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VIDEO: Best recap of Election 2012 ever: We saw Republicans "in real humiliating time, not believe it even as it was happening to them."

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Rachel Maddow's summary of Election 2012, and her correction of the record regarding all those Republican lies, are a work of art:

We are not going to have a Supreme court that will overturn Roe vs Wade.

There will be no more Antonin Scalias and Samuel Alitos added to this court.

We're not going to repeal health reform.

Nobody is going to kill Medicare and make old people in this generation or any other generation fight it out on the open market to try to get themselves health insurance. We are not going to do that.

We are not going to give a 20% tax cut to millionaires and billionaires and expect programs like food stamps and kid's health insurance to cover the cost of that tax cut.

We'll not make you clear it with your boss if you want to get birth control under the insurance plan that you're on.

We are not going to redefine rape.

We are not going to amend the United States Constitution to stop gay people from getting married.

We are not going to double Guantanamo.

We are not eliminating the Department of Energy or the Department of Education or Housing at the federal level.

We are not going to spend $2 trillion on the military that the military does not want.

We are not scaling back on student loans, because the country's new plan is that you should "borrow money from their parents."

We are not vetoing the DREAM Act. We are not self-deporting.

We are not letting Detroit go bankrupt.

We are not starting a trade war with China on Inauguration Day in January.

We are not going to have, as a president, a man who once led a mob of friends to run down a scared, gay kid, to hold him down and forcibly cut his hair off with a pair of scissors while that kid cried and screamed for help and there was no apology, not ever.

We are not going to have a Secretary of State John Bolton. We are not bringing Dick Cheney back.

We are not going to have a foreign policy shop stocked with architects of the Iraq War. we are not going to do it.

We had the choice to do that if we wanted to do that, as a country. and we said no, last night, loudly. 

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Scott brown lost by a lot to the nation's foremost authority on the economic rights of the middle class.

After marriage rights for same-sex couples were voted down in state after state after state for years, more than 30 times in a row, this year, all change in Maine, they voted on marriage equality and they voted for it. In Maryland, they voted on marriage equality and they voted for it. In Minnesota, they were asked to vote against marriage equality, and Minnesota refused to ban it. In Washington state, the vote is not called yet. They are still counting the vote and we will be watching it closely, but if you are on the pro-gay rights side in Washington state, it should be noted that it is looking pretty good. In Iowa, anti-gay activists were sure that they were going to turf out a judge for ruling in favor of marriage equality. They had done it before, to a bunch of other judges. They had been successful every time they had tried before. But not this one, not this time. Judge Wiggins in Iowa keeps his seat.

Nevada elects its first African-American congressman this year.

America gets our first openly gay United States senator.

America gets our first-ever Asian American woman senator from Hawaii. Her seat in the House, I should note, gets filled by this woman, a Democratic Iraq War veteran. I'm going to tell you right now that her name is Tulsi Gabbard, because she is on the fast track to being very famous some day. Tulsi Gabbard.

Speaking of Iraq war veterans, Tammy Duckworth, veteran helicopter pilot, she lost both her legs in Iraq, she is going to Congress and she is sending home the opponent who mocked her for her war record, Joe Walsh.

California relaxed its three strikes you're out law and rejected a law to cripple the power of unions.

Decriminalization of marijuana was approved in Washington and in Colorado.

...Sherrod Brown and Jon Tester... both won, they held on to their seats. Democrats won a Senate seat in North Dakota, of all places, a seat that nobody thought they could win.

Last night, Democratic women swept every major office in New Hampshire.

Allen West lost a seat.

More women got elected to the U.S. Senate than at any time in U.S. history.

The Republican presidential nominee and vice presidential nominee both lost their home states. Missouri and Montana and West Virginia chose Democratic governors. West Virginia chose its first gay state legislator. So did North Dakota. West Virginia and North Dakota? Yeah, seriously.

Joe Lieberman's old seat went to a real Democrat in Connecticut.

The proportion of young people voting compared to 2008, it went up. Same with African-Americans, up from 2008. Same with Latinos, up from 2008, not down, up.

If you are a liberal or if you are rooting for the Democrats, last night was a very, very, very big night.

And, oh, yeah, this happened. President Barack Obama, yes, will go down in history as our nation's first African-American president. but he will also go down in history as the most successful Democratic presidential candidate since FDR. President Clinton got re-elected too, I know, but only Barack Obama got re-elected with not just big electoral college margins, but also with majority wins in the popular vote. Twice.

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Ohio really did go to President Obama last night. And he really did win.

And he really was born in Hawaii. And he really is legitimately president of the United States, again.

And the Bureau of Labor Statistics did not make up a fake unemployment rate last month.

