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Morning Jay: The 'Bain' of Romney, or Obama?

6:00 AM, May 23, 2012 • By JAY COST
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Liberals might read this and conclude, “C’mon, Cost! You’d only be happy if Obama dropped out and endorsed Romney!” Well, that would be nice, but that’s not my point. Obama could be running as a progressive Democrat, but with a popular legislative record. That would insulate him, at least a little bit, from the persistent weakness of the economy. He would be in much better shape if he had a well-liked piece of legislation from 2009-2010 and at least something from 2011-2012 – some kind of compromise on something important, to show the country that he can work productively with the other side.

But he doesn’t have any of that. The first half of his term produced reviled legislation, and the second half has produced nothing at all. So, all he has to run on is Bain.

That’s some pretty weak tea, if you ask me.

Jay Cost is a staff writer for THE WEEKLY STANDARD and the author of Spoiled Rotten: How the Politics of Patronage Corrupted the Once Noble Democratic Party and Now Threatens the American Republic, available now wherever books are sold.

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