Romney Campaign and Karl Rove Hyping Mitt Romney’s Non-Existent Surge in Polls and Unrealistic Talk of Landslide Win

We are starting to hear all manner of things from the Romney campaign and other Republicans such as Karl Rove saying he is on track to win the presidential election and that Obama’s swing state firewall is crumbling. Um, don’t believe the hype. It’s meant to discourage you from going out to vote.

Nate Silver says Mitt Romney now “has few chances to win unless the state polls are systematically wrong.”

“I don’t mean for this to sound dismissive; the polling error could quite easily be correlated across the different states, and the national polls are one reason to be suspicious of the state polls.”

“But we’re at the point now where Mr. Obama may be a modest favorite even if the national polls are right. Two weeks ago, when Mr. Obama appeared to trail Mr. Romney by a point or so in the national polls, that would not have been the case.”

The empty rhetoric will continue right up to Election Day on November 6. Here are the latest swing state polls (h/t Politicalwire):

Colorado: Romney 50%, Obama 47% (Rasmussen)

Florida: Obama 47%, Romney 47% (Newsmax/Zogby)

Iowa: Obama 50%, Romney 44% (NBC/WSJ/Marist)

Michigan: Obama 53%, Romney 45% (Public Policy Polling)

Nevada: Obama 50%, Romney 46% (SurveyUSA)

New Hampshire: Obama 49%, Romney 47% (NBC/WSJ/Marist)

Ohio: Obama 50%, Romney 44% (Newsmax/Zogby)

Virginia: Obama 49%, Romney 46% (Public Policy Polling)

Virginia: Romney 48%, Obama 47% (Newsmax/Zogby)

Wisconsin: Obama 49%, Romney 46% (NBC/WSJ/Marist)

Wisconsin: Obama 49%, Romney 49% (Rasmussen)

Obama Campaign Surpasses Four Million Donors, Record for Any Presidential Campaign

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Obama Campaign Surpasses Four Million Donors, Record for Any Presidential Campaign (Obama for America)

I just got an email from the Obama campaign saying that it has surpassed four million donors, which is a record for a presidential campaign. President Obama’s field director Jeremy Bird disclosed the totals in an email to supporters Saturday night. The campaign email also said it has accomplished the following:

  • registered more than 40,000 in Colorado and Pennsylvania;
  • registered more than 60,000 in Florida;
  • registered more than 75,000 in North Carolina;
  • opened 798 field offices to the Romney campaign’s 295

ROMNEYHOOD: Paul Ryan Makes Mitt Romney’s Tax Problem Worse, Under Ryan Plan Tax Rate Would Be Zero

Mitt Romney’s tax problem:  The far-right wing bloc of the Republican Party is singing the virtues of Paul Ryan being Mitt Romney’s running mate, but um, did anyone bother to wonder how the Romney/Ryan ticket plans on selling his tax cuts that would lead to Romney paying less than one percent in taxes?

Alec MacGillis: “Already, there is a curious bit of conventional wisdom taking hold that Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan is shrewd because it will draw attention from Romney’s ever-more apparent weaknesses, notably the more rapacious elements of his work at Bain Capital and his undisclosed tax returns. Sorry, but this makes no sense. It seems hard to imagine a running mate who would jibe better with the Democrats’ Bain Capital attacks than a well-born Ayn Rand acolyte. More crucially, it is hard to imagine a running mate who will draw more attention to the matter of Romney’s taxes than Paul Ryan. Why? Because under the ‘Ryan plan’ that made the congressman famous, Mitt Romney would pay zero taxes.”

“Don’t believe it? Romney himself said so, just a few months ago.”

Matthew Ryan: “Under Paul Ryan’s plan, Mitt Romney wouldn’t pay any taxes for the next ten years — or any of the years after that. Now, do I know that that’s true. Yes, I’m certain.”

Here’s a totally unrelated question….how does Paul Ryan feel about gun control, since the Sikh temple massacre occurred in his district? Sorry but Paul Ryan is political Kryptonite, clearly out of step with the majority of Americans, except ultra-rich like the Koch brothers. Paul Ryan would be like a deer caught between two headlights if he had to step in and become the president if Romney wins the presidential election and something unforeseen occurs.

Obama Campaign to Include Republicans at Convention, Plans Blistering Portrayal of Romney as Aristocrat

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Obama Campaign to Include Republicans at Convention, Plans Blistering Portrayal of Romney as Aristocrat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Democrats and President Obama are planning the mother of all conventions, including  several Republicans in a prime-time appeal to independents,” Politico reports.A “blistering portrayal” of Mitt Romney as a heartless aristocrat who “would devastate the American middle class” is also coming.

