Appearing on NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday, Newark Mayor and Obama bundler Cory Booker said he was “uncomfortable” with the Obama campaign’s attacks on Mitt Romney’s career with Bain Capital.
“It’s a distraction from the real issues,” Booker said, of both attacks on Bain and Rev. Jeremiah Wright. “It’s either gonna be a small campaign about this crap, or it’s gonna be a big campaign about the issues the American public cares about.”
“I’m not about to sit here and indict private equity,” Booker added. “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.”
No, attacks on Bain are not the equivalent of attacks on Jeremiah Wright and no, it is not a distraction from the campaign, it is the campaign. Or it should be.
If Romney can’t be criticized for his vulture capitalism and we can’t “indict” private equity then what does he think this campaign should be about? The deficit? Some abstract notions of “jobs” and “the economy” without any reference to the fact that it was the financial sector and “private equity” that caused this situation in the first place? Sounds perfect. For Wall Street.
Sadly, this is exactly the kind of concern trolling that will make the Village declare that the Democrats are hitting below the belt by criticizing Bain Capital and the Dems will fall in line. Indeed, the fact that it’s Cory Booker who’s saying it today indicates that it’s the Democrats themselves saying “stop us before we hurt the Masters of the Universe’s feelings again.”