Obama stabs ‘vampire capitalists’ with one hand and picks their pockets with the other

Just released Obama campaign ad targeting Romney:

The normally staid, one might even say humorless, editorialists at The Wall Street Journal delivered a zinger this morning in an editorial that called Barack Obama a hypocrite for releasing a campaign ad calling Mitt Romney a “vampire capitalist” for being in the private equity business on the very day he was having a $35,800-a-head fundraiser at the home of, gasp, the president of a private equity firm.

William Bain Jr., right, and Mitt Romney in 1990. (Getty Images)

In fact, another partner in the same company, Blackstone, was one of the people on an Obama campaign enemies list, which I mentioned earlier, for having contributed to Romney.

Paul “Chip” Schorr was at the top of the list.

The online posting said, “A closer look at Romney’s donors reveals a group of wealthy individuals with less-than-reputable records. Quite a few have been on the wrong side of the law, others have made profits at the expense of so many Americans …”

Of Schorr the posting accuses:

“As a partner at Blackstone, Schorr closed a deal in 2007 to outsource the services of seven U.S. companies to a firm in India, boosting that firm’s profits by $220 million and making millionaires of the Indian management team. In 2006, he arranged a buyout of a Colorado travel reservations company that led to 841 layoffs while Blackstone and its partners recouped the billions of dollars they invested in less than a year.”

But you can buy a lot of campaign ads with the money from vampires, so pay no attention to the cross in one hand while the other is extended to accept a campaign check.

The aforementioned zinger?

The editorial ended with this:

We weren’t invited to the fund-raiser, but perhaps Mr. James got everyone into the appropriately cynical mood by asking his donor-guests to show up with fangs and a funeral pallor. Mr. Obama no doubt wore garlic.”


29 comments on “Obama stabs ‘vampire capitalists’ with one hand and picks their pockets with the other

  1. nyp10025 says:

    I don’t get it. Mr. Schorr isn’t an Obama donor, let alone a bundler.
    And Obama has never suggested, nor would he ever suggest that there is something inherently wrong with private equity.

  2. Beryl Baer says:

    And another good one!

  3. You don’t think that ad and posting don’t suggest “something inherently wrong with private equity?”

  4. nyp10025 says:

    Nope. It suggests that someone whose entire rationale as a presidential candidate derives from his alleged job-creation record as a leveraged buy-out financier is open to a searching examination of that record.
    That’s the problem with Romney that you guys have been aware of all along.

  5. Steve says:

    Don’t assume people on this blog actually like Romney. He is the lesser of two evils and that is never a good choice.

  6. nyp10025 says:

    I understand. One quality I grant to contemporary conservatives is a good nose for sniffing out phonies.

  7. It turns out the unions might be as much to blame as anyone for closing the plant.


  8. Vernon Clayson says:

    I’m going to puke if nyp10025 continues to patronize those of us with his patient tolerance of our ignorance because we don’t like Obama and his policies. How can anyone speak of “searching examination” of anything, or “sniffing out phonies” when an individual we know absolutely nothing about ran for the highest office in the land and gained it. The issue of unions having a hand in closing the plant being discussed shouldn’t be surprising, unions have a long history of going to the well too many times, driving costs up and profits down.

  9. Steve says:

    Patience Vernon. All good things…

  10. nyp10025 says:

    You “know absolutely nothing about” President Obama??

  11. Steve says:

    Vernon made a typo, blog speak translation is the word “know” should have been the word “knew” and that is how I read it.

    Now that we know about Obama we don’t like what we found and we learned the hard way to be sure.

    Glad my vote did not go his way back in 07.

  12. nyp10025 says:

    You “knew absolutely nothing about” President Obama?

  13. Anonymous says:

    Zerø hasn’t been forthcoming in releasing any records of his past, has he, petey? In fact, it must cost million$ to seal all those college records, and I find it interesting what Sheriff Joe is uncovering about the phoney birth certificate Ø;s team released (at the bequest of The Donald!).

    Of course, to such an Alinskyite as yourself, you find the art of lying to be second nature. When are you going to come out of the closet, and just admit you’re a “collectivist” (whether socialist or communist), petey?


  14. dave444 says:

    I did not know where he was born, with certainty; nor who his father was; or where he was educated; or why he no longer had his Law License: My common sense told me to “Beware”. As it has turned out Beware was not strong enough.

  15. nyp10025 says:

    OK, so you guys are crazy “Birthers”.
    By the way – Mr. Anonymous – can you point me to Mitt Romney’s college records? John McCains? GW Bush’s? Bill Clinton’s? You think presidential candidates make their college transcripts publicly available and that President Obama is doing something nefarious by not disclosing them? Go ahead and show them to me.

  16. Steve says:

    OK nyp, you can overreact if you want but none here support that silliness as far as I can see.

    All I “knew” about Obama in 07 was he was a come from behind community organizer with a disarming smile.

    What I know about him now really turns me off, its too bad I had to find out via actions on the job rather than actions over years.

