Four Months After His Presidential Loss, Romney Snags New Job In Old Field

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Over the summer, when we first began our recurring 'Mitt Loves N.Y.' series, it became increasingly evident that Mr. Romney's campaign for the White House had gained its largest financial support from a familiar network of friends. Most of our profiles spotlighted those in the leveraged buyouts business; the industry of Bain Capital lore, one we know all too well from last year's report by fellow Voice scribe Pete Kotz.

If the donations to Restore Our Future were any indication, these guys stick together. So it's no surprise that Mr. Romney is rejoining the old pack.

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Redditor Finds Romney Pumping Gas Like the Rest of Us

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The image of Romney pumping gas that went viral. The reddit user who uploaded the image has since deleted the account.

Reeling from his loss to President Obama and now-notorious 'gifts' gaffe, Mr. Romney has been shying away from the public eye. Who knows what he's up to? He could be skiing in the Alps, lounging in the Bahamas, backpacking across Europe or climbing Mount Everest. Luckily, we have Reddit, the Big Brother of grassroots surveillance. 


So we now know he's not doing any of those things; he's just pumping gas in La Jolla, California.

Yesterday, this picture above went viral. Uploaded by a passerby native/user named mkb95, the shot of Romney shows a man much different than the one we recognize from the campaign. Hair tasseled, shirt slightly unbuttoned, self-government (pumping gas on his own); this is a truly New Mitt.


And mkb95 added the caption: "Mitt Romney at my local gas station... he looks tired and washed up."

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Even After the Election, Mitt Revisits His '47 Percent' Mentality

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It's been over a week since the country (well, half of it at least) decided that Obama should have another shot at this whole being-President thing. We spent a few days philosophizing about what it meant for our country, then heard from the racists, then heard about Petraeus and, now, here we are. What a maelstrom of news it has been. Thanks Twitter.


Anyway, we haven't heard much from Mitt Romney. When compared to the other members of the American Election Loser's Lounge, it's different for him, not having a job and all to return to. Kerry and McCain returned to the Senate; Al Gore returned to the Earth; and Bob Dole returned to... wherever. Even Paul Ryan has work he still has to do as a Representative in Wisconsin. 

But, Romney... what's he going to do? Get a job with Fox News like Palin? Or, even worse, get a Mormon billionaire reality show on TLC... like Palin?

Alas, we spoke too soon. Yesterday, Romney sat down in a conference call with his highest donors to talk about what exactly happened on Election Night. Remember the last time he talked to these guys? And then someone secretly recorded it, put it on Mother Jones and permanently changed the campaign's public persona? Well, this time around, the only noticeable difference was the timing.


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Clint Eastwood Narrates New Pro-Romney Ad, Makes It Sound Much More Epic Than It Actually Is

For a while, Clint Eastwood was the true third party in this election. After his endorsement for Romney, the Hollywood bravado set off a media firestorm with his self-destructive tirade against a stool during the RNC and his even more self-destructive explanation of said speech. We laughed, we cried, and we got over it real quick -- kinda like Trouble With the Curve.

Since then, the star has remained relatively mum while the campaigns kicked into high gear heading into November. America took its attention off Dirty Harry to focus on the bigger issues at hand here, like the "binders of women" or Big Bird.

At least for the time being.

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Mitt Romney Snubbed My Favorite Childhood Television Network (But It's Okay)

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Cat Dog. Hey Arnold. Rugrats. All That! Rocket Power. Legends of the Hidden Temple. Salute Your Shorts. Figure It Out. The Wild Thornberries. Everything on Nick Jr. Everything on Nick at Nite (The Cosby Show! Cheers!).  

I'm probably leaving out a few but, for the most part, that's what Nickelodeon looked like during the late 1990s and early 2000s. I learned my morals from those shows (well, not really) and stayed up late just to watch the Huxtables' daily routines while examining Cosby's sweater collection. 

So, when I discovered that the Republican Presidential candidate has refused to make an appearance on Nickelodeon's "Kids Pick the President" (a political version of Kids Say The Darnest Things, where children ask the candidates about the most serious questions we face as a country heading into the next four years) next week, my ten-year-old self felt betrayed by Mr. Meanie. In a press release this morning, the network announced that Mr. Romney would not be participating in the program because "he was unable to fit it into schedule."  

He's treading on a fragile playground: if pre-teens were the leading electoral bloc, Mr. Romney would lose in a landslide. But they cannot vote yet so us adults in the media will latch onto anything the candidate can throw at the pint-sized, be it the professed Big Bird hate in last week's debate and, most recently, his resounding "No!" to the children of America.

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N.Y. Doesn't Love Mitt: SuperPAC Valve for Romney Dries Up

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Throughout the summer, our 'Mitt Loves N.Y.' series followed the money trails of New York's wealthiest citizens, all of which ended in Romney's campaign war chest. The donors we profiled donated a million or two each month since it was made clear around April that Mitt would be their man to defeat Obama in November. 

