Tuesday, May 08, 2012

It's the Same Way He Creates Jobs

He quits his job, jokes about being unemployed as he lives off of his deferred compensation (at a very favorable tax rate), becomes a perpetual vanity candidate for President, and seems most at home while talking about dressage, but none of that will stop Romney from taking credit for any positive thing that happens anywhere. Even if he opposed it at the time and has subsequently declared it to be a mistake.

He also would have ordered the raid on Bin Laden, offering a reinvention of his statements that he would not go into Pakistan and did not view the pursuit of Bin Laden as a worthwhile effort. And he hates his own health reform plan, having stripped out of his book the expression that "We can accomplish the same thing [as the Massachusetts health insurance reform] for everyone in the country", well, the polls!

I'm not sure whether the following better represents what goes on in Romney's head, or what goes on in the heads of his supporters....

Update: TPM offers the reaction of Steven Rattner to Romney's self-aggrandizement,
“I’ve read, I think, everything Romney’s had to say on this subject, and the level of flip-flopping and dissembling is truly mind-boggling,” Steve Rattner, the “auto czar” who advised the White House on the auto rescue, told TPM. “He’s been on every side of the auto rescue at different times and said different things, so it’s hard to know what he honestly thinks.”
Update: Jamelle Bouie makes a funny (based, I expect, on the movie version of the characters):
On this, Mitt Romney is the Winklevii to Obama’s Zuckerberg; sure, Obama developed and implemented the auto bailouts, but Romney had the same idea and therefore, he should receive the credit. My guess is that this won’t catch fire with voters, or anyone who has experience with the naysayer who claims retroactive credit for success.
Alas, Jamelle's comment reminds me both of a quote attributed to Mencken and of which of the two men is rich.

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