Video: Romney goes on the attack against Gingrich

posted at 8:40 am on December 9, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

As I predicted yesterday, Mitt Romney has decided to attack Newt Gingrich in Iowa in an attempt to get conservatives to rethink their new allegiance to the frontrunner du jour — and Romney knows just where to aim.  In a new 60-second spot, the campaign hammers Gingrich for his attack on Paul Ryan’s budget-reform plan earlier this year, and stressed this line of attack in a conference call with the media yesterday:

Though Romney himself didn’t embrace Paul Ryan’s budget proposal in the spring, Talent and Sununu attacked Gingrich for distancing himself from the plan, which Gingrich dubbed “right-wing social engineering” in May on “Meet the Press” before walking the statement back days later.

“For Newt Gingrich, in an effort of self-aggrandizement, to come out and throw a clever phrase that has no other purpose than to make him sound a little smarter than the conservative Republican leadership, to undercut Paul Ryan, is the most self-serving, anti-conservative thing one can imagine happening,” Sununu said.

During the 21-minute call, the two mentioned Ryan’s name 25 times.

On MSNBC minutes later, Sununu mentioned Ryan 10 times during a five-minute hit. He called Gingrich “a faux conservative” and added: “I believe Newt Gingrich is a Gingrichite. All he cares about is Newt Gingrich.”

This attack is effective because it comes after Gingrich’s reinvention. Gingrich can chalk up his partnership with Nancy Pelosi as a big mistake and can explain away his political and personal baggage from years gone by as lessons learned the hard way. The attack on Ryan as a purveyor of “right-wing social engineering” came just a few months ago, when Gingrich was already a candidate in this cycle. Gingrich has tried to soften that criticism since then and claimed that the only objection he had was that Ryan didn’t leave the option to allow people to stay in the current system, but that would negate the reform entirely. Keeping the current structure of Medicare while at the same time adding a premium-support option would be close to what we have now with Medicare Advantage, only in Gingrich’s version we would have more money flowing out of the system.

It’s interesting that Romney is conducting this attack with his own campaign.  His super-PAC launched an attack ad on Obama in Iowa this week, which one would have expected from a traditional campaign, so we’re seeing a bit of role reversal here.  The campaign’s imprimatur underscores just how urgent they see their task in slowing down Gingrich’s momentum, especially with Tea Party voters who idolize Paul Ryan.  Romney may not pick up that support if those voters do dump Gingrich, but Romney doesn’t really need to do so, as long as they don’t rally to one alternative candidate alone, especially Rick Perry.

Romney’s not likely to get that support, either, unless he learns to engage better with conservatives.  Matt Lewis offers a facepalm moment from Team Romney’s pitch to argue that they’re more conservative than Gingrich:

As you probably heard, some Mitt Romney surrogates hosted a conference call today to attack Newt Gingrich. Because Romney is attempting to win a Republican primary — and cast Newt Gingrich as unacceptable to conservatives — you probably assume that center-right journalists or conservative bloggers got to ask some questions, right?

Wrong. Here’s the list of reporters and media outlets who were permitted to ask questions:

JOHN DICKERSON, CBS NEWS
MARK HALPERIN, TIME
LLOYD GROVE, THE DAILY BEAST
EVAN MCMORRIS-SANTORO, TPM
DAVID CORN, MOTHER JONES
PHIL RUCKER, WASHINGTON POST

That’s it. No Townhall.com, HotAir, Daily Caller, Washington Examiner, National Review, Weekly Standard, American Spectator, or Washington Times … you get the picture.

Mother JonesTPM?  Great roll call you fellow had, there, for a lecture on conservatism.  As far as I know, we didn’t get an invitation to this conference call, although to be fair we were so swamped with registration issues that we could have easily missed it.  But if Team Romney wants to argue for conservative support — or at least to argue that conservatives shouldn’t support Gingrich — shouldn’t they be talking with conservative media to get that message out?

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Okay.

I’d give it a seven on the Brutality Meter. But it’s got a good beat, and you can dance to it!!

