Andrea Mitchell invited Romney campaign surrogate John Sununu to appear on her MSNBC show to discuss the Obama campaign talking point of the day (or is it month?): outsourcing. Mitchell had the Obama campaign memo, alright, and sought to execute like a good foot soldier.
But Mitchell was unprepared for the Romney campaign’s counterattack on Obama as outsourcer-in-chief. It has something to do with those vaunted green jobs brought to us by the administration. “When you’ve sent $500 million to Fisker and it goes to Finland immediately. When you send the solar money and it goes to Mexico. When you send the turbine money and it goes to Denmark. And we can go on all day,” Sununu said. “There is $29 billion worth of purchases that came out of this administration, outsourced jobs to foreign countries.”
Mitchell was rendered tongue-tied and almost speechless. An old pro, Sununu himself cannot suppress the mirth that Mitchell inspires. “You are struggling, Andrea,” Sununu observes, “you’re struggling.” Ouch.
Mitchell promises to get back to him with the numbers — maybe by the time Sununu’s done laughing at her.
Kevin Williamson’s gibe still stands, by the way: “Could somebody please get Barack Obama to shut up about outsourcing until some undergraduate aide has explained to him what the word means? As it stands, the president is showing himself an ignorant rube on the subject, and that is to nobody’s advantage.”
Four more months of this will kill brain cells I cannot afford to lose at this point.