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(Talking Points Memo)   Mitt Romney doesn't want to be compared to John Kerry. He wants to be compared to John Kerry's wife   (2012.talkingpointsmemo.com) divider line 340
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2012-07-16 04:45:43 PM
I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad, unless he wrote off thousands of dollars in charitable donations to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU or something.
 
2012-07-16 04:49:53 PM

what_now: I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad, unless he wrote off thousands of dollars in charitable donations to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU or something.


He wrote off Massachusetts as a charitable donation.
 
2012-07-16 04:51:53 PM

what_now: I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad, unless he wrote off thousands of dollars in charitable donations to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU or something.


Giving millions of dollars in tithing to the Mormons isn't going to look good to the Deep South fundies. It's one thing to think about tithing as a concept, but another when you see actual numbers. I think that's at least one factor.

I'd LOVE to get my tithing back from the Mormons. I could really use it now.
 
2012-07-16 04:52:08 PM

what_now: I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad, unless he wrote off thousands of dollars in charitable donations to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU or something.


Whatever it is, it's worse than the hit he is taking in blue collar states.
 
2012-07-16 04:52:25 PM

what_now: I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad, unless he wrote off thousands of dollars in charitable donations to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU or something.


He actually still owns slaves.
 
2012-07-16 04:53:57 PM

WTF Indeed: what_now: I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad, unless he wrote off thousands of dollars in charitable donations to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU or something.

Whatever it is, it's worse than the hit he is taking in blue collar states.


He's made a nice living screwing those people over, he doesn't understand why they would start to pay attention to him now.
 
2012-07-16 04:55:01 PM

what_now: I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad, unless he wrote off thousands of dollars in charitable donations to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU or something.


He wrote off "rust protection" and "WD-40" as medical expenses.
 
2012-07-16 04:57:05 PM
Mitt, this was all a test to see if you could really feel human emotions.

www.wearysloth.com
 
2012-07-16 04:58:33 PM

what_now: I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad, unless he wrote off thousands of dollars in charitable donations to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU or something.


His real name is Peeeeeenis Willard Penispenis Romney.
 
2012-07-16 04:59:41 PM

what_now: I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad, unless he wrote off thousands of dollars in charitable donations to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU or something.


He cancelled Arrested Development *and* Firefly.
 
2012-07-16 04:59:57 PM

what_now: He's made a nice living screwing those people over, he doesn't understand why they would start to pay attention to him now.


It could be two things: 1) What's in the tax returns are so damaging to the GOP that it will turn hardcore GOPers off from voting and switch independents to vote straight Dem. Or 2) Romney's team sucks. The latter is more likely.
 
2012-07-16 05:02:41 PM

what_now: I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad


Voter Fraud
 
2012-07-16 05:08:12 PM

what_now: I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad, unless he wrote off thousands of dollars in charitable donations to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU or something.


I don't know either, but Romney sure seems afraid of it.
 
2012-07-16 05:08:12 PM

what_now: I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad, unless he wrote off thousands of dollars in charitable donations to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU or something.


I'm guessing he has so many tax credits, write-offs, tax shelters, deductions (all perfectly legal), Mr. Why Are We Punishing the Job Creators? pays a stunningly low effective tax rate, which completely derails his entire campaign narrative.
 
2012-07-16 05:08:36 PM

bloobeary: what_now: I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad

Voter Fraud

The issue arises from the ballot Romney cast for Republican Scott Brown in January 2010 in the special election to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

The former Massachusetts governor did not own property in the state in 2010 and registered to vote from an address in the unfinished basement of an 8,000 square-foot Belmont mansion owned by his son Tagg.

Last June GOP political consultant Fred Karger filed a complaint with Massachusetts state election officials alleging that Romney voted in several elections without residing in the state.


He can be a resident of the state and not own anything, right?

Residency issues have plagued Mitt Romney in the past. When he campaigned for governor of Massachusetts in 2002, he ran into trouble because he had switched his residency to Utah three years earlier when he moved to Park City to take over the struggling Salt Lake Olympic operation. The move technically made him ineligible to run for office in Massachusetts, which requires seven years of continuous state residency before a candidate is eligible to run. After a lot of legal wrangling and paying back taxes, he was finally allowed on the ballot.

Wow. He really does think he can buy the highest office in the land.
 
2012-07-16 05:26:15 PM
No one's acting for your wife's returns, Mittens.

But, I do want to know how much staying at home and watching the servants work pays
 
2012-07-16 05:33:58 PM

Nadie_AZ: Wow. He really does think he can buy the highest office in the land.


Mitt Romney is a real life version of Bobby Newport.

Bobby: Hi, I'm Bobby Newport. I'm a regular guy. I like dogs. I'm here with my Persian greyhound Reclette, who was given to me by the pretender to the crown of Alsace-Lorraine.

