Perry backer bails over Bain attacks

posted at 1:20 pm on January 12, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Rick Perry has been campaigning in South Carolina since the Iowa caucuses, looking for a game-changer.  He may have found one, but not in the nature he was seeking.  As a consequence of joining Newt Gingrich’s attack on Mitt Romney over his private-equity experience, one of Perry’s big donors has quit — and switched to Romney:

One of Rick Perry’s leading financial supporters in South Carolina is defecting to Mitt Romney – and he told CNN Thursday that Perry’s sharp criticisms of Romney as a “vulture capitalist” were the main factor in his decision. …

Barry Wynn, the former chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party and a financial adviser in Spartanburg, said the escalating rhetoric about Romney’s business background is “destructive.”

“It’s just a dance I didn’t want to be a part of,” Wynn said in an interview, explaining his decision to leave Perry’s campaign.

Wynn, along with a handful of other previously neutral South Carolina moneymen, will publicly endorse Romney on Thursday.

“This latest attack, it’s so foreign to me, I couldn’t see myself being a part of that,” he explained. “I don’t think you can be on both sides of free market capitalism. A big part of me being a Republican for the last 40 years is that I think it’s the best hope to protect free market capitalism, the growth engine of our economy.”

There could be some populist cred for Perry if big donors tied to Wall Street start leaving him, but that’s a big trade-off for the funding Perry desperately needs in South Carolina.  If he can’t put ads on the air and compete with Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich, then Perry won’t go anywhere in his last-gasp effort to stay in the race. He’s already at the bottom of the pack in the latest Insider Advantage poll, at 5%.  Even Jon Huntsman scores better than Perry in South Carolina, at 7%.

The defection of Wynn looks a like a more principled version of what happened to Michele Bachmann in the last few days of the Iowa campaign. It’s likely to produce the same effect for Perry in South Carolina as it did for Bachmann in Iowa, which is to create the impression of an imploding campaign.


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Rick Perry — the Milton Shapp of 2012.

Mr. D on January 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

It’s a sad world where you have GOP candidates attacking the free market. And the candidate who is defending the free market did his best to destroy it while in office.

lorien1973 on January 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

So now even Gopher Girl gets her own post on the front page?

abobo on January 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Good. Perry and Gingrich both really disappointed a lot of supporters with this populist claptrap they spewed.

More than anything else – it shows that they lack principal. It’s a “say anything” campaign for them. No thanks.

CycloneCDB on January 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Fallout.

listens2glenn on January 12, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Perry, in this post’s picture, is showing how tight his butt clenched after that donor left him for Romney.

lorien1973 on January 12, 2012 at 1:26 PM

If I hadn’t defected to Romney a week or two earlier, I might over this crap. Good for him.

OneGyT on January 12, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Unintended consequences.

a capella on January 12, 2012 at 1:26 PM

It’s a sad world where you have GOP candidates attacking the free market. And the candidate who is defending the free market did his best to destroy it while in office.

lorien1973 on January 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Because as we all know, an attack against a particular business practice at Bain is, ipso facto, an indictment of the entire free market. Riiiiiiiiight.

Stoic Patriot on January 12, 2012 at 1:26 PM

It’s a sad world where you have GOP candidates attacking the free market. And the candidate who is defending the free market did his best to destroy it while in office.

lorien1973 on January 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Its a sad day when you have people who claim to be conservative attacking democracy.

astonerii on January 12, 2012 at 1:27 PM

If you believe in free markets, the Bain attack on Romney is baseless. But I will say this; the timing may actually help Romney in the end because the issue may run itself out before the critical time period in September and October.

Think of it this way: If Rev Wright came out in October, Obama would have lost…

RedSoxNation on January 12, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Perry and Gingrich showed their true colors – red.

Swerve22 on January 12, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Perry got singed by the ‘friendly fire’ of newtron bomb

gatorboy on January 12, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Back to Nigerhead Rock for you little ricky.

borntoraisehogs on January 12, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Apparently Perry prefers government run crony capitalism, in particular for his cronies, to private sector free mark capitalism.

farsighted on January 12, 2012 at 1:28 PM

“Even Jon Huntsman scores better than Perry in South Carolina, at 7%.”

