Your morning jolt: Jimmy Carter’s grandson and Mitt Romney’s finances

Perhaps some of you who have a liberal bent saw the following about Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney:

According to government documents reviewed by Mother Jones, Romney, when he was in charge of Bain, invested heavily in a Chinese manufacturing company that depended on US outsourcing for its profits—and that explicitly stated that such outsourcing was crucial to its success.

But maybe you didn’t see this tagline at the end: “Research assistance: James Carter.”

We’re reliably informed that the above Carter is James Earl Carter IV, son of Chip Carter and grandson of the former president. According to his Twitter profile, Carter IV is an “Internet investigator / oppo researcher; political junkie; news sponge; policy wonk. Currently looking for work.”

***
The Associated Press passes on word that legislative opposition to increased penalties for boating under the influence is melting away:

House Speaker David Ralston of Blue Ridge said he has the support of Gov. Nathan Deal in the effort to lower the limit from .10 percent to .08 percent. The lower figure is the limit for operating a vehicle on Georgia roads. Ralston said he believes the different limits for boats and automobiles represent a gap in Georgia’s law.

Two boys died when a fishing boat collided with a pontoon boat last month. Two more children were badly hurt last week, when a personal watercraft struck their inner-tube as they were being pulled by a boat.

***
Over at Fox5 Atlanta, Dale Russell and crew report that a formal complaint against Adjutant General Jim Butterworth has been filed with the U.S. Army over his use of helicopters last year, shortly after his appointment as head of Georgia’s National Guard.

***
The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press unveiled a massive poll on Thursday that says Republican Mitt Romney has been unable to capitalize on the U.S. Supreme Court’s new characterization of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul as a tax increase:

Despite the stagnant economy and broad dissatisfaction with national conditions, Barack Obama holds a significant lead over Mitt Romney. Currently, Obama is favored by a 50% to 43% margin among registered voters nationwide. Obama has led by at least a slim margin in every poll this year, and there is no clear trend in either candidate’s support since Romney wrapped up the GOP nomination.

The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted June 28-July 9, 2012 among 2,973 adults, including 2,373 registered voters, finds that Romney has not seized the advantage as the candidate best able to improve the economy. In fact, he has lost ground on this issue over the past month.

But before you Democrats celebrate, consider the year’s first formal prognostication by Alan Abramowitz, the Emory University political scientist. In essence, he downgraded Obama’s chances in an article posted at Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball:

Growing partisan polarization has important implications for forecasting the outcome of the 2012 presidential election. With the American electorate both closely and deeply divided along party lines, we can expect another close election this year — probably closer than the 2008 election and possibly as close as the 2000 election.

Of course, the winner of the 2012 presidential election will actually be determined by the electoral vote. There is a very close relationship between the national popular vote and the electoral vote — the correlation between the two for the 16 elections since World War II is .97.

The 2000 election is the only one since 1888 in which the winner of the popular vote did not also win the electoral vote. However, given the expected closeness of the popular vote in 2012, another Electoral College misfire has to be considered a possibility. In the end, the outcome could come down to one or two closely contested battleground states. And the next Florida might not be Florida — it might be Colorado, Ohio or Virginia.

***
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s statement that under the new health care overhaul, “everybody will have lower rates, better quality care and better access.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

For instant updates, follow me on Twitter, or connect with me on Facebook.

58 comments Add your comment

hiram

July 13th, 2012
7:18 am

The early bird gets the worm.

Mr. KnowitAll

July 13th, 2012
7:21 am

I cannot imaging the America that will be left after 4 more years of Obama.

Quintilian

July 13th, 2012
7:33 am

Personally I would rather sleep a little later and skip my morning worm, but to each his own.
Good Luck JC IV….Keep your eye on him Jim, he’s sharp.

Bullseye

July 13th, 2012
7:33 am

Mr. KnowitAll ….does not know how to spell and he wants to live in right wing hell.

Tom E. Gunn

July 13th, 2012
7:58 am

@ bullseye Not right wing hell, but certainly not the USSA ( united socialist states of America)

F Brancher

July 13th, 2012
8:00 am

Unlike Mr. KnowitAll,
I hate to imagine what even one day of a Romney presidency will do to the US.