And the Congressional Research Service really can find no evidence that cutting taxes on rich people grows the economy.

And the polls were not skewed to over-sample Democrats.

And Nate Silver was not making up fake projections about the election to make conservatives feel bad. Nate Silver was doing math.

And climate change is real.

And rape really does cause pregnancy sometimes.

And evolution is a thing.

And Benghazi was an attack on us, it was not a scandal by us.

And nobody is taking away anyone's guns.

And taxes have not gone up.

And the deficit is dropping, actually.

And Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction.

And the moon landing was real.

And FEMA is not building concentration camps.

And U.N. election observers are not taking over Texas.

And moderate reforms of the regulations on the insurance industry and the financial services industry in this country are not the same thing as communism.

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Last night the Republicans got shellacked, and they had no idea it was coming. And we saw them in real time, in real humiliating time, not believe it even as it was happening to them. And unless they are going to secede, they are going to have to pop the factual bubble they have been so happy living inside, if they do not want to get shellacked again, and that will be a painful process for them, I'm sure, but it will be good for the whole country, left, right, and center. You guys, we're counting on you. Wake up.

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Chris Christie: "Know-nothing, disgruntled Romney staffers...don’t like... that I said nice things about the president"

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There was a story that was widely reported about Chris Christie turning down a request from Team Romney to appear at a rally with him. Today Christie is shooting that down with both barrels. He said that had it not been for SuperStorm Sandy he would have been campaigning for Romney and that he did, indeed, vote for him this morning.

He further corrected the record by saying that there was never any invitation to appear in Pennsylvania in the first place. Christie went on to say that he spoke to Romney directly to let him know he'd be preoccupied with his post-storm responsibilities, which of course would prevent him from campaigning anywhere.

And then he said this (via Roll Call):

All this other noise, I think, are coming from know-nothing, disgruntled Romney staffers who — you know — don’t like the fact that I said nice things about the president of the United States. Well, that’s too bad for them,” Christie said. [...]

“I think that Gov. Romney’s going to win tonight, so these disgruntled Romney staffers will be looking for White House offices, but the fact is, right now, they’re not so sure about that so they’re looking for people to shoot at,” Christie said.

I wouldn't be so sure either. Look who his competition is.

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Rapid response, stat!

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Lyin' Ryan lies. Willard Romney lies. Incessantly. The biggest challenge we have is to debunk them instantly, before their whoppers can take hold. Rapid response is mandatory.

It's both depressing and infuriating that candidates for the highest offices in the U.S. are basing their entire campaign on outright lies and their slithery ability to evade giving direct answers and elucidating policy positions. And what's worse is that voters believe them without bothering to fact check for themselves.

Which brings me to a rather disturbing, and very brief, exchange that aired on MSNBC last night.

During the GOP convention coverage, a delegate was being interviewed, and someone on the MSNBC panel (Chris Matthews or Ed Schultz maybe, I'm too sleep deprived to remember) jumped in to correct one of the lies. Again, if my sieve-brain remembers correctly, they asked the woman if she realized that Paul Ryan blamed Obama for a GM plant closed in 2008 under Bush. She was clearly a little surprised, and refreshingly honest, saying, "No! I didn't know that!"

So she was there to support candidates who deceived her.

And that's scary.

We have our work cut out for us.

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VIDEO: Mitt Romney suggests he left Bain in 2002. If so, he "would be guilty of a federal felony" per FactCheck.org.

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The other day I posted Mitt Romney did not leave Bain in 1999.

Today Politico posted FactCheck.org: Romney 'would be guilty of a federal felony' by claiming 1999 departure:

"In fact, if the Obama campaign were correct, Romney would be guilty of a federal felony by certifying on federal financial disclosure forms that he left active management of Bain Capital in February 1999."

While right wing crazies go on a perpetual wild goose chase for President Obama's "real" birth certificate, Team Obama is bringing up actual legal issues that Willard Romney will eventually have to refute with, you know, facts.

He's your guy, GOP. And you can have him.

And Buzzfeed adds this nugget by way of the video above:

Since Romney started at Bain in 1977, adding 25 years would have meant he left in 2002 according to his own count.

So Mitt, about those tax returns...

