Liz Claman hosts a show on the Fox Business Network, the Murdoch outfit that exists solely to carry the water for the MOTUs on Wall Street. And on "This Week" Sunday morning, she did just that -- suggesting that any criticism of Willard's record at Bain Capital is akin to claiming the president was born in Kenya.
BROWNSTEIN: -- broader point, though, when Rush Limbaugh called the Georgetown student a slut, Romney was almost silent. Rick Santorum said Kennedy made him want to throw up. Mitt Romney was silent. These were all opportunities to identify yourself as kind of a more centrist. And he's not taking it. And it is having a cost.
If you look at some of those upper middle class, socially liberal, economically moderate white voters, Obama is holding them -- especially the women -- and that is the thin margin that is keeping him on top, and I think it's a consistent challenge for Romney.
CLAMAN: Both of these people, President Obama and Mitt Romney, better get off the whole birther issue, the cars on dog roofs, the Bain Capital, these are side shows. Americans care about the main act and that is jobs, the economy.
And at this point, we're not seeing enough jobs. The economy incrementally getting better, and where are the ideas? We better start presenting them.
Stop talking about Bain Capital -- it's a distraction! Except when Mitt Romney does it.
You see, since Willard's running away from his record as governor of Massachusetts, he's primarily citing his experience and accomplishments at Bain Capital as the justification for his candidacy. This is from his campaign website:
After graduating from Brigham Young University in 1971, he earned dual degrees from Harvard Law and Harvard Business School. After working as a business consultant for several years, Mitt founded the investment firm Bain Capital in 1984. Under his leadership, Bain Capital helped to launch or rebuild hundreds of companies, including household names such as Staples, Bright Horizons, and The Sports Authority. As Bain Capital was growing in prominence, Mitt returned to his old consulting firm, Bain & Company, as CEO. In a time of financial turmoil at the company, he led a successful turnaround.
So it's fine and dandy for Willard to brag about all those companies and jobs he saved at Bain Capital -- but it's a "side show" to examine all those claims. Guess we're just supposed to take his word for it.
Luckily, Governor Granholm would have none of it.
GRANHOLM: I don't think Bain Capital is a side show, as the president says. This is the issue. This is the issue (inaudible) --
CLAMAN: Then why doesn't he go to businesses that were helped by private equity?
GRANHOLM: That's not -- but that's the whole point, is that he's not going after free enterprise because he's attacking this man for his job experience. That would be like saying, you know, if you did a story I didn't like, free speech, I'm attacking free speech.
That's just not the case. He's attacking him for that experience, claiming that that experience is the experience that we should be looking to, to create jobs in America when it's clearly not.
Note that Claman keeps reframing any examination of Mitt Romney's activities at Bain Capital as an attack on "private equity" -- which was Cory Booker's playbook. That talking point was undoubtedly hatched in some dark and musty Mark Penn or Lanny Davis laboratory.
Good to see Granholm didn't let her get away with it.