And that all stacked up in the ex-Governor and ex-Bainman's favor: with all the money combined, it was easily proven that this election would be the most expensive to date for both parties. The SuperPACs were raising corporate money from a select handful of individuals that would have FDR rollin' in his grave; less than double digits in the millions was frowned down upon and marked as a failure in the monthly reports. At one point, the Republican campaign was raking enough cash to make the incumbent President worried for his life - the Obama team sent out e-mails with subject lines more desperate for unfiltered money than a crackhead on payday.

My series solely concentrated on donors giving to the SuperPAC, Restore Our Future. If there is to be any historical document on the future that reflects upon the Citizen United decision's impact on American democracy, Restore Our Future would be case study numero uno. The organization was pulling in absurd donation amounts almost weekly that blew other SuperPACs, like Crossroads GPS (Karl Rove) and Americans for Prosperity (Koch brothers), clear out of the financial water.

However, through a culmination of hurtful gaffes, citizenry-distancing and not-that-shitty economic numbers, Romney has found himself falling behind Obama on all fronts: poll numbers, economic approval ratings and, most importantly, SuperPAC money. 

To which we can safely say: N.Y. no longer loves Mitt.


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The Wall Street Journal Ran 20 Op-Eds Without Disclosing the Authors' Ties to Romney

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BREAKING: A lot of the people who write op-ed pieces for The Wall Street Journal are in the tank for Mitt Romney.

That information might not come as a shock to anyone possessed of basic media literacy. But a report released today documents 20 different instances in which the Journal ran columns by nine different authors without disclosing that each of them has formal ties to the Romney campaign.

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Mother Jones Releases Full Secret Video From Mitt Romney's May Fundraiser

Yesterday, Mitt Romney's presidential campaign took a hit when David Corn from Mother Jones released a video, shot in May, of the candidate's private fundraisers in which he said:

There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what...These are people who pay no income tax.

This wasn't a gaffe. The problem with the statement is not only that he alienated half the country with a single sound bite, but that it's a succinct representation of the GOP view of the country since the rise of the Tea Party. He's saying that all entitled freeloaders are Democrats, and that all Democrats are entitled freeloaders. People were pissed off. People were calling it the end of the campaign.

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Mitt Romney is a Snooki Fan, Reaffirming That He's Out of Touch with America

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As reality television slowly drags itself into the oblivion, it is safe to say that we, as a country, are pretty much done with MTV's 'Jersey Shore.' The greased-up guido and obnoxious fist-pumping fad came and went but, nonetheless, it did happen: at one point, the show was the highest rated show ever on the channel and was attracting millions of viewers for each episode. Snooki and the rest of the crew became national sensations - each having some sort of spin-off bullshit to keep themselves busy - as Americans obsessively tuned in to find out why whomever was cheating on whomever.

I am not a cultural expert on the 'Jersey Shore' - truthfully, I didn't watch it at all - but, hey, I lived in America in late 2009 and early 2010, which indirectly gives me authority to speak on the subject. So bear with me: now, the country could care less about the Shore; hence the show's cancellation and a lack of giving-a-shit about Snooki and J. Wow's other show. And there's a ton of reasons to explain why: the current popularity of Smart Television (i.e. 'Breaking Bad,' 'Mad Men,' 'Louie'), America's short attention span, the stagnated economy or the masses' revelation that, hey, what we're watching right now is actually pretty shitty.

One may ask, why I am making this point? Why the cultural critique of the 'Jersey Shore' trend and its deeper implications for what we, as a country, care about? To reiterate what's been said, who gives a shit about anything related to the show or its stars or me, for that matter?

Well, the point that America has moved on from Snooki as a metaphysical idea ties in well with Presidential go-getter Mitt Romney's comments yesterday on the 'Shore' star, telling America on 'Live! With Kelly and Michael!' that he is 'kind of a Snooki fan.' If we follow the logical sequence here, it's clear that Mitt is stuck in the past and, for liking a show that America is over with, not that cool at all. And remember: this election is about likability, not the economy, stupid.

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NY AG Eric Schneiderman's Subpoenas Aimed at Private Equity Firms, Bain Capital & Romney Donors Included

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In a few weeks, this might be the Issue of the Election or the Story That Brought Romney Down. At this point, only time can tell.

Yesterday, the New York Times reported that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has begun to send out subpoenas to investigate the tax situations in numerous private equity companies situated in the Big Apple, including Bain Capital, Republican hopeful Mitt Romney's coup de grace and the subject of his Horatio Alger story. 

According to the piece, the legal action is focused on the belief that these private equity companies "converted certain management fees collected from their investors into fund investments;" in a simpler diction, the companies are charged with writing off millions of dollars worth in taxes - Bain saving almost $200 million that could have gone to the state government's tax base.

The investigation rides off the coattail of a trove of documents Gawker leaked last month that gave us all a glimpse into the dark, shady world that is Bain Capital and private equity. Downsizing, leveraged buyouts and dollar signs were in abundance as well as long lists of management fees skirted off into the capital gains domain. But although the documents provide the basis for the AG's argument, the subpoenas came before the leak and have no connection to them.

Nonetheless, a look inside what made Mitt rich beyond belief with illegal implications could be destructive in the eyes of voters.... especially when all of his friends are involved, too.
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