The Corner

‘The Leni Riefenstahl of the blistering attack documentary’

I write today about Barry Bennett’s absurd anti-Bain film and the larger controversy. I do give the film points for highlighting the plight of ordinary workers, although now we’re learning that even their interviews appear to have been distorted. My bottom line on all of this is that the work of Bain is quite defensible, yet it’s not terribly sympathetic or always very intuitive. In an ideal world, you would not pick a representative of this particular sector of the economy to be your presidential candidate. But Romney has a very good chance to be the nominee. Fred Barnes recommended yesterday that he basically come up with a different rationale for his candidacy. That doesn’t strike me as very likely; this is Romney’s hill and he has no choice but to fight on it.

Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com. 

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