JohnGalt23 on December 9, 2011 at 8:45 AM

Pot calling the kettle black.

Alexis on December 9, 2011 at 8:46 AM

Would somebody tell Mitt we aren’t in the mood for this. And what’s with trotting out Sunnunu as an attack dog? The same Sunnunu who gave us Justice Souter!!!

MACKDADDY on December 9, 2011 at 8:46 AM

Desperation….

idesign on December 9, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Romney’s team called Gingrich a “faux-conservative”? What do they consider Romney then?

dernst2 on December 9, 2011 at 8:47 AM

I trust Newt more than Romney when it comes to social conservatism.

muggets on December 9, 2011 at 8:48 AM

So much for tossing out the VP chum yesterday to keep the shark away…

hillsoftx on December 9, 2011 at 8:48 AM

Newt’s record and actions are fair game… but so are Romney’s.

mankai on December 9, 2011 at 8:49 AM

Rumor has it, that if Romney doesn’t win the GOP primaries, he will be Obama’s Vice President. Bad news for Biden and Hillary…

Karmi on December 9, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Mitt should take Rush’s advice: Run to the right of Newt. Lay off Newt and focus his attacks on Øbama.

petefrt on December 9, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Romney’s team called Gingrich a “faux-conservative”? What do they consider Romney then?

dernst2 on December 9, 2011 at 8:47 AM

My point exactly.

Alexis on December 9, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Great ad and true. For those who say Romney won’t fight if it’s him vs obama your sorely mistaken. Romney may lose but he’s not going to go down without a fight. Good for him.

nswider on December 9, 2011 at 8:50 AM

One would think that when it comes to flip-flopping, Romney would do better just to keep his mouth shut.

That said, I understand the need to attack Gingrich from their perspective. It’s a roll of the dice.

Considering Romney’s own past and how he’s presenting and angling himself, the selection of media sources would certainly seem to look like a major tell…

Logus on December 9, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Gingrich can chalk up his partnership with Nancy Pelosi as a big mistake and can explain away his political and personal baggage from years gone by as lessons learned the hard way.

I like Newt, and I always have. But I am having trouble getting past that Pelosi thing. It’s a “mistake” like throwing your beer on a cop is a “mistake”; you don’t just shrug it and step away. Ever, really.

I know, I know, it’s not that serious. But man, is it glaring.

Axe on December 9, 2011 at 8:50 AM

And so the Establishment continues efforts to destroy a fighting Republican so we will be forced into going with their approved Ford/Dole/McCain-style gentlemanly loser.
All the attacks, money and organization in the world will not win hearts for Mitt “they just don’t like the dog food” Romney. He is not the man these times call for.

Remodernist on December 9, 2011 at 8:51 AM

I’m still just saying no to Romney–unless it comes down to Romney vs. Obama.

BuckeyeSam on December 9, 2011 at 8:51 AM

Romney is a flip-flopper the way Reagan is a flip-flopper. Whatever.

ParisParamus on December 9, 2011 at 8:52 AM

When are the ‘Sister Wives’ or ‘Big Love’ rumors going to start about Mitt?

meci on December 9, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Memo to Mittens. If you’re gonna attack Newt, stick with the personal stuff. Trying to go portray him as a RINO ain’t gonna work when you yourself signed Romneycare into law, used the Democrat playbook against Perry on entitlements, and still maintain that manmade global warming is real.

Doughboy on December 9, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Though Romney himself didn’t embrace Paul Ryan’s budget proposal in the spring…

Funny, this ad confirms how I feel about Newt but does absolutely nothing to make me want to vote for Mitt. Seems like a colossal waste of Mitt’s money but he has money to burn, right?

