First of all, sorry for such a tough night. Defeat is never fun. That said, there are lessons to be learned, and I hope you learn them.
There have been many people asking you to explain your role at Bain Capital; so far, that explanation hasn’t been satisfactory, but perhaps not quite for the reasons you have heard.
Most of us in the Republican Party are prepared to defend free enterprise, even if that includes various dislocations required to sort out economic efficiencies and move people from jobs where they are less productive to jobs where they are more productive, and we’ll gladly wear the bus tracks from those arguments as badges of honor.
There is only one problem with that: you still get hit by a bus - and South Carolina just ran over you.
So, FWIW – and keep in mind, this comes from a friendly and supportive voice – here’s what yours truly would rather hear from you on this point.
In short, you need to stop acting like Gordon Gecko – because you weren’t him. What’s more, you know you weren’t him.
The tax issue is even simpler: my 2011 returns will be filed and released in April. I’d rather just release them all then. Thank you.
I happened to see your South Carolina speech tonight. It was very well done, and an excellent start to your recovery; but it needs more. It needs the above, at least that’s how I see it.
Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal