CNN anchor to Obama spokesman: You’re smearing Romney with this Bain attack ad, you know; Update: Obama bundler tired of “vilification” of the rich

posted at 7:45 pm on May 15, 2012 by Allahpundit

I’m kind of torn on this one. On the one hand, she seems as much offended by the idea of campaign attacks generally as by the specifics of the attack on Bain and Romney. When you invite a paid flack on to shill for his candidate, don’t be surprised when he won’t concede the point that their entire line of messaging on Romney’s background in private equity is illegitimate. On the other hand, a defense of business as dogged and full-throated as this on mid-day cable news is a welcome surprise. All she’s really doing, ultimately, is asking him to contextualize the attack on Romney over GST Steel. He wasn’t a corporate raider; Bain took over these companies, tried to build them, and sometimes — but not always — failed. What’s the problem? And did this guy actually offer as a criticism of Mitt, “The goal here wasn’t job creation, it was wealth creation for himself and his partners”? Hello?

Actually, I think Team Hopenchange is okay with wealth creation so long as you’re sharing that wealth with The One:

On Monday night Mr. Obama spoke at a fund-raiser at the Manhattan home of Tony James, the president of the private-equity giant, the Blackstone Group. Attendees, many from the private-equity world, paid $35,800 a head for the privilege of dining with the President who purports to loathe Wall Street when he isn’t asking its greedy denizens to redistribute their wealth to his campaign. Mr. James donated the legal maximum of $35,800 to the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee in November 2011.

This is the same private-equity business the Obama campaign is now smearing as morally repugnant when undertaken by Mitt Romney. On Monday Team Obama rolled out a two-minute television ad focusing on a steel company that was bought and eventually shuttered by Bain Capital, the private-equity firm that Mr. Romney founded…

Asked about the attack on Mr. Romney, deputy Obama campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said yesterday the President isn’t “questioning private equity as a whole.” But that wasn’t the message as recently as April, when Team Obama posted on a website a list of eight private citizens who were Romney donors and whom it said had “less than reputable records.”

A friend e-mailed with a good point in response to yesterday’s post praising Mitt for hitting back so quickly after Obama launched his first Bain attack ad. Simply put, why didn’t Mitt hit first? Why didn’t he push the Bain issue out there unprompted as an intro to the general electorate, as part of his resume on job creation? He knew that O would hit him on this eventually so it wasn’t a matter of preempting an attack that might never come. And he’s been dealing with Bain-related sniping from Democrats for nearly 20 years so he has a finely honed sense of how they’re going to attack him. (In fact, compare and contrast Obama’s Bain ad to the one Ted Kennedy ran.) No sense waiting around to let your opponent define you.

Update: Does this guy also invest with an eye to wealth creation for himself rather than job creation for others? Tsk tsk:

Don Peebles, a Miami real estate executive who has raised more than $100,000 for the president’s campaign this cycle, told BuzzFeed “I think it’s difficult to attack or demonize an industry and then take money from it.”

“I think it’s inconsistent,” he added. “I wonder why the leaders of that industry are supporting him.”…

“Any type of attack and vilification of a particular industry is not okay to begin with,” he said…

A spokesman for Peebles reached out to BuzzFeed to set up the interview — saying he is growing concerned by the growing influence of wealthy in campaigns on both sides of the aisle.


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Does CNN have a heroin problem! She said what?

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2012 at 7:47 PM

The LSM is waking up?

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2012 at 7:47 PM

She’s sorta cute…maybe she’s not liberal

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Solyndra!

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Oh oh!

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2012 at 7:49 PM

“Simply put, why didn’t Mitt hit first?”

He’s gay…?

Seven Percent Solution on May 15, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Angry Mike!

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Hey, that’s Ashley Banfield!

SouthernGent on May 15, 2012 at 7:50 PM

“Simply put, why didn’t Mitt hit first?”

He’s gay…?

Seven Percent Solution on May 15, 2012 at 7:49 PM

…I think Mitt has to SLAP! …now

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2012 at 7:50 PM

CNN anchor to Obama spokesman: You’re smearing Romney with this Bain attack ad, you know

Obama camp: Uh, yeah. So what?

predator on May 15, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Look at all those White people Native Americans behind that Bacracka spokesdouche.

