Democratic desperation: Back to Bain-baiting in the final week

posted at 10:51 am on October 30, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

To quote my esteemed co-blogger Allahpundit: It comes to this.  With their electoral strategy in ruins, with everyone laughing at Barack Obama’s attempt to float a last-minute version of a second-term agenda, Democrats will reach back and makes the only pitch they know for the final closing argument.

Did you know that Mitt Romney is riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiich?

For the final days of the 2012 campaign, the Democratic groups pummeling Mitt Romney on television have returned to the weapon they started with last spring: Bain Capital.

The Obama campaign and its super PAC allies have spent months trashing Romney’s policies and personal values across the airwaves, branding him as a job-killing, abortion rights-opposing, Medicare-privatizing tycoon who disdains working-class and poor Americans.

But with a little over a week left in the race, several of the Democrats’ top independent spenders are leaning hard into the Bain message, eschewing a pure policy message for a gut-punch reminder that the former Massachusetts governor made his fortune through controversial deals in the private-equity industry.

The late emphasis on Bain, Democratic strategists say, reflects both the potency of Bain as an attack against Romney in general, and the pivotal significance of Midwestern states such as Ohio where the Bain message is especially resonant. Though Romney remains no better than tied with Obama in most national and swing-state polls, he has gained enough ground since the first debate on Oct. 3 that reinforcing Obama’s standing in states such as Ohio and Wisconsin is of paramount importance.

First, it says something that these groups can’t make an argument for the incumbent.  In the final week, voters usually want a positive argument about why they should vote for a candidate, or at least contrast ads based on policies and records.  Democrats simply don’t have those arguments to make.

Even more to the point, Democrats have already used these arguments for months.  They ran ads all summer when they had the broadcast airwaves mostly to themselves, and swamped voters with this messaging.  It didn’t work even when they had a money advantage, and they don’t even have that any longer.  People already know about Romney’s wealth; Obama even brought it up a few times in the debates, only to have his straw men dismantled by Romney in real time.  The Bain attacks ended up flopping, as the polling surge for Romney in October proved.

The only message this will send will be desperation.  And as Morrissey’s Axiom on Politics and Dating states, desperation is not an aphrodisiac.


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If this is true, then you’re unpatriotic and borderline treasonous. Our patriotic duty as Americans is to work hard to our FULL POTENTIAL and pay taxes to help other people and keep the government running as usual.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCqgNWRjmAc

Luckily Obama will probably remedy the economic problem of producers failing to produce through executive orders in his second term. It should be illegal.

akaniku on October 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM

You are going to need more than an Executive Order, dear. You are going to need to repeal the Thirteenth Amendment.

Once again, sucks to be you, girlfriend.

As your idol once said, at some point, “you’ve made enough money.” Well, I’ve made enough money. Why should I work anymore? Why should I do anything for you?

FUND YOUR UTOPIA WITHOUT ME.

And, a BIG, SLOPPY kiss fer ya!

Resist We Much on October 30, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Luckily Obama will probably remedy the economic problem of producers failing to produce through executive orders in his second term. It should be illegal.

akaniku on October 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM

When is he going to order the people on welfare to work?

You know, Obama — in your world — is beginning to sound like Simon Legree.

Resist We Much on October 30, 2012 at 12:29 PM

The only message this will send will be desperation. And as Morrissey’s Axiom on Politics and Dating states, desperation is not an aphrodisiac.

Hmmmm, Sandra Fluke probably disagrees.

GrannyDee on October 30, 2012 at 12:34 PM

As Rush said, Obama is the first major party candidate ever to run against capitalism and economic freedom.

In 2012, I’m voting for the American.

petefrt on October 30, 2012 at 12:35 PM

akaniku on October 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Fluke you, not in a good way. I’m totally with RWM. I love to starve you and yours.

Molon Labe, you Gd’d FOOL.

Schadenfreude on October 30, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Bain again? Is that all they have? Buh Bye Obloomer Panties.

kemojr on October 30, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Sound familiar anyone? Read Atlas Shrugged lately?

long dogs on October 30, 2012 at 12:13 PM

When is he going to order the people on welfare to work?

You know, Obama — in your world — is beginning to sound like Simon Legree.

Resist We Much on October 30, 2012 at 12:29 PM

That’s exactly what he means by “Economic Patriotism”. He expects companies to hire even if it means they lose money and have no customers.

slickwillie2001 on October 30, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Really, AxelFraud? This is sad even for him. To be this Bereft of ideas at this point in the campaign, is pathetic. This tells me it’s been decided, that the fight will be in the courts! Get ready for every Dem to scream Republican Voter Fraud, from the time the polls open, on Nov.6th, until the end of time! This is not normal for a Dem campaign and can only be explained by deducing the tactics have changed and been decided upon. All those U.N. poll watchers will be given marching orders to accuse poll workers of Republican Voter Fraud, even if the poll workers are Dems. Watch for Dems dropping hints, as they can’t help themselves and will prep the stage for their endgame tactics!
Addendum on the fight against the Obama Enemy media: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on October 30, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Luckily Obama will probably remedy the economic problem of producers failing to produce through executive orders in his second term. It should be illegal.

akaniku on October 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Directive 10-289?

LegendHasIt on October 30, 2012 at 12:48 PM

They truly are out of ideas – and time and luck. It increasingly is looking like the Lord is answering our prayers. Let’s not forget that, and keep fighting the battle.

paul1149 on October 30, 2012 at 12:49 PM

The Salon web site goes one step further – blaming Romney for the NECC meningitis outbreak. Seems that Romney was Governor in MA sometime back and well therefore it is his fault that in 2012 contaminated steroids were shipped to doctors. Pages of supporting comments by heavy breathing progs follow the article. They are still searching for the link to George W Bush to close the circle.

in_awe on October 30, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Barry is simply a confidence man. That’s all he’s ever been.

