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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Olympian flip-flop

Some men leave giant footsteps. Myth Romney is intent on leaving no paper trail.

The Boston Globe reports today the man who promised "complete transparency" when he took over the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics left behind no paper trail, much as he did when he left the governor's office in 2006 -- allowing his staff to purchase and destroy computer hard drives.

And in both instances, he had ready made excuses, from it was perfectly legal to this familiar response from current campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul:
“Mitt Romney resigned from SLOC in early 2002 to run for governor of Massachusetts and was not involved in the decision-making regarding the final disposition of records.”
In other words, the buck stops somewhere else.

It's now an all-too-familiar pattern, whether it is hard copies, hard drives or SEC documents. Romney runs things until it is appropriate for him to declare he has "no controlling legal authority," a concept that drove the Right wild when it emerged from the mouth of Al Gore.

This lack of records prevents anyone who comes along afterward to doubt or second-guess. It is the direct opposite of transparency, the same penchant for secrecy when Romney stands his own father's standard on its head and releases not 12 years of tax records but two, sort of, and says "trust me."

Romney has declared virtually all of his history off limits to scrutiny, changes positions as frequent as some people change sheets and demands that the American people trust him to do what's right.

It's a pretty outrageous demand coming from someone unwilling to be judged on an actual record and not a pre-packaged fantasy.

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