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    Are Bain attacks working, or is NY Times trying to create reality? (or both)

    Are Bain attacks working, or is NY Times trying to create reality? (or both)

    The New York Times declares that the Bain attacks are working, Bain Attacks Make Inroads for President

    Propelled by a torrent of blistering television advertisements, President Obama is successfully invoking Mitt Romney’s career at Bain Capital to raise questions about his commitment to the middle class, strategists in both parties say, as the candidates engage in a critical summer duel to set the terms for this fall.

    Despite doubts among some Democrats about the wisdom of attacking Mr. Romney’s business career, Obama commercials painting him as a ruthless executive who pursued profits at the expense of jobs are starting to make an impact on some undecided voters, according to strategists from both sides, who differ on whether they are causing any substantial damage.

    The rest of the article, however, provides little backup for the headline and opening paragraph, and mostly focuses on how money Romney is raising and the advertising Romney plans on running.

    This strikes me as The NY Times trying to create a narrative, rather than reporting on an actual narrative.

    The Obama Bain attacks have not been particularly well-done, and have created a rift in the Democratic Party itself, with numerous politicians (e.g. Cory Booker for a time) pushing back against it.  I expected a much better researched and communicated Bain attack from Team Obama.

    But, over time, I can see even poorly-executed attacks creating an image of Romney which is not helpful, and which fits into the mainstream media narrative.


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    The Bain attacks are absolutely decisive for those people who dislike rich people and, especially, rich Republicans (i.e.: The New York Times). Since they, themselves, are convinced, they are certain the attacks are working.

    In reality, most people have not heard the attacks and don’t really care. However, Liberals never abandon an attack just because it isn’t working. They double down on it in the expectation that it will work eventually.

    IOW, the NYT thinks it’s reporting facts, and will continue to report them as fact, no matter how much evidence accrues that it’s just fantasy.

    PhillyGuy | July 1, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    What’s interesting is that Romney had a truly exceptional career at Bain. First as a first-rate management consultant – well thought of by his clients – and then as head of Bain Capital – which he turned into a great business.

    For people to attack him on that front is really dumb and it shows how little they know about his career there. Unlike Obama, people actually worked with Mitt and can go on the record.

    On top of that, Romney’s academic credentials are truly superior to anything Obama ever did. I’m waiting for his people to do his bio so America can see who and what Mitt is and where he came from.

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