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Massachusetts Liberal

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

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Trust me, I'm Mitt

He won't talk about Bain Capital or his time as Massachusetts governor and his taxes are off limits. But that hasn't stopped Mitt Romney from telling Harry Reid to "put up or shut up."

The presumptive Republican nominee clearly has a bad case of Reid under the Skin as the Senate Majority Leader continues his daily taunt that Romney hasn't paid taxes in 10 years. And while no less a liberal hero than Jon Stewart is berating Reid, the issue is not going away.

Nor should it.

I'd be hard pressed to think of any political candidate of either political party who is as secrecy obsessed as Romney. Does anyone really know who he is and what he stands for? The only comparison that comes close is Richard Nixon, but that's hardly a compliment. And at least you knew where Nixon stood on issues.

Romney's refusal to talk forthrightly about his tenure (including its length) at Bain Capital, has allowed others to offer their own scenarios. Same for his four years (actually two but who's counting) in the Statehouse.

His opacity on the subject of his taxes is downright breath-taking. He shunned his own father's example of 12 years of returns. The elder Romney actually objected to a partial release, declaring:
... "One year could be a fluke, perhaps done for show, and what mattered in personal finance was how a man conducted himself over the long haul."
Despite his professed reverence for his father, that's where we are today: one year, one estimated year.

And a demand that Reid either reveal his unnamed source for the non-payment claim or back down.

There's only one person who can put up, then shut up Reid and it is the candidate himself.

Which is what makes Eric Ferhnstrom's channeling of Joseph Welch's calling out of Joe McCarthy all the more laughable.

At long last Myth, have you no sense of decency sir? Have you no shame?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its ironic to hear Fehrnstrom calling Harry Reid a modern day Joe McCarthy, when Sarah Palin is on Fox News calling Elizabeth Warren a 'communist'

...I kid you not.

August 04, 2012 10:24 AM  

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