Rosenthal blusters forward: As noted below, a raft of bloggers noted that Romney’s comment was taken out of context yesterday morning.
One major liberal did not. Here’s the start of a post by Andrew Rosenthal, editor of the New York Times’ editorial page:
ROSENTHAL (1/9/12): Mitt Romney is not having a good time in New Hampshire. Apparently he really likes to fire people. And he’s actually willing to say so.Rosenthal had nothing to say about context. He dished the comfort food straight.
Mr. Romney babbled incoherently at Saturday night’s debate about Griswold v. Connecticut, the 1965 Supreme Court decision that said states do not have the power to outlaw birth control, based on a constitutional right to privacy. He said the question was “silly.”
Then on Sunday, he talked about having worried about getting a “pink slip” at times in his wildly lucrative career as a venture capitalist at Bain Capital. That was silly, and Rick Perry, who’s skipping New Hampshire and campaigning in South Carolina, wasted no time jumping all over it. “I have no doubt Mitt Romney was worried about pink slips,” he said today, “whether he was going to have enough of them to hand out” at the companies Bain took over.
Actually, Mr. Romney seemed determined not to get past it himself. “I like being able to fire people who provide services for me,” he told members of the Nashua Chamber of Commerce. No, really, he actually said that.
As we’ve said, we’re amazed that Rosenthal has the time to write this blog, given his rather major job. But it’s stunning to think that this is the guy who’s running the Times editorial page. Every liberal blogger on earth saw the problem with the way this remark was played.
Rosenthal, at the top of the chain, one hundred percent did not.
Tribal players will cheer. We don't think it’s a good strategy.