To everyone tweeting me about #sensata: we're going to be covering it next weekend, when we have a former worker from the company booked—
Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) October 13, 2012
How’s that for service? Who could imagine that an outlet like MSNBC would actually tell its progressive Twitter stalkers to hold tight while we get to your story? “Your Mitt Romney smear is important to us; please stand by while we dig up a sympathetic victim to exploit.”
ABC’s Jake Tapper says he’s on the story as well.
After all, this is really it — the Bain Capital scandal that will bring down the Romney campaign once and for all. Would Pam Grier or the Daily Kos lie? This could destroy Romney. It’s the “Beltway Benghazi!”
You see, Romney’s blind trust includes holdings in Sensata Technologies, an Illinois company which Bain Capital purchased from Texas Instruments in 2006, years after Romney left Bain. Sensata has been outsourcing work to China and the Illinois plant faces closure in November. Even the New York Times notes that Romney had nothing to do with the decision to close the plant; however, Romney created the monster that is Bain, and should the spouse of any laid-off worker die, Romney might as well have murdered that person himself (hypothetically speaking, of course).
Progressives argue, though, that Romney still profits from the plant closing through his blind trust.
Well, that’s not so hard to imagine, really. Obama supporters fail to mention that the president is invested in Sensata as well. Again, the New York Times notes that as a former Illinois state senator, Obama “has as much as $100,000 in a state retirement plan that contains shares of Sensata Technologies.”
Did we mention that all of this is happening more than a decade after Romney left Bain?
The Daily Kos, which is pushing the story, acknowledges that by “having so much power within Bain and owning 51% of it’s [sic] shares, I’m sure Romney could pull some strings and make some calls and stop Sensata from being outsourced.” There’s also the possibility that Obama, having been president of the United States for four years, could have done something as well, perhaps between “Daily Show” appearances. Bin Laden is dead, GM is alive … was there something else?
Romney opponents have promised a “Twitterbomb” of Sensata tomorrow to keep the issue trending. Will the lapdog media pick up the campaign-destroying Sensata story as promised? Stay tuned. In the meantime, it’s good to know that the media are just now taking Twitter requests for investigations. Any questions for the president?