Bobby: Why'd you guys post that video of me, man? I mean, that didn't make me feel good. It was mean. You guys are mean.

Leslie: We're not gonna quit the campaign. Why would we do that?
Bobby: Because I want it. Come on, give me it. Give me it. Gimme it. C'mon gimme it. Just gimme the election! I'm sorry, please. Please.
 
2012-07-16 05:36:11 PM

Lionel Mandrake: No one's acting for your wife's returns, Mittens.

But, I do want to know how much staying at home and watching the servants work pays


Being a stay at home mom is hard work. Mitt got paid $100,000 per year for 3 years to do nothing. How about that!
 
2012-07-16 05:45:08 PM

AirForceVet: What I don't understand is WHY Romney won't release his tax returns?


A lot of people were upset that he only paid 15% in taxes in 2010. Wait till they find out he paid 0% in the prior years. You don't think all that money in Switzerland, Bermuda and the Caymans was a vacation fund, do you?
 
2012-07-16 05:46:48 PM

Dinki: AirForceVet: What I don't understand is WHY Romney won't release his tax returns?

A lot of people were upset that he only paid 15% in taxes in 2010. Wait till they find out he paid 0% in the prior years. You don't think all that money in Switzerland, Bermuda and the Caymans was a vacation fund, do you?


that would be very interesting to learn indeed....were it true, he'd be handing Obama a ton of ammunition to use against him.
 
2012-07-16 05:47:37 PM

Weaver95: what_now: I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad, unless he wrote off thousands of dollars in charitable donations to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU or something.

I don't know either, but Romney sure seems afraid of it.


Which makes me all the more curious.
 
2012-07-16 05:50:38 PM
You have got to be kidding me.
 
2012-07-16 05:52:52 PM

GAT_00: You have got to be kidding me.


I know, right? fascinating to watch Romney flail about tho, I must admit.
 
2012-07-16 05:57:37 PM
Speaking of John Kerry, when is Daily Show coming back?

/Jon Stewart's impersonation is gold
 
2012-07-16 05:57:57 PM

Aarontology: vernonFL: Romney's tax returns would reveal earnings from both the Tyrell Corporation and Cyberdyne Systems.

I heard he's a major shareholder in Weyland-Yutani.


And a cousin of the Lannisport Lannisters!
 
2012-07-16 05:58:18 PM

bloobeary: I can only assume that the job of running Mitt's campaign went to the lowest bidder.


The ad firm in question is called Free Market Corrections.
 
2012-07-16 06:00:31 PM

Weaver95: Dinki: AirForceVet: What I don't understand is WHY Romney won't release his tax returns?

A lot of people were upset that he only paid 15% in taxes in 2010. Wait till they find out he paid 0% in the prior years. You don't think all that money in Switzerland, Bermuda and the Caymans was a vacation fund, do you?

that would be very interesting to learn indeed....were it true, he'd be handing Obama a ton of ammunition to use against him.


I'm thinking that there is a just a shiatload of questionable stuff. Write-offs, money going overseas, investments in 'questionable' companies, large non-dividend paychecks from Bain after 1999. And every trick in the book to pay little to no taxes. One thing that Romney is good at- getting lots of money and keeping as much as possible.

Funny isn't it- the year after OWS makes unbridled wealth a topic of dinner and TV talking head conversations, the GOP puts up someone that is the epitome of the ugly rich guy. Bizarre.
 
2012-07-16 06:02:45 PM

ecmoRandomNumbers: Giving millions of dollars in tithing to the Mormons isn't going to look good to the Deep South fundies.


Hm. Interesting. Maybe what he's worried about actually isn't political? Maybe he didn't actually tithe 10%, and that's what he's worried about releasing? He doesn't want his church to know he wasn't tithing?

/random speculation
 
2012-07-16 06:03:33 PM

Dinki: Funny isn't it- the year after OWS makes unbridled wealth a topic of dinner and TV talking head conversations, the GOP puts up someone that is the epitome of the ugly rich guy. Bizarre.


That's not fair, if not for his crippling moral deficiency Mitt Romney could be quite attractive.
 
2012-07-16 06:03:48 PM

what_now: ...Seriously Mitt who's running your campaign? David Alxerod?


Mitt is according to what I've read in the right wing blogs. He's fairly much in complete control.
 
2012-07-16 06:03:50 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-07-16 06:03:59 PM

bloobeary: I can only assume that the job of running Mitt's campaign went to the lowest bidder.


Nope.

Initially it was being run by a DC firm called Campaign Resource Solutions Inc, but Bain Capital picked up CRS for a restructuring. Now Mitt's campaign is run by a team of 15-19 year old boys in Balgalore.

Saved Mitt a bit of money on his campaign costs and his buddies at Bain made $12.7 million by bankrupting CRS domestically and selling all their assets.