Calvin Huntsman is so dreamy…! *swooon*

/

Seven Percent Solution on January 12, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Looks like Barry Wynn needed a reason to stop throwing money down ahole.

FlaMurph on January 12, 2012 at 1:28 PM

I also wonder if Todd Palin is rethinking his endorsement.

listens2glenn on January 12, 2012 at 1:29 PM

If you believe in free markets, the Bain attack on Romney is baseless. But I will say this; the timing may actually help Romney in the end because the issue may run itself out before the critical time period in September and October.

It actually seems to be hurting him in SC. You know, he should defend.

Anyway we lost 2012, there is too much baggage to use on him

Flapjackmaka on January 12, 2012 at 1:30 PM

If you believe in free markets, the Bain attack on Romney is baseless. But I will say this; the timing may actually help Romney in the end because the issue may run itself out before the critical time period in September and October.

Think of it this way: If Rev Wright came out in October, Obama would have lost…

RedSoxNation on January 12, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Why, because every business practice is ultimately morally good? So the businesses in the early part of the industrial revolution who had access to many more workers than they needed treated them poorly enough to disable many of them were paragons of absolute virtue?

Not all business practices are morally good. Not all business practices indicate that a person is worthy of praise. I never see any conservatives here arguing that how George Soros made his billions was morally good and a positive activity for creating growth and prosperity.

astonerii on January 12, 2012 at 1:30 PM

And the candidate who is defending the free market did his best to destroy it while in office.

lorien1973 on January 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

What candidate would that be, the one who, while in office, was doing their best to destroy free market capitalism?

Rod on January 12, 2012 at 1:31 PM

I bet Anita is so pissed.

JPeterman on January 12, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Good.

Perry really is dumb as a post.

Alcibiades on January 12, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Sounds like someone has Occupied Perry’s brain.

Walter L. Newton on January 12, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Perry got singed by the ‘friendly fire’ of newtron bomb
gatorboy on January 12, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Santorum was at least smart enough not to sign on to Newt’s self-destructing “non-aggression pact” alliance.

whatcat on January 12, 2012 at 1:32 PM

This is what Perry gets for trying to team up with Newt da Hutt, and it’s exactly what he deserves.

If either of them does well in SC, it will just send a message to Republicans nationwide that demonizing capitalism gets votes. This will lurch the republican party leftwards, and thus they must be stopped.

Swerve22 on January 12, 2012 at 1:33 PM

The fallout is not over, by far.

The last few days have been incredibly revealing and the next 10 days will be even more shocking.

Put the champagne away.

The fat lady has not sung.

Schadenfreude on January 12, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Well sure am glad we all feel so comfortable with Romney attacking Perry by telling all the old folks he wanted to end SS as we know it…we all need our little lines in the sand.

Poor, dear Mittens. So abused, he is.

Recon5 on January 12, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Dang it

:(

cmsinaz on January 12, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Back to Nigerhead Rock for you little ricky.

borntoraisehogs on January 12, 2012 at 1:28 PM

WTF???

Blake on January 12, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Perry was done a long time ago. There are bigger fish to ‘fry’, yet.

The land is in big need of a good leader.

Schadenfreude on January 12, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Why, because every business practice is ultimately morally good?
astonerii on January 12, 2012 at 1:30 PM

The only thing more futile than beating a dead horse is doubling down and beating a backfired dead horse.

whatcat on January 12, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Back to Nigerhead Rock for you little ricky.

borntoraisehogs on January 12, 2012 at 1:28 PM

What a fool you are!

Schadenfreude on January 12, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Perry has become the Tim Paulenty of Texas. Great guy, really bad campaigner.

NickDeringer on January 12, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Though Governor Perry is quite good at it, sincerity is the most difficult thing to fake particularly amidst the length and pressure of a presidential run. More people are seeing him now for what he truly is, a political opportunist.

MessesWithTexas on January 12, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Not all business practices are morally good.
astonerii on January 12, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Better way of saying it:

Not everything that’s legal is morally good.

But I understood what you’re point is.

In the case of George Soros, not everything he has done is legal, either.

listens2glenn on January 12, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Perry and Gingrich both really disappointed a lot of supporters with this populist claptrap they spewed.

