Team O shifts direction as more Dems balk at Bain attacks

posted at 12:41 pm on May 23, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Remember when the media kept insisting that the unity problem in the presidential election belonged entirely to Mitt Romney and the GOP?  Good times, good timesThe Hill reports this morning that Team Obama’s strategy of demonizing Bain Capital has two high-profile members of the Democratic Senate Caucus backing away from their party leader:

Some influential Democrats on and off Capitol Hill are refusing to give President Obama political cover for his attacks on Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital.

Despite pushback from more than a half-dozen Democrats, the Obama campaign on Tuesday defended how it has scrutinized Romney’s business background.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a widely respected member of Congress, stopped short of criticizing the president, but made it clear that the campaign should pivot.

“It’s done,” she said. “Go on to other things now.”

Feinstein has always been considered the more moderate of the two Senators from California.  What about a Senator who identifies more with the class-warfare Left — like, say, Chris Coons of Delaware, who cruised to victory in 2010 over Christine O’Donnell?  He’s not biting, either:

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) told The Hill, “I think the average American … hopes that this campaign will focus on competing visions for how to strengthen our economy, help create jobs and move the country forward.”

Pressed on whether he thought Obama’s campaign had operated within those guidelines, Coons paused.

“I’m not going to comment on President Obama’s ad,” he said, shaking his head vigorously.

Former Democratic Representative Artur Davis of Alabama continued his criticism last night on Politico, calling the Obama campaign “a cult of personality that tolerates no dissent.”  Fealty to Team O has already damaged Cory Booker, Davis wrote, saying that the mayor of Newark and rising star “already looks a little less brave and a lot more conventional after the forgive me video from the bunker he released on Sunday.”

With all of this backlash within their own ranks and the media asking tough questions about hypocrisy, is it any wonder that the Obama campaign has decided to shift directions today?

Two new ads from President Obama focus on benefits for veterans and senior citizens, a marked shift from the campaign’s recent ads attacking former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

Obama says he is not dropping its campaign against Romney’s private equity experience, a line of attack that has led to blowback from some Democrats. “This is not a distraction,” Obama said Monday afternoon. “This is what this campaign is going to be about.” In fact, the campaign is buying more air timefor “Steel,” a hard-hitting ad about Bain.

But Obama is adding some positive spots to the mix in key swing states.

Here’s a question.  Didn’t the Obama campaign think to reach out to their own surrogates and party leaders before launching this attack?  Many of these Democrats have to raise money from the private-equity industry; more than a few corporations choose Delaware for their home base, too, thanks to favorable incorporation laws in the state.  Or did Team Obama simply assume that Democrats would automatically fall in line with whatever strategy they concocted, regardless of whether the campaign consulted with other Democrats or not?

Of course, Obama also got a lot of cash from the private-equity industry, and the financial world in general.  Nate Beeler gives us a look at the hypocrisy of the attack in his latest editorial cartoon for the Columbus Dispatch:

Be sure to check out Nate’s blog for more of his excellent work, featured at the indispensable Examiner as well as the Dispatch.


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Bain will become the bane of Obama’s campaign.

ProfShadow on May 23, 2012 at 12:42 PM

a perfectly executed pivot……

ted c on May 23, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Gov. Rendell won’t back him either.

Booker, you’ve been bookered, you eunuch.

You should have stood yer ground.

Now you are like Obama, an empty suit.

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Hypocrite.

John the Libertarian on May 23, 2012 at 12:46 PM

why doesn’t barry shift direction towards the economy.
and why doesn’t mooch shift direction away from places that sell the HAMBURGERS, FRIES, AND SHAKES SHE SHOVES DOWN HER GULLET WHILE TELLING US TO EAT ARUGULA SALAD?!? ARGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

GhoulAid on May 23, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Obama is the bane of the land.

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2012 at 12:46 PM

To the extent Mittens did dismantle companies, I’d like someone with that experience use it on a bloated federal bureaucracy.

rbj on May 23, 2012 at 12:48 PM

keep doubling down there bubba

cmsinaz on May 23, 2012 at 12:48 PM

At least Obama has political cover from the TrueConservatives(TM) on the right.