Double Zero Eight

July 13th, 2012
8:07 am

It’ is business as usual for Nathan Deal and
his cronies. Butterworth is not qualified to
head the GA National Guard. He skipped five
ranks and went from Captain to Adjutant General.

No wonder Deal is in favor of the T-SPLOST.
Butterworth needs additional funding for his
transportation expenses.

I thought so...

July 13th, 2012
8:25 am

Jim, do you have a man-crush on Sen Carter? You seem to try to find excuses to post stories mentioning his name. Surely there must be some real news to report.

Remoney Outsource America Jobs

July 13th, 2012
8:28 am

Romney going to lose by landslide. Romney is the biggest liar and flip flop in politics history.
President Obama keep up the good work.

Just Nasty & Mean

July 13th, 2012
8:38 am

If you think a Socialist, Marxist, or Fascist government is good, perhaps you should speak to the relatives of the 20-30 million political murders under Stalin, 10 million under Mao (and millions more sent to labor camps), a brutal subjugation and ultimate destruction of an entire country under Mussolini, or the 1.7m massacred under Khmer Rouge.
If you think Capitalism and our Republic doesn’t work—are you sure you want to try these?
This is NOT what you want.

DannyX

July 13th, 2012
8:43 am

It appears that Republicans just plain forgot to vet Romney, but that probably isn’t true. The parade of clowns Republicans ran out there for the Republican nomination made Romney the candidate by default, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich, yikes!

Is it too late for Republicans to start a “Dump Romney” campaign? Send in the clowns.

DannyX

July 13th, 2012
8:51 am

“If you think a Socialist, Marxist, or Fascist government is good, perhaps you should speak to the relatives of the 20-30 million political murders under Stalin, 10 million under Mao (and millions more sent to labor camps), a brutal subjugation and ultimate destruction of an entire country under Mussolini, or the 1.7m massacred under Khmer Rouge.”

This is an example of how desperate things have become for Republicans. Another bad sign for them. Candidate-by-default Mitt Romney is causing a lot of Republicans to freak out. Hang in there Just Mean & Nasty.

Dumb and Dumber

July 13th, 2012
8:54 am

James Carter is not the State Senator — that’s Jason Carter. If your gonna spew invective and hate on the Carters, at least figure out which one is which.

td

July 13th, 2012
9:05 am

I have seen the numbers run in the swing states and there are at least two ways the electoral college could be tied after the election. Could be very fun evening.

Centrist

July 13th, 2012
9:05 am

I think jgalloway posted that lead item to showcase his/Carter’s/other Democrat’s bogus attacks on Bain and fake outsourcing issue. And for you grammatical correctors, Galloway had this: “But before you Democrats celebrate”. Should have been “we Democrats”.

Jefferson

July 13th, 2012
9:20 am

If you put money in foriegn banks, you are helping foriegn banks. If you put money in US banks you are helping America. You would expect a president to be patriotic. Congressmen are upset with Chinese made Olympic cloths, but not Romney’s off shore account. Where is his priorities ?

td

July 13th, 2012
9:26 am

Jefferson

July 13th, 2012
9:20 am

How many in Congress have money invested in other countries? How many of you posters have money invested in other countries?

DannyX

July 13th, 2012
9:26 am

According to the td election analysis algorithm Obama has a big lead.

td hasn’t posted a favorable Romney poll in 6 weeks. When Romney is up he’ll post poll results 10 times a day.

Maybe gas prices will rise to $3.50 a gallon. Perhaps Obama’s Kenyan birth certificate will be found. Keep hope alive Romney fans.

Hey, at least Republicans still have Rasmussen to keep the spirits up.

Great Stuff

July 13th, 2012
9:27 am

I have to say “Just Nasty and Mean” has said it all. Unfortunately people have to learn the hard way. It doesn’t matter what you say or the proof you have people do not want to recognize Obama’s failures. When you ask an Obama supporter a question they never answer it, they response with a question to you, what did President Bush? Let it go, Bush is know longer the President. People have put their blinders on for this guy. Obama was a community service guy, know more then that. Zero experience for the job.

