Casino mogul dumps $5M in Gingrich super PAC

posted at 2:30 pm on January 8, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Coming out of Iowa, former Speaker Newt Gingrich was hopping mad about Mitt Romney’s campaign and advertisements being run by a Super PAC supporting the “timid Massachusetts moderate.” In fact, so incensed was he that he unleashed his lawyer on the PAC this past week. In both interviews and debate comments, he has referred to the ads as “garbage” and said that Romney should be embarrassed to show them to his grandchildren.

With that in mind, it will be interesting to see how Newt reacts to this news.

Billionaire Adelson gives millions to Gingrich Super PAC

Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has given $5 million to an independent committee supporting GOP presidential aspirant Newt Gingrich, the first of what is expected to be many millions the Las Vegas billionaire plans to spend this election year.

The check from Adelson is the latest in an avalanche of campaign cash flooding the presidential season to independent groups known as Super PACs The check was cut on Friday to Winning Our Future, a group run by former Gingrich associates, according to two people close to the donor.

A person close to Adelson said that the billionaire planned to spend at least another $5 million during the campaign — either to the Gingrich-linked group or to the winner of the Republican nomination for president — and that the initial check was intended to keep Gingrich competitive in the Jan. 21 South Carolina primary.

Awkward.

Some of Newt’s previous comments may come back to haunt him here. He has come out and, at a minimum, at least heavily implied that Romney was in some way involved in his Super PAC’s products, since it’s run by friends and former staffers. Romney, of course, insists that it would be illegal to do so and he “hasn’t even seen” some of the clips.

Now, if others follow Adelson’s lead, a Gingrich Super PAC is going to have to do something with all of that money, and it’s probably going to go into major media buys in South Carolina and Florida hammering Romney as hard as they possibly can. He’ll also realize – assuming he somehow doesn’t know it already – that he really can’t control what the PACs do. If some of the ads are really nasty, will he rush out to disavow his own PAC supporters and call for their ads to come down?

I see a lot of media types talking about Super PAC activities not being coordinated with the campaigns and doing so with a wink and a nod. As in, “Oh suuuure they’re not coordinating.” I find this annoying. I’ve only had one direct experience involving a Super PAC, and that one was Karl Rove’s outfit, American Crossroads. They jumped in to our congressional race in 2010 during the final two months and unleashed a major set of ad buys across the district. Care to guess when my candidate and I found out about it?

We read about it in the Wall Street Journal the same day everyone else found out. A reporter in our district knew about it before I did and I was the Director of Communications. Nobody from American Crossroads every contacted us and we never saw the ads until they showed up on TV. Why? I’m guessing because nobody wanted to go to jail.

Just something to ponder while we wait for the Gingrich supporters to unleash the hounds. And that should be happening in roughly 3… 2…


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O/T I, too, will miss Tony Blankley. Good mind; good columns. My sympathies to his family. Gone too soon.

Bob in VA on January 8, 2012 at 3:43 PM

While not a SuperPAC locally, we do have one concerned wealthy individual who does his own thing. Most of what he does is negative ads. Candidates have no say or control in what he does.

Kermit on January 8, 2012 at 3:43 PM

msmveritas on January 8, 2012 at 3:32 PM

You aren’t suggesting the Gov. Romney knew nothing of the content of the ads against Newt are you?

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Romney is a crony capitalist who threw good hard working Americans of out their jobs so that he could build more homes for himself.

georgealbert on January 8, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Yeah, that resonates — especially after the financial collapse and the bank bailouts. Either way, I look forward to Romney’s “I’m not Gordon Gekko, but Greed is Good(TM)” speeches across the country.

Punchenko on January 8, 2012 at 3:46 PM

portlandon on January 8, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Heh, indeed. +1

BetseyRoss on January 8, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Perry is the game changer. He’s our last great hope.

NickDeringer on August 13, 2011 at 9:11 PM

LINK

Hey Nick, looks like you got some PFS–>Perry Fantasy Syndrome.

Frobenius on January 8, 2012 at 3:46 PM

LINK

Hey Nick, looks like you got some PFS–>Perry Fantasy Syndrome.

Frobenius on January 8, 2012 at 3:46 PM

+1

lol NickDeringer = copy-paste warrior of the Perry campaign

haner on January 8, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Awkward? Hardly. What a load of spin.

Another knee-jerk Jazz attack on Newt. This is tiresome.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 8, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Jazz and Tina should start a band.

Bain Capital productions presents… JT, &The HotGas Horn section!
Blowing up reputations and mad beats on their debut album, “My Man Mitt”

With hits like:
“99 problems but core beliefs ain’t one”
“Take the money and run (for President)”
“Mr Robato (is paying my bills, yo)”
And the biggest hit of the year, their coverage of whoever doesn’t back Romney!

The merchandising alone would make them rich!

Irritable Pundit on January 8, 2012 at 3:52 PM

He should have hired us to edit, it would be golden.

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Newt did say that he wanted to work with us.

Actually, and I’m not kidding when I say this, the results of the commenter survey on HA bear this out: I think you would make a great consultant on a campaign. You have a great compass. If a candidate hired you to screen their marketing materials, you would be a tremendous asset and they would have a stronger message.

beatcanvas on January 8, 2012 at 3:52 PM

You aren’t suggesting the Gov. Romney knew nothing of the content of the ads against Newt are you?

