On June 21, The Washington Post published an article headlined “Romney’s Bain Capital invested in companies that moved jobs overseas.” And the lede told the whole story:
Mitt Romney’s financial company, Bain Capital, invested in a series of firms that specialized in relocating jobs done by American workers to new facilities in low-wage countries like China and India.
(So Mitt does have some foreign policy experience: exporting American jobs.)
You can imagine that the Romney campaign was prepared for this line of criticism, which they’ve only known was coming for nearly two decades. Their response? To parse the meaning of the words “outsourcing” and “offshoring.”
Inspirational, isn’t it? Mitt wanted the workers who lost the jobs he helped displace know that he didn’t offshore their jobs. He outsourced them. What a relief to hear that, as you stand in line at the unemployment office.
The Post story hit home—especially in rust belt states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, where people have firsthand experience listening to guys in ties who use euphemisms to tell you why layoffs are really wonderful. It reinforced a campaign to define Mitt Romney by his Bain record.