This is the worst economy we have had since the Great Depression. This is also worst housing market since the sixties. There are more people on food stamps then ever before. There are fewer jobs to be found and let’s not get into the Obama care plan. He has destroyed Americas rating. He has increased our deficit. Yet people want to say he has done a wonderful job. Obama is a great leader for the lazy! What happened to this great orator we heard about? Can we get him to stop whistling when he speaks! He stutters and uses “um” a bit too much for such a wonderful public speaker.

In time he will be known as the worst President the U.S. has ever had.

td

July 13th, 2012
9:29 am

“Still, if the Obama campaign wants to put its money where its mouth is, it should immediately lodge a complaint about Romney’s financial disclosure form, filed just last year, rather than try to mislead people about potential violations in relatively unimportant SEC documents.”

Three Pinocchios

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/do-bain-sec-documents-suggest-mitt-romney-is-a-criminal/2012/07/12/gJQAlyPpgW_blog.html

hiram

July 13th, 2012
9:35 am

@Dannyx
The “Fair and Balanced” and “Ditto Headed” R’s, like the ones who post their Stalinist/Socialist Boogie Man stuff here, wouldn’t know Stalin if he showed up to teach Sunday school, and think vetting is driving a car – thinking hard is not their forte. They will vote unconditionally for the name in front of the R on the ballot, because they know he won’t take their guns away. In Southern states, like Georgia, where they are the majority of voters, campaigning for either party is an unnecessary expense. The demographic shift of minorites back to the South, makes the presidential election a lot closer in the Northern states, that actually count. Voter suppression in the South is not that big of a factor in the presidential race, but will effect congressional and state elections. Basically Georgia is doomed politically, but isn’t a factor in the presidental race.

td

July 13th, 2012
9:39 am

DannyX

July 13th, 2012
9:26 am

Here is one for you.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/page/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2012/07/10/National-Politics/Polling/release_102.xml?uuid=nlO1bMpDEeGNIUXuYXpxKg

47 to 47 tie with a skewing of a 9 point advantage of Democrats being polled.

Results by All Adults

Show results by:
All Adults

Democrat 33 %

Republican 24

Independent 36

Other 4

Dont know 3

Jefferson

July 13th, 2012
9:41 am

2 wrongs don’t make a right. We are talking about a president.

td

July 13th, 2012
9:49 am

Jefferson

July 13th, 2012
9:41 am

2 wrongs don’t make a right. We are talking about a president.

1: You do understand what a blind trust is don’t you?

2: American banks only guarantee so much of your money in it is protected. Romney could go to every bank in America and place the max protected amount and still have money unprotected. Nothing wrong in sending your money to a place that it is protected.

3: If an American bank gives you 2% interest and a Swiss bank gives you 3% then why would you not put money in the Swiss bank for more interest and it is protected?

Centrist

July 13th, 2012
9:50 am

@ td – Democrats (hence the media) are not interested in the facts of Bain Capital – they are only interested on putting Romney on the defensive regardless of the facts.

LBJ was said to have told his Texas Congressional campaign manager to put out that his opponent [had sex] with pigs. The campaign manager balked saying it wasn’t true, to which LBJ supposedly said, “Yea, but I just want to hear him deny it”. Such dirty political tricks are common place, but Democrats mostly get a free ride from the media.

DannyX

July 13th, 2012
9:57 am

Wow, you found one that has them tied! Good for you td. Now, post the poll results from Pew, Gallup, Reuters, Quinnipiac, CNN and Newsweek.

How is Wisconsin, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio going?

By the way, you even lost your Rasmussen poll today, things are that bad for candidate-by-default Romney.

hiram

July 13th, 2012
10:01 am

Romney is a gift.

td

July 13th, 2012
10:05 am

DannyX

July 13th, 2012
9:57 am

You forgot to mention that it was tied with a 7 point advantage to Dems.

Also, if you missed it, I was part of a Hart research group poll Wednesday evening and I lied and told them I was an undecided voter and an independent.

How did those pre polls in Wisconsin look after the election?

Centrist

July 13th, 2012
10:07 am

Polls over a hundred days out from the election are quite suspect. But it is almost certain the presidential election will be a lot closer in 2012 than 2008, which is amazing in itself since there is an incumbent this time.

Senate polling now shows a Republican majority of 52 – 46 (plus Vermont admitted Socialist and Connecticut Independent aligned with Democrats). The most recent Republican projected pick-ups are Richard Berg (open seat) in North Dakota, and Connie Mack (over incumbent Ben Nelson) in Florida.

