Business leader: Newt was pretty keen on private equity firms two years ago

posted at 2:30 pm on January 18, 2012 by Tina Korbe

However inconstant this quote makes Newt Gingrich appear in light of his recent criticisms of a private equity firm, it’s still refreshing somehow. He’s a capitalist at heart! Politico reports:

From Bloomberg TV comes a report that Paul Levy, a managing partner at private equity firm JLL Partners, says Newt Gingrich wasn’t ringing the bell against private equity a few years back.

“Newt Gingrich spoke at my annual meeting two years ago, we paid him $40,000, and this gentleman praised private equity more fulsomely than I could ever do it,” Levy said.  “I can give you a copy of the check.  We paid to the Washington Speakers Bureau for Newt Gingrich to come and speak.  He was great.  He gave a great evening.  Everybody had fun.  He fielded a lot of questions.  He gave us a lot of time.   But nobody praised private equity, risk taking, capital more fulsomely than Newt Gingrich.”

It’s not even that troubling that he said all of that in return for a speaker’s fee. As Gingrich says, “Only the elites despise earning money.” In fact, considering that his attacks on Mitt Romney for his role at Bain Capital have largely backfired on Mr. Gingrich, he probably regrets that he hasn’t maintained the line he took two years ago.


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It’s official:

Newt is the new Romney.

*facepalms*

Aizen on January 18, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Contessa Brewer wants to know why Newt hates capitalism.

BacaDog on January 18, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Newt is the GOP’s Obama.

Zaggs on January 18, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Further proof that Newt will say and do anything out of self-interest.

“You’re paying me $40,000? Private equity is great!”

“My dream of becoming president is slipping away? Private equity is terrible!”

JA on January 18, 2012 at 2:36 PM

newt now claims he tripped and fell into the ows movement!

reliapundit on January 18, 2012 at 2:37 PM

That pic of Newt accompanying this thread is just gawdawful.

Looks like he got a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas and put his eye out.

You were warned, Newt!

Horace on January 18, 2012 at 2:39 PM

NEWT WILL SAY ANYTHING TO GET ATTENTION

He flip flops more than Romney and much more recently – although lately his flops seem to be landing to the left.

Comrade Newt reporting for duty!

Swerve22 on January 18, 2012 at 2:39 PM

GOP:

Romney has no past.

All the other candidates do have a past.

portlandon on January 18, 2012 at 2:39 PM

So, why is this so hard to understand.

Newt was not criticizing private equity. That is what the defender of Romney want people to think. Some how Romney wants to play himself as a victim…really.

The issue is Romney not directly answering questions on some specific companies and some specific action taken by Romney/Bain.

When did we get to the point that presidential candidates are above being questioned about their records?

Specifically, Romney/Bain were not skilled and competent enough to manage some of the properties they had, so instead of getting management who know what they were doing in that industry, they over leveraged the companies so that the companies did not have the capital to compete. The over leveraged assets went to Bain investors, when if they would have been invested properly in those companies with good management, those companies would have likely succeeded.

This is negative for two reasons:

1. Because Romney is not smart enough to address each of the issues specifically and deal with them

2. Because it shows bad character on the part of Romney by his choosing to take money from good, economically viable companies, merely so it covered up for Bain’s and Romney’s incompetence in the management of those companies.

Questioning Romney’s record is not questioning private equity or capitialism….Gheeesh

georgealbert on January 18, 2012 at 2:39 PM

The decision to attack Romney from the left as an evil capitalist was incredibly stupid.

Ted Torgerson on January 18, 2012 at 2:40 PM

MUST SEE: Ann Barnhardt’s Viral Video Exposing Mitt Romney and Proving How Unelectable He Is Against Barack Obama Read more http://hillbuzz.org/must-see-ann-barnhardts-viral-video-exposing-mitt-romney-and-proving-how-unelectable-he-is-against-barack-obama-99038

casuist on January 18, 2012 at 2:41 PM

He’s a capitalist at heart! Politico reports:

I take anything in Politico with a grain of salt. However, I’m not sure how refreshing it is to see any candidate who suddenly find different principles the minute they decide they are going to run for high elective office. Gingrich was more than happy to take $40K for a speech to venture capitalists but then Romney became the biggest threat and Romney had ties to Bain. That turned Newt into an anti-capitalist. Then when that attack failed he tempered his outlandish attack by saying the attacks were not against the private equity firms but just those vultures at Bain.

