January 12, 2012, - 2:31 pm

President Don Draper?: Romney & Bain Capital

By Debbie Schlussel

Out of all the GOP candidates left (not counting Ron Paul, who isn’t really a Republican and for whom I’d never vote), I used to say I distrusted Mitt Romney the most.  Mitt Happens.  But Newt Gingrich has given us a lot of flip-flops, too.

Separated @ Birth?: Mitt Romney @ Bain Capital, 1990; Jon Hamm/Don Draper on “Mad Men” Today

But Newt will not be the nominee.  Romney likely will be.  And he has his problems, many of which I’ve pointed out on this site.  It’s not just his repeated flip-flops on pretty much every issue and his pioneering of publicly-mandated healthcare.  It’s the other stuff I’ve pointed out on this site over the years:  that, while running the Salt Lake Olympic Games, Romney attacked Americans (in the British newspaper, “The Guardian”) for cheering American athletes . . . just months after the 9/11 attacks; that he attacked Gingrich for telling the truth about the invented “Palestinians;”  that Romney said he admired Hezbollah;  that Romney refuses to denounce his church’s $20 million annual donations to HAMAS/Muslim Brotherhood jihadist “charity” Islamic Relief and calls anyone who asks him to, “a bigot,” as he did to a McCain staffer in 2008 who asked him about my article on the charity;  that Romney has as his Middle East advisers Hezbollah-enabler Dan Senor (who helped his anti-Israel then-boss Spencer Abraham send nearly $100 million in your money to Hezbollah and block computer tracking of Muslim aliens in 2000) and cowardly Walid Phares, who helped the feds in their disgraceful, failed attempt to prosecute former U.S. Attorney Richard Convertino for actually getting a conviction against the Detroit Terror Cell.

But one thing with Romney that isn’t a problem was his leadership of Bain Capital. So, it’s sad to hear “conservatives” like Newt Gingrich take swipes at him for that in Obama-esque Occupy Wall Street-style class warfare (especially since I recall something about revolving credit of a million bucks at Tiffany’s, “class warrior” Newt!).

As conservatives, as Americans, we believe in capitalism . . . or should.  There is nothing wrong with buying companies that are going to fail and saving them or selling them off piece by piece.  That’s what happens in business.  And it’s not a crime.  I feel for the American workers who’ve lost jobs in downsizing, etc.  But that’s not Bain Capital’s fault.  It’s the fault of intractable unions and prevailing wage laws and the fact that America has, sadly, become a consumer society.  Bain didn’t cause that. Even though his 1990 Bain photo looks a lot like Jon Hamm raper on AMC’s “Mad Men,” Romney’s no Don Draper. There really isn’t any sign that he behaved unethically in his investment path at Bain.

If anything, the only thing that gives me pause about Romney’s tenure at Bain was his weird, “Twilight Zone”-esque idea to invest in Lifelike Co., which made dolls to resemble their girl owners under the name “My Twinn.”  It’s a creepy, bizarre idea for a toy and seems like something you’d see on “The Outer Limits” or something with Rod Serling.  Romney even personally invested his own money in the company, making a personal loan to it.  While the company’s annual revenue peaked at $36 million, Romney sold his interest in it for a mere $15,000.  Ultimately, the company liquidated.  But before that, Romney got Lifelike to hire his brother-in-law, Rodney Davies, as VP for $100,000 a year.  Nice.


Where is the “My Twinn” of Ronald Reagan?

Again, Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain isn’t a problem, even with the twin doll fiasco. And it’s sad that the real conservative candidates are using it as Obama would–and will–as somehow a crime to do business and be successful at it.

Since Romney will now apparently (and sadly) be the nominee, I only wish he could become the My Twinn of an actual conservative. Say, Ronald Reagan.

For now, he’s to the left of George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford (despite the BS Ann Coulter is spewing about him), if you look at his past and likely future. And that’s where the real problems lie, not at Bain Capital.


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Sorry to be so cynical, but in view of what is happening in the U.S. on a number of issues, i.e. Keystone XL, Illegal Immigration, Czars, ignoring Constitutional restrictions, U.S. Debt, Rep Candidates, etc.; it is depressing and not just my opinion. Please explore:



Does anyone out there have a favorable experience from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, or Switzerland to counter what’s happening here?

Dennis on January 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I would agree. The problem with Mitt Romney is not to be found in his being an alleged “Heartless Capitalist”, but in his tendency to downplay Islamic supremacism. Also, Mr. Romney’s unequivocal support for the heatlh care reformed undertaken in Massachussetts has greatly undermined his ability to criticize President Obama’s health care agenda. His differences with President Obama tend to be more a matter of emphasis than substance. .Mr.Romney is in fact a younger version of John McCain, and will probably share his fate this November.

Worry01 on January 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Although Mitt Romney would seem to be far from the ideal candidate to represent the Republicans, and some of his public statements on the threat of Islam may seem cause for concern, I think that a better way to evaluate a candidate is whom that candidate selects as advisors.

