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Private equity skewered by Romney-bound arrows

January 10, 2012

The assault from fellow Republicans on the front-runner’s record at Bain makes for an absurd spectacle. Huntsman’s family business agreed to an LBO while Gingrich advised Teddy Forstmann. The slings won’t derail Romney, but the collateral damage could hurt the buyout industry.

A speech on taxes that would help Romney’s run

January 19, 2012

The Republican U.S. presidential front-runner’s private equity background and low personal tax rate have put him in an awkward spot. Romney needs to address them in a way to both quell the attacks and appeal to moderates. Here’s an imagined, if bold, way to handle the matter.

The One Percent was real loser in South Carolina

January 23, 2012

Plutocrats fuelling jets for Davos take note: fellow club member Mitt Romney’s path to the presidency has been obstructed by his riches. Lopsided wealth creation bothered voters even more than his rival’s carnal sins. The Occupy agenda is resonating in some unlikely places.

Gingrich makes Goldman 4-letter word – to no avail

January 31, 2012

The former House speaker is set to lose Florida despite labeling rival Mitt Romney an agent of the Wall Street firm. But Romney’s similar conflation of Gingrich’s work with Freddie Mac to the housing bust seems to have hit further home. It’s a small victory for Goldman’s image.

It’s the budget, not the economy, stupid

August 11, 2012

Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as running mate can transform his mealy campaign into something substantive: a referendum on fixing the U.S. balance sheet. It’s sad that it takes a VP to give Romney appeal. But righting America’s finances is long-term legacy-setting stuff.