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Maybe he did and maybe he didn’t but he was at least smart enough not to be telegraphing what was coming Newt’s way before the ads ran. Don’t get me wrong, I would rather this all play out now than have Obama do it in the general.

msmveritas on January 8, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Casino mogul dumps $5M in Gingrich super PAC

he unleashed his lawyer on the PAC this past week.

Newt’s got the gambling, lawyer, & lobbyist lobbies on his side.

itsnotaboutme on January 8, 2012 at 3:52 PM

I’m sure this has been noted already but it bears repeating…Adelson is the dude who opens his vegas hotels to fully comp wounded vets on vacation trips.

I wont be voting for Newt, but if Adelson keeps throwing down for wounded vets like this, I couldnt care less how he spends his campaign money. He’s loved him some Newt for quite awhile. Gave him a $Mil last year. So what? The dude is richer than Midas.

Sacramento on January 8, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Another knee-jerk Jazz attack on Newt. This is tiresome.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 8, 2012 at 2:51 PM

No, it’s well thought out & persuasive.

But at 2:51, there was a knee-jerk attack on Jazz.

itsnotaboutme on January 8, 2012 at 3:54 PM

I would rather this all play out now than have Obama do it in the general.

msmveritas on January 8, 2012 at 3:52 PM

I concur.

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2012 at 3:55 PM

I’m sure this has been noted already but it bears repeating…Adelson is the dude who opens his vegas hotels to fully comp wounded vets on vacation trips.

I wont be voting for Newt, but if Adelson keeps throwing down for wounded vets like this, I couldnt care less how he spends his campaign money. He’s loved him some Newt for quite awhile. Gave him a $Mil last year. So what? The dude is richer than Midas.

Sacramento on January 8, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Thanks for the information. This is a very nice and patriotic thing for him to do. Hey. Jazz. Did you know about this?

kingsjester on January 8, 2012 at 3:55 PM

One brain fart by Perry disqualifies him but a perpetual brain flatulence by Obama is OK.

celtic warrior on January 8, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Glad Newt has money for his PAC, sorry he’s coming at Mitt from the left. The OWS crowd will love it. For those who say they are grateful for the work Newt did while speaker, how can you condone the same attack that Obama’s people are using.
Agree Mitt must confront this steaming pile…

bluealice on January 8, 2012 at 3:57 PM

beatcanvas on January 8, 2012 at 3:52 PM

That’s very nice of you. Politicians hire too many politicians.

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2012 at 3:57 PM

bluealice on January 8, 2012 at 3:57 PM

How is Newt attacking your Moderate candidate from the Left? Please explain.

kingsjester on January 8, 2012 at 3:59 PM

O/T Wallace put the Debbie in her place today, WOW

OrthodoxJew on January 8, 2012 at 3:37 PM

OrthodoxJew:Heres the transcript!:)
====================================

Party Chairs Spar Over Economy, 2012 Race; Ron Paul on Path to Nomination
Published January 08, 2012 | Fox News Sunday | Chris Wallace

Special Guests: Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Reince Priebus, Ron Paul
******************************************************************

http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/fox-news-sunday/2012/01/08/party-chairs-spar-over-economy-2012-race-ron-paul-path-nomination?page=1

canopfor on January 8, 2012 at 4:00 PM

The “Winning Our Future” ad put out by Obama? No???? Could have fooled me…looks almost just like the one MoveOn.org did. Guess class warfare is not only a democrat strategy…..

And no, not a Romney fan, Perry all the way!!

Barred on January 8, 2012 at 4:03 PM

OK just watched the PAC trailer, didn’t generate much sympathy from me for those sob stories of job losses. Many of them could also lose 100 lbs or so.

Tell me, is a company like Kodak supposed to just forever make 35mm film rolls and keep all its employees forever even as times change and digital cameras and Facebook alter the market landscape completely?

Maybe I’m just an evil capitalist bastard.

haner on January 8, 2012 at 3:20 PM

There is no need to ask rational questions,

There is one thing that i learned this election is that starting from Mark Levin & Rush limbaugh to commentators on HA, they think they are for free market, they think they know who and what is a true conservative,

The only defense i can find for some people is 1) they are out of work, and are pissed of that Romney has money, therefor he is evil, and its fair to criticize him on Bain capital, 2) They actually never knew what free market meant, and still don’t know, and because talk show hosts are not defending Romney on this therefor what Romney did is not free market or something,

I am a business owner, and i manufacture clothing, it used to be a full line for kids & adults, but guess what the adult line did not bring the return that it would be worth my time to manufacture them, So yes i fired people, i am not in business to help people, i am in business to make money and as long as i make money i am glad that others are making as well,

Why do you think Romney destroyed some company’s and did keep Staples & some others, Because the business model for these company’s like staples gave it a promising opportunity, and therefor it was worth investing in these company’s, The other company’s he didn’t try to save is because their business model showed them it won’t make any profits, therefor it doesn’t matter if Romney bought them or not, it would have been a former company either way, and those people fired would have lost their jobs either way,

OrthodoxJew on January 8, 2012 at 4:04 PM

kingsjester on January 8, 2012 at 3:59 PM

By attacking capitalists as bad evil people. By ignoring that buisness must cut back at times. I would rather he find people who have been hurt by Obama’s policys. I thought Newt was the great uniter. (remember when he was the beloved of the debates?)
I have no problem with attacks on Romney, he needs to defend himself, but this line of attack is right out of Axelrods playbook.

bluealice on January 8, 2012 at 4:04 PM

That’s very nice of you. Politicians hire too many politicians.

