To hear Mitt Romney tell it, he is really quite upset with Rick Santorum for using his campaign to try to lure Democrats to cross over and vote in today’s (Feb. 28) Michigan GOP Presidential Primary.
Romney calls it a “dirty trick” and an attempt to “kidnap the primary process”.
One has to wonder where this angst comes from, since Romney did the same thing in 1992 when he crossed party lines and voted for a Democrat in the Massachusetts primary.
Well. That was different, Romney said.
Romney himself voted in Democratic primaries in Massachusetts in an effort he says was aimed at picking the weakest opponent for the Republican who was running. He said Tuesday he voted “against Ted Kennedy, Tip O’Neill and Bill Clinton,” and that doing so as a private citizen was different than a presidential campaign paying for phone calls.
Why, of course. A Republican voting in a Democratic primary to influence that election is a whole lot different than a Democrat voting in a Republican primary to influence the election.
But, once again, Mitt’s memory seems to have failed him.
There is no possible way he could have voted against Ted Kennedy, Tip O’Neill and Bill Clinton in a single primary election. And, as usual, this fact has been exposed — not by the mainstream media — but by a blog.
Think Progress reports:
While then-Governor Clinton was indeed on the primary ballot in 1992, Sen. Ted Kennedy was not up for re-election until 1994. Romney should know that, given he ran against Kennedy that year and often brags about the fact that he forced the late Democrat to “take a mortgage out on his house.”
And House Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill Jr.? His final campaign for the U.S. House had been eight years earlier, in 1984.
The Boston Globe reported the story without a mention of the historic inaccuracy.
NPR reported on Romney’s calling Santorum’s robo-calling effort to get Democrats to vote a “dirty trick” without a mention of how Romney voted for a Democrat in 1992 in a Democratic primary.
ABC News, which gave Romney a pass on the Mitt’s memory malfunction which was reported in the Examiner yesterday, also gave him a pass on the fact that he could not have voted against Clinton, Kennedy and O’Neill in a single primary.
As reported yesterday by the Examiner, Romney’s “memory” of the 1946 Detroit “Golden Jubilee” (which preceded his birth by nine months) went repeated and retold by America’s media unchallenged, until a reporter from Canada, the Toronto Star to be precise, got out a calendar and did the math, showing that the “Golden Jubilee” Mitt described happened nine months and two weeks before he was born. Once the mainstream media eventually got the word from the blogosphere, they somehow “discovered” the story and ran with it.
Such will no doubt be the case with this most-recent example of Mitt’s mashed memory.
YOUR TAKE ON THE NEWS? Use the “comments” form to answer.
Which do you find more disconcerting?
That someone with such a crystal clear memory of something that happened nine months before he was born would mess up something that happened in the relatively recent past — while he was actually alive?
Or that — again — that the mainstream media — again — fails to do a little basic fact checking — again — and lets a candidate state an obvious falsehood — again — without challenging him — again?
Or are these two things equally worrisome?
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