This shows no conviction of principle on the part of Gingrich. Just another ambitious politician willing to say anything for the right amount of money so long as it comes with enough deniability that the position can change to fit the narrative for the next campaign.

Happy Nomad on January 18, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Bill Clinton cares about the GOP
He says that Newt’s the same as Romney.

Why anyone could tell that, just watch Romney vs Juan Williams.

ALL politicians are giant ego’s looking for a place to live. But we need a bomb thrower who will change direction for the country.

Does that description sound like “Romney” to you? Do you see in Romney, a firm dynamic person who will grab the tiller of the ship of state and steer it into a new and better direction? Does it sound like Santorum? Or even Ron Paul? (I can see him sitting cross legged on a mat, burning incense and explaining his vision of the totality of the universe, to a background of the chants of his loyal followers, but I don’t see a swashbuckler who’s going to really do things. )

And all I see as a “swashbuckler” is a pudgy white haired ex-professor who seems to be willing to attack whatever gets in the way. And to his credit, he’s been around enough to know WHERE to throw those bombs to do the most good.

CrazyGene on January 18, 2012 at 2:46 PM

After reading the oppo research file on Mitt there is nothing I could find out about these candidates that would make me vote for Mitt.

don’t think Mitt has a real bone in his body and has contradicted almost everything he has ever said in this 2012 primary.

boogaleesnots on January 18, 2012 at 2:46 PM

MUST SEE: Ann Barnhardt’s Viral Video Exposing Mitt Romney and Proving How Unelectable He Is Against Barack Obama Read more http://hillbuzz.org/must-see-ann-barnhardts-viral-video-exposing-mitt-romney-and-proving-how-unelectable-he-is-against-barack-obama-99038

bring it all out now. might as well hash them all out now.

gerry-mittbot-let the anti romney folks let their frustrations out

gerrym51 on January 18, 2012 at 2:47 PM

As far as I’m concerned, Romney and Newt are such flip-flopping, opportunistic chameleons, that the GOP would likely lose in November with either of them as the party’s nominee. At this point, Perry, Santorum and even Paul would be better nominees than those two wannabees.

Aizen on January 18, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Now he wants the return of the gold standard.

haner on January 18, 2012 at 2:47 PM

GOP:

Romney has no past.

All the other candidates do have a past.

portlandon on January 18, 2012 at 2:39 PM

That is just stupid Romney-hatred. Romney has a record of experience outside DC. It is perfectly fair to challenge what he did as a governor and as a businessman. But to attack capitalism as Newt and Perry did should be an automatic disqualifer for any Republican candidate. It does not matter that Gingrich has since used weasel words to make the claim that it was only those Bain vultures he meant to attack.

Happy Nomad on January 18, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Questioning Romney’s record is not questioning private equity or capitialism….Gheeesh

georgealbert on January 18, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Yep. “Anti-Capitalism” is becoming Romney’s “Racism.”

Romney is Obama lite.

29Victor on January 18, 2012 at 2:48 PM

However inconstant this quote makes Newt Gingrich appear

LOL.. inconstant? Now there’s an underused word in the Thesaurus. Thanks for the laugh Tina.

Texas Gal on January 18, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Welcome to ‘Bash Newt Day’ at Hot Gas! No I will NEVER vote for Romney.

jimfreedom on January 18, 2012 at 2:49 PM

That is just stupid Romney-hatred. Romney has a record of experience outside DC. It is perfectly fair to challenge what he did as a governor and as a businessman.

Happy Nomad on January 18, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Are you kidding? Challenge his record as governor and you get one of three responses:

1 — It was the Democrat’s fault.
2 — He’s changed.
3 — It never happened.

29Victor on January 18, 2012 at 2:50 PM

MUST SEE: Ann Barnhardt’s Viral Video Exposing Mitt Romney and Proving How Unelectable He Is Against Barack Obama Read more http://hillbuzz.org/must-see-ann-barnhardts-viral-video-exposing-mitt-romney-and-proving-how-unelectable-he-is-against-barack-obama-99038

casuist on January 18, 2012 at 2:41 PM

LOL… 1000 viewers does not a viral video make.

This was like a 4th grader’s attempt at documentary film making.

haner on January 18, 2012 at 2:50 PM

He is clear, concise and committed to the principles of conservative-ism. He is a purist! Why, he single handidly balanced the budget four years in a row off the backs of the Military!!! (Dean Scream!!!) To have a balanced budget, means there would not have been a deficit. At least to this ex-accountant, that is what it means, but to a legislator, not so much. Again, legislative accounting gimmicks. Balanced budget, nope, deficits, yes. As Clinton and Newt always take credit for the balanced budget (Newt) and no deficit (Clinton).

