• "Four Degrees of Bain Capital" with Paul Ryan's Brother

    Look. Playing that game where you try to connect Mitt Romney to Bain Capital is pretty boring. Mostly because Mitt Romney was a co-founder of Bain Capital, but also because I spent about three hours doing it last week. (Turns out it's just one degree.)

    But, the game becomes much more interesting if you handicap yourself by going through Mitt Romney's running mate. Here, let's give it a try…

    1. Mitt Romney chose Paul Ryan as his running mate.

    2. Paul Ryan is brothers with his brother Tobin Ryan, a private equity executive.

    3. Tobin Ryan used to work as a manager for the global management consulting firm Bain & Company.

    4. Several former Bain & Company partners — included Mitt Romney — founded Bain Capital in 1984.

    I did it! I did it! And in just four degrees! OMG! I'm a genius! I'm a super-genius! (To be fair, I did get a little help from this article in CNN Money.)

    What does this mean? I don't really know. I'm assuming it actually means something incredibly crazy or it means nothing at all. Or possibly something in between. It's been a while since I've read the Constitution, and I don't remember if they had a clause about having business ties to brothers of your vice-president.

    At any rate, the article points out that Romney and Tobin never worked at Bain & Company at the same time. Though –and don't quote me on this — I think that Tobin's brother Paul is currently working with Mitt Romney on some kind of a national endeavor. Could be pretty juicy. I'll keep my eyes peeled.

    Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

    Tags: Bain Capital, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan


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