Bain, the Pain, and Pray for Rain


“...Questions about Bain Capital and even about income inequality in general are just about envy and jealousy, says Mitt Romney…”

I gather Ronald Reagan is now considered a Marxist.

“…”I want our campaign to stand for Main Street, not Wall Street. I want us to stand for the worker, the shopkeeper, the entrepreneur, and the small businessman.”

On Tuesday evening, The Pink Flamingo was starting to get a hint of buyer’s remorse.  It really doesn’t matter, because Mitt Romney is the chosen one, much like Barack Obama was in 2008.

“...But what makes it so dangerous to Romney, it seems to me, is that the Bain Brahmin didn’t just fire thousands of working class people in restructuring and in closing companies. He made a (word deleted) unimaginable fortune doing it. That’s the issue. Other Republicans can speak about the need for free markets in a sluggish economy. But with Romney, we have a singular example of someone who made a quarter of a billion dollars by firing the white middle and working class in droves in ways that do not seem designed to promote growth or efficiency, but merely to enrich Bain….”

We are not allowed to mention Bain Capital for fear of being labeled Marxist. Bull. Like David Niven’s character wrote in Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, “I shall yell tripe whenever tripe is served.”  What a difference 4 years make.  John McCain didn’t have a problem going after Bain, and he is not considered evil.

“...They should be concerned, given that New Hampshire and Iowa have among the lowest unemployment rates in the country. But many more people should be concerned that behind a facade of denial of the Bain issue, Team Romney was surprised it already came up. During the last presidential nomnination campaign, John McCain raised the Bain issue. Duncan Hunter raised a Bain issue. And Mike Huckabee raised the Bain issue, recycling a lefty conspiracy theory, but most famously in his pre-Iowa quip on the Tonight Show: “People are looking for a presidential candidate who reminds them more of the guy they work with rather than the guy that laid them off.” There is no way these attacks (regardless of their ultimate merit) should have surprised Mitt Romney or his campaign….”

One Mitt’s great flip-flops can be found here at RCP.  I don’t know how long the video is going to be up.  You can no longer access it from Youtube.


Or, what about one of Romney’s top strategists, Stuart Stevens?  He used the “vulture capitalist” ads against Meg Whitman.  ROMNEY’S people created the problem a couple years ago.  He who lives by the dirty ads, may end up being screwed by them.

I really don’t care to vote for a man who can’t even tell the damn truth about his dog.  And, no, I don’t envy him.  Truth be known, I don’t envy anyone who does not know Christ as their Lord and Savior.   I really don’t envy the way Mitt can’t tell the truth about what he did for a living. I also don’t like the way anyone who disagrees with him is not a good person.  I also think he’s somewhat of a jerk.

Mitt Romney blew it with the way he has handled the Bain Capital issue.  In many ways, it highlights the problem the GOP is going to have with Mitt Romney.  He is either so arrogant, or unsure of himself that he is incapable of standing up for something,  including himself.   We can’t criticize him, though, even though we all know he is a moderate who has a backbone of pure spaghetti.

“…Romney’s awkwardness on the trail also occurs despite running a near perfect campaign operation that appears more presidential than any of the other candidates: aides with Romney wear earpieces, his advance team cordons off areas to keep Romney physically separate from the rest of the crowd, and his press aides only allow him to answer questions from reporters during designated media availabilities….”

He is easy to be cast as a cold hearted phony with no moral center who will do and say anything to get elected.


He blows one way one minute, and another the next, almost as though he doesn’t know if he

“…Call it a victory Mitt-igated. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney easily won New Hampshire’s primary Tuesday night, stepping to the brink of the GOP  nomination with a historic sweep of the first two presidential contests. But this past week exposed his existential vulnerability: Romney is easily cast as a cold-hearted phony.

The caricature isn’t new or entirely fair, but the GOP presidential front-runner gave his desperate rivals fresh ammunition: Romney said he liked being able to “fire people who provide services to me”; he claimed to have once worried about being laid off; he suggested that it’s best to get rich before running for president; and he seemed to stretch the truth about attack ads and about his motives for leaving the Massachusetts governor’s office.