Fallon on December 9, 2011 at 8:53 AM

The attack on Ryan as a purveyor of “right-wing social engineering” came just a few months ago

And just what the heck is Romneycare, Mittens? I get Newt not being as conservative as we’d want, but Mitt is the wrong person to use this line of attack.

rbj on December 9, 2011 at 8:53 AM

I was really hoping he wouldn’t go there; however, Romney did. Instead of sticking to his message of what he can and will do for the country, Romney engages in negative politicking and attacking his opponent. :( I guess he ran out of things to say about HIMSELF….

easyt65 on December 9, 2011 at 8:54 AM

What’s amazing about this is that Romney has the exact same stance on Medicare reform as Gingrich, which is: they would both make moving to private plans optional, contra the Ryan plan. Yet, apparently, it’s Gingrich whose the heretic.

Robert_Paulson on December 9, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Great ad and true. For those who say Romney won’t fight if it’s him vs obama your sorely mistaken. Romney may lose but he’s not going to go down without a fight. Good for him.

nswider on December 9, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Neither Romney nor Obama thinks and speaks well on his feet. But the media will cover for Obama. The media will cover for Obama in a race against Obama, but there the cover will be so obvious, because the contrast with Gingrich will be so obvious, that many independents will just say no to Obama.

BuckeyeSam on December 9, 2011 at 8:55 AM

As far as I know, we didn’t get an invitation to this conference call,

maybe it’s because they invited actual journalists, not propagandist bloggers.

sesquipedalian on December 9, 2011 at 8:55 AM

I take no pleasure in saying this, but this GOP primary race is a sham. How is it all of our serious top tier conservatives sat this race out? I’m looking at you Ryan, DeMint, Pence, McDonnell…

The Count on December 9, 2011 at 8:56 AM

HAH. Portraying another as a RINO. Romney has even more dirt. All Gingrich will have to do is compile Romney clips and put it on the internet. He had a better chance attacking him personally.

Flapjackmaka on December 9, 2011 at 8:56 AM

sesquipedalian on December 9, 2011 at 8:55 AM

PSA to newcomers: here’s a prominent troll.

BuckeyeSam on December 9, 2011 at 8:56 AM

First I must admit that the fact that Newt attacks Obama instead of his fellow candidates has been a huge selling point for me. And now I will make Romney supporters angry by pointing that Gov. Romney’s determined effort to ignore conservatives for, what he seems to feel is a veritable treasure trove of moderates, is counter productive. And then to pick that list of reports smacks of Obama-style cluelessness. Why would he exclude National Review, they desperately want to cheer lead that he is the bona fide conservative? He can’t even be bothered. Very telling.

Cindy Munford on December 9, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Romneybots watch closely. You’ll see the reason why he loses almost every election he has been in.

Flapjackmaka on December 9, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Gingrich is not the enemy.
Romney is not the enemy.

If Romney wants to be president, he needs to be telling the disgruntled independents what he will do to undo all the damage the democrats have done over the last 50 years.

Romney ‘attacking’ Gingrich is like an intra family fight; it’s just low class, low caste, low grade thinking.

Obama is the enemy here. Romney should be telling us how he will confront Obama, and he should be enlisting fellow Republicans to help him rather than attacking them.

Skandia Recluse on December 9, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Ugh,”Political Friendly Fire”!
(sarc).

canopfor on December 9, 2011 at 8:58 AM

*shakes the head*
Just another mark against you Mitt

Go after dear leader

—-
It is mccain/dole redux ugh

cmsinaz on December 9, 2011 at 8:58 AM

As valid a criticism of Gingrich that it is, it’s still a hard pill to swallow hearing this from someone who authored Romneycare.

The list of journalists on Romney conf call is quite telling, as well.

Intrepid767 on December 9, 2011 at 8:58 AM

maybe it’s because they invited actual journalists, not propagandist bloggers.

sesquipedalian on December 9, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Your manners, sir?!

JohnGalt23 on December 9, 2011 at 8:59 AM

+1 skandia

cmsinaz on December 9, 2011 at 8:59 AM

Gotta love the GOP circular firing squad. As Romney points out, “With friends like these…”. Might as well bend over for 2012, folks.

Spanky on December 9, 2011 at 8:59 AM

maybe it’s because they invited actual journalists, not propagandist bloggers.

sesquipedalian on December 9, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Yes, because he is attempting to win over journalists, especially the readership of these “journalists”. Shouldn’t he have included Megan McCain, isn’t she the young Republican representative at the Daily Beast?

