Rich Galen

Some of you might have noticed that I like to do TV; which is to say I will go anywhere, anytime, to be on with anyone, on any TV outlet including "Bob's TV Network" (BTV) even if its is available only within the confines of his mother's house in Cleveland which includes Bob's combo basement/bedroom/TV studio.

So, it will come as no surprise to you that when MSNBC emailed asking if I would schlep out to their studios at the NBC bureau on Nebraska Avenue for a 4 minute spot at 10:30 on Saturday morning, I couldn't type "SURE!" fast enough, and I'm a pretty fast typist.

It turned out I was going to be on with former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell to talk about South Carolina.

Rendell didn't know who I was and/or couldn't remember my name, so I only referred to him as "the Governor" as if I couldn't remember his name, either.

I'll get back to that segment in a minute, but I want to talk to you about the segment which preceded us that featured South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn talking with host Alex Witt.

Witt asked Clyburn about a previous interview in which he had compared Gov. Mitt Romney's Bain Capital with Bernie Madoff.

Clyburn talked about Bain buying, then shutting down a factory in Gaffney, South Carolina by declaring it bankrupt which, he thought, made his case.

Clyburn had obviously read the Democratic House Caucus Talking Points, but hadn't read the morning newspapers. His crack staff either hadn't read Saturday's New York Times, or had read it but decided not to bother their boss with an absolutely on-point story.

A lot of Romney's opponents had pointed to the Gaffney, South Carolina example, but then someone from the New York Times actually went to Gaffney, South Carolina and asked folks about the devastation Bain Capital had caused.

Turns out not one in Gaffney knew that particular factory had ever been there, and so they didn't know it had been shut down.

According to Kim Severson's reporting, even the publisher of the local paper that "seems to cover everything from stolen mopeds to the Y.M.C.A. basketball league" didn't remember it and nothing in the microfilm files indicated the "Gaffney Ledger" had ever written so much as a sentence about it.

Back to Clyburn who is not from Gaffney but represents Columbia, SC.

He used the Gaffney example to bolster his Mitt-as-Bernie argument and went on to make the point that while Romney was taking companies bankrupt and firing people, President Barak Obama was doing wonderful things like resuscitating General Motors.

GM, the day before, had reclaimed the title of world's largest automaker.


Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at Mullings.com.