The Last Three-and-a-Half Years (Plus Four Days) Put in Perspective

Ladies and gentlemen, we did not need — and I’m going to say we, not I, because I know you’re up to speed — we didn’t need an audiotape from 1998 to tell us that Barack Obama is a socialist. Did that come as news to you? Does anybody remember Joe the Plumber? “We want to spread the wealth.” He’s a liberal. What the hell, we don’t need a tape. Oh, folks, by the way, you know what? There’s media bias. Did you know that? Yeah. There’s media bias. I got 10,000 e-mails today alone on the fact that there’s media bias out there. Whoa. It’s so much I can hardly keep up with it.

So the big deal is we’ve got Romney and the tape yesterday, and it turns out there’s a gap in it. There’s a Rose Mary Woods gap in the Romney tape. It’s about two minutes. Now, David Corn, who works at Mother Jones, got the tape ostensibly from Jimmy Carter’s grandson who’s sitting in the basement somewhere prowling around looking for stuff to hurt Romney with. He comes up with this thing. You know it’s illegal to tape somebody in Florida without their permission? That isn’t gonna matter. Remember the grandparents who just happened to have a radio in their car that received cell phone signals, and overheard a call between Mr. Newt and John Boehner. They’re driving around in their Cadillac on the way to do Christmas shopping for the grandkids and lo and behold, well, you’ve got a cell phone radio in your car, too, you can monitor cell phone calls. The Martins was their name. They sent it off to the New York Times, so historical, and there were legal consequences.

Anyway, that’s not gonna matter. But there’s a two-minute gap. William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection found it. This guy does fabulous work. He blogs in his spare time, just does fabulous work. Nobody knows what’s on the gap. Romney did say: “Gee, I hope they release the whole thing.” And now… well, you’ll hear in the sound bites coming, gonna get to these sooner than later. But, man, some of these Republicans inside the Beltway are just ripping Romney to shreds over this comment. Even if they think it, how is it useful to say it? And they’re wrong anyway, but how is it useful to say it? Anyway, you’ll hear all this in the audio sound bites. Of course, I come in for profound criticism for realizing that what Romney said yesterday was actually an opportunity. It’s amazing. Alternate universe. It truly is.



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