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"Mitt Romney isn't pro-choice, he's not anti-choice, he's multiple choice" -- Ted Kennedy, 1994

Perhaps among the more self-indulgent of the appallingly well-stocked well-spring of rancid fisherman's tales Mitt Romney's campaign hope voters will swallow hook, line and sinker this fall, is the tale of Mitt heroically swooping into Utah -- like a Salt Lake City Superman -- to "save" the 2002 Winter Olympics.   In the licentious arena of malformed professional embellishments by politicians, the Romney-as-Olympics-savior assertion joins another such falsehood -- popularized by way of right-wing media distortion over a decade ago -- that of Al Gore claiming to have "invented" the Internet .  

It is also in precise tune with many other of the revisionist jingles produced by Romney including his claim that "Obamacare" is so far-removed from its antecedent, "Romneycare" -- Mitt's signature legislative accomplishment as a " severely conservative " Massachusetts governor -- that as president he'd repeal the Obama version.  

Or, that the net result of the years he spent slicing and dicing acquired businesses into millions of tiny pieces as a corporate raider at Bain Capital was the creation of "over 100,000 jobs ."

Then, of course, there's the attack ad released late last year in which he attributes to President Obama, a comment that Romney knew was made by Arizona Senator John McCain during the 2008 presidential campaign.

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Anthony Barnes, of Boston, Massachusetts, is a free-lance writer who leans toward the progressive end of the political spectrum. "When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to (more...)
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