let’s play follow the leaker! Dana Bash does a lot of reporting on Republican inter-party politics and obviously has a lot of connections there, but she is more in tune with the dwindling “mainstream” Hill Republicans rather than the teabaggers. So if she knows someone who 1) is a Bain investor and 2) has inside knowledge of this issue, my money is on someone who was fairly high up in the McCain campaign and who had either direct access to or credible second-hand knowledge of Mitt’s tax returns. And I’m also betting that the full charge – not paying anything for ten years – isn’t true, but the kernal of truth is probably something along the lines of, didn’t pay diddly for several years, took a lot of questionable deductions/dodges and it looks really bad, which is why McCain passed Mitt up and why he’s NEVER gonna release those returns. And if I’m correct, then harry Reid is the smartest person in Washington because Mitt will never be able to refute anything Reid says, and Reid might as well say Mitt took out a tax dedection for funding a combination abortion/pet euthenasia clinic ’cause Mitt won’t be able to prove he didn’t.
cmo3p commented on the blog post Earth to the President: voters and donors you need are checking out of the process
The lack of historical perspective in these comments is amazing. No one expects a lot of enthusiasm on the left to re-elect Obama, but I would remind you that much of what is being said here is exactly the same as what was said of Gore in 2000. So fine, many on the left voted Green and said 4 or 8 years of Bush wouldn’t be any different than Gore. Tell that to the many thousands dead in the Middle East. Tell that to the many thousands devasted by the financial crisis. Tell that to the US government, which went from surplus to deficit to pay for Bush’s tax cuts. Tell that to the tattered remnants of the environmental movement.
And for those who say so much for this one, we’ll wait on our next messiah – you were all here four years ago praising Obama to the high heavens and speculating on what a stupendous progressive agenda he would carry out in his first term. That was wrong, so what makes everyone think they’ll be right the next time?
I won’t even presume to predict what would happen in a second Obama term, or how many more times he might disappoint many of you. The only sure prediction I can make is this – if Obama loses to Romney, there will once again be unity on the left as we coalesce to denounce the horrible things that Romney and the GOP will do to this country. But at what price? How many more people will suffer under GOP hegemony this time?