Report: Newt set to back off Bain attacks on Romney?

posted at 4:50 pm on January 12, 2012 by Allahpundit

ABC reported on this earlier, claiming that Gingrich was starting to take heat from his own donors about the Bain chatter, and now here’s Stephen Moore at the Journal claiming that Newt’s own advisors are getting uncomfortable. I can’t imagine why. Complaining about pressure from “extraordinarily wealthy institutions” is standard boilerplate in a GOP primary, no?

Coming soon, presumably: Newt starts a tent city in front of Romney HQ.

The buzz is getting stronger that GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will pull back on his planned $3 million ad campaign that accuses rival Mitt Romney of “looting” companies and ruining workers’ lives when he headed Bain Capital.

I’m hearing from Gingrich insiders that several top campaign brass want the former speaker of the House to withdraw the 28 minute ad — which has been universally panned by conservative leaders in recent days. Even Mr. Gingrich himself is said to be having reservations. But other senior advisors of the Gingrich Super PAC, Winning Our Future, want to continue full speed ahead. They dismiss complaints that the ad should be withdrawn and say doing so would only help the Romney campaign…

Some Gingrich advisors want to change tactics and use the Super PAC money — mostly donated by Las Vegas casino hotel owner Sheldon Adelson — to run positive TV ads on Mr. Gingrich’s economic growth ideas or to criticize Mr. Romney on issues such as healthcare and gay marriage.

In theory, Gingrich has no say over whether that anti-Romney movie disappears or not. It’s his Super PAC that’s running it, not the campaign, and legally they’re not allowed to formally coordinate. He could issue a statement saying that he hopes they remove it, but that would be bizarre now that he’s a spent a solid week pushing the anti-Bain attack himself. Sounds like, rather than abandoning it entirely, he’s going to finesse it a bit by shifting from an argument about corporate looters or vultures or whatever to an argument about crony capitalism and taxpayer giveaways to the rich. Which, actually, is also unfair to Romney but at least is in sync with the party’s anti-bailout orthodoxy.

I actually hope he sticks with the Bain attacks, not because I agree with them — even Huckabee, who once sneered that Romney looks like the sort of guy who’d fire you, is defending him — but because I’m curious to see how receptive the GOP base is to them in South Carolina and beyond. As Matthew Dowd said a few days ago, this ain’t your daddy’s Republican electorate:

While many still say the Republican party’s base is that of Wall Street and corporate America and big business, the real base of the Republican Party has become much more about working class (especially white males) in rural and small town areas of the country. This is where there is a great appeal of Sarah Palin’s and Ron Paul’s populist rhetoric attacking big government and corporate corruption and Wall Street excess. This is where a big part of the anger of the Republican Party is and of the Tea Party movement.

If the attacks on Romney related to Bain are done effectively and consistently and wrapped in a broader argument questioning his authenticity, it could really hurt him as he leaves New Hampshire and heads to South Carolina and then Florida. Those two stops on the nominating road could be problematic on the Bain issue because of their large segments of this angry populist vote.

For our grandfathers or our fathers this anti-Wall Street messaging might have fallen on deaf ears, but in today’s Republican Party there is a tremendous appeal to attacking excesses of both big business and big government.

If “creative destruction” is now anathema to Republican voters, we should try to find that out sooner rather than later so that the party can move left and start pandering appropriately, yes? Wouldn’t be the first case where ideological dogma breaks down once the rubber meets the road: In theory, the GOP is also opposed to Great Society statism, but good luck convincing Republicans of that when you poll them about cutting Medicare. If there’s now bipartisan consensus at the grassroots level that private equity is bad, even for a company whose record is as impressive as Bain’s, then we need to know ASAP. Look on the bright side: If Newt’s strategy works, it’ll spare us from nominating Romney, leaving us instead with a nominee who, as Rush Limbaugh put it, increasingly sounds like Elizabeth Warren. Progress.

Here’s Giuliani on Fox this morning sounding very un-RINOish indeed.


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yes, now that he sees Perry’s backers are all jumping ship, he doesn’t want to stop the money flow to his campaign. always the pragmatist or is it opportunist?

uhangtight on January 12, 2012 at 4:52 PM

The bain bounce!

angrymike on January 12, 2012 at 4:54 PM

OWS is that way Newt —————>

go pitch a tent, you are the 99% who make 1.6 million reciting history lessons to Freddy and Fannie

hanzblinx on January 12, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Did Bain Capital get access to the Federal Reserve or Government money as part of its operations? Did they break any fraud laws?

