Mitt Romney just stepped in it. Big time.
During a meeting this morning with the Nashua Chamber of Commerce, Romney was discussing health insurance when he said, “It also means that if you don’t like what they do, you can fire them. I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.”
It could be argued that Romney wasn’t talking about an employer-employee situation but given his history as an employer and given his history of firing people is it stretch to imagine that he liked firing people while he was at Bain? After all, there were steelworkers in Kansas City who once provided Romney their services and Romney dispensed with them and their pensions.
I certainly realize that firing and laying off people happen in the labor market. I’ve been on the wrong end of that stick myself. When it’s happened to me it was something my bosses took no pleasure in doing. But for Romney to say that he actually likes firing people draws the wrong kind of attention to himself. Romney has just cast himself as the boss you hate. Whether this will do Romney damage in New Hampshire tomorrow remains to be seen. But even if he wins the GOP nomination, Romney has just handed Obama enough amunition to cost him the election. I mean who is going to vote for someone who reminds them of the boss they can’t stand?