CycloneCDB on January 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Don’t lump Newt and Perry together on this. Newt is trying to get a discussion started on Romney’s stating that his Bain experience resulted in millions, hundreds of thousands, thousands, hundreds, maybe a couple of jobs. He has standing to do this because of the lying brutalization inflicted on him by the Romneybots. He basically is saying that if Romney is basing his credibility on both his financial career and his brief political career then both should be open to deeper investigation than Romney or the Republican establishemnt seems to want to allow. Romney and the establishment did not have any problem twisting Newt’s political career trying to cast a negative light on him. I for one am quite glad that Newt is doing what he can to expose the phonyness of Romney. It may be a bit sledgehammer-like, but you use the weapon you must against a strong enemy. And don’t forget, it’s not just Romney who is the enemy it’s the Republican establishment–the same one that forced John McCain down our throats last time.

NOMOBO on January 12, 2012 at 1:38 PM

This is what Obama was going to do to Mittens in the general. Now Obama can have Newt, Perry and Huntsman starring in his ads! Wow, what star power!
The so-called “real conservative” figured out how to make the moderate look like a real conservative! Genius! That’s an Aggie for you!

cartooner on January 12, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Perry has become the Tim Paulenty of Texas. Great guy, really bad campaigner.

NickDeringer on January 12, 2012 at 1:37 PM

agree.

Steven McGregor on January 12, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Most conservatives will focus on senate and congress races which is what the rinos want….Romney will be the nominee and lose to Obama and a few more rinos may be in congress and the senate but not enough to do anything about the debt or Obamacare.

I think since Bain Capital will become the face of the GOP they may actually lose seats.

yeah.

In this economy Romney has as much chance of beating Obama as Hoover did against FDR in 1932

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Perry had his moment.

He was clearly the NOT-ROMNEY candidate and then…….

debates, misteps, mumbling, bumbling, “heartless” comment. Boom……Iowa sent he and Anita a “ticket to ride” back to Austin. I guess he didn’t understand the instructions. And NH also sent him the same ticket……still not understanding the ticket instructions.

Sorry Gov. Perry.

PappyD61 on January 12, 2012 at 1:39 PM

As someone who supported Perry, it’s time for him to quit the race and complete his current term as Governor.

lonestar1 on January 12, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Stick a fork in him, he’s done. This was an incredibly miscalculated attack conceived out of desperation and poorly executed. He’s right that it’s better that Mitt get used to defending himself against this now rather than in September, and there may well be a case to argue against Mitt’s competency in the private sector, but no way was Perry ever going to be able to articulate that. The “vulture capitalism” line is the nail in his political coffin.

I heard Rush lamenting that Perry had been such a great choice until now. If people had paid attention to his job-creation record instead of getting bent out of shape over a fringe issue like in-state tuition or letting themselves be swayed by ridiculous game show “debates,” he probably would never have launched this attack.

I doubt he’ll recover. He was my guy. I could still vote for him despite this because his job-creation record is so stellar, but I’m not as enthusiastic as I once was. It’s one thing to be a poor defender of conservative principles. It’s quite another to attack them outright.

Caiwyn on January 12, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Mitt Romney still sucks!

Pragmatic on January 12, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Been talking about that Insider Advantage poll elsewhere, and I really do think its wrong.

Way too many undecideds for a poll of likely caucas goers. Seems to underpoll for Perry, or possibly overpoll for Huntsmen. Also I have a hard time seeing Santorum losing that much support in just a few days, particularly when Perry and Gingrich have embraced class warfare wholesale.

Logically speaking, voters who won’t vote for Romney, but are disgusted with Gingrich should be trending towards Santorum, Paul, or Huntsmen. Instead this poll shows a Gingrich surge, which is incidentally, exactly what Insider Advantage showed in Iowa a few days before Newt came in fourth place.

The only thing I can think of that might work to counter any of this, is the fact that Gingrich is seen as a southern politician by many. This should be largely factored in already however, so it shouldn’t be actively boosting him, particularly when his campaign is falling apart everywhere else.

My guess is that Insider Advantages, “likely voters,” aren’t too likely. That’d explain the disproportionate number of undecideds and Gingrich polling so well. It’d even explain the extremely large boost to the Huntsmen campaign.