“The plans are spelled out in an early draft of the convention plan, providing an unusual glimpse of presidential advisers’ thought bubble about what viewers will see from the podium — closed captioning of what strategist David Axelrod and other top advisers are thinking about each element of the television spectacle. The detailed plans also offer a preliminary road map of the Obama campaign’s big themes for the fall.” Source:  Politico

The Obama campaign and the Democrats are going to throw the kitchen sink, dishwasher and everything at their disposal at Mitt Romney, painting him as out-of-touch with most Americans.

Separately,  could Jon Huntsman Sr. be the source of Harry Reid’s charge that Mitt Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years? The Daily Kos seems to think so.

Jon Huntsman Sr, is business partners with Robert C. Gay, who also happened to be Bain’s managing director between 1989 and 2004. And if anyone knows the machinations Bain used to evade taxes for itself and its partners, well, it would be the guy in charge of the firm’s finances.

 Obama Campaign to Include Republicans at Convention, Plans Blistering Portrayal of Romney as Aristocrat

Obama Campaign Adviser: “Romney Failed to Define Himself to Voters, Now Vulnerable to Whole Range of Questions”

Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod tells Fox News’ Chris Wallace Mitt Romney has failed to define himself to voters and has “left himself vulnerable to a whole range of questions.”

“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace, citing a recent Quinnipac/CBS/NYT poll that showed Obama hitting 50 percent in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida, asked Axelrod if he thought the Obama camp’s negative ads about Romney’s offshore finances and business record, among other things, had been successful in defining him to voters.

“Well, I’d put it another way: he hasn’t been very successful in defining himself to voters,” Axelrod said. “And he’s left himself vulnerable to a whole range of questions that I think people are asking about him, and whether he’ll be the kind of advocate for the middle class, an advocate for their interests in this economy that they’re looking for in this election.” Source

The first rule of politics is never to let your opponent define you. On that one thing, Mitt Romney failed miserably. No matter what he says, most people doubt his words have an ounce of truth. The Obama campaign picked up where his fellow Republican presidential candidates — Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich — left off. During one debate, Rick Santorum said Romney was the worst candidate to go up against Barack Obama in the general election. Newt Gingrich slammed Romney on his Bain Capital years and the fact that jobs were actually lost not created during his tenure.

Dirty Politics from Mitt Romney, Falsely Claims Obama Campaign Trying to Restrict Military Voting in Ohio

Mitt Romney is up to his usual dirty politics, much like we saw his tactics against Newt Gingrich. He is smearing President Obama by saying his campaign is trying to “undermine” the ability of members of the military to vote. Um, really Mitt? Trying to sound presidential again, but coming across as a liar?

President Obama’s lawsuit claiming it is unconstitutional for Ohio to allow servicemen and women extended early voting privileges during the state’s early voting period is an outrage. The brave men and women of our military make tremendous sacrifices to protect and defend our freedoms, and we should do everything we can to protect their fundamental right to vote. I stand with the fifteen military groups that are defending the rights of military voters, and if I’m entrusted to be the commander-in-chief, I’ll work to protect the voting rights of our military, not undermine them. Source:  Facebook

It sounds pretty outrageous, but Romney’s claims are dirty lies. In fact,  since 2005, Ohio has had in person early-voting in the three days prior to the election. The Ohio Republican legislature, however, eliminated early voting during this period, except for members of the military. The real truth is that the Obama lawsuit is seeking to restore voting rights for all Ohioans, not restrict them for the military or any other group. Here’s an excerpt from the Obama lawsuit, filed in federal court:

Plaintiffs bring this lawsuit to restore in-person early voting for all Ohioans during the three days prior to Election Day – a right exercised by an estimated 93,000 Ohioans in the last presidential election. Ohio election law, as currently enacted by the State of Ohio and administered by Defendant Ohio Secretary of State, arbitrarily eliminates early voting during the three days prior to Election Day for most Ohio voters, a right previously available to all Ohio voters. Source:  Think Progress

The Romney campaign once again shows they have a problem with facts. The Obama campaign’s request for a preliminary injunction does not seek to restrict military voting. Rather, but is asking that the full early voting period be open to all citizens, as it was under the law before this year.

