The GOP couldn’t ask to be in a better position, nationally, then the one they find themselves occupying this morning. They should be wielding the whip hand right now… should; they are, after all, still The Stupid Party.
First off, we had Corey Booker’s recent “Meet the Press” appearance. After being set up to take a whack at Mittens and his time at Bain Capital, the Obama surrogate went waay off the Democrat’s talking points:
“I have to just say from a very personal level I’m not about to sit here and indict private equity,” Mr. Booker said. “To me it’s just we’re getting to a ridiculous point in America, especially that I know I live in a state where pension funds, unions and other people are investing in companies like Bain Capital. If you look at the totality of Bain Capital’s record they’ve done a lot to support businesses, to grow businesses. And this to me, I’m very uncomfortable with.”
The response from his erstwhile Democrat friends was fast and furious. On Twitter, Booker was savaged. Within hours (after presumably having had the Riot Act read to him by the DNC/Obama campaign), Booker took to YouTube to offer a “clarification” of his “MtP” appearance, which was widely derided, notably by Scarborough and the knuckleheads on “Morning Joe,” as resembling “a hostage tape,” and the Soros-funded thug squad at Think Progress quickly released a hit job against Booker, painting him as a puppet in the employ of Bain and other financial industry denizens.
By Monday afternoon, the Romney campaign had incorporated Booker’s “MtP” statements (along with those of former Dem Rep. Harold Ford Jr. and Steven Rattner, Obama’s former “car czar” who both agreed with Booker’s original position) in to web ‘vert called “Big Bain Blowback.”
The sound and fury unleashed on a rising star such as Corey Booker, who is probably the most charismatic Democratic mayor in America, shows just how quickly the knives come out when one of “their” people stray off the campaign’s plantation. The problem, however, is that Obama’s plantation is not necessarily the Democratic Party’s plantation:
A series of Democrats, most prominent among them Newark Mayor Cory Booker, raised doubts about Democratic attacks on Bain Capital, Mitt Romney’s former venture capital firm. And while Booker was forced into a long, slow, painful walkback of his worries, other figures — like former Rep. Harold Ford — remained unapologetic markers of the party’s independence from its president.
Obama is hardly facing a rebellion. He is broadly popular among Democratic voters, and commands more universal support from Democratic elected officials than Vice President Al Gore did in 2000. But he spent the bulk of his career an obscure, local figure in Chicago; his explosion onto the national scene left him no time to build the sort of national network of allies Bill Clinton spent decades cultivating.
Former Pensylvania Governor Ed Rendell said it would be unfair to compare Obama’s aides to Clinton’s operation….
And Rendell joined the chorus of criticism of Obama’s attacks on finance, whose leaders have written checks to many members of both parties.
“I think they’re very disappointing,” Rendell said of the ads attacking Bain. “I think Bain is fair game, because Romney has made it fair game. But I think how you examine it, the tone, what you say, is important as well.”
As for Booker, “I admire him,” Rendell said. “People in politics should tell the truth. He could have qualified it better, he could have framed it better, but if you’re in this business, none of us like negative ads.”
“I think this lack of skillful outreach to major surrogates and leaders is similar to what has also been viewed as tepid treatment of donors/bundlers,” said one former aide to Hillary Clinton in an email, comparing Clinton’s cadre of professional, type A Beltway schmoozers like former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe with the low key likes of Obama aide David Axelrod.
H/T to Hot Air’s Cap’n Ed, who notes: “Obama didn’t help matters as President, either. First he forced the ObamaCare issue onto the Democratic Congress, insisting that passage would guarantee their re-election. Instead, House Democrats lost more seats in a midterm than any time since 1938, and nearly lost control of the Senate as well. This year, Obama continued with his arms-length approach by refusing to share his campaign fundraising with his party’s efforts in the House and Senate. Small wonder that the party feels a little disaffected from its putative leader.”
Even Dave “Sharp Crease” Brooks has seemingly had his “Hey Rube!” moment….
By itself, this is an entertaining piece of campaign theater. But this didn’t occur in a vacuum. Out in Wisconsin, Scott Walker is about to humiliate the unions who have fueled the re-call effort against him:
Two weeks from Election Day, Democrats face the real prospect of defeat: The last three public polls of the race show the first-term Republican up between 4 and 9 points. Local Democrats are seething that the national party has been MIA from their recall effort. The state’s largest newspaper argued over the weekend that whatever Walker’s sins, he doesn’t deserve to be booted from office.
And with fewer than 5 percent of voters undecided, the chance of a significant shift in sentiment in the closing days appears slight, even as the campaigns prepare to launch their final advertising spree.
Those polls cited above don’t tell the whole story; this one does. Many political observers believe the Walker re-call effort a likely harbinger of how November’s results will play out, and it looks as if Walker is gonna clean their clocks.
Toss in The Ballad of Fauxcahontas, and it seems that anywhere you turn, the Democrats are getting spanked. One wonders if The Stupid Party can figure out a way to take advantage of this Democrat disarray.
- To Bain, or not to Bain? (geneveith.com)
- Matthews Goes Epic Rant Against Cory Booker For ‘Sabotage’ On Obama’s Bain Strategy (mediaite.com)
- VIDEO: Newark Mayor Corey Booker Tells MSNBC’s Rachael Maddow GOP Distorting His Comments (themoderatevoice.com)
- Republicans Having A Heyday With Cory Booker’s Bain Comments [Video] (politicker.com)
- Should Democrats stop Bain Capital attacks? (politico.com)