Perry joins pile-on against Mitt over Bain Capital

posted at 12:30 pm on January 9, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Newt may have started the trend of going after Mitt Romney for his work at Bain Capital, but it looks like Rick Perry is sensing an opportunity and hopping on the bandwagon. At a recent appearance he unleashed some quotes of his own, going after Mitt for being heartless enough to lay off workers.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry picked up the attacks on Mitt Romney this morning, trying to capitalize off the former Bain Capital executive’s comment that he once feared getting a pink slip.

“Now I have no doubt that Mitt Romney was worried about pink slips — whether he was going to have enough of them to hand out because his company Bain Capital with all the jobs that they killed, I’m sure he was worried that he’d run out of pink slips,” Perry told the crowd at Mama Penn’s restaurant.

Perry laid into Romney for heading a company which Perry alleged eliminated hundreds of South Carolina jobs.

“There is something inherently wrong when getting rich off failure and sticking it to someone else is how you do your business and I happen to think that’s indefensible,” said Perry. “If you’re a victim of Bain Capital’s downsizing, it’s the ultimate insult for Mitt Romney to come to South Carolina and tell you he feels your pain, because he caused it.”

Maybe it’s just me, but I really haven’t been able to get behind this line of attack since it first came up. I could see if this argument was taking place among Democrats trying to garner favor with the unions, but it seems like Mitt has a fairly simply response to this. We live in a free market system where there are winners and losers, and the government doesn’t get to pick which is which. In some cases, companies where Romney brought the ax down wound up turning around and flourishing. Others simply turned out not to be viable.

The Wall Street Journal has an analysis of all the companies Bain got involved with. It indicates a record which is admittedly hit and miss over a very long period of time, but did wind up producing an overall positive return on investment.

Newt and Perry might get some traction from pointing out that Bain charged these companies very large management fees for their services, which in some cases still resulted in the companies going under, but nobody forced them to hire Bain in the first place. All in all, it just sounds like something that could backfire on candidates looking to claim the mantle of fiscal responsibility.


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I hate populist shiite.

Perry and Newt actually have me feeling sorry for Mitt… and Newt’s my candidate.

mankai on January 9, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Tends to reinforce the image of Perry and not in a good way.

a capella on January 9, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Groan. These are lame-O liberal tactics.

Aronne on January 9, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Why is Perry always late to the party?
I like him, but…

KOOLAID2 on January 9, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Man the GM and Dodge dealership wipe out ought to make this a non-issue for Obama. As in the media will make sure its a non issue.

DanMan on January 9, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Romney has been touting his Private sector record as reason for the nation to elect him President. And when he isn’t doing that, he is touting that he isn’t a Washington DC insider.

So going after Romney for things he did in the Private sector is fair game. Perry and Gingrich have to answer for their political records, so Romney must answer for his private sector record. Especially since we are all told to ignore Romney’s record as governor.

Politics ain’t beanbag, Mitt.

portlandon on January 9, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Romney deserves to get attacked for a lot. Romneycare, abortion, etc, etc.

But being a capitalist? Being someone who tried to save companies, and make money? Someone who actually did create jobs?

Have conservatives fallen so low that we have to attack capitalism, ala the Great one Obama?

I weep for our political movement.

neoavatara on January 9, 2012 at 12:37 PM

So if it wasn’t for Newt and Perry this would have never come up? Boy, have I got a bridge for you.

Cindy Munford on January 9, 2012 at 12:37 PM

The anti-Romneys are pathetically incompetent. Perry is not the exception.

Obama already has Romney as the 1%, real or perceived. The media will make it real by Oct.

The land is scroomed.

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2012 at 12:37 PM

It’s more about Mitt’s lack of electability now then how much money he pocketed, IMO. These stories aren’t going to play well in crucial swing states like OH, IN, or PA (maybe also in VA and NC, too.) We need to beat Obama and Mitt’s Bain baggage will hand Obama another four years.

Punchenko on January 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Nice to see Perry and Newt channeling their inner Obama.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM

There are 1001 reasons to attack Romney.

