Obama’s 2012 straw man: Bain Capital

by John Ruberry | July 6th, 2014

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Obama's 2012 straw man: Bain Capital

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By John Ruberry

It’s hard to fathom now, but one of the major issues of the 2012 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign was Mitt Romney’s 15-​year lead­er­ship of the Boston-​based pri­vate equity firm Bain Cap­i­tal, which he co-​founded.

Two years later Pres­i­dent Obama, who of course defeated Rom­ney in ’12, faces mul­ti­ple crises, includ­ing scan­dals involv­ing IRS tar­get­ing of con­ser­v­a­tive groups, deadly wait­ing lists at VA hos­pi­tals, as well as a col­laps­ing Iraq, Russia’s seizure of Ukraine, a still stag­nant econ­omy, and 300,000 ille­gal alien chil­dren cross­ing over our lightly watched south­ern border.

None of these hotspots have any­thing to do with Bain Cap­i­tal, other than, remotely, the rot­ten Obama economy.

Under Rom­ney, Bain res­cued many com­pa­nies from fail­ure. And it pro­vided seed money for new firms such as Sta­ples, which now oper­ates over two-​thousand stores. Sure, a few of Bain’s invest­ments didn’t work out, but fail­ure – as well as suc­cess – is how cap­i­tal­ism works.

While at the NATO sum­mit in the spring of 2012, Obama defended attacks on Romney’s tenure at Bain.

What did that have to do with NATO?

How­ever, Rom­ney left Bain in 1999 to engi­neer his great­est turn­around, the res­cue of the scandal-​plagued 2002 Win­ter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He then moved on and was elected gov­er­nor of Massachusetts.

Dur­ing the cam­paign, a lib­eral super PAC, Pri­or­i­ties USA, blamed Bain Cap­i­tal and Rom­ney in a video for the death from can­cer of a woman after her hus­band was laid off from a Bain-​owned com­pany. That claim was almost imme­di­ately debunked, yet Obama only half-​heartedly dis­avowed it.

Obama and his sur­ro­gates were par­tak­ing in an old Saul Alinksy tac­tic–straw man attacks.

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Paul Ryan, Romney’s run­ning mate, neatly summed up Obama’s mis­chief last year:

Look, it’s the same trick he plays every time: Fight a straw man. Avoid hon­est debate. Win the argu­ment by default.

Yes, Obama is win­ning argu­ments. But our nation is becom­ing increas­ing dysfunctional.

Obama, like King Robert Baratheon in Game of Thrones, mis­tak­enly believes vic­tory and run­ning a coun­try are the same thing.

It’s a road map for dis­as­ter. And we have arrived at our unhappy destination.

John Ruberry reg­u­larly blogs at Marathon Pun­dit.

Romney in Illinois, 2012

Romney in Illinois, 2012

By John Ruberry

It’s hard to fathom now, but one of the major issues of the 2012 presidential campaign was Mitt Romney’s 15-year leadership of the Boston-based private equity firm Bain Capital, which he co-founded.

Two years later President Obama, who of course defeated Romney in ’12, faces multiple crises, including scandals involving IRS targeting of conservative groups, deadly waiting lists at VA hospitals, as well as a collapsing Iraq, Russia’s seizure of Ukraine, a still stagnant economy, and 300,000 illegal alien children crossing over our lightly watched southern border.

None of these hotspots have anything to do with Bain Capital, other than, remotely, the rotten Obama economy.

Under Romney, Bain rescued many companies from failure. And it provided seed money for new firms such as Staples, which now operates over two-thousand stores. Sure, a few of Bain’s investments didn’t work out, but failure–as well as success–is how capitalism works.

While at the NATO summit in the spring of 2012, Obama defended attacks on Romney’s tenure at Bain.

What did that have to do with NATO?

However, Romney left Bain in 1999 to engineer his greatest turnaround, the rescue of the scandal-plagued 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He then moved on and was elected governor of Massachusetts.

During the campaign, a liberal super PAC, Priorities USA, blamed Bain Capital and Romney in a video for the death from cancer of a woman after her husband was laid off from a Bain-owned company. That claim was almost immediately debunked, yet Obama only half-heartedly disavowed it.

Obama and his surrogates were partaking in an old Saul Alinksy tactic–straw man attacks.

John "Lee" Ruberry

John “Lee” Ruberry

Paul Ryan, Romney’s running mate, neatly summed up Obama’s mischief last year:

Look, it’s the same trick he plays every time: Fight a straw man. Avoid honest debate. Win the argument by default.

Yes, Obama is winning arguments. But our nation is becoming increasing dysfunctional.

Obama, like King Robert Baratheon in Game of Thrones, mistakenly believes victory and running a country are the same thing.

It’s a road map for disaster. And we have arrived at our unhappy destination.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

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