So for 3 years after 1999, Bain Capital continued to list Mitt Romney as its sole stockholder, Chairman of the Board, CEO, and President, but Romney has been saying for years that he left Bain in 1999. In fact, Romney has filed multiple campaign disclosure statements stating that.
Romney has pushed back against claims by the Obama campaign that Bain was a pioneer in outsourcing jobs overseas, partly by reiterating his claim that the outsourcing in question happened after he “left” Bain in 1999. But even if you believe that Romney left Bain in 1999 (in which case someone may have committed a federal felony in those SEC filings) new revelations have arisen that Bain invested heavily in a company that profited from outsourcing jobs to China in 1998.
Romney lies so much that all these new lies just kind of blend into the background noise that is the Romney campaign. The SEC filings are probably more problematic, but the truth is that most Republicans and conservatives hate President Obama so much that they will simply refuse to believe anything that would dissuade them from voting for the best chance to defeat him. How this plays with the small sliver of undecided voters is all that matters (for the election) and who can tell what will resonate with people who for some reason are still undecided?
I’ve noted before (e.g., in this post, which begins with “I’ve written before…”) that Romney’s campaign strategy seems to be so dishonest as to overwhelm everyone’s capacity to register dishonesty. Jay Rosen has a great post today which basically says the same thing, and refers to it as a “post-truth” campaign. Worth a read.