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Jan 10 2012

Gingrich and Gadflies Attack Romney for Being a Capitalist

It may be hard to settle on the best Republican candidate, but at least no one should have difficulty determining the worst: Newt Gingrich, an unprincipled progressive statist with the personality of venomous toad.

When Newt isn’t whining about having his balloon punctured by truthful negative ads, he’s preparing his own vicious attacks. The difference: Gingrich doesn’t just knife his Republican opponents, but slips a stiletto between the ribs of the entire party and free market conservatism in general. Outflanking even Obama on the left, Gingrich has been denouncing Romney for his success at Bain, a company that specialized in buying up small, troubled firms and rebuilding them. Unsurprisingly, not all of the firms survived, providing Gingrich an opportunity to projectile vomit Marxist rhetoric while painting his opponent as Gordon Gekko.

Here’s a new low in the history of the GOP:

An outside Super PAC supporting Mr. Gingrich announced plans Monday to spend nearly $3.5 million in South Carolina, much of it on ads focusing on companies that Mr. Romney and his Bain partners took over, and eventually shuttered, in the Palmetto State. The group also plans to release a 28-minute film that a onetime Romney adviser made, featuring interviews with more than a dozen people who lost their jobs at companies that Bain took over.

The film, which seeks to depict Mr. Romney as an elitist “money man,” flashes frequently to a photograph of him having his shoes shined on an airport tarmac, a large jet in the background.

Too bad they don’t have a picture of Romney wearing a top hat and puffing on a cigar.

Shamefully, Huntsman and Perry have followed Newt off the cliff by bashing Romney for his success as a businessman. They will have to switch parties if they want to be regarded as credible candidates. Better still they should do us all a favor and just go away.

As Club for Growth president Chris Chocola observes,

“Attacking Gov. Romney for participating in free-market capitalism is just beyond the pale for any purported ‘Reagan conservative.”’

Ann Coulter has taken heat from misguided conservatives for backing Romney against Gingrich. They owe her an apology. Romney is not only far more electable but more conservative. He is a superior candidate to the whiny, vengeful, condescending, and worst of all progressive Gingrich in every conceivable way.

Far from being a blemish on his record, Romney’s days at Bain are exactly the experience needed to turn America around. Bain acquired failing companies, scraped off the barnacles, and let those that still couldn’t float sink. That is the opposite of the bailout mentality the Tea Party rebels against, and precisely what needs to be done with every nook and cranny of the federal government.

Kudos to Santorum and Paul for not following Gingrich’s disgraceful lead.

Newt reminds us that we could do worse than Romney.

On a tip from Varla.

31 Responses to “Gingrich and Gadflies Attack Romney for Being a Capitalist”

  1. AC says:

    This petty attack will backfire.

    I’d rather vote for experienced capitalist businessman than a history professor turned career politician.

  2. GoY says:

    Looks like George Will’s comment that Gingrich would have made an excellent socialist was pretty close to the mark; and to think we all thought it was over-the-top at the time.

    There is a colorful and offensive expression that describes what Gingrich is doing: “going full retard.” It’s when a man of the right has a disagreement with conservatives and adopts full throttle the rhetoric and posturing of the left.

    Newt has gone Full Retard.

  3. OEFver says:

    While I disagree with the Marxist style bashing… I hope it makes romneycare FAIL. Businessman or not, he is a loser and a liar… Well, a democrat. Because that is what he is. Seemingly cool as he has his friends attack everyone else… Screw Romney…

  4. President Downgrade says:

    You people bashing Newt are delusional. Do you think Willard Romney has what it takes to be president. The freak doesn’t know the first thing about Islam. He couldn’t get a second term as governor. Couldn’t get elected in the senate and tore must companies apart instead of building them. Newt took Washington by the throat and balanced the budget for 4 years. Isn’t that what we want. Someone who understands the perils of militant Islam and is a fiscal hawk?

  5. Dr. 9 says:

    The only thing all this in-fighting is going to accomplish is to get the Marxist-in-Chief re-elected. It’s also why the MSM spends all it’s time instigating the Republicans.

  6. StanInTexas says:

    Not only that, Dr. 9, there is another issue.

    Once the nominee has been determined; expect the media to drag out every negative thought, every derrogatory column, and every shread of criticism that ANYONE on the right has posted against the nominee.

    The INSTANT we have a confirmed nominee, the MSM will go into full attack mode, claiming in-fighting in the Republican ranks, and using all of these columns and negative campaign ads as proof.

  7. AC says:

    Newt isn’t a fiscal hawk. Read his record.

    He’s a self-serving career politician whose policies lean authoritarian-statist.

    He was even the root cause of the Christmas tree tax.

  8. RICH says:

    Well, it’s time to vote. I’m off to the polls to vote for the person I believe has the best chance of beating Obama, rebuilding our economy, keeping our military strong and restoring the American dream.

    Mitt Romney.

    Congrats to for 20 million site hits.

  9. Newt is still the last Speaker to balance a federal budget, and the only Speaker with the conviction to give the bureaucracy an unplanned vacation. And Mittens started the mudslinging with his wall-to-wall Iowa media campaign contrasting marriage counts. He should be thanking Newt for preparing him for David Axelrod’s attack machine in return.

