Wasserman Schultz: Sure, Romney could be a ‘felon’
It turns out that voters were far less terrified by the inner workings of investment banking and private equity than the architects of the Obama campaign anticipated. So now we just have an old-fashioned character assassination on our hands — and we’re still not talking about the economy. So Obama wins another news cycle.
Last week, the Boston Globe grabbed hold of an irrelevant SEC filing and ran a piece intimating that Mitt Romney was surreptitiously making decisions at Bain Capital in 2002, even though the Republican presidential nominee had claimed to have left decision-making to others when he went to run the Salt Lake City Olympics in 1999. Why Romney would have lied at the time about working for the company he already owned is a huge mystery.
In a conference call last week, Obama aide Stephanie Cutter said, “Either Mitt Romney, through his own words and his own signature, was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the SEC, which is a felony.” This seemed like a pretty boneheaded thing to say at the time.
But someone apparently did some polling. Here is Debbie Wasserman Schultz today on MSNBC still peddling the Romney-is-a-“felon” memo: “What Stephanie [Cutter] said, rightfully so, is that either Mitt Romney was lying on SEC forms and misrepresenting to his investors — which could be a felony — that he was the sole owner, president, CEO of Bain Capital from 1999 until almost the end of 2001, or he wasn’t and represented that he was.”
Hey look, a false dichotomy!
Wasserman Schultz went on to say, “You know, this is a campaign for president of the United States. Mitt Romney is running for president of the United States. He and his campaign leadership need to put their big boy and big girl pants on and defend his record.” (I agree.)
I’m so old I remember the days when Democrats were pretending to be offended by the lack of civility in politics. But you have to give the Obama campaign and Democrats some credit. This imagined scandal is another distraction thrown to the dominant news media — fetch! And no doubt, the Boston Globe and New York Times have deployed investigative teams to comb every filing of Bain Capital from 1999 onward. Here we have a president who institutionalized a recession and we’re busy talking about … what are we talking about?
Andrew Sullivan, Newsweek/Daily Beast columnist – who, in a just world would be spinning his conspiracy theories on some overnight talk show – goes all in: “Yes, Romney Perjured Himself” (You’ll notice, he proves his contention by randomly italicizing a phrase.) Sullivan’s tweet was even better: “The GOP’s current candidate is an obvious perjurer and thereby a felon. How long will it take before this sinks in?” Here’s a detailed debunking — but more like an explainer, actually — from the Washington Post.