If not, then not sure there’s a story there.

fatlibertarianinokc on January 12, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Newt, the pot-bellied socialist has exposed himself. He is a joke, and has damaged himself forever in the GOP. He forgot that after this election, he will need people to invite him to give speeches.

I wonder who will be paying for those speeches he was bragging about before? What kind of company drops $100,000 for a speech from Gingrich? He has damaged himself more than he realizes. He is a now a pariah, and will realize that most American companies will not pay to be lectured to by a pot-bellied socialist.

Chudi on January 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Coming soon, presumably: Newt starts a tent city in front of Romney HQ.

It wouldn’t be a secular camp, though. Maybe a Catholic one.

aryeung on January 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

If “creative destruction” is now anathema to Republican voters, we should try to find that out sooner rather than later so that the party can move left and start pandering appropriately, yes? Wouldn’t be the first case where ideological dogma breaks down once the rubber meets the road: In theory, the GOP is also opposed to Great Society statism, but good luck convincing Republicans of that when you poll them about cutting Medicare.

AP, if this blogging thing doesn’t work out, NEVER accept employment at a suicide helpline.

Kataklysmic on January 12, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Rush is right. Newt is using the language of the left.

Back off? Too late. The damage is done. I can no longer support Gingrich.

davidk on January 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

In all reality, all the candidates should stop attacking Mitt. He’s won already. At least that is what all the pundits have been saying since he picked up 25 of 2,250 delegates.

portlandon on January 12, 2012 at 4:58 PM

So Nikita Gingbat is going to finally stop digging his own grave? I think it’s too late as he is already about 60 feet under.

RasThavas on January 12, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Seems like there is another political party, that is getting to be like the other jack-(Bible’s version of the donkey)’s….do as I say…not as I do, is becoming their MO.

KOOLAID2 on January 12, 2012 at 4:59 PM

The Bain attacks aren’t Newt’s to call off. Remember what Romney said, it’d be illegal for Newt to in any way try to rein these attacks in. Or will Romney flip on that assertion as well?

abobo on January 12, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Another “mistake” by Newt…

SouthernGent on January 12, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Soon to be famous quotes from Chairman Newton Sergeyevich Gingchev and Vice Chairman Ricardo Sergeyevich Perrychev:

“We will give you all completely secure government jobs and end capitalism. No more vultures!”
“Capitalism, we will bury you!”
“Mr. Romney, tear down that capitalist wall!”
“We will take a shovel and dig a deep grave, and bury capitalism as deep as we can”.
“We will lead the OWS proletariat and together we will be the undertakers of capitalism”.

VorDaj on January 12, 2012 at 5:00 PM

The fires of Hell are about to rain down on Romney from the DNC.

By the time November 6, 2012 we’ll all think Romney is the Anti-Christ.

Girdeth thou loins.

PappyD61 on January 12, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Gingrich is now a complete laughing stock. He even makes Michael Dukakis look dignified.

Carthoris on January 12, 2012 at 5:03 PM

I hope Newt doesn’t back off. At this point it is up to the voters. I don’t have a problem with Newt’s message, especially since Romney is such a bad candidate. Better to take him out now.

Rose on January 12, 2012 at 5:03 PM

O.T. Breaking Newt News…. Fox just announced Newt actually came in 5th, not 4th in New Hampshire.

*Heartache*

Buy Danish on January 12, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Hell, Gingrich even makes Charlie Sheen look dignified.

Carthoris on January 12, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Who woulda thunk it? Newt in a desperate attempt to sink Romney’s campaign has instead helped intensify his support and this thing could be over after Florida. Makes me wonder what kind of landslide victory Mittens will have in the general election if this class warfare/anti-capitalist crap is as unpopular with independents as it’s been with Republicans.

Doughboy on January 12, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Not a defender of Newt and his liberal attacks by any means, but who the hell is Giuliani to criticize anyone in the GOP?

Rudy’s the King of the RINOs.

Aizen on January 12, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Newt to start talking about Romney’s underwear in 5… 4… 3… 2…

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 12, 2012 at 5:05 PM

He is gaining in SC soooooooo

Flapjackmaka on January 12, 2012 at 5:05 PM

O.T. Breaking Newt News…. Fox just announced Newt actually came in 5th, not 4th in New Hampshire.

*Heartache*

Buy Danish on January 12, 2012 at 5:03 PM

More breaking news! OWS will occupy New Hampshire and Fox News on their leader Newt’s behalf.