    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

  10. Marmo says:

    Compare actual legislative accomplishments. Newt wins.

  11. Fiberal says:

    Money is the root of all good.

    And no one who claims to be an American should misunderstand that.

    Capitalism is under a severe attack in the U.S. And there should be no one in elected office who attacks or supports attacks against capitalism. Especially not for personal gain of political power–that’s liberalism.

    Newt did the same thing to Paul Ryan. He is now officially irredeemable.

    Newt’s liberal-conservative track record is mixed, but he had a chance to turn it around: apologize, focus on a conservative platform and pick up Ronald Reagan’s garland. He did not.

    Its time to flush Newt down the toilet along with BO and all the other liberal parasites in congress or the senate this year.

    Savage just saved himself $1,000,000.

  12. AC says:

    Newt’s recent positions are more telling than the group consensus of the conservative Congress he worked with.

    We need to ask him, “What have you done for us lately?” Unfortunately, the answer is that he has advocated his brand of statist big government.

    In a choice between two big government politicians, Mitt and Newt, the better choice is the one with more business experience. If we’re going to be stuck with a big organization (government), we’re better off with the guy with more experience making a large organization run smoothly.

    Newt’s only private sector experience is working as a lobbyist. At least Mitt understands applied capitalism when it is in his benefit, even if he hasn’t always advocated for free market capitalism while in office.

  13. A. Levy says:

    Once you understand that perfection, in anything or anyone, is nothing more than an illusion, you will realize that having a bulldog like Gingrich in the WH is better than a flip-flopping phony like Romney.

    IMO, one of the main problems with Conservatives, and especially Republicans, is their weakness and unwillingness to take the gloves off and hit back. It’s why the Left always wins. It’s also why, even when they hold a majority, Republicans are always losing-out to Demoncrats. If there has ever been a time in our country, when those of us on the Right badly needed a real political warrior in charge, it’s now. The America we all grew up in (will not) survive another four years of Obummer’s radical Marxism.

  14. AC says:

    How is Gingrich not a flip flopper? He was for insurance mandates before he was against them. He was for expanding Ponzi entitlements before he was against them, before he was for them again.

  15. Sam Adams says:

    Sad that Newt attacks the free market. Yes, it is sad when some people lose their jobs as companies become obsolete or non-competitive. But what is the alternative???? The government guaranteeing that every business should be successful (well every business that is large enough to make significant campaign contributions)? That’s just as insane as guaranteeing that no child be left behind (sorry…if you are cutting classes and using drugs, you will be left behind).

    Newt has jumped the shark. He isn’t the conservative he claims to be. Neither is Chris Christy, but he would be a better attack dog than Newt.

  16. karasukanzaemon says:

    Sad to see you apparently jump on the Romney band-wagon. OTOH, sad to also see the attacks on Romney re Bain. For one, I would like to see Perry at least ‘clarify’ his remarks. Santorum’s been good on this, but he has other issues, i.e., ‘compassionate conservatism.’ However, while it sickens me to hear it, this class warfare schtick is going to be a major avenue of attack for the Dems in the general and I can’t help but think that it will stick against Romney. Shoot, Wall Street and the financial industry are joining in as they time their donations to Romney to do him the most damage. Add to that the fact that he comes across as smug, self-satisfied, and arrogant. I cannot believe that he will close the deal.

  17. Fiberal says:

    Add to that the fact that he comes across as smug, self-satisfied, and arrogant.

    Who? BO?

    It would be nice if just 1/10 of 1% of 1/100th of a quark in 1/1,000,000th of an electron of scrutiny could be paid to BO as it has to the republicans.

  18. Fiberal says:

    … this class warfare schtick is going to be a major avenue of attack for the Dems in the general and I can’t help but think that it will stick against Romney.

    It may be a Romney strategy to hold off on tax breaks for the rich as he has done. This avenue of dem attack then goes away.

    Moreover, Romney then does not give in to everything right up front when he goes into tax negotiations with the stupidocrats in congress.

    If that’s his strategy it may work.

    Now if he just picks a spankin’ brand new black running mate for the GOP to beam at, he could trump the democrat’s race card.

  19. ACB says:

    GO NEWT. Mitt (myth) Romney will come back to bite you in the asses. He is a weakling and not any different from OBAMA. He has shown that he will lie about his values just to get elected. Romney is the WORST candidate the GOP could put up against Obama. Then an endorsement from McLame…Great, sounds like a winning formula.

    ANY person with a brain can see that Newt is not attacking capitalism but rather Mitt Romney’s lack of leadership and any understanding. To stand up and say “I like to fire people” in any context in this sort of economy is a basically idiotic. “I will bet you $10,000” what a dumbass. If Mitt is all you got you deserve to lose to Obama and you will. The DEMS have already said that they want you guys to run Mitt. He is the weakest.

  20. SeaFoamGreen says:

    Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

    We’re gonna hand it to the Kenyan Punk.

    Mitt isn’t Ronald Reagan, Newt isn’t Abe Lincoln. They are what we got. Either is better than Obama.