Ron Paul Tells Mitt Romney “Release Tax Returns”

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Ron Paul Tells Mitt Romney “Release Tax Returns” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Former GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul has joined the steadily increasing drip-drip from the right calling on Mitt Romney to release his tax returns, saying “Politically, I think that would help him. In the scheme of things politically, you know, it looks like releasing tax returns is what the people want,” Politico reports.

“It’s a shame. The important issue is [what] the two candidates seem to agree on. They don’t really disagree with militarism overseas, they don’t disagree with the Federal Reserve system and the bailouts, and they don’t disagree on basically whether the role of federal government is wealth redistribution through welfare. So instead, they’re talking about tax returns and that to me is so disappointing,” he said. “It’s all a charade, I think it’s all contrived to not have a debate.” Source: Politico

It’s time for Mitt Romney to just man up and release those tax returns. I don’t believe he broke the law, but he’s making it seem that he has something to hide by dancing around the issue and whining.

 Ron Paul Tells Mitt Romney Release Tax Returns

Mitt Romney’s Retroactive Retirement Fallout Lives Another Day

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Mitt Romney’s Retroactive Retirement Fallout Lives Another Day (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mitt Romney’s retroactive retirement is still creating buzz despite being first uttered on Sunday TV talk shows. I know Ed Gillespie wishes he could retroactively take those words back. Dana Milbank has a great piece on Mitt Romney and his time machine:

Retroactive retirement! It was a brilliant formulation, perhaps the greatest addition to the political lexicon since “no controlling legal authority.” And it raised tantalizing possibilities: If Romney can do it, perhaps others can go back in time to rearrange events.

George W. Bush could retroactively end his presidency on Sept. 1, 2008, before the financial collapse. Donald Rumsfeld could retroactively pull out of Iraq before the insurgency. President Obama could retroactively deny government funding for Solyndra.

Beyond politics, the Chicago Cubs could retroactively end their 2003 season before they squandered a three-games-to-one lead in the National League Championship Series. Disney could save $200 million by retroactively canceling production of the movie “John Carter.” Investors could retroactively skip Facebook’s IPO. Kim Kardashian could retroactively undo her wedding — or, better still, we could undo the Kardashians entirely.

In practice, retroactivity is not quite so simple. If it were, Sarah Palin would still be an obscure governor, Anthony Weiner wouldn’t have had a Twitter account, and John Edwards wouldn’t have hired a campaign videographer. Source: Washington Post

I would imagine there are a lot of things I would have liked to do retroactively such as launching this blog on WordPress instead of Blogger. Putting all jokes aside, the Romney team, including the nominee himself, need to stop squawking about being the victims of the “Chicago-style” politics. Stop whining. It’s clear Mitt Romney has been defined by the Democrats and that’s the first no-no in politics. He carpet-bombed Newt Gingrich and the Democrats are showing him the same love — “The Dark Knight Rises” to stomp on villain Bane.

From around the Internet:

Jay Bookman at The Atlanta Journal Constitution had this to say:

In the ’50s and ’60s, a period considered the economic heyday of a free and capitalist post-war America, George Romney paid 37 percent of his income in federal taxes.By 2010, Romney’s son paid a total of 13.9 percent of his income in federal taxes, this in an America that is supposedly well on its way to becoming a socialist state, with a confiscatory federal government intent on stealing the wealth of its highest earners.

Andrea Stone at The Huffington Post takes it from the McCain campaign perspective:

John McCain’s top campaign strategist in 2008 says that Mitt Romney’s much-discussed tax returns were not the reason that the Republican candidate chose Sarah Palin as his running mate, but he did acknowledge that Romney’s wealth played a factor in the decision.”I get the political hyperbole and all, but that’s not the way the decision was made,” Steve Schmidt told The Huffington Post. “We never sat around having a discussion about Mitt Romney’s taxes through the prism of a liability if he were chosen” for the ticket.

But he added that Romney’s wealth was seen as a liability – “Sen. McCain got caught flat-footed answering a question about how many houses he owned. In fact, they were Cindy McCain’s properties but that distinction was lost in the political optics and we knew it would be a big liability that the presidential and the vice presidential candidates together owned more than a dozen homes. It was like something out of a ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit. I mean, come on.”

The Dallas Morning News editorial board slams Mitt Romney:

In modern presidential politics, any candidate who doesn’t release several years of income tax returns is foolishly swimming upstream against public opinion and political common sense. Extensive disclosure of tax information is a rite of passage all candidates accept the moment they declare for the presidency.

