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Why Mitt Romney’s tax returns are the most important historical document of the 21st century

It must be nice to know that you stand to inherit some Mitt Romney money.

Sure, you’re already benefiting from a tsunami of advantages, including the spoils of your father’s political connections. But nothing beats winning destiny’s lottery and knowing that you’re skirting all sorts of tax obligations along the way.

But great as it is to be a direct heir of Mitt, his legacy will extend far beyond his family.

Mitt has given us all a tremendous gift by not giving us something — his complete tax returns. The fact that he’s only the second presidential candidate in the last three decades to not release them — the first was fellow Republican multimillionaire John McCain — makes them all more valuable as symbol.…

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Michigan Republicans boot American Bridge tracker from “open to the public” rally with Terri Lynn Land & Mitt Romney

American Bridge, a group dedicated to holding Republicans accountable for what they say and do, sends trackers to various events around the country to make sure they’re being kept honest. Yesterday, when multi-millionaire Mitt Romney was in Michigan to promote the Senate candidacy of multi-millionaire Terri Lynn Land, an American Bridge tracker was there with a ticket in hand.

He didn’t get far. Michigan Republican Party Communications Director Darren Littell kicked him out of the so-called “public event”. Here’s the audio:

Here’s some of the press that event received:

Detroit Free Press: “The event is open to the public.

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AFTERNOON GRAB BAG: Eric Schertzing making it competitive in MI-08, DGA releases new ad going after Rick Snyder

Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing released an internal poll today showing him within striking distance of Republican Mike Bishop. Schertzing is down just 5 points, 42-37, in a poll with a 4.9 point margin of error. In the same poll, when respondents were read “a balanced series of positive messages about both candidates”, the two are tied at 43-43.

This is a race that deserves more attention than it’s getting (which is why I’ll be posting an interview with Schertzing next week.)

In other MI-08 news, Schertzing and Bishop were supposed to debate at a Livingston County forum tonight but Bishop pulled out at the last minute today so no debate.…

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Mitt Romney endorses David Trott while Trott runs against health insurance reforms pioneered by Romney

When the choice is between an incumbent tea partier whose own brother calls “mentally unbalanced” with “serious mental issues” and a corporatist foreclosure specialist, the choice was easy for Mitt Romney. He went for the corporatist leech on the jugular vein of society and predatory vulture banker, David Trott:

“As someone who grew up in Michigan and has family currently living in the 11th District, I am confident that Dave Trott has the honesty, integrity and experience we need in Washington,” said Romney, who served as governor of Massachusetts before running for president.

Yeah, right. Honesty and integrity. Nobody more honest and with greater integrity than a guy who throws people out of their homes for fun and profit.…

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One Romney drops out of the Michigan Senate race, another jumps in

Daughter of the Curse of the Living Romneys

It seems like just a couple of days ago I was writing about how the Romney family just can't seem to leave Michigan alone. Okay, it WAS just a couple of days ago. At that time, I wrote about how Mitt's older brother Scott, an attorney few have ever heard of and a man with no almost no experience as an elected official [I have been informed that Mr. Romney once sat on the Michigan State University Board of Trustees from 2000-2008], was pondering running for Senator Carl Levin's seat when he retires next year. Well, two short days later, he has decided NOT to run after all. But that doesn't mean we won't have a Romney family member to ridicule for running for a national seat with no previous experience whatsoever. Turns out that after Mr. Romney's decision not to run, he reached into the famous Romney Binder Full of Women™ and now his daughter Ronna Romney McDaniel is "looking at it". Details after the jump.
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Michigan can’t seem to shake the Romneys. Romney for Senate? Romney for Emergency Manager?

The Curse of the Living Romneys

Michigan, a state which had a Romney for governor and then endured over a year's worth of a man who hasn't lived here in sixty years telling us he is a Michigander, doesn't seem to be able wash the Romney kids out of its hair. First, Slate's Davie Weigel suggested Mitt Romney as a the perfect candidate to be Detroit's Emergency Financial Manager. And now Mitt's older brother Scott Romney is considering a run for Carl Levin's Senate seat. Why won't they leave us alone? Click through for details.
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Romney’s loss to Obama? He didn’t really care enough to win.

He meant to (not) do that

Remember the horrifying graphic from Mitt Romney's transition webpage that showed him as "President-Elect"? Given his complete lack of qualifications for being president and the fact that he was so completely out of touch with most Americans, the very idea of Romney as "president elect" was enough give Democrats heart palpitations. As it turns out, at least according to the story that's being spun by Romney's family and campaign officials, he didn't really want to run for president anyway. It was something he did because he got talked into it by his son Tagg and his wife Ann. Just another trophy to add to the shelf. Another item for his curriculum vitae. But not something he really wanted to do. More analysis after the jump.
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Karl Rove figured out how Barack Obama won on Tuesday: Voter suppression. I’m not kidding.

Aw geez, Karl. Just shut the hell up, wouldjya?

Karl Rove (aka "Turdblossom" and "Bush's Brain") has figured out how President Barack Obama managed to win re-election this year: Voter suppression. No, seriously. Details and Karl Rove-induced hilarity after the jump.
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Exclamation Point

Whew! That was close…

America dodged a bullet, folks

I'm just sayin'... [Images from the Romney-Ryan Inauguration/Transition website]
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Romney finishes big: Closes his campaign with the most outrageous lie yet (& gets hammered for it)

At least he's consistent...

You have to hand it to Mitt Romney. While he may not be consistent on his political positions -- okay, he's NOT consistent on his political positions -- at least he's consistent in the fact that he's willing to brazenly lie to the American people in order to win the Presidency. His most recent lie -- that Jeep is shipping jobs to China -- is almost poetic in its hubris. It started with a statement on the campaign trail when it was added to his stump speech. He then doubled down and made a television ad out of it. He then tripled down and made a radio spot and with that one, he included GM as a domestic vehicle manufacturer shipping jobs to China. None of this is true. And then the stuff hit the fan for Romney. More after the jump.
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