    I prefer Newt, I’d accept Mitt and BOTH CAN BE SPUN TO WHERE WE NEED THEM TO BE.

    Keep up this bashing and ensure an Obama victory. If Dave and AC want utopia, then please explain how they’re different than the OWS people who think total socialism will suddenly make everyone “equal” and happy, or Ron Paul who thinks “Be nice to Iran and they’ll suddenly like us”.

    Utopia is utopia…left or right.

    Or is the agenda darker…

  21. Speaking as an Englishman, so I don’t directly have a dog in this [cat]fight…

    Romney didn’t say he likes to fire people. His attackers have taken half a sentence out of context. I used this example over at the Daily Telegraph earlier-

    “I like to sleep around eight hours a night”.

    If you only read the first half of that sentence, it’s an admission of promiscuity. If you read the whole sentence it isn’t.

    I have never liked Newt Gingrich. Mounting an attack which is based on blatant dishonesty and anti-capitalist rhetoric confirms my opinion. He needs to at least accept that he’s not going to win, and decide to lose gracefully.

    Santorum is representing the religious conservatives. Paul is representing the libertarians. Huntsman is representing the moderate internationalists. Gingrich doesn’t seem to be representing anything but his own vanity.

  22. Ron Paul who thinks “Be nice to Iran and they’ll suddenly like us”.

    Be fair. Paul is trying to stop another futile, self-defeating war. It’s the belief that you can bomb people into democracy that is utopian, not the pragmatic idea of leaving other sovereign nations to choose their own destiny. If Iran ever does become a clear and present danger (as the saying goes) you can bomb them out of the game in an afternoon.

    Alternatively, you can fling more young american men into the Middle East’s equivalent of the Thirty Years War. If I were an American parent, I wouldn’t want my son dying for nothing.

  23. AC says:

    Keep up this bashing and ensure an Obama victory. If Dave and AC want utopia, then please explain how they’re different than the OWS people who think total socialism will suddenly make everyone “equal” and happy, or Ron Paul who thinks “Be nice to Iran and they’ll suddenly like us”.

    If things go to hell on the watch of a milquetoast RINO, you’ll get your total socialism in 2016. Either the budget is saved and red tape is slashed or we are sunk.

  24. RICH says:

    Firing people, for the right reasons, is-as American as apple pie. It’s capitalism in its purest form. In or out of context: it doesn’t matter. Mitt is right.

    I also like having the choice, through competition, to be able to hire or fire who I damn well please.

    Let’s start firing poor performing government employees who, through the union, are made nearly impossible to get rid of.

    It shouldn’t cost tens of thousands of dollars and hundreds of man hours to fire one (1) poor performing government slob, who is protected by the union, for doing nothing more than paying their dues and providing shitty service to the American taxpayer.

    Enough is enough. Most government managers see this process of firing poor performing employees as being to difficult a task to go though, but it also threatens their own job security. Government managers are in non-bargaining units. They are not allowed to join the union and they are the ones who can be fired. Union lawyers and advocates have been known to play dirty, going after managers who try to fire one of their own union members.

    It’s not fair and Mitt Romney is spot-on regarding this issue.

  25. Ghost of FA Hayek says:

    Newt the calculating technocrat ?
    Speaking off the cuff ? Hardly.
    An attempt to suck in some of Romney’s disenfranchised Dem support ?

  26. IslandLifer says:

    If you can’t see Newt for who he truly is after this you surely have your head in the shitpile. Newt is a traitor and a disgrace to to his party. Fackov Newt!

  27. SeaFoamGreen says:

    Island, I thought there was hope for you.

    Oh well…enjoy four more years (the last four for America as we knew it). You certainly are doing everything to ensure it.

  28. nomittens2012 says:

    Bingo to those who realize we need an attack dog, not a chameleon. Newt will rip into obama and make him look like the uneducated fool he is. Mitt will talk about what a nice man he is, but darn it, he just has a few bad ideas. Newt knows the history and evil of islam; mitt doesn’t seem to see it as an issue. Newt’s only
    defending himself (against a corporate raider, not just a “capitalist,” whom obama will tear apart, by the way) while romney started this whole thing. (As Levin just said, 95% of PAC moneyso far has gone to negative ades against gingrich — by Romney and Paul.)

    Never thought I’d see a fan club for Mittens starting on Moonbattery.


  29. IslandLifer says:

    Like I said before, Newt is vile. He knows he’s finished but releases nasty below the belt attacks on the Republicans. So STFU and go the fuck home! Newt is a disgrace. And all this talk about coming together to support the one who wins is a pretty hypocritical statement from any Newt supporter. You know he has no chance, you see how he is eating his own, but still have the nerve to lecture about cohesiveness. Sigh.

  30. RICH says:


    You might want to actually research more thoroughly what Mitt says about Obama, how he feels about the war on terror, and what his strengths are before flapping your gums and spitting out your platitudes.

    He is “our” front-runner and will most likely be “our” nominee. It’s time to stop pouting people and stand behind the man, atleast until he gets elected. You can hold his feet to the fire after he unthrones the Won.

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