SouthernGent on May 15, 2012 at 7:53 PM

She’s sorta cute…maybe she’s not liberal

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2012 at 7:48 PM

That’s a good point. You can tell right away which member of The View isn’t a raging liberal.

Spliff Menendez on May 15, 2012 at 7:54 PM

I just watched the clip and all I know is, I want whatever she’s on.

Go RBNY on May 15, 2012 at 7:55 PM

She’s sorta cute…maybe she’s not liberal

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Ashley Banfield is Canadian.

RickB on May 15, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Job Destroyer.

/That oughta stick. To Obama.

Next!

Key West Reader on May 15, 2012 at 7:55 PM

wasn’t she on another lib station? she looks familiar

cmsinaz on May 15, 2012 at 7:56 PM

CNN looking to boost it’s rating with actual reporting and fact checking?

rubberneck on May 15, 2012 at 7:56 PM

She’s obviously some type of ‘conservative affirmative action’ hire at CNN… probably 1/32 Republican on her great-great-grandmother’s side or something like that…

Khun Joe on May 15, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Does CNN have a heroin problem! She said what?

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Had to do a double take on it, myself. No doubt she will be reprimanded for saying the obvious.

Never underestimate the dishonesty of a democrat.

BruthaMan on May 15, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Actually, I think Team Hopenchange is okay with wealth creation so long as you’re sharing that wealth with The One:

that’s right…and good paying living wage jobs are only created by the government. In fact, the private sector are rather like parasites, living off the goodness of the Community…like Warren said. It is the government that provides all.

r keller on May 15, 2012 at 7:57 PM

“The strawmen are on fire! The strawmen are on fire, Michelle! Start packing!”

AllahsNippleHair on May 15, 2012 at 7:57 PM

When looking at Romney’s business record he has nearly an 80% $UCCE$$ rate.

Whereas Obama’s taxpayer funded green flops is the epitome of leftist/socialist idealism versus conservative/capitalist realism.

kregg on May 15, 2012 at 7:58 PM

“I think it’s difficult to attack or demonize an industry and then take money from it.”

this is dear leader, he can do no wrong…

sheesh!

cmsinaz on May 15, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Of course it’s a smear campaign. Has Barry EVER run any other kind? What’s got Barry’s people perturbed is that Romney has the AUDACITY to hit back. Doesn’t he know that he’s supposed to lay down and roll over?

GarandFan on May 15, 2012 at 7:59 PM

wasn’t she on another lib station? she looks familiar

cmsinaz on May 15, 2012 at 7:56 PM

You might remember her from NBC’s 9/11 coverage and shes had a gig on TruTV recently.

RickB on May 15, 2012 at 7:59 PM

AllahsNippleHair on May 15, 2012 at 7:57 PM

lol

cmsinaz on May 15, 2012 at 7:59 PM

RickB on May 15, 2012 at 7:59 PM

yep…thanks buddy :)

cmsinaz on May 15, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Sorry, CNN and related media-tards.
You cannot back away from the SCOAMF in a futile attempt to regain credibility.

He is your creation, monster and responsibility as are the results of his regime and your promotion of him and hope’n’change disasterville.

He is yours and you are his forever and ever and you can blame the destruction of your profession on your devotion to him and his lefty swamp- bred ideas.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 15, 2012 at 8:00 PM

we can’t get cocky. (i myself am hoping for a 60/40 split which would be socially just…but i’ll be happy if Romney wins by 4)

r keller on May 15, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Drudge says Obama is worth as much as 10 million dollars.Just one of the 99%’rs

sandee on May 15, 2012 at 8:02 PM

What are they putting in the water at CNN?

JPeterman on May 15, 2012 at 8:03 PM

So wait… Bain Cap loaded that company up with debt and that contributed to its failure??? Isn’t that kinda what Barry is trying to do to US?
-

RalphyBoy on May 15, 2012 at 8:04 PM

OhAshleigh Banfield…you have teased me with your natural beauty and sexy glasses long enough… don’t tease me by mildly attacking the Obama team….

On second thought, please do!

thebrokenrattle on May 15, 2012 at 8:05 PM

What are they putting in the water at CNN?