Just Wait

July 13th, 2012
10:13 am

Ralston and the rest of the leadership can promise to lower the alcohol limit for boaters to 0, but if they don’t increase the number of rangers and purchase necessary equipment for them, it simply will not matter.

td

July 13th, 2012
10:22 am

Just Wait

July 13th, 2012
10:13 am

All you have to do is to send those rangers to the different boot ramps every weekend and arrest anyone that is drunk. After two or three weekends the drinking on the lake (and the traffic) will decrease dramatically.

DannyX

July 13th, 2012
10:29 am

“How did those pre polls in Wisconsin look after the election?”

Pretty darn close td.

Real Clear Politics final pre-election average…Walker +6.7%
Final results…Walker +6.8%

Jefferson

July 13th, 2012
10:30 am

Forget it td, you love money more than a president should love our country, you don’t get it with $$$ signs in you eyes. Have a greedy life and a good day.

td

July 13th, 2012
10:46 am

Jefferson

July 13th, 2012
10:30 am

“president should love our country,”

I know you do not want to go there with me over how much a President loves the country.

clyde

July 13th, 2012
11:01 am

I can understand why people don’t want top vote for Romney,I just don’t understand why people want to vote for Obama.

are you all serious?

July 13th, 2012
11:35 am

Obama gets the nod in the next election. I would have more respect for people that say they won’t vote for Obama because he’s black instead of hiding behind Hannity/Limbaugh talking points like he’s ruining this country and making it socialist or he’s ruined our credit rating. The global perspective for us came about when the walls came down and a few years later daddy Bush said New World Order. Our Olympic suits are being made in China because of bad business decisions made in the past. How many of you “conservatives” cashed those $600 checks “W” was kicking out? Where did he borrow the money to hand out the checks? China. If you think Obama is ruining the country the first 43 guys ahead of him did a pretty good job of starting the downward trend.

Hillbilly D

July 13th, 2012
12:10 pm

The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s statement that under the new health care overhaul, “everybody will have lower rates, better quality care and better access.”

Clicking on that link led me to a blank page.

WOW

July 13th, 2012
12:10 pm

‘relatively unimportant SEC documents” are legal documents and if falsified it is a felony.

The real issue is what is he hidding? Romney is the most secretive candidate to ever run for President. We know less about him than any politician in my memory.
1. Why did he give McCain 20 years worth of tax returns in 08 and now refuses to release them to the public? His dad set the multi-year standard and said one year wasn’t enough.
2. He says his money is in a blind trust (I don’t care where it is, he should just be honest about it) yet, the blind trust that he has no contol over, invested at least 10 million in Solamere Capital (for his son and finance director).

Centrist

July 13th, 2012
12:23 pm

Partisans and the Democratic MSM are pretending Romney tax returns, an SEC filing where Romney pension payments made him still employed/calling the shots at Bain, jobs were outsourced are real issues while ignoring Obama real secrecy issues:

1. Occidental College records — Not released

2. Columbia College records — Not released

3. Columbia Thesis paper — Not available

4. Harvard College records — Not released

5. Selective Service Registration — Not released

6. Medical records — Not released

7. Illinois State Senate schedule — Not available

8. Illinois State Senate records — Not available

9. Law practice client list — Not released

10. Embossed, signed paper Certification of Live Birth (long form) –Not released

11. Record of baptism — Not available

12. Why wife, Michelle, can no longer practice law as an attorney?

13. Why he was getting “foreign student aid” as a college student?

14. Which country’s “passport” did he have when he visited Pakistan in 1981?

15. No published articles released from his being an editor of the Harvard Law Review, or as a Professor at the University of Chicago?

This is HYPOCRISY taken to a new world standard.

TiredOfIt

July 13th, 2012
12:25 pm

” 20-30 million political murders under Stalin”

the financial stake Koch brothers fortune comes from Joseph Stalin. As the first General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union’s Central Committee from 1922 until his death in 1953, Stalin hired Fred Koch

Danny O

July 13th, 2012
12:27 pm

I don’t want socialism. I just want a government that is not dominated by large corporations. I want elections that are free from misinformation spouted by Super PACs that don’t disclose their donors. I want leaders who govern on pragmatism and factual analysis rather than ideology and hatred.

honested

July 13th, 2012
12:30 pm

Once again we are confronted with the inaccuracy and hypocrisy associated with being ‘centrist’.

