Back when most people only knew that Romney made a lot of money buying and selling stuff, you could find plenty of folks to second-guess Obama for taking on Bain. Making money is capitalism and who criticizes capitalism? SOCIALISTS, that’s who.
Now, as they say, things have changed. At least Cory Booker and friends have the good sense to keep clear once team Romney’s number one selling point started to pick up the distinct smell of trainwreck. Even Romney surrogates are having a hard time of it*. So you might wonder what the hell inspires David Gergen to keep scraping off fingernails at the bottom of this particular credibility pit.
Now you can knock it off with the wondering.
Let me acknowledge upfront what I have said several times on CNN: I have a past relationship with the top partners at Bain that is both personal and financial. I have worked with them in support of nonprofit organizations such as City Year. I have given a couple of paid speeches for Bain dinners, as I have for many other groups. I was on the board of a for-profit child care company, Bright Horizons, that was purchased by Bain Capital. It was a transaction with financial benefits for all board members and shareholders, including me.
So, yes, I have a bias…[SPOILER ALERT – after the ellipsis he defends Romney.]
I suppose Gergen might as well get it out before some blogger does.
So, Glenn Kessler, what’s your excuse?
(*) Seriously. He ‘retired retroactively’? What a disaster. That line could define Romney in the same way that Kerry’s voting for and against
invading paying for the invasion of Iraq will hang around his neck for the rest of his life.