Cindy Munford on December 9, 2011 at 9:00 AM

I’m still just saying no to Romney–unless it comes down to Romney vs. Obama.

BuckeyeSam on December 9, 2011 at 8:51 AM

I’m not going to wait until then.

I’m not fond of either. But because Romney is still doing better than Newt in a head-to-head against Obama, I’m thinking I’m going to vote in the primary for whoever the prognosticators say has the best chance to beat Obama.

Rod on December 9, 2011 at 9:01 AM

That’s a pretty good ad.

I like Newt but when he said this – I remember this place went crazy and not in a good way.

gophergirl on December 9, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Cindy Munford on December 9, 2011 at 8:57 AM

When Romney was the front runner, all he did was attack Obama, thats easy to do when your leading. But now its crunch time and he needs to contrast himself with Gingrich now to have a prayer and they know that.

nswider on December 9, 2011 at 9:02 AM

So, Romney has signed up to be Perry’s stalking horse now?
Because, as Ed says, people leaving the Newt camp won’t go to Romney. I’m betting they won’t head Bachmann or Santorum’s way, either…and they certainly won’t go to Ron Paul.

DRayRaven on December 9, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Obama is the enemy here. Romney should be telling us how he will confront Obama, and he should be enlisting fellow Republicans to help him rather than attacking them.

Skandia Recluse on December 9, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Exactly. And when Mitt attacks Newt, he risks further alienating the conservative wing of the GOP.

petefrt on December 9, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Wasn’t it Romney who lashed out at Perry for calling Social Security a Ponzi scheme? Even his attacks are inauthentic.

RedRedRice on December 9, 2011 at 9:03 AM

As Trump strongly trumpeted about Doctor Ryan’s Rx, it is not time to give the Obama Dems a gift of the 2012 election by throwing away Florida and the seniors in other swing states who believe Medi-scare tactics.

After Obama is replaced with an American President and a GOP Senate, that is time to reform the entitlements that have elder voters, who always show up and vote, face a reformed future.

jimw on December 9, 2011 at 9:04 AM

maybe it’s because they invited actual journalists, not propagandist bloggers.

sesquipedalian on December 9, 2011 at 8:55 AM

I’m thinking, hoping, that you forgot your sarc tag.

Rod on December 9, 2011 at 9:04 AM

It’s like seeing the class snitch and the school bully beat the crap out of each other while the teacher is out of the room. As much as I want each to suffer, I know the entire class is going to end up in detention.

A$$clowns, both.

Laura in Maryland on December 9, 2011 at 9:05 AM

When Romney was the front runner, all he did was attack Obama, thats easy to do when your leading. But now its crunch time and he needs to contrast himself with Gingrich now to have a prayer and they know that.

nswider on December 9, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Yeah, so he should call him a RINO!! THis is a stupid attack by Romney. He stood a better chance with the “I kept my wife” attack.

Flapjackmaka on December 9, 2011 at 9:06 AM

maybe it’s because they invited actual journalists, not propagandist bloggers.

sesquipedalian on December 9, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Oh, you mean print bloggers.

The Count on December 9, 2011 at 9:07 AM

“I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left wing social engineering.”

An ideologically sound statement…

equanimous on December 9, 2011 at 9:07 AM

You know them by the company (of jour-no-lists) they keep. Team Mitt hangs with Mother Jones, and See-BS but no conservative blogs.