Carthoris on January 12, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Rudy’s the King of the RINOs.

Aizen on January 12, 2012 at 5:04 PM

True. But for some reason I really like him. So far Mitt is -0 on the likeability scale…

sandee on January 12, 2012 at 5:06 PM

I hope Newt doesn’t back off. At this point it is up to the voters. I don’t have a problem with Newt’s message, especially since Romney is such a bad candidate. Better to take him out now.

Rose on January 12, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Take him out in favor of who…? Or is it just better to re-elect Obama and stop pretending we actually want to govern?

changer1701 on January 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

I hope Newt doesn’t back off. At this point it is up to the voters. I don’t have a problem with Newt’s message, especially since Romney is such a bad candidate. Better to take him out now.

Rose on January 12, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Are you keeping warm in your Zucotti Park tent?

JPeterman on January 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Not a defender of Newt and his liberal attacks by any means, but who the hell is Giuliani to criticize anyone in the GOP?

Rudy’s the King of the RINOs.

Aizen on January 12, 2012 at 5:04 PM

On the pecking order the King of the RINOs tops the Queen of OWS.

Carthoris on January 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

You can’t really blame Newt for this epic fail. I mean who would have ever thought the OWS wing of the Republican party was so incredibly small?

whatcat on January 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

For Newt and Perry to attack Romney this way they either:

A. Really want Romney to win.
B. Are just stupid to believe this will hurt him.
C. Really are Liberals at heart and believe this.

So which is it?

Gunlock Bill on January 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Are you keeping warm in your Zucotti Park tent?

JPeterman on January 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Zucotti Park has been renamed Gingrich Square.

Carthoris on January 12, 2012 at 5:08 PM

It doesn’t matter what Newt says now–it’s like trying to stop a rumor. His words are out there. He can try and retract them all he wants, but he made it pretty clear that he’s more interested in scoring cheap political points than in championing capitalism.

Whatever his other qualifications, this was a huge lapse of judgement on his part (and on Perry’s as well).

Mohonri on January 12, 2012 at 5:08 PM

I am a full dyed in the wool capitalist.But that does not mean some capitalist ventures are not bad.Bain Capital with Romney could have involved in a hundred straight deals and take overs and three bad one,s.It,s hard for me to believe that everything Romney was involved with at Bain was pure as the wind driven snow. Even Palin said to Romney lets see the records

logman1 on January 12, 2012 at 5:08 PM

A campaign and a person in total disarray.

galtani on January 12, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Once you open Pandora’s box…..

Dr Evil on January 12, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Is the 5th place thing true or just a gag?

andy85719 on January 12, 2012 at 5:12 PM

I say for Newt to stick it to Romney, it is the Reagan way:

http://www.riehlworldview.com/carnivorous_conservative/2012/01/ronald-reagan-weighs-in-on-bain-attacks.html

Even if Romney ends up the nominee, Romney will be toast against Obama anyway. If the tea party supports Mr. Romneycare-big-government-RINO-Romney, the tea party will be toast, too.

IcedTea on January 12, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Mitt Romney still sucks!

Pragmatic on January 12, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Sorry, Allahpundit, this is not a good test case to see if the GOP’s base is moving to the left. This has gotten too personal; Newt’s karma has run over that ideological dogma.

NeighborhoodCatLady on January 12, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Newt needs a long vacation … … and medication.

Carthoris on January 12, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Yeah, you guys are just gonna love what Obama does to the Miracle Man. Can’t wait for all the sob stories coming out in Oct about how Romney ruined their family, the dog committed suicide and grandma lost her pension.

Its gonna be a rout of epic proportions.

Some of you people are just idiotic. Establishment wins! Yea.

JP1986UM on January 12, 2012 at 5:13 PM

we’re near the point where Gingrich+Santorum+Perry+Huntsman support is still less than Romney support in FL.. once we hit that point, there’s no stopping the Romney steamroll

gatorboy on January 12, 2012 at 5:13 PM

The RINOs have become the anti-RINOs…up is down and down is up! Rush on the same page as Rudy, who’d have thunk it?!

ellifint on January 12, 2012 at 5:13 PM

While many still say the Republican party’s base is that of Wall Street and corporate America and big business, the real base of the Republican Party has become much more about working class (especially white males) in rural and small town areas of the country.

Perhaps Newt should shift in this direction for a super duper new ad: Dress up as a construction worker, wear a helmet, hold a shovel, and try to convince voters he’s their populist small town rural guy.