    One of Romney’s key advisors on the Middle East is Dr. Walid Phares. This selection is telling, and makes me more comfortable in supporting Romney, should he be the Republican candidate.

    And who is Dr. Walid Phares? Well, rather then me telling you, how about if I let Al-Jazeerah fill you in, in an excerpt which follows? (While it may disgust you to go to such websites as Al-Jazeerah, Stormfront, and such, you can learn alot by reading what the enemies of civilization are thinking.)

    Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, January 9, 2012
    The Daily Star, Beirut, Lebanon

    The Right-Wing Lebanese Christian Advising Romney on the Middle East

    By Brooke Anderson

    With Mitt Romney’s bid to become the Republican candidate for the U.S. presidential election gaining ground with his win in the Iowa caucus, many around the world are wondering what his foreign policy would have in store should he reach the White House.

    When it comes to the Middle East, alarms have been raised in some corners over his decision to appoint as his top adviser on the region Walid Phares, a leading figure in right-wing Christian militias during Lebanon’s 1975-1990 Civil War and a former adviser to Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea.

    “Anyone comfortable with those associations should not be advising the president.”

    Critics have also focused on Phares’ subsequent roles in the United States, where he has served as a “terrorism expert” for Fox News and the Christian Broadcasting Network. During these shows, he has warned that jihadists are the enemy, and that the U.S. must act preemptively to defeat them.

    Ralph Adamo on January 12, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      And another telling advisor to Romney is Dov Zakheim. Zackheim has been an adjunct professor at the National War College, Yeshiva University, Columbia University and Trinity College, where he was presidential scholar. Zackheim served in various Department of Defense posts during the Reagan administration, including Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Planning and Resources from 1985 to 1987. During the 2000 U.S. Presidential election campaign, Zakheim served as a foreign policy advisor to George W. Bush. And from 1987-2001, Zakheim was CEO of SPC International, a subsidiary of System Planning Corporation, a high-technology analytical firm. During that period he served as a consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and sat on a number of major DoD panels, including its Task Force on Defense Reform (1997) and the DoD’s first Board of Visitors of Overseas Regional Centers (1998–2001). Zackheim is a three-time recipient of the Department of Defense’s highest civilian award, the Distinguished Public Service Medal.

      Of course, if you also read the blogs and websites of the enemies of civilization, they will tell you that Zackheim was actually the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, which–according to the “deeper thinkers” on those hate boards–were carried out by the Mossad, under Zackheim’s leadership.

      Ralph Adamo on January 12, 2012 at 11:40 pm

[Debbie – Even with the twin doll fiasco. Since Romney will now apparently (and sadly) be the nominee]

Huh? I am hearing and reading this all over the place AND THERE IS NOT ONE IOTA OF EVIDENCE SUPPORTING THIS!!!

The Republicans changed the rules this year. Until at least April all delegates are being awarded proportionally to the vote they get. The only large state that I know is winner take all is Texas, and Perry is going to win that state.

Unless Romney shows up at the convention with at least 40% of the delegates he will not win on the first ballot. No way he can get more than 10% of the votes he needs from elsewhere. No way Romney gets the nomination on anything else other than the first ballot.

Romney is not showing he is capable of even approaching 40%. Unless that changes he will NOT be the nominee.

The only problem is that while Ron Paul will also not be the nominee he may be part of any deal at a brokered convention to select the nominee.

I am hoping that a brokered convention (the convention will be brokered if Romney shows up with less than 40% of the delegates, and that is very likely) nominates Alan West.

I_AM_ME on January 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm


    [“I am hoping that a brokered convention (the convention will be brokered if Romney shows up with less than 40% of the delegates, and that is very likely) nominates Alan West.”

    I_AM_ME on January 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm]

    Amen. As good as Michele Bachmann was and still is, Alan West would be even better still.

    JeffE on January 12, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Unbelievable– the fact that this is happening, in the wake of a presidency that has failed economically and internationally, shows how far the axis of political discussion in this country has shifted to the left. It shows the utter incapacity of the Republican Party to oppose the President on any principled grounds. Silly to reiterate all the failures of the Republicans, but we all know what they are. The only conclusion is that deep down, with only a handful of exceptions, like Gov. Walker of Wisconsin, they really agree with the Democratic Party agenda, and are carrying on a charade.

Little Al on January 12, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I can’t stand Romney, he reminds me of a slick used car salesman. That being said, when I compare how Romney made his money to the other candidates and how they made their money, including B. Hussein, I support Romney. He made most of his money before getting into politics, whereas the other fools had to get into politics to make their money.

Jarhead on January 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Paul is at least consistent in his views. He’s been saying pretty much the same things for the last 30+ years. So love him or hate him, he at least seems to have integrity, which can’t be said by many politicians. Especially the ones trying to get elected.

Andrew on January 12, 2012 at 5:53 pm

DS, I always wondered your opinion on Walid Phares. Now I know. How disappointing to hear he is a coward. I remember your posts on Richard Covertino. I hope everyone here looks back on them. It is a prime example of where we are in USA today (helping the jihadists and hating on our brave Marines…).

