DWS: The Romney campaign needs to “put their big boy and big girl pants on”

posted at 5:21 pm on July 16, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

I still can’t believe this “secretive” accusation from the Democrats is even a thing.

“You know, this is a campaign for president of the United States. Mitt Romney is running for president of the United States. He and his campaign leadership need to put their big boy and big girl pants on and defend his record,” DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on MSNBC today.

“They don’t want to show us his record. They’re running the most secretive campaign for president of a major party in history,” she added.

As I chronicled last week, painting Mitt Romney as a shady agent of potentially nefarious financial dealings with the accountability-street cred of Richard Nixon seems to be the new Obama campaign’s newest modus operandi. His campaign team completely jumped the shark and made themselves look ridiculous by publicly speculating that Mitt Romney may-or-may-not be a felon before getting the facts, but yes, it’s the Romney campaign that needs to put on their big-boy pants.

I actually agree with the sentiment that the Romney camp could step up their game a bit — but for an entirely different reason. I think Mitt Romney needs to go on the offense with his record at Bain Capital, because at the end of the day, he performed a perhaps unpleasant at its face but very vital service to the ever-moving mechanisms of free enterprise and economic growth. Perhaps this perilously close election isn’t the wisest time to work on reversing the overriding populism of the national dialogue — that’s why the Democrats are so keen on seeing Romney’s tax returns, so they can glean more fodder for their Romney-is-too-wealthy-and-out-of-touch narrative — but it’s gotta’ happen at some point or else we’re in trouble:

But really, what Mitt Romney was doing in 2000 is beside the point. Romney founded one of America’s leading private equity firms. What private equity does is take underperforming firms and make them more profitable, sometimes by closing facilities and sending operations overseas. If he can’t defend Bain’s 1999-2002 record on the merits, he can’t defend its record from 1984 to 1999 either.

Romney tries to confuse this issue by focusing on a handful of firms he was involved in founding, like Staples and Bright Horizons. Essentially, he talks about his work as though he had been in venture capital, not private equity. But an essential part of private equity is shutting down things that don’t work, or are too expensive. To succeed in private equity, you have to be comfortable being the hatchet man.

The funny thing is that, framed correctly, Romney could turn this into an asset. There are large parts of the government that don’t work or are too expensive. There is a culture in government of continuing to do things just because we’ve always done them, and continuing to employ people because we have always employed them. This doesn’t just make government expensive, it also crowds out resources that could be spent on improvements of public services.


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So who is this Schultz guy and what bet did that poor bastard lose?

Chuck Schick on July 16, 2012 at 6:00 PM

very good question…that Meatloaf song keeps popping in my head “…praying for the end of time…”

teejk on July 16, 2012 at 6:49 PM

The D’s have no content, only demagoguery spread by the media. The allusion doesn’t even make sense in the context that she’s using it, but the context is forgotten, only the childish taunting of the headline remains. That is then spread by the democratic media operatives. It can’t be countered by substance because it doesn’t have any substance. The democratic media doesn’t care about substance. It’s easier for them because they don’t have to think. Romney’s only possible successful response is to get short, catchy sound bites that will get picked up by the media, that convey Obama’s incompetence and failure and show how a second Obama term would hurt all Americans. Not an easy task.

talkingpoints on July 16, 2012 at 6:53 PM

You do realize these Polls are weighted on an average about 8 PLUS points towards Dems? So keep believing Obama has these huge leads like Carter fans did in 1980…

I want to see you posting the night of 6 Nov 2012. :o)

g2825m on July 16, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Gumby depressed me too, but do you know for sure this pollster oversamples dems or is that just general trends.

earlgrey133 on July 16, 2012 at 6:54 PM

You do realize these Polls are weighted on an average about 8 PLUS points towards Dems? So keep believing Obama has these huge leads like Carter fans did in 1980…

I want to see you posting the night of 6 Nov 2012. :o)

g2825m on July 16, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Gumby depressed me, but do you know for sure that particular pollster oversamples dems? I mean I know Rueters does, and Wapo does, but I haven’t heard of this one.

earlgrey133 on July 16, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Doesn’t this dimwitted twit ever stop talking?

rplat on July 16, 2012 at 6:59 PM

erin burnett following the meme of release your tax returns now

pathetic…

cmsinaz on July 16, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Woe, the most secretive presidential campaign? Huh, we still don’t know who paid for Bammy’s education, that is if he got one, or his grades, THREE AND A HALF YEARS INTO HIS TERM……..
Shutup you mutt faced moron…………

angrymike on July 16, 2012 at 7:12 PM

g2825m on July 16, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Gumby depressed me too, but do you know for sure this pollster oversamples dems or is that just general trends.

earlgrey133 on July 16, 2012 at 6:54 PM

I just checked out the pdf of the “poll” cited, (the “Purple Poll”, which I had never heard of before. It’s not cited by Polling Report.com) and surprise, surprise, it refuses to divulge its polling sample party breakdown. That is immediately suspect.

