Remember a couple of months ago, when Cory Booker said this:
“It’s nauseating to the American public,” Booker said on NBC's "Meet the Press." “Enough is enough. Stop attacking private equity. Stop attacking Jeremiah Wright.”And then remember the hand-wringing (oh, the hand-wringing), as described in this article from the L.A. Times:
“As far as that stuff, I have to just say from a very personal level I’m not about to sit here and indict private equity,” he added. “To me, it’s just we’re getting to a ridiculous point in America. Especially that I know I live in a state where pension funds, unions and other people invest in companies like Bain Capital. If you look at the totality of Bain Capital’s record, they’ve done a lot to support businesses [and] to grow businesses. And this, to me, I’m very uncomfortable with.”
WASHINGTON -- The fallout from Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s criticism of the Obama campaign’s use of Bain Capital against Mitt Romney continues, with Booker objecting to "being used by the GOP" to help the Romney campaign.To give credit where credit is due, Daily Kos's own David Nir presented us with polling data in early June that showed the attacks on Bain were going to work, and referring to the aforementioned hand-wringing as a "phony media-created phenomenon."
But the real credit, of course, goes to the Obama campaign. They knew they had a winner on their hands and understood the importance, when you're an incumbent, of defining your opponent early (see Dole, Bob, 1996).
This is a relatively simple diary, so let me answer my rhetorical question with a simple answer.
Yes, we are.