JPeterman on May 15, 2012 at 8:03 PM

I hope bleach. They did have client number 9 there for awhile. And a wolf.

AllahsNippleHair on May 15, 2012 at 8:07 PM

“I think it’s difficult to attack or demonize an industry and then take money from it.”

Really ?
So you have no idea that every gayho hates his john, yet he provides services when a payment is provided ,while looking forward to even more chances to make some more money off that john ?
Really ?

burrata on May 15, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Amazing what plunging ratings can do for a network…continue to twist that knife into that propagandist and maybe you will rebound…

hillsoftx on May 15, 2012 at 8:07 PM

The free market is creative destruction: outperforming all your competitors. The handful of people who are willing to risk everything they have, and are able to manage a better than even success rate at it, create all the world’s wealth.

But Socialists unly understand plain old ordinary destruction: making your competitors, under threat of imprisonment, pay for your “experiments.” And if someone somehow manages to STILL do a better job, the Socialists just come right out and make whatever he’s doing illegal.

logis on May 15, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Dr. K said tonight on Fox that Mitt should stay “boring” and “generic” staying on the economy all the way to the election…

d1carter on May 15, 2012 at 8:14 PM

This is all Scrotched up!!

canopfor on May 15, 2012 at 8:14 PM

What are they putting in the water at CNN?

JPeterman on May 15, 2012 at 8:03 PM

JPeterman:Its da KOOL_AID,no,not you KL2!:)

canopfor on May 15, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Simply put, why didn’t Mitt hit first? Why didn’t he push the Bain issue out there unprompted as an intro to the general electorate, as part of his resume on job creation?

I disagree with your friend. Team Mitt needs to respond to any attacks along this line but to hit first looks desperate and as if there is something to hide. Bain did good things.

This is not a battle of biographies. Romney needs to respond first when the next bad jobs report comes out with his views on how to turn things around. He does not need to defend his time at Bain. There is nothing wrong with venture capital. Hell, Obama was fundraising with a venture capitalist just last night.

Happy Nomad on May 15, 2012 at 8:16 PM

I’m starting to wonder if there is any trap the ideologically blinded Obama campaign won’t fall into. They do not realize that their worldview always leads to failure.

What’s a gay dog eating Chicago thug supposed to do when even LSM interviewers see through them?

WhatNot on May 15, 2012 at 8:17 PM

I hope bleach. They did have client number 9 there for awhile. And a wolf.

AllahsNippleHair on May 15, 2012 at 8:07 PM

AllahsNippleHair:Lol!:)

canopfor on May 15, 2012 at 8:17 PM

OhAshleigh Banfield…you have teased me with your natural beauty and sexy glasses long enough… don’t tease me by mildly attacking the Obama team….

thebrokenrattle on May 15, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Rachel Madcow warming up in the wings if you dump Banfield. Just sayin’

Happy Nomad on May 15, 2012 at 8:18 PM

One small statement that resembles reality and we all think CNN has gone nuts…that’s how bad it has become.

d1carter on May 15, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Happy Nomad on May 15, 2012 at 8:16 PM

+1

d1carter on May 15, 2012 at 8:20 PM

One small statement that resembles reality and we all think CNN has gone nuts…that’s how bad it has become.

d1carter on May 15, 2012 at 8:19 PM

I think maybe that Romney hit piece done by the Washington Post has them spooked.

JPeterman on May 15, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Romney will lead back to “budget busting” tax policies? Let me get this right, Obama’s team is worried about “budget busting” policies?

lowandslow on May 15, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Ashley Banfield. Met her in a club in Dallas back when she was on foxFour.`

the new aesthetic on May 15, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Simply put, why didn’t Mitt hit first?

So that Obama looks like the aggressor?

Which is telling, in and of itself – and it’s much more fun to be on “defense” against this hapless crew, since every time they lob up a lowball, we’re able to take to Twitter and bat it around like a cat with a field mouse…..

TeresainFortWorth on May 15, 2012 at 8:25 PM

I like her glasses. Cute.

southernms on May 15, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Rut roh

Re-run Jeremiah Wright made it “comfortable” for teh won to accept Christianity without having to renounce islam.

Oye. Vey. Pass me the smelling salts, Margaret.

Key West Reader on May 15, 2012 at 8:26 PM

The woman whose claim to fame was running around lower Manhattan with a microphone on 9/11.

