That was campaign manager Eric Fehrnstrom's suggestion over the weekend:
"[Romney's] position on the bailout was exactly what President Obama followed."
And killing bin Laden was Dick Cheney's doing. Steve Benen's jaw drops:
Romney has said, publicly and repeatedly, that he opposed Obama's industry rescue plan. … Just at face value, it takes a fair amount of chutzpah to face a crisis, get it wrong, then whine about the way in which the other guy got it right. But it takes truck loads worth of chutzpah to condemn the other guy then take credit for his success.
David Graham adds:
The major questions here are (1) whether it was feasible for the companies to find private financing to restructure and (2) whether the associated job loss and economic ripple effects would have been acceptable. While Romney is correct that the restructuring was what he suggested, his idea at the time was hardly unique; there was a consensus that the companies needed to be significantly reshaped. The question was how to do it, and he said the answer was without federal funds.
Kornacki has more.