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January 09, 2012

Mitt Romney: "I Like Being Able To Fire People"*

Out of context? You bet. Will it be edited down and run in millions and millions of dollars worth of Obama commercials? Oh yes, yes it will.

(Video via Ben Domenech)

But hey, I'm sure the ads will get the dreaded "Four Pinocchios" from the Washington Post and maybe even a "Pants on Fire" rating from That'll even things up!

I get that people are annoyed with Newt (and now Perry is doing it) for going after Mitt's work at Bain but it's better to have it out there now and decide if it's baggage we want to carry into the general election.

I think this whole primary season has shown that reports of Mitt's "electability" are overrated but we are just now getting to his greatest vulnerability. Part of being "electable" is not saying dumb stuff that can be used against you. Just ask John "I voted for it before I voted against it". Kerry.

Yes, I know the theory, Bain's investors may have bought some companies with the idea that they would be downsized, broken up and sold off to make money but that just freed up capital that would invested in more profitable ones elsewhere.

That's a fantastic theory and creative destruction is a necessary part of a successful economy. It's also a losing political message. We can (and should) make the case for free market economics but let's not pretend that there aren't some real world downsides on the personal level that result from it. We also shouldn't pretend that people don't ever let emotion override a well made and rationale argument.

Again, maybe Mitt's going to be able to be a great ambassador for free market principles but let's not pretend he isn't also straight out the Democrats version of central casting of a fat-cat villain.

Just like the costs and benefits of what Romney did at Bain, we need to consider all the costs and potential benefits of nominating him, especially in this economy.

As Jeff Emanuel (who you should be following on Twitter) wrote:

So in a jobs & Obamacare election, the "inevitable" nominee made his $ eliminating jobs & his signature legislation is state health care

Just a reminder, Democrats have run this playbook on Romney before.

Yes, it was Massachusetts but it was also 1994, when plenty of Republicans were winning in unlikely places.

*I had the quote wrong in the headline. Thanks to Peej for the heads up.

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