Well, hopefully its wrong anyway. After betraying economic freedom I want Newt gone. I don’t even want him in second place. I want Romney in first and Paul in second. Romney, so we can get this primary over with, and Paul so a clear message is sent which direction the party is heading. Gingrich getting in first or a close second would be an indicator that class warfare works in the GOP, and that would be disastrous for conservatism.

WolvenOne on January 12, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Santorum’s bedroom snooping, Newt’s kamikaze barrages, Perry’s attack on capitalism – and you call Ron Paul a loon? Talk about projections…

Archivarix on January 12, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Rick’s hellfire missile has come home to roost.

crash72 on January 12, 2012 at 1:42 PM

If you believe in free markets, the Bain attack on Romney is baseless. But I will say this; the timing may actually help Romney in the end because the issue may run itself out before the critical time period in September and October.

Think of it this way: If Rev Wright came out in October, Obama would have lost…

RedSoxNation on January 12, 2012 at 1:27 PM

The difference being that the slobbering media will pound the Bain Capital narrative when they let the Rev G D America thing drop like a hot potato.

VibrioCocci on January 12, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Why does the gop even need an anti-capitalist wing? If I wanted to elect someone against the free market I would just vote for Obama. Not sure who the brilliant strategerist is that decided attacking capitalism in the gop primary would propel their candidate to victory.

Ellis on January 12, 2012 at 1:42 PM

I’ve been a staunch supporter of Perry, he just lost me for good. What an incredibly short-sighted move. There will always be winners and losers in the free market, that is what happens in a capitalist society.

Now I’m stuck….nobody else out there has me very enamored.

herm2416 on January 12, 2012 at 1:43 PM

If Iowa didn’t make it official, this latest clumsy attack and the poor SC results it produces will:

Rick Perry is Fred Thompson 2.0

JB-STLMO on January 12, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Santorum was at least smart enough not to sign on to Newt’s self-destructing “non-aggression pact” alliance.

whatcat on January 12, 2012 at 1:32 PM

And yet ironically, he was the only one of the three to refuse to go after Romney over Bain. Do wonders never cease?

gryphon202 on January 12, 2012 at 1:44 PM

NOMOBO on January 12, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Romney ran away from his governing record and ran on his record as a jobs creator at Bain.

Perry is calling him on it saying it’s not the full picture and how did he create jobs and where.

Perry has made this a values argument like Huckabee did.

That’s why they are panicking & dumping on Newt and Perry.

Romney’s electability is a myth

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Now I’m stuck….nobody else out there has me very enamored.

herm2416 on January 12, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Welcome to my world, Herm. Second look at Santorum?

gryphon202 on January 12, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Back to Nigerhead Rock for you little ricky.

borntoraisehogs on January 12, 2012 at 1:28 PM

This isn’t the stormfront blog, a$$#0!e!

cartooner on January 12, 2012 at 1:45 PM

I am embarrassed by my Governor and I expect this will hurt him a lot were he to try to run again.

skatz51 on January 12, 2012 at 1:46 PM

And yet ironically, he was the only one of the three to refuse to go after Romney over Bain. Do wonders never cease?

gryphon202 on January 12, 2012 at 1:44 PM

How long did Bachmann stay in the race hoping to be a VP?

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 1:46 PM

MessesWithTexas on January 12, 2012 at 1:37 PM

LOL! So are you. Quit pretending.

cartooner on January 12, 2012 at 1:47 PM

I’ll contribute money to the candidate who expressly states that it’s not his or her job to create jobs. Rather, it’s his or her job to ensure that the government runs smoothly, that it performs its role in creating conditions that promote economic activity, and that within an environment of sensible regulation it will get out of the way of Americans to pursue happiness.

When I hear Romney shriek that he knows how to “create jobs,” I just shake my head.

BuckeyeSam on January 12, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Romney’s electability is a myth

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 1:45 PM

I’m inclined to agree on that point, but I think Perry’s defenders in this flap are putting words into his mouth that he simply did not speak. Sounding like an OWSer is absolutely indefensible at this stage in the game. If the only way you can defend that is to twist around a candidate’s words into something they never said, that is weak tea bordering on plain water.

gryphon202 on January 12, 2012 at 1:47 PM

I also wonder if Todd Palin is rethinking his endorsement.

listens2glenn on January 12, 2012 at 1:29 PM

In order to rethink, one first needs to learn to think.