Thanks Rick, Newt.

Swerve22 on May 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Somewhere between the Hope and Hypocrisy Obama’s Campaign has even lost ABC on this.

Oh the horror.

FlatFoot on May 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Rush is hammering this now.

txhsmom on May 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM

“This is not a distraction,” Obama said Monday afternoon. “This is what this campaign is going to be about.”

That looks weird…

“This is not a distraction,” Obama said Monday afternoon. “This is what this campaign is going to be about.”

Ah! Much better!

Gatsu on May 23, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Obama says he is not dropping its campaign against Romney’s private equity experience

… except you’re NOT campaigning against his private equity experience, you’re campaigning against a SINGLE failed company that closed its doors TWO YEARS AFTER Romney left.

If that is your best example, you’re clearly banking on voter stupidity, not a flattering position.

The Schaef on May 23, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Obama sounds more and more angry. This is gonna be fun!

txhsmom on May 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Didn’t the Obama campaign think to reach out to their own surrogates and party leaders before launching this attack?

Are you serious?!? Of course not…it’s obvious! He could care less…

winston on May 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Obama has to do this, because he doesn’t have anything else. He can’t run on his own record, obviously. Indeed, he has to do everything he can to keep people from thinking about his record.

And it looks like Romney is squeaky clean. Obama’s people have been searching high and low for skeletons in Romney’s closet, and all they’ve been able to come up with are a dog on a car, and one rather cruel case of hazing in high school 40 years ago.

Bain Capital is the only thing Obama can use to try to smear Romney. If they “pivot” away from that, just what in hell can Obama campaign on?

Steven Den Beste on May 23, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Didn’t the Obama campaign think to reach out to their own surrogates and party leaders before launching this attack?

The view from the Obama Bunker is that “They’ll do as they’re told!”

GarandFan on May 23, 2012 at 12:57 PM

To the extent Mittens did dismantle companies, I’d like someone with that experience use it on a bloated federal bureaucracy.

rbj on May 23, 2012 at 12:48 PM

This

filetandrelease on May 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Didn’t the Obama campaign think to reach out to their own surrogates and party leaders before launching this attack?

Nope.

They expect complete and total obedience from their foot soldiers, even when Obama’s master plan will inevitably kill off their careers.

I get the Metallica song “Disposable Heroes” in my head whenever I read any of the articles like this.

teke184 on May 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Team Obama’s strategy of demonizing Bain Capital has two high-profile members of the Democratic Senate Caucus backing away from their party leader:

Is this the best that you’ve got?
/DSC

ted c on May 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM

OT, but please don’t miss this, in the headlines …

I, for one, am very happy to have these figures on hand.

pambi on May 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Team Obama … it is essentially a self defining term after four years.

It is all about the O and the O’s perspective … everything else is looked down upon.

O does not consult. O directs with lofty statements.

And Ed, I think there is an entirely different dynamic at work regarding Bain and the rest of the Democratic politicians.

They are a lot closer to the “electorate” than Team O. My feel is they know the Bain attacks are causing a negative reaction. They also have a better feel for Obama’s popularity (or lack thereof) and are already deeply concerned about their chances with Obama running a campaign consisting of self inflicted wounds.

PolAgnostic on May 23, 2012 at 12:59 PM

…let’s hit on his religion…oh oh!…Err WAIT!
.
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…it’s the ECONOMY stupid…!!!

KOOLAID2 on May 23, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Maybe if we could just barcode or I.D. the voters we could find out who the racists are that want to deny our beloved one?

http://www.euractiv.com/infosociety/brussels-wants-identities-eu-citizens-news-512833

And didn’t he say he’d be happy as a one-termer if he could just accomplish something? Will the call from his donors/bosses come at 3am? Will Hillary be on the other end of the call to tell him he needs to go?

HILLARY 2012!!!!
Because I’d rather be called a sexist than a racist.

PappyD61 on May 23, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Didn’t the Obama campaign think to reach out to their own surrogates and party leaders before launching this attack?

Look, back in 2010, House Dems were expected to walk the plank, vote for Obamacare, and then take it in the neck later that year. Why can’t these Senate Dems do the same as Tom Perriello did??

ted c on May 23, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a widely respected member of Congress, stopped short of criticizing the president, but made it clear that the campaign should pivot.

