John Heilemann on Hardball: What’s Scarier to Voters, Big Government or Big Business?


On Hardball this evening, Chris Matthews discussed with our own John Heilemann how President Obama, despite taking campaign contributions from Wall Street, will attempt to paint Mitt Romney as a Gordon Gekko-like figure as long as he’s the GOP front-runner. But what will get the brunt of the blame in 2012, Matthews wondered, big business or big government? “People in America have more antipathy towards big government,” Heilemann said. “That has been a political winner for Republicans ever since Reagan … and it might very well be again.”