One of the more puzzling aspects of BainGate has been the role played by Glenn Kessler, the self-styled “fact checker” at the Washington Post. Kessler has been among Romney’s most stalwart defenders with respect to the date he supposedly left Bain Capital. According to Kessler, pretty much everything the Obama campaign has said about Romney has been false or grossly unfair, because, gosh darn it, Romney left in February 1999, full stop.
As we know, the Globe’s bombshell story earlier this week resulted in most of the world no longer believing that line, which appears to have been fairly recently invented by the Romney campaign. Importantly, among other things, it does not square with what Romney was saying at the time to the Boston press corps. Of special interest is a 1999 Herald story, recently unearthed by the Globe, HuffPo, and others, which reported that “Romney said he will stay on as a part-timer with Bain, providing input on investment and key personnel decisions. But he will leave running day-to-day operations to Bain’s executive committee.” And there’s more where that came from.
Anyway, Kessler seems very put out that people are questioning his judgment. His column in the immediate wake of the Globe story is exceptionally pouty, and uses a metaphor that says more about the situation than he likely intended.
We have looked at this issue before, back in January, and thought we had settled it.
But now the Boston Globe has raised the issue again….
We’re considering whether to once again take a deeper look at this, though it really feels like Groundhog Day again.
Ah, Groundhog Day – the classic Bill Murray movie in which February 2 repeats over and over again. But the whole point of the Groundhog Day movie is that February 2 repeats and repeats until Bill Murray stops screwing up. When he finally put things right, time moved on, and so did his life.
Perhaps there’s a lesson there for Mr. Kessler.