What a great take on Romney. Real stuff, not the repeated palaver we hear all the usual suspects say on Mitt Romney.

It’s so sad this freak is our front-runner but I have noticed these past 3 years the GOP and other Republicans just sit back on their thumbs and do nothing while Obama was tearing down the US as we know it. The GOP need to get serious. How sad to see even with the advent of Obama they are frozen with fear.

And as someone from Beantown I want to let peeps here know that Liberals fight dirtier than dirty. I mention my Liberal past often because I want it known that when I was a Liberal, I was easily led and didn’t know JACK. I see Liberals haven’t changed. You must know they depend on lies and stupid people to keep power.

Back when Romney was running against that big, fat a**hole Fat Teddy Kennedy I remember voting for that big, old fatso. I embarrass myself because back then I was just starting to question Liberalism and I remember the Left portrayed Romney as the most evil republican EVER. And I bought it. Sad!

If I had actually done my research, I would know that Romney was more a Lefty than Conservative (however, at that time I thought any Conservative was devilish…) and that now in retrospect I only WISH Romney was a right-wing extremist as they portrayed him in 1994.

The left mislead me every step of the way. I hate them for it and I am glad I woke up and starting thinking and digging into their many lies. But it would be nice if the GOP would take it to them.

Skunky on January 12, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Once again, Debbie posts something that is reflective of my beliefs.

There are indeed lots of things to legitimately criticize Romney for. Debbie gives a brief summary of them–both what Debbie had previously wrote and what others have criricized him for.

But of all the things to criticize Mitt for, what he did at Bain Capital is clearly not among them. This is something that you’d expect Obama, other Democrats and their allies to do. Accordingly shame on Newt, Jonathan Huntsman and other RINOS for attacking Mitt on this from the left. Now, if Mitt were the Republican nominee and I’m Obama, and I felt the way that he does including wanting to be reelected, I would not only cite Romneycare as being my model for Obamacare, but would also not only repeat attacking Romney for what he did with Bain Capital, but I would also add that “… see, even Newt Gingrich, and other Republicans criticized him for it” in order to add legimatacy to this attack on Mitt. And if I have thought of it, then rest assured, so has Obama himself as well as his allies and advisors.

Thanks, Newt and other RINOS.

And my real thanks to you Debbie for writing this.

JeffE on January 12, 2012 at 11:24 pm

No one has yet hit the terror financing nail on the head when it comes to Romney’s Bain capital. It would be “interesting” to see if Obama’s Chicago Saudi political machine will let that happen. All those roads lead to “Rome”, and “all their secrets are the same”.

Anna on January 13, 2012 at 12:56 am

The attacks on Romney over Bain Capital is reminiscent of the attacks on Steve Forbes (who I supported in 1996) by just about every other GOP candidate. As Rush noted, it was unseemly to watch self-declared ‘conservatives’ engaging in class warfare.

I do think that Romney’s stated admiration for Hizbullah is a problem, and he should be questioned about it. But I don’t agree w/ Debbie that he should be held accountable for what his church does: if the LDS Church donated money to Hamas or the Muslim Brotherhood, they should be condemned for it, but the only reason Romney should be associated w/ that is if he was a Church official, which, as far as I know, he ain’t. But while I supported him against McCain 4 years ago, it’s a different situation now, w/ just about every candidate, except Newt & Ron Paul, being to his right.

I also don’t think that he has a lock on this nomination – it’s still Santorum’s to win, come NH. If Romney’s votes could be eroded by Huckabee 4 years ago, there is no reason why some of his votes won’t get hijacked by Newt or Perry.

On the Islam question, after Bachmann’s exit, Santorum is the best candidate left standing, so hope he goes far in this race.

Infidel on January 13, 2012 at 2:47 am

This race between Barry and presumably Romney, will be decided in the debates and the VP selection. Not on Bain, LDS or any other issue, unless somehow the Barry team discovers a Mitt love child or that Romney is a cross dresser or some nonsense like that.

Romney in my opinion can out debate Barry.

that is what counts. that Romney can be a fighter, like Reagan (who had his skeletons too: union, divorced, entertainer, etc.) Romney must fight like hell in the debates. He will be skewered by the Barry mobster tactics to be sure.

Romney has a great field of VPs that are now his opponents.

The prize is to defeat Barry. Reagan in part chose Bush as VP because he had lots of popularity with Republicans being on the campaign trails for months. If it is Romney, or someone else, then he should chose Santorum. McCain’s weakness was he could not debate and chose a no name governor from Alaska who happened to be a woman. McCain, the white haired old guy RINO still got 46% of the national vote.

Panhandle on January 13, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Good Grief, who or what do I vote for! The corkscrew viral Islamic brain disease has infected both parties! Rommney will be just another “peace in our time” (what little of it we have left) prez.
Maybe it is better to stay with the “kliner Tsurus” we know.

Ron Wolf on January 14, 2012 at 12:52 am

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