It’s obvious where Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is on the cronies vs. the capitalists. “The Right To Rise.”
This is the obvious result of the anti-Bain attacks. (Obvious, except to the mainstream media). “Mr. Romney’s GOP opponents (with the admirable exception of Rick Santorum) are embarrassing themselves by taking the Obama line, but Mr. Romney should view this as an opportunity to stake his campaign on something larger and far more important than his own business expertise.”
It’s obvious even to him that he’s blown it. Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the wake of a miserable showing released a statement in which he came off “defensive in the first-person statement, maintaining that there still is a wide-open race to challenge Romney, and explaining his decision to skip the Granite State.” He’s a dead-man walking, politically speaking.
Slowly what has been obvious becomes conventional wisdom. “For months, Mitt Romney has campaigned under the ignominious cloud of being called one of the most fragile front-runners the Republican Party has seen in decades. Not anymore. The first nonincumbent Republican contender to notch back-to-back wins in the New Hampshire primary and the Iowa caucuses sent a powerful message on Tuesday. By winning a state in New England known for its independent streak and — albeit much more narrowly — a caucus dominated by evangelical Christians in the rural Midwest, Romney proved he’s a national contender.”
This will become increasingly obvious to ordinary voters. “Obama is not a pro-business Democrat. His wife is not a pro-business Democrat. They don’t like the business community. They don’t trust the free market. They want to spread wealth around (other people’s wealth, I might add). . . . He has decided that he wants his presidency to mean something different, and he has made the fateful decision that he will govern as a left-wing political populist. That is why he has embraced the Occupy Wall Street movement, why he keeps using class-warfare rhetoric, why he has given up on deal-cutting, why he has decided to run against Congress rather than on his accomplishments.”
Avik Roy’s must-read explains the obvious to confused conservatives. “Bain Capital sought not to break up businesses, but to improve them. The firm is certainly not beyond reproach, and as I wrote in the piece, Bain’s practice of drawing out dividends before its turnarounds were complete is one that is worthy of debate. But the same could be said of Apple’s monopolistic practices, practices that have drawn complaints from competitors and suppliers. The same could be said of the movie studios, which produce both Oscar-winning films and tawdry junk. The idea that screenwriters and gadget-makers are heroic, whereas turnaround artists are not, is its own kind of prejudice, one that is worthy of further discussion.”
It’s even obvious to the New York Times. “Expectations, Schmexpectations: Romney Had a Great Night..”