He looks just fine. The charity's website is here.
I'm sure most of you will remember this moment of Willard's War on Cookies, aka CookieGate:
Yes, back in April, Just Like Us Mitt proved that he couldn't recognize a specially baked cookie if he tripped over one in the kitchen of one of his mansions.
He actually thought he was relating to Pennsylvania voters in that video, comparing a batch of cookies from a mom-and-pop store to those mass-produced for 7-Eleven stores:
“I’m not sure about these cookies. They don’t look like you made them,” Romney said to the woman sitting next to him “No, no. They came from the local 7-eleven, bakery, or whatever.“
The comments quickly spread on Twitter, with some pointing to the remarks as an example of Romney being out of touch to the point of confusing 7-11 with a bakery.
At least he didn't call them "chocolate goodies."
I love TPM's line, "It’s not exactly the same as driving a campaign bus around a rival’s event and honking the horn." No, it's also not as infantile, unprofessional, annoying, loud, and pointless.
The August issue of Vanity Fair has a new piece that raises questions about Willard Romney's management of his finances and asks if he was in violation of tax evasion. And Team Obama is pouncing, pointing out how out of touch Romney is, a recurring theme in their ads and even in VP Biden's speeches:
The article says Romney still makes millions from Bain Capital:
For all Mitt Romney’s touting of his business record, when it comes to his own money the Republican nominee is remarkably shy about disclosing numbers and investments. Nicholas Shaxson delves into the murky world of offshore finance, revealing loopholes that allow the very wealthy to skirt tax laws, and investigating just how much of Romney’s fortune (with $30 million in Bain Capital funds in the Cayman Islands alone?) looks pretty strange for a presidential candidate.
Gosh oh gee, if only he'd release more tax returns. Fat chance. What's he hiding? It must be pretty damaging, whatever it is.
Willard makes it so easy for his detractors to detract. As Richard Wolffe just mentioned on MSNBC's "Politics Nation," he's had years to "clean this up," but has failed to do that. Some leadership, huh?
The longer he evades direct questions, the worse he looks and, hopefully, the more he'll be pressured by what used to be the news media.
"Romney, like the superhero who whirls and backflips unscathed through a web of laser beams while everyone else gets zapped, is certainly a remarkable financial acrobat," the report states. "But careful analysis of his financial and business affairs also reveals a man who, like some other Wall Street titans, seems comfortable striding into some fuzzy gray zones."
Those fuzzy gray zones, the report says, includes meticulously managed accounts in the Cayman Islands, investments in Bermuda and a Swiss Bank account - all considered tax havens where people can pay little or no taxes on certain sources of income.
"I think you have to live in worlds of Swiss bank accounts and Cayman Island accounts and automatic $20-million-a-year income with no work to have some fantasy this far from reality," Gingrich said at a Miami forum hosted by Univision.
The Obama campaign thanks you, Newtie:
"Non-answers have become par for the course for Romney's campaign, especially as it relates to his extremely opaque-and controversial-personal finances, including his use of offshore tax havens. All of which begs the question: just what is Mitt Romney hiding?" the campaign said in a statement.
Speaking of opaque... so many questions, so little time.
I'm glad to hear that they're gaming all the possibilities. Via Taegan-
The New York Times reports President Obama's re-election campaign "is charting an alternative course to re-election should he be unable to win Ohio and other industrial states traditionally essential to Democratic presidential victories."
"Without conceding ground anywhere, Mr. Obama is fighting hard for Southern and Rocky Mountain states he won in 2008, and some he did not, in calculating how to assemble the necessary 270 electoral votes. He is seeking to prove that those victories on formerly Republican turf were not flukes but the start of a trend that will make Democrats competitive there for years."
Said strategist David Axelrod: "There are a lot of ways for us to get to 270, and it's not just the traditional map. That's why we're laying the
Good, they're going to take them on from the start. Via Taegan-
In a must-read piece on President Obama's reelection effort, the Washington Post notes the president's team "has decided it will not give Republicans a free pass to criticize the president as they fight over their nomination. The president's reelection committee plans to put its own organizations into the early primary and caucus states -- Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina."
Said one adviser: "We can't cede the playing field. We can't just play general election. So we're going to have to organize on the ground in early states."
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