Get smart anti-Romneys, or get Obama re-elected.

The media, Axelturd, the leftie/rightie elitists are all scrooming you, in the bright sunshine.

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM

So is Perry going to eliminate the 3 (or at least the 2 he can remember) federal departments he promised without cutting jobs? Is he going to feel their pain ?

galtani on January 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Have conservatives fallen so low that we have to attack capitalism, ala the Great one Obama?

I weep for our political movement.

neoavatara on January 9, 2012 at 12:37 PM

I have yet to hear a so-called “conservative” Republican candidate talk about “constitutional conservatism.” And I have a feeling we won’t hear it at all between now and November next.

gryphon202 on January 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Aronne on January 9, 2012 at 12:36 PM Perry liberal

KOOLAID2 on January 9, 2012 at 12:36 PM Perry late with hit

I guess we give ourselves whip lash at times.

DanMan on January 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Romney got rich of peoples misery. It is people like him we need to eliminate from American culture. He is a vulture

liberal4life on January 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM

At a recent appearance he unleashed some quotes of his own, going after Mitt for being heartless enough to lay off workers.

I see what you did there.

There are plenty of lines of attack to take on Romney, and Perry and Newt pick this one?

It actually insults the intelligence of those would be voting for them to assume they know so little about free-market capitalism that they would buy this populist garbage.

Spannerhead on January 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM

So if it wasn’t for Newt and Perry this would have never come up? Boy, have I got a bridge for you.

Cindy Munford on January 9, 2012 at 12:37 PM

LOL.

We should let the Democrats vet Romney AFTER he wins the nomination.

That is what the mittbots tell me.

portlandon on January 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Well-said Perry.

There’s a significant difference between turning around a company via a brilliant marketing campaign, technological innovation, improvements in a product, or an entirely new product line, and “rescuing” a company by buying a corporation that’s teetering on profitability and loss, firing the workers, and selling the assets.

John Ransom of Townhall.com had an excellent article today, outlining the difference between venture and vulture capitalism. Coming in as a carpetbagger and firing a bunch of people in a company who have worked there for 20 years while you’ve been there for all of 3 hours is not admirable.

Mitt’s business experience is going to be a hindrance, not an asset if he makes it to the general election. In particular, that photo of him on the Quote of the Day section: http://media.hotair.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/bc.jpg

That’ll destroy him. It practically screams “I am the embodiment of the Fat Cat.”

Stoic Patriot on January 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM

How exactly is Perry going to eliminate Commerce, Energy, and Education Depts if he condemns laying people off?

Bad businesses are run like bad governments.

This tells me Romney has the mettle to drop the axe on wasteful government.
Perry and Newt apparently dont.

swamp_yankee on January 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM

This isn’t about Perry , it’s about Mitts non existing electability.

King pink slip and his Bane Care baggage can not beat obama.

the_nile on January 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM

“There is something inherently wrong when getting rich off failure and sticking it to someone else is how you do your business and I happen to think that’s indefensible,”

I never thought I’d see the day when republicans would trash people who risk their capital.

BacaDog on January 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Two anti-Romneys better unite for the main tickets and fight conservatively. Otherwise all go home and let Obama win re-election. He’ll party and golf or another 4 years while the land pivots into total hell. It’s all self-inflicted, and therefore nothing to cry over.

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Too big to fail lives again!!

rhombus on January 9, 2012 at 12:41 PM

This is what the Fascist-Democrats are going to do in the general election. Mittens better get used. to it.

rbj on January 9, 2012 at 12:41 PM

One thing Romney cannot say to the middle class

“I can feel your pain”

liberal4life on January 9, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Romney got rich of peoples misery. It is people like him we need to eliminate from American culture. He is a vulture

liberal4life on January 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM

BaneCare , mandated vulture capitalism.

the_nile on January 9, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Perry and others on the right better back off that “Pink Slip” crap.

Makes them look double-minded and hypocritical.

Isn’t Perry and others saying that GM and Chrysler should have went to bankruptcy and NOT bailed out??

