New Gingrich ad: Remember that time Romney put his dog on the roof of the family car?

posted at 7:10 pm on January 11, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Matt Lewis. In fairness, the dog story is just one part of this lowlight reel of some of Romney’s dumber moments from the trail, but the clip’s revealing in how it shows Gingrich still relying heavily on his debate performances as a selling point. The message here, implicitly, is “Mitt could self-destruct in front of a mic in the general but I won’t.” Which is mighty ironic given that (a) none of these allegedly damaging gaffes dissuaded voters in Iowa or New Hampshire, (b) Gingrich himself is infamously prone to self-destructive stumbles, as his “right-wing social engineering” comment over the summer proved, and (c) unlike Newt, Romney hasn’t said anything so toxic that Rush Limbaugh felt moved to compare him to Elizabeth Warren because of it. (Note too that the clip begins with Romney’s line about how he likes being able to fire people, which even Gingrich himself conceded was taken out of context.) Beyond all that, I’m not sure why anyone thinks the presidential debates in the fall are likely to be game-changers. They almost never are — I honestly can’t remember a single moment from Obama’s debates with McCain — and in any case, Romney being Romney, he’ll prepare for them hyper-exhaustively. Look on the bright side: This October, at least you won’t have to worry about the nominee ripping on corporate “looters” or parasites or whatever Newt’s current anti-Bain soundbite is. Said one “longtime ally” of Gingrich today to National Journal, “The sense is, he’s just lashing out. His friends aren’t trying to talk him off the ledge.”

Two clips here, one of the lowlight reel and the other of a second new Gingrich ad slamming Romney on abortion. (Romney’s campaign, which is preparing to hammer Newt in South Carolina too, is ready with a counter to this attack.) Question: Am I to assume from the relative silence lately about RomneyCare that the Republican field has thrown in the towel on attacking the mandate? The abortion ad touches on it, but it’s incidental to the main argument. Perhaps the new, Romney-fying GOP has already decided that we’re better off not speaking of past unpleasantness. On to the next success.


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I don’t trust Mitt in appointing a Justice to the Supreme Court.

terryannonline on January 11, 2012 at 9:56 PM

His appointments would be just as bad or worse than Obama’s.

John Holdren worked for Romney. Would Romney appoint him?

Romney has no core values.

tetriskid on January 12, 2012 at 6:26 AM

Is poo-ah widdle Allah still depwessed. So sad.

MJBrutus on January 12, 2012 at 6:32 AM

..I think HG has become the Star Wars Bar of concern trolls and Romney haters, that’s all.

The War Planner on January 11, 2012 at 11:34 PM

rombot whiner

Amen, Facebook too. Get over it folks, Newt, Perry, Rick, Huntsman or Paul are only mucking up the message now.

FireBlogger on January 11, 2012 at 11:39 PM

paul is coherent, its the other guys that went marxists. even romney flipflops on the theme of corporations.

nathor on January 12, 2012 at 6:40 AM

what a stupid thing to do strapping a car carrier to the top of your car and locking your 80 pound dog in. It’s illegal too.

wodiej on January 12, 2012 at 7:21 AM

Newt needs to take a hike . . . he is nothing but a spoiler and is causing more problems than he is worth.

rplat on January 12, 2012 at 7:46 AM

I don’t like the soundtrack. It’s grating and condescending. What are, stupid children that Newt needs to connect with?

Herald of Woe on January 12, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Or that time in college when he fed chicken meat to a chicken.

Crusty on January 12, 2012 at 8:17 AM

what a stupid thing to do strapping a car carrier to the top of your car and locking your 80 pound dog in. It’s illegal too.

wodiej on January 12, 2012 at 7:21 AM

Why would it have been better inside the car? What difference does it make?

Paul-Cincy on January 12, 2012 at 8:22 AM

At this point, every single candidate in both parties is so awful, and it’s such a near-certainty at this point that the GOP is going to go with the most Obama-like nominee, that I don’t feel I even have a dog in this fight anymore. I’m just amusing myself watching the candidates gouging one another.

Aitch748 on January 12, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Romney is arrogant and unappealing to me. Interesting how the Romney-bots and their media flunkies accuse Gingrich of sounding and acting like a democrat when the Romney goons (with his blessing?) are using what appear to be Alinksy-like tactics: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. And with what are proving to be falsehoods. How very Democratic of them. And yet Romney can be all pious and smart-alecky staying above it all. Sound familiar? All he’s missing are the big ears. I can’t stomach the guy and we need to defeat this sleaze-ball so he doesn’t become the face of the republican party. Gingrich ain’t no picnic either but he’s much better than Romney. You go, guy! Keep up the fight and take him down!!

mozalf on January 12, 2012 at 8:42 AM

The ‘For the Dogs’ ad is pretty darn funny. Good chuckle this morning. Newt cracks me up with these 11th hour attack ads. At this point, I feel Romney has it pretty sewn up and these ads are simply manna for the WH.