“Could we drop … this pious baloney?” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told Romney in a debate on Sunday, a quote that will forever reside in the annals of political put-downs. “Just level with the American people.”…”

Bain is NOT the problem.  Mitt Romney’s handling of Bain is the problem.  Is he ashamed of his tenure at Bain?

There are a growing number of us who think that Mitt Romney is unelectable.  Quin Hillyer wrote:

“…Just by way of analysis, not meaning to be pro- or anti-Romney’s candidacy — but can anybody give me even a halfway convincing explanation for why the commentariat thinks that Mitt Romney is so much more electable than some of the other GOP candidates? (And no, polls don’t count: Polls aren’t actual analysis, and head-to-head polls for next fall mean absolutely nothing at this stage of a race other than a rough sense of name ID. If they did, Jimmy Carter would have beaten Ronald Reagan by 32 points.)

Usually, at this level, past performance is as good an indicator as anything else. Well, Romney’s past electoral performance is decidely weak. In 1994, as Rick Santorum was pulling an upset to win a Senate seat in Pennsylvania, Romney was getting crushed by Ted Kennedy — in a race where Kennedy actually was seen, even three weeks out, to be far more vulnerable than usual, because the tawdriness of his nephew’s late-1991 rape trial (and his role therein) combined with the overall tawdriness of his long-running behavior, combined with a nationwide revolt against Democrats, made Massachusetts voters unusually open (according to all sorts of polls and focus groups) to replacing him. But, again, Romney got absolutely crushed….”

You think Bain is rough, try jobs.

A time for Choosing

Mitt Romney has gone wrong by tip-toeing around his past.   He’s half-heartedly defended Bain, by attempting to have his surrogates destroy anyone who is getting in his way.    Embrace it.  Own up to it.  Man up.  Say he was in it for the money.  I’d respect him, then.

Riehl World View

Please, pardon The Pink Flamingo if I doing join the crocodile tears about how poor little Mitt Romney is being attacked by all of the above, but Ron Paul. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a little bit sick and tired of it. There is NOTHING wrong attacking your political opposition, unless you are attacking everyone’s favorite, Mitt Romney.


The problem is one must not mention Bain unless it is a slobbering

“…To understand these limitations is not to attack or disdain the free market. It is merely to give, as a very wise man once wrote, a clear-eyed “two-cheers” for capitalism. Yet because the free market has been under constant assault from the left for most of the last 80 years, Republicans often mount an automatic defense of it, or any of the businesses that operate within it, at the first sign of criticism. And that’s what has happened over the last few days with Newt Gingrich’s attempt to bring Mitt Romney’s days at Bain Capital to public light. There has been, in many Republican circles, something of a freak-out that anyone would dare try to paint an operation such as Bain in an unflattering light. To do so, they argue, constitutes an indictment of the free market itself….”

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The strange part of this is that Rick Perry isn’t being damned for going after Romney.

“…Perry went on to castigate the Obama administration for allegedly failing to stop “self-dealing” on Wall Street.

“You’ve got to ask yourself, when the last three chiefs of staff for this president came out of Wall Street, you don’t think there’s a little bit of inside dealing going on there?” Perry asked reporters.

“That their buddies aren’t calling ’em up and saying, `Hey, how ’bout let’s not be quite that tough on those of us on Wall Street. We’re just good ol’ boys out here trying to make a buck.’ This is a corrupt place. Wall Street and Washington are corrupt.”

Romney’s campaign on Tuesday circulated a National Review editorial criticizing Perry and other Republicans for blaming him for job losses that resulted from Bain takeover deals.

“Wall Street has its share of miscreants, and they should be recognized as such when appropriate,” it said. “But to abominate Mitt Romney for having been a success at the business of investing in struggling American companies, connecting entrepreneurs with capital and producers with markets, is foolish and destructive.”

A committee supporting Newt Gingrich for president has produced a TV ad focusing on people who lost their jobs in Bain transactions under Romney.

In his remarks at Sun City, Perry, turning to Washington, described the pet projects championed by members of Congress as a prime symptom of the backscratching “virus” that plagues the capital.

“The next thing you know, you’ve got people like Rick Santorum, who’s voting for the bridge to nowhere, who’s voting for a teapot museum, who’s voting for the Montana Sheep Institute – with no transparency,” he said….”



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