This isn't important and I am 100% certain that it isn't original, but I just came up with an explanation of a complete mystery which makes sense to me -- why is the Romney campaign almost entirely based on removing context from Obama sound bites ?
Why does Willard think he can get away with that ? Do you think he was brainwashed ?
The true classic of the genre in his lifetime and mine the claim that Al Gore said he invented the internet, it is the claim that George Romney was flaky because he said he had been brainwashed by liason officers in Vietnam. This was clearly sarcastic hyperbole and not the claim that the military's relentless message discipline amounts to psychological torture. But it is widely considered to have doomed his campaign
Romney was a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 1968. While initially a front-runner, he proved an ineffective campaigner, and fell behind Richard Nixon in polls. Following a mid-1967 remark that his earlier support for theVietnam War had been due to a "brainwashing" by U.S. military and diplomatic officials in Vietnam, his campaign faltered even more, and he withdrew from the contest in early 1968.
I suspect that this is where Karl got the idea. I am sure this is where Willard Mitt Romney got the ideas for
"you didn't build that" etc. More generally, Romney Jr had to decide if he wanted to campaign like his father who lost or Nixon who won.
Such lessons over learned can be found all in one lifetime. George Wallace frankly explained that he had lost an election because he was out N-worded and that he then swore that he would never be out N-worded again. James (Willy Horton ads) Baker lost an election because he didn't use a skeleton in the closet of an opponent which was incredibly extreme but true [citation needed.
To go from speculation to tinfoil hattery, this might explain some of Romney's apparent sense that he is entitled to be President and his angry claim that Obama is taking liberties with the truth, and, especially removing his remarks from context.
I guess we know his plan for the debates -- he is probably counting on Obama sweating a lot.