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2012 at 3:57 PM

If you ever decide to start a part-time consultant business, just reach me at my signature and let me know.

beatcanvas on January 8, 2012 at 4:05 PM

O/T Wallace put the Debbie in her place today, WOW

OrthodoxJew on January 8, 2012 at 3:37 PM

OrthodoxJew:And the video!:)
=============================

Party Chairs Spar Over Economy, 2012 RaceJan 8, 2012
Video (13:36)
Reince Priebus, Debbie Wasserman Schultz on ‘Fox News Sunday’
**************************************************************

http://video.foxnews.com/v/1374672479001

canopfor on January 8, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Adelson is one of the largest Jewish philanthropists around, he gives million and millions upon millions to charity, is a strong supporter of Israel, and a personal friend/supporter of Bibi Netanyahu.

Doesn’t seem awkward to me in the least. He’s a strong conservative, and a good man fighting from the right.

saus on January 8, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Why Hot Air uses some unflattering photos of Newt?

evergreenland on January 8, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Itsnotaboutme, it seems it’s about you all the time. How much is Mittens or Obama paying you. I may want in on some of that bs your spreading.

DDay on January 8, 2012 at 4:08 PM

http://video.foxnews.com/v/1374672479001

canopfor on January 8, 2012 at 4:06 PM

That was just awesome LOL

OrthodoxJew on January 8, 2012 at 4:08 PM

And basically using Obamas slogan..got to be more creative than that!

Barred on January 8, 2012 at 4:11 PM

OrthodoxJew on January 8, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Right, it can’t be that our inevitable front runner’s idea of an attack on Obama is “The president may be a nice guy, but he’s just over his head,”. BURN!!!!

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Another knee-jerk Jazz attack on Newt. This is tiresome.

GaltBlvnAtty on January 8, 2012 at 2:51 PM

No, it’s well thought out & persuasive.

But at 2:51, there was a knee-jerk attack on Jazz.

itsnotaboutme on January 8, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Itsnotaboutme, it seems it’s about you all the time. How much is Mittens or Obama paying you. I may want in on some of that bs your spreading.

DDay on January 8, 2012 at 4:08 PM

As much as naysayers try to make it about me, it’s actually not.

So you’re selling out to the highest bidder? You’re as principled as your candidate.

itsnotaboutme on January 8, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Newt better get busy spreading that casino jackpot around. The latest RCP national average has the not-Mitt vote down to almost 70% now. It’s even lower in SC. Tick tock.

I wonder what odds Mr. Adelson is giving Newton at his casino? I may want a piece of that action.

MJBrutus on January 8, 2012 at 4:13 PM

And basically using Obamas slogan..got to be more creative than that!

Barred on January 8, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Winning Our Future is a variation of Newt’s book “Winning the Future” which was written in 2005 and ripped off by Obama.

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2011/01/obama-steals-win-the-future-from-newt-gingrich/17913/

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2012 at 4:14 PM

OrthodoxJew on January 8, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Well said!

Barred on January 8, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Newton better get busy spreading that jackpot around. The RCP national average has the not-Romney vote down to almost 70% now. And it only gets lower in SC.

I wonder what odds Mr. Adelson is giving on Newton’s chances at his casino? I may want a piece of that action.

MJBrutus on January 8, 2012 at 4:16 PM

As much as naysayers try to make it about me, it’s actually not.

So you’re selling out to the highest bidder? You’re as principled as your candidate.

itsnotaboutme on January 8, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Pot meet kettle.

DDay on January 8, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Thanks for info…did not know it was one of his books. Just thought it was another one of Obamas corny slogans.

Barred on January 8, 2012 at 4:19 PM

OrthodoxJew on January 8, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Nicely put. Businesses are not in business to hire people. That is an inevitable consequence of their activity and thus a good thing. The more successful they are at making money, the more of those positive side-effects such as employment are realized.

MJBrutus on January 8, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Right, it can’t be that our inevitable front runner’s idea of an attack on Obama is “The president may be a nice guy, but he’s just over his head,”. BURN!!!!

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2012 at 4:11 PM

I have no problem with running full negative ads on Romney of his flip flops and statements, what i do have a problem when people like you who are supposedly conservative, and supposedly free market have no problem attacking Romney over something that everybody who has ever been in the free market knows is free market,

Just because Obama will use it against Romney does not make it fair for a conservative candidate to use, because it is free market what Romney did, if you like it or not

OrthodoxJew on January 8, 2012 at 4:19 PM

You’re essentially assuming Americans as idiots who have no idea the world is competitive and that not everyone can or should win. That’s right from the Democrats and socialists’ playbook.

haner on January 8, 2012 at 3:32 PM

You have no clue what the average voter thinks based on your words.