It's a win/win scenario!! (unless you're actually, yknow, talking about the election itself)
 
2012-07-16 06:04:20 PM
How is this something to be proud of?

My guess is that if Romney is elected the last thing he will want to do is pick a fight with a conservative house. He will be limited in being able to do the "compassionate conservative stuff" by the gigantic fiscal problems. He will make good court selections. Anyway, he's a Bush Republican but without the freedom that Bush had to make mistakes. The important thing is to keep the pressure on the congress who will keep the pressure on Romney.

In Freeperville, El Rushbo is a RINO.
 
2012-07-16 06:04:27 PM

ignatius_crumbcake: Mitt Romney is a real life version of Bobby Newport.


I got the feeling that the Bobby Newport character was inspired by Mitt Romney.
 
2012-07-16 06:04:58 PM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Eventually it'll be the Media asking the question... not because they particularly care, but because they smell blood in the water. Scandal drives ratings. Ratings mean money.


I read that as 'Madea' and was simultaneously intrigued and disgusted.
 
2012-07-16 06:05:47 PM

Paris1127: He thinks he's African-American too?

/Teresa Heinz Kerry was born in Mozambique
//claimed that she was African-American


Romney is a Mexican-American

Still has family in Mexico, I hope a superpac brings that up.
 
2012-07-16 06:07:22 PM

Dinki:

Funny isn't it- the year after OWS makes unbridled wealth a topic of dinner and TV talking head conversations, the GOP puts up someone that is the epitome of the ugly rich guy. Bizarre.


I don't think the GOP bothered to listen to the OWS people. they wrote 'em off has hippies and socialists, mocked their speeches, and watched with glee as the cops trampled their civil rights and beat some of them so hard that they ended up in the hospitals.

it would be almost poetic justice if the efforts of OWS ended up costing Romney his campaign.
 
2012-07-16 06:07:23 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-07-16 06:08:03 PM
Heard McDonnell and another shill defend him saying he's released more PAGES of tax returns than anyone else. Really hope they stick with that one.
 
2012-07-16 06:08:12 PM

vpb: I think Romney is just hoping for a "Desert One" type of disaster I think he realizes he can't win otherwise.


He need wait no longer, because Romney IS a Desert One type of disaster.
 
2012-07-16 06:08:43 PM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: what_now: I'm just not sure what can be in a TAX RETURN that is "sink the campaign" bad, unless he wrote off thousands of dollars in charitable donations to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU or something.

He wrote off "rust protection" and "WD-40" as medical expenses.


Ding, ding!!
That's it!
 
2012-07-16 06:09:15 PM

One Big Ass Mistake America: [i.imgur.com image 850x532]


i45.tinypic.com
 
2012-07-16 06:09:56 PM
next talking point... I know you are but what am I?
 
2012-07-16 06:11:14 PM

Flab: vernonFL: Paris1127: /Teresa Heinz Kerry was born in Mozambique
//claimed that she was African-American

I have a (white) friend who was born in South Africa and moved to the US as a young adult, they consider themselves to be African American.

I have a blond, blue-eyed Morrocan friend (Alexander The Great genes, his parents both are olive-skinned with jet black hair) who worked in the US for a while. He said he got into trouble for checking the African-American box on a form once because he wasn't aware it was the politically-correct term for blah people.


I have an Egyptian friend who got into the same kind of trouble. He has a muslim-y name, but I guess people reviewing those forms just assumed he was one of them blah guys who drops their "slave name" for something cool like Muhammed Shabazz Al-Shawarma and starts wearing a suit and bowtie.
 
2012-07-16 06:13:56 PM
This!
 
2012-07-16 06:16:27 PM
"As an owner, I could have come back," Romney conceded to NBC News. "I could have gone back and taken over." To CBS News, he affirmed, "I had the capacity, if I were not on leave, if I were actually wanting to run the business, to do so."

Romney not helping Romney

Romney calling Romney a liar
 
2012-07-16 06:16:34 PM

One Big Ass Mistake America: [i.imgur.com image 850x532]


He. Lost.

Notice how he was the 'not Bush' candidate that year? That's Romney. Except less appealing. Sorry, the country is going to be destroyed by Fartbama and there is nothing you can do about it.
 
2012-07-16 06:16:40 PM

One Big Ass Mistake America: [i.imgur.com image 500x416]


People are not complaining that Romney is rich. They are complaining that he has never lived like the middle class and can not empathize with middle income people.
 
2012-07-16 06:16:51 PM

Ed Finnerty: One Big Ass Mistake America: [i.imgur.com image 850x532]

[i45.tinypic.com image 850x482]


Bwahahaha!
 
2012-07-16 06:16:54 PM

One Big Ass Mistake America: i.imgur.com


Wow..."conservatives" sure are good at missing the point, aren't they?

I guess I can't blame them. It's easier to defend points you make up yourself.
 
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