President Obama and his operatives in the White House and on his campaign piously intone that because Mitt Romney has made his business experience part of his claim that he is presidential timber, it is incumbent upon them to “examine” his days at the private equity firm Bain Capital.
This, they assert, is not a personal attack, but a fair look at the record. Under this theory, Obama’s relationships with questionable characters like the Rev. Jeremiah Wright amount to character assassination, while Bain is fair game.
But it’s clear that Obama and his merry band of attack dogs are merely using Bain as a tool with which they can mount a caustic assault on Romney’s character.
The cherry-picked samples of companies that failed after being taken over by Bain are used to portray Romney has a greedy, immoral capitalist who could care less about average workers.
Make no mistake, it’s not his service at Bain, but Romney’s ethics that are being attacked. While Obama himself pretends to take the high road, asserting that Romney’s work at Bain merely fails to demonstrate the proper qualities for the presidency, his henchmen color in the portrait to say something very different
The latest example comes in the form of an email sent out by the Obama campaign’s Stephanie Cutter. Here’s what Cutter said:
The decisions he made at Bain Capital — loading companies with debt, sometimes to the point of bankruptcy, but walking away with millions in profit — show that his values in the White House would have a devastating impact on America’s middle class.
Cutter is not saying Romney lacks the right experience. She’s saying he lacks the right values. That is, he’s evil.
Just to make sure no one missed the point, she also calls him a liar:
Mitt Romney’s general disregard for the truth is why you all are so important to this campaign.
While the Obama campaign is calling Romney a liar, it ought to at least acknowledge its own mendacity. The attacks on Bain have little to do with Romney’s skill set, and everything to do with character assassination.