In his speech to the Republican Convention last night, House Speaker John Boehner, who also serves as the convention chairman, deployed a boozy analogy in which Republicans are bar flies and the president is a drunk, presumably, who says something that the bar fly hive mind collectively finds offensive:
BOEHNER: So let’s say right now, a guy walked into our bar and said, “The private sector is doing fine,” Well, do you know what we’d do? That’s right: We’d throw him out!
He was referring to a quote by Pres. Obama in June that Mitt Romney has repeatedly taken out of context:
PRES. OBAMA: The truth of the matter is that, we’ve created 4.3 million jobs over the last 27 months — over 800,000 just this year alone. The private sector is doing fine. Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government, oftentimes cuts initiated by governors or mayors who are not getting the kind of help that they have in the past.
But just last week, Mitt Romney made a statement in which he used nearly identical phrasing.
“Big business is doing fine…” he said, at fundraiser in Minnesota. In context, he was referring to the ability of U.S.-based corporations to shelter their money offshore in order to avoid paying taxes. “They get the loans they need; they can deal with all the regulation. They know how to find ways to get through the tax code, save money by putting various things in the places where there are low tax havens around the world for their businesses.”
Maybe Boehner had not heard that Romney had flip-flopped on the condition of big business — or maybe he’d just had a merlot or two too many before he went on stage.