Jailbreak on January 12, 2012 at 1:47 PM

I am embarrassed by my Governor and I expect this will hurt him a lot were he to try to run again.

skatz51 on January 12, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Who is your governor?

Palin wants Perry to rally

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 1:47 PM

How long did Bachmann stay in the race hoping to be a VP?

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Eh, you lost me….what?

gryphon202 on January 12, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Perry has become the Tim Paulenty of Texas. Great guy, really bad campaigner.

NickDeringer on January 12, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Very good analogy. And T-Paw was too understated where Perry was too over the top.

MJBrutus on January 12, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Perry couldn’t even nuance this thing- stupid position and ham handed.

Back to Austin with you ,Sir.

jjshaka on January 12, 2012 at 1:49 PM

The only thing more futile than beating a dead horse is doubling down and beating a backfired dead horse.

whatcat on January 12, 2012 at 1:35 PM

I just do not understand what people like you have against democracy. It is our way of life, it has been for well over 200 years. Here you are attacking our way of life. What is wrong with you?

astonerii on January 12, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Rick Perry is Fred Thompson 2.0

JB-STLMO on January 12, 2012 at 1:44 PM

More like Rudy G. in my opinion. Remember Rudy’s “campaign?” He really wasn’t in it until Florida where he folded very quickly. My prediction is that Perry will not even make it to Florida after losing big time in Iowa, not campaigning in NH, and losing big time in SC. And I have no doubt that he isn’t going to get the miracle turnaround he is hoping for.

Happy Nomad on January 12, 2012 at 1:49 PM

It actually seems to be hurting him in SC. You know, he should defend.

Anyway we lost 2012, there is too much baggage to use on him

Flapjackmaka on January 12, 2012 at 1:30 PM

The campaign is putting together a response, and he has been defending it. But let’s face it, whatever he says isn;t going to matter to you since you’ve already sallen for the garbage attacks anyway.

changer1701 on January 12, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Been talking about that Insider Advantage poll elsewhere, and I really do think its wrong.

Insider advantage is attached to Newsmax and a guy named Towery.

He hates Mitt and pushes Gingrich. check out newsmax

gerrym51 on January 12, 2012 at 1:50 PM

This, and Perry, will have no effect on anything.

Schadenfreude on January 12, 2012 at 1:50 PM

I just do not understand what people like you have against democracy. It is our way of life, it has been for well over 200 years. Here you are attacking our way of life. What is wrong with you?

astonerii on January 12, 2012 at 1:49 PM

We’re not a democracy, douchebag. The closest we got to being a democracy was the Articles of Confederation. Under the constitution we are a federated constitutional republic. FAIL.

gryphon202 on January 12, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Mitt Romney still sucks!

Pragmatic on January 12, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Yes.

Shay on January 12, 2012 at 1:52 PM

I’m inclined to agree on that point, but I think Perry’s defenders in this flap are putting words into his mouth that he simply did not speak. Sounding like an OWSer is absolutely indefensible at this stage in the game. If the only way you can defend that is to twist around a candidate’s words into something they never said, that is weak tea bordering on plain water.

gryphon202 on January 12, 2012 at 1:47 PM

I listened and rad his words on the stump and in interviews.

He doesn’t sound like OWS…That is pundit tripe!

You are palinizing Gov.Perry and his words right along with everybody else…And that is probably why Palin defended him and asked for Romney’s tax records which Perry did months ago.

The media is trying to palinize Newt as well by painting him as crazy and unstable.

Romney is running on his Bain Record on jobs creation and now nobody is allowed to criticize that?

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Perry should start attacking Obowma…

… They all should!

Seven Percent Solution on January 12, 2012 at 1:52 PM

I’ve been a staunch supporter of Perry, he just lost me for good. What an incredibly short-sighted move. There will always be winners and losers in the free market, that is what happens in a capitalist society.

Now I’m stuck….nobody else out there has me very enamored.

herm2416 on January 12, 2012 at 1:43 PM

And this is the argument Romney has to make. There will always be winners and losers in the free market. However, will this statement stand up to scrutiny? It didn’t for me. And once there is wall to wall media coverage, reporters harassing Romney to explain Bain’s actions…it’s going to be bloody.