They are just hanging themselves out on a long rope, and the left and the press will gladly hang them on it later.

They need to stop it now.

MityMaxx on January 9, 2012 at 12:41 PM

This line of attack was used against Romney when he ran for Senate in Massachusetts (and lost).

It was very effective with swing voters.

Republican primary voters have a right to be concerned that it will be used at least as effectively by Obama against Mitt if he is the nominee. Mitt isn’t as electable as many people think.

It isn’t fair, but it is very effective.

cool breeze on January 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Cindy Munford on January 9, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Lord, you people are thick.

It isn’t that they brought it up, we knew it was going to come from Barack Obama. Heck, if Obama wants to run on jobs, let him.

If you could bother reading the article, the point Jazz makes isn’t that the attacks are being made, but the attacks themselves. That Newt and Perry, two supposedly fiscal conservatives, are making an attack on Capitalism.

Get it now?

WealthofNations on January 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM

I never thought I’d see the day when republicans would trash people who risk their capital.

BacaDog on January 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Me neither, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t 1001 reasons not to see Romney as the coronated “conservative”.

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM

liberal4life on January 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM

At least he worked with private capital of aware investors instead of stealing from the taxpayers and investing in campaign contributors.

Cindy Munford on January 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM

“There is something inherently wrong when getting rich off failure and sticking it to someone else is how you do your business and I happen to think that’s indefensible heartless,” said Perry.

Foxhound on January 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Romney got rich of peoples misery.

liberal4life on January 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM

So if it wasn’t for Newt and Perry this would have never come up? Boy, have I got a bridge for you.

Cindy Munford on January 9, 2012 at 12:37 PM

mighty fine point there, Axelrod is sharpening his pencil. Now if he could just find a mormon tart to play along.

DanMan on January 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM

This attack isn’t as bad, as vitriolic as the anti-capitalist crap Gingrich has been spewing. Still, its disappointing to see a reasonably conservative candidate like Perry resorting to anti-capitalistic attacks such as these.

Most companies fail, and any company that is desperately seeking outside investment and management expertise is likely in much greater risk of failure to begin with. So its unsurprising that such high risk investment often failed. On the whole though, Bain has created more jobs than its lost, so if anything the company should be praised, not attacked.

I mean seriously, how do GOP candidates get away attacking a job CREATOR in an economy like this!?

(PS)

This is not meant to be specifically supportive of Romney. I simply do not believe this sort of class warfare, anti-capitalistic tactic has any place in a Republican primary.

WolvenOne on January 9, 2012 at 12:43 PM

If this is the new rhetoric of the GOP, I’m staying home on election day. The comments made by Newt and Perry aren’t doing much to convince me that either would be a less worse option than Obama.

HarryBackside on January 9, 2012 at 12:43 PM

This line of attack was used against Romney when he ran for Senate in Massachusetts (and lost).

It was very effective with swing voters.

cool breeze on January 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM

He’s had plenty of time to come up with a defensive play. If he doesn’t have one, then he doesn’t deserve to win.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 9, 2012 at 12:43 PM

The Wall Street Journal has an analysis of all the companies Bain got involved with. It indicates a record which is admittedly hit and miss over a very long period of time, but did wind up producing an overall positive return on investment.

My WSJ comes in the mail, so I’ll read this later today. For now, Romney needs to line these up and explain the good, bad, and the ugly so that the turds aren’t still floating around the pool when the DNC starts running ads.

I’m happy to be educated. I just can’t believe Romney wasn’t ready for this.

If I were Romney, I’d be quick to compare his private sector experience to Obamas: giving away ice cream at Baskin-Robbins as a teenager; some half-ass job Obama had for nine months after Columbia (I can’t beleive the GOP doesn’t make hay over Obama’s remark in a book that he felt as if he was “behind enemy lines”); and his Mickey-Mouse law practice that was nothing more than representing grievance mongers.

C’mon, Romneybots. What’s your boy’s problem? If he’s so inevitable, why doesn’t he have his duck in line? He’s been running for five or six years now.