Widely respected by whom? Her fellow elitist liberal echo-chamber residents?

Lost in Jersey on May 23, 2012 at 1:01 PM

I really don’t think Obama is capable of taking on Bain

SWalker on May 23, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Obama sounds more and more angry. This is gonna be fun!

txhsmom on May 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Desperation can easily turn to anger in the weak and unimaginative.

SKYFOX on May 23, 2012 at 1:01 PM

http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/romney-ad-election-about-bain-or-economy/558396

Not the best ad, but at least it’s a response.

More than McCain would have done.

PappyD61 on May 23, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Widely respected by whom? Her fellow elitist liberal echo-chamber residents?

Lost in Jersey on May 23, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) should be in prison right next to Randy “Duke” Cunningham for illegally funneling “BILLIONS” of dollars to her husbands construction firm.

SWalker on May 23, 2012 at 1:03 PM

I think the break between the Democrat Party and the Obama organization is becoming more apparent. Has been glazed over since his inevitable run in 2008. Not much the party could do in the face of his popularity.
Now, it is becoming clear that his interests and that of the party are not in cahoots.
A congressperson running in Indiana could not give a lick about Romney’s time with Bain, yet here is Obama saying he will continue with the attack. No benefit to a congrssional race at all.
Notice that DWS has been silent since Brett B took her down regarding Senate Budget. We have heard nothing from the DNC on Bain.
I think the President is about to get some payback for running over the party four years ago.

Jabberwock on May 23, 2012 at 1:03 PM

rbj on May 23, 2012 at 12:48 PM

mitt wont do that, he has given no indication that he would even consider. he might slow the rate of growth but that is all.

chasdal on May 23, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Obama sounds more and more angry. This is gonna be fun!

txhsmom on May 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Desperation can easily turn to anger in the weak and unimaginative.

SKYFOX on May 23, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Someone mock up a Downfall parody of this.

teke184 on May 23, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Obama is finding that running for re-election is a whole lot different than running without a record! This time he has to explain his why he has been a dismal failure on the economy and jobs and candidate uncommitted can get away with “yes we can!”

And yes, I think that Obama doesn’t consult with the Congressional leadership on campaign strategy. He doesn’t care about any race but his own. He essentially gave them the “I won” snub to his own party members. Who cares if they have awkward moments with contributors? It doesn’t affect his world.

Happy Nomad on May 23, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) should be in prison right next to Randy “Duke” Cunningham for illegally funneling “BILLIONS” of dollars to her husbands construction firm.

SWalker on May 23, 2012 at 1:03 PM

So I guess she’s “widely respected” by her own husband then.

How did Cali go so bad? What a shame. (yea, yea, like I should talk in Jersey)

Lost in Jersey on May 23, 2012 at 1:06 PM

And yes, I think that Obama doesn’t consult with the Congressional leadership on campaign strategy. He doesn’t care about any race but his own. He essentially gave them the “I won” snub to his own party members. Who cares if they have awkward moments with contributors? It doesn’t affect his world.

Yep.

This FU is double to them, as he not only won’t consult them but also told them that they shouldn’t expect any DNC help as he’s getting all of it.

The EPIC FAIL likely to happen in November could have severe repercussions on the down-ticket races.

teke184 on May 23, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Notice that DWS has been silent since Brett B took her down regarding Senate Budget.

Jabberwock on May 23, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Co-worker pointed out her absence the other day. Where is our favorite attack poodle these days?

Lost in Jersey on May 23, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a widely respected member of Congress…

Funny s**t!

MNHawk on May 23, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Who is Brett Kimberlin?

John the Libertarian on May 23, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Keep it up barack. Every right minded person with two brain cells to rub together realizes that you can only attack Romney on this because you can’t stand on your own record.

BTW, barack sucks.

DuctTapeMyBrain on May 23, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Romney has an easy counterattack against “benefits for veterans” as a campaign tactic of Obama. It would go something like this:

While we all applaud the need to take care of our veterans, Obama has made it easy for state after state to disenfranchise the brave men and women currently serving in our armed forces overseas. In this age of secure communications technology, when we can do our banking on a smart phone, he has done little to make sure our military can cast their votes.