Heck, even Calista could toss aside her Tiffany jewels momentarily, and don a similar outfit, celebrating women’s progress in the construction biz.

Buy Danish on January 12, 2012 at 5:13 PM

I am a full dyed in the wool capitalist.But that does not mean some capitalist ventures are not bad.Bain Capital with Romney could have involved in a hundred straight deals and take overs and three bad one,s.It,s hard for me to believe that everything Romney was involved with at Bain was pure as the wind driven snow. Even Palin said to Romney lets see the records

logman1 on January 12, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Yeah, some ventures aren’t success stories. Bain, hoever, had an excellent track record overall.

And I don’t know why Palin’s opinion is relevant here. What does she know about it?

changer1701 on January 12, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Rose
+1000

angrymike on January 12, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Sorry to be O/T, but YOU HAVE got to go to Drudge and see the picture of bho there! Wow, just Wow!
L

letget on January 12, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Yeah, you guys are just gonna love what Obama does to the Miracle Man. Can’t wait for all the sob stories coming out in Oct about how Romney ruined their family, the dog committed suicide and grandma lost her pension.

Its gonna be a rout of epic proportions.

Some of you people are just idiotic. Establishment wins! Yea.

JP1986UM on January 12, 2012 at 5:13 PM

I run around scared of what the Dems might do as well. Oh no! They might call us names and be meanies!

gatorboy on January 12, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Is the 5th place thing true or just a gag?

andy85719 on January 12, 2012 at 5:12 PM

True

Latest Count: Newt Gingrich in Fifth Place in New Hampshire

JPeterman on January 12, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Even Palin said to Romney lets see the records

logman1 on January 12, 2012 at 5:08 PM

I was with you until you dropped this line… aaagh, why go blow all of your credibility like that?

gatorboy on January 12, 2012 at 5:16 PM

For Newt and Perry to attack Romney this way they either:

A. Really want Romney to win.
B. Are just stupid to believe this will hurt him.
C. Really are Liberals at heart and believe this.

So which is it?

Gunlock Bill on January 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

D. Romney and Newt had a private $10K wager that said Newt couldn’t singlehandedly destroy his, Perry’s and Huntman’s campaigns while simultaneiously moving Mitt’s status from the biggest rino in the race to the most conservative?

Kataklysmic on January 12, 2012 at 5:16 PM

UGH these people are giving me a headache

gophergirl on January 12, 2012 at 5:16 PM

D. Romney and Newt had a private $10K wager that said Newt couldn’t singlehandedly destroy his, Perry’s and Huntman’s campaigns while simultaneiously moving Mitt’s status from the biggest rino in the race to the most conservative?

Kataklysmic on January 12, 2012 at 5:16 PM

FTW

gatorboy on January 12, 2012 at 5:17 PM

I am a full dyed in the wool capitalist.But that does not mean some capitalist ventures are not bad.Bain Capital with Romney could have involved in a hundred straight deals and take overs and three bad one,s.It,s hard for me to believe that everything Romney was involved with at Bain was pure as the wind driven snow. Even Palin said to Romney lets see the records

logman1 on January 12, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Exactly. It doesn’t matter that Romney didn’t loot every company he touched, it’s about those companies he did loot and dump that are gonna come back to kick him in the rear.

It is like a husband explaining to his wife about his affairL “But honey, I only slept with this one other woman, just think about the billions of women on this planet that I didn’t cheat with!”

Romney = Obama. Romney is Obama’s dream candidate. Even if Romney beats Obama, the fact is, Romney is the one Republican that is the most like Obama.

IcedTea on January 12, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Romney’s supporters are using such language about Newt I can’t tell them from Ron Paul’s and are celebrating, not even crossing their mind that the same tactic will be used if Mitt loses to Obama.Even Hot Air is not being even handed in this primary process.
I will stop reading a blog dedicated to Mitt’s nomination and demeaning other candidates.

evergreenland on January 12, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Did Bain Capital get access to the Federal Reserve or Government money as part of its operations? Did they break any fraud laws?
fatlibertarianinokc on January 12, 2012 at 4:54 PM

I guess the only way to find out is for Romney to follow Sarah Palin’s suggestion and release all personal and Bain tax information now. Vetting should not be suspended because Ann Coulter and Karl Rove are declaring Romney the winner. We should listen to Newt and dig deeper.