His real agenda and interests are only revealed in his actions.
Remember these?
If you want to build a coal fire power plant you’ll go broke…
I have one more election. Then I’ll have more flexibility…
I just think we should spread the wealth around a bit…
They just cling to their guns and religion…
What our real goal is a single payer healthcare…
The deaths in Benghazi were just a bump in the road…

So tell me Mr. President, what is it you really want to change? What am I supposed to hope for?

Mr. President, I dont question you have confidence, but what this country needs is competence. In this realm, I need to disagree that you are an empty suit. Clint Eastwood was prophetically right, you don’t rise to that. You’re an empty chair at best.

hoakie on October 30, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Barack and Michelle are an example of the model American middle class, who earned what they got the old fashioned way and didn’t run around earning more than they needed.

akaniku on October 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM

YOU fool:

1. He never earned a penny.

2. She earned $340,000/yr. devising how to dump hospital patients, illegally.

May you and them go straight to Hell for lying, cheating, and exploiting the poor, legally and illegally.

Schadenfreude on October 30, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Let’s face it: Mitt is unusually wealthy and a lot of American’s arent’ comfortable with that.

akaniku on October 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM

It’s “Americans” you Fool!

Plus, I don’t know a single American who’s uncomfortable with wealth. They all are hired by wealthy or well-off people and want to be wealthy themselves.

Now, the looting/mooching rats you hang out with, go to Hell, with the Obamas.

Schadenfreude on October 30, 2012 at 1:00 PM

They don’t have much compared to Mitt Romney, and the larger point is that they got it the old fashioned way – hard work and sacrifice.

akaniku on October 30, 2012 at 11:30 AM

May your blind stupidity utterly destroy you.

Schadenfreude on October 30, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Directive 10-289?

LegendHasIt on October 30, 2012 at 12:48 PM

The fool must be out of Atlas Shrugged, or does parody well.

Schadenfreude on October 30, 2012 at 1:04 PM

If this is true, then you’re unpatriotic and borderline treasonous. Our patriotic duty as Americans is to work hard to our FULL POTENTIAL and pay taxes to help other people and keep the government running as usual.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCqgNWRjmAc

Luckily Obama will probably remedy the economic problem of producers failing to produce through executive orders in his second term. It should be illegal.

akaniku on October 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Oh, it should?

Well, then you would think the screaming and crying Emperor Obama would pay his own taxes and insist that his staff do the same, right?

Wrong.

A new report just out from the Internal Revenue Service reveals that 36 of President Obama’s executive office staff owe the country $833,970 in back taxes.

And you would think that your Obama Party and your fellow “progressives” would repudiate and remove from office anyone who cheated on their taxes, especially using offshore methods, and committed welfare fraud to boot.

Wrong.

Very wrong.

You’ve just been exposed, hypocrite. You support and endorse tax cheats and liars. Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, and the Obama Party are all tax cheats and liars who steal from others and enrich themselves on the government teat.

Do you think your lies work here? We know liberals are liars. We know “progressives” like you are all lazy parasites who want others to work and pay your bills for you. We know that Obama supporters are nothing more than racist welfare addicts, just like Michelle and Barack Obama themselves.

northdallasthirty on October 30, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Hot Air: “Stop looking at Mitt’s business record.”

Constantine on October 30, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Hot Air: “Stop looking at Mitt’s business record.”

Constantine on October 30, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Constantine: “Stop looking at Obama’s failure.”

You are incredibly stupid.

tom daschle concerned on October 30, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Luckily Obama will probably remedy the economic problem of producers failing to produce through executive orders in his second term. It should be illegal.

akaniku on October 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Would that be anything like Directive 10-289?

Solaratov on October 30, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Luckily Obama will probably remedy the economic problem of producers failing to produce through executive orders in his second term. It should be illegal.

akaniku on October 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Let me know when you get Galt on the Persuader, Dr. Stadler.

tom daschle concerned on October 30, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Barack and Michelle are an example of the model American middle class, who earned what they got the old fashioned way and didn’t run around earning more than they needed.

akaniku on October 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Don’t your lips get really, really tired and sore…all puckered up like that and stuck between d’ohbama’s butt-cheeks?

I’ll bet you use at least $3000 of lip balm a year…and need socialized insurance to pay for it, don’t you?

Solaratov on October 30, 2012 at 5:45 PM

You are incredibly stupid.
tom daschle concerned on October 30, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Yep, failure.

tom daschle: “When I’m angry and have nothing worthwhile to say, I like to hurl personal insults.”

Constantine on October 30, 2012 at 6:22 PM

With the assistance of the NYT (of the LSM):

The Romney campaign has come under considerable criticism in recent days for taking liberties with the facts in a new television commercial that suggests Jeep, a recipient of federal bailout money, will soon outsource American jobs to China. Chrysler, Jeep’s parent company, does not in fact have plans to cut its American work force but is considering opening a facility in China where it would produce Jeeps for sale locally.

I understand the product cost savings advantages of Chinese production vs. US production (eased environmental regulations, low labor costs, reduced distribution costs)… But there is still the ‘shipping jobs overseas’ issue…isn’t there?

taking liberties with the facts

Sorry, don’t see it. Facts is facts.

socalcon on October 30, 2012 at 6:36 PM

I agree Paul1149. We need to keep praying and not stop until the election results come in. And afterward we need to praise the Lord if Romney wins and thank Him for giving our country another chance.

I will be praying for much of Election Day after casting my vote for Romney.

sherrimae on October 30, 2012 at 11:46 PM

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