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Monday, July 2, 2012

Mitt Romney and the Discarded Fetuses

Posted by on Mon, Jul 2, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Bain Capital, the vulture capitalism firm where Mitt Romney worked for over twenty years, is packed full of stories. We'll probably be reading news stories about new findings from Romney's time at Bain up through election day. And some stories that seemed tamped down will spring back up again and again. For example, Mother Jones reinvestigates a Huffington Post story that claims Romney led Bain toward a huge investment in a firm that Republicans won't be happy to hear about:

Earlier this year, Mitt Romney nearly landed in a politically perilous controversy when the Huffington Post reported that in 1999 the GOP presidential candidate had been part of an investment group that invested $75 million in Stericycle, a medical-waste disposal firm that has been attacked by anti-abortion groups for disposing aborted fetuses collected from family planning clinics. Coming during the heat of the GOP primaries, as Romney tried to sell South Carolina Republicans on his pro-life bona fides, the revelation had the potential to damage the candidate's reputation among values voters already suspicious of his shifting position on abortion.

But Bain Capital, the private equity firm Romney founded, tamped down the controversy. The company said Romney left the firm in February 1999 to run the troubled 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and likely had nothing to with the deal. The matter never became a campaign issue. But documents filed by Bain and Stericycle with the Securities and Exchange Commission—and obtained by Mother Jones—list Romney as an active participant in the investment. And this deal helped Stericycle, a company with a poor safety record, grow, while yielding tens of millions of dollars in profits for Romney and his partners. The documents—one of which was signed by Romney—also contradict the official account of Romney's exit from Bain.

There's a danger in the left pushing this story too hard, of course—the more you talk about abortions, the angrier evangelicals get about abortion. But the fact that Bain covered up for Romney is pretty damning, and those angry evangelicals had better start demanding some explanations from Romney on this one. This is basically an evangelical Republican nightmare, and the sort of thing that Michele Bachmann was warning her teabaggy base about during the Republican primaries.


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I don't see this as a problem at all for right-wing evangelicals. The problem with evangelicals is that they're always ready to forgive and don't require anyone to take ownership or responsibility for their sins, so long as they claim to be remorseful and repentent, and also are Republicans.
Posted by ignatz ratzkywatzky on July 2, 2012 at 11:09 AM · Report this
Afreet 2
Does it really matter, though? No matter how much you get the evangelicals to dislike Romney, they'd never in a million years vote for Obama. Best you can hope for is that they won't vote at all, or that they'll vote for a useless 3rd party candidate. But I don't seriously see either of those things happening.
Posted by Afreet on July 2, 2012 at 11:11 AM · Report this
Gay Dude for Romney 3
@2 is far more politically savvy than Paul Constant.
Posted by Gay Dude for Romney on July 2, 2012 at 11:17 AM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 4
What? You mean Michelle Bachmann was right?

* head explodes *
Posted by Reverse Polarity on July 2, 2012 at 11:17 AM · Report this
but republicans won't hear about this.

sure as shit fox won't cover it.
Posted by judybrowni on July 2, 2012 at 11:28 AM · Report this
@2,3: Neither of you think that a marked lack of enthusiasm for a candidate affects turnout? If hatred for the opposition is the only thing necessary for a lackluster candidate to win, Kerry would have been president in '04 (and he was fricking Eisenhower compared to the nothingness that is Romney).
Posted by MR M on July 2, 2012 at 11:34 AM · Report this
Rob in Baltimore 7
2, You're right. Like "Gay" dude for Rmoney, evangelicals will blindly vote for the right wing guy, no matter who he is.
Posted by Rob in Baltimore on July 2, 2012 at 11:44 AM · Report this
Rob in Baltimore 8
And to add to my post at 7: Lets face it, they're not going to vote for a black guy in a million years either.
Posted by Rob in Baltimore on July 2, 2012 at 11:45 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 9

You would do well to stop considering any group of people a completely monolithic bloc. I live next to two evangelical Christians who are voting for Obama, because they realize Romney is a mostly empty suit stuffed with lies.

They are not all unthinking bible thumpers, and they are not all one-issue voters. I realize that anecdotes are not evidence, but if I personally know two of them who are ditching the GOP this time round, there are many, many others out there.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on July 2, 2012 at 11:45 AM · Report this
Gay Dude for Romney 10
@7: Gay does not need to be in quotes and you misspelled Romney.
@8: x% != Σ
Posted by Gay Dude for Romney on July 2, 2012 at 11:56 AM · Report this
Big Matt G 11
@10 You're right. It should be spelled R-money.
Posted by Big Matt G on July 2, 2012 at 11:59 AM · Report this
Mark in Colorado 13
@Rob in Baltimore: you got it wrong, @2 is our resident house faggot. Putting the word gay in quotes is being way too respectful--of which that piece-of-shit does not deserve.
Posted by Mark in Colorado on July 2, 2012 at 1:51 PM · Report this
Gay Dude for Romney 14
@13: So, you have now bequeathed Afreet as the resident house faggot? Thanks for letting us know.
Posted by Gay Dude for Romney on July 2, 2012 at 7:07 PM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 15
@14 - I become more convinced every time you post that you are the commenter formally known as "raindrop."
Posted by Pridge Wessea on July 2, 2012 at 7:46 PM · Report this

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