Saturday, August 04, 2012

Then and now are simply two different planets for Mitt Romney

By Richard K. Barry

Not that Mitt Romney's duplicity in the clip below will have much impact on anything, but it is incredible. American Bridge uncovered this clip in which Romney is seen defending the Bush-Cheney jobs record in 2004 -- on Election Day, at a time, Steve Benen writes, that "Bush's net job total was still negative."

Romney's argument is that Bush was confronted by a "perfect storm" of events in the earliest days of his administration and that he therefore was not responsible for the poor recovery.

The fact that Obama was handed one of the worst economic messes any president has been forced to address since FDR took office is clearly a different matter in Mitt's eyes.

Benen makes the rather clever point that "sometimes, it seems as if the Romney of the recent past would practically be willing to endorse President Obama's re-election campaign."

(Cross-posted at Lippmann's Ghost.)

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