    I have posted this before and its worth repeating. Obama should have let health care wait until the second half of his term. He should have done economy pretty much exclusive over those first two years. Had he done so the TEA revolution may not have happened and health care may have been easier to pass. All along in 08 to 10 I was astounded that health care was the point issue in his administration, I consider it a very bad move and one that shows he is far more into his “legacy” right off the bat than he is into “helping the middle class”. I listened to his latest love fest on the View yesterday, it did nothing to change my mind. If anything it made me decide my vote needs to be added to those that have the best chance of removing Obama from office.

  17. nyp10025 says:

    those grades were leaked despite the efforts of the campaigns to prevent that. you will never find an official release of the candidate’s grades. Not Obama’s. Not Clinton’s. Not McCains. Not Palin’s. Not Romneys. Anyone have a link to Romney’s transcripts?

  18. nyp10025 says:

    Steve: you deny that there are crazy birthers on this board. Three posts above yours “anonymous” writes: “I find it interesting what Sheriff Joe is uncovering about the phoney birth certificate Ø;s team released (at the bequest of The Donald!).” Two posts above, “Dave444” writes: “I did not know where he was born, with certainty; nor who his father was; or where he was educated.”

    As I said, a bunch of crazy birthers.

    As for being surprised by his policies, that is preposterous.
    During the campaign he pledged to push hard to bring the US in line with all the other civilized nations that make sure all of their citizens have health insurance coverage. He supported reform of the financial markets to guard against another 2008-type economic collapse. He supported a textbookeconomics, garden-variety economic stimulus in the face of collapsing demand. (So did Romney, but that’s another story.)
    No surprises in his policies, except for the fact that he has been slightly more conservative in his national security policies than he promised to be.

  19. But who leaked them?

    “In fact, George W. Bush has openly released his Yale University undergraduate transcript. As you can see, Bush truly was a solid C student.”




  20. Steve says:

    nyp, you are lumping everyone here in with a couple posts. That is contrary to supposed liberal beliefs. You are showing your political bigotry.

    And you say no surprises then detail one of your own. Admitedly opposite mine but a surprise to you nevertheless. Other liberals are not so nice.
    A few examples.

  21. Steve says:

    Another thing, nyp. As you see from my statement, tho I have a problem with what he promised I take offense more about the way he went about delivering on those things than the fact he tried to deliver on them. Furthermore a campaign does not let us know a candidate, the history surrounding the candidate does. So much about Obama was congecture in 07 it took lots of reading and checking to find minimal but reliably true information.
    He won the election, I expected him to try and fulfill his promises, I hoped he would be much smarter prioritizing the needs. He was and is very bad at this. He has done nothing to win my vote in the last 3 years, in fact he has pushed me farther away.

  22. nyp10025 says:

    Very funny, Mr Mitchelll — those are anti-Bush parody sites.

  23. nyp10025 says:

    There was no lack of information about President Obama. And his record has been generally consistent with his campaign positions. You simply don’t agree with his polices.

  24. Steve says:

    My statements stand as I wrote them.
    I did not like and still do not like Obama’s policies, but I also recognize he won the election. Therefore I expected him to make attempts to implement those policies. When he began to do so I had troubles with his priorities.

    Stop putting your words in my mouth.

  25. Some people did not think we knew enough about Obama:

    Count the number of “I don’t knows.”


  26. From another parody site, NYTimes:

    “The Democratic candidate for president, Mr. Kerry had previously declined to release his college transcript, which was included in his Navy records. He gave the Navy permission to release the documents last month, The Globe reported.”


  27. nyp10025 says:

    Congratulations to Thomas Mitchell for finally finding a presidential candidate (John Kerry) who had consented to the release of his college records. Actually, Kerry did not authorize the release until after the end of his campaign. And he did so, in response to requests from the Boston Globe, in order to clear up lingering nonsense from the malicious “Swift Boaters about his naval records. Here is how the Globe reported it:
    “The grade transcript, which Kerry has always declined to release, was included in his Navy record. During the campaign the Globe sought Kerry’s naval records, but he refused to waive privacy restrictions for the full file. Late last month, Kerry gave the Navy permission to send the documents to the Globe. Kerry appeared to be responding to critics who suspected that there might be damaging information in the file about his activities in Vietnam. The military and medical records, however, appear identical to what Kerry has already released. This marks the first time Kerry’s grades have been publicly reported.”
    As a general rule, presidential candidates don’t allow people to go rummaging through their college records. However, If you guys feel strongly about the issue, I’m sure you will be calling on Romney to release his Harvard and Stanford grade transcripts. For my part, I’m much more interested in the fact that he refuses to release his recent tax returns.

  28. Athos says:

    petey, I’ve got it. You are an Alinsky tool. College transcripts? “Go ahead and show them to me.”

    So Tom does, you say? “Kerry did it better!” Nice misdirect, Alinsky man! Unfortunately, you’re simply not smart enough to defend an indefensible (socialist) position!

    We have TWO autobiographies (can you call it an autobiography if Bill Ayers writes it?) you can read (what did his agent say about Ø being born in Africa?) all about this man’s dedication to Marxist ideals, and petey (like ALL good Alinsky-ites) will deny, deny, deny!

    Who ya gonna believe? Me, or your own lying eyes! (give me your money, fool!) THAT’s the Alinsky Way, right petey? Cause if you had ANY computer savvy, or just a scintilla of integrity, you’d know a computer forged birth certificate if you saw it.

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