ZGMF_Freedom on January 12, 2012 at 1:53 PM

That’s why they are panicking & dumping on Newt and Perry.

Romney’s electability is a myth

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Ha. This slays me. Is Romney the one who just had a key financial backer jump ship? They’re dumping on Newt and Perry because of their obnoxious, spiteful attacks on private enterprise. Vulture capitalism? Really?

changer1701 on January 12, 2012 at 1:54 PM

More like Rudy G. in my opinion. Remember Rudy’s “campaign?” He really wasn’t in it until Florida where he folded very quickly. My prediction is that Perry will not even make it to Florida after losing big time in Iowa, not campaigning in NH, and losing big time in SC. And I have no doubt that he isn’t going to get the miracle turnaround he is hoping for.

Happy Nomad on January 12, 2012 at 1:49 PM

My prediction is that Palin endorses Perry. He’s in it to Texas

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Romney is running on his Bain Record on jobs creation and now nobody is allowed to criticize that?

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 1:52 PM

I didn’t say that. You’re really good at putting words into my mouth. What else do you enjoy putting in people’s mouths, douchebag?

What I said was that sounding like an OWSer (which Newt and Perry do) is indefensible. And the only way you can begin to defend it is by trying the old “What he really meant to say was…” trick. I don’t buy it.

gryphon202 on January 12, 2012 at 1:56 PM

I liked Perry, he was my first choice over Newt, followed by Mittens in a distant third. Then came his uncaring comments about those who took issue with illegal tuition. Then his debate performances. Then his teaming up with Noot with their Occupy Wall St. sounding attack on Bain. Perry just ruined any outside chance he had of making a comeback with that attack. Noot as well. I tried to give them both as many chances to redeem themselves. It was really hard to force myself to like Noot. His Bain attacks reminded me of why. I’m done with Perry and Noot. That’s why we’re stuck with Mittens. Bleh.

Minnfidel on January 12, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Ha. This slays me. Is Romney the one who just had a key financial backer jump ship? They’re dumping on Newt and Perry because of their obnoxious, spiteful attacks on private enterprise. Vulture capitalism? Really?

changer1701 on January 12, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Romney’s chief strategic ad guy came up with that phrase and used it against Meg Whitman…Karma Bitchslap

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 1:56 PM

In order to rethink, one first needs to learn to think.

Jailbreak on January 12, 2012 at 1:47 PM

He could flip flop , like Romney.

the_nile on January 12, 2012 at 1:57 PM

The media is trying to palinize Newt as well by painting him as crazy and unstable.

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 1:52 PM

He is crazy and unstable. The media didn’t paint that picture, Newt did.

JPeterman on January 12, 2012 at 1:57 PM

That’s why they are panicking & dumping on Newt and Perry.

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Um…. All things being equal, I’d rather be Romney (2-0 for the primaries) these days than either Newt or Rick (neither even placed). I can’t see where but in your mind do you think the establishment is in a panic over these two pissants. Newt and Rick decided to become anti-capitalists in an effort to drum up the class warfare themes of the left. They destroyed their own campaigns and they deservedly are going down in flames by their own actions.

Good riddance! If they can’t run decent campaigns against a guy you idiots claim is such a bad candidate then what does that say about their own electability? Nevermind answering that, I wouldn’t want your head to explode when you figure it all out.

Happy Nomad on January 12, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Well sure am glad we all feel so comfortable with Romney attacking Perry by telling all the old folks he wanted to end SS as we know it…we all need our little lines in the sand.

Poor, dear Mittens. So abused, he is.

Recon5 on January 12, 2012 at 1:33 PM

yeah…Bain will take him down

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 1:58 PM

“I don’t think you can be on both sides of free market capitalism.”

Oh? Like Romney himself? Is his healthcare bill an example of free market capitalism?

rickv404 on January 12, 2012 at 1:58 PM

yeah…Bain will take him down

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 1:58 PM

From a friend’s FB post:

DELEGATE COUNT (1144 delegates needed to win nomination)

Mitt Romney 20
Rick Santorum 12
Newt Gingrich 0
Jon Huntsman 2
Ron Paul 3
Rick Perry 0

Sure, pal. Keep wishcasting.

gryphon202 on January 12, 2012 at 1:59 PM

We’re not a democracy, douchebag. The closest we got to being a democracy was the Articles of Confederation. Under the constitution we are a federated constitutional republic. FAIL.

gryphon202 on January 12, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Your vote says otherwise. FAIL.

astonerii on January 12, 2012 at 2:00 PM

My prediction is that Palin endorses Perry. He’s in it to Texas

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 1:55 PM

My prediction is that he doesn’t have the money to make it until Texas. Certainly not now that he’s decided to be an anti-capitalist nutjob.

