Primary.

A lot of the issues there in that file basically comes down to the argument that Romney is too liberal. Not exactly a easy argument for Obama to make.

No, it works very well to diminish GOP turnout / enthusiasm in swing states.


Obama could always have other people start making the case that "Romney isn't so bad. He has supported gay rights, abortion, universal healthcare and gun control in the past".
 
2012-07-16 11:08:15 AM  

GameSprocket: Bladel: RexTalionis: Bladel: It may not be new, but there's enough material in here to run three or four campaigns against Romney.

In a Republican Primary.

A lot of the issues there in that file basically comes down to the argument that Romney is too liberal. Not exactly a easy argument for Obama to make.

No, it works very well to diminish GOP turnout / enthusiasm in swing states.

Obama could always have other people start making the case that "Romney isn't so bad. He has supported gay rights, abortion, universal healthcare and gun control in the past".


Obama needs to personally congratulate the Republican party for embracing a liberal candidate such as Mitt Romney.
 
2012-07-16 11:09:41 AM  
Romney's Massachusetts positions are generally ok with me. Unfortunately, this isn't the same Romney anymore. The old Romney has been killed and the new Romney-zombie is dangerous.

Also, if they run Jindal as the VP candidate, God help us all if they win.
 
2012-07-16 11:09:48 AM  

Karac: Walker: Lots of damning stuff in there.

And some damning stuff that's not in there, such as no mention of when he left Bain.


Starts on p. 135:

Romney Ran Day-To-Day Operations At Bain Capital From Its Inception In 1984 Through Early 1999, When
He Left To Assume Control Of The Salt Lake Winter Games
. "When Mr. Romney finally set up shop just
across the hall from Bain consulting in 1984, his initial plan centered on providing venture capital - seed money -
for ideas spun off by Bain consultants. ... By the time Mr. Romney left the firm in 1999, the investments it had sold
off had made enough money to deliver an average annual return that amounted to as much as 100 percent before
fees, several of its investors said." (David Kirkpatrick, "Romney Political Fortunes Tied To Riches He Gained In Business," The New
York Times, 6/4/07)

Romney Served As CEO Of Bain Capital Through August 2001, Even Though He No Longer Ran Daily
Operations.
"Although he gave up running day-to-day operations at the venture capital firm in order to head the
Salt Lake Winter Olympics, he remained CEO and held his financial interest in the company through August
2001." (Stephanie Ebbert and Yvonne Abraham, "Camps Spar Over Romney Word Choice," The Boston Globe, 10/31/02)
 
2012-07-16 11:10:28 AM  

RexTalionis: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: RexTalionis: This isn't the VP file. This is the Opposition Research file and it's been floating around the internet since like 2010.

The most intriguing part of the book Primary Colors is the Libby Holden character (Kathy Bates in the movie), whose job is to "Dust Bust" the candidate. The amount of dirt these folks dig up in order for the campaign to preemptively address controversies is just fascinating to me.

There was an NPR (or maybe it was WNYC, I wasn't paying attention) interview on the afternoon/evening news show with two opposition research guys and they'd tell you the stuff they'd do to find out their info - like going to public records and just camp out looking for something on their target.


It was the Daily Show. It was good stuff about two guys who wrote a different book on it.
 
2012-07-16 11:14:09 AM  

PonceAlyosha: GameSprocket: Bladel: RexTalionis: Bladel: It may not be new, but there's enough material in here to run three or four campaigns against Romney.

In a Republican Primary.

A lot of the issues there in that file basically comes down to the argument that Romney is too liberal. Not exactly a easy argument for Obama to make.

No, it works very well to diminish GOP turnout / enthusiasm in swing states.

Obama could always have other people start making the case that "Romney isn't so bad. He has supported gay rights, abortion, universal healthcare and gun control in the past".

Obama needs to personally congratulate the Republican party for embracing a liberal candidate such as Mitt Romney.


Perhaps if Obama comes out and says he's voting for Romney, all the Republicans will vote for Obama
 
2012-07-16 11:15:23 AM  

Bladel: It may not be new, but there's enough material in here to run three or four campaigns against Romney.


One word from the file - Haier - would be enough to sink almost any presidential campaign. Bye bye wealthy donors.
 
