Mittens Is A Creepy Kind Of Cat

I was watching television this morning, minding my own bidness, when I had what I thought was a hallucination. It was in the form of this headline crawling across the screen during Good Morning America:


What! I thought, as I rubbed my eyes. I waited a few more minutes until it crawled by again. Sure enough:


Could it be true? Could Romney’s affection for deception have finally spun completely out of control? Or was ABC News simply playing a little joke, sort of like if it had created this headline:


That headline creeping across my screen would have made more sense to me.

In any case, it turns out it is true, at least the part about Romney taking credit for the auto industry recovery:

I pushed the idea of a managed bankruptcy. And finally, when that was done, and help was given, the companies got back on their feet. So I’ll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry’s come back.

Now, I have recently called Romney a pathological prevaricator, but even I grossly underestimated the depth of his pathology. Does this man think he can hypnotize us with his audacity? Does he think his daring lies will induce some kind of collective amnesia and we will all forget about his infamous “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” piece in The New York Times? He told us then:

If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye.

Romney also told Larry King:

Bailout of enterprises that are in trouble, that’s not the right way to go. I know President Bush started it with the auto industry. I thought it was a mistake.

He said that way back in 2009, which is about a gazillion years ago in Romney-time.

Mittens—who is running for president based on his bidness acumen—claims that his idea of a “managed bankruptcy” for the auto industry would have worked without the government bailout. Except there is this one crushing fact out there that contradicts his foolhardy claim:

The federal judge who presided over Chrysler’s bankruptcy told ABC News in an exclusive interview that the ailing company could not have survived without taxpayer money.

No bailout, no Chrysler.

As Jennifer Granholm, who was governor of Michigan at the time, said on ABC’s This Week a couple of Sundays ago, there would be no auto industry at all if it weren’t for the government bailout because no one was willing to put up the money to save the companies.”We were calling everybody, begging,” she insisted.

And here is an excerpt from a Reuters article in 2009 that enlarges the case for the necessity of the bailout:

The global auto industry would have collapsed if the U.S. government had not provided taxpayer-backed financing for automakers General Motors and Chrysler, according to the chief executive officer of Motors Liquidation Co…

“If GM had gone down, the world’s supply base would have gone down,” said Al Koch, speaking at the Reuters Restructuring Summit in New York. Koch was GM’s chief restructuring officer during the bankruptcy and now heads the GM unit that is being liquidated.

“There wouldn’t have been a manufacturer that could have completed a car, because somewhere on the car there would be a part that needs to come from a supplier that had failed,” he said.

All of which serves to show that with Mitt Romney, we are not dealing with an ordinary politician’s attempt to spin facts in his favor. No, no, no. He brazenly invents new facts and discards old ones, hoping to blind us with his bluster or to bewitch us with his bombast.

He is a strange and creepy cat.

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