Happy Nomad on January 12, 2012 at 2:00 PM

So now even Gopher Girl gets her own post on the front page?

abobo on January 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM

I what?????

gophergirl on January 12, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Um…. All things being equal, I’d rather be Romney (2-0 for the primaries) these days than either Newt or Rick (neither even placed). I can’t see where but in your mind do you think the establishment is in a panic over these two pissants. Newt and Rick decided to become anti-capitalists in an effort to drum up the class warfare themes of the left. They destroyed their own campaigns and they deservedly are going down in flames by their own actions.

Good riddance! If they can’t run decent campaigns against a guy you idiots claim is such a bad candidate then what does that say about their own electability? Nevermind answering that, I wouldn’t want your head to explode when you figure it all out.

Happy Nomad on January 12, 2012 at 1:57 PM

What a load of tripe but go ahead and feel superior supporting Romneycare Taxhiking Wall St Bailouts Rino Mittens.

Romney = Obamalite

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Your vote says otherwise. FAIL.

astonerii on January 12, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Okay. You got me./

gryphon202 on January 12, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Ha. This slays me. Is Romney the one who just had a key financial backer jump ship? They’re dumping on Newt and Perry because of their obnoxious, spiteful attacks on private enterprise. Vulture capitalism? Really?

changer1701 on January 12, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Yes. Vulture capitalism. And you’ll be hearing a lot more of it in the general if Romney gets the nomination. And by that time a lot of people will understand exactly why that shock term was used. I can’t defend Bain’s actions. And I doubt you or Romney will be able to either once the reporters start harassing him over the details. And those are some ugly, ugly details.

ZGMF_Freedom on January 12, 2012 at 2:01 PM

My prediction is that Palin endorses Perry. He’s in it to Texas

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Palin will not endorse Perry and he’s goes home after South Carolina.

JPeterman on January 12, 2012 at 2:02 PM

The campaign isn’t doing well according to polls so I’m sure Wynn was looking for an excuse.

sjsturkie on January 12, 2012 at 2:03 PM

My prediction is that he doesn’t have the money to make it until Texas. Certainly not now that he’s decided to be an anti-capitalist nutjob.

Happy Nomad on January 12, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Nah…Perry has money and donors. They want him to stay in to Texas cause they know that Romney can’t beat Obama in this economy anymore than Bush backed RINO KBH could beat Perry.

Texas has 155 delegates.

workingclass artist on January 12, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Ha. This slays me. Is Romney the one who just had a key financial backer jump ship? They’re dumping on Newt and Perry because of their obnoxious, spiteful attacks on private enterprise. Vulture capitalism? Really?

changer1701 on January 12, 2012 at 1:54 PM

The fact remains that Romney’s electability is a myth. What Perry and Newt did was shameful, but they did what Obama will do a lot of and it will be very effective. That in no way absolves Gingrich and Perry.

cartooner on January 12, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Does anyone still think that Mitt is not going to win the nomination? At this stage the other candidates are not really competing anymore: they are really doing Obama’s work for him. The sooner they fold the better for the party.

Time Lord on January 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Many of Romney’s sycophants are arguing that Newt is attacking Romney from the left.
When someone argues against Obama, you are attacking his race, and are a racist. This is meant to shame you and make you shut up.
When someone argues against global warming, you are attacking science and are anti-science and do not care about our children’s future. This is meant to shame you and make you shut up.
When someone argues against the welfare state, you are trying to throw grandma off a cliff, want to kill or let people die, do not care about poor people and are in general heartless. This is meant to shame you and make you shut up.
When someone argues against specific business practices made by a presidential candidate with the name Romney, you are anti-capitalist and want our way of life to end. This is meant to shame you and make you shut up.

Who exactly is attacking who from the vantage point of the left?

astonerii on January 12, 2012 at 2:07 PM

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