Skip to comments.Dems Prepare To Hammer Romney With The REAL Bain Onslaught (Newt's ad just the appetizer)
Posted on 01/12/2012 12:17:11 PM PST by SeekAndFind
Thanks to Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry, Bain Capital is all over the news this week, prompting an upset MItt Romney to accuse his rivals of turning to the bitter politics of envy in order to halt his momentum. But is it possible the latest round of attacks will actually work to Romneys advantage in the general election?
Some pundits have thrown out the idea that because the Bain story is coming up sooner than expected, it will be that tougher for Democrats to go on the offensive later as per their original plan.
[If] Romney wins the nomination, this early fuss might have inoculated him against the Scrooge gambit, TIME columnist Joe Klein wrote.The public may feel Bain is same old, same old by October.
Dont buy it, Democrats say. Even while they acknowledge that they planned to roll out the Bain angle later for a reason, they find it pretty hard to contain their grins overall.
I would have preferred to wait, yes, to keep the bottle of whup-ass fresher, one Obama campaign strategist told TPM. At the same time and this is important to note having the Republicans eat their own actually makes the Bain story more potent than we ever could because it instantly validates it as a line of attack and falls on independent ears as a matter of legitimate debate, not as a partisan line of attack.
And when the real Bain attack comes, it will be anything but old news to the voters it needs to reach. After all, its hardcore Republicans who are paying the closest attention to the GOP campaign and its Bain moment right now, and theyre not voting for President Obama anytime soon.
This isnt a primary attack in the first place its why we havent put any resources behind Romney as a corporate buyout specialist at this stage its a general election issue for independent and swing voters in places like Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Indiana, a senior Democratic strategist told TPM. We were shocked that his rivals went there but nonetheless pleased because now the charges about his status as a corporate raider enjoy the lustre of bipartisan ship.
As the above quote hints, its worth noting that the Gingrich and Perry war on Bain is a far cry from what the actual general election attacks will look like. The current fight is being waged almost entirely via public statements from two resource-strapped politicians, neither of whom has a particularly impressive supply of surrogates willing to amplify their message. And while Democrats have fanned the flames from the sidelines somewhat with press events and web videos, theyve yet to spend a single dollar on anti-Bain TV ads themselves.
That wont be the case as the calendar ticks towards November. Once Democrats decide its time to make their ultimate Bain push, theyll have the resources to flood the zone with TV spots, direct mail (likely referencing Bain layoffs in targeted swing states), and a small army of Democratic lawmakers and operatives reinforcing the story 24/7 on cable news. Think 2004, when the entire GOP apparatus (including, awkwardly, Mitt Romney) worked in unison to drive home the John Kerry flip flopper meme.
In addition, its not at all clear how long the current Bain blowup will last. Already there are signs that Romneys foes might put the corporate raider genie back into the bottle as quickly as it emerged. Even Newt Gingrich conceded on Wednesday he may be giving ammunition to the other side.
Obama just makes it impossible to talk rationally in that area because he is so deeply into class warfare that automatically you get an echo effect, Gingrich told a South Carolina voter concerned that Newts attacks were legitimizing diatribes against free enterprise, according to Politico. I agree with you entirely.
If Gingrich tones things down and Romney wraps up the race by the end of the month, the Bain story could go back into stasis, still plenty fresh for the general. And when it does emerge, the Republican fields Bain tantrum even if it was just a week long will provide a feature films worth of footage to use against Romney.
Newt loves to attend film premieres, Democratic consultant Matt Ortega told TPM. Democrats are going to make him a star this fall.
-- Brian Beutler contributed to this post.
Is Newt’s ad up on the internet? If so, is there a link to it?
Yes, because Demonrats hate capitalism.
Look what they have as a leader: a singularly unaccomplished ignoramus who hates freedom with a vitriol similar to Karl Marx.
Yes, the media will amplify their message. But Romney isn’t the only one they’ll skewer with anti-capitalist propaganda.
McInsane was their FAVORITE Republican, and they hated him, too.
have a look at this :
Have a look at Rick Perry’s accusation:
Perry Slams Romney’s Record at Bain Capital
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Bring it on. If Obama wants to run against capitalism and the marketplace, then it is a fight worth having. This battle will crystalize the difference between the vision and values of the two parties. If the choice is between continuing down the path of Big Government, out of control spending, and the welfare state or limited government and reduced spending, then we will see what America wants. If they choose the former, then the Republic is finished and America’s Greece is on the horizon.
Obama’s former car czar, Steve Rattner, is defending Bain and Mitt’s time there.
This is not going to be nearly as easy for RATS as they think. They probably get a lot of money from the Bains of the world, who just might jump ship if they keep it up (see Goldman Sachs).
Full youtube video here When Mitt Romney Came To Town Full, complete version
So how is Mitt any different than the Dem tax icon, Warren Buffett. Doesn’t he buy and sell companies, make them profitable, create semi-monopolies, etc.?
It’s Republicans who should be chomping at the bit when it comes to all the truthful ads that can be run during the general election: the unemployment situation, all the well documented economic claims that missed the mark by miles and miles, the incredible trillion plus budget deficits and the growth in the debt, Obama’s gutting the military, all his dumbass foreign policy plans and statements, and the eventual realities, his discarding of most immigration law, and on and on.
There has never been an incumbent in the modern era with more failures and vulnerabilities than Obama, and any Republican who fears any of our candidates going up against him needs to open their eyes and ears to reality.
having the Republicans eat their own actually makes the Bain story more potent than we ever could because it instantly validates it as a line of attack
Mitt’s a punk, and if he is the GOP nominee, he and we will lose. Period. Full stop. If we run him, we really are stupid.
He is very different because Buffet is not trying to be the Republican Nominee for President.