Mitt Romney says the attacks on his record at Bain Capital are petty. They’re just another diversion, in his view, from the election’s real issues. But the controversy over when he left Bain captures something much bigger. Together with Romney’s equivocations on other issues, such as abortion and the individual mandate, the Bain episode exposes a pattern in Romney’s character. He keeps his options open, often maintaining multiple alternative realities. Then, in retrospect, he streamlines his autobiography.
Here’s Romney’s airbrushed story, as he presented it to ABC News on Friday:
I had no association with the management of Bain Capital after February of 1999. That is when I left the firm. … As everyone knows, I went on to run the Olympics for three years. I was there full time. After that, I came back and ran in Massachusetts for governor. I had no role with regards to Bain Capital after February 1999.
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