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Month: August 2012

August 31, 2012
Romney Goes AWOL on Afghanistan

In his meticulously choreographed entry into the convention hall last night, Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney greeted the assembled delegates to convey the feel of a State of the Union address. But any resemblance to a Commander-in-Chief last night ended there. With tens of thousands of U.S. troops still in harm's way, Governor Romney […]

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August 30, 2012
Jeb Bush Complains Even as Dubya, Mitt Still Claim They Inherited Recessions

By all appearances, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush hopes use his Republican National Convention address to rehabilitate his brother's shattered reputation. After claiming on Sunday that it was "unbecoming" for Barack Obama to continue to "blame others" for the economic calamity he inherited from George W. Bush, on Thursday Jeb suggested the President should be […]

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August 30, 2012
15 Things the GOP Doesn't Want You to Know About Taxes and the Debt

The experience of the past three decades shows that for the GOP, there are only two certainties in life: debt and tax cuts. But you'd never know that watching the Republican National Convention, where a massive ticking debt clock and obvious falsehoods like "President Obama has doubled the national debt" nevertheless dominate the proceedings. Of […]

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August 29, 2012
How We Built Bain Capital

Among the things absent thus far from the 2012 Republican National Convention has been any mention of Bain Capital and any fidelity to the truth. After just the first day, the GOP's twin frauds about welfare and "we built that" were once again demolished, prompting Team Romney to protest that "we're not going to let […]

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August 28, 2012
Lady Macbeth Comes to the Republican National Convention

At the Republican National Convention Tuesday night, Mitt Romney will stand behind a human shield: his wife Ann Romney. And with good reason. While his campaign still frets about his massive "empathy gap," the Republican nominee will deploy his warm, engaging and sympathetic wife as a proxy for the compassion and emotional connection to voters […]

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August 28, 2012
Romney Contradicts Own Web Site on Abortion

Back in June, Mitt Romney's right-hand man Eric Fehrnstrom declared, "This is not a social issue election." Romney, he pledged, will "govern as a pro-life president, but you're going to see the Democrats use all sorts of shiny objects to distract people's attention from the Obama performance on the economy." But as the Republicans themselves […]

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August 27, 2012
For Romney, Father Doesn't Know Best

One of the inevitable developments of any modern presidency is the "psycho-history" cottage industry. That is, academics, physicians, amateur psychologists and dishonest partisans predictably produce elaborate psychological theories tracing the conscious and subconscious roots of the President's personality and political worldview. But on the eve of this week's Republican National Convention that will officially nominate […]

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August 27, 2012
Romney Promises to Gut His Massachusetts Health Care Law

As with virtually every issue, Mitt Romney has a love-hate relationship with his own 2006 Massachusetts health care law. Just days after his aide Andrea Saul provoked right-wing fury by claiming "if people had been in Massachusetts, under Governor Romney's health care plan, they would have had health care," Mitt on Sunday similarly boasted of […]

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August 25, 2012
Romney: My Secret Tithing Makes My Real Tax Rate 50 Percent

By every indication, Mitt and Ann Romney are completely committed and deeply dedicated to each other. Nevertheless, they really need to get their lines straight, especially on the subject of their mysterious tax returns. Last month, Mrs. Romney protested that "We give 10% of our income to our church every year. Do you think that […]

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August 23, 2012
How Newly Pro-Life Romney Betrayed a "Dear, Close Family Relative"

Say what you will about the ultra-hardline reproductive politics of Todd Akin and Paul Ryan, but at least those two have always been true believers. Mitt Romney, not so much. As his former strategist Michael Murphy put it in 2005, "He's been a pro-life Mormon faking it as a pro-choice friendly." But Romney's public transformation […]

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