GMO on January 12, 2012 at 5:19 PM

D. Romney and Newt had a private $10K wager that said Newt couldn’t singlehandedly destroy his, Perry’s and Huntman’s campaigns while simultaneiously moving Mitt’s status from the biggest rino in the race to the most conservative?

Kataklysmic on January 12, 2012 at 5:16 PM

WOW!!

I admit I did not think of that option.

So, instead of dragging a dollar bill through a trailer park, Romney dragged a $10,000 bill through Tiffanys.

Gunlock Bill on January 12, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Not a defender of Newt and his liberal attacks by any means, but who the hell is Giuliani to criticize anyone in the GOP?

Rudy’s the King of the RINOs.

Aizen on January 12, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Just to clue you in, here’s Gary Jason’s opening paragraph for a piece in American Thinker he recently wrote. You need to study it and learn something:

In my lifetime, I have witnessed only three cases of what I consider masterful governance: Ronald Reagan’s presidency, Rudy Giuliani’s mayoralty, and Margaret Thatcher’s prime-ministership. I have certainly witnessed other prominent historical figures — great moral figures such as Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Vaclav Havel, Lech Walesa, and Pope John Paul all come readily to mind here. But for taking an unwieldy government, in the midst of crisis, in the face of massive resistance by rent-seeking special interests and ideologically opposed elites, and forcing major economic and social improvements in the body politic over which one has been given executive power, those three were peerless.

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/12/remembering_baroness_thatcher.html#ixzz1jHmiZ5JL

writeblock on January 12, 2012 at 5:20 PM

The RINOs have become the anti-RINOs…up is down and down is up! Rush on the same page as Rudy, who’d have thunk it?!

ellifint on January 12, 2012 at 5:13 PM

I think that means the GOP is ****ed up and needs to get its **** together.

Sorry for the pseudo-profanity, but I hate it that people like Herman Cain, Perry, Huntsman and Palin aren’t more relevant/popular in the primaries, while Mitt’s the same ol’ flip-flopper and Newt runs around like a psychopath.

Aizen on January 12, 2012 at 5:21 PM

The RINOs have become the anti-RINOs…up is down and down is up! Rush on the same page as Rudy, who’d have thunk it?!

ellifint on January 12, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Fidel Gingrich has united former foes. I suppose we could start calling him The Great Uniter.

Carthoris on January 12, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Did Bain Capital get access to the Federal Reserve or Government money as part of its operations? Did they break any fraud laws?
fatlibertarianinokc on January 12, 2012 at 4:54 PM

This is worth a read for anyone genuinely interested in the intricacies of two of these transactions.

gatorboy on January 12, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Gunlock Bill on January 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

C.

uhangtight on January 12, 2012 at 5:23 PM

By the time November 6, 2012 we’ll all think Romney is the Anti-Christ.

Girdeth thou loins.

PappyD61 on January 12, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Robert Jeffress is pre-girded

hanzblinx on January 12, 2012 at 5:24 PM

I will stop reading a blog dedicated to Mitt’s nomination and demeaning other candidates.

evergreenland on January 12, 2012 at 5:18 PM

No one, I repeat no one, has demeaned Gingrich more than Gingrich. He has almost singehandedly turned himself into a complete laughing stock.

Carthoris on January 12, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Romney’s supporters are using such language about Newt I can’t tell them from Ron Paul’s and are celebrating, not even crossing their mind that the same tactic will be used if Mitt loses to Obama.
evergreenland on January 12, 2012 at 5:18 PM

You mean like this Romney supporter?

. . . Newt runs around like a psychopath.

Aizen on January 12, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Oh, wait.

Gunlock Bill on January 12, 2012 at 5:24 PM

So has anyone posted this yet?

Romney strategist attacked Meg Whitman as a “vulture” capitalist

We told you earlier about how Texas Guv Rick Perry has taken to calling Romney a “vulture capitalist” for his Bain work. Reminds us of the last time we heard the V-word dropped — when Steve Poizner used it in an attack ad called “Vulture,” about Meg Whitman’s ties to Goldman-Sachs during the 2010 Republican gubernatorial campaign in California.

You remember the ad. As vultures squawk and swoop around the screen, an off-screen narrator says that “With Goldman-Sachs, Whitman invested heavily in vulture funds profiting from California foreclosures.” (The ad was based on reporting in an award-winning story co-written by Comrade Marinucci and former Comrade Lance Williams.)

Poizner’s media strategist during that campaign: Stevens. Oh, and who is a top adviser to Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign? Whitman. Oh, the tangled Republican web. And yes, Poiz was a man ahead of his time.