HakerA on May 23, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Feinstein has always been considered the more moderate of the two Senators from California

That’s like being the prettiest chimpanzee in the zoo.

Mini-14 on May 23, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Sadly, Obama doesn’t have a positive vision for the USA. Like Carters “Sweater” speech, Obama wants us to turn off the lights, turn down the thermostat and sit quietly in the dark singing Kum By Ya.

He is so far down that road he can’t even talk about positive things anymore.

For Example: NASA. What is there to be positive about. We are naval gazing, all satellites turned inward to seek the mythical AGW, no access to even low earth orbit except through Russia, no plans for the future. The head of NASA is a political flunky who is working on muslim outreach while in the Muslim world, their biggest science breakthrough is surgically implanted Explosives.

Energy: Lots of dreams of solar, wind, etc. Not one of it even remotely ready for market or viable. For three years now he has blathered about it being “right around the corner”.

And so on….

The 2009 Unicorn just dumped on the White House rug and it is not pretty.

Bulletchaser on May 23, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Totally O/T but infuriating nonetheless: Obama WH gave Hollywood filmmaker access to the Seal Team responsible for the demise of Osama bin Laden.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/23/white-house-kathryn-bigelow-bin-laden_n_1538847.html

onlineanalyst on May 23, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a widely respected member of Congress…
Funny s**t!

MNHawk on May 23, 2012 at 1:10 PM

That’s truly rich, I have more respect for the insects I stepped on during my lunchtime stroll than I do for that corrupt dingbat.

NoDonkey on May 23, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Politics today is a different ballgame,what with instantaneous reguritation of statements via the media and the YouTube phenomenon. There is just no way to easily and truthfully backtrack from feigned indignation, ala Booker, to falling back in line with the Party Faithful the very next day!!!

As for Obama,his star is a bit dimmed of late! Empty suit is a difficult thing to constantly prop up!

tomshup on May 23, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Sadly, Obama doesn’t have a positive vision for the USA. Like Carters “Sweater” speech, Obama wants us to turn off the lights, turn down the thermostat and sit quietly in the dark singing Kum By Ya.

When the music’s over, turn out the lights.

The music’s starting to wind down for Bambi.

teke184 on May 23, 2012 at 1:15 PM

you’re clearly banking on voter stupidity

Finally cracked the code, eh ;-)

OneFreeMan on May 23, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a widely respected member of Congress, stopped short of criticizing the president, but made it clear that the campaign should pivot.

Widely respected by whom? Her fellow elitist liberal echo-chamber residents?

Lost in Jersey on May 23, 2012 at 1:01 PM

I think Ed meant to say “compared to Barbara Boxer.”

Burke on May 23, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a widely respected member of Congress, stopped short of criticizing the president, but made it clear that the campaign should pivot.

“It’s done,” she said. “Go on to other things now.”

IOW, try a new lie.

Ward Cleaver on May 23, 2012 at 1:18 PM

“We’re running out of slick sales pitches to peddle this crap sandwich we’re offering, darn the luck.” – DNC

NoDonkey on May 23, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Sadly, Obama doesn’t have a positive vision for the USA. Like Carters “Sweater” speech, Obama wants us to turn off the lights, turn down the thermostat and sit quietly in the dark singing Kum By Ya.

Bulletchaser on May 23, 2012 at 1:14 PM

No, he wants us to inflate our tires and turn our neighbors in if they say something mean about him.

And the fact of the matter is that Obama has never respected this nation and most decidedly was not raised as an American.

Happy Nomad on May 23, 2012 at 1:20 PM

“We’re running out of slick sales pitches to peddle this crap sandwich we’re offering, darn the luck.” – DNC

NoDonkey on May 23, 2012 at 1:20 PM

“It’s the messaging~!” – DNC

“We can read you loud and clear. We ain’t buying it.” – The voting public.

teke184 on May 23, 2012 at 1:20 PM

President Titanic: “Let’s go find us some icebergs.”

fogw on May 23, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Obama is notorious for his ping-ponging “on the one hand/on the other hand” straw man logic, by which he attempts to position himself in the undefined “middle” of the argument.

