Are you sitting down? If you’re driving, you might want to pull off to the side of the road here. “[S]peaking Wednesday on CBS, Romney said that what he did [with Bain Capital] was no different…” Are you sitting down? Are you paying very close attention? Look at me. Do I have you here? According to TheHill.com and Jonathan Easley. Today on CBS, “Romney said that what he did [with Bain Capital] was no different…” Dadelut dadelut dadelut! from what Barack Obama did bailing out the auto industry. Thud! Kerplunk! You’ve got to be kidding me. The next paragraph is a quote from Romney. Are you still sitting down?

“In the general election I’ll be pointing out that the president took the reins at General Motors and Chrysler — closed factories, closed dealerships, laid off thousands and thousands of workers — he did it to try to save the business.” So TheHill.com is reporting that Romney on CBS today said that what he did with Bain Capital is no different than what Obama did in taking over the auto companies. Obama had to lay people off; Obama had to streamline the place to make them profitable. So he’s accepting the premise that Newt and Perry have put out there, apparently, that he has gone into these companies with a chainsaw — and now he is using Obama and what he did at General Motors and Chrysler as: Hey, the president did it! Now, General Motors and Chrysler are not profitable, and… (sigh)

You just don’t, if you are the leader in the race for the Republican nomination, come out and give tacit approval to the government takeover of General Motors and Chrysler and then compound that by saying: Hey, what I did is no different. I was trying to save the businesses. (interruption) I did leave the possibility that this is not accurate. Yes. It’s in TheHill.com. I’ve not seen it anywhere else. So, yes, I’ve held out the possibility that this is inaccurate. For example, there was a story all day yesterday on Drudge that Newt is gonna go into South Carolina and meet with the former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucasians (Clyburn, James Clyburn, whose daughter is named Mignon Clyburn) and gonna have a joint press conference, appearance about the housing industry, that Newt is gonna meet with a Democrat — a ranking Democrat — member of the Congressional Black Caucasians. So I fired that off to some people I know who are dyed-in-the-wool, Newt-can’t-do-anything-wrong supporters, and I said, “Can you explain this to me?” and a few hours later I had a reply. “Newt says this isn’t true. He thinks Romney people are spreading this rumor. He’s not got a meeting with Clyburn,” but it’s in The State newspaper in South Carolina. So I share with you this Hill.com story with the proviso that it might not be true, but there it is. Okay.

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