John the Libertarian on May 15, 2012 at 8:27 PM

What’s a gay dog eating Chicago thug supposed to do when even LSM interviewers see through them?

WhatNot on May 15, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Scream racism (if I had a son he would look like Trayvon)

Scream religious intolerance (it is tough with somebody with my name to get a fair shot in America).

Manufacture a “war on women” and at the same time attack Christians by forcing religious institutions to violate the tenets of their faith.

Bring up long past events in your opponents life. 1983 vacations. 1965 pranks.

Anything but talking about jobs, the economy, or the past three years of bad stewardship.

Happy Nomad on May 15, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Sorry, CNN and related media-tards.
You cannot back away from the SCOAMF in a futile attempt to regain credibility.

He is your creation, monster and responsibility as are the results of his regime and your promotion of him and hope’n’change disasterville.

He is yours and you are his forever and ever and you can blame the destruction of your profession on your devotion to him and his lefty swamp- bred ideas.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 15, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Exactamudo.

MontanaMmmm on May 15, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Good for Ashley Banfield, no matter the motivation. I still want to know where they find all of the little pansy white men who are spokesmen/liars for this jerk occupying our White House. I’ve always thought it odd that you never see any black people working for him. Just odd.

MustLoveBlogs on May 15, 2012 at 8:28 PM

A friend e-mailed with a good point in response to yesterday’s post praising Mitt for hitting back so quickly after Obama launched his first Bain attack ad. Simply put, why didn’t Mitt hit first?

How was he supposed to hit Obama regarding Bain? I mean, he’s talked up his resume…is he supposed to defend against layoffs before the attack has been made? Besides, with that ad they put out yesterday, looks like they know what they’re doing.

changer1701 on May 15, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Ashleigh Banfield has always been a far left wing fanatical nut job. Here is just part of her speech to Kansas State University back in 2003

But we really don’t know from this latest adventure from the American military what this thing looked like and why perhaps we should never do it again. The other thing is that so many voices were silent in this war. We all know what happened to Susan Sarandon for speaking out, and her husband, and we all know that this is not the way Americans truly want to be. Free speech is a wonderful thing, it’s what we fight for, but the minute it’s unpalatable we fight against it for some reason.

You can read the rest of her anti American screed here

Capitalist Infidel on May 15, 2012 at 8:31 PM

wasn’t she on another lib station? she looks familiar

cmsinaz on May 15, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Several years ago she had a show on MsDNC. And she was one of the early morning hosts who made those tasteless 5 AM prank calls waking up Kerry Kennedy to ask about her father’s assassination.

aunursa on May 15, 2012 at 8:33 PM

I haven’t seen a tragedy like this since MacBeth – The One is going over the cliff and the press (the MSM we love to hate) is trying to claw their own credibility back to normal. Sorry, 4th estate, you’re still worth spit!!!!!!!!! Live with dogs, wake up with fleas, and the MSM is so surprised that their main reason for being is to convince the rest of us plebes is that we’re too dumb to fathom the greatness of The One. Puleeeeeeaze give us a 4th estate that is worthy of their name.

Meanwhile, I’ll enjoy the truth from the ‘blogs’!!! Yay – team!!!

Bob in VA on May 15, 2012 at 8:36 PM

She was also on Court TV for a while. But yeah, she’s a lib. I

NYconservative on May 15, 2012 at 8:36 PM

What a slut!! Who are you Billy oLIElly? Then again I hear that anti middle class channel does pay well.

Uppereastside on May 15, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Rut roh

Re-run Jeremiah Wright made it “comfortable” for teh won to accept Christianity without having to renounce islam.

Oye. Vey. Pass me the smelling salts, Margaret.

Key West Reader on May 15, 2012 at 8:26 PM

So we were right about Hussein…in 2006

burrata on May 15, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Simply put, why didn’t Mitt hit first?

Who would cover it?

Romeny’s put out a number of videos, and only a few have gotten any traction.

budfox on May 15, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Re-run Jeremiah Wright made it “comfortable” for teh won to accept Christianity without having to renounce islam.

Oye. Vey. Pass me the smelling salts, Margaret.