But the “middle” has dropped out, as he either has to appeal for votes (his leftist base) or for money (the Wall Streeters who back him and Democrat party). He can appeal to the leftists by bashing Bain and “vulture capitalism,” but his capitalism-bashing is choking off Wall Street donations, not only to his campaign, but to the Democrat Party generally, which is why so many Dem pols are calling for a halt to it.

He faced the same dilemma with gay marriage. He kept his somewhat more traditionalist black and hispanic base happy with his “opposed, but evolving” position on gay marriage. But that was choking off the money from Hollywood and party elites who have made gay marriage a cause. So he has to speed up his evolution and embrace the gays.

His constituency is divided: the voters and the money. He can’t please them both together anymore, and his attempts to placate them separately is costing him either votes or money. And, in the case of Bain-bashing, the leaders of his own party.

de rigueur on May 23, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Team O shifts direction as more Dems balk at Bain attacks

To quote Elaine Benes,

“He’s got nothing. Nothing!!!!!”

UltimateBob on May 23, 2012 at 1:21 PM

People who follow Saul Alinsky only think of others as useful idiots. To use Louis Farrakhan’s language, Obama was “selected” not “elected” as President. Everything he does is to accomplish his agenda. Obama’s tactics don’t seem to be working to his advantage, but what choice does he have but to keep plugging away. Such a shame all the money that is being thrown away on all the failed manufactured causes so far like OWS, recall in Wisconsin, war on women, and now war on private equity firms where almost all Americans are invested in one way or the other.

lea on May 23, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Yea.. Last time you all will hear Bam talk about Sketch’s steal from the poor and give to the rich “private equity firm”. You tin foil cons are now quoting nonentity democrats thinking that will stop the Obama campaign from outing Sketch’s middle class destruction scheme.

How people can be so shielded by this right Wing echo chamber is extremely frightening.

Uppereastside on May 23, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Perfect cartoon.

The most recent Team Obama spin I’ve seen is they claim they are not attacking private equity. They are addressing Romney’s claim that he knows how to create jobs and that he did so at Bain, so his record of job creation at Bain is a legitimate issue.

Yeah, good luck with that desperately made-up-on-the-fly lie explanation. Bain’s 80% success record for businesses they invested in is very good, and that’s a lot of jobs.

At any rate, Romney’s claim is he understands American business and he can leverage that knowledge as president to create a climate conducive to growth and job creation. Obviously that resume is better than Obama’s, the socialist community organizing academic who never worked in the private sector in his life, who only knows how to create government jobs by borrowing money from China, and whose ventures into investing include funneling tax payer money to Solyndra and Government Motors, in the process screwing private equity and debt holders and US taxpayers.

Team Obama are fools if they think their record of “investment” and “job creation” is something to brag about while criticizing Romney’s. But then, that’s how socialists think.

farsighted on May 23, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Co-worker pointed out her absence the other day. Where is our favorite attack poodle these days?

Lost in Jersey on May 23, 2012 at 1:09 PM

With Obama’s inability to engage in any substanstial topics, aside from attacking Romney, The DNC is in a huddle trying to figure out a campaign stategy for down ticket candidates.
They are lacking Presidential leadership on this important issue. Sound familiar ?
In effect, their hands are tied until Obama starts talking about the issues. Not that he’ll add anything to the conversation.
Like I said earlier, Obama and DNC are not talking.

Jabberwock on May 23, 2012 at 1:27 PM

He got bin Laden!

a capella on May 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM

He got bin Laden!

a capella on May 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Back to the classics.

Happy Nomad on May 23, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Feinstein has always been considered the more moderate of the two Senators from California
That’s like being the prettiest chimpanzee in the zoo.

Mini-14 on May 23, 2012 at 1:12 PM

…Ok! Beverage went up my nose just as I was drinking it.

KOOLAID2 on May 23, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Didn’t the Obama campaign think to reach out to their own surrogates and party leaders before launching this attack?

Didn’t the boy king say a couple months ago that he thinks he can run his campaign better than the people he’s hired to do it?