Facts:
The public debt went down in each of those four years, the intragovernmental holdings went up each year by a far greater amount–and, in turn, the total national debt (which is public debt + intragovernmental holdings) went up. Therein lies the discrepancy.

Read for Numbers Detail: http://www.craigsteiner.us/articles/16

uhangtight on January 18, 2012 at 2:47 PM

uhangtight on January 18, 2012 at 2:50 PM

ABRtards:

Romney’s past is unforgivable.

Not-Romney’s past is in the past, we will selectively pick only the good parts.

Gunlock Bill on January 18, 2012 at 2:51 PM

And to his credit, he’s been around enough to know WHERE to throw those bombs to do the most good.

CrazyGene on January 18, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Apparently not.

Ronnie on January 18, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Yeah, whaddup wiff dat?

jake49 on January 18, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Gingrich is the typical academic. He thinks he’s smarter than all others. He sits around just thinking crap up to solve and doesn’t care if it is progressive or conservative. He speaks smaller government out of one side of his mouth and then advocates larger bureaucracy out of the other. Then there is the narcissism, hubris, arrogance, pride, and conceit.

csdeven on January 18, 2012 at 2:52 PM

MUST SEE: Ann Barnhardt’s Viral Video Exposing Mitt Romney and Proving How Unelectable He Is Against Barack Obama Read more http://hillbuzz.org/must-see-ann-barnhardts-viral-video-exposing-mitt-romney-and-proving-how-unelectable-he-is-against-barack-obama-99038

casuist on January 18, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Thanks for this.

Romney supporters can’t name one single thing he’s done to advance the conservative cause in America that isn’t directly tied to his campaign. But, he’s willing to work like a dog to become president – pay off who he has to, support who he has to, attack who he has to. Why? If he cares so much about America, why hasn’t he been fighting for it?

29Victor on January 18, 2012 at 2:52 PM

The decision to attack Romney from the left as an evil capitalist was incredibly stupid.

Ted Torgerson on January 18, 2012 at 2:40 PM

But, but, but . . .

The Newtron is the smartest one.

Gunlock Bill on January 18, 2012 at 2:53 PM

LOL… 1000 viewers does not a viral video make.

This was like a 4th grader’s attempt at documentary film making.

haner on January 18, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Romney Supporter 101: Attack the messenger, laugh at the opposition.

Well done! Gold star for you!

29Victor on January 18, 2012 at 2:54 PM

LOL… 1000 viewers does not a viral video make.

This was like a 4th grader’s attempt at documentary film making.

I watched chunks of it and it was actually deeply disturbing, in the sense that it’s clearly the product of someone who (sadly) has mental illness issues. She gets on camera to start screaming about Mitt Romney ripping babies limb from limb and burning their skin off (I guess because he didn’t somehow make abortion illegal in Massachusetts…this woman lives in a world where Roe v. Wade doesn’t exist) and it’s clear that she’s not all there. Her eyes don’t focus or stare straight ahead, and she can barely keep herself together.

Also: 55 minute videos are the opposite of “viral.”

Esoteric on January 18, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Then there is the narcissism, hubris, arrogance, pride, and conceit.

csdeven on January 18, 2012 at 2:52 PM

And those are his good qualities.

BacaDog on January 18, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Tina, the jist of Gingrich’s criticism of Romney’s time at Bain was based upon Romney;s claim to have created 100,000 jobs. That was never the aim of Bain. Not now and not then. Bain’s only purpose was and is return on investment. Very similar to Obama’s investment in green energy. Very costly in jobs but it advances his agenda toward higher energy costs which will make more Americans dependent on the government.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on January 18, 2012 at 2:57 PM

After reading the oppo research file on Mitt there is nothing I could find out about these candidates that would make me vote for Mitt.

But I’ve been reading your posts since you first starting posting here, and you have made it abundantly clear that there is nothing that could ever make you vote for Romney in the first place. You’ve attacked him for EVERYTHING, including being a Mormon. So why are lying to us and pretending that it’s only “now that you’ve read the oppo file” that you’ve become determined to vote against him?

Methinks I detect the clumsy hand of a concern troll.

