The attacks on Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker (D) by the more vitriolic liberal commentators for what he said about Bain Capital on this past Sunday’s “Meet the Press” are just as indefensible as the Republican Party’s cynical and dishonest attempt to exploit and distort what the mayor actually said during the program.

In fact, as a “surrogate” for the Obama campaign, Booker strongly supported President Obama’s programs, such as national healthcare, and reminded viewers that under Obama, “over 90 percent of Americans have seen tax cuts” and that Romney “would have let the auto industry fail.”

Still, liberal commentators expressed outrage when the mayor went “off message” and said there is nothing wrong per se with the private equity business model followed by Bain Capital. This was so even though several days before, two strong Obama supporters and progressive Democrats, Steven Rattner (who himself runs a successful private equity firm) and former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (Tenn.), made the same point on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

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