August 21, 2008

Romney, Russia, Georgia, and Iran: The Last Straw

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 10:47 pm


Does anyone want to try to explain why the investments of Mitt Romney, his wife, and his “former” (not really) investment and management partnership in state-controlled Russian companies and their Iranian oil projects don’t matter? Good luck.

John McCain’s recent statements in reaction to the Russia-Georgia situation have been laudable.

But if John McCain selects Mitt Romney as his Veep, they will have meant nothing. McCain will give away every bit of his foreign policy credibility with that pick.

On Hannity’s show yesterday, I heard both Scott Rasmussen and John Zogby predict that McCain will pick Romney. Hannity, of course, was happier than a pig in slop.

I half expected Ronald Reagan to spring back to life and say, “over my dead body.”

John McCain needs people on his staff who know what a computer is to Google “Putin Gazprom” and “Gazprom Georgia” (each without quotes). Or [Lukoil "Oil for food"] (typed as indicated within brackets). They should also read this December item at (the truth is the truth, no matter where you find it). They should look at Romney’s Personal Financial Disclosure Form (accessible here; file to download is a 3MB PDF), and demand the underlying investment detail that isn’t in it, and should be (I’ll betcha Romney won’t provide it).

Get going on this, guys — and fast. And remember that Bain Capital, which would certainly have a Vice President Romney’s ear, is, from all appearances, still heavily involved in projects involving Gazprom, Lukoil, and (yes) Iran. Additionally, per the New York Times in June 2007, not disputed by Romney, “….. Romney ….. remains an investor in Bain Capital” (in fact, the article was heavily excerpted at Romney’s website when he was a candidate).

As the Russian bear awakens, and occupies, and threatens, how in the bleep can John McCain even think of putting someone who is so hopelessly conflicted a heartbeat away from the presidency?

Where in the world is renowned anticommunist Rush Limbaugh on this? Or that archenemy of Islamofascism, Michael Savage? Or Glenn Beck, or Laura Ingraham? Or the folks at Bill Buckley’s National Review? Or Michelle and the Hot Air guys? Or the Milbloggers?

This is a potential mistake of epic proportions, even above the already-good reasons not to select Romney discussed here.

And don’t forget the hypocrisy over Iran.

Forget who the following video came from. Facts are the facts, and they will be used (direct YouTube link, in case the embed doesn’t work):

(NOTE: CNOOC and Sinopec are Chinese oil companies.)

What about “invested in our enemies” does John McCain not understand? Or thug capitalists?

If John McCain selects Mitt Romney, we will have lost all assurance that John McCain will put “Country First.” Every. Single. Bit.

Even worse (and yes, it STILL would be worse), we might see a “Messiah” rise from the dead.



  1. Mitt has other entanglements which leads one to question the goings on in Detroit:

    Karmanos is a close family friend of Romney, as well as a strong supporter of Romney’s. On May 16th Karmanos spoke out in support of Mayor Kilpatrick to stay office.

    Mitt’s brother Scott is on the board of Compuware:

    Karmanos was a primary supporter for Mitt Romney for President.

    Soave was asked if he paid the Hotel bill for Kilpatrick, and Kilpatrick flew in his private plane:

    Soaves states he is a “generous guy who is willing to share”, and he is also donates to the Mitt Romney campaign:

    Comment by yikes! — August 21, 2008 @ 12:28 pm

  2. OMG $15K income from Sinopec, a Chinese company? That must be what’s funding the China military. That’s like a whole crate of fortune cookies.

    Comment by whatever — August 21, 2008 @ 12:54 pm

  3. #2, Oh, you’ve practiced well at Romney’s knee.

    Comment by TBlumer — August 21, 2008 @ 1:28 pm

  4. #1, Thanks. I didn’t even have time to get into the sordid situation in Michigan.

    Comment by TBlumer — August 21, 2008 @ 1:32 pm

  5. [...] you also for a very long time now. Now, you decide for yourself. Please read Tom’s article, Romney, Russia, Georgia, and Iran: The Last Straw as well. This will help you to understand the hypocracy of this man. Some of these business [...]

