Something interesting may be going on. It appears that the Establishment is having their come to Jesus moment. While wanting to continue their Bush tax cut rates, they also realize that Romney would be a total disaster ala W as President. So there are articles appearing that seem meant more to influence opinion makers than the common electorate.
Three examples starting with David Stockman:
Except Mitt Romney was not a businessman; he was a master financial speculator who bought, sold, flipped, and stripped businesses. He did not build enterprises the old-fashioned way-out of inspiration, perspiration, and a long slog in the free market fostering a new product, service, or process of production. Instead, he spent his 15 years raising debt in prodigious amounts on Wall Street so that Bain could purchase the pots and pans and castoffs of corporate America, leverage them to the hilt, gussy them up as reborn “roll-ups,” and then deliver them back to Wall Street for resale-the faster the better.
The Bain Capital investments here reviewed accounted for $1.4 billion or 60 percent of the fund’s profits over 15 years, by my calculations. Four of them ended in bankruptcy; one was an inside job and fast flip; one was essentially a massive M&A brokerage fee; and the seventh and largest gain-the Italian Job-amounted to a veritable freak of financial nature.
In short, this is a record about a dangerous form of leveraged gambling that has been enabled by the failed central banking and taxing policies of the state. That it should be offered as evidence that Mitt Romney is a deeply experienced capitalist entrepreneur and job creator is surely a testament to the financial deformations of our times.
Next, Walter De Vries, claims George would be ashamed of Mitt:
Walter De Vries, who worked for the senior Mr. Romney throughout the 1960s, wrote that Mitt Romney’s bid for the White House was “a far cry from the kind of campaign and conduct, as a public servant, I saw during the seven years I worked in George Romney’s campaigns and served him as governor.”
“While it seems that Mitt would say and do anything to close a deal – or an election,” he wrote, “George Romney’s strength as a politician and public officeholder was his ability and determination to develop and hold consistent policy positions over his life.”
Mr. De Vries, who said he wished to the see the Republican Party return to its moderate roots, said he intended to vote for Mr. Obama on Election Day.
Saving the best for last, the Beltway Insiders open the kimono:
What does Washington’s political elite really think? Over the past two weeks, we surveyed 74 Beltway insiders-37 Democrats, 37 Republicans-on the election, the state of politics, and what comes next. We wanted honesty, so we offered to keep their answers anonymous (in some cases, they allowed us to quote them). Among the respondents: Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom and Obama adman Jim Margolis; Kerry right-hand Bob Shrum and McCain consigliere Mark Salter; former senators Bob Bennett (R-Utah) and Tom Daschle (D-N.D.).
1. Who’s going to win?
22. Regardless of your ideology or party, who do you think would make the stronger leader?
23. Regardless of your ideology or party, who would keep the world safer?
24. Regardless of your ideology or party, who would be better at fixing the economy?
If this signals a trend, expect a lot more fact checking of Romney/Ryan in the media and more newspaper endorsements of Obama by rags that favored McCain in 2008.
Update. Here’s a fourth from a NYT editorial re the consequences of a Romney/Ryan Administration:
We do not need to guess about the brutal consequences of overturning Roe. We know from our own country’s pre-Roe history and from the experience around the world. Women desperate to end a pregnancy would find a way to do so. Well-to-do women living in places where abortion is illegal would travel to other states where it is legal to obtain the procedure. Women lacking the resources would either be forced by the government and politicians to go through with an unwanted or risky pregnancy, attempt to self-abort or turn to an illegal – and potentially unsafe – provider for help. Women’s health, privacy and equality would suffer. Some women would die.