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  • April 11, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    If there's one thing the Mitt Romney team excels at, it's manipulating campaign finance rules. Back in 2004, they were the first to set up individual state-level Political Action Committees to augment Romney's federal "leadership PAC," the Commonwealth Political Action Committee. Through intertwined state party committees, joint fundraising, "Super PACs," and other maneuvers, they have danced a series of clever lines over the years to maximize the amount of money Romney's wealthy donors could put to use for Romney's benefit.

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  • March 27, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Fun story in Politico today about Mitt Romney's plans for his La Jolla, California, dream house -- which will include an elevator just for the cars. Unclear whether more than one Cadillac can ride at once. Feel free to add your own jokes.

    The article also notes that Romney has a lobbyist on retainer for the project, to petition the local government for whatever permits, exemptions, or whatever might crop up during the project.

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  • March 09, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Just about an hour ago, Mitt Romney's campaign posted a "list of favorites" the candidate supposedly listens to while on the road; they also put it on Spotify so you can imagine what it's like being the Mittster. I can't say for sure whether he's really a devotee of The Killers -- Romney does have a certain reputation for not exactly telling the truth -- but here's the list, arranged by artist:

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  • March 07, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Well, I wouldn't say it was an Ice Cube level good day for Mitt Romney, but it was a pretty good day. He won where he needed to, and piled up more delegates. His opponents have started to shift from claiming they can win the most delegates, to saying they might deny Romney a clean first-ballot majority. He's clearly going to end up as the nominee.

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  • March 06, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Through the end of January, 39% of high-dollar early donors to Mitt Romney's 2008 campaign have contributed to him this time around -- up from the dismal 30% through September, when I wrote about this phenomenon, but still pretty dismal.

    The figure is for individuals who contributed $1800 or more (within $500 of the maximum at the time) in the first quarter of 2007 -- of those individuals (a little over 7000), 39% have given at all to Romney in this campaign -- well, at least $200, which is the minimum to be listed on the campaign-finance reports.

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  • March 06, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    I was recently reminded of something from the 2008 campaign. Shortly before the New Hampshire primary, there was a debate at St. Anselm. John McCain got a little worked up and chided Romney for running ads describing his immigration position as "amnesty." Romney flatly denied it: "I don't describe your plan as amnesty in my ad.

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  • March 01, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Yesterday there was a little dust-up in Mitt Romney world. The candidate had given a TV interview in Ohio, during which he got asked about the so-called Blunt amendment controversy in Congress, relating to "conscience clause" exemptions for employers wishing to provide health insurance that does not pay for services (like contraception) to which they have religious or moral objections.

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  • February 28, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    From the Boston Globe, Nov. 4 2002:

    A last-minute round of accusations roiled the gubernatorial campaign yesterday when an independent conservative group blitzed Boston radio with an ad that urged supporters of Green Party candidate Jill Stein to vote for Republican Mitt Romney.

    The ad features a man and a woman who praise Stein, but decide to vote for Romney as a practical matter.

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  • February 28, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    The Romney campaign is spittin' mad, because there are hijinx afoot in his semi-home state of Michigan. (Can't fully count it as a home state, since his wife doesn't even have a Cadillac there.) It seems that there's been some effort to get Democrats -- particularly union households -- to vote in today's Republican primary, for Rick Santorum.

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  • February 27, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    According to the pollsters and pundits, Mitt Romney should win tomorrow's Arizona primary handily, while the Michigan primary looks like a tossup.

    What happens will set the stage for the caucuses in Washington Sunday, and Super Tuesday next week. Romney is expected to win Massachusetts and Vermont, and gets a gimme in Virginia, where only he and Ron Paul are on the ballot.

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  • February 23, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    I assume that you regularly read Charlie Pierce's new political blog at Esquire.com, because as wise and insightful as I obviously am, if you're reading my blog and not his you need to seriously re-evaluate your web-surfing habits.

    So perhaps you've read Pierce's new take on the half-assed governorship of the Barnstormin' Mormon, Mitt Romney.

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  • February 21, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    There's an awful lot of near-apocalyptic analysis these days about Mitt Romney, who, depending upon your pundit of choice, is either A) on the verge of losing the GOP Presidential nomination to Rick Santorum; B) soon to be supplanted by a white knight savior like Jeb Bush; or C) salvaging the nomination by dooming himself in the general election.

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  • February 16, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    We all know about the infamous tale of Seamus, the Romney family Irish Setter, crapping himself in a crate strapped to the top of a station wagon for 12 hours while Mitt drove the family to Canada. The story, broken in 2007 by the Boston Globe, is dogging Romney, so to speak, on the campaign trail.

    In recent weeks, there's been a story going around that Seamus actually ran away on that trip, while the family was in Ontario.

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  • February 15, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    There was a little development in the GOP nomination process yesterday, which may end up meaning nothing but I think has the potential to spell trouble for Mitt Romney.

    Texas, which is experiencing some redistricting-related difficulties, looks like it won't actually be ready to hold its primary in early April -- already a postponement from early March.

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  • February 14, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    What a difference four years makes. Facing a must-win Michigan primary in 2008, Mitt Romney went all pro-worker populist; after John McCain said that some auto-industry jobs were not coming back, Romney vowed to never allow any of those jobs to be lost ever, for eternity, and hammered McCain in ads for abandoning those workers.

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