Mitt is going to get crucified with his past record, regardless if its in the liberal playback.

Look, I’m a propenent of free-market capitalism too, and that’s why I don’t want Romney up against Obama.

Because Mitt is the wrong, oh so wrong, person to put up there to defend capitalism with his record.

Start thinking like a middle-class voter and not an economics theory professor that teaches Friedman at Chicago.

KirknBurker on January 8, 2012 at 4:20 PM

No one that I have ever met could be considered perfect, but I’m sure some thought they were. Newt Gingrich has shown his conservative roots while being speaker of the house. I really enjoyed being in business during the Clinton years and it wasn’t due to Clinton. For some reason I am not convinced Mittens can do the job.

DDay on January 8, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Because Mitt is the wrong, oh so wrong, person to put up there to defend capitalism with his record.

KirknBurker on January 8, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Right, because the right person would be some DC politician who never spent a dime in his life that wasn’t confiscated by the government.

MJBrutus on January 8, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Mittens is sweating a bit in Newt’s kitchen:

http://nationaljournal.com/2012-presidential-campaign/romney-i-know-what-it-s-like-to-fear-a-pink-slip-20120108

Punchenko on January 8, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Wouldn’t it be a more useful gift to Newt of a gift card at Tiffanys’?

or maybe they could use it for a deposit of earnest money on a 2nd home? You know they only have one poor souls.

***and for everyone hailing Newt as the “smartest man in the room”…..a SMART Progressive is still a Teddy Roosevelt loving Progressive that doesn’t believe that when government expands, liberty contracts.

PappyD61 on January 8, 2012 at 4:24 PM

http://video.foxnews.com/v/1374672479001

canopfor on January 8, 2012 at 4:06 PM
That was just awesome LOL

OrthodoxJew on January 8, 2012 at 4:08 PM

OrthodoxJew:

I’ve been,MIA,worst cold of my life,anywho,I caught a bit
of it,and Debbie,just kept going back to Romney,on Bain,
versus Hopey/Changey Solyndra Debackle!!

I’ll sum it up,from DNCDebbie,

La La La La La La La La:)

canopfor on January 8, 2012 at 4:25 PM

What a complete waste of money, especially at this stage of the game. I could understand a dump of money like this for Newt a month or two ago, but now? Why not give that to the eventual GOP nominee?

Whatever happens, I can guarantee you Newt is not going to be our nominee, even if you tripled that amount of money. If Romney dropped dead of a heart attack tomorrow, Newt is still not going to be the nominee.

Gingrich has WAAAY too much baggage, both his personal love life (that no candidate has yet to really go after) his ethical dealings, bipolar personality, shady lobbying deals, etc.

Also, he’s been on the wrong side of too many important issues (global warming nonsense, federal mandates, amnesty, etc.)

He’s throwing money down the toilet.

BradTank on January 8, 2012 at 4:26 PM

O/T Wallace put the Debbie in her place today, WOW

OrthodoxJew on January 8, 2012 at 3:37 PM

OrthodoxJew:And the video!:)
=============================

Party Chairs Spar Over Economy, 2012 RaceJan 8, 2012
Video (13:36)
Reince Priebus, Debbie Wasserman Schultz on ‘Fox News Sunday’
**************************************************************

http://video.foxnews.com/v/1374672479001

canopfor on January 8, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Damn. Wallace is writing Romney’s response to Newt’s attack film for him! And Little Debbie doesn’t like it. She doesn’t like it at all.

Rational Thought on January 8, 2012 at 4:26 PM

OrthodoxJew on January 8, 2012 at 4:19 PM

I haven’t attacked him at all. I have no idea what Gov. Romney did at Bain. I assume, AND HAVE SAID SO, that since the company is still in around that it is a company that had to make the tough choices that sometimes have to be made in the free market. I have also criticized Newt’s class warfare remarks. Sorry if asking Gov. Romney to be more forceful against Obama is too much to ask.

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2012 at 4:27 PM

LINK

Hey Nick, looks like you got some PFS–>Perry Fantasy Syndrome.

Frobenius on January 8, 2012 at 3:46 PM

+1

lol NickDeringer = copy-paste warrior of the Perry campaign

haner on January 8, 2012 at 3:50 PM

LOLOLOL!

But copy-paste doesn’t mean that copy-paste warrior Nick’s argument is blatantly false. He can be true and you know it, unless you have this “strong obsession” with your present candidate (oops … it could also be Perry, yes? no?)

BWAHAHAH!

TheAlamos on January 8, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Look, I’m a propenent of free-market capitalism too, and that’s why I don’t want Romney up against Obama.

Because Mitt is the wrong, oh so wrong, person to put up there to defend capitalism with his record.

Your first statement cancels out the second one, what do you exactly think free market means that somehow Romney’s record is a problem

Face it, you either don’t know what free market means, or you are not really for the free market,

Again, not a single business is/was created to help people, that’s what charity is all about, a business is/was created to make money,and if it succeeds it helps a lot of people by providing them work, However a company that doesn’t make money you close it, and people lose their jobs, Which is exactly what Romney did

OrthodoxJew on January 8, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Gingrich has WAAAY too much baggage, both his personal love life (that no candidate has yet to really go after) his ethical dealings, bipolar personality, shady lobbying deals, etc.

