Noted Obama surrogate from Massachusetts praises Bain, Romney

posted at 4:41 pm on May 31, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Give Deval Patrick some credit as a surrogate for Barack Obama.  Unlike Cory Booker, Patrick tried to attack Mitt Romney earlier today on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.  He talked about a “structural deficit” of a billion dollars that Patrick claims he inherited from Romney as Governor of Massachusetts, and claimed that his record on job creation left the state near the bottom of the nation. Patrick also said that the Bain strategy from Team O has been “distorted” in the media. This clip gives the tenor of Patrick’s rather mild advocacy on Obama’s behalf:

However, when it came time to go after Romney, Patrick demurred:

If the Obama campaign had expected Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to be a ferocious attack dog on Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts record during a TV appearance on Thursday, they must be disappointed – the campaign surrogate defended Bain Capital and praised Romney’s personal character.

“Bain is a perfectly fine company. They have a role in the private economy, and I’ve got a lot of friends there,” said Patrick on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I think the Bain strategy has been distorted in some of the public discussions.” …

“He’s always been a gentleman to me, and the people who know him well and personally speak very warmly of him,” he said. “I haven’t had a lot of interaction with him, but the transition [to Deval’s governorship] was smooth.”

Yesterday, the Obama administration launched an attack on Romney’s record as governor, aiming at his ability to promote job growth.  Patrick undermined that argument right out of the chute, however:

The governor also was asked about the unemployment rate in Massachusetts when Romney left office – and the answer left “Morning Joe” panelists musing about how low it was.

“I think when he left office, it was in the fours. I want to say 4.3 percent, about what the national average was,” Patrick said.

“That’s pretty good,” responded host Joe Scarborough, a former Republican congressman.

“Yeah, not bad,” said Mike Barnicle, a former Boston Globe journalist, and frequent “Morning Joe” contributor.

Actually, 4.3% would have been below the national average in 2006, as the monthly rates never got below 4.4% according to the BLS, which is where it was at in December 2006 after Patrick’s election.  We are a very long way from “the fours” now, and that’s the kind of perspective one would expect a Romney surrogate to supply.


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That’s horrible, that means 95% of people in Massachusetts WEREN’T receiving food stamps, when Romney left office.

NoDonkey on May 31, 2012 at 4:45 PM

I could comment now or wait for the post featuring Patrick`s walk-back of his comments. :)

ThePrez on May 31, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Heh, I never thought about that. Sure, Romney’s state was 47th in job creation which by any measure ain’t good, but if he left office with a 4.3% unemployment rate, that’s a devastating number to throw back in Obama’s face.

Doughboy on May 31, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Axelfraud had a bad bad day.

Brat on May 31, 2012 at 4:47 PM

can’t get good help
-dear leader’s campaign

cmsinaz on May 31, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Maybe Elizabeth Warren can chime in with the Cherokee appraisal of Bain.

spiritof61 on May 31, 2012 at 4:47 PM

At the rate the Obama surrogates are backing off their Mitt-bashing talking points, Axelrod will probably be calling Bain the greatest company on the face of the Earth by the time the convention season rolls around.

jon1979 on May 31, 2012 at 4:49 PM

So when is the “Obama Truth Squad” going to beat a retraction out of Deval?

GarandFan on May 31, 2012 at 4:49 PM

I saw this- he was provoked to answer the question with that fact… most MSNBC people let the libs wax poetically about cherry picked facts unchallenged. Deval will soon be Swift-Bookered by the admin

Bensonofben on May 31, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Deval Patrick hates black people.

Bishop on May 31, 2012 at 4:52 PM

I want to hear from developmentally disabled MA residents who lived there during Romney’s tenure. Someone track Matt Damon down for an interview.

Kataklysmic on May 31, 2012 at 4:52 PM

At the rate the Obama surrogates are backing off their Mitt-bashing talking points, Axelrod will probably be calling Bain the greatest company on the face of the Earth by the time the convention season rolls around.

jon1979 on May 31, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Well it does seem a bit odd that they would be attacking the current company of one of their biggest donation bundlers.

dentarthurdent on May 31, 2012 at 4:52 PM

I could comment now or wait for the post featuring Patrick`s walk-back of his comments. :)

ThePrez on May 31, 2012 at 4:46 PM

I wouldn’t count on that.