Key West Reader on May 15, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Lets remember why Obama spent 20 years in a racist church.

When you are Obama, a community agitator with political aspirations, you find the biggest blackest church you can find. It gives you the connections you need to get elected. And the racist pastor benefits by having a rising political star in his congregation. It is small wonder Wright is okay to have a Muslim sitting in his pew for two decades.

Conversely, I live in the DC area and attend a large and active church. It is not uncommon to worship next to Congressional leaders, Generals/Admirals, Secretaries of various Departments, and people you read about in the Washington Post. None of that matters and all these “important” people are there to worship God. I simply do not get the idea that Obama’s faith is similary rooted. He and his family have only worshiped a handful of times and it has always been with the press in tow. I personally don’t care for Obama or Mooch but raising your kids without benefit of a solid Christian grounding is bad parenting.

Happy Nomad on May 15, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Too late msm rats.
You knew what you were doing all along, and now some want to suck up when they sense the tide turning.

Stay on that side and die.

Mimzey on May 15, 2012 at 8:41 PM

“Simply put, why didn’t Mitt hit first?”

He’s gay…?

Seven Percent Solution on May 15, 2012 at 7:49 PM
…I think Mitt has to SLAP! …now

KOOLAID2 on May 15, 2012 at 7:50 PM

I don’t think Mitt “needs” to do anything; Just stand back and watch Barry dig his own grave. The left thinks they have a golden ticket with Bain, but Joe average American really isn’t worried about what happened 20 years ago- we want to know what have you done for us lately.

BettyRuth on May 15, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Ashley Banfield. Met her in a club in Dallas back when she was on foxFour.`

the new aesthetic on May 15, 2012 at 8:24 PM

And?

I always kind of liked her.

cozmo on May 15, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Random act of journalism.

The Notorious G.O.P on May 15, 2012 at 8:53 PM

The goal was wealth creation, not job creation? What an ignorant SOB. That’s the goal of every legitimate business.

jan3 on May 15, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Wow! She shredded him. Unreal. This is CNN?! She just left him soiled in his big boy pants. Somebody doesn’t like barack…maybe she’s a dog lover.

Rational Thought on May 15, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Ashley Banfield. Met her in a club in Dallas back when she was on foxFour.`

the new aesthetic on May 15, 2012 at 8:24 PM

So did I, Deep Ellum (can’t recall the bar’s name but not on the main strip)

SauerKraut537 on May 15, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Simply put, why didn’t Mitt hit first?

Good question. I’m starting to wonder if this isn’t an intentional strategy. When your opponent casts himself as hope and change, how do you combat that? You let your opponent stridently attack you, and sit in waiting with a counterpunch so you can hit them back “twice as hard”. It might be a little bit risky to let the other guy throw the first punch, but the counterattack capabilities of Romney have been great. And by letting Obama lead the attack, the hope and change aura gets tarnished bit by bit.

If your assessment is that your opponent has no real strength or rationale to sell for why he should be elected, why not let your opponent take all the risky moves? This wouldn’t perhaps against another candidate, but it would against a candidate who resorts to aggressive attacks that lack substance. Romney still has time to make his closing argument–which he needs to offer–to win.

Obama is trying to goad Romney into debating on irrelevant BS or on issues that are damaging to the GOP. That Romney is not taking the bait proves he is a shrewd candidate.

BryanS on May 15, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Happy Nomad on May 15, 2012 at 8:40 PM

There are probably tens of millions who agree with you.

I just think about all my family has endured since 2008. And now, I will think about what Obama will have to endure for the rest of his life.

That’s American Justice

2012

Key West Reader on May 15, 2012 at 8:56 PM

aunursa on May 15, 2012 at 8:33 PM

thanks!

cmsinaz on May 15, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Actually, I think Team Hopenchange is okay with wealth creation so long as you’re sharing that wealth with The One:

as they say in Chicago; “Cut me in or cut it out”….

habits.

ted c on May 15, 2012 at 9:20 PM

“The goal here wasn’t job creation, it was wealth creation for himself and his partners”.

Jobs are a by-product of wealth creation. On the other hand they are kindling for wealth redistribution.

http://www.fiscalwars.wordpress.com

stout77 on May 15, 2012 at 9:40 PM

And did this guy actually offer as a criticism of Mitt, “The goal here wasn’t job creation, it was wealth creation for himself and his partners”? Hello?

