Mitt Romney is a smart guy with a reputation for attention to facts and detail. So why is it that he is seemingly incapable of telling the truth about anything? Today’s Boston Globe reports that contrary to numerous prior statements, Romney did not leave Bain Capital in 1999, but three years later in 2002. At least forms filed with the Security and Exchange Commission and financial disclosures required of public officials in Massachusetts report that Romney is identified as the “sole stockholder, chairman of the board, chief executive officer and president” of Bain according to the article by Callum Borchers and Christopher Rowland.
Why is this important? Of course, we would like to think we are not going to engage in years of a Clintonian parsing of every word, including the meaning of “is”. But his date of departure from Bain has been his defense when criticized for the companies who laid off workers and/or went bankrupt during Bain’s control of them from 1999 to 2002.
If this were the first time Romney has been challenged for – and I am being charitable here – making stuff up, we could be lenient. But there is a reason I labeled this #1 – I anticipate it will be a regular series unless Romney suddenly morphs into a modern day George “I-cannot-tell-a-lie” Washington.