BuckeyeSam on January 9, 2012 at 12:43 PM

I would not use this line of attack, but Mitt needs to have an effective answer for it. If not, it shows that he would wither under this attack from Obama.

It is better to do this now, to either prove we need Not-Romney, or to make this old news by November.

WhatNot on January 9, 2012 at 12:43 PM

That Newt and Perry, two supposedly fiscal conservatives, are making an attack on Capitalism.

Get it now?

WealthofNations on January 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Get it, yes, I get it. However, don’t think for 2 seconds that Axelturd didn’t get this a long time ago. The anti-Romneys just make it easier for future Obama videos.

It doesn’t make Romeny the winnable guy, though. They will crush him, on this and other Mr. Snoot items. There are 1001, at least.

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2012 at 12:44 PM

So now the Mitt supporters are going to lament using Democrat attacks on Mitt after their complete silence when Mitt used Democrat scare tactics against Perry on Social Security. I’ve never seen such selective conservative outrage as I’ve seen come from Romney supporters this Primary.

Malachi45 on January 9, 2012 at 12:44 PM

You are not kidding jazz

Enough!

cmsinaz on January 9, 2012 at 12:45 PM

This is stupid strategy. Perry campaigns to eliminate the departments of ed, commerce and energy and then accuses Romney of the very type of thing he says he will do.

Texas Gal on January 9, 2012 at 12:45 PM

So if it wasn’t for Newt and Perry this would have never come up? Boy, have I got a bridge for you.

Cindy Munford on January 9, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Brought up and exploited by the party that hates free enterprise and capitalism. Brought up and exploited for political purposes by those who claim to favor free markets, capitalistic risk and reward? That doesn’t make you feel a little queasy about their value system?

a capella on January 9, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Romney got rich of peoples misery.

liberal4life on January 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Democrats base their power on the the misery of people.

Malachi45 on January 9, 2012 at 12:45 PM

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 9, 2012 at 12:43 PM

+ One Trillion.

Cindy Munford on January 9, 2012 at 12:45 PM

I agree–I would never have expected Republican candidates to start bashing another one for being a capitalist! Perry and Gingrich are just making themselves look worse! I’d rather fold socks than listen to Huntsman. Ron P can be chairman of the Reserve but stay far far away from foreign policy. Oh–forgot Santorum. Romney looks better every day and that was NOT my first choice!

AnnaS on January 9, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Malachi45 on January 9, 2012 at 12:44 PM

They are NO different than the Obama whiners, indredibly.

+ 1000

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2012 at 12:46 PM

and “rescuing” a company by buying a corporation that’s teetering on profitability and loss, firing the workers, and selling the assets.

And what’s wrong with that as opposed to the company going under and losing everything? It’s capitalism.

People see an investment, risk their money to invest, and hope to make a profit.

There are thousands of examples of companies that were on the brink of failure that were bought up because their parts were worth more than the whole.

BacaDog on January 9, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Romney has been touting his Private sector record as reason for the nation to elect him President. And when he isn’t doing that, he is touting that he isn’t a Washington DC insider.

So going after Romney for things he did in the Private sector is fair game. Perry and Gingrich have to answer for their political records, so Romney must answer for his private sector record. Especially since we are all told to ignore Romney’s record as governor.

Politics ain’t beanbag, Mitt.

portlandon on January 9, 2012 at 12:36 PM

You are exactly right – I think it’s a good thing this is coming up now. However, it also does say a lot about the supposed conservatives who choose to adopt this progressive line of attack, and helps in vetting them as well.

But it absolutely is going to come up in the general should Romney be the nominee, and it’s better that we find out now whether or not he can make the necessary arguments to withstand.

gotsig on January 9, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Desperation plays out worst in competitors that before have only known success.

FireBlogger on January 9, 2012 at 12:46 PM

indredibly = incredibly, though it is dreadful.

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2012 at 12:46 PM

I don’t like lefty attacks. I don’t like this and I didn’t like it when Mitt Mediscared seniors about Perry either.

Kataklysmic on January 9, 2012 at 12:46 PM

That Newt and Perry, two supposedly fiscal conservatives, are making an attack on Capitalism.