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  6. Romney Wrong For VP…

    Tom has a great article today about this very topic. Gregg Jackson and I have been trying to warn you also for a very long time now. Now, you decide for yourself…

    Trackback by Rosemary's Thoughts — August 21, 2008 @ 2:11 pm

  7. Great post, Tom. I wrote a little something, borrowed your video, and sent people to you to read about the horror of a Romney VP. Great job. Have a nice day. ;)

    Comment by Rosemary — August 21, 2008 @ 2:21 pm

  8. #7, thx. The “Cone of Silence” around this is really perplexing.

    Comment by TBlumer — August 21, 2008 @ 2:25 pm

  9. [...] Tom Blumer of has this outstanding piece entitled “Romney, Russia, Georgia, and Iran: The Last Straw” Filed in: Abortion/Life, Politics, conservatism | 6 Comments [...]

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    Between Romney’s billions, his 6 houses, McSame’s 8 houses and $270,000 per year for household staff this will be like shooting fish in a barrell!

    Add to this Romney’s mormonism, which will alienate the christianists and his russian connections the race is over.

    OH GOD PLEASE LET HIM PICK ROMNEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by CincyCapell — August 22, 2008 @ 2:55 am

  11. In Case you need reminding why Romney cant be Veep, just go to they have put together a few of Romneys attack ads used against mccain during the primary, not to mention a video of him calling mccain dishonest. Thats not counting the beat up evangelecals who have been complely left out of the process this year. I guess it doesnt matter. I dont think McCain can win as the Nominee anyway. Could you imagine McCain even having enough energy to run your local Mcdonalds. Seriously. Think about it next time your in line watching the Mcdonalds manager run around taking orders and shouting orders. McCain couldnt do it. So I ask You, how will McCain be president??? Looks as though the RNC got behind the wrong candidate and they will pay for it., Guess they should of let the primary season play out without trying to minupulate the outcome.. Good news is i think McCain is just about done, I wouldnt doubt the GOP ditch him at the last second and run a younger more charasmatic charachter. Did you see him knock all that stuff off the shelf at the supermarket. the video is at all the while barack obama is looking like an NBA super star, (arrogence and all) even taking time to stop and have a cigar break video at

    Comment by CincyCapell — August 22, 2008 @ 2:55 am

  12. #10 + #11 –

    Using the new McDonald’s manager standard for presidential qualification:
    - McCain perhaps couldn’t be the manager. His POW injuries prevent him from raising his arms up to get stuff off of shelves, etc. Doesn’t matter. He’d be the owner.
    - Obama couldn’t be the manager because, though he can probably physically handle it (not certain, though — how many times have his peeps and the press excused a gaffe because the poooooor baby was tired?). The problem is, he can’t seem to keep two thoughts (i.e., orders) in his head at the same time without screwing up. At noon rush, it would be a McDonald’s Manager Meltdown.

    Otherwise you make some good points about Romney quite awkwardly.

    Comment by TBlumer — August 22, 2008 @ 7:08 am

  13. #11, who bowled a 37?

    Comment by TBlumer — August 22, 2008 @ 9:37 am

  14. After reviewing the You Tube of Mr. Romneys Hypocrisy, intentionally taking note of the passion and self righteousness of Mr. Romneys words, as well as viewing the same passion and self righteousness found in his facial and body language, all the while belying the fact of his own involvement in making a fortune in the very investments he criticized others for having and urging others to divest themselves from; keeping his own questionable investments concealed, certainly indicates a man of duplicity, using the mildest terms possible, and a man who could also justify and beguile others into thinking of his non involvement in some of the most insidious and dark associations which has swept over this nation, and has seriously corrupted others, if he was.

    In individuals who have at the core of their being the threads of selfishness, and entitlement, justification comes easy when opportunity comes its way, to entangle themselves in not only in unethical conduct and exploitative use of people, but involvements or partnership with insidious organizations. It is hard to believe Mr. McCain and others are unaware or naive to this.

    The question to the people of the right wing, if Mr. Romney is selected as VP, as many have predicted and in all appearance the pressure has been there for the selection of Mr. Romney, it may not the issues of abortion, or gay rights — these issues may be easier to fight — but the insidious issue of the entanglements Mr. Romney and his family are involved in, which could not only undermine this nation, but our national security.

    Comment by Toby — August 22, 2008 @ 9:51 am

  15. Can someone pls. forward Toby’s remarks to Rush, Sean, Laura, Ann, Malkin, Perkins, Sekulow, Staver, Bauer et. al?

    We the people would certainly appreciate it…

    Comment by Rose — August 22, 2008 @ 1:55 pm

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