To the DNC: Yes, Debbie, people really ARE corporations
First, on Monday of this week, we had David Axelrod, Obama’s chief campaign strategist, calling Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney “pathetic”. Now, the Democratic campaign spinmeisters have latched on to a Romney comment made earlier in Iowa that, “corporations are people”. They’re attempting to paint it as the Republican equivalent of Obama’s comment of “bitter” people “clinging to their guns and religion” when he was running for President in 2008.
So the DNC campaign strategists have developed a new TV ad for their class warfare genre. At best, it’s nonsensical; at worst, it’s, to use David’s word, “pathetic”. The ad shows how out of touch the DNC really is with how American business works, and more importantly, who IS American business.
Yo! Debbie! David! Corporations ARE people. They’re the people behind the microscopes at Pfizer, on the assembly lines at GM, behind the checkout counters at Target, flipping pizzas at Rosati’s, pressing clothes at Marberry Cleaners, laying roofs at Countryside, etc. etc.
And I daresay those same people in the Iowa crowd, bussed-in from Godknowswhere, USA, hooting and hollering at Romney are probably blissfully ignorant that a portion of their pensions may be held in AAA-rated corporate bonds, something that the Wisconsin state employees union probably didn’t realize. The Wisconsin Retirement System owns $5.5 million in corporate bonds of Georgia-Pacific, and another $5 million in Colgate-Palmolive.
So while I’m waiting for this ad to backfire, and hopefully it does, I’m getting out the popcorn so I can sit back and watch the first flamethrowers at Perry.