Mitt Romney’s Mendacity

What’s Wrong Today:

Over the past few days, Mitt Myth Romney has taken credit for GM being alive and Osama Bin Laden being dead.

On April 28, the Romney campaign turned facts on their heads regarding the auto bail-out. When asked whether Mitt’s skepticism about the auto industry bail out would hurt him in Michigan, Eric Fehrnstrom, key Romney operative said:

“His position on the bailout was exactly what President Obama followed…He said, ‘If you want to save the auto industry, just don’t write them a check. That will seal their doom. What they need to do is go through a managed bankruptcy process’….Consider that the….only economic success that President Obama has had, is because he followed Mitt Romney’s advice.”

Two days later, Mr. Romney went to work on the killing of Osama Bin Laden, saying, while answering press questions in Portsmouth NH:  

“Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order,”

Romney said that he would have sent in the Navy Seals, while recalling the former Democratic president who was derided by critics for weak leadership during the 1979-1980 Iran hostage crisis.

So, What’s Wrong?

Mr. Myth apparently is unaware that the media keeps records of what people in the public eye say.

First, the auto bail out: The Wrongologist has previously reported on what Romney actually said about the auto industry bailout. Here it is:

On February 12, 2012, Romney said:  “Three years ago, in the midst of an economic crisis, a newly elected President Barack Obama stepped in with a bailout for the auto industry. The indisputable good news is that Chrysler and General Motors are still in business. The equally indisputable bad news is that all the defects in President Obama’s management of the American economy are evident in what he did.”


“The president tells us that without his intervention things in Detroit would be worse. I believe that without his intervention things there would be better.”

(Emphasis by the Wrongologist)

 Why didn’t Myth think of this before the Michigan primary, when he was being hammered both for his op-ed piece quoted above and the November 2008 piece in the NY Times, entitled, “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt”? 

Romney needs this new auto industry spin to play in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio in order to take the White House.

Second, getting Bin Laden: Romney’s position today is, of course “I would have gone after him. Even Jimmy Carter would have gone after him.”

Well, there you go again. Here is what Romney said in 2007 while running for the Republican nomination while speaking with AP reporter Liz Sidoti:

SIDOTI: Why haven’t we caught bin Laden in your opinion?

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: I think, I wouldn’t want to over-concentrate on Bin Laden. He’s one of many, many people who are involved in this global Jihadist effort. He’s by no means the only leader. It’s a very diverse group – Hamas, Hezbollah, AL-Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood and of course different names throughout the world. It’s not worth moving heaven and earth and spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person. It is worth fashioning and executing an effective strategy to defeat global, violent Jihad and I have a plan for doing that.

(Emphasis by the Wrongologist)

Back then, Sen. John McCain was his rival for the nomination and stated at the time that Romney’s comments about the importance of catching Osama bin Laden reflect a “naiveté” about the war on terror. Here is what John McCain said:

“[I]t takes a degree of naiveté to think he’s [bin Laden is] not an element in the struggle against radical Islam…” 

In the Second presidential debate on foreign policy, Oct. 7, 2008, then-candidate Obama said:

 “If we have Osama bin Laden in our sights and the Pakistani government is unable or unwilling to take them out, then I think that we have to act, and we will take them out. We will kill bin Laden. We will crush al-Qaida. That has to be our biggest national security priority.”

Clearly, there has been no flip-flop by the President.

It’s fairly easy to see what Myth is trying to do and what he is thinking:

“What does this particular audience need to hear me say at this particular time?”

This is the only possible explanation that consistently accounts for everything Romney says today, much of which invalidates what he has said, even as recently as a few months ago.

Romney has no core beliefs; he is always a tabula rasa, the etch-a-sketch his staff talked about.< /font>

Finally, about the Carter comment: What has Romney been doing the past eight years? Certainly not trying to change the world like former President Carter, who is as decent a man as there is. While Republicans don’t want President Obama to take credit for getting bin Laden, they’ve never stopped snipping at President Carter for what he tried to do.

Myth’s comment is just plain catty. But then, this is the guy who insults the cookies when he’s the guest.