Just to show that all roads always lead to California, here’s the OG “Vulture” ad: …

Connie on January 12, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Fidel Gingrich has united former foes. I suppose we could start calling him The Great Uniter.
Carthoris on January 12, 2012 at 5:21 PM

And, in so doing, he has also managed to make Romney look like the True Conservative in the race. Heckuva job, Newtie.

whatcat on January 12, 2012 at 5:25 PM

All are hypocrites.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC1ZNyCpV-g&feature=player_detailpage

MontanaMmmm on January 12, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Well … Newtered has successfully put his insane, evil human catastrophic global warming couch sitting with Nazi Pelousi in the past. This attack on finance and business of Newt’s dwarfs his earlier dalliances with insanity. Newt has gone full retard for this.

And his pet, Perry, followed right behind.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 12, 2012 at 5:25 PM

people like Herman Cain, Perry, Huntsman and Palin aren’t more relevant/popular in the primaries

Aizen on January 12, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Palin and Cain are not in the primaries, and for good reasons.

hanzblinx on January 12, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Rush said Obama’s use of Bain will not flr. Seems like Bain dumped a bunch of cash into MackDaddy’s campaign.

davidk on January 12, 2012 at 5:27 PM

This is worth a read for anyone genuinely interested in the intricacies of two of these transactions.

gatorboy on January 12, 2012 at 5:22 PM

angryed hardest hit.

Gunlock Bill on January 12, 2012 at 5:27 PM

writeblock on January 12, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Yeah, governing NYC is not the same as governing America or the U.K.

Aizen on January 12, 2012 at 5:27 PM

So has anyone posted this yet?

Romney strategist attacked Meg Whitman as a “vulture” capitalist

We told you earlier about how Texas Guv Rick Perry has taken to calling Romney a “vulture capitalist” for his Bain work. Reminds us of the last time we heard the V-word dropped — when Steve Poizner used it in an attack ad called “Vulture,” about Meg Whitman’s ties to Goldman-Sachs during the 2010 Republican gubernatorial campaign in California.

You remember the ad. As vultures squawk and swoop around the screen, an off-screen narrator says that “With Goldman-Sachs, Whitman invested heavily in vulture funds profiting from California foreclosures.” (The ad was based on reporting in an award-winning story co-written by Comrade Marinucci and former Comrade Lance Williams.)

Poizner’s media strategist during that campaign: Stevens. Oh, and who is a top adviser to Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign? Whitman. Oh, the tangled Republican web. And yes, Poiz was a man ahead of his time.

Just to show that all roads always lead to California, here’s the OG “Vulture” ad: …

Connie on January 12, 2012 at 5:24 PM

No you are first, I get to be second ;)

Dr Evil on January 12, 2012 at 5:28 PM

writeblock on January 12, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Thank you! The Rudy as RINO thing is really tiresome on this site. Particularly from people who support Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry.

athenanyc on January 12, 2012 at 5:28 PM

It’s really shocking how many conservatives think rinos only come from the NE. In fact they come from the South as well–as we see when we listen to candidates like Newt and Perry and Santorum, not one of which would qualify as a true fiscal conservatives, all of whom would be moderates on fiscal issues. So how come Romney–and Rudy before him and Christie as well–get labeled as such but Newt and Perry and Santorum don’t?

writeblock on January 12, 2012 at 5:30 PM

This is so stinking depressing.

Minorcan Maven on January 12, 2012 at 5:30 PM

And his pet, Perry, followed right behind.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 12, 2012 at 5:25 PM

If Perry had just gone against GingBat on this, instead of following him into the OWS Abyss, he could by now be the alternative to Romney. GingBat does crazy and Perry does stupid.

Carthoris on January 12, 2012 at 5:30 PM

So has anyone posted this yet?
Romney strategist attacked Meg Whitman as a “vulture” capitalist
Connie on January 12, 2012 at 5:24 PM

That’s nothing. I heard that a third cousin, twice removed, of Mitt once knew a guy who had heard a friend say that he heard about someone who once ate a vulture! Shocking!!

whatcat on January 12, 2012 at 5:30 PM

This is worth a read for anyone genuinely interested in the intricacies of two of these transactions.

gatorboy on January 12, 2012 at 5:22 PM

angryed hardest hit.