Also, he’s been on the wrong side of too many important issues (global warming nonsense, federal mandates, amnesty, etc.)

He’s throwing money down the toilet.

BradTank on January 8, 2012 at 4:26 PM

More than that, the Lamestream Media is growing bigger and bigger … more powerful than ever to attack any conservative candidate.

Same may also be said with the rest of the candidates, particularly Romney.

They are actually the same from the perspective of a beltway-outsider.

TheAlamos on January 8, 2012 at 4:31 PM

PappyD61 on January 8, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Tell us more about the Pappy Plan. :-D

Punchenko on January 8, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Romney is a crony capitalist who threw good hard working Americans of out their jobs so that he could build more homes for himself.

georgealbert on January 8, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Yeah, that resonates — especially after the financial collapse and the bank bailouts. Either way, I look forward to Romney’s “I’m not Gordon Gekko, but Greed is Good(TM)” speeches across the country.

Punchenko on January 8, 2012 at 3:46 PM

For Halloween 2009, the Obamas had a lavish hollywood party with the cast of Alice in Wonderland, and the LSM press JourNoLists covered it all up until the Kantor book came out recently.

This will make good negative ads for a superPAC to run, exposing the lifestyle of our Progressive overlords.

Then there are all the lavish vacations, separate flights, etc.

WhatNot on January 8, 2012 at 4:31 PM

canopfor on January 8, 2012 at 4:06 PM
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Damn. Wallace is writing Romney’s response to Newt’s attack film for him! And Little Debbie doesn’t like it. She doesn’t like it at all.

Rational Thought on January 8, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Rational Thought:Lol,good point!

canopfor on January 8, 2012 at 4:32 PM

I haven’t attacked him at all. I have no idea what Gov. Romney did at Bain. I assume, AND HAVE SAID SO, that since the company is still in around that it is a company that had to make the tough choices that sometimes have to be made in the free market. I have also criticized Newt’s class warfare remarks. Sorry if asking Gov. Romney to be more forceful against Obama is too much to ask.

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2012 at 4:27 PM

I thought that your earlier reply was meant to say that because Romney doesn’t attack Obama more forcefully therefor he deserves to be attacked for Bain,

Sorry for my misunderstanding

BTW why attack Obama as a socialist when 80% doesn’t even know what it means, except that it means something really bad, A big government liberal that loves to spend is something that 80% understands, therefor i think it is a much better choice of words, then appeal to the base by saying socialist

OrthodoxJew on January 8, 2012 at 4:39 PM

OrthodoxJew on January 8, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Not a problem, misunderstanding are easy. I do think that it won’t hurt Gov. Romney to get this out if the public now because it is a lead pipe cinch that Obama will use it and more.

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Time to give Perry another chance.One gaffe does not disqualify a candidate. He also looks great in sun glasses.

celtic warrior on January 8, 2012 at 4:49 PM

This PAC can attack Mitt ruthlessly, and Newt can use Mitt’s own words: “I have no control over the PAC’s. It’s illegal for me to ask them to stop.”

Heh.

portlandon on January 8, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Exactly. And, once again I fail to understand the snark from Ed/Allah/Jazz vis-à-vis Newt. Awkward? I want you, Jazz, to score a cool $5 mil because someone thinks you’re just a great guy, and then explain to all your friends that it was just one big, awkward mistake. He got the money based on his being a good candidate. Maybe not perfect, but good. What’s the problem?

ChicagoJewishGuy on January 8, 2012 at 3:15 PM

I don’t get the reasoning here either. Not awkward at all.

IndeCon on January 8, 2012 at 4:59 PM

I would like to wish Ed Morrissey and his family Happy New year.

Also if Munford had run for president we wouldn’t be in the mess we are in. She would run the table (:

Frobenius on January 8, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Time to give Perry another chance. One gaffe does not disqualify a candidate. He also looks great in sun glasses.

celtic warrior on January 8, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Another example of Perry-Cultism.

Now has Perry made only one gaffe? One? Really?

Wow…just…Wow (:

Frobenius on January 8, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Again, not a single business is/was created to help people, that’s what charity is all about, a business is/was created to make money,and if it succeeds it helps a lot of people by providing them work, However a company that doesn’t make money you close it, and people lose their jobs, Which is exactly what Romney did

OrthodoxJew on January 8, 2012 at 4:30 PM
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Literally, you do not have clue. The idea that no business is created to help people is not only patently false, it is foolish and silly. Second, the way you make money the right way is to grow the business by smart investments and decisions, you are rationalizing immoral behavior based on some theoretical view of macro-economics, that is not the way business works. Romney and his crew were not smart enough to manage the businesses well so they shut them down and sold them off.

Nobody is saying that the business should not be profitable, but if you think that the only important rule in business is short term profit over long term profit and capital growth, the people be damned, then 1.) you don’t know business and 2.) stop using the name “OrthodoxJew” because clearly if you are a Jew you are ignorant of Halacha and the ethical practices required for Jews in business.

georgealbert on January 8, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Frobenius on January 8, 2012 at 5:01 PM

I don’t know what that means. I have a great National Storm Drain platform though.