Get it now?

WealthofNations on January 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM

This is not an attack on Capitalism. This is an attack on how Romney used capitalism.

For example: Guns don’t kill. People kill using guns.

Capitalism doesn’t destroy. People CAN destroy with capitalism.

Capitalism makes and breaks people everyday. Romney brags about his private sector experience. The candidates are just pointing out how Romney’s private sector experience is nothing to brag about.

portlandon on January 9, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Romney got rich of peoples misery.

liberal4life on January 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM

You’re still a liberal nincumpoop. Your logic is wanting. Elitists are indignant.

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2012 at 12:47 PM

I never thought I’d see the day when republicans would trash people who risk their capital.

BacaDog on January 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM

HA ! Romney wouldn’t know “risk” if it bit him in the a$$.

stenwin77 on January 9, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Like it matters anymore what line of attacks are used. We’re going to nominate a guy who instituted Government medicine to replace a guy because that guy instituted government medicine. We lose either way. So who give a crap.

Malachi45 on January 9, 2012 at 12:48 PM

So now the Mitt supporters are going to lament using Democrat attacks on Mitt after their complete silence when Mitt used Democrat scare tactics against Perry on Social Security. I’ve never seen such selective conservative outrage as I’ve seen come from Romney supporters this Primary.

Malachi45 on January 9, 2012 at 12:44 PM

No – it’s good for Romney to prepare for what he will see should he be the nominee. No selective outrage here.

gotsig on January 9, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Have Perry or Newt ever run a business. Newt’s “Large Organization”
experience is the House? is laying someone off to become profitable against some rule of conservatism? This line only works with talibangelicals looking for a reason, other than the one they dare not name.

borntoraisehogs on January 9, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Romney got rich of peoples misery. It is people like him we need to eliminate from American culture. He is a vulture

liberal4life on January 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Romney got rich of peoples misery.

liberal4life on January 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Get a grip. Heard you the first time.

BuckeyeSam on January 9, 2012 at 12:49 PM

So is Perry going to eliminate the 3 (or at least the 2 he can remember) federal departments he promised without cutting jobs? Is he going to feel their pain ?

galtani on January 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Sshhhhhh…. stop making sense!

athenanyc on January 9, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Someone make it go away…

rubberneck on January 9, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Then there is this:

“One of Bain’s earliest and most notable venture investments was in Staples, Inc., the office supply retailer. The funding enabled Staples to expand from one store in 1986 to over 2000 stores in 2011″

In addition to Staples (Romney was on the Board of Directors) there is also Office Depot which Bain invested in and turned 1 store into 1,000 stores.

When we do the math on all of the people who got jobs from these investments we should probably also include the suppliers, manufatures, shippers, truck drivers etc.

Romney is going to own OBAMA on this issue.

Natebo on January 9, 2012 at 12:49 PM

a capella on January 9, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Actually it doesn’t but then I am not the average squish this is targeted at. I think his answers back to the charges will prove him to be a competent business man with talent and knowledge instead of some rich guy running for president. I believe he earned his wealth but I bet the average person believes it was inherited. I think Bain has more to recommend it than to attack it. When you combined the success of Bain and the success of the Olympics (public service) I think it could be a winner. I am sure I am going to say this a million times between now and November, better now than in October. Oh, and I do think the class warfare angel will hurt Newt badly and he is my guy.

Cindy Munford on January 9, 2012 at 12:50 PM

How are Newt and Perry going to shrink government and cut government spending if they don’t fire lots of people?

Those three departments Perry wants to shut down? Is he going to keep all the people on the government payroll?

What are they thinking?

MayBee on January 9, 2012 at 12:50 PM

BuckeyeSam on January 9, 2012 at 12:49 PM

It’s putting that comment everywhere. So creative.

Cindy Munford on January 9, 2012 at 12:51 PM

At least they are on the attack. This guy has gotten such a free ride.

jcelephant on January 9, 2012 at 12:51 PM

It’s not heartless to lay off some workers, if the alternative is for a company to shut it’s doors completely. When a company downsizes, it is done in order to save the company. Yes, some workers lost their jobs, but if they didn’t, all of the employees would have been out of work.

