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Right Turn
Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 05/22/2012

Ten ways you know the Bain attack is bombing

Unless you’ve really drunk the Kool-Aid, you probably have the idea that the President Obama’s campaign has misfired on the Bain attack. How can you tell? Well:

1. Democratic critics of the Bain attack are piling up.

2. Politico, the ultimate home team paper (root for those to whom you want access), has gone pro-Romney, big time. (h/t David Freddoso)

3. Chris Matthews is having a meltdown.

4. The Romney team is sending around headlines with the subject: Not “The Tuesday Headlines President Obama Was Looking For...” And there are lots and lots of them.

5. Obama campaign manger Ben LaBolt's interview is being sent around — by the Romney team. Anderson Cooper sounds as if the Wall Street Journal editorial board in raking him over the coals.

6. Lefty blogger Jamelle Bouie is trying to argue that Newt Gingrich just was better at this.

7. The Huffington Post would rather hype Gov. Scott Walker’s impending win in Wisconsin than feature Bain as the top story.

8. Democrat Mickey Kaus argues that the Bain attack benefits Mitt Romney because it “obviously give[s] him credence as a man who can cut the inefficiencies out of a bloated federal bureaucracy (that still doesn’t seem to think it faces in any kind of spending crisis).”

9. The media is going to town on stories like this from ABC News: “The Obama campaign’s latest attack tells the story of workers at an Indiana office supply company who lost their jobs after a Bain-owned company named American Pad & Paper (Ampad) took over their company and drove it out of business. Here’s what the Obama Web video doesn’t mention: A top Obama donor and fundraiser had a much more direct tie to the controversy and actually served on the board of directors at Richardson, Texas-based Ampad, which makes office paper products. Jonathan Lavine is a long-time Bain Capital executive and co-owner of the Boston Celtics. He is also one of President Obama’s most prolific fundraisers.” Oh well, then it was smart business and a good faith attempt to save the company.

10. The New York Times is very nervous about the drop-off in Obama’s fundraising among big donors. “Fund-Raising for Romney Eats Into Obama’s Edge.” (Anyone think the Bain attack will help?) And, you guessed it, the Bain story isn’t on the front page.

By  |  12:11 PM ET, 05/22/2012

Categories:  2012 campaign, Media

 
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