No surprise he said that. That’s what socialists think. A socialist thinks the primary purpose and function of a company/corporation is to provide jobs for the workers and produce goods and services for the workers.

A defining characteristic of socialism in all its manifestations is antagonism towards capitalism, profit making, and individual wealth (at some point you’ve made enough money — it’s best to spread the wealth around). Most have never read a word Adam Smith wrote. If they have it was in the context of Marxist criticism.

They despise people whose goal is to build and create a maximally profitable and successful company/corporation, unless their name is Jobs or Gates.

farsighted on May 15, 2012 at 9:40 PM

I’d hit it (at least she’s hotter than Julia)!

- Lorien Me

pain train on May 15, 2012 at 9:44 PM

probably 1/32 Republican on her great-great-grandmother’s side or something like that…

Khun Joe on May 15, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Funny!!

Red State State of Mind on May 15, 2012 at 9:44 PM

“I’m SCOAMF, and I uhm, approve err, this message, which is, ahg..still uhm..evolving”.

hutch1200 on May 15, 2012 at 10:27 PM

A friend e-mailed with a good point in response to yesterday’s post praising Mitt for hitting back so quickly after Obama launched his first Bain attack ad. Simply put, why didn’t Mitt hit first?

It never fails. Keep moving the goalposts to justify the infantile continuation of the ABR mindset.

cicerone on May 15, 2012 at 10:37 PM

The LSM is worried that Obama is showing his (extreme) ideologies moreso than before, and thus is jeopardizing his chances for re-election. It’s not that the LSMtards truly disagree with him on anything.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 15, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Team Obama had promised Wall Street that they wouldn’t go after them in this cycle

J_Crater on May 15, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Wealth Creation = Job Creation.

Can’t have one without the other.

InterestedObserver on May 16, 2012 at 12:19 AM

What are they putting in the water at CNN?

JPeterman on May 15, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Maybe CNN is looking at the internals of their polls and seeing there is no chance The One gets reelected. Either that, or they are coming to the realization that their relevancy and survival rests on trying to win back some of the audience lost to FoxNews over the past few years.

Kevin71 on May 16, 2012 at 12:39 AM

A friend e-mailed with a good point in response to yesterday’s post praising Mitt for hitting back so quickly after Obama launched his first Bain attack ad. Simply put, why didn’t Mitt hit first? Why didn’t he push the Bain issue out there unprompted as an intro to the general electorate, as part of his resume on job creation? He knew that O would hit him on this eventually so it wasn’t a matter of preempting an attack that might never come.

Don’t commit forces before you can know the size and scope of the incoming attacks. Hitler thought D-Day was a diversion from a real landing that he was being fed information on by Allied INTEL: he was preparing to fight an invasion at Calais, not Normandy, and thought that for precious weeks. He committed before knowing by presuming what the line of attack would be.

Don’t waste resources defending an area that won’t be attacked. See Calais/Normandy, above.

Keep mobile reserves ready to handle attacks from different vectors. Rommel had wanted a deep panzer corps ready to move in wherever the Allies hit, and was denied that for a static set of defenses. Don’t presume you know which vector is vital to the enemy, and be prepared to mobilize a counter-attack to throw them off of a salient or beachhead/bridgehead. If Rommel had his way the Allied invasion would have been thrown back and that would have been it for most of 1944.

When an enemy attacks use interior lines to identify the weak flanks and then close in on them to cut off the supply lines of the attack. You can capture entire armies by using small forces to cut off supply lines. Let the enemy commit large forces and then look to knock out their necessary supplies. See Stalingrad/Kursk for example/counter-example of not having that ready mobile response force.

Never get drawn into a battlefield that you can’t win. That is what happens when you commit forces on an uphill attack against an entrenched enemy: they chose a killing field for you, don’t go into it unless you have zero other choices.

The lack of military and historical education is showing up on the Left and the Democratic Party in general. Conservatives bother to learn history so as to gather lessons from it and let others repeat the mistakes. Leftism doesn’t learn, conservatives must learn to be conservative and sustain Conservatism’s understanding of history so as to conserve it.