WhatNot on December 9, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Flapjackmaka on December 9, 2011 at 9:06 AM

He’s just pointing out what happened. Everything in that ad is totally factual. When Newt said what he said it was so bad everyone him off, Romney’s just reminding people what actually happened.

nswider on December 9, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Though Romney himself didn’t embrace Paul Ryan’s budget proposal in the spring,

Isn’t Romney’s ad like throwing stones in glass houses? I expect Newt’s riposte will be a good one.

conservative pilgrim on December 9, 2011 at 9:10 AM

nswider on December 9, 2011 at 9:09 AM

^wrote^ him off

nswider on December 9, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Here’s the list of reporters and media outlets who were permitted to ask questions:

JOHN DICKERSON, CBS NEWS
MARK HALPERIN, TIME
LLOYD GROVE, THE DAILY BEAST
EVAN MCMORRIS-SANTORO, TPM
DAVID CORN, MOTHER JONES
PHIL RUCKER, WASHINGTON POST

No Markos Moulitsas, Daily Kos?

Awww, I bet him got his widdle feelings hurt.

Flora Duh on December 9, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Hi Hot Gas peeps, long time lurker, first time poster.

Mitt and his hacks don’t seem to realize that attacks on Newt will backfire in the primaries and serve Newt in the general. With the nomination in hand, Newt will be able to appeal to indies and moderate dems and say “look, I was attacked by the entire Republican establishment for not being sufficiently conservative”. This allows Newt to make the case that he isnt beholden to the establishment and isn’t a right wing ideologue. I think that will allow him to pull enough indies to make a difference.

Mdbills484 on December 9, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Gingrich has more baggage than United Airlines yet remains scandal free. Why? Because Obama’s White House has targeted Newt as the one Republican that The One can actually beat and thus are waiting until the general election to dump the dirt.(If they dump it now, he won’t get nominated.)

MaiDee on December 9, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Romney’s only chance to win over conservatives was to repudiate Romneycare as a terrible mistake, and use that to prove that Obamacare will be a total disaster as well. Instead, he chose to defend the indefensible and thus take one of the top three issues off the table. His failure to admit this mistake and use it against Obamba is fatal to him nomination chances.

phillysfinest on December 9, 2011 at 9:12 AM

does Gingrinch have a govt pension/check coming in every month?

maineconservative on December 9, 2011 at 9:12 AM

MaiDee on December 9, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Yep and then were stuck.

nswider on December 9, 2011 at 9:13 AM

This ad isn’t effective because Newt isn’t Mitt’s problem. I wrote here what is.

LFRGary on December 9, 2011 at 9:14 AM

In a new 60-second spot, the campaign hammers Gingrich for his attack on Paul Ryan’s budget-reform plan earlier this year

Though Romney himself didn’t embrace Paul Ryan’s budget proposal in the spring

If Romney keeps pulling this “having his cake and eating it too” crap, he’s going to lose any support he’s got from me. Shows a lack of character. Romney, start from your OWN values and convictions and positions. Don’t be yapping at Gingrich’s heels about his 3 wives or his idea to have kids work to pick up pocket money and learn some discipline and work ethic. Romney’s coming across recently as a whiny b*tch who’s nitpicking Gingrich’s candidacy and ignoring his own. That’s why he can’t ever get over 25%.

Paul-Cincy on December 9, 2011 at 9:14 AM

so now your critiquing who asked questions on the conf call? Holy h3ll, press the meme at any cost it looks like.

gatorboy on December 9, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Wrong. Here’s the list of reporters and media outlets who were permitted to ask questions:

JOHN DICKERSON, CBS NEWS
MARK HALPERIN, TIME
LLOYD GROVE, THE DAILY BEAST
EVAN MCMORRIS-SANTORO, TPM
DAVID CORN, MOTHER JONES

PHIL RUCKER, WASHINGTON POST

Are you kidding me?! TPM? MOTHER JONES?!! And Team Romney wonders Conservatives view him with suspicion and Romney is stuck with 25% GOP support. Bunch of stealth Libs.

conservative pilgrim on December 9, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Matt Lewis makes a good point. That VIP lineup at the conference call is suspect. The Conservative political blogosphere is where the real clout in politics exists at this time. To shut them out is a very bad move when you’re trying to manipulate their vote. Reeks of the win-at-all-costs sliminess that’s become typical of Team Romney.

And a 60 second spot? Yeesh, dude, break that up into two 30-second ads if you really want to capture the attention of your average TV viewer. Forget the kitchen sink–Team Romney’s going for the granite counter top.

