The liberal media go bonkers whenever Matt Romney says something that reflects his wealth (e.g., two Cadillacs; his friends include NASCAR owners). The premise is that Romney’s wealth is a “problem,” so these are gaffes. In fact everyone knows that Romney earned a ton of money, so these supposed gaffes have had no discernible impact on his standing.
But in terms of admission against interest, that is, statements damaging to one’s own side, there is no comparison: The Obama team and its allies have repeatedly given their conservative opponents ammunition with which to blast the president. Because it comes from the left, it is all the more powerful.
1. Newark Mayor Cory Booker not only slams the attacks on Bain Capital but the whole distraction campaign being aided and abetted by the media: “It’s nauseating to the American public. Enough is enough. Stop attacking private equity. Stop attacking Jeremiah Wright. This stuff has got to stop. It’s a distraction from the real issues. It’s either gonna be a small campaign about this crap, or it’s gonna be a big campaign about the issues the American public cares about.”
2. Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter: “I have to say also there are also disadvantages to being an incumbent. The economy, you know, will continue to be a challenge as we continue to fight out this race over the next six months.”
3. Austan Goolsbee: “Look, I don’t dispute that the deficit has increased.”
4. Robert Reich on what he wishes he could tell graduates: “You’re . . . [expletive]. Well, not exactly. But you won’t have it easy. First, you’re going to have a hell of a hard time finding a job. The job market you’re heading into is still bad. Fewer than half of the graduates from last year’s class have as yet found full-time jobs. Most are still looking. . . . If unemployment stays high for many years, if the wages of young college grads continue to fall, if the costs of college continue to rise and state and local spending per college student continues to drop, and if the college debt burden therefore continues to explode — well, you do the math.”
5. President Obama in response to Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), who asked if he wanted to raise the debt limit with no further cuts or entitlement reform: “Yes.”
6. The liberal editorial board of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, endorsing Gov. Scott Walker (R) and deploring the recall election that Big Labor and the Democratic National Committee backed: “To his credit, Walker has helped to right the state’s finances with a minimum of gimmicks — the governor reported recently that the state may be able to book a $154 million surplus next year. This good news has been lost in the clutter surrounding an unnecessary recall election that will cost as much as $18 million just to stage, according to the Government Accountability Board. . . . And while we think Act 10 — the law that clipped the wings of most public-employee unions in the state — was an overreach of political power, we understand and supported the need to rein in the state’s labor costs. Municipalities and school districts as well as the state needed more control over their budgets, which Act 10 provided.”
If ever the Republicans want to make the case that President Obama is running a noxious attack on the free market, has an indefensible economic record, has increased the debt, has presided over the worst economy in recent years for young people, refuses to deal with our current fiscal mess and has backed Big Labor against the taxpayers’ interest, just listen to the president and his allies. I bet you’ll get reminders in GOP ads.