Do we want to worry about ‘real’ secrecy of irrelevant documents or the VERY REAL PROBABILITY that the republican nominee violated securities law and has consistently lied about doing so?

Carole

July 13th, 2012
12:36 pm

Ok, Centrist I really thought you were above the “hype” that the Repubs go on around here, but based on your list of “not released” things I find the mention of Michelle Obama.

It’s not that Michelle Obama cannot practice as an attorney, her license is on hold for now. The term used could be suspended, but I’m not sure. The reason is because she was not going to be practicing law for at least four years.

I’m pretty amazed at your list. I expected better from you. You’re not a Centrist, you’re a Repub.

Carole

July 13th, 2012
12:47 pm

honested – I agree with you. What is the relevance of showing his transcripts? We know the man is smart. And the Repubs are making him out to be super smart with a list like Centrists.

I mean really, who exactly does the wrong-wing nuts thinks is behind all of the secrecy they claim by the President? And how are they able to pull all of this off without being revealed? Why have none of these institutions come forward with some scathing information that would point to something. Have they all been paid off? And again, who exactly are these brilliant people?

Centrist

July 13th, 2012
12:48 pm

@ Carole – I merely posted that list emailed to me to show how hypocritical the Democrats and media are about pretending there are real issues with Romney’s taxes and Bain Capital. Such bogus personal attacks are wrong – including most of the list I posted to illustrate the hypocrisy.

I am not a Republican. I prefer Romney over Obama based on most issues that are important to me, even though I prefer Obama’s stances on the Buffet rule and women’s choice. Centrists have to make choices, and I broke in favor of Romney. I would not have supported/ voted for any of the other right wing Republican nominees and made that clear here during the primaries.

td

July 13th, 2012
12:49 pm

honested

July 13th, 2012
12:30 pm

Oh no my friend. Everything Centrist posted at 12:23 is accurate about Obama hiding his past. The so called MSM did not care in 2008 to vet Obama but now all of a sudden wants everything to do with Romney.

WOW

July 13th, 2012
12:54 pm

Record of baptism? That is hysterical. exactly what purpose would that serve? The difference is that the things you mention that have not been released aren’t typically released by Presidential candidates, which is why there is less media coverage over them. Every recent candidate for President has released years of tax returns. The state senate stuff is available to my knowledge as the Clinton folks hammered Obama on that in the primary on that.
Along those lines, Romney deleted his records as Governor in 06 so you can add to the list of reasons we will never know the truth about Bain.

BTW leave the man’s wife out of it. Attack the President all you want but Mrs. Obama should be off limits. There should be some line of decency left in politics.

DannyX

July 13th, 2012
12:54 pm

The list that “Centrist” posted is making the rounds of all the far right websites.

Talk about HYPOCRISY! Our so-called “Centrist” whines every single time a story is linked to a liberal website yet has no problem linking to his favorite far from centrist sites.

The fact is none of that nonsense matters. Presidential candidates have a long, long history of releasing their tax returns. Romney’s own father ran for president and released 12 tax returns and said this, “‘One year could be a fluke, perhaps done for show.’”

Romney is going to have to release his tax returns in order to have any chance at winning. The far right finger pointing and childish, “Well Obama didn’t release his school records” whine will go nowhere.

Btw “Centrist” when you cut-and-paste something you should link your source and not try to pass it off as your own.

td

July 13th, 2012
12:55 pm

Carole

July 13th, 2012
12:47 pm

honested – I agree with you. What is the relevance of showing his transcripts?

If the MSM media and the Dems had not pitched such a fit in 2000 to get GWB’s Yale and Harvard transcripts then you could make the argument but since they did until Bush released them you have no room to whine.

“I mean really, who exactly does the wrong-wing nuts thinks is behind all of the secrecy they claim by the President?”

Obama has spent more then $1 million to make sure non of those records get public.

WOW

July 13th, 2012
12:59 pm

Obama has spent more then $1 million to make sure non of those records get public.

Please provide some proof of this? Or is this another made up TD fact?