“Just look at the narrative. Instead of talking about weak June jobs report, the media and voters are focused on Bain, Swiss bank accounts, and Romney not releasing his tax returns. Remarkable.”
“Straight from the Rove ’04 playbook, the Bain attack goes after Romney’s perceived strength, undermining the central rationale for his candidacy. The Romney campaign’s inept response has made it all the more devastating.”
“It is a terrible time to be running as an oligarch.”
“What else does Obama have other than attacking Romney?”
“It’s good for the base, but does it move independents?”
“It puts Romney on defense, and takes the conversation away from the economy, but I just don’t think most Americans are paying very much attention to any of this stuff right now, anyway. Romney is certainly acting like they’re not!”
“It’s helpful in some states, but only goes so far. Obama needs to reopen its earlier attacks on his record as governor.”
Is attacking Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital an effective tactic for Democrats?
REPUBLICANS (102 VOTES)
Highly effective: 22%
Somewhat effective: 67%
Not effective: 12%
“It’s effective only because the Romney campaign has been so bad at responding.”
“Romney’s nom de guerre is as a business exec. If he flubbed that up (even slightly), makes him look more like a Fred Thompson and less like a Reagan.”
“The message is not particularly effective, but the fact that Romney seems totally incapable of responding is. Didn’t they know this was coming since about 1994?”
“Not substantively but politically, since it is a wide opening for Obama to define an as-yet-to-be-defined candidate. Seriously folks, release the tax returns and get on with it.”
“It’s effective, only because the Romney campaign is allowing it to be. Romney cannot run from Bain, yet that’s what the Obama campaign has got him doing.”
“If the election is about Bain, Obama wins. If it is about the economy, Romney wins. Very simple.”
“It beats anything else that might be talked about, but anyone moved by attacks on his business career are unlikely to vote Republican anyway.”
“The Bain attacks are sticking, but it is part of a larger narrative that is on the verge of defining him as an out-of-touch rich guy who doesn’t understand the problems middle-class families are facing. At the same time, Obama is doubling down on a strategy that will likely end in him being perceived as hostile to business.”
“In the end, the election will be a referendum on Obama and the economy—not on Romney’s private-sector record.”
“Big investment by Chicago has not moved numbers in polls. ‘Liar’ and ‘felon’ are offensive words to independent voters.”
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This article appears in the July 21, 2012, edition of National Journal.