UPDATE: More at The Boston Globe: Mitt Romney stayed at Bain 3 years longer than he stated

Oh, and I nearly forgot this: John McCain’s Entire 2008 Opposition Research File on Mitt Romney in which there is this (h/t: our buddy Andrew Kaczynski ‏aka @BuzzFeedAndrew for the grab):

H/t: @JSavoly

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Mitt Romney did not leave Bain in 1999

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Earlier this month, this made some news: Mitt Romney invested in company that disposed of aborted fetuses, challenge his claim he left Bain in early 1999. In that post I cited David Corn writing the following:

But Bain Capital, the private equity firm Romney founded, tamped down the controversy. The company said Romney left the firm in February 1999 to run the troubled 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and likely had nothing to with the deal. … But documents filed by Bain and Stericycle with the Securities and Exchange Commission—and obtained by Mother Jones—list Romney as an active participant in the investment. And this deal helped Stericycle, a company with a poor safety record, grow, while yielding tens of millions of dollars in profits for Romney and his partners. The documents—one of which was signed by Romney—also contradict the official account of Romney’s exit from Bain.

The Stericycle deal—the abortion connection aside—is relevant because of questions regarding the timing of Romney’s departure from the private equity firm he founded.

There they are, those pesky questions about Willard's own account of when he left Bain Capital. And now there are more. TPM is reporting "more instances where Romney made declarations to the SEC that he was still involved in running Bain after February 1999." And as they point out, "what you tell the SEC is really supposed to be true."

Key words: "Supposed to be." One would assume that if Willard told the SEC something, he was telling them the truth. One would assume. Especially since it would be documented.

As David Corn reported, Mitt was still active at Bain after 1999. Team Willard maintains that he was running the 2002 Winter Olympics, so he really wasn't doing anything of note at Bain after early 1999. That's been the campaign's stock answer to all sorts of questions about his involvement with Bain Capital.

But TPM links to two SEC filings "in which Romney lists his 'principal occupation' as 'Managing Director of Bain Capital, Inc.'” and asks:

But absent of any evidence, how is it that anyone can be expected to disregard what Mitt actually told the SEC at the time?

See, Willard, if you'd just release your tax returns, we might get some real answers instead of the tap dance you continue to do. And maybe if you'd be forthcoming once in awhile, people would start believing what you say. That would really be novel. And unlikely.

How can anyone trust this guy or want him for their presidential candidate when he acts so unpresidential? He constantly lies, Etch A Sketches, and avoids answering questions? If he's this shady now, imagine how he'd be if he managed to cheat and lie his way into the White House.

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Will any journalist aggressively pursue Romney offshore assets story? Will any debate moderator?

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Via David Axelrod. Read from the bottom up.

The astonishing story that David Axelrod is referring to comes by way of the AP. Here's a sample:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- For nearly 15 years, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's financial portfolio has included an offshore company that remained invisible to voters as his political star rose.

Based in Bermuda, Sankaty High Yield Asset Investors Ltd. was not listed on any of Romney's state or federal financial reports. The company is among several Romney holdings that have not been fully disclosed, including one that recently posted a $1.9 million earning - suggesting he could be wealthier than the nearly $250 million estimated by his campaign.

The omissions were permitted by state and federal authorities overseeing Romney's ethics filings, and he has never been cited for failing to disclose information about his money. But Romney's limited disclosures deprive the public of an accurate depiction of his wealth and a clear understanding of how his assets are handled and taxed, according to experts in private equity, tax and campaign finance law.

Please follow the link for the whole story.

"Romney's campaign declined to answer detailed questions from AP about Sankaty." That's par for the course, evading questions. In fact, that's his central campaign strategy. Secrecy has worked for him until now.

Will any journalist aggressively pursue this? Will any debate moderator?

So far, Romney's pretty much skated along, ducking and dodging, lying, Etch A Sketching, blurring the lines without serious challenges. David Gregory sure hasn't risen to the occasion, nor have other hosts, interviewers, and journalists. David Axelrod is better at their job than they are.

Remember Sarah Palin's debate against Biden when she refused to answer questions? And during the GOP primary when Newt Gingrich was downright defiant? Remember how the moderators buckled or acquiesced? Is that what we're to expect this year?

No wonder voters are so uninformed.

Romney's one forte: Fuzzing up the picture.

Romney's campaign slogan: "Maybe I'll tell you after November. Nahhh."

Romney has said he gets no tax break. He told an audience at a Maine town hall appearance in February that "I have not saved one dollar by having an investment somewhere outside this country."

But the lack of disclosure over the years, private equity experts said, makes it impossible to tell.

And that, in and of itself, is a disclosure. It speaks volumes.

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VIDEO: Mitt Romney ad takes President Obama completely out of context... again.

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The above ad is how you say... full o' BullshMitt.

Our wonderful source Andrew Kaczynski at BuzzFeed gives us the full context that shows President Obama talking about the decline in public sector employment during the last recession as opposed to an increase under Ronald Reagan. Or to put it another way, the whole truth as opposed to Romney lies:

Here's Rachel pointing out the frequency of lies from Team Romney and how they have yet to correct them:

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