The “buzz” is, he’s looking at a potential 2016 primary run, and this is a good way to distance himself from the disaster known as the 0bama regime.

Rebar on May 31, 2012 at 4:53 PM

MSNBC hardest hit!

Alabama Infidel on May 31, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Kataklysmic on May 31, 2012 at 4:52 PM

MATT DAMON!!!!

GhoulAid on May 31, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Ol’ Deval is no dummy. If ANY of his numbers are worse than when Romney left, he is pretty much neutered in this argument. Poor choice to use him. Quiver is getting empty. Obama is in panic mode.

Jabberwock on May 31, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Alabama Infidel on May 31, 2012 at 4:53 PM

heh

cmsinaz on May 31, 2012 at 4:57 PM

..here’s the 0-2 pitch to AxelTurd..and he whiffs..swing and a miss..strike three!

The War Planner on May 31, 2012 at 4:58 PM

MSNBS wants to turn the election focus and market their latest attempt around “Romney’s Record” – for his time in the Peoples Republic of Taxachusetts

Its time for a “War on Diversion and other obfuscating attempts”

FlaMurph on May 31, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Give Deval Patrick some credit, I don’t think so, I don’t give ‘rats credit for jackshiite, period, end of discussion.

RoyalFlush on May 31, 2012 at 5:03 PM

MSNBS wants to turn the election focus and market their latest attempt around “Romney’s Record” – for his time in the Peoples Republic of Taxachusetts

FlaMurph on May 31, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Let them.

Compared to 0bama’s America, Romney’s Massachusetts seems like a mythical Golden Age.

Rebar on May 31, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Don’t forget they consider the President that averaged 5% unemployment, George Bush, to be a horrible President and a total idiot.

Yeah, 5% unemployment is a bad thing.

Wagthatdog on May 31, 2012 at 5:05 PM

What’s the unemployment rate in Mass. been since Patrick took over?

Ward Cleaver on May 31, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Maybe Elizabeth Warren can chime in with the Cherokee appraisal of Bain.

spiritof61 on May 31, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Bain won’t allow their womyn employees to breast feed while working.

Gladtobehere on May 31, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Deval Patrick hates black people.

Bishop on May 31, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Eye EL OH EL’d

rickyricardo on May 31, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Another bought and paid for political hack of a governor. MA seems to have a lot of them.

Uppereastside on May 31, 2012 at 5:09 PM

I get the strong sense that there has been a tacit agreement among some state and local leaders to torpedo Obama. He’s toxic and they’re distancing themselves.

AubieJon on May 31, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Ward Cleaver on May 31, 2012 at 5:07 PM

i want to know how romneycare did during his term vs deval’s term…

cmsinaz on May 31, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Is Julia currently on unemployment and is she living in Mass?

Reality Checker on May 31, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Another bought and paid for political hack of a governor. MA seems to have a lot of them.

Uppereastside on May 31, 2012 at 5:09 PM

…he said, grimly wiping the foam of his beer from his tear stained cheeks.

AubieJon on May 31, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Deval better hurry; soon the GOP will run out of space for converts from the other side!

PattyJ on May 31, 2012 at 5:12 PM


Well it does seem a bit odd that they would be attacking the current company of one of their biggest donation bundlers.

Yes, Bain and its people have always donated more to Democrats:

Thehill.com: Bain gives more campaign money to Democrats than it does to Republicans

Romney himself claims he was an “independent” during the Reagan years and he voted for Democrat Paul Tsongas in ’92.

The burning question for progressive is how to argue against a candidate who governed as a progressive, whose only accomplishment while in his only elective office was to deliver a program of policy functionally identical to ObamaCare, and whose former company underwrites progressive causes and progressive politicians–the same politicians who you want to recruit as surrogates. It’s a problem for them. I wonder how they’ll solve it.

casuist on May 31, 2012 at 5:12 PM

I have heard that Deval would join a second obama term. There is a lot of excutive level people in govt bailing in MA right now. Either way Deval is a lame duck.