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2012 at 5:05 PM

A big government liberal that loves to spend is something that 80% understands, therefor i think it is a much better choice of words, then appeal to the base by saying socialist

OrthodoxJew on January 8, 2012 at 4:39 PM

yeah, this is right. use the language that people already know and dislike. Libs might like to hide behind ‘progressive’ or social democracy or whatever…but they liked ‘liberal’ so pin it on them.

the real problem with the newtPAC ad is that this type of thinking (demagoguery) has been around for a long time. There was a book written in the 90s about the RJR-Nabisco lbo…but if you try you can find out that Nabisco is still making cookies…but under the umbrella of Altria (yeah, that’s ironic). But the point is that an entity who produces value will survive, long after the books that critique the financiers.

There’s a recent book by Josh Kosman, a reporter, who doesn’t like Bain and lbo’s etc. In one excerpt on the npr website, he was full of gloom and doom about 2011, and that all these lbos will collapse. Well, it is 2012 now, so we’ll see. I’m sure that we’ll hear much more about this book.

but from the intro on Wikipedia you can tell why barry and debbie downer have to push the anti-WS meme

Bain Capital is a Boston-based alternative asset management and financial services company that specializes in private equity, venture capital, credit and public market investments. Bain invests across a broad range of industry sectors and geographic regions.

The firm was founded in 1984 by partners from the consulting firm Bain & Company. Since inception has invested in or acquired hundreds of companies including such notable companies as AMC Entertainment, Aspen Education Group, Brookstone, Burger King, Burlington Coat Factory, Clear Channel Communications, Domino’s Pizza, DoubleClick, Dunkin’ Donuts, D&M Holdings, Guitar Center, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Sealy, The Sports Authority, Staples, Toys “R” Us, Warner Music Group and The Weather Channel.

As of the end of 2011, Bain Capital had approximately 400 professionals, most with previous experience in consulting, operations or finance.[1] Bain is headquartered at 111 Huntington Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts with additional offices in New York City, Chicago, Palo Alto, London, Luxembourg, Munich, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo.

r keller on January 8, 2012 at 5:06 PM

More drive by reporting from the crack staff at RomneyAir.

abobo on January 8, 2012 at 2:40 PM

LOL ….”RomneyAiR”

JeffVader on January 8, 2012 at 5:06 PM

All the Newt PAC should have to say is:

Romney won’t rule out a VAT. VAT=end of free enterprise system, hello social welfare.

JeffVader on January 8, 2012 at 5:09 PM

I don’t know what that means. I have a great National Storm Drain platform though.

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Funny. That’s more than what anybody else has and we need storm drains. I’d vote for you, donate $$$ and volunteer.

And Storm Drains would help drain the swamp in DC.

Frobenius on January 8, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Barred on January 8, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Isn’t it interesting that The Won got a pass for plagiarism? I bet it isn’t the first time.

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2012 at 5:11 PM

People keep referring to Newt’s baggage. In a general election the voters are going to be a lot more sympathetic about someone’s two divorces than they are about people’s lives being disrupted or almost destroyed because of layoffs. Unfair as that may be to some.

Rose on January 8, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Mr. orthodox Jew: I live in Poland and I am aware of what socialism is and what it creates. Ms Munford was not off-base but you sir are.If the G.O.P. candidates have a problem articulating who Obama is and what his agenda is about then it is a problem for them and the future of the U.S.. I live on a continent that is slowly moving toward totalitarianism again. This time they can’t blame the Jews but maybe in absentia they will try.

celtic warrior on January 8, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Again, not a single business is/was created to help people, that’s what charity is all about, a business is/was created to make money,and if it succeeds it helps a lot of people by providing them work, However a company that doesn’t make money you close it, and people lose their jobs, Which is exactly what Romney did

OrthodoxJew on January 8, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Which is why I thought the attacks against Gingrich for the consulting work his company did with Fannie/Freddie were so… odd.

Having only seen the trailer for the Romney/Bain movie, I’m reserving judgement until I see the whole thing. It is interesting that it was made by a former Romney supporter, though. I guess the question is if its a disgruntled former supporter or a disillusioned former supporter.

Snorkdoodle Whizbang on January 8, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Frobenius on January 8, 2012 at 5:11 PM

I couldn’t take the heat. But picture, if you will, no droughts and no floods, possibly even keeping the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California farmlands and the Delta Smelt. Not that I really give a flying flip about the Delta Smelt.

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2012 at 5:18 PM

No, not awkward at all. It’s wonderful news. Now he can fight fire with fire.

BTW, when is the last time Hot Air posted something positive about Newt Gingrich?

Reggie1971 on January 8, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Reggie1971 on January 8, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Neutral is the best you can hope for.

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Literally, you do not have clue. The idea that no business is created to help people is not only patently false, it is foolish and silly. Second, the way you make money the right way is to grow the business by smart investments and decisions, you are rationalizing immoral behavior based on some theoretical view of macro-economics, that is not the way business works. Romney and his crew were not smart enough to manage the businesses well so they shut them down and sold them off.

