June 13th, 2011
Galley Friend X sends in the following observation about Mitt Romney’s ability to make the jobs case against Obama:
Romney is making a big push on jobs. In his new ad, he takes Obama’s line that economy faces some “bumps in the road,” and he runs with it: a bunch of weary-looking Americans get up off a road and say, “I’m an American, not a bump in the road.”But this ad has a ready-made response: Where are all the people whose employers were acquired by Romney’s private equity fund, Bain Capital, and who were subsequently laid off by Bain to make the acquired company more profitable?So Romney’s opponents can go out and show the video from the 2008 speech in which Romney said, “By the way, you know, layoffs happen. … Of course you have layoffs sometimes to try to keep the company alive.” And they can keep pointing to the Boston Globe’s big 2008 article on how Romney got rich while Bain gutted companies.I’m not saying that Romney’s wrong to highlight Obama’s dumb “bump in the road” line. But Romney’s probably the last guy the Republicans want making this argument. Just like the Obamacare fight: Romney is probably the least-well-positioned Republican in this fight.
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