Donald Trump, Mitt Romney's Small Business Guy

Contrary to popular belief, there were some excellent moments for President Obama in the debate. Unlike his opponent, the president actually had some factual statements to make about our current tax structure, and used Donald Trump to illustrate the fallacy of Willard's concern trolling over small business:

“Under Governor Romney's definition, there are a whole bunch of millionaires and billionaires who are small businesses. Donald Trump is a small business. Now, I know Donald Trump doesn't like to think of himself as small anything, but -- but that's how you define small businesses if you're getting business income.”

Oh, the possibilities. But of course, the president is absolutely right. Just like Koch Industries is a small business. Lots of Mitt Romney's shell companies, even those in the Cayman Islands, are "small businesses."

I actually thought this was a good moment for the president, even though some others disagreed with me at the time, groaning that mentioning Trump would mean he'd pop up on the news cycle for another 24 hours. Hey, he'd show up whether he was mentioned or not. But I can't think of a more iconic representation of the self-absorbed nasty billionaire that resonates with the public than Donald Trump. So for me it was a winning moment.

Also, the crack about Trump not liking to think of himself as small anything was well...inviting. Imagine the snark we could raise over that remark.


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