More Dems dump on Obama's Bain attack
Advertising attacking Romney and Bain as vampire capitalists turns out to be latest exploding cigar of the Obama campaign. First, Cory Booker called the ads "disgusting" (likening them to attacks on Rev. Wright) and was forced to publicly humiliate himself with a clarification that merely clarified that the Obama campaign had put enormous pressure on him to laughably claim he was taken out of context. Now a whole host of other prominent Democrats are distancing themselves.
Cameron Joseph of The Hill:
Despite pushback from more than a half-dozen Democrats, the Obama campaign on Tuesday defended how it has scrutinized Romney's business background.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a widely respected member of Congress, stopped short of criticizing the president, but made it clear that the campaign should pivot.
"It's done," she said. "Go on to other things now."
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) told The Hill, "I think the average American ... hopes that this campaign will focus on competing visions for how to strengthen our economy, help create jobs and move the country forward."
Others withholding their approval include Ed Rendell, former governor of Pennsylvania, Harold Ford, prominent and respected ex-congressman from Memphis, and former Obama car czar Steve Rattner.
The attack is dangerous for Obama because the specifics do not bear scrutiny, and there is more than enough time to thoroughly vet the claims. Romney had left Bain years before the Kansas City steel company went broke. It is also no secret that the entire American steel industry has suffered a huge number of bankruptcies, of which GST was a comparatively minor example. Moreover, Bain not only poured money into modernizing the KC facility, it successfully created a new, non-union steel company in the Midwest that employs thousands.
Which means that the campaign attack on Bain boils down to a claim that capitalists and by extension capitalism is bad. This emotive thrust is shared by Obama, Michelle, and Valerie Jarrett and many of the leftists in the Democratic base, but sane Democrats recognize it is a losing appeal for the general electorate.
Team Obama has shown little inclination to listen to, much less make a course correction based on critical feedback, so there is every reason to believe the attacks will continue. The signs are out there for all who care to see. Don't count on ties to Obama paying big dividends next year and beyond.
Update (hat tip to Ed Lasky):
Now it is chaos at the Obama campsign, which is defending Bain against a criticism by a Democrat all. The Washington Free Beacon:
An Obama campaign spokesperson said Tuesday that remarks by Rep. James Clyburn (D., S.C.) describing Bain Capital as "raping companies" were "inappropriate."
Will Rep Clyburn join Mayor Booker in a re-eductaion camp?