Thursday, January 12, 2012

Republican Establishment: Stop Talking About Mitt Romney's Record

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Governor of Texas Rick Perry, making their last stand in the South Carolina primary, have recently been targeting former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney in the (likely short-lived) Republican primary race for the Presidential nomination.

And lately, they've been targeting Romney's time at Bain Capital, an investment firm that invests in start-up companies and failing companies. In more than a few cases, they invested in failing businesses, drive them into the ground, and sell off the assets.

So now Perry and Gingrich have both targeted Romney's time at Bain Capital. Perry called some of what the company did "vulture capitalism" and Gingrich's SuperPAC released a 28 minute film with ominous music and dark images which basically paint Romney as the Grinch.

And ever since then, the Republican establishment, including a lot of conservative talk radio and Fox News hosts, have come out and said that they need to stop talking about Romney's time at Bain (even though it's a central part of Romney's platform), that this is an attack on capitalism, that this sounds like an Occupy Wall Street rally, and on, and on, and on.

I think it's important to point out that Gingrich and Perry are not promoting federal laws to make what Bain Capital does illegal. What they are saying is that this is bad for a Republican nominee to have and it's baggage that could be avoided by nominating someone else.

I like how Gingrich has been putting it lately. You can't talk about Romney's time as governor (where he was a liberal Republican), you can't talk about his time at Bain, so what can you talk about?

I guess it's true what they say about Presidential nominations: Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line. What we're seeing right now is that the Republican establishment, including many supposedly non-establishment media figures, falling in line. Will the Republican base do so as well?

1 comment:

  1. I love how they complain about Gingrich bringing up Romney's time at Bain, suggesting he's providing fodder for the D' the D's aren't smart enough to figure out that issue on their own.


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