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George Romney and Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Boston Phoenix SCREAMS that the Romney for President campaign is deliberately lying about the Romney-MLK Flap.

Two women contacted the Mitt Romney campaign this week, offering their memories of seeing Romney’s father march with Martin Luther King Jr., in Grosse Point Michigan in 1963. Campaign officials were well aware that the women were mistaken. Yet, they directed those women to tell their stories to a Politico reporter. The motives and memories of the two women are unknown and irrelevant; the motives of the campaign, however, were obvious — to spread information they knew to be untrue, for the good of the candidate.

By getting this story out late on Friday afternoon, heading into the holiday weekend — good luck getting a King historian on the phone before Wednesday — the campaign was pretty well assured that it could keep alive through Christmas their claim that Mitt Romney was mistaken only about “seeing” it, not about it taking place.

Those facts are indisputable, and quite frankly, the campaign must have known the women’s story would eventually be debunked — few people’s every daily movement has been as closely tracked and documented as King’s. As I write this, I am looking at an article from page E8 of the June 30, 1963 Chicago Tribune, which discusses both events (among other civil-rights actions of the previous day), clearly placing the two men hundreds of miles apart. I also have here the June 30, 1963 San Antonio News, which carries a photo and article about Romney at the Grosse Pointe march; and an AP story about King’s speech in New Jersey.

A King researcher editing his letters from that time has stated definitively that the two men never marched together; Michigan and Grosse Pointe historians have stated definitively that King was not at the 1963 Grosse Pointe march; Michigan civil-rights participants of the time have concurred; so have those who worked for George Romney at the time.

All of this evidence is important to present to the general public, but it is unnecessary for the Romney campaign — it has been clear for some time that they know perfectly well that the two men never marched together.

Bear in mind that the Romney team has a substantial research team (and vast resources for outsourcing more). Bear in mind that the campaign has compiled vast documentation about the candidate’s father, particularly his civil-rights activities, long before the Phoenix posed the question earlier this week. Bear in mind that the campaign has direct access to George Romney’s materials and documents, his family members, his friends, his former staff, etc.

Believe me, they know the two men never marched together. This is an attempt to rewrite history. And even if it is a small rewriting, it is offensive.

Let’s look at Mitt Romney attempting to explain the situation:

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The Boston Phoenix is crying Bull Shit and calling out Mitt Romney to explain. Who in the campaign set these two women spinning the BS?

Flap KNOWS Mitt has some explaining to do.

What about it Mitt?

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Republican presidential candidate former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks during a town hall meeting in Hopkinton, New Hampshire December 22, 2007.

Well, the Politico blew the earlier Giuliani Scandal and apparently the Fred Thompson hat one. So, they are making a big deal about Rudy’s physicians releasing a full report after Christmas.

Give me a break.

What physician in his right mind is going to waste his time during the weekend before Christmas to satiate the Politico or national press corps.

This piece by the Politico that implies Giuliani is hiding something is just plain bull shit.

If anything they should applaud Rudy’s good sense when he had a crushing headache to seek medical advice and consultation. Anyone of his age under the stress of a Presidential campaign, having his symptoms, would be thought to be having a TIA.

How do I know?

Flap has some medically related background and has had crushing headaches that were stress induced when he was in political office – and nothing like what a Presidential campaign must be.

The report plus all of the tests will be eventually be made public – AFTER CHRISTMAS.

There is a HURRY, why? Because the Politico hates Rudy and uses every chance they can to take a cheap shot.

Update:

Even more Bull Shit from Lefty NBC News – A Giuliani Withdrawal rumor.  God Damn Lester watch the freaking news or get off your lazy ass and conduct an interview.

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Republican presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney, speaks at a town-hall style meeting at the American Legion Hall, Friday, Dec. 21, 2007, in Rochester, N.H.

The Concord Monitor:

Romney should not be the next president

If you were building a Republican presidential candidate from a kit, imagine what pieces you might use: an athletic build, ramrod posture, Reaganesque hair, a charismatic speaking style and a crisp dark suit. You’d add a beautiful wife and family, a wildly successful business career and just enough executive government experience. You’d pour in some old GOP bromides – spending cuts and lower taxes – plus some new positions for 2008: anti-immigrant rhetoric and a focus on faith.

Add it all up and you get Mitt Romney, a disquieting figure who sure looks like the next president and most surely must be stopped.

Romney’s main business experience is as a management consultant, a field in which smart, fast-moving specialists often advise corporations on how to reinvent themselves. His memoir is called Turnaround – the story of his successful rescue of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City – but the most stunning turnaround he has engineered is his own political career.