RepubChica on December 9, 2011 at 9:16 AM

maybe it’s because they invited actual journalists, not propagandist bloggers.

sesquipedalian on December 9, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Shouldn’t you be worried about ‘your state of mind’?

tinkerthinker on December 9, 2011 at 9:16 AM

COME ON…..ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

Here’s the list of reporters and media outlets who were permitted to ask questions:

JOHN DICKERSON, CBS NEWS
MARK HALPERIN, TIME
LLOYD GROVE, THE DAILY BEAST
EVAN MCMORRIS-SANTORO, TPM
DAVID CORN, MOTHER JONES
PHIL RUCKER, WASHINGTON POST

Romney hiring the Liberal Media to do his dirty work.

People….if this isn’t a sign of a RINO…then what is?

Newt is staying above all this….and his poll numbers go higher and higher….Kudos to the New Gingrich!!!!

coach1228 on December 9, 2011 at 9:17 AM

nswider on December 9, 2011 at 9:02 AM

I know that that is the standard thinking and maybe it is the best tactic to use on most people, I’m just saying for me it is tone deaf. I would rather he compare and contrast his ideas to fix our problems with Gingrich instead of personally attacking him. Remember this kind of attack can be made on some of his less articulate remarks also, and it just breeds more on all sides. That’s not what I want to see.

Cindy Munford on December 9, 2011 at 9:17 AM

Mitt should take Rush’s advice: Run to the right of Newt. Lay off Newt and focus his attacks on Øbama. petefrt on December 9, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Romney’s been attacking Obama throughout the campaign. This is a small taste of what’s to come. There’s a reason why people who worked with Newt don’t support him. Freddie Mac Gingrich is unreliable. And you need only look at his personal life to realize he is a faux conservative.

Basilsbest on December 9, 2011 at 9:17 AM

Gingrich admits Romney would be on his short list for VP

What about this?

Blaise on December 9, 2011 at 9:18 AM

does Gingrinch have a govt pension/check coming in every month?

maineconservative on December 9, 2011 at 9:12 AM

My understanding is that Congressional pensions are generous. Very generous. Almost to the point of being obscene.

And something tells me Newt (unlike a certain current House member who is also running for POTUS) signed up for and is collecting that obscenely generous Congressional pension.

Call it a feeling…

JohnGalt23 on December 9, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Let them argue about who is the faux conservative…I just hope they take each other out and we do end up with a real conservative.

texabama on December 9, 2011 at 9:20 AM

Cindy Munford on December 9, 2011 at 9:17 AM

He doesnt have a choice anymore, both Romney and Gingrich eloquently attack Obama. Hes not going to beat Gingrich by just attacking Obama when Gingrich is equally capable. He has to contrast himself and bring up the parts of Gingrich’s record people may not know or have forgotten. He tried running as “above the fray, lets keep it to Obama guy” but thats not working for him anymore. The campaign has to slow down Gingrich’s momentum.

nswider on December 9, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Romney’s been attacking Obama throughout the campaign.

Basilsbest on December 9, 2011 at 9:17 AM

“He’s a nice guy and has the best intentions…”
-Romney.

Flapjackmaka on December 9, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Gingrich admits Romney would be on his short list for VP What about this? Blaise on December 9, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Juvenile attempt to co-opt your only opponent.

Basilsbest on December 9, 2011 at 9:24 AM

This ad isn’t effective because Newt isn’t Mitt’s problem. I wrote here what is.

LFRGary on December 9, 2011 at 9:14 AM

Right on!!! I have been saying that for days now. The more they attack him the higher Gingrich numbers go up. Yes…the electorate wants someone that will articulate/solutions to our problems….not someone that seems desperate to get elected. Newt…by far is the best candidate the will lead this country to prosperity again.

coach1228 on December 9, 2011 at 9:25 AM

That’s it. No Townhall.com, HotAir, Daily Caller, Washington Examiner, National Review, Weekly Standard, American Spectator, or Washington Times … you get the picture.

