The fuss over the Obama campaign’s attacks on Romney’s record at Bain Capital continued over the weekend and through Monday. Appearing on the Rachel Maddow show, Cory Booker tried to clarify his remarks made on Meet the Press, remarks he made in reaction to an Obama campaign ad that attacks Mitt Romney over his record at Bain.
On Monday, interviewed by MSNBC, David Axelrod, the president’s senior campaign strategist said of Booker, “In this particular instance, he was just wrong.” The reasoning is as follows: since Romney himself references his private sector experience, the Obama campaign has every right to do likewise. In fact, Booker himself holds this position, as he made clear:
“Mitt Romney had made his business record a centerpiece of his campaign. He’s talked about himself as a job creator. And therefore, it is reasonable, and in fact I encourage it, for the Obama campaign to examine that record and discuss it. I have no problem with that.”
The GOP is feverishly trying to capitalize (an appropriate term) on Booker’s original remarks while Romney is claiming the Obama campaign is committing “character assassination” by pointing out that he is lying through his teeth. It’s easy to see why a Republican would feel the truth is character assassination; after all, if saying “no” to a Christian claiming it has sole rights to your womb is a war on Christianity, then saying “no” to a rich man is character assassination. In other words, Republicans have a right to lie but Democrats don’t have a right to say they’re lying. The Obama campaign’s response to this economic voodooism was the correct one: to press their strategy and release another critical web video.
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