RepubChica on January 12, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Rush Limbaugh singling out Gingrich for criticism is somewhat
suspicious. Ever since he slept in the Lincoln bedroom under
Bush’s reign I can’t take him seriously as a steward of conservatism.

He is fun to listen to occasionally. Take what he says with a
“grain of salt”.

Amjean on January 12, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Aitch748 on January 12, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Well, it’s a good thing you don’t “have a dog in this fight”, or Romney would strap him to the top of his car and not care that it was sick with diarrhea.

Aslans Girl on January 12, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Ha, ha. Gaffe prone Romney? Romneyism of the day?

Vetting? Sounds like his poor dog could use some rescue vetting.

But, …wait for it… who was it that said ‘politics ain’t beanbag’ when he (his pac) was savaging Newt with pinocchio awarded ads in Iowa? And then there was the ‘if you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen’ remark. And the Lucy in the chocolate factory analogy, and on and on and on.

Back at you, Mitt: politics ain’t beanbag, how’s that heat there in the kitchen going for you, who let the dogs out, etc., etc.

Funny how the apologists for the establishment candidate Romney have a problem with him undergoing the same scrutiny that the other candidates had to endure. They really think he should just be allowed to skate into the nomination without being fully vetted ie Obama, and the establishment media is ramping up their defense of Romney ie Obama. Mitt really is Obama-Lite.

IndeCon on January 12, 2012 at 9:06 AM

I honestly can’t remember a single moment from Obama’s debates with McCain

My frieeeeeeeeends

bitsy on January 12, 2012 at 10:10 AM

The mainstream media is avoiding the dog crate story like the plague. I will remember this thread during the general when (the story) is front page news.

mike_NC9 on January 12, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Conservatives and Republicans shouldn’t though.

Bluray on January 11, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Says his supporters.

Isn’t this the same crew having diarrhea over the fact that Perry carried a gun during his jog ……..shot a coyote that was preparing to have his dog for breakfast?

*shaking head*

avagreen on January 12, 2012 at 10:31 AM

IndeCon on January 12, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Strange, isn’t it?

avagreen on January 12, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Paul-Cincy on January 12, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Get a clue. Would you rather be sick and inside a car, or strapped to the roof of said car?
Sheesh!

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/Politics/story?id=3329017&page=1#.Tw79oPmsaSo

What Happens to a Dog on a Roof Traveling 50 MPH?

…..All kidding aside, what exactly would be the dangers of strapping the family pet to the roof of a speeding vehicle for 12 hours?

Llope said putting a dog on top of a car is just like putting anything or anyone else on the roof.

“What happens to a dog in this situation is precisely what would happen to any of us in the same situation: Trapped in a box for 12 hours would be no one’s idea of comfortable,” said Llope.

Dr. Russell Cumming, a professor of aerospace engineering at California Polytechnic State University, got a little more technical.

“At that speed, assuming sea level conditions, the poor little dog would have about 10 pounds per square foot pressing against his head,” said Cumming.

And in layman’s terms?

“He would constantly feel a little less than 3 pounds pressing on his head for the entire trip,” he added. “The windshield would help, but boy that would get tired.”

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Douglas Osheroff of physics at Stanford University said the dog crate on top of the car would change the air flow around the vehicle…..

Gawd help the little critters and other helpless creatures from such stuupidity.

avagreen on January 12, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Romney has no core values.

tetriskid on January 12, 2012 at 6:26 AM

Which is WHAT this ballyhoo is all about. He treated his family dog like he treated the men/women of the companies he ravaged.
Special report: Romney’s steel skeleton in the Bain closet
http://www.reuters.com/article/comments/idUSTRE8050LL20120106

avagreen on January 12, 2012 at 10:42 AM

All these attacks against Mitt are becoming meaningless. The simple harsh truth is that the conservative vote is split between too many candidates, making it impossible to defeat Mitt.

tkyang99 on January 12, 2012 at 6:11 AM

There ya go, that’s it in a nutshell. Maybe that will change after SC.

kg598301 on January 12, 2012 at 12:35 PM

All these attacks against Mitt are becoming meaningless. The simple harsh truth is that the conservative vote is split between too many candidates, making it impossible to defeat Mitt.

tkyang99 on January 12, 2012 at 6:11 AM

I don’t buy into your premise. Newt, Perry and Santorum are just as moderate as Romney, probably more so. It’s not as if there are all these conservatives running against one moderate. Not one of them is a pure conservative.

writeblock on January 12, 2012 at 9:03 PM

What worries me is that if Romney gets the nomination, then we become the dog strapped to Romney’s car. We either accept whatever the big government, opportunistic Romney wants to do, or we’ll have to accept the “Dear Leader” Obama. As far as I’m aware, unlike Obama, Romney doesn’t have dictatorial tendencies, but it’s still a choice between the lesser of two evils.

Gladtobehere on January 15, 2012 at 1:21 AM

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