What is the alternative being proposed by Gingrich and Perry, a government bail out?

HarryBackside on January 9, 2012 at 12:51 PM

As if it’s bad enough that now so-called conservative candidates are propping this anti-capitalistic BS, the fact that the GOP ABR voters are eating this stuff is leaving me concerned that with the fact that with many Republicans on board, America will now become a socialist nation.

If Republicans, even ABR’s, refuse to defend capitalism, that’s eventually what will happen. Don’t fall for the desperation of Newt Gingrinch and Rick Perry.

Firecracker729 on January 9, 2012 at 12:51 PM

I agree–I would never have expected Republican candidates to start bashing another one for being a capitalist! Perry and Gingrich are just making themselves look worse! I’d rather fold socks than listen to Huntsman. Ron P can be chairman of the Reserve but stay far far away from foreign policy. Oh–forgot Santorum. Romney looks better every day and that was NOT my first choice!

AnnaS on January 9, 2012 at 12:46 PM

I’d bet you didn’t have any complaints when Romney was senior scaring over Perry’s Social Security position.

Malachi45 on January 9, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Obama already has Romney as the 1%, real or perceived. The media will make it real by Oct.

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2012 at 12:37 PM

That’s nice, but the only people who care about buzzwords like “1%” or “99%” were already firmly against Romney and the GOP in general.

Go RBNY on January 9, 2012 at 12:51 PM

So now the Mitt supporters are going to lament using Democrat attacks on Mitt after their complete silence when Mitt used Democrat scare tactics against Perry on Social Security. I’ve never seen such selective conservative outrage as I’ve seen come from Romney supporters this Primary.

Malachi45 on January 9, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Exactly!!!

Romney INC has been using strong arm, lib tactics against all the candidates that dares fight back, yet when anybody calls Mitt out, they circle the wagons and point the finger of righteous indignation at them.

“How dare you attack Mitt…in almost the same way we attacked you!”

Hypocrisy is not lost on Mitt Romney & his supporters.

portlandon on January 9, 2012 at 12:51 PM

I mean seriously, how do GOP candidates get away attacking a job CREATOR in an economy like this!?

WolvenOne on January 9, 2012 at 12:43 PM

It comes with the territory of also being a jobs destroyer.

And what’s wrong with that as opposed to the company going under and losing everything? It’s capitalism.

BacaDog on January 9, 2012 at 12:46 PM

If the company goes under on its own, it fails on its own merits. If someone else buys out a company that’s on the brink, and then decides to fire everyone and sell off the desks, chairs, etc, then you’re no longer being productive. You’re making a quick buck by circling around like a vulture over a potentially sick albeit still viable company. Ergo, vulture capitalism.

But you’re also missing the broader point of my comparison. I was comparing methods of how to turn around a company and actually impress people with your business acumen, versus how to prey upon a company that may be drawing about even and causing a whole lot of job losses. Romney’s business experience looks like it’s more about the latter and less about the former. That’s bad.

Stoic Patriot on January 9, 2012 at 12:51 PM

t’s more about Mitt’s lack of electability now then how much money he pocketed, IMO. These stories aren’t going to play well in crucial swing states like OH, IN, or PA (maybe also in VA and NC, too.) We need to beat Obama and Mitt’s Bain baggage will hand Obama another four years.

Punchenko on January 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Perry and Newt sound desperate. If they don’t take Romney down now any way they can, he storms into SC with a wind at his back. My view is that all these attacks now will only immunize Romney against later attacks. As for electability–he’s stronger than Obama in the central swing states right now. That’s not going to change.

writeblock on January 9, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Democrats base their power on the the misery of people.

Malachi45 on January 9, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Do you think Romney can tell the middle class “I can feel your pain” When it comes to unemployment?

liberal4life on January 9, 2012 at 12:51 PM

MayBee on January 9, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Only the military and D.O.D. should be fired according to Obama.

