Although there's some polling evidence and Mitt Romney's allies are getting worried, it's a little early to tell how effective President Obama's attacks on the Republican nominee's time at Bain Capital will be -- or how much that will affect the ultimate result of the campaign.
But we can say with some confidence that the attacks are getting Americans' attention. Via Politico's Alex Burns, here's a chart that shows that Google searches for "Bain Capital" have increased exponentially since late last week, when reports about Romney's confusing involvement -- or non-involvement -- with the firm from 1999 to 2002 started to surface. The numbers along the y-axis are Google's search volume index, basically an arbitrary number that measures recent searches relative to past ones. It's the rapid growth that should be scary for the Romney campaign -- it means that voters are taking notice of the controversy, and makes it harder to change the subject to something less favorable to Obama.
Latest Politics Posts:
The list of locations with the greatest interest has some red flags, too:
- District of Columbia
- New York
- North Carolina
- Washington state
Of those 10, six are swing states.