Gunlock Bill on January 12, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I do not think anyone ever argued that Bain did not make money under Romney. Gee, nice little talk up, but it has nothing at all to do with the deals Gingrich talked about.

astonerii on January 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

“But other senior advisors of the Gingrich Super PAC, Winning Our Future, want to continue full speed ahead. They dismiss complaints that the ad should be withdrawn and say doing so would only help the Romney campaign”

Complete crap. Romney has TONS of things to go after (Romneycare, etc). Those that believe this statement are completely disconnected.

This hubbub has done one thing to conservatives I didn’t think possible: Unite us to defend Romney.

Intrepid767 on January 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

angryed hardest hit.

Gunlock Bill on January 12, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Indeed. Particularly if there are big words.

changer1701 on January 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Romney = Obama. Romney is Obama’s dream candidate. Even if Romney beats Obama, the fact is, Romney is the one Republican that is the most like Obama.

IcedTea on January 12, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Well I can say that Romney’s campaign m.o. is most like Obama’s: acknowledge that you’re hollow and then plaster negative ads everywhere. His followers are most like O-bots, as well: it doesn’t matter what Romney has done or said or will do or say, it will always be rationalized; and the thing they engage in most often is trashing any possible competition. The Romney “juggernaut” is hollow once you get past the primaries. He’ll lose to Obama.

ddrintn on January 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Hey, it occurs to me that since Newt came in 5th, does that mean he gets bumped from Monday nite’s debate?

I guess the only way to find out is for Romney to follow Sarah Palin’s suggestion and release all personal and Bain tax information now. Vetting should not be suspended because Ann Coulter and Karl Rove are declaring Romney the winner. We should listen to Newt and dig deeper.
GMO on January 12, 2012 at 5:19 PM

First, note that Newt has not released his returns either and will not unless he’s the nominee. Second, and more to the point, Mitt’s tax returns won’t reveal a fracking thing about whether he did (or did not!) act as a “corporate raider” or “vulture capitalist” while at Bain, even if he were to release returns going back to that point in time. So once again, Palin is full of it…

Moreover, it’s common knowledge that he took only $1.00 in salary when asked to come back to Bain Consulting and save it (which he did), and he took no salary and donated a million to the Utah Olympics. with this in mind, it’s a bit difficult to portray him as Gordon Gekko.

Buy Danish on January 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

This hubbub has done one thing to conservatives I didn’t think possible: Unite us to defend Romney.

Intrepid767 on January 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

No, you just make claim that you are…

astonerii on January 12, 2012 at 5:32 PM

In all reality, all the candidates should stop attacking Mitt. He’s won already. At least that is what all the pundits have been saying since he picked up 25 of 2,250 delegates.

portlandon on January 12, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Anything can happen. I just hope Obama goofs up more than we do. That’s the only way we can win.
We don’t gave an A game to bring.

SparkPlug on January 12, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Thank you! The Rudy as RINO thing is really tiresome on this site. Particularly from people who support Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry.

athenanyc on January 12, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Not really a Perry supporter anymore, in case you were referring to me.

Also, let’s not kid ourselves acting like Rudy’s a conservative. Being a RINO in New York City or Massachusetts (*coughs* Mitt *coughs*) doesn’t necessarily make you a conservative anywhere else.

Aizen on January 12, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Palin and Cain are not in the primaries, and for good reasons.

hanzblinx on January 12, 2012 at 5:25 PM

I wish Palin would get in even now just to see the Nastiness Meltdown among the Mittbots.

ddrintn on January 12, 2012 at 5:33 PM

evergreenland on January 12, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Are you a PerryState err RedState reader? I have not seen Hot Gas pump Romney, on the contrary, it has been the opposite.

But, true colors of the candidates Gingrich and Perry have come forward. Expediency and anything to win an election jump the Conservative Ship and run quick left of center.

That is not a True Conservative and truly principled stance. Romney is and always has been a fiscal conservative. But, alas that is not Good Enough. While the supporters of Perry, Santorum, and Gingrich ignore their candidates obvious non-conservative actions and positions (RINOS all) they call Romney the squish and the RINO.

You wouldn’t elect Reagan today if he was running. Don’t kid yourselves.

uhangtight on January 12, 2012 at 5:33 PM

ddrintn on January 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Good post

SparkPlug on January 12, 2012 at 5:34 PM

He is gaining in SC soooooooo

Flapjackmaka on January 12, 2012 at 5:05 PM

…soooooo he’ll finish better than 5th?

cicerone on January 12, 2012 at 5:34 PM

I wish Palin would get in even now just to see the Nastiness Meltdown among the Mittbots.

ddrintn on January 12, 2012 at 5:33 PM

This.