The total backfires in the approaches they’ve taken so far seems to illustrate that the imbecilic putz is doing just that.

Flora Duh on May 23, 2012 at 1:35 PM

You tin foil cons are now quoting nonentity democrats thinking that will stop the Obama campaign from outing Sketch’s middle class destruction scheme.

Uppereastside on May 23, 2012 at 1:24 PM

You know what is a middle class destruction scheme? Obamacare.

You know what is a middle class destruction scheme? Dems tax plans (as if a couple making $250K were rich).

You know what is a middle class destruction scheme? Obama’s war on religious freedom and the Constitution.

Your side has nothing. Go away junior and come back when you can prove any of the stupid things you post.

Happy Nomad on May 23, 2012 at 1:36 PM

I am not a fan of Mitt….nor will I vote for him.

But what exactly is different with what Mitt and Bain did….and what Obama and his team did w/ GM and Chrysler??

Didn’t both invest a ton of money into the business….
That didn’t work, so they cut jobs or dealerships….
Why do that?? So they could return to a profitable state…..
Don’t we here all the time now how GM has turned around and is making profits again???
And that is a good thing…..

Mitt really should go after Obama on this and ask him to explain to us how what he did at Bain is so different from what Obama did at GM and Chrysler….

MityMaxx on May 23, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Yea.. Last time you all will hear Bam talk about Sketch’s steal from the poor and give to the rich “private equity firm”. You tin foil cons are now quoting nonentity democrats thinking that will stop the Obama campaign from outing Sketch’s middle class destruction scheme.

How people can be so shielded by this right Wing echo chamber is extremely frightening.

Uppereastside on May 23, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Upyerassideways…do you actually converse with people…and they understand you?
They go get help…don’t they?

KOOLAID2 on May 23, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Pic of the Day: Barack Obama, The First “Teabagger”?

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/05/pic-of-day-barack-obama-first-teabgger.html

Resist We Much on May 23, 2012 at 1:38 PM

But what exactly is different with what Mitt and Bain did….and what Obama and his team did w/ GM and Chrysler??

Bain raised private money to buy the companies in question.

Obama used federal money, as in “OUR money”, to prop up those two then forced through a bankruptcy that intentionally screwed over the secured debt holders in favor of the UAW.

teke184 on May 23, 2012 at 1:39 PM

@teke184 on May 23, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Aye, you are right…

But my main point is that both desired to turn a profit and make money….
And both had to cut jobs to get the company back to a profitable state.

MityMaxx on May 23, 2012 at 1:41 PM

But my main point is that both desired to turn a profit and make money….
And both had to cut jobs to get the company back to a profitable state.

MityMaxx on May 23, 2012 at 1:41 PM

GM and Chrysler are profitable?

They make their cars at a loss.

teke184 on May 23, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Yea.. Last time you all will hear Bam talk about Sketch’s steal from the poor and give to the rich “private equity firm”. You tin foil cons are now quoting nonentity democrats thinking that will stop the Obama campaign from outing Sketch’s middle class destruction scheme.

How people can be so shielded by this right Wing echo chamber is extremely frightening.

Uppereastside on May 23, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Is a cartoon beyond your knowledge ?

Jabberwock on May 23, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Is it possible that Facebook / and or Morgan Stanley is being setup for the new Enron villain for Team Obama?

Blackstone and other firms are big donors to the re-elect machine would they benefit from a Morgan Stanley take-down?

Naaaaah, nevermind.

No one in the Administration is looking for a photo-op of Capitalist greed and excess.

Sorry, my bad.

PappyD61 on May 23, 2012 at 1:42 PM

@teke184 on May 23, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Yes, I know this also… :D

But Team Obama tells them to run commercials saying they are profitable. ;)

MityMaxx on May 23, 2012 at 1:43 PM

WOW, Mitt just lost the teachers/union thugs today with this? I know, the union thugs support/fund bho. I agree with Mitt and I have a feeling millions of parents do also?

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/may/23/romney-backs-vouchers-expanded-school-choice/
L

letget on May 23, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Didn’t the Obama campaign think to reach out to their own surrogates and party leaders before launching this attack?

