Is this Mitt Romney's first campaign? If so, couldn't he hire experienced people?
Seriously, did the Romney staff think this was going to be a cake walk? WTF, guys (and gals, I hope). Do the fucking homework. Seriously, it's like they've never heard of this internet thing or any of the commercial databases of testimony and news reports that can be used to check every little thing you say.
You really should be making this tougher on the Obama camp. Hell, you've got PolitiFact on your side in this one (although the GOP has spend considerable capital painting PF as an "untrustworthy, liberal leaning organization"). I mean, even if you can say, "Oh, we weren't at Bain at the time," the next argument is your name was on the papers and now you're ducking responsibility. How can we trust you to take responsibility while being the Head of State? The captain is always responsible for what happens on his ship. Basically you don't get that all these things trickling out are painting you as someone who would say any lie to get your way.
This election should be tighter (the polls are moving, not in Mitt's direction). This should be a real fight of ideas. Instead you're going to be taken down by being shown to be a liar, a cheat, and a scoundrel. Christ on a pogo stick, conservatives, this is the best you can field?
I shouldn't complain too much. See, if Obama wins a second term, in 2016 it'll be Santorum at the front of the ticket (if history is any guide).
And now your argument is that "Poor picked on you, the President should focus on his own record and not criticize others, because that's not Presidential." Really? Have you heard your own stump speech? Have you listened to your own surrogates?
I'm sorry, is this Romney's first election? I didn't think so, but listening to his campaign, I'm beginning to believe he hasn't spent any time in politics (like he tried to paint himself during the primaries) instead of being governor of Massachusetts. The only other explanation is he thinks the rest of us are dumb.
It's called "damage control." Here's the thing people have learned over the past two decades of hyper-focused 24/7 news coverage, admit everything, show all the work, cover all the angles right up at the front. It'll hurt. But like taking off a band-aid, doing it quick will hurt a lot less than doing it slowly.
What's next, fighting release your tax record by every year? Dude, really, here's a hint, release them all know, point out the main thing everyone will focus on, hang a lantern on it. Ride the bad publicity wave for the 2 weeks, and it'll be all behind you by the time you get to the convention.
And then when the Obama campaign commercials in October reminds everyone of the scandal, the pain at that point will be much reduced. Because everyone paying attention now will be over it.