Until fairly recently most Americans had never heard of Bain Capital, the company once headed by Mitt Romney. But since they’re in the business of making money, in recent weeks the name Bain has been put on the same level as bin Laden and Hitler as representative of all things evil.
Not only have other GOP presidential contenders been savaging Romney for his Bain past, the Democrats have been revving up to pummel Romney for the next ten months, assuming he become the Republican nominee.
Well, not so fast.
Democrats have accepted more political donations than Republicans from executives at Bain Capital, complicating the left’s plan to attack Mitt Romney for his record at the private equity firm.
During the last three election cycles, Bain employees have given Democratic candidates and party committees more than $1.2 million. The vast majority of that sum came from senior executives.
Republican candidates and party committees raised over $480,000 from senior Bain executives during that time period.
So that’s nearly three times the amount the Democrats have lapped up from the dreaded Bain. And, sadly, it might complicate the plans by Democrats to demonize Bain on a daily basis. Poor things.
Of course, the Democrats have never let hyupocrisy get in the way of some demagoguery, so they’ll manage to justify their greed.
Democrats could be forced to justify attacking Bain — which specializes in buying companies and boosting profitability, often by laying off workers — while accepting campaign funds from the same executives who made the cost-cutting decisions.
“They’re going to have a difficult time explaining why they’re padding their war chest with contributions from the same executives that they’re accusing of hurting jobs,” said Brian Walsh, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Democratic strategists disagree.
“What you have with Romney and Bain is a kid stuck with his hand in the cookie jar. There’s no question he had direct involvement in thousands of people losing their jobs and in some cases their homes,” said David Di Martino, a Democratic strategist. “That’s different than company executives at an investment fund making contributions to Democrats.”
So Romney is responsible for everything that happened at a company he no longer has ties with, but current executives have nothing to do with it.
Don’t you just love Democrat logic?
Obama, meanwhile, has killed millions of jobs in three years and just scuttled the Keystone pipeline project, but nobody blinks an eye at that.
This will be a one-day story at best, as you be assured most of the media will simply ignore it and zero in on every dollar Romney has ever made, saved or raised. He’s a Republican and must be destroyed. Can’t let facts get in the way or anything like that.