Rich on May 31, 2012 at 5:16 PM

I am beginning to wonder if some Democrats do not want Obama to win.

Terrye on May 31, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Patrick can’t hit Romney on his performance as governor of Mass. because Romney’s numbers on unemployment are probably as good or better than his. And job creation is facilitated when a governor can create a business-friendly environment, something that liberals in Mass. are incapable of allowing any GOP governor to do.

And Patrick can’t hit Bain because he will need Bain to further his political career down the road.

But now Romney has a ready-made ad to counter any attack Obama makes on Romney’s Mass. record.

cd98 on May 31, 2012 at 5:20 PM

MATT DAMON!!!!

GhoulAid on May 31, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Are we making fun of Pragmatic again?

John the Libertarian on May 31, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Another bought and paid for political hack of a governor. MA seems to have a lot of them.

Uppereastside on May 31, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Well of course – since, with one exception they’ve ALL been Democrats.

dentarthurdent on May 31, 2012 at 5:23 PM

DNC induced strong-armed walkback in 5…4…3……..

Tim_CA on May 31, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Another bought and paid for political hack of a governor. MA seems to have a lot of them.

Uppereastside on May 31, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Well of course – since, with one exception they’ve ALL been Democrats.

dentarthurdent on May 31, 2012 at 5:23 PM

lol….that one’s pretty slow.

Most of his shots hit his own foot.

Tim_CA on May 31, 2012 at 5:38 PM

The “buzz” is, he’s looking at a potential 2016 primary run, and this is a good way to distance himself from the disaster known as the 0bama regime.

Rebar on May 31, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Even if that was true, I don’t think this strategy will do him any good. 2016 is a long way off, and most Democratic voters have very short memories.

UltimateBob on May 31, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Deval Patrick’s communications advisor to resign in 3… 2… 1…

UltimateBob on May 31, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Doughboy on May 31, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Generally speaking, 95% is considered full employment. It’s the point at which wages rise to the point that employers have to be careful about hiring. Like any other asset, supply and demand wins out, and without an influx of immigrants or others to fill the labor pool it’s hard to expand. That is a very good problem to have, as there are ready sources of labor, in a global economy while at the same time domestic workers have good bargaining power.

MJBrutus on May 31, 2012 at 5:45 PM

I am beginning to wonder if some Democrats do not want Obama to win.

Terrye on May 31, 2012 at 5:18 PM

PBHO’s campaign does have the whiff of Sinking Ship Syndrome about it, no?

MJBrutus on May 31, 2012 at 5:48 PM

So it’s a bad thing when a governor doesn’t create a lot of jobs when unemployment is at 4.3% . . .?

How much lower can it really go? And why would you start or bring in a new business in a state low on available workers . . .?

PastorJon on May 31, 2012 at 5:49 PM

I get the strong sense that there has been a tacit agreement among some state and local leaders to torpedo Obama. He’s toxic and they’re distancing themselves.

AubieJon on May 31, 2012 at 5:10 PM

I think you are onto something here.

There are 2 points I want to make:

1. I remember reading some stories that Obama is not spreading the wealth around with the DNC this election cycle. Maybe this is a little lesson to Obama’s team?

2. Romney is starting to look like the strong executive who can actually execute a plan. And maybe some of these pols are doing the math and are figuring that it is more dangerous to cross Romney than Obama?

Just my .02

NYCChris on May 31, 2012 at 5:50 PM

What’s the unemployment rate in Mass. been since Patrick took over?

Ward Cleaver on May 31, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Do you want the official line or reality from the unemployment line?

The smaller offices are so swamped they’re sending the overflow to bigger offices.

Officially it’s 6.3 percent, with how many no longer on the rolls? We don’t know for sure.

http://www.boston.com/businessupdates/2012/05/17/mass-unemployment-rate-falls-percent-april-employers-add-jobs/ycx1k5S7UTkmDr5tevLiNJ/story.html

dogsoldier on May 31, 2012 at 5:52 PM

lol….that one’s pretty slow.

Most of his shots hit his own foot.

Tim_CA on May 31, 2012 at 5:38 PM

He must be ODing on super big gulps before they become illegal….

dentarthurdent on May 31, 2012 at 5:53 PM

More facepalms at Obama campaign HQ and in the White House.

