And they were right.
Which is why so many of the people who were saying that (ie - the Establishment "Country Club" Republicans and professional conservative punditry class) are aghast at the idea that Newt Gingrich and the other contenders for the GOP nomination are raising questions about Willard "Mitt" Romney's time as head of Bain Capital.
Prof. Jacobson at Legal Insurrection wrote today that Republicans should thank Newt for bringing up Bain now.
The argument that Newt was being anti-capitalist was rank hypocrisy from the get-go. While being a corporate raider — if that’s what Romney was, and it remains to be proven — may be legal and part of capitalism, it is not necessarily the type of business experience that makes one worthy of the White House or helps electability.
It is not anti-capitalist to say that some types of business experience are negatives in a presidential candidate.
...Republicans should be thanking Newt for bringing up Bain now. Romney’s business narrative either will be vindicated, in which case airing the grievances now will help Romney in the general election, or it will mortally wound Romney’s campaign. But if Romney cannot withstand scrutiny of his Bain years with a Republican electorate in the primaries, then there is no way he would hold up in the general election. Better to find out now.
I’m just glad that the day has arrived. Just as the day will arrive when Romney is forced by public opinion to release his tax returns.
A film about Romney's tenure at Bain is coming out and the picture isn't pretty. Dan Riehl has a preview of the clip, as does Kevin DuJan at HillBuzz, who adds.....
Folks…Romneycare’s old company was named “Bain Capital”.
It might as well have been called “Evil Incarnate Investments” or “Montgomery Burns & Company”.
When the agenda-driven media gets done with Romneycare, that’s what “Bain Capital” will mean to millions of Americans…with Romneycare ultimately becoming the bane of every conservative who wants to see Barack Obama defeated.
It didn't help his image that, earlier today, when talking about having the free choice because of a free market, Mittens added the following remark: "I like being able to fire people who provide services to me. If someone doesn’t give me the good service I need, I’m going to go get somebody else to provide that service to me.”
No, it's not Newt's fault Bain Capital is becoming an issue. Liberals know about it and are fine tuning themselves. The "Chap Acquitted," Ted Kennedy, knew about it and had an ad ready to use against Romney in 1994.
Which is why Democrats are salivating at the opportunity to have opportunity to have Romney as Obama's opponent in November. Democrat party hack Donna Brazile let the cat out of the bag after Saturday's debate, saying what I and a lot of others have been warning about Mittens.
BRAZILE: Mitt Romney won tonight because no one touched him -- and for Democrats, you know what? It was good news for us.
KARL: Why is that?
BRAZILE: Because we believe that the weakest candidate is the candidate that the Republicans are not attackin', and that's Mitt Romney.
They want Romney to be the GOP nominee so bad because Obamacare comes off the table, and they can paint Romney with all the bad stereotypes that liberals have about Republicans and capitalists. Not to mention he also tied the family dog in his kennel to the roof of the car on a 12 hour trip to Canada.
Sometime during a 12-hour drive from Boston to Canada in 1983, Mitt’s oldest son, Tagg, noticed a brown liquid running down the rear window of the family station wagon. Realizing the liquid was being discharged by their dog, Mitt pulled off the highway and into a gas station, borrowed a hose to wash down Seamus and the car, and then returned the dog to his rooftop carrier for the duration of the trip.
And then listen to him make jokes and laugh about it, back in 2007 and as recently as last month.
Now, I don't know about you, but it seems to me the way one treats the family pet is a good indicator of how they treat other people.
Dan Riehl also says about those who are squeemish about asking questions about Bain Capital.
How viable a GOP nominee would Mitt be if he had decided to make a fortune off of running a national string of adult book stores that sold porn and provided peep shows? Or, God forbid, what about a chain of health clinics that provided abortions because, well, there is a good market for it?
The fact is, he would be DOA. There is a point to this, I support capitalism. As a capitalist, what Bain did in many cases was perfectly acceptable. To a certain degree, he stripped parts of America of its manufacturing base and shipped it off to China.
There are value decisions involved in every form of capitalism. Romney made some and as a capitalist, that's fine. But now he wants to run for POTUS. Sorry, a guy whose values said, hey, so what if some folks lose their jobs and pensions - and just about everything else - that's a problem I'm willing to create for them because the marketplace will give me big profits for doing it.
Sorry, I do not have to respect that person's values as a candidate for POTUS
And yet the Republican Party elites have the audacity to tell us "don't question him, let's get in line behind him and beat Obama." If we cannot vet Romney, despite all these questions about him, the GOP is setting themselves up for an electoral disaster in November against an incumbent President who is such a disaster that he deserves a one-way ticket back to Chicago.