Aizen on January 12, 2012 at 5:35 PM

The way Newt is burrowing, he’s about to accidentally bump into the ugly underbelly of the go-go years’ “recovery”: the economy-wide connection between stock market boom, liquidation of the Americans’ industrial capacity, and some dirty ChiComm laundry.

Also known as: How there came to be so many people fighting over pizza delivery jobs.

I’m surprised Newt would go there.

kunegetikos on January 12, 2012 at 5:35 PM

In all reality, all the candidates should stop attacking Mitt. He’s won already. At least that is what all the pundits have been saying since he picked up 25 of 2,250 delegates.

portlandon on January 12, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Yes, that’s what all the hysteria is about. Do not attack the establishment candidate because the fix is in.

But, this Bain ad is done by the Newt pac. As Romney said about his Iowa pac attacks: I can’t tell them to stop their ads because that would be illegal. Then, why should Newt get involved in the ads his pac is running?

Did Bain Capital get access to the Federal Reserve or Government money as part of its operations? Did they break any fraud laws?
fatlibertarianinokc on January 12, 2012 at 4:54 PM

I guess the only way to find out is for Romney to follow Sarah Palin’s suggestion and release all personal and Bain tax information now. Vetting should not be suspended because Ann Coulter and Karl Rove are declaring Romney the winner. We should listen to Newt and dig deeper.

GMO on January 12, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Exactly, I agree with Sarah. Mitt must be hiding something or he would have released all the info on his taxes and Bain by now.

This ‘attacks on capitalism’ side-stepping by the Romney establishment is very telling. They should be encouraging their candidate to be forthcoming with all information. If there’s nothing nefarious there, prove it, and move on.

IndeCon on January 12, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I actually hope he sticks with the Bain attacks, not because I agree with them — even Huckabee, who once sneered that Romney looks like the sort of guy who’d fire you, is defending him — but because I’m curious to see how receptive the GOP base is to them in South Carolina and beyond.

Well that and Mitt has you so depressed that you’re hoping even a bogus smear will dim his chances. I’m no expert on mental health, but it seems to me that if it helps you to feel feel better about yourself, keep hoping.

MJBrutus on January 12, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Just goes to show us how duplicitous Newt and Perry can be. Remember Scozzafava Newt? RINO!

jake49 on January 12, 2012 at 5:35 PM

That’s nothing. I heard that a third cousin, twice removed, of Mitt once knew a guy who had heard a friend say that he heard about someone who once ate a vulture! Shocking!!

whatcat on January 12, 2012 at 5:30 PM

No one would be trying to call off Perry and Gingrich if the Bain Capital attack hadn’t been effective. That means if Mitt’s the nominees, the Democrats will use it in the general, and no one will call them off.

Dr Evil on January 12, 2012 at 5:35 PM

So once again, Palin is full of it…

Buy Danish on January 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Somehow though you don’t seem to be the best judge as to whether someone is “full of it”.

ddrintn on January 12, 2012 at 5:35 PM

You know who this helps? Popcorn vendors.

kunegetikos on January 12, 2012 at 5:35 PM

So has anyone posted this yet?

Romney strategist attacked Meg Whitman as a “vulture” capitalist

We told you earlier about how Texas Guv Rick Perry has taken to calling Romney a “vulture capitalist” for his Bain work. Reminds us of the last time we heard the V-word dropped — when Steve Poizner used it in an attack ad called “Vulture,” about Meg Whitman’s ties to Goldman-Sachs during the 2010 Republican gubernatorial campaign in California.

You remember the ad. As vultures squawk and swoop around the screen, an off-screen narrator says that “With Goldman-Sachs, Whitman invested heavily in vulture funds profiting from California foreclosures.” (The ad was based on reporting in an award-winning story co-written by Comrade Marinucci and former Comrade Lance Williams.)

Poizner’s media strategist during that campaign: Stevens. Oh, and who is a top adviser to Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign? Whitman. Oh, the tangled Republican web. And yes, Poiz was a man ahead of his time.

Just to show that all roads always lead to California, here’s the OG “Vulture” ad: …

Connie on January 12, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Au contraire, Connie. Such a factual post is entirely irrelevant and out of place on Hot Gas, the pro-Romney 24/7 blog. From now on, please keep your facts out of Ed Morrissey’s propaganda, OKthxbye.

IcedTea on January 12, 2012 at 5:36 PM

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