If you followed only his tenure as governor of Massachusetts, you might imagine Romney as a pragmatic moderate with liberal positions on numerous social issues and an ability to work well with Democrats. If you followed only his campaign for president, you’d swear he was a red-meat conservative, pandering to the religious right, whatever the cost. Pay attention to both, and you’re left to wonder if there’s anything at all at his core.

As a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1994, he boasted that he would be a stronger advocate of gay rights than his opponent, Ted Kennedy. These days, he makes a point of his opposition to gay marriage and adoption.

There was a time that he said he wanted to make contraception more available – and a time that he vetoed a bill to sell it over-the-counter.

The old Romney assured voters he was pro-choice on abortion. “You will not see me wavering on that,” he said in 1994, and he cited the tragedy of a relative’s botched illegal abortion as the reason to keep abortions safe and legal. These days, he describes himself as pro-life.

There was a time that he supported stem-cell research and cited his own wife’s multiple sclerosis in explaining his thinking; such research, he reasoned, could help families like his. These days, he largely opposes it. As a candidate for governor, Romney dismissed an anti-tax pledge as a gimmick. In this race, he was the first to sign.

People can change, and intransigence is not necessarily a virtue. But Romney has yet to explain this particular set of turnarounds in a way that convinces voters they are based on anything other than his own ambition.

In the 2008 campaign for president, there are numerous issues on which Romney has no record, and so voters must take him at his word. On these issues, those words are often chilling. While other candidates of both parties speak of restoring America’s moral leadership in the world, Romney has said he’d like to “double” the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, where inmates have been held for years without formal charge or access to the courts. He dodges the issue of torture – unable to say, simply, that waterboarding is torture and America won’t do it.

When New Hampshire partisans are asked to defend the state’s first-in-the-nation primary, we talk about our ability to see the candidates up close, ask tough questions and see through the baloney. If a candidate is a phony, we assure ourselves and the rest of the world, we’ll know it.

Mitt Romney is such a candidate. New Hampshire Republicans and independents must vote no.

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Wow, Mitt Romney is a PHONY…..Fancy that…..

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Indeed…….

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West Michigan Republicans call on Mitt Romney to apologize for his comments about Ronald Reagan

Mitt Romney attacked Senator John McCain in New Hampshire today for “failing Reagan 101.”

At a campaign event in North Conway, NH, an audience member asked Romney “Could you tell us why we should vote for you over the Senator from Arizona?”

Romney first said McCain was “a good man and a national hero,” before quickly segueing to the issue of the tax cuts. “He voted against the Bush tax cuts. Twice…. That’s failing Reagan 101,” Romney said.

And, where was Mitt Romney during the Reagain-Bush era?

Hell, he wasn’t even a Republican.

John McCain can be attacked for opposing the Bush tax cuts, but he is for them now and wants to make them permanent. However, Romney has no pure record of tax cuts either since he raised fees and “closed tax loopholes” ( both ACTUALLY tax increases) while Governor of Massachusetts.

Mitt Romney has another HYPOCRITICAL attack moment. Next, Romney will say that McCain is a flip-flopper because of his change of mind on the Bush tax cuts.

Romney seems a bit more forgiving of his own changes in position. “If you’re looking for someone who’s never changed any positions on any policies, them I’m not your guy,” Romney said about changing his position on the issue of abortion while on NBC’s Meet The Press.

A compliment from hypocrite, flip-flop Mitt who changes his mind whenever it suits him politically.

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Footage from the Romney/Kennedy Debate, October 1994 – Watch Mitt Flip on a number of issues

Flap knows McCain WILL hit Mitt back (probably after Christmas).

Stay tuned…..

Update:

McCain’s campaign responds:

“From his claims of being a ‘lifelong hunter’ to receiving the NRA’s endorsement to marching with Martin Luther King Jr., it’s clear that Mitt Romney has trouble with the truth,” said Chuck Douglas, a former New Hampshire congressman and designated McCain surrogate there.

“His latest attacks are yet another example of his complete inability to level with the voters of New Hampshire. The facts are clear: Romney refused to endorse the Bush tax cuts he now claims to champion, maybe because he was too busy raising taxes in Massachusetts by over $700 million per year — more than any other state — in his first year in office.”

“New Hampshire voters expect and deserve integrity and authenticity in their leaders, not someone who changes his positions to fit the politics of the moment and can’t seem to tell the truth.”

OUCH……..

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