What Team O wanted and expected from Gov Patrick: Bain is a front for Soylent Green, and Mitt is a racist vampire with spooky underwear who left me with 1 million people starving in the streets

What they got: Bain is a perfectly fine company I have bros all up in there, and Mitt is a gentleman who left me with an unemployment rate below the national average.

D’Oh!!

Sacramento on May 31, 2012 at 5:54 PM

great ad fodder

keep those Bain and govenor attacks coming

audiotom on May 31, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Another bought and paid for political hack of a governor. MA seems to have a lot of them.

Uppereastside on May 31, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Bigots like you never like it when someone wanders off the liberal plantation for even one second.

CurtZHP on May 31, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Romney himself claims he was an “independent” during the Reagan years and he voted for Democrat Paul Tsongas in ’92…

casuist on May 31, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Maybe he was an independent, but the Tsongas vote is weak ‘evidence’. He voted in the democratic PRIMARY for Tsongas, more a vote against Clinton as he recalled. By the time of the Massachusetts 1992 Republican primary, the incumbent G.H.W. Bush had all but wrapped it up.

Many Republicans vote in democrat primaries when it makes sense strategically.

slickwillie2001 on May 31, 2012 at 6:29 PM

…another one straying off the plantation?
…oh oh!

KOOLAID2 on May 31, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Oh Dear, I just saw Drudge’s headline article (at ABC news) on Mitt’s trip to Solyndra. It seems that Mitt doesn’t approve of Obama’s corrupt, green energy, 1/2 billion dollar boondoggle. I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that most voters agree with Mitt.

MJBrutus on May 31, 2012 at 6:56 PM

It looks to me like everyone is beginning to throw barack under the bus!

I really need to stock up on popcorn.

BTW, barack sucks.

DuctTapeMyBrain on May 31, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Listened to Savage for a short time while going to the store tonight. He was commenting on how well the two parties are getting along specifically Romney with those on the other side. His conclusion we are just deluded if we think there are two parties. Of course he is independent.

Well I am a lifetime Republican. But we now have a lifetime Democrat (self described liberal moderate to the left of Ted Kennedy) as our nominee. Well I will not take the Savage route. I will work to take back our party from the Democrats. For now the GOP is to the left of the DNC of Bill Clinton and Harry Reid and Nancy Poloski possibly.

This thread is very funny. You are so worried about what the Democrats are going to lose as they are losing this election. Well got news for all of you. They have us right where they want us. I would bet my bottom dollar Mitt is the radical lefty that ran in 2002 and we are just being sold a bill of goods. I encourage you to look at his passion in 2002. It was real. Now days it is just as phony as Obama 2008. It is very rare to see passion and when you do it is fake off a teleprompter. I would not be supprised at all to see many more Democrats become Republicans. So many that the Republican Party will simply be the Democratic Party.

It is time to seriously thing of a real third Party. The Republican Party is becoming more and more the Wig Party.

So what do I think a Romney Presidency would look like. Well Spending would actually slowly decrease. Defense spending would rise. But Social spending would be kept at similar levels as based on income. Charity giving would lose tax preferences. Churches would be forced out of everything. Church goers made fun of legally. Churches would be forced to marry Gays and adopt to Gays and not teach against Gays. We are already seeing this.

Well GOD is actually real and will not put up with that. GOD will be the real winner in 2012. His actions will not be deniable.

Steveangell on May 31, 2012 at 7:06 PM

The Obama Administration will investigate why PRIVATE (willing) investors lost money on Facebook.

Will they also investigate why TAXPAYERS (unwilling investors) lost money on Solyndra, Raser Technologies, ECOtality, Nevada Geothermal Power, First Solar, Abound Solar, Beacon Power, SunPower, & Brightsource?

itsnotaboutme on May 31, 2012 at 8:40 PM

“I think when he left office, it was in the fours. I want to say 4.3 percent, about what the national average was,” Patrick said.

Obama campaign response:

HA, that’s nothing; I can manage to get double that easy.

/sarc? At this point I’m not sure

gekkobear on May 31, 2012 at 11:50 PM