2012-07-16 11:19:15 AM  

GameSprocket: Bladel: RexTalionis: Bladel: It may not be new, but there's enough material in here to run three or four campaigns against Romney.

In a Republican Primary.

A lot of the issues there in that file basically comes down to the argument that Romney is too liberal. Not exactly a easy argument for Obama to make.

No, it works very well to diminish GOP turnout / enthusiasm in swing states.

Obama could always have other people start making the case that "Romney isn't so bad. He has supported gay rights, abortion, universal healthcare and gun control in the past".


SuperPACs. Create a ton of them, take all this shiat and air it in the South, and Southwest. Play this shiat non stop about 2 months before the election, with the catch phrase "Mitt Romney: Just another Tax and Spend Democrat", while simultaneously launching a major get out the vote drive for Hispanics, airing on spanish speaking channels. The goal is to mobilize a voting demographic that has been spurned by the GOP, while simultaneously suppressing the conservative vote by demoralizing them. Best, wildly optimistic scenario is that you flip southern/south western strongholds. Worst case, you force Romney to fight EVERYWHERE, which mitigates any money advantage Romney has. Also mobilizes the Teahadists against Romney, so even if Romney does win he will be facing enough intraparty fighting that a reasonably united Democratic party can pick and choose bipartisan issues to get shiat done their way.
 
2012-07-16 11:21:50 AM  
Romney should get McCain as his VP pick. McCain has the most experience against an Obama campaign.
 
2012-07-16 11:24:47 AM  

palelizard: Romney should get McCain as his VP pick. McCain has the most experience against an Obama campaign.


Much like the Titanic has a lot of experience in clearing icebergs.
 
2012-07-16 11:35:12 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: Karac: Walker: Lots of damning stuff in there.

And some damning stuff that's not in there, such as no mention of when he left Bain.

Starts on p. 135:

Romney Ran Day-To-Day Operations At Bain Capital From Its Inception In 1984 Through Early 1999, When
He Left To Assume Control Of The Salt Lake Winter Games. "When Mr. Romney finally set up shop just
across the hall from Bain consulting in 1984, his initial plan centered on providing venture capital - seed money -
for ideas spun off by Bain consultants. ... By the time Mr. Romney left the firm in 1999, the investments it had sold
off had made enough money to deliver an average annual return that amounted to as much as 100 percent before
fees, several of its investors said." (David Kirkpatrick, "Romney Political Fortunes Tied To Riches He Gained In Business," The New
York Times, 6/4/07)

Romney Served As CEO Of Bain Capital Through August 2001, Even Though He No Longer Ran Daily
Operations. "Although he gave up running day-to-day operations at the venture capital firm in order to head the
Salt Lake Winter Olympics, he remained CEO and held his financial interest in the company through August
2001." (Stephanie Ebbert and Yvonne Abraham, "Camps Spar Over Romney Word Choice," The Boston Globe, 10/31/02)


So sue me - I only read the first few pages of the biography.
That'd be another great ad by Obama though. "Mitt Romney says he left Bain in 1999; John McCain didn't think so."
 
2012-07-16 11:35:12 AM  
If Romney had run in 1980, Jimmy Carter would have been a two term president. He's just that bad.
 
2012-07-16 11:42:39 AM  

Modguy: palelizard: Romney should get McCain as his VP pick. McCain has the most experience against an Obama campaign.

Much like the Titanic has a lot of experience in clearing icebergs.


Well, finding them, certainly. And with this info, McCain clearly has a great grasp on who Romney is, I'm sure they'd get along well.
 
2012-07-16 11:48:55 AM  

FlashHarry: Rev. Skarekroe: RexTalionis: This isn't the VP file.

Clearly. I mean, we all know for a fact that McCain wouldn't bother to vet a VP candidate.

lol. well, yeah, there's that.

actually, i'm sure they vetted several - romney included. just no women. the palin pick was a completely reactionary move by a desperate campaign. it gave them a brief bump and then ultimately sunk them. but it did thrust sarah palin upon our poor unsuspecting country. and for that alone, mccain should burn in hell.


She was already a rising star in the republican party. McCain sped her along, but she was already on that trajectory.
 
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