The attacks on Bain could backfire

Affluent suburbs outside the South trended heavily toward Democrats from 1992 to 2008. Now they seem to be trending Republican.

And, as it happens, Republicans have a nominee who demonstrated affirmative appeal in affluent suburbs in primary after primary. They were the base on which he won the nomination.

Romney’s background as the son of an auto-company president has been treated as a liability. But his record as a market innovator and private-equity investor (without inherited money, by the way) may be a plus.

“This is what the campaign is about,” Obama said of the Bain ads. That might not go over well in affluent suburbs.