I’m sure this was a rhetorical question.

Barack, Michelle, and Jarrett are the only ones riding round and round on that hamster wheel.

Either Obama refuses to speak to people, or they are afraid, or won’t demean themselves to speak with Obama. Whichever the reason, it sounds to me like the entire Democratic Party wants Obama out in 2012.

Hillary would be a fool to latch on to this guys shark tails.

so-notbuyingit on May 23, 2012 at 1:48 PM

You tin foil cons are now quoting nonentity democrats thinking that will stop the Obama campaign from outing Sketch’s middle class destruction scheme.

Uppereastside on May 23, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Ed Rendell, a former DNC chairman, is a “non-entity” Democrat?

Gov. Deval Patrick is a “non-entity” Democrat?

Senator Dianne Feinstein is a “non-entity” Democrat?

Mayor Cory Booker is a “non-entity” Democrat?

Resist We Much on May 23, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Bain Capital is the only thing Obama can use to try to smear Romney. If they “pivot” away from that, just what in hell can Obama campaign on?

Steven Den Beste on May 23, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Free stuff!!! Time to find a home for some of the unspent stimulus money.

smellthecoffee on May 23, 2012 at 1:49 PM

But what exactly is different with what Mitt and Bain did….and what Obama and his team did w/ GM and Chrysler??

This question couldn’t get any scarier.

You really do not know the answer to this? It’s night and day.

You REALLY DO NOT KNOW THE ANSWER TO THIS?

God, help us.

so-notbuyingit on May 23, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Even before Obama raised less money than he wanted, he made it clear to Dems that his money was HIS money alone. Obama already said he wouldn’t be salting his coattails with cash down the food chain.

Bam’s focus on himself is nothing new to anyone. These Dems know full well Obie is no political or $$$ benefit to them.

marybel on May 23, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Rush is hammering this now.

txhsmom on May 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM

A Rush caller in that segment pointed out that what little Bammie did to General Motors, -pushing them into bankruptcy, laying off thousands, reorganizing, and now trumpeting their new PROFITS, is EXACTLY what Governor Romney did with companies.

Except of course Romney didn’t throw away thirty or forty billion dollars of our money doing it.

slickwillie2001 on May 23, 2012 at 1:53 PM

@so-notbuyingit on May 23, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Sorry I wasn’t clear….I guess my point was missed.

In the specifics, I am well aware of the differences between the two.

But in the broader sense, both groups had the same desired outcome, and did similar things to achieve that outcome.

– Pump funds/capital into the company?? — Check
– Reorganize and fire people?? — Check
– Declare Bankruptcy?? — Check
– Work to profitability?? — Check

Obama can’t really hammer Mitt or Bain on these tactics, when Obama and team did the same thing w/ GM and Chrysler, and used a lot of the same lingo when dealing w/ the press…..

MityMaxx on May 23, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Mitt really should go after Obama on this and ask him to explain to us how what he did at Bain is so different from what Obama did at GM and Chrysler….

MityMaxx on May 23, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Mitt at Bain made profits for their private sector investors, kept troubled businesses open, and created jobs.

Obama at GM/Chrysler has cost the American taxpayer billions (GM still owes $36B). Obama killed private sector jobs by the forced closure of dealerships. And to top it all off gave the company away to the UAW!

Happy Nomad on May 23, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Obama 2008: total executive experience: “managing the presidential campaign.”

Obama 2012: total executive experience: failure to “cut the deficit in half,” trillions thrown down the drain, the economy in the tank, downgrading of the US credit rating

Kevin R on May 23, 2012 at 2:02 PM

He doesn’t shift, he evolves. Get it straight.

vcferlita on May 23, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Obama has identified his enemy.

Das Kapital, just like Karl Marx, and his followers Vladimir Lenin and Josef Stalin. No wonder he needs to ask a younger Vladimir for time to be more flexible.

Whatever people might hold against Romney, he’s not a Marxist, and that’s what this campaign should be about.

Steve Z on May 23, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Here’s a question. Didn’t the Obama campaign think to reach out to their own surrogates and party leaders before launching this attack?