Esoteric on January 18, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Gingrich is the typical academic. He thinks he’s smarter than all others. He sits around just thinking crap up to solve and doesn’t care if it is progressive or conservative. He speaks smaller government out of one side of his mouth and then advocates larger bureaucracy out of the other. Then there is the narcissism, hubris, arrogance, pride, and conceit.

csdeven on January 18, 2012 at 2:52 PM

And those are the good characteristics.

Gunlock Bill on January 18, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Newt 2 years ago: Nancy & I agree we need to do something about ‘climate change.’ Now: “I don’t know whether mann is causing global climate change.”
But 19% of Repubs (Pew poll) don’t believe in AGW. Two points: 1) current temps are not unusual (hockey stick graph debunked), and 2) there is NO empirical evidence that CO2 causes warming. See this 3 minute video for nearly the whole scope on point 2 (it also shows Algore to be full of it): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK_WyvfcJyg

anotherJoe on January 18, 2012 at 2:57 PM

That is just stupid Romney-hatred. Romney has a record of experience outside DC. It is perfectly fair to challenge what he did as a governor and as a businessman.

Happy Nomad on January 18, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Are you kidding? Challenge his record as governor and you get one of three responses:

1 — It was the Democrat’s fault.
2 — He’s changed.
3 — It never happened.

29Victor on January 18, 2012 at 2:50 PM=====
====================================

Romney is just like Obama…nothing bad is his fault

And if you question Mitt on his decisions it is the same as questioning capitalism and the United States of America

Let’s face it, Mitt is pu___y

georgealbert on January 18, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Questioning Romney’s record is not questioning private equity or capitialism….Gheeesh

georgealbert on January 18, 2012 at 2:39 PM

But that’s not all Gingrich has been doing, either. He’s used the language of the left to completely denigrate Bain’s business practices.

changer1701 on January 18, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Well, Newt is the same idiot who condemned Bill Clinton for the Monica Lewinsky affair while he himself was boinking a staffer 23 years his junior (and she was just one in a long, long line of affairs).

JA on January 18, 2012 at 3:01 PM

MUST SEE: Ann Barnhardt’s Viral Video Exposing Mitt Romney and Proving How Unelectable He Is Against Barack Obama Read more http://hillbuzz.org/must-see-ann-barnhardts-viral-video-exposing-mitt-romney-and-proving-how-unelectable-he-is-against-barack-obama-99038

casuist on January 18, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Funny how the video shows Palin giving a speech about changing the system while she herself raised money and gave campaign donations to elect candidates. Not that there is anything wrong with that because that is the system. It just does nothing to prove Romney unelectable or make the case any of the others are more electable.

I have defended Palin plenty but seriously she didn’t run. If she had made that clear early on, conservatives could have organized to convince a strong conservative to get in the race. It takes organization and years of laying the groundwork to run a successful campaign. I could read the tea leaves early in 2010 Palin wasn’t going to run but you sure couldn’t raise that possibility without getting your head handed to you by her supporters.

That said, Barnhardt is wasting our time now because she wasted hers when she could have been doing something to get serious presidential candidates in this race.

msmveritas on January 18, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Newt 2 years ago: Nancy & I agree we need to do something about ‘climate change.’ Now: “I don’t know whether mann is causing global climate change.”
But 19% of Repubs (Pew poll) don’t believe in AGW. Two points: 1) current temps are not unusual (hockey stick graph debunked), and 2) there is NO empirical evidence that CO2 causes warming. See this 3 minute video for nearly the whole scope on point 2 (it also shows Algore to be full of it): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK_WyvfcJyg

anotherJoe on January 18, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Romney 2003: “I think the global warming debate is now pretty much over.”

29Victor on January 18, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Two points:

$40k is chump change.

Newt would mop the floor with the Marxist Occupier.

Key West Reader on January 18, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Well, Newt is the same idiot who condemned Bill Clinton for the Monica Lewinsky affair while he himself was boinking a staffer 23 years his junior (and she was just one in a long, long line of affairs).

JA on January 18, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Can you produce something tangible that we can peruse to validate your comment or is unbridled slander your strong suit?

timberline on January 18, 2012 at 3:05 PM

All of this, and still nothing on the Romney oppo research that dropped?

Sekhmet on January 18, 2012 at 3:05 PM

anotherJoe on January 18, 2012 at 2:57 PM

2 Years ago we learned about the fraud of gorebull warming through the release of information that was hidden. Remember “Hide the Decline?”

Everyone makes mistakes. At least Newt has the stones to admit it. Romney? Not so much.

