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Paul Ryan would play "leading role" if Romney wins. Then why won't he answer any questions?

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I got this email alert today. Since I'm not a subscriber, my access is limited, but here's the tease:

Paul Ryan Is Said to be Planning an Active Role: Representative Paul D. Ryan expects to play a leading role in a Romney administration’s drive to enact a budget-shrinking government and overhauling programs like Medicare.

Two things: One is the obvious concern over their agenda. They want to turn Medicare into a voucher system that will cost more out of pocket, and they'd love to cut things like, oh, let's see... FEMA. And that's just for starters.

But the other thing is this: Romney-Ryan’s shunning the press. Both of these cowards are refusing to answer questions, neither will be interviewed and haven't been for weeks. So what we got (or didn't get) during their campaign was a conspicuous lack of details about their policies and plans, a press blackout, and a whole lot of lies.

Yet if-- and that's a big if-- they win on Tuesday, Paul Ryan would suddenly become very visible and is already previewing the horror story that will become the United States of America should they gain the powers they crave so much. He aspires to be the next Dick Cheney, and we all know how that turned out.

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Romney-Ryan's fear of the press

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I previously posted this:

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Willard M. Romney’s real closing argument is M.I.A. Why? Because his closing argument is “Don’t ask, because I won’t tell.” He won’t answer a question because he has no answers. And he has no answers because his policies are inferior, destructive to Americans, would sink this country, are discriminatory, and don’t actually exist anyway. Romnesia’s like that.

Details? What are those? Details schmetails.

Facts? What are those? Facts schmacts.

Integrity? What’s that? Integrity inschmegrity.

Amazingly, Romney hasn’t held an interview in over three weeks. Think about that. A candidate for president of the United States, leader of the free world, is afraid of the press.

That's pretty important. Think about it for a moment. The guy who wants to lead the country won't give the people of his country details about his tax returns, his policies, won't answer questions, lies a lot, and-- ta-daaa!-- refuses to give interviews.

Now his running mate is following suit. Politico is reporting that Paul Ryan has gone dark:

[S]ince the week of the vice presidential debate, Ryan has gone dark on battleground reporters — doing no local television and only a handful of network interviews and syndicated radio shows. [...]

Ryan aides shot down the theory that Ryan avoided local interviews to dodge Mourdock-related questions, saying flatly that wasn’t true.

Romney and Ryan aides instead argued that the vice presidential nominee no longer needed the earned media in the final days of the campaign as much as he did when Ryan plucked him out of virtual obscurity to those outside-the-Beltway [...]

In explaining the sudden dip in Ryan’s presence on local television airwaves, campaign aides pointed to the fact that Vice President Joe Biden rarely sits for local interviews.

Using the old, "Well THEY do it!" isn't exactly effective, let alone credible.

Truth is, they just don't want him opening his big ultra-conservative mouth before Tuesday, just as Romney has avoided questions like the plague. They both know they'd bungle it, plus both prefer to keep us all in the dark about those pesky specifics that they know would turn voters off quicker than they can Etch their next Sketch.

Rachel Maddow noticed "Where's Pauldo's" diminishing presence back on October 26th:

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“The election is a week from Tuesday. You’re in Alabama? Is Alabama swinging this year?”

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Mitt Romney's closing argument

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Willard M. Romney's real closing argument is M.I.A. Why? Because his closing argument is "Don't ask, because I won't tell." He won't answer a question because he has no answers. And he has no answers because his policies are inferior, destructive to Americans, would sink this country, are discriminatory, and don't actually exist anyway. Romnesia's like that.

Details? What are those? Details schmetails.

Facts? What are those? Facts schmacts.

Integrity? What's that? Integrity inschmegrity.

Amazingly, Romney hasn't held an interview in over three weeks. Think about that. A candidate for president of the United States, leader of the free world, is afraid of the press:

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And thank you Ed Schultz for raising the GOP inauguration night plan to obstruct and destroy President Obama’s every attempt to reach across the aisle in order to create programs and laws that benefit Americans (at about 4:00). You can read about that unpatriotic plan and all about Robert Draper’s book here:

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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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Documents: Mitt Romney invested in company that disposed of aborted fetuses, challenge his claim he left Bain in early 1999

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David Corn has an excellent piece up at Mother Jones. Whatcha wanna bet you never hear about this anywhere else? Well, maybe on MSNBC where he often appears as a commentator, but beyond that? *crickets*

Corn makes two main points: One is Willard Romney's connection to an investment in a firm that disposed of aborted fetuses. Not good news considering Mitt's Etch A Sketching on women's reproductive rights. The other issue centers around questions about his own account of when he left Bain Capital. So many scandals, so little time.

Of course, Willard will refuse to talk to the press about such matters. We know this because he said so; he will largely ignore journalists in favor of right-wing conspiracy websites.

David Corn:

Earlier this year, Mitt Romney nearly landed in a politically perilous controversy when the Huffington Post reported that in 1999 the GOP presidential candidate had been part of an investment group that invested $75 million in Stericycle, a medical-waste disposal firm that has been attacked by anti-abortion groups for disposing aborted fetuses collected from family planning clinics. [...]

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.

Please link over to Mother Jones for details.

H/t: @SangyeH

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What the Romney campaign and Seinfeld have in common

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Pleaseohplease link over to Think Progress for details. The gist of their report is this:

In a stunning interview with Breitbart.com, two top advisers to Mitt Romney revealed the campaign’s plan to largely ignore journalists in favor of right-wing conspiracy websites.

Yes, we pretty much knew this was their Big Plan, but now Team Romney is admitting it publicly.

Remember when Former Half Gov Illiterata McInWhatRespectCharlie refused to answer questions from the "lamestream media"? Remember when Sharron Angle literally ran away from the press? Looks like Team Willard is following in their avoidy little footsteps.

Gosh, now why would that be? The answer is obvious. They are more than aware that they have no substantive answers to any reporter's questions, they know any answers that they would give would be rejected by voters, and they know that distracting America with emotional responses rather than direct, informative ones can get the desired result, at least in the short run.

The choice this November gets clearer by the hour: President Obama is rational, responsive, and accomplished. The other side is irrational, evasive, and vacuous.

When you've got nothing, that's what you give back, which means the GOP can be easily compared to this Moment of Levity:

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