Fox news analyst Sarah Palin said criticism of Mitt Romney's record as the head of Bain Capital by fellow Republicans is fair and the front-runner should provide proof to his clams that his tenure there helped created 100,000 jobs.
"Sometimes it gets rough and tumble as you try to hold these candidates accountable for what they are claiming," Palin said in an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News Channel Wednesday.
Asked about attacks from Texas Gov. Rick Perry that Romney is a "vulture capitalist," the former Alaska governor said Perry is just holding his rival accountable.
"This isn't about a politician making huge profits in the private sector," Palin said, adding "I think what Governor Perry is getting at is that Governor Romney has claimed to have created 100,000 jobs at Bain and people are wanting to know is there proof of that claim?"
And in typical Romnot fashion Palin tells us that the OWS RINOs are really helping Romney by vetting him on this issue before Obama can.
Palin said it is better for the Republicans to press Romney on these matters now, since President Obama and his re-election team are sure to use these lines of attack against Romney if he becomes the Republican nominee for president.
How many times have we heard Right Wing Nut justify his attacks on Romney with this same specious argument? A page from the C4P playbook apparently.
Not really surprising, though, that Palin isn't a capitalist republican. She has a record as governor of Alaska of increasing taxes on the oil companies operating in Alaska.
In 2007, Palin put forth a plan called “Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share” (sometimes called ACES) which imposed a progressive tax on oil profits. The tax, which was passed in a special legislative session, bumped the oil profits tax up to 25% on net profits with an increase for each dollar over a fixed cost (about $52 a barrel).
The tax has been compared to the federal windfall oil profits tax proposed by Democrats in 2008 and criticized by Palin’s running mate, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). McCain’s economic team, however, has disagreed with the characterization.
Interestingly, Palin’s emails show that the push to get the plan passed was not easy. Republicans in the Last Frontier were opposed to a tax which they felt would discourage investment and Palin found it necessary to approach them individually in an effort to garner support. However, her technique was considered as very heavy-handed by many lawmakers who accused Palin, among other things, of threatening to withhold district funding in retaliation for not supporting the bill or to campaign against them if they did not cooperate.
Meanwhile, Rudy Giuliani blasted the OWS RINOs today on Fox and Friends.
Giuliani asked, “What the hell are you doing, Newt? I expect this from Saul Alinsky! This is what Saul Alinsky taught Barack Obama, and what you’re saying is part of the reason we’re in so much trouble right now.”
Giuliani broadened his criticism to include the attacks on Bain Capital launched by both Gingrich and Texas Governor Rick Perry, who he described as “a very close friend of mine.” “I’m shocked at what they’re doing,” said Giuliani. “It’s ignorant and dumb. It’s building something we should be fighting in America, ignorance of the economic system, playing on the dumbest, most ridiculous ideas about how you grow jobs.” He characterized the attacks on Romney’s private sector career as “unfair and bad for the Republican Party.”
Giuliani really dislikes Romney, so this is big news that he would get so hot about this issue that he would come to Romney's defense on this.