Key West Reader on January 18, 2012 at 3:05 PM

So how long before we find out Newt is cheating on a third wife? A month? 2 months?

Go RBNY on January 18, 2012 at 3:06 PM

All of this, and still nothing on the Romney oppo research that dropped?

Sekhmet on January 18, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Yep. I figured we see something about it last night.

It’s pretty huge, but at Hot Air…crickets.

29Victor on January 18, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Well, Newt is the same idiot who condemned Bill Clinton for the Monica Lewinsky affair while he himself was boinking a staffer 23 years his junior (and she was just one in a long, long line of affairs).

JA on January 18, 2012 at 3:01 PM

How do you point and laugh at a post? If there is a way to do it, I am doing it. Right now.

Key West Reader on January 18, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Can you produce something tangible that we can peruse to validate your comment or is unbridled slander your strong suit?

timberline on January 18, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Sure, I can produce something tangible. Her name is Callista & he married her after a 6 year affair while he was still married to Mrs. Gingrich #2 (who incidentally had an affair with Newt while he was still married to Mrs. Gingrich #1).

JA on January 18, 2012 at 3:08 PM

When they are giving Newtron money, he loves them. When he thinks it will help him with voters, he hates them.

It is all about what is good for Newtron.

Gunlock Bill on January 18, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Drudge:

SLAP: Clinton Says Gingrich ‘Just Like Romney’…
JIMMY CARTER: ‘Has that subtlety of racism’…

I don’t see Jimmy or Billie slapping Mitt.

It’s very clear that there’s one guy the media and the Democrats want to win and one guy they hate.

And they’ve demonstrated over and over that they have nothing but the best intentions for the country and the Republicans, so we obviously should believe them.

CrazyGene on January 18, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Sure, I can produce something tangible. Her name is Callista & he married her after a 6 year affair while he was still married to Mrs. Gingrich #2 (who incidentally had an affair with Newt while he was still married to Mrs. Gingrich #1).

JA on January 18, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Newt will cheat on conservatives just like he cheated on all his wives.

Go RBNY on January 18, 2012 at 3:10 PM

All of this, and still nothing on the Romney oppo research that dropped?

Sekhmet on January 18, 2012 at 3:05 PM

I mean it shows Romney on the wrong side of abortion, gun control, spending, affirmative action, stem-cell research, Bush tax cuts, gay rights and a number of other issues.

But it doesn’t even get a headline. But something about Newt not being against something that he never said he was against gets a full post?

29Victor on January 18, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Really getting tired of this.

I could understand and respect taking a principled stance and not voting for Romney. In that case though, the logical choice would be Santorum. He’s not exactly far to the right of Romney, but he’s arguably a, little, I guess. Gingrich however, either cares only about winning, or is a closet liberal, and I suspect it may be both. It’s hard to reconcile attacking free-enterprise from the left with any claim to conservatism, and the man seems to constantly be on all sides of every issue.

So, yeah, I can understand and respect a Santorum and even a Ron Paul vote. I cannot respect voting for a candidate who is SO willing to throw conservatism under the bus that he would openly betray it in a primary.

I dunno, somehow that just reeks of hypocrisy.

WolvenOne on January 18, 2012 at 3:13 PM

I mean it shows Romney on the wrong side of abortion, gun control, spending, affirmative action, stem-cell research, Bush tax cuts, gay rights and a number of other issues.

29Victor on January 18, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Yawn. We know all this already.

haner on January 18, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Gunlock Bill on January 18, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Idjit! For many of us, small businessmen, we know how dirty tricks of companies like Bain Capital. It’s not FREE MARKET CAPITALISM!

Stop talking of things you really don’t know.

Just focus on your worship of Romney!

TheAlamos on January 18, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Sure, I can produce something tangible. Her name is Callista & he married her after a 6 year affair while he was still married to Mrs. Gingrich #2 (who incidentally had an affair with Newt while he was still married to Mrs. Gingrich #1).

JA on January 18, 2012 at 3:08 PM

But he did it because he loved his country too much, or something like that/

JPeterman on January 18, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Sure, I can produce something tangible. Her name is Callista & he married her after a 6 year affair while he was still married to Mrs. Gingrich #2 (who incidentally had an affair with Newt while he was still married to Mrs. Gingrich #1).

JA on January 18, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Don’t care:
This is as important as Trump’s haircut.

Which guy is going to change the course of the country and make things better? That’s the only question. That’s the only problem.

