Who’s Behind the Bain Stuff?

Someone is pushing hard on the Bain stuff, and I wonder if maybe it’s not a Dem.  First, it was pushed by David Corn at Mother Jones, then expanded on by Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo with more SEC documents, and then picked up by The Boston Globe.

This is the kind of attack you’d expect the Obama campaign to pursue in the fall, after the conventions, when they want to go after Mitt’s character and brand him a liar.

That’s why I wonder if there are GOP Powers That Be who are trying to derail Mitt now and keep him from being the nominee.  They know he’s a disaster.

Would it be too late for someone else to get a campaign up and running?  I don’t think so.  First of all, a lot of the work is going to get done by outside groups like Karl Rove’s.   Those folks are already geared up.  Plus, there are plenty of good policy advisers, strategists, ad people, etc. who aren’t currently working for Mitt, but who have solid experience on presidential campaigns.  The state and local parties have their people in place ready to help with events and logistics.  And no one runs in all 50 states anyway.

Who would they crown?  Not Michele Bachmann or Rick Perry or Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum.  I’m thinking someone who doesn’t freak out independents, but would be fine with the base, someone like Tim Pawlenty or Mike Huckabee.

If I’m right — you read it here first.  If I’m wrong, it won’t be the first time!

Huntsmentum?

Jon Huntsman had endorsements from five New Hampshire newspapers and now he has the Boston Globe.

Saying that only Huntsman and Mitt Romney are presidential material, the endorsement opts for the former:  “But while Romney proceeds cautiously, strategically, trying to appease enough constituencies to get himself the nomination, Huntsman has been bold.  Rather than merely sketch policies he articulates goals and ideals.”

The Globe also calls Mitt on his dishonest attacks on President Obama:  “His attacks on Obama are so hyperbolic — the president favors European-style socialism, apologizes for America, doesn’t understand the vision of the Founding Fathers — that they say nothing about his own viewpoint; most likely, he’s trying to stir up enough dust to suggest a passionate denunciation of Obama without offering a disciplined critique or alternative course.”  Short version — Mitt’s a lying empty suit.

Mitt is also getting pummeled by the New Hampshire Union Leader, which has endorsed Newt Gingrich and hates Mitt’s guts.