What Happened During the #Missing2Mins From the Leaked Romney Video?


What Happened During the #Missing2Mins From the Leaked Romney Video?


The furor over the secret video of Mitt Romney at a fundraising event released earlier this week by Mother Jones has taken a turn for the more incredible, which hardly seemed possible, and the much, much stupider, which sort of seemed inevitable. As Glenn Beck’s The Blaze (can’t not picture Beck #blazed every time I read that) whinged yesterday, the tapes appear to have been selectively edited. Despite Mother Jones‘ claims to the contrary that they were presenting the full video, there is a missing section of the tape. “…it seems reasonable to ask, why did the video cut out at such a crucial part? Where is the missing video?  And why is this being advertised as the ‘uncut’ footage?”

Romney himself has called for the full version of the tapes to be released, which sounds a lot like telling a cop who just pulled you over for speeding that he may want to take a look in the trunk while he’s here, just in case. has accurately assessed the scandal of the missing two minutes, using the only logical technique available to conservative idiots of their magnitude when caught with their pants down, playing parse-the-language literalism games. Since MJ promised to reveal “the full video” then posted something less than that, apparently the whole thing is now thrown into question. “Mother Jones has failed a basic test and broken its promise to its readers and the public. There is now reason to doubt that it provided Romney’s full remarks–not just the context, but the remarks themselves. And there is new reason to suspect manipulation.”

I don’t think I need to explain that that sort of thing is the political equivalent of pointing your finger in your little sister’s face and saying “I’m not touching you” over and over.

They would know about editing trickery over at Breitbart; straw-stuffed khakis stain James O’Keefe, the James Cameron of hidden video partisanship hackery, has been in trouble for doing this sort of thing for years.

None of which really answers the pressing question at hand: What happened during the missing two minutes? Mother Jones has explained that the video was delivered to them in two pieces by their source, who says he didn’t notice that the camera had stopped recording during that period. Seems reasonable enough, right? Haha, fuck no.

What do they expect happened in those two minutes, exactly? Did Romney break down laughing. “Oh shit, oh shit. I had you guys there, I can’t stunt like that anymore. You should’ve seen the look on your faces.”

Is there anything besides that that could mitigate the damage of his remarks, or put them into context?

We may never know, because for now, these two minutes never happened. It’s like something out of JJ Abrams pilot, only with more believable characters.

The hashtag #missing2mins has sprung up on Twitter, as citizens try to struggle with this breakdown in the laws of physics. WHAT HAPPENED DURING THE TWO MINUTES? WE NEED TO GO BACK! [mathewfoxcrying.gif]

Here are a few explanations that are as good as any:
“How much clearer can I say, there’s always MONEY IN THE BANANA STAND!” #missing2mins

— Corinne Marasco (@CorinneAM) September 19, 2012









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