We are in death ground, either we do hard left rudder now, or we smash full into the iceberg and die. If you think the bar tab, dance tunes or decor are important, then you’re fully delusional.

CrazyGene on January 18, 2012 at 3:14 PM

So what… Romney was able to attend the best schools because his father was a lobbyist-

OliverB on January 18, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Romney Supporter 101: Attack the messenger, laugh at the opposition.

Well done! Gold star for you!

29Victor on January 18, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Sort of describes your own comment.

Ronnie on January 18, 2012 at 3:16 PM

I dunno, somehow that just reeks of hypocrisy.

WolvenOne on January 18, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Leseee:
Bigot
Idiot
RINO
Liberal
Moron

and now “Hypocrite”

Man, the Romney supporters never run short of the ad hom’s do they?

29Victor on January 18, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Yep. I figured we see something about it last night.

It’s pretty huge, but at Hot Air…crickets.

29Victor on January 18, 2012 at 3:06 PM

We might see AP post something on it tonight. He seems to be, belatedly like Ace, turning on Romney.

Doomberg on January 18, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Sort of describes your own comment.

Ronnie on January 18, 2012 at 3:16 PM

“I know you are but what am I.” Good one.

Ad hom attacks and variations of “you will be assimilated!” are pretty much all Romney supporters do around here.

29Victor on January 18, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Newt will cheat on conservatives just like he cheated on all his wives.

Go RBNY on January 18, 2012 at 3:10 PM

True. At least we can count on Romney to be 100% faithful… to liberalism.

Doomberg on January 18, 2012 at 3:20 PM

So, yeah, I can understand and respect a Santorum and even a Ron Paul vote. I cannot respect voting for a candidate who is SO willing to throw conservatism under the bus that he would openly betray it in a primary.

I dunno, somehow that just reeks of hypocrisy.

WolvenOne on January 18, 2012 at 3:13 PM

They don’t care. Coulter was right, they just want someone who will call Obama a Marxist Kenyan. If Romney won’t do it, they will support the most bombastic candidate they can find, even if he’s arguably less conservative than Mitt.

Go RBNY on January 18, 2012 at 3:21 PM

We might see AP post something on it tonight. He seems to be, belatedly like Ace, turning on Romney.

Doomberg on January 18, 2012 at 3:19 PM

I don’t expect a blogger to support my candidate, or attack his opponent. What I do hope for is some even-handedness.

29Victor on January 18, 2012 at 3:22 PM

They don’t care. Coulter was right, they just want someone who will call Obama a Marxist Kenyan. If Romney won’t do it, they will support the most bombastic candidate they can find, even if he’s arguably less conservative than Mitt.

Go RBNY on January 18, 2012 at 3:21 PM

29Victor on January 18, 2012 at 3:23 PM

“I know you are but what am I.” Good one.

Ad hom attacks and variations of “you will be assimilated!” are pretty much all Romney supporters do around here.

29Victor on January 18, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Just highlighting the irony of your comment.

Ronnie on January 18, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Unfortunately, either Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich (two unprincipled opportunists) will be the GOP Presidential candidate.

As much as I loathe both men, I will vote for either in the GE because of the disaster that would befall our country should Obama be reelected.

bw222 on January 18, 2012 at 3:24 PM

They don’t care. Coulter was right, they just want someone who will call Obama a Marxist Kenyan. If Romney won’t do it, they will support the most bombastic candidate they can find, even if he’s arguably less conservative than Mitt.

Go RBNY on January 18, 2012 at 3:21 PM

If Coulter had written a book about Romney pre-2008, she would have torn him a new one.

29Victor on January 18, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Just highlighting the irony of your comment.

Ronnie on January 18, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Irony acknowledged. I’ve also been called on whining durring an anti-whining rant.

29Victor on January 18, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Ever seen MA compliant firearms for sale?

Yep Mitt Romney had something to do with that.

Screw him. Put him on the International Olympic Committee in Johannesburg or Brussels.

tom daschle concerned on January 18, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Sekhmet on January 18, 2012 at 3:05 PM
29Victor on January 18, 2012 at 3:11 PM

I was also expecting to see something about the oppo file here.

