Michael Tomasky on Mitt Romney’s Naïve Evasion Strategy
From his tax returns to his slippery policy proposals, Romney is doing everything he can to fend off serious scrutiny. Can a master of prevarication make it into the White House?
"We have never in modern American history had a presidential nominee who, as he ascended from the state to the national level, changed so many positions so shamelessly. ... It’s astonishing to think that he might be able to go through this campaign without answering questions about his flip-flops and without saying much more than I love America, I worship the free market, and by the way, I’m not Barack Obama."
Tea Party: Thank You for Your Insanity
"Mitt Romney is the perfect example: He seemed like a moderate governor, but now he can't wait to board the Tea Party Express to Crazytown. ...he's such a pandering, weak-willed wimp that he's basically outsourced his brain to the Tea Party and the Koch brothers who fund it. Whatever they want, he'll do."
For God, Texas and Golf
"Texas money and Texas politicians helped create the Tea Party movement, and the state does tend to treasure the extreme. The current Republican state platform calls for an end to the teaching of 'critical thinking' in public schools. In the Texas primary this week, a member of the State Supreme Court lost renomination to a former county judge who had made his name fighting for the right to work in a courtroom with a picture of the Ten Commandments on the wall and a monument to the Bible in the front yard."
Former Florida Republican Party Chair Says Republicans Actively Suppressed The Black Vote
"In a 630-page deposition...former Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer described a systemic effort by Republicans to suppress the black vote. Referring to a 2009 meeting with party officials, Greer said 'I was upset because the political consultants and staff were talking about voter suppression and keeping blacks from voting.' "
Charts: Just How Small Is The Super-PAC Gazillionaire Club?
A mere 47 people are responsible for more than half of all Super-PAC cash.
"Just 1,082 donors—a group small enough to fit inside a single high school gymnasium—accounted for 94 percent of all individual donations to super-PACs from January 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012. Those 1,082 donors amount to just 0.00035 percent of the US population."
GOP Report Finds No Connection Between White House And ‘Fast And Furious’
"...a report from House Republicans released Tuesday names five officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms as culprits in the misguided effort. ... The indictments in the report contradict House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) insistence that the President invoked executive privilege over the Justice Department’s information on ongoing investigations to protect his personal interests."