Cindy Munford on January 9, 2012 at 12:52 PM

(((((((((( HEY JAZZ )))))))))

(((((((((( Yahoo!! )))))))))

Why didn’t you mention that the government had to bail out the pension fund that Bain Capital – Romney raided?! Are you that ashamed of the truth? This is abject editorial failure, Jazz!

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Free market capitalism does not use, seek out or abuse the taxpayers for favors over what principles can be applied to one and all, and, corporate socialism is not a self-sustaining principle, as it cannot be applied to or experienced by all.

Any form of socialism, be it corporate, health care, housing subsidies, etc., etc., is by definition an unequalizer as it cannot be experienced by all because it needs the “haves” to solicit, distribute to and control the “have nots”.

A dynamic free market capitalist paradigm on the other hand is the great equalizer, but none of us would know what that is anymore because such a free market economy died long ago….as long ago as Abraham Lincoln who was the first republican president to subsidize flailing (railroad) corporations, and Rick Perry with his Emerging Technologies Fund and Texas Enterprise Fund which rewards cronies that went bankrupt is no different than Bain/Romney, and as such Perry is an abject fool for hitting where it hurts himself.

Mcguyver on January 9, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Those three departments Perry wants to shut down?

You mean the two departments, right?

HarryBackside on January 9, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Perry just copy catted the smartest man in the room and declared war on capitalism. They should be nicknamed Pinky and the Brain. The two of them just drank the socialist koolaid and are now members of political Jonestown.

jibjab75 on January 9, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Hilarious.

Both Perry and Gingrich have gone on about “lifer” bureaucrats, how putting seniority ahead of performance increases mediocrity, how the government is bloated and has too many people, and how they intend to cut departments and expenses.

Then they sh*t themselves and claim it’s immoral for Romney to do this for private companies.

Perry is an epic-level idiot for even proposing this. Gingrich I can understand; he’s desperate and he’s slinging mud. But Perry of all people should know that companies accumulate dead weight.

Oh, that’s right, I forgot. Perry has never worked outside of government.

northdallasthirty on January 9, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Romney got rich of peoples misery. It is people like him we need to eliminate from American culture. He is a vulture
liberal4life on January 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Ah, the genocidal tendencies of the liberal come to light once again. Usually liberals are cunning enough to keep quiet about mass slaughter until after they have absolute power.

cabbie25 on January 9, 2012 at 12:53 PM

@AnnaS

Jon Huntsman does have weak presentation.
But if you look at what he says, and has done.
He seems to have all the qualities of the various candidates rolled into one

I am beginning to give him a closer look.
And hoping he can catch fire.

MityMaxx on January 9, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Romney Camp Responds:

“It is no surprise that, having spent nearly half a century in government between them, Speaker Gingrich and Governor Perry have resorted to desperate attacks on a subject they don’t understand,” said Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul in a statement. “We expect attacks on free enterprise from President Obama and his allies on the left – not from so-called ‘fiscal conservatives.’ Speaker Gingrich and Governor Perry seem to think that running against the private sector is the way to revive their floundering campaigns. Governor Romney will continue talking about his experience in the real economy, his vision for getting America back to work, and how important it is that we defeat President Obama in November.”

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 9, 2012 at 12:53 PM

what till 0bama starts on mitt about the steel mill they shut down and stuck the govt w/ the tab for the pensions. that will play real well in PA and OH.

chasdal on January 9, 2012 at 12:53 PM

oooops. The tiresome cow poke’s mask dropped for another second. Perry grew government jobs like kudzu in Austin and he thinks he can swagger around like an imbecile and go shhoootem guns for relaxation and someone will think he is not ridiculous?

And now he want’s to run to the left of O because his first tough guy hackneyed schtick got no traction. Perry makes me feel compelled to vote dem for the first time in my life. That takes “talent.”

kunegetikos on January 9, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Perry has a pretty dismal reputation as governor gambling taxpayer money on high risk green energy enterprises and tech companies in exchange for jobs promised that either aren’t panning out or have folded leaving taxpayers holding the bag. The fact that he, of all people is attacking Romney on Bain is just laughable.

