A pro-Newt Gingrich but more precisely anti-Mitt Romney attack infomercial called King of Bain: When Mitt Romney Came To Town will be shown to South Carolina voters this week. Producer Barry Bennett has told N.Y. Times reporters Trip Gabriel and Nicholas Confessorre that the Obama campaign “is going to have a heyday with this, and Republicans need to know this story before we nominate [Romney].”
The doc was funded by Sheldon Adelson, “a billionaire casino owner in Las Vegas who has long supported Mr. Gingrich.” The operational engine is a Gingrich-supporting Super PAC called Winning Our Future.
The rap against Romney is that Bain Capital, a private equity firm that he once ran, bought companies and dumped employees and then re-sold them. Bain was co-founded in 1984 by Romney ands two others. “In 1983, Bill Bain offered Romney the chance to head a new venture that would invest in companies and apply Bain’s consulting techniques” — i.e., rape and pillage — “to improve operations,” one account says. Romney led the business from 1984 to 1990 and then 1992 to 1999.”
Capitalism often enforces a harsh Darwinian process. It’s not about the playing of tiddly-winks by choir boys and Boy Scouts with merit badges. Not in the big leagues, it isn’t.
Why are all of Romney’s alleged victims in this clip old and pudgy and rednecky, and mostly female? Remember the toothless woman in the third-act dinner scene in Deliverance, the one who told a story about a cucumber or an ear of corn (or some other kind of vegetable) being “twelve inches long”?