Mitt Romney’s GOP presidential rivals haven’t united behind a single candidate to take on the frontrunner, but they’re sure “uniting around the theme that the former head of Bain Capital looted companies, tossed people out of jobs, and is now exaggerating his success at the venture capital firm.” Romney has “inadvertently” provided fuel for their “Bain bomb” attacks with a series of uncharacteristic “stumbles” in the day’s leading up to Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary. Here are some mistakes that could become obstacles on Romney’s seemingly inevitable path to the GOP nomination:
- “I like being able to fire people”
On Monday, Romney was explaining to a New Hampshire audience why he thinks people should be able to shop around for health insurance “when he turned to the camera, and said, with perverse pleasure, ‘I like being able to fire people who provide services to me..’” It doesn’t help that “the look on Romney’s face when he says this line is right out of evil-boss-man central casting,” says Jonathan Capehart at The Washington Post.
- Suggesting that only the rich should run for office
At the GOP presidential debate Sunday morning, Romney recounted some “good advice” from his father, auto executive–turned–Michigan Gov. George Romney: “Mitt, never get involved in politics if you have to win an election to pay a mortgage.” Mitt then bragged that in 1994, Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) was forced to take out a mortgage on his house to defeat Romney. Suggesting that “only rich people should run for office” is “Romney at his most tone-deaf,” says Ben Smith at BuzzFeed