What a week!
With the release of the “secret”Mitt Romney video and the breathless attacks and defenses of the subsequent video. It is hard to believe it is only Wednesday.
I wake up this morning to find that Mother Jones, the “news”organization that drew the attention to the Romney video now admits they do not have the full video:
Late Tuesday evening, Jacobson obtained the following comment from David Corn of Mother Jones:
According to the source, the recording device inadvertently turned off. The source noticed this quickly and turned it back one [sic]. The source estimates that one to two minutes, maybe less, of recording was missed.
Corn was forced to update his original post, which promised the “full” video, to reflect the fact that a key portion of the video is, in fact, missing.
There is no way to know, without the missing footage, exactly what Romney said. On Monday evening, Romney called for a complete video of his remarks to be released.
That now turns out to be impossible, either because Romney’s remarks were never recorded in full (as Mother Jones now claims), or because some of his remarks–perhaps mitigating some of the controversial effect of his statements–were selectively edited out of the tape by Mother Jones or its chain of sources (including former President Jimmy Carter’s grandson).
When it’s all said and done, I think Team Romney is going to want to give a big wet thank you to the people who released the tape. Thanks to the recording, recordings of President Obama’s very progressive statements have been put into the spotlight. As the Republican candidate stated:
Frankly, we have two different views about America. The president’s view is one of a larger government. There is a tape that came out today where is the president is saying he likes redistribution. I disagree. I think a society based upon a government-centered nation, where government plays a larger and larger role, redistributes money, that’s the wrong course for America. That will not build a strong America or help people out of poverty.
America is truly at a fork in the road, and the choice is clear: left or right.
Since the President decided to kick back on David Letterman, where his comments on the debt are not going unnoticed, I’m going to take a moment to kickback myself.
Yes, it’s at the expense of the President. What would you expect from this fiscal conservative. At least it’s not at the tax payer’s expense.