The Campaign Spot

Election-driven news and views . . . by Jim Geraghty.

The Obama Campaign, Only Worried About 1994’s Layoffs


Summing up the below post, 22 million Americans are currently unemployed or underemployed, and the Obama campaign wants to talk about 350 workers laid off in 1994.

For perspective, in 1994, Barack Obama had not even been elected to any office, and he had not even launched his political career in the home of domestic terrorist Bill Ayers yet.

For perspective, those 350 workers are roughly one-third the number of workers laid off when Solyndra went belly up, costing taxpayers $535 million for their loan guarantee.

Oh, and now two other Senate Democrats are expressing discomfort with the Obama campaign’s criticism of Bain:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a widely respected member of Congress, stopped short of criticizing the president, but made it clear that the campaign should pivot.

“It’s done,” she said. “Go on to other things now.”

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) told The Hill, “I think the average American … hopes that this campaign will focus on competing visions for how to strengthen our economy, help create jobs and move the country forward.”

Pressed on whether he thought Obama’s campaign had operated within those guidelines, Coons paused.

“I’m not going to comment on President Obama’s ad,” he said, shaking his head vigorously.

Tags: Bain Capital , Barack Obama , Layoffs , Mitt Romney , Solyndra


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