New Gingrich ad: Romney speaks French, you know

posted at 8:55 pm on January 12, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Matt Lewis, this is the second time in two days that Newt’s team has turned an otherwise effective spot into a caricature of an attack ad. Yesterday it was the old business about the dog on the roof of his car, today it’s the fact that, like a certain other filthy rich politician from Massachusetts whom conservatives disdain, Romney speaks French. Doesn’t famous brainiac Newt Gingrich speak a foreign language or two, or ten? This would have been a jolly fun zinger two presidential elections ago, but in case Newt hasn’t heard, we fight wars alongside the French now and everything. What does it prove? That Romney’s an elitist phony? Good news — the base already knows.

That’s the first ad below. The second is a 60-second spot his Super PAC started airing in South Carolina today. (There’s a 30-second version too.) Looks like those reports about Team Newt backing off the Bain attacks were wrong. Or were they?

A source close to wealthy donor Sheldon Adelson, who is under fire for giving $5 million to a pro-Newt Gingrich super PAC that began running TV ads attacking Mitt Romney’s career in private equity, distanced the Las Vegas casino magnate from the ads on Thursday…

And while the Adelson source said the casino magnate was “indifferent” to the “fuss,” he also strongly implied that Adelson did not want the money he gave to Gingrich to be used for ads attacking Romney’s private equity career.

“I think people want to draw a conclusion that the money goes in and all $5 million is directed just towards $5 million of Bain Capital attacks on Mitt Romney, and that that’s exactly what Mr. Adelson wanted that money to be spent on,” the Adelson source said. “What if you donate to the Red Cross, and they do a hundred different things and you wanted it to just go to people in Haiti, and they sent it to people in Somalia instead and you didn’t think that was a priority? Are you going to call the Red Cross and demand that they just send the money to Haiti? You make a donation on a basis that the people receiving the money are going to spend it in the best way that you see fit,” the source added.

Probably doesn’t matter. If Newt wins South Carolina and emerges as the Not Romney, he’ll have plenty of money flowing in from the base even if Adelson walks away. If he doesn’t win, he’s almost certainly finished even if Adelson’s willing to keep writing checks.

I can’t help feeling like there’s some happy yet unexplored middle ground ad-wise between crude Bain demagoguery and “Romney speaks French” stupidity. Any ideas, guys? Any weak spots for Mitt Romney out there that might exploited to great effect among the conservative base? Shoot me any suggestions you might have in the comments. Exit quotation from Philip Klein about the Super PAC’s new Bain ads: “Can’t wait for sequel ‘When Newt Came to town,’ about a historian who gives frank lectures that create millions of jobs.”


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It’s a comparison to John F Kerry a Liberal Democrat from Massachusetts, who made a big deal during his campaign, that the French wanted him to be President of the United States, more than George W Bush. To which Bush replied, I plan on campaigning in the United States for President of the U.S. I have no plans to campaign in France. That’s not sinister, it’s just driving home Gingrich’s point about Mitt Romney, being a Moderate from Massachusetts that also has ties to France.

Dr Evil on January 13, 2012 at 12:04 AM

LOL. Newt, is that you? I know who Kerry is and remember the 2004 elections quite well. It’s the “also has ties to France” part that I find pathetic. It’s appealing to one of the worst aspects of human nature. Whatever. Enjoy your “joke”.

McDuck on January 13, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Newt’s a hypocrite, since he’s morally closer to a Frenchman than any of the other candidates. Vive les Mittens?

Liberty 5-3001 on January 13, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Newtron the hypocrite also has ties to the French.

LOL!!!!

http://news.yahoo.com/mon-dieu-romney-gingrich-hidden-french-ties-184753984.html

Gunlock Bill on January 13, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Leading Republicans Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich share more than a burning desire to pocket the keys to the White House. They have both also spent time in France and speak the language.

When reached for comment the Newtron said, “Winning!!”

Gunlock Bill on January 13, 2012 at 10:15 AM

how could Newt approve that message? aye yi yi, what an embarrassment…

JustTruth101 on January 13, 2012 at 10:25 AM

I loved the new french connection ad. but shhhhh he is not allowed to be criticized. we need to treat him like Obama will very very nicely. If you attack Mitt you are not a true conservative. dont you watch Fox news.

boogaleesnots on January 12, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Great ad! The liberal MA connection is very troublesome for Romney. The establishment Romney supporters are having fits because Mitt is actually being treated the way the other candidates have been treated.

I mean, c’mon, it’s okay for Romney to savage the other candidates, but they should be nice to ‘the one’ because it’s his turn after all.

Who does Mitt think he is, Obama? No scrutiny at all. The establishment media is so on the Mitt bandwagon that they’re starting to resemble the msm that got Obama elected in 2008.

IndeCon on January 13, 2012 at 10:28 AM

All I can say to Newt is:

Hypocrite lecteur, -mon semblable, -mon frere!

profitsbeard on January 13, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Nous surrendor en France, nous ssurrendor sur les mers et les océans, nous surrendor avec une confiance croissante et la force croissante dans l’air, nous surrendor nos pâtisseries, quel que soit le coût peut être. Nous surrendor sur les plages, nous surrendor sur le terrains d’atterrissage, nous allons surrendor dans les champs et dans les rues, nous surrendor dans les collines; nous ne serons jamais se battre, et si, que je n’ai pas un instant croire, cette pâtisserie ou une grande partie de celui-ci ont été soumis et de moulage, alors notre Empire, au-delà des mers, désarmés et nisguided par la flotte française, porterait sur ​​la surrendor, jusqu’à ce que, en temps utile de Dieu, le monde nouveau, avec toute sa puissance et pourrait, s’avance à la subjugation et l’exploitation de l’ancienne.