Nobody is saying that the business should not be profitable, but if you think that the only important rule in business is short term profit over long term profit and capital growth, the people be damned, then 1.) you don’t know business and 2.) stop using the name “OrthodoxJew” because clearly if you are a Jew you are ignorant of Halacha and the ethical practices required for Jews in business.

georgealbert on January 8, 2012 at 5:03 PM

WOW, so much BS in one post, lets just try to go it over,

1) Please provide me with one business on earth that doesn’t make money for a few years (a company that struggles and tries to recapture its strength is a different story) and are still operating

2) Please provide me with a business who opened up the business because of their intention to help people and not because they wanted to make money

3)Romney was smart to keep staples open, but wasn’t smart to keep others open??

4) since Romney and his investors clearly liked money, why on earth would they sell a company that they could build up and make more money? like they obviously did with some

5) Being an orthodox Jew and practicing everything true to my religion, Please provide me with your inside in the Halacha where it recommends people to lose money on unprofitable businesses

6) Since you supposedly know the Halacha, you do know what the Talmud says of someone who spends money on a business that as far as they can see has no real return right? (Hint:: Not nice words)

7) Please provide all the great businesses you have started, and saved, Since you seem to know how smart Romney’s business operated, Or are you just a commentator on HA who has no idea how business works,and you even have the chutzpah to call a smart businessman out for something that you have no idea what you are really talking about,

I know you support Newt, But supporting Newt does not require changing facts, and making up stuff

OrthodoxJew on January 8, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Some of Newt’s previous comments may come back to haunt him here.

Oh, come on. Newt doesn’t care if he gets the nomination or not anymore. As Limbaugh said recently, Gingrich’s mission is to take Romney out.

ddrintn on January 8, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Meh, Romney attacked Newt and now Newt is attacking back.

Romney is the King of negative attack ads (note: this is not necessarily a critisim, part of winning is defining your opponent).

Romney’s talking points are:

Romney attacks = fair politics, politics ain’t beanbag, if you can’t stand the heat stay out of the kitchen, etc…

Someone attacks Romney = unfair, spite, revenge, bigot, etc….

IMHO Perry / West 2012

tonotisto on January 8, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Meh, Romney attacked Newt and now Newt is attacking back.

Romney is the King of negative attack ads (note: this is not necessarily a critisim, part of winning is defining your opponent).

Romney’s talking points are:

Romney attacks = fair politics, politics ain’t beanbag, if you can’t stand the heat stay out of the kitchen, etc…

Someone attacks Romney = unfair, spite, revenge, bigot, etc….

tonotisto on January 8, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Yep.

ddrintn on January 8, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Anybody notice that Romney claimed this morning to have not even seen the ads? Then he proceeded to rattle off a list of what was in the ads he didn’t see.

Reggie1971 on January 8, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Romney attacks = fair politics, politics ain’t beanbag, if you can’t stand the heat stay out of the kitchen, etc…

Someone attacks Romney = unfair, spite, revenge, bigot, etc….

tonotisto on January 8, 2012 at 5:26 PM

I must admit, I’ve seen that pattern in at least some of the more fervent Romney supporters, but happily not all. Just as I’ve seen not dissimilar reactions from other candidates supporters. I guess it depends on whose ox is being gored.

I would love for someone to do an anthropological study on the various candidates’ supporters this cycle. Let’s see… there’s Mitt-Wits, Paul-bots, Ging-grinches, Perrynistas, Palinnistas, Cain-iacs, etc. etc. Though, I’m not sure I’ve seen a nickname for Huntsman supporters thus far.

Snorkdoodle Whizbang on January 8, 2012 at 5:42 PM

If some of the ads are really nasty, will he rush out to disavow his own PAC supporters and call for their ads to come down?

Romney and Paul ran despicable attack ads against Gingrich in Iowa despite disavowing any involvement in their production and content since the ads were produced ‘independently’ {winkwink} by PACs.

Early on Newt refused to be dragged into the nasty catfight that the MSM was inciting, and said so vocally at several of the debates. Romney obviously intentionally looked the other way when his Dogs of War were unleashed.

What surprised the heck out of me, however, was McCain endorsing Romney despite his PAC’s nastiness.

Remember how upset McCain was back when he and GW Bush were in their primary battle, and GWB’s PAC ran similarly despicable ads against McCain? McCain was so outraged that even Bush’s sincerest apology given face-to-face, plus Bush’s public disavowal and expressed displeasure with whatever group ran that ad wasn’t enough to assuage McCain’s anger. Even years later when McCain kept throwing it in Bush’s face, no amount of regrets appeased him, and many commentators were convinced that McCain’s ‘maverick’ opposition to congressional GOP efforts was directly a result of that incident.

Now McCain endorses Romney despite the Romneyites pulling the same nasty tactics that had McCain so outraged in the past. There’s definitely something wrong with that picture.

Hmmmm, wonder if, behind the scenes, a certain someone’s name has just been moved up to the top of a certain presidency candidate’s “potential V.P.’s” list?

KendraWilder on January 8, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Though, I’m not sure I’ve seen a nickname for Huntsman supporters thus far.