Yes, some of it’s well-known, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t news especially because of its concentrated form and the juxtaposition of dates of quotes:

While I knew of Romney’s various views on abortion, I didn’t know he’d varied his opinion/label within a ten day span. From pp.20-21:

In Early 2007, Romney Gave South Carolina Audiences Conflicting Answers On His Abortion Position

Romney In South Carolina, January 29:

“Over the last multiple years, as you know, I have been effectively pro-choice … I never called myself that as a label but I was effectively pro-choice and that followed a personal experience in my extended family that led to that conclusion.”
(Bruce Smith, “Romney Campaigns In SC With Sen. DeMint,” The Associated Press, 1/30/07)

Romney In South Carolina, February 8:

“I am firmly pro-life … I was always for life.”
(Jim Davenport, “Romney Affirms Abortion Opposition During Stop In SC,” The Associated Press, 2/8/07)

Its cites can all be verified or not.

I’ve read some conjecture that it’s not authentic, however, at BuzzFeed Kaczynski writes that some of it had already been posted at RedState, and he links to a RedState pdf. In Erick Erickson’s Mitt Romney: The Magically Malleable Man of Mystery of October 31, 2011, he stated the McCain opposition book on Romney was given to him twice, and he quotes from it—enough, in my opinion, to corroborate the authenticity of the document from Kaczynski.

INC on January 18, 2012 at 3:29 PM

They don’t care. Coulter was right, they just want someone who will call Obama a Marxist Kenyan. If Romney won’t do it, they will support the most bombastic candidate they can find, even if he’s arguably less conservative than Mitt.

Go RBNY on January 18, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Seriously, they are still cheering about his exchange with Juan Williams….like he will have any chance at all of doing anything like it in a debate against Obama.

Here’s what we can expect in the fall debates:

Q for Republican: So, isn’t Obama awesome since he killed Osama bin Laden and won the Nobel Peace Prize?

Q for Obama: How will you manage to live in the same town with all those horrible Republicans once you are reelected?

rockmom on January 18, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Newt Gingrich: “When Bill Clinton has an affair, it means he’s a BAD, BAD man. When I have an affair, it means I’m a great American patriot.”

JA on January 18, 2012 at 3:33 PM

I absolutely do not see how this makes Gingrich the least bit inconsistent.

Can someone please explain to me why the conservative media has so consistently offered a knee-jerk reaction to the criticisms of Bain Capital? The point critics make is that the actions of this specific company are questionable, not that all private equity or all capitalism is suspect.

jgrodahl on January 18, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Specifically, Romney/Bain were not skilled and competent enough to manage some of the properties they had, so instead of getting management who know what they were doing in that industry, they over leveraged the companies so that the companies did not have the capital to compete. The over leveraged assets went to Bain investors, when if they would have been invested properly in those companies with good management, those companies would have likely succeeded.

This is negative for two reasons:

1. Because Romney is not smart enough to address each of the issues specifically and deal with them

2. Because it shows bad character on the part of Romney by his choosing to take money from good, economically viable companies, merely so it covered up for Bain’s and Romney’s incompetence in the management of those companies.

Questioning Romney’s record is not questioning private equity or capitialism….Gheeesh

georgealbert on January 18, 2012 at 2:39 PM


And you know this for sure? How???

Barred on January 18, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Q for Obama: How will you manage to live in the same town with all those horrible Republicans once you are reelected?

rockmom on January 18, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Question asked at the one debate scheduled opposite the World Series or something. The idea that Newt trailing Obama around the country challenging him to debates is going to win this is just laughable.

msmveritas on January 18, 2012 at 3:37 PM

I think the answer is this:

The Government Should Own Everything.

/Invest in GSOE’s. It’s the next big thing.

Key West Reader on January 18, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Newt trailing Obama around the country challenging him to debates is going to win this is just laughable.

msmveritas on January 18, 2012 at 3:37 PM

No, it’s frightening.

To Obama. Nobody else would run away. Obama will. I want a bird dog chasing his skinny azz around the nation, holding him accountable. Mitt won’t do it. Santorum can’t do it and Ron Paul would get hung up on some telephone pole when his aluminum hat gets stuck to a telephone pole that was protested by the EPA nuts.

So, yeah. Newt.

Key West Reader on January 18, 2012 at 3:41 PM

haner on January 18, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Check it again in 24 hours…email and the internet are more powerful than you can image my young Jedi!!!

RedLizard64 on January 18, 2012 at 3:43 PM

uhangtight on January 18, 2012 at 2:50 PM

I need to look into this further and suspect you are telling it like it is…but going back to that would be a positive move from where we are at now…no?