Fletch54 on January 9, 2012 at 12:53 PM

So now the Mitt supporters are going to lament using Democrat attacks on Mitt after their complete silence when Mitt used Democrat scare tactics against Perry on Social Security. I’ve never seen such selective conservative outrage as I’ve seen come from Romney supporters this Primary.

Malachi45 on January 9, 2012 at 12:44 PM

No – it’s good for Romney to prepare for what he will see should he be the nominee. No selective outrage here.

gotsig on January 9, 2012 at 12:48 PM

But you also pointed out that it said something about the people making the attacks. Did it say something about Romney when he was senior scaring like a Democrat ?

Malachi45 on January 9, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Romney is going to own OBAMA on this issue.

Natebo on January 9, 2012 at 12:49 PM

The potential is there for him to own Obama on this issue; he’ll have plenty of chances in the primary to hone his message and prove that he can.

gotsig on January 9, 2012 at 12:54 PM

It sure will be interesting to see how much traction Mittens’ “I love to fire people” gets. I understand what he was trying to say, but if that headline spreads…. yikes.

Lord of the Wings on January 9, 2012 at 12:54 PM

But you also pointed out that it said something about the people making the attacks. Did it say something about Romney when he was senior scaring like a Democrat ?

Malachi45 on January 9, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Yeah, I didn’t like it.

gotsig on January 9, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Newt is my candidate.

But boy, do I hate when they say this against Bain, as a way to go after Mitt.

You know what Mitt should do – Run ads show casing the 1000s of people, whose lives are better because of having a job working for companies created by Bain, their success stories etc. putting a positive spin. They should just flood the market with this kind of Ad.

Very Frustrating…

vpaddy123 on January 9, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Alternate headline.

Newt and Perry wont have balls to lay off government workers. Will bail out companies because lay offs are mean.

swamp_yankee on January 9, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Do you think Romney can tell the middle class “I can feel your pain” When it comes to unemployment?

liberal4life on January 9, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Newsflash: Voters who place a greater value on some touchy feely tool empathizing with their situation over someone who will actually help them change it for the better are already voting Obama. Net loss: 0

Kataklysmic on January 9, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Remember when Republicans used to be capitalists? Good times. Good times.

rogaineguy on January 9, 2012 at 12:56 PM

It sure will be interesting to see how much traction Mittens’ “I love to fire people” gets. I understand what he was trying to say, but if that headline spreads…. yikes.

Lord of the Wings on January 9, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Sometimes people need firing. If you want guaranteed employment and everything to be nice and fair for everyone, vote for Obama.

gotsig on January 9, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Do you think Romney can tell the middle class “I can feel your pain” When it comes to unemployment?

liberal4life on January 9, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Yeah, we should elect people based on their empathy levels.

Damn Leftists… you’d vote for a Constitution-denying Marxist if you thought he could give a good cry for people leftist policies have impoverished in the first place… oh, wait a second… you did!

Better to “feel their pain” than do something to get the economy growing, right?

Dumba$$ liberals.

mankai on January 9, 2012 at 12:56 PM

kunegetikos on January 9, 2012 at 12:53 PM

you idiot, those jobs flowed naturally from an explosion in population. when your state increases from 20mil to 25 mil you cant provide services w/ the same level of govt employees. lets look at what mass did in population and employment while willard was running things…

chasdal on January 9, 2012 at 12:56 PM

As if it’s bad enough that now so-called conservative candidates are propping this anti-capitalistic BS, the fact that the GOP ABR voters are eating this stuff is leaving me concerned that with the fact that with many Republicans on board, America will now become a socialist nation.

If Republicans, even ABR’s, refuse to defend capitalism, that’s eventually what will happen. Don’t fall for the desperation of Newt Gingrinch and Rick Perry.

Firecracker729 on January 9, 2012 at 12:51 PM

You mean like attacking Perry for wanting to reform and return Social Security to the states? You mean a Socialist nation with a Massachusetts style health government run health care system?

Malachi45 on January 9, 2012 at 12:56 PM

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