Does the King think ever think about the pawns, other than how they can defend him?

dominigan on May 23, 2012 at 2:15 PM

This is not the Haliburton you’ve been searching for…..

Ben Hur on May 23, 2012 at 2:19 PM

DiFi has to take this position. Her husband, Dick Blum, is a private equity guy.

Pablo Snooze on May 23, 2012 at 2:20 PM

BHO doesn’t even speak to Dem committee chairmen about legislation so why would he talk to them about his campaign ads..?

d1carter on May 23, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a widely respected member of Congress, stopped short of criticizing the president, but made it clear that the campaign should pivot.

“It’s done,” she said. “Go on to other things now.”

Ow! Imagine what the dems are saying behind closed doors. I suspect “amateur” is probably at the nice end of the comments.

Add this total fail to yesterday’s primaries and everything else, the dems have got to be very “concerned”

dogsoldier on May 23, 2012 at 2:30 PM

You tin foil cons are now quoting nonentity democrats thinking that will stop the Obama campaign from outing Sketch’s middle class destruction scheme.

Uppereastside on May 23, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Ed Rendell, a former DNC chairman, is a “non-entity” Democrat?

Gov. Deval Patrick is a “non-entity” Democrat?

Senator Dianne Feinstein is a “non-entity” Democrat?

Mayor Cory Booker is a “non-entity” Democrat?

Resist We Much on May 23, 2012 at 1:48 PM

No, not “non-entity” Democrats

Now, “non-persons” … they never existed … the fate of ALL those who speak against The Won

PolAgnostic on May 23, 2012 at 2:30 PM

He doesn’t shift, he evolves. Get it straight.

vcferlita on May 23, 2012 at 2:05 PM

I hate that term it sounds as if his prehensile tail just dropped off or something. And of course it is deliberate because if you still believe in sodomite relationships you are a cro magnon because you didn’t “evolve.”

Happy Nomad on May 23, 2012 at 2:37 PM

I hate that term it sounds as if his prehensile tail just dropped off or something. And of course it is deliberate because if you still believe in sodomite relationships you are a cro magnon because you didn’t “evolve.”

Happy Nomad on May 23, 2012 at 2:37 PM

REALLY not following what you were trying to say here.

Not judging … just LOST

PolAgnostic on May 23, 2012 at 2:52 PM

At Bain, Mitt was Mr. Fix It. He did whatever it took to save a company. As President, Romney might have to re-organize American Government, just like he did with failing companies, to fix/save the country. The country could be no worse off than what Bammer is doing, at least that’s how any independent with a clue should think. Team Romney should capitalize on this.

Meanwhile, over at the video arcade where Biden and Bammer are playing President and Vice-President, O and Bido continue to argue over who gets to come out for gay divorce first.

LetsBfrank on May 23, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Hope and change …nope. Stimulus….not enough yet , spend more now and cut way more later? Obama care …. eh, gay marriage, might evolve some more if things get worse. What is it with this guy? For the smartest guy in the room, O doesn’t show me much. Almost comical to watch this Bain thing crumble and he’s the only guy who doesn’t get it, oh, wait, smartest guy … forgot. I know I’m a wing nut; but looks to me as if nothing has gone right for O, just keep geting worse. He should relax, take some more vactions, use the jet and car while he can. Oh, can’t wait to hear the telepromoter after decisions on healthcare mandate and AZ immigration. Didn’t Bush start all this stuff?

StevC on May 23, 2012 at 3:28 PM

I said this early, but not enough:

The American businessman, across the board, has figured out that 0bama is his enemy.

The business of America is business.

You do the math.

They’ll be Going Galt should he win re-election.

Great cartoon.

cane_loader on May 23, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Unlike the Soviet Union, if you make an enemy of American business, he will crush you.

The American businessman, truly, is The Man.

Not 0bama.

The Zero President.

A long, ugly fermata in American history.

cane_loader on May 23, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Barry can make all the promises he wants, now.

It’s too late; the American businessman has taken his measure and found him wanting.

cane_loader on May 23, 2012 at 3:52 PM

PolAgnostic on May 23, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Add Mark Warner to the list of newly non-persons. :-)

Resist We Much on May 23, 2012 at 3:57 PM

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