Do As I Say, Not As I Do

According to Romney advisers Eric "etch-a-sketch" Fehrnstrom and Ed Gillespie, attacking Mitt Romney's record of job creation during his tenure as the governor of Massachusetts isn't fair because Romney inherited a bad economy.

The Obama campaign offers a similar response when Republicans try to attribute the Bush fiscal 2009 budget and the 800,000 jobs lost per month to the Obama Administration, but in their case it's actually true that President Obama inherited the worst economy the nation had seen in decades and has managed to turn it around since then. In the case of Romney, he inherited a mediocre economy and managed to make it nearly the worst in the nation.

Regardless of the facts, Ferhnstrom and Gillespie trotted out this line of defense on the Sunday morning talk shows yesterday even though they would afford no such skepticism to the Obama administration under similar circumstances.

Massachusetts “did fall to 47th out of 50 in jobs creation,” Cutter said on ABC’s “This Week.” “Wages went down when they were going up in the rest of the country. He left his successor with debt and a deficit, and manufacturing jobs left that state at twice the rate as the rest of the country.”

Fehrnstrom disputed the stat. “Can I just say, on the jobs question, because this comes up repeatedly that Massachusetts was 47 out of 50 in terms of jobs growth,” he said. “Actually, when Mitt Romney arrived, Massachusetts was an economic basket house. If you throw D.C. into the mix, we were 51 out of 51. By the time Mitt Romney left four years later, we were in the middle of the pack. We were 30th in the nation in terms of job growth.” [...]

Senior Romney adviser Ed Gillespie had a similar exchange with “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace. “When [Romney] took office it was No. 50 in job creation. Actually 51 if you count the District of Columbia,” Gillespie said.

To his credit, Fox News' Chris Wallace didn't let Ed Gillespie get away with that claim either and corrected him that Massachusetts was 47th during the entire Romney governship.

Massachusetts ranked 37th when Mitt Romney took office. It ranked 47th when he left office. He actually made things worse. Not better. Massachusetts was never "30th in the nation." Not when he took office or left office.

  • Ipecac

    But . . . but . . . Solyndra!

    • RS Janes

      B-but, Romney funneled taxpayer funds to the now-bankrupt clean energy firms of Beacon Power, Evergreen and Konarka when he was Gov. of Massachusetts. Doesn’t count because he was a Republican saddled with a Democratic majority in the state legislature, or so his campaign claims. ;)

    • D_C_Wilson

      But . . . but. . . the first loan was given under Bush!

      • nathkatun7

        The media subscribes to the proposition that “It Is O.K. If You Are A Republican.” to do anything without being held accountable. That’s why President Obama is blamed for everything that took place the moment he was elected and before he even took the oath of office. While the 9/11 attacks that took place when Bush was in office for almost nine months are blamed on Bill Clinton. So, Romney can’t be held to account for the economy in MA because he inherited it and made it “less worse.” Then of course any talk about his so called Business experience, destroying companies, and laying off workers, must never be discussed because discussing that equals to dirty campaign tactics and personal attacks. However, Romney giving president Obama an “F” in foreign policy and repeatedly calling him clueless when it comes to the economy is perfectly o.k. and cannot be viewed as personal attack on the president. Why? Well because as a Republican you are permitted by the media to do those things that a Democrat cannot do.

        You really can’t fault Republicans for the way they approach politics because our so called 4th Estate has decided to act as a propaganda arm of the Republican party.

  • mrbrink

    President Obama inheriting and turning around the worst economy since the Great Depression, two wars, massive debt and deficits is no where near as difficult as Winter Olympic planning and being rich!

    They treat their participation trophies like Medals of Freedom in the Republican party.

    • Robinswing

      What you didn’t see in the broadcast of the Olympics Mr. Romney planned was him winning gold in both the Liars Luge and the Off the Rails Long Jump.

    • D_C_Wilson

      But Purple Hearts are mocked with bandaids.

      • mrbrink


    • Brutlyhonest

      Wonder if Rmoney had a legislature trying to make him fail?

      • nathkatun7

        Good question! We need to see evidence that Democrats in Massachusetts vowed to obstruct everything in order to make Mitt Romney a one term governor?

    • nathkatun7

      Well said! Besides, what’s overlooked is the fact that Mitt came to Washington in search of federal government dollars to rescue the Winter Olympics! The same Mitt who thinks that it’s perfectly o.k. to lay off government workers because unlike workers who worker for private business, government workers are not real Americans.