Snorkdoodle Whizbang on January 8, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Democrats.

kingsjester on January 8, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Oh, come on. Newt doesn’t care if he gets the nomination or not anymore. As Limbaugh said recently, Gingrich’s mission is to take Romney out.

ddrintn on January 8, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Good luck to him on that. NH will be a blowout, Romney is within target to win SC and FL.

What’s going to be taken out is Newt Gingrich’s reputation as anything but a hypocritical scumbag.

haner on January 8, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Reggie1971 on January 8, 2012 at 5:42 PM

He’s just joshing us.

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Ms. Munford,this proves you should not give up your point of view so easy. Men are different than women,contrary to what pop culture wants to portay.

celtic warrior on January 8, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Though, I’m not sure I’ve seen a nickname for Huntsman supporters thus far.

Snorkdoodle Whizbang on January 8, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Huntsman supporters are called Democrats.

haner on January 8, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Though, I’m not sure I’ve seen a nickname for Huntsman supporters thus far.

Snorkdoodle Whizbang on January 8, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Her name is Abby.

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2012 at 5:46 PM

celtic warrior on January 8, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Which point of view did I give up on?

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Anybody notice that Romney claimed this morning to have not even seen the ads? Then he proceeded to rattle off a list of what was in the ads he didn’t see.

Reggie1971 on January 8, 2012 at 5:42 PM

That would not surprise me. BTW, I used to like Perry but his more ardent blind followers turned me away from him with their obsession for his cult of personality or something.

Frobenius on January 8, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Good luck to him on that. NH will be a blowout, Romney is within target to win SC and FL.

Well, yeah, if people keep treating Romney with kid gloves he’ll waltz through 50 states. And then when Axelrod et al drop the ton of Kryptonite on SuperMitt all his disciples will be wondering what the hell happened.

What’s going to be taken out is Newt Gingrich’s reputation as anything but a hypocritical scumbag.

haner on January 8, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Romney may be headed that was as well, ultimately. Gingrich doesn’t care.

ddrintn on January 8, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Celtic warrior

I am not trying to be disrespectful. But my point is this.

A lot of conservatives want our candidate to call out Obama for what he is. The problem is that how many americans do you think really know the difference between a socialist, marxist, statist. Etc. Frankly I don’t know what someone has to do in order to move from a socialist to a marxist.

One thing they do know is that it is something really bad. And some might feel that Romney is going too far. Of course if they actually knew what socialism is they would all agree that Obama is one

I understand that it would be helpful if our candidate can explain what a marxist means and then go on and call Obama one. But Romney’s mission is to win. And not a talk show host. Since he and everybody knows that campaigns are decided via sound bites and looks or something

OrthodoxJew on January 8, 2012 at 5:52 PM

This Primary season should be renamed “The War of the Surrogates”

Adelson is a smart businessman.
About 2 years ago he cut off the Comps (free rooms, free food, and free play) to everyone but the Whales, and he went all in for the conventioneers. He also teamed up with Intercontinental hotels. The Vegas message boards expected Venetian/Palazzo to be shut down in 6 months. Not only were they wrong but V/P saw the occupancy rates go up & over 90% of the rooms are now paid for instead of given away to entice gamblers to the property. Slashing the comps and the income from gaming gave V/P a nearly 62% revenue increase in one year.

But I really don’t think this is just a business decision. Adelson is married to an Israeli physician and together they have made numerous, but not exclusively, donations to support Jewish causes.

Now if Steve Wynn will just contribute to Perry! :-)

batterup on January 8, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Frobenius on January 8, 2012 at 5:48 PM

I know it’s hard not to judge the candidate by their more ardent supporters but remember the candidate doesn’t have any power over them. Just goof on them, it’s fun.

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Frankly I don’t know what someone has to do in order to move from a socialist to a marxist.

OrthodoxJew on January 8, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Marxists call for violent overthrow. Socialists are content to work their way through the system without overthrowing it overtly.

ddrintn on January 8, 2012 at 5:56 PM

OrthodoxJew on January 8, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Calling him a socialist is dumb but saying he is out of his depth isn’t an argument either. Gov. Romney should be able to spend all day pointing out the garbage The Won has done. Somebody might want to mention his unconstitutional “recess” appointments, it would get more publicity and seem less like Congressional whining by the Republicans.

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Huntsman supporters are called Democrats.

haner on January 8, 2012 at 5:46 PM

So what’s the essential difference between Huntsman and Romney, beside the fact that for the past 3 years Huntsman hasn’t been called Da Man by the punditocracy?

ddrintn on January 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM

^ I’ll take it further: which one has a more conservative governing record: Huntsman, or Romney?

ddrintn on January 8, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Awkward? Why? Like how Wall St. spent so much money supporting Obama, who pretends to hate Wall St.?

The Rogue Tomato on January 8, 2012 at 6:03 PM

I know it’s hard not to judge the candidate by their more ardent supporters but remember the candidate doesn’t have any power over them. Just goof on them, it’s fun.

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2012 at 5:53 PM

OK. You are right. I will have to channel my inner snark to make it fun for all, but mostly fun for me.

Frobenius on January 8, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Frobenius on January 8, 2012 at 6:03 PM

I tend to aggravate the Romney supporters. Smug brings out the snark in me.

Cindy Munford on January 8, 2012 at 6:06 PM

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