In general however the “polls” have oversampled Dems by 5% to 8% recently. That would include WaPo, C-BS/NYT, al-AP, etc.

Of course, those gaps were much higher in the past. Last year AP actually did a “poll” that sampled almost twice as many Democrats as Republicans in order to get the result they desired, and that was to try and give O’bama a job approval bump after he personally strangled and then shot bin Laden. Even that didn’t work. And in 2009 AP actually did run a “poll” with twice as many Dems as Repubs in their sample.

Back in 2008 and 2009, C-BS and the NYT were regularly busted for oversampling Dems by an average of 14 points over Repubs. Several times, that oversample was as high as 19%.

Del Dolemonte on July 16, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Oh and Deb, watch the big girl pants jokes around mooshell, you might get a beat down………

angrymike on July 16, 2012 at 7:16 PM

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He and his campaign leadership need to put their big boy and big girl pants on and defend his record,” DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on MSNBC today.

Really you dumb B? You all need a diaper over your head, as you just sh$t uncontrollably everywhere from your fat mouth.
Verbal feces spewing everyday is all we get splashed with. Your lucky half the population is as stupid as you are.
I apologize as a Floridian for her.
Sorry, another NY transplant like Grayson. Wonder what is wrong with Fl?
Half of our pop is from…you guessed it.
Go the eff back.

bazil9 on July 16, 2012 at 7:19 PM

“we don’t have a plan, but we don’t like yours” Turbo tax Timmy to Paul Ryan.

Mini-14 on July 16, 2012 at 7:19 PM

DWS needs to show her records page for page that she demands from Mr. Romney. Obammy needs to show page for page his transcripts as Romney has done. To Romney , read Rules for Radicals and fight back, damn it.

MNDavenotPC on July 16, 2012 at 7:19 PM

m3thamphet1m1ne mixed with draino is a helluva drug.

Tim_CA on July 16, 2012 at 7:21 PM

This one hell of an attack dog. Wish she were a Republican…we could use this gutter snake

Redford on July 16, 2012 at 7:35 PM

DWS: The Romney campaign needs to “put their big boy and big girl pants on”

DWS needs to put her PuPuPhia Pet wig next to the videotape of her comparing Voter ID laws to Jim Crow and then getting caught trying to deny that she said it. She can hide it in one of her foreign SUVs while she burps about others driving non-Government Motors cars.

Resist We Much on July 16, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Debbie Witchface-Schultz is a scumsucker. Always has been.

I wonder if she’s “offended” by the Romney campaign.

jaime on July 16, 2012 at 8:05 PM

And you need to put a bag over your head,skank!

redware on July 16, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Just another pathetic example of lack of leftist civility (an oxymoron, I know).

stukinIL4now on July 16, 2012 at 8:26 PM

m3thamphet1m1ne mixed with draino is a helluva drug.

Tim_CA on July 16, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Awesome as a hair gel too, it seems.
Poodle Bites!
Poodle chews it!

Kenosha Kid on July 16, 2012 at 11:51 PM

He and his campaign leadership need to put their big boy and big girl pants on and defend his record,” DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on MSNBC today.

OK… Well Quid Pro Quo. Howzabout some ‘transparency’ on Zero’s college transcripts or perhaps the legitimately requested Fast and Furious documents, hmm? Gee Debs, may I suggest chest waders as appropriate attire?

ghostwalker1 on July 17, 2012 at 12:31 AM

If the Romney campaign is to reap maximum benefit from his Bain experience the current Obama anti-Bain meme has to become thoroughly attached to Obama. Let this go on another week, maybe two. Then hit with Romney’s Bain experience, company by company. Tag it at the end, “This is what Obama hates.”

{^_^}

herself on July 17, 2012 at 4:30 AM

Woe, the most secretive presidential campaign? Huh, we still don’t know who paid for Bammy’s education, that is if he got one, or his grades, THREE AND A HALF YEARS INTO HIS TERM……..
Shutup you mutt faced moron…………

angrymike on July 16, 2012 at 7:12 PM

It’s like the looter caught red-handed with the TV he just stole pointing to a guy standing down the street and claiming that he’s the real looter. Ballsy, but ultimately ineffective and stupid.

swinia sutki on July 17, 2012 at 6:12 AM

So who is this Schultz guy and what bet did that poor bastard lose?

Chuck Schick on July 16, 2012 at 6:00 PM

It reminds my of a “Everyone Loves Raymond” episode wher Marie proclaims in front of Frank that she is more than a “trophy wife”.

Frank responds with, “Trophy wife?….what contest in HELL did I win?”

gonnjos on July 17, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Debbie, I think you are the one who needs big girl pants to cover that big fat ass of yours!!!