NotCoach on January 13, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Great ad! The liberal MA connection is very troublesome for Romney.

But the liberal Georgia (Jimma Carter) connection for the Newtron isn’t troublesome at all, right?

The establishment Romney supporters are having fits because Mitt is actually being treated the way the other candidates have been treated.

By “establishment” do you mean all of those Republican office holders that were elected BY THE PEOPLE that have endorsed him?

I mean, c’mon, it’s okay for Romney to savage the other candidates, but they should be nice to ‘the one’ because it’s his turn after all.

Not at all. They are free to lies and hypocrisy in their attacks all they want. It is a free country after all. But there are consequences.

Who does Mitt think he is, Obama?

Pretty sure the answer is NO!

No scrutiny at all.

Nope, none at all. Absolutely everyone has ignored him for the past five years. There hasn’t even been a negative posting here at Hot Air, either. And none of the posters here have ever, until now said one negative thing about him.

Right?

The establishment media is so on the Mitt bandwagon that they’re starting to resemble the msm that got Obama elected in 2008.

IndeCon on January 13, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Is the “establishment media” different from the “msm”?

Gunlock Bill on January 13, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Ha ha ha what a massive piece of sh*t that French Connection commercial is.

It’s pretty stupid to use a Martin Sheen soundalike for the voiceover when Sheen is a huge Obama fan. His lawyers are on line 4.

Speaking French is a reason to think less of a person? That’s f*king retarded.

Dave Rywall on January 13, 2012 at 10:57 AM

We have a monolingual idiot in charge now, he’s one up on Obama there.

Little Boomer on January 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Funniest thing I’ve seen all day, but it’s early yet.

Seriously, if this is the quality of attack ad Newt thinks is a good product, is this any kind of sign he’d do better than Obama running the country? Newt can’t get his act together to get on the ballot in Virginia, his ads are similar to SNL parodies, he’s a career politician and this is the best he can do? This is pathetic.

talkingpoints on January 13, 2012 at 11:27 AM

OMG! That’s the stupidest ad I’ve ever seen! And we’ve been going around all this time insisting that Newt Gingrich was smart! How embarrassing.

“And he speaks French too.” It’d be funny if it weren’t so horribly SAD.

Murf76 on January 13, 2012 at 11:32 AM

These two pieces from the guy who, early in the dabates said the focus would only be on Obama’s record?

My, Newt strayed a fer piece from that ranch.

EconomicNeocon on January 13, 2012 at 11:40 AM

You know who else speaks French? Jerry Sandusky.

Romney’s finished.

CorporatePiggy on January 13, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Perhaps Newt should have put a “sarc” at the end. That ad gives me a LOT of information about Mitt. I had no idea he registered to vote Dem and had actually contributed to Dems.

I think the French thing has nothing to do with anything but the issue of elitism.

BTW, this Bain thing and Newt’s use of it? Didn’t Romney also start that particular battle? Didn’t Romney accuse Newt of bringing down the housing market because his business had a contract with the company? Mitt doesn’t want private companies taking government contracts or even quasi-government contracts? And didn’t Romney lie outright when he said Newt took $1.6 million from Freddy? Shouldn’t have honesty compelled the oracle of Mass say that it was a payment to a company over several years not a check cut to Newt?

Why weren’t the defenders of capitalism out after that little canard?

And while we’re at it, why hasn’t Mitt released his tax returns? Even the ever-private Obama released his tax returns.

Portia46 on January 13, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Good comment. And we don’t want to forget their gift of Lady Liberty.

davidk on January 12, 2012 at 9:05 PM

No, we certainly wouldn’t want to do that. Kicking the German’s patootees back over the Reine and rebuilding their country wasn’t even close to being enough. They had every right to betray us at every turn over the next 50 or so years (for the sarc-challenged, insert sarc mark), including denying us fly-over rights to lob a bomb on a certain dictator’s tent and buying oil from our moral enemies.

Did I mention NATO? Wonder why France was considered the whore of Europe for so many decades.

Portia46 on January 13, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Newt, since you speak French, too…

Va te faire foutre!

Resist We Much on January 13, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Newty speaks the language of the Left.

cicerone on January 13, 2012 at 1:20 PM

More class warfare from Newt. This is disgusting. Low low will Newt go?

billrowe on January 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Speaking French is a reason to think less of a person? That’s f*king retarded.

Dave Rywall on January 13, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Whoa! Drywall said something sensible!

/looks out window for the 24th Porcine Attack Squadron on maneuvers

Mary in LA on January 13, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Gingrich speaks French himself..in fact I read that he used original source material when he did his dissertation in European history. Besides, who cares?

The man is such a hypocrite.

Terrye on January 13, 2012 at 7:59 PM

It seems to me the fact that the Romney SuperFans didn’t like this Newt ad is proof that it was effective enough. The point of negatative ads is not to be not hypocritical, it’s to mock your opponent and drag them down. :)

Dr. Tesla on January 13, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Newt is making Thomson and Thompson look like Penn and Teller in comparison.

(Yes, I know it’s a Belgian reference, but bear with me.)

Myron Falwell on January 15, 2012 at 7:01 PM

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