RedLizard64 on January 18, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Esoteric on January 18, 2012 at 2:54 PM

I disagree with your assessment of Ann…She has made several videos including the one where she book-marked the Koran with raw bacon (classic) and then systematically exposed the religions tenants for the evil fraud they are (at least the radicalized version…maybe more?) In another video she very easily demonstrated her critical thinking skills which is more than I can say for about 25% of the posters here at HA.

RedLizard64 on January 18, 2012 at 3:50 PM

I don’t expect a blogger to support my candidate, or attack his opponent. What I do hope for is some even-handedness.

29Victor on January 18, 2012 at 3:22 PM

What I’ve discovered this year is that the conservative media is quite capable of joining with the MSM to attack conservative candidates they don’t approve of, and that the conservative media is also quite capable of just as much spinning/obfuscation/game playing as the MSM is. We’ve come a long way from the blogs being a source of grassroots conservative activism. Some blogs and magazines and such have effectively become part of the establishment, to both my surprise and dismay.

They don’t care. Coulter was right, they just want someone who will call Obama a Marxist Kenyan. If Romney won’t do it, they will support the most bombastic candidate they can find, even if he’s arguably less conservative than Mitt.

Go RBNY on January 18, 2012 at 3:21 PM

No, we want someone who will cut spending and save the country from national bankruptcy. Romney’s governing record proves he will do no such thing if he takes power. The Republicans have spent the last two years telegraphing quite clearly that they don’t want cuts and want the conservative grassroots to shut the h*ll up about them.

Doomberg on January 18, 2012 at 4:06 PM

GOP:

Romney has no past.

All the other candidates do have a past.

portlandon on January 18, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Not sure if serious

http://cdn2.dailycaller.com/2012/01/McCain-2008-Oppo-File-on-Romney.pdf

Then there is Reagan:

“Let him have the Fortune 500,” he said. “I want our campaign to stand for Main Street, not Wall Street. I want us to stand for the worker, the shopkeeper, the entrepreneur, and the small businessman.” Reagan’s instincts were right on the mark.

JP1986UM on January 18, 2012 at 4:16 PM

A vote for Newt Gingrich is a vote for Michael Moore.

Even today Newt is slamming Bain Capital, a highly esteemed private sector company, just like a Michael Moore toady would.

Don’t reward Michael Moore by voting for Newt and his Michael Moore tactics.

sheryl on January 18, 2012 at 4:21 PM

All the other candidates do have a past.

portlandon on January 18, 2012 at 2:39 PM

And they have no future. Get used to it.

MJBrutus on January 18, 2012 at 4:37 PM

“Newt Gingrich spoke at my annual meeting two years ago, we paid him $40,000, and this gentleman praised private equity more fulsomely than I could ever do it,” Levy said. “I can give you a copy of the check. We paid to the Washington Speakers Bureau for Newt Gingrich to come and speak. He was great. He gave a great evening. Everybody had fun. He fielded a lot of questions. He gave us a lot of time. But nobody praised private equity, risk taking, capital more fulsomely than Newt Gingrich.”

Noooooo…not Newt!
This slutty politically expedient flip flopping is becoming a social disease. Where do we get penisillin?

KOOLAID2 on January 18, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Don’t. Want. Either. One.

jazzuscounty on January 18, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Newtie is a two-faced, backstabbing, stuck-up mean girl.

Philly on January 18, 2012 at 6:07 PM

But nobody praised private equity, risk taking, capital more fulsomely than Newt Gingrich.”

Come back to us, Newty! Embrace free enterprise once again. It’s not too late! Don’t be the Alex Forrest of the primaries.

cicerone on January 18, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Contessa Brewer wants to know why Newt hates capitalism.

BacaDog on January 18, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Newt answer’s to Contessa Brewer: ‘easy-peasy, it’s circumstantial, it depends who I run against. If I run against Mitt, I’m an anti-capitalist marxist, if I run against Obama, I’m a capitalist anti-marxist. It’s a campaign/political strategery. Besides, they can’t pin me down, I keep them guessin’…Get it now, Contessa?’…

jimver on January 18, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Tina, you come off as pretty naive interpreting this revelation as some kind of affirmation of Newt’s free market bonafide – seriously? It’s nothing of the sort. It affirms Newt’s self-market bonafides – his belief in his own right to make as much cash as possible by saying whatever dreck will pay for whatever audience or client – be it Freddie Mac paying him w/ taxpayer dollars, big pharma lobbying him to betray the Republican Party by lobbying for MMA, or PE peeps paying him to talk up private equity.

InVinoVeritas on January 18, 2012 at 11:42 PM