William D. Cohen at Bloomberg raises a question few are talking about  Mitt Romney’s “magical” IRA and how it came to be bursting at seams with millions:

The most mysterious of the unexplained mysteries about Mitt Romney’s considerable wealth is how he was able to amass between $21 million and $102 million in his individual retirement account during the 15 years he was at Bain Capital LLC.How did he do it, given the relatively small amounts that the law permits to be contributed to such a plan on an annual basis? Romney has not explained this conundrum, and seeing as he wants to become president, he would be wise to start talking — if for no other reason than there might be many Americans who would like to emulate what he did.

Eugene Robinson at The Washington Post talks about the Romney train wreck:

Mitt Romney has every right to cloak his personal and professional finances in secrecy — and voters have every right to assume he has something embarrassing to hide. If this seems unfair, Romney has only himself to blame.Through a series of miscalculations, Romney has managed to turn what should have been a minor hiccup into what may be a defining moment, and not in a good way. Attacks by President Obama’s campaign serve mainly to draw attention to the train wreck.

Last night on CNN Erin Burnett hit it out of the ball park:

“It’s time, Mitt. Time to put them on the table. We all know what it is. Your taxes.”

Obama Campaign Responds to Mitt Romney Request for An Apology for “Felony” Comment

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Obama Campaign Responds to Mitt Romney Request for An Apology for “Felony” Comment (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mitt Romney demanded an apology from President Obama for his deputy campaign manager, Stephanie Cutter, dropping the “felony” comment over his name appearing on SEC documents for Bain Capital though he claimed he left in 1999. In other words, no apology forthcoming. Mitt Romney’s media blitz accomplished one thing, it showed us that he is weak and got to this place because there were no stellar Republicans seeking the presidency in this election cycle. Mitt Romney has also shown us that he isn’t up to the task of unseating the incumbent president. He literally begged his opponent to stop attacking him yesterday. Um, has he forgotten the negative campaigning he unleashed on Newt Gingrich during the primary season? As they say, karma is a bitch. Here is the response from the Obama campaign:

It should be noted that even Republicans are questioning why Mitt Romney refuses to open up his financial affairs to the American people. At the National Governors Association meeting in Williamsburg, Alabama’s Republican governor, Robert Bentley, called on Romney to release all the documents requested of him, saying, “If you have things to hide, then maybe you’re doing things wrong,” Bentley said. “I think you ought to be willing to release everything to the American people.” Veteran Republican strategist John Weaver also weighed in saying, “There is no whining in politics. Stop demanding an apology, release your tax returns.” Obama campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said Mitt Romney “spends a lot of time asking for apologies, but spends a lot of time attacking.”

The Obama campaign also released another ad, “Firms,” slamming Mitt Romney for his offshore accounts and outsourcing, while Romney can be heard in the background singing “America the Beautiful.” The ad is running in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The ad says,”In business, Mitt Romney’s firm shipped jobs to Mexico. And China,” the text of the ad says, showing footage of foreign countries as Romney sings. “As governor, Romney outsourced jobs to India:”

 Obama Campaign Responds to Mitt Romney Request for An Apology for Felony Comment

Obama Campaign Press Secretary Ben Labolt Says No Apologies for “Felony” Comment

The Obama campaign is digging in and not apologizing to Mitt Romney for the “felony” comment made by a staffer in regards to his departure date from Bain Capital and the SEC filings his name continued to appear on in 2000 to 2001. Obama campaign press secretary Ben Labolt appeared on the Ed Schultz Show and said they would not be issuing an apology to Romney, saying “he needs to release his tax returns and clear up the questions about his finances.” Amen. If he has nothing to hide, then do the honorable and decent thing like his father George Romney did when he ran for the presidency.

Labolt told Schultz that Romney was trying to have it both ways on Bain: claiming credit for jobs created by the company, but not “accept[ing] responsibility” for business transactions and financial decisions made by the company. Labolt brought up a recent development tonight showing that in Romney’s own 2002 testimony, he admitted that he “regularly traveled back to Massachusetts” for business trips and board meetings. Source:  Mediaite

Mitt Romney has a serious problem with this Bain Capital mess. If he was attending board meetings, wouldn’t they have discussed some of the deals he claims he has no knowledge of? Was he taking business trips on behalf of Bain Capital? What? There are more questions than answers. Instead of crying woe is me, why not address the questions and release the tax returns? As Sen. Harry Reid rightly said, Mitt Romney couldn’t be confirmed as a cabinet member not showing his tax returns.