From Wall Street Journal columnist Holman W. Jenkins Jr.’s latest offering:
Reflecting the political profession’s contempt for the public it’s trying to influence, Team Obama has been shouting through the cognoscenti media that now is the time to “define Romney before he can define himself.” Hence its $100 million swing-state advertising barrage. Hence a campaign manager calling Mr. Romney a “felon.”
Not to get technical about it, but here’s what Obama mouthpiece Stephanie Cutter actually said (via Politico):
Deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter laid out the issue as the Obama team sees it: “Either Mitt Romney, through his own words and his own signature, was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the SEC, which is a felony.”
“Or,” she said, “he was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the American people to avoid responsibility for some of the consequences of his investments,” including layoffs and the outsourcing of jobs.
A small distinction, but a significant one.
Meanwhile, AlterNet posts this:
Loose translation of Mitt Romney’s message to Republicans calling for him to release his tax returns: “Guys, trust me, if I release my returns it’ll be even worse than it already is.”
Actual Romney statement:
Oh, I think people in my party just say, “Look, this is a non-issue. Just release the returns and it will go away.” My experience is that the Democratic Party these days has approached taxes in a very different way than in the past. Their opposition people look for anything they can find to distort, to twist, and to try and make negative.
As the hardworking staff has said before, these guys are creating their own realities. All that matters is which one you believe.