Yeah, but did Hot Gas get to ask a question?

Ferris on December 9, 2011 at 9:27 AM

Yes, because he is attempting to win over journalists, especially the readership of these “journalists”. Shouldn’t he have included Megan McCain, isn’t she the young Republican representative at the Daily Beast?

Cindy Munford on December 9, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Yah, like, that would have been really cool, ya know? Like, everybody knows I’m more smarter than that Lloyd guy, ya know?

Signed,

Megan McCain

Flora Duh on December 9, 2011 at 9:27 AM

Does Gingrinch have a govt pension/check coming in every month?

maineconservative on December 9, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Good question. Is Mitt collecting a pension from being governor? More out of curiousity than anything else, I’d also like to know if either is also receiving special benefits as part of their pensions, like generous healthcare insurance?

Fallon on December 9, 2011 at 9:29 AM

So Romney is attacking another candidate as flip flopper…with a straight face?
Great!

jules on December 9, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Romneys not the only one going after Newt. Allah just tweeted this think of an Iowa Evangelical group calling him the “kim Kardashian of the GOP”, not even joking:

http://www.wsbradio.com/weblogs/jamie-dupree/2011/dec/08/more-attacks-gingrich/

nswider on December 9, 2011 at 9:30 AM

nswider on December 9, 2011 at 9:21 AM

I’m sure you are right, not to worry, I will vote for him in the general since this is clearly the winning strategy.

Cindy Munford on December 9, 2011 at 9:30 AM

nswider on December 9, 2011 at 9:30 AM

^Link^ not think, lol.

nswider on December 9, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Here’s the list of reporters and media outlets who were permitted to ask questions:

JOHN DICKERSON, CBS NEWS
MARK HALPERIN, TIME
LLOYD GROVE, THE DAILY BEAST
EVAN MCMORRIS-SANTORO, TPM
DAVID CORN, MOTHER JONES
PHIL RUCKER, WASHINGTON POST

Romney hiring the Liberal Media to do his dirty work.

People….if this isn’t a sign of a RINO…then what is?

Newt is staying above all this….and his poll numbers go higher and higher….Kudos to the New Gingrich!!!!

coach1228 on December 9, 2011 at 9:17 AM

Tells me everything I need to know about Mitt. Go Newt!

tinkerthinker on December 9, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Mitt has officially lost any chance I will contribute to or actively support him. (I of course would vote for anyone against Obama.) He, like many of the others, chooses to try to win not by outlining how he is a better choice than Gingrich (or whomever else is the front runner), but by tearing down fellow Republicans.

That’s bull****. Actually, it’s more chicken****.

I am looking for someone who can outline what they will do, why it is a good idea, why their ideas are the best, and how they will defeat Obama. I am not looking for someone who attacks fellow Republicans, esp. knowing that in his case (Romney), he will fear similar attacks on Obama because the media and Dems will call him a Raaaaaaaaaaaaaacist.

For all his faults, Newt (a) has not played the attack other Republicans game, (b) has outlined his vision, and (c) is clearly played to take it to Obama. I personally am still having serious misgivings about Newt as the nominee, but dammit, moves like this from Romney are rapidly removing them.

To quote John Casey, “Moron.”

FiveG on December 9, 2011 at 9:31 AM

nswider on December 9, 2011 at 8:50 AM

McCain fought like hell against his fellow Republicans, too. Against Obama, not so much.

Mitt will find out that this attack on Gingrich won’t work any better than his attacks on Perry. It may cause some to re-think Newt, but Mitt’s numbers will stay right in the 20-25% range. As another commenter put it, above, most Republicans (unlike the vociferous few at HotGas) are just not in the mood for this sort of crap.

Focus on Obama now, focus on Obama always. Keep hammering your own plan, rather than hammering your primary opponent.

notropis on December 9, 2011 at 9:35 AM

nswider on December 9, 2011 at 9:30 AM

I like Jamie Dupree.