And don’t tell the enemy when they are doing something incredibly stupid: encourage them to over-extend their forces and commit an entire battle plan for a wasteland they are willingly going into. When the enemy does something like that they are doing your job for you. Only be wary if your opponent has the name of Belisarius… because then you have been suckered into believing the enemy is doing something stupid and are about to lose. Obama is no Belisarius. The Romney team only needs to counter-attack on a limited set of fronts and push a much broader attack forward which shows the Obama team’s attacks to be futile and useless. Push on the economy, push back on instances of problems: take more of the front and you cut off the salients in a much easier fashion.

That is what Team Romney is doing, in case it has been missed.

ajacksonian on May 16, 2012 at 5:49 AM

“On the other hand, a defense of business as dogged and full-throated as this on mid-day cable news is a welcome surprise.”–AP

TV pundit “Ashley Banfield”, who is defending Romney, is the biggest surprise here.

Who’d a thunk it? Perhaps rumored banishment back to Canada , to shovel snow in -20F below, did her some good after-all :D

BigSven on May 16, 2012 at 5:58 AM

Obama’s Bain Lauded…

right2bright on May 16, 2012 at 6:51 AM

What a slut!!

More lefty hypocrisy huh bub?.. But I guess if you wear blue enough Obama underoos.. you can be as misogynist as you like.

Who are you Billy oLIElly? Then again I hear that anti middle class channel does pay well.

Uppereastside on May 15, 2012 at 8:37 PM

You’d think by now.. you’d get your left wing sneer is only funny to your dorm rat friends.. which shows the limited IQ of your circle.. you’d be better off with knock knock jokes.. they’re just as stupid. but don’t make everyone hate you as much as pity you..

About the best you can manage….

mark81150 on May 16, 2012 at 7:02 AM

The problem is that too many American’s know nothing about Private Equity other than what they learned watching Oliver Stone’s movie, Wall Street.

blink on May 15, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Really? I’d like to see the aggregate returns for portfolio companies filed for bankruptcy. I doubt they profited.

blink on May 15, 2012 at 7:53 PM

You proved your own point with your second post…consultants often, most often, in fact it is contractual, they make money off bankrupting companies. They are paid first.
Bain lost money, I am sure at times, but the commission’s paid to “consultants” get paid.
In the 80′s/90′s, it was almost impossible for these companies not to make fortune taking over, merging, bankrupting, but more often selling assets for a short term gain (for commission) and saddling the companies with long term debt. Which is why many more failed years later. The “pac-man” strategies were born in that era.
“Consultants” looked for companies under valued, where their assets were greater than than debt…they bought or merged than sold their assets for a profit, each sale bring a hefty commission. Often than leasing back the asset at a reduced cost initially, but long term a debt that couldn’t be serviced. Not even getting into the marketing promotions part of the sale…

right2bright on May 16, 2012 at 7:11 AM

Mitt just needs to allow Obama to continue these attacks…he can respond but the economy/time is on Mitt’s side. All of these issues are minor compared to the millions that Obama has put out of work.
Mitt doesn’t need to take the offense on something that won’t have a major affect on him…he just needs to continue to point out how poorly Obama has led the nation.
As Obama skips from one point to another…Mitt stays on track.

right2bright on May 16, 2012 at 7:17 AM

Romney’s partner said they were more interested in wealth creation than job creation

His partner, huh?
What have Obama’s partners said?

–God d___ America

–I don’t regret doing those terrorist acts

–America is a nation of cowards

itsnotaboutme on May 16, 2012 at 7:40 AM

itsnotaboutme on May 16, 2012 at 7:40 AM

You forgot the most obvious-

For the first time in my life, I am proud of my country.

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2012 at 7:48 AM

Mitt doesn’t need to take the offense on something that won’t have a major affect on him…he just needs to continue to point out how poorly Obama has led the nation.
As Obama skips from one point to another…Mitt stays on track.

right2bright on May 16, 2012 at 7:17 AM

I agree. Obama has Julia. Mitt has millions of angry unemployed victims of the Obama agenda.

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2012 at 7:49 AM

“Actually, I think Team Hopenchange is okay with wealth creation so long as you’re sharing that wealth with The One”
What would Tony Soprano do?

mel23059 on May 16, 2012 at 8:57 AM

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