Jersey Dan on July 17, 2012 at 9:14 AM

“Gumby depressed me too, but do you know for sure this pollster oversamples dems or is that just general trends.”

The reality of the situation is that Obama has been consistently ahead in VA an OH for the entire year. Romney and Obama have been tied in Florida. For whatever reason, Romney does not do well in Ohio or Virginia. That’s just a fact. Is it because Obama is more popular in those two states, or Romney is just especially unpopular there?

gumbyandpokey on July 17, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Go buy a comb.

diogenes on July 17, 2012 at 9:40 AM

It is said that a Wasserman-Schultz can stay under water for up to 40 minutes at a time feeding off the nutrition rich sludge that lines the bottom of stagnent ponds and slow moving rivers.

claudius on July 17, 2012 at 9:48 AM

That expression is always used by dimwits. You lose IQ points just having to hear it.

Hening on July 17, 2012 at 9:49 AM

But an essential part of private equity fiscally responsible governing is shutting down things that don’t work, or are too expensive. To succeed in private equity saving the republic, you have to be comfortable being the hatchet man.

FIFY

TheRanRanMan on July 17, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Well, DWS would know all about BIG girl pants.

TulsAmerican on July 17, 2012 at 11:02 AM

DWS: The Romney campaign needs to “put their big boy and big girl pants on”

I thought LSD was illegal. I guess DWS has a “waiver” from Obama’s Justice Department to partake.-

olesparkie on July 17, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Obama still leading in the swing states (and strong in OH as always where they hate Romney) according to new polls from Purple Strategy. All Obama needs is to win Ohio, and he wins the election.

OHIO:

Obama Job: Approve: 46 — Disapprove: 49.

Obama: 48 — Romney 45

FLORIDA:

Obama Job: Approve 43 — Disapprove 54

Obama: 45 — Romney 48

COLORADO:

Obama Job: Approve 45 — Disapprove 51

Obama: 45 — Romney 44

VIRGINIA:

Obama Job: Approve 45 — Disapprove 50

Obama 46 — Romney 44.

gumbyandpokey on July 16, 2012 at 5:18 PM

gumbyandpokey on July 16, 2012 at 5:40 PM

LOL… you brainless low IQ fool are citing these poll as bad for Romney? Do you idiot undertstand the margin of error in a poll? All these polls above mean that Romney and Obama are tied. I am certain that they have oversampled democrats more than the actual real electorate and they polled registered rather than likely voters so in the real world Romney is ahead in these states. Also did you notice fool that Obama disapproval is higher than his approval in all these states? One last thing low IQ fool, all this confirm that the Bain attacks/lies on Romney are not working a bit… Now go and play somewhere else where low IQ fools would agree with you. I recommend Daily Kos or Democratic Underground.

mnjg on July 17, 2012 at 11:19 AM

And one more thing to add about these polls is that Obama is less than 50% in all of them and that is very bad for an incumbent President running for re-elections…

mnjg on July 17, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Whenever I see DWS, I’m reminded of a famous line from the movie “Predator”….you remember the line don’t you? Ahnold said it…..it goes something like this…“You’re one ugly mutha F#&*ca!”

Vntnrse on July 17, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Dare I add: “….strap on”.

Fuquay Steve on July 17, 2012 at 12:07 PM

I can’t help it: that woman is just plain repulsive, inside and out. A mindless partisan hack, good for nothing for bobblehead babble.

Ishmael on July 17, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Nope, Little Debbie, we are moving ahead. No more discussion on Bain Capital. We will talk about jobs and the economy. Since Obama’s policies have all failed, you won’t talk about the economy or the unpopular Obamacare that will be repealed soon. Better get campaigning, as we hear Karen Harrington has your number in Florida.

Amazingoly on July 17, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Oh, Goodie. Turns out DWS owns a lakefront home here in New Hampshire that she’s never disclosed.

And it’s on pricey Lake Sunapee, where the property values are even higher than on the Lake Romney is on.

Del Dolemonte on July 17, 2012 at 5:15 PM

It seems to me that it is Obama who will not run on his record.

Instead, his campaign is entirely ad hominem, and he is tying to paint Romney as someone to run away from.

“If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things.”
Barack Obama 28 August 2008, Democratic National Convention

billrowe on July 17, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Government clearly needs a haircut. Romney needs to say why he’s the barber for the job.

birdhurd on July 16, 2012 at 5:29 PM

I like that, bird.

That’s it for me. Way past their bounds, way too large and oppressive.
I admit more to thinking chain saws, but shears, okay… and remember not
to run with scissors…

I think government helped me feel the way I do.
Is that right?

Barakaboat. Down goes Frazier.

I didn’t do that all by myself. Just ask ‘tehpos’. Yes, I said it.
I’ve left loathe in the kind word category.

mickytx on July 17, 2012 at 7:54 PM

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