Cindy Munford on December 9, 2011 at 9:35 AM

“I’d rather be popular with the poeple than popular with the Washington Insiders”…Newt Gingrich

# of Congress Endorsements(approval rating of 10%):

Mitt: 40+
Perry: 10+
Newt: 6
Bachman 1

Who is the Washington Insider?? WE CANNOT GO DOWN THIS ROAD AGAIN!!

“THROW THEM ALL OUT”

I rest my case……ANYBODY BUT ROMNEY!!!

coach1228 on December 9, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Romney’s attempt to paint Gingrich as a “faux-conservative” could backfire since people might take a second look at Romney and see he is no conservative at all.

ak moose stew on December 9, 2011 at 9:37 AM

nswider on December 9, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Seems to have originated from an Evangelical political group supporting Santorum. I have no beef with that–Santorum’s your guy if social conservative issues are your deal. That’s fair. And I’m sure you can sway some of these people, but by and large, this election will be about the pocketbook, not personal morality.

RepubChica on December 9, 2011 at 9:37 AM

notropis on December 9, 2011 at 9:35 AM

What is wrong with these people? If we wanted to hear how horrible Republicans are we’ll listen to Obama.

Cindy Munford on December 9, 2011 at 9:37 AM

notropis on December 9, 2011 at 9:35 AM

I dont think the ad was out of line and I think you will see him focus on Obama during the debates. He has to do something, what hes doing isnt working.

Cindy Munford on December 9, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Yeah I thought the video was funny, would have never seen it if Allah hadn’t tweeted it though. Curious to see how that plays among Iowans.

nswider on December 9, 2011 at 9:38 AM

He tried running as “above the fray, lets keep it to Obama guy”

nswider on December 9, 2011 at 9:21 AM

When? When his campaign was slamming Perry on immigration?

The only front runner Romney’s team hasn’t attacked was Cain, and that only because Cain was doing a perfectly good job of destroying himself.

notropis on December 9, 2011 at 9:39 AM

The problem with this attack is that Gingrich was wrong, but not for the reasons you think. He was not critical enough of the plan. It is really just Progressive light social engineering. There is no right wing aspects to it, it is just something slightly less left wing than what we currently have. It really accomplishes nothing, because the main cuts in costs happen decades intot he future. Paul Ryan may be willing to stick his neck out there, but in all reality it is all for naught, as all it takes is one congress to get rid of the entire plan. There will be 10 congresses between the time it is enacted to the time it does anything effective. Anyone think none of them will call for more spending and destroy the whole thing in the process?

astonerii on December 9, 2011 at 9:39 AM

notropis on December 9, 2011 at 9:39 AM

He fought back at Perry because Perry came after him aggressively from the first debate, but most of his remarks in debates and on the stump stuck to Obama related issues only. He ran a few ads after Perry went after him and said because he unknowingly hired some illegal gardeners he was soft on Immigration.

nswider on December 9, 2011 at 9:41 AM

nswider on December 9, 2011 at 9:38 AM

At over three minutes I imagine views will be limited.

Cindy Munford on December 9, 2011 at 9:42 AM

As far as I know, we didn’t get an invitation to this conference call,
maybe it’s because they invited actual journalists, not propagandist bloggers.
sesquipedalian on December 9, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Bahahaha

MeatHeadinCA on December 9, 2011 at 9:42 AM

RepubChica on December 9, 2011 at 9:37 AM

I agree with that, but in Iowa that kind of stuff matters a great deal. Or at least thats the conventional wisdom, who knows?

nswider on December 9, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Take note. Gingrich did not rise to the top by attacking Mitt. This is only going to come back to bite Mitt in the butt.

MeatHeadinCA on December 9, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Cindy Munford on December 9, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Yeah, I think the impact will be among people emailing it and talking about it. Its a web ad, its not a game changer, but I think it shows that there is a level of discomfort beginning to emerge about Gingrich from evangelical folks. Who knows though, I don’t know what goes on in Iowa. I just have a feeling that Iowa is going to surprise us, that someone like Santorum is going to have a better showing then polls show.

nswider on December 9, 2011 at 9:45 AM

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