Dueling ads: Helping Democrats

posted at 11:45 am on January 18, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

We’re coming down to the wire in South Carolina, which means that it’s time for the negative ads to hit the media markets in the Palmetto State. In this corner, we have a new ad from Mitt Romney’s campaign called “Undisciplined,” which attacks Newt Gingrich in a direct manner as an erratic Republican leader in the mid-1990s as Speaker of the House. Rep. Susan Molinari offers her own assessment from personal experience in this 30-second spot, arguing that Gingrich’s performance ended up helping Democrats:

And in the opposite corner, the super-PAC Winning Our Future backing Gingrich has a new 60-second spot that imagines a debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Did I say debate? I meant a love fest, which WOF claims will help Democrats:

The second ad will get laughs, but it’s making a pretty good prediction about the strategy Obama would likely employ in a debate against Romney. However, the same strategy works with Gingrich as well, who backed individual mandates for health-care reform for years, as late as 2008, and was defending RomneyCare’s “tremendous potential” as late as 2006.  Gingrich was hardly alone in this on the Right; at one point, the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation backed an individual mandate, although Heritage changed its mind years before ObamaCare, a fact that Obama has cited on more than one occasion while defending ObamaCare.  This may well explain why the other candidates on stage have hardly mentioned RomneyCare in debates for the last few events.

I give the edge in Round One to Romney’s ad, but neither side has landed a tough blow.  The haymakers probably won’t appear until tomorrow or Friday.


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I don’t know why Newt doesn’t go after the RINO Republicans that took over the House after he left they were the ones that went wild with spending.

Bill C on January 18, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Feb 7th my vote is cast for Romney. Newt will be voting for him a bit later in Virginia.

hanzblinx on January 18, 2012 at 11:49 AM

On drudge, Obama to reject Keystone Pipeline.

cajun carrot on January 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM

I give it to Newt’s ad because it reinforces what everybody already knows whether they admit it or not.

Southernblogger on January 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Will there ever be a post on Hot Air about McCain’s 200-page oppo research book on Romney?

steebo77 on January 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM

I’ll just leave this here.

mythicknight on January 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Romney loves negative ads

liberal4life on January 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM

However, the same strategy works with Gingrich as well, who backed individual mandates for health-care reform for years, as late as 2008, and was defending RomneyCare’s “tremendous potential” as late as 2006. Gingrich was hardly alone in this on the Right; at one point, the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation backed an individual mandate, although Heritage changed its mind years before ObamaCare, a fact that Obama has cited on more than one occasion while defending ObamaCare. This may well explain why the other candidates on stage have hardly mentioned RomneyCare in debates for the last few events.

Reality check for the anti-Romney paranoids out there.

cicerone on January 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Rock em sock em robots. It gets boring pretty quick!

LeftCoastRight on January 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM

I’m a Mitt fan but Gingrichs cartoon commercial was funny.

But I am of the opinion that the election will mostly be a referendum on the incumbent.

I think this helps Romney in the general election to be seen as moderate.

I know thats not the general opinion on Hot Air-what can i say

gerrym51 on January 18, 2012 at 11:52 AM

taiwan cartoons.. seriously?

gatorboy on January 18, 2012 at 11:53 AM

I’ll just leave this here.

mythicknight

Yikes!

LeftCoastRight on January 18, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Will there ever be a post on Hot Air about McCain’s 200-page oppo research book on Romney?

steebo77 on January 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM

+1000. Still waiting myself.

davek70 on January 18, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Will there ever be a post on Hot Air about McCain’s 200-page oppo research book on Romney?

steebo77 on January 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Search the archives from 2007

Go RBNY on January 18, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Will there ever be a post on Hot Air about McCain’s 200-page oppo research book on Romney?

I’m a Mitt fan. but why not put it out.I think all the campaigns mostly have all this. Might as well hash it out now

gerry-mittbot-let the other candidates let off steam

gerrym51 on January 18, 2012 at 11:57 AM

I’m less concerned about helping the Democrats in the primaries than I am about who will help them in the general election. Which candidate will repudiate the last GOP nominee and refuse to make nice?

de rigueur on January 18, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Mythicknight
Wow that’s nasty

angrymike on January 18, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Hey, Newt must be reading my posts…
There isn’t a debate point that Mitt can make that will defeat Obama, it will be agreement of most everything.
What he missed was the bailouts…Romney said it was the same thing as what Bain did…good grief, isn’t there any “conservatives” that support Romney that sees the abortion, TARP, bailouts, gun control, as being Mitt’s history?
What he did, has to be compared to what he says…and the two do not coincide…don’t you “Mitt” conservatives see that? Are you that blind?

right2bright on January 18, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Gingrich has yet to hit Willard on free abortions, free cars for welfare recipients, and many early releases for prisoners serving life sentences that Romney authorized to demonstrate his tender mercies for underrepresented minorities like killers and other violent offenders http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/01/the-top-three-conservative-arguments-about-romneys-record-that-no-one-has-made/

MA under Tea-Party Romney paid for free cars with free triple AAA coverage. Cool, huh? And I am positive that the author of RomneyCare with all its new rules, new taxes, its assumptions about the state supervision of private economic activity to support progressive goals, and its mandates, will immediately rescind ObamaCare, which is functionally identical to RomneyCare, for reasons that only a Willard supporter can understand.

casuist on January 18, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Romney loves negative ads

liberal4life on January 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Your comments are taking their toll. Slowly but surely clipping away at my Conservatism. I’m almost really to buy a tie-dyed t-shirt and a bongo drum.

hawkdriver on January 18, 2012 at 11:58 AM

I am of the opinion that the election will mostly be a referendum on the incumbent.

gerrym51 on January 18, 2012 at 11:52 AM

That will depend on whether the Republican candidate has the chops to make it that. McCain could have won by making the election a referendum on experience. How’d that work out?

Romney does not have the chops to make it stick. Gingrich does. He gets my vote.

philwynk on January 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM

The old Newt: “I will run a positive campaign”.

The new Newt: “Mitt Romney is a liar”.

Paul-Cincy on January 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM

That Molinari ad is brutal in its simplicity.

I like it.

JohnGalt23 on January 18, 2012 at 12:00 PM

On drudge, Obama to reject Keystone Pipeline.

cajun carrot on January 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM

That is the way Mitt can win, the only way…but then any Republican could win if Obama continues these types of policies.
Thanks for the heads up…

right2bright on January 18, 2012 at 12:01 PM

In 2008, a bunch of conservative bloggers said that the Democratic candidates would destroy each other and that that would help McCain. And sure enough, the Democratic candidates did assault one another viciously.

How’d it work out for McCain? Anybody remember?

philwynk on January 18, 2012 at 12:01 PM

That Molinari ad is brutal in its simplicity.

I like it.

JohnGalt23 on January 18, 2012 at 12:00 PM

She’s always had a very clear, simple, direct manner. And she sticks it to Newt.

Paul-Cincy on January 18, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Reality check for the anti-Romney paranoids out there.

cicerone on January 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM

You’re not supposed to talk about Newt’s support for health mandates, donchaknow? That’s supposed to be his perceived advantage over Romney for RDS activists.

The Count on January 18, 2012 at 12:02 PM

“Leadership by chaos” ? Senator Coburn, who worked closely with Newt, seriously faults Newt for his “lack of leadership.”

Ethics violations, adultery, questionable lobbying. Newt’s campaign slogan: “I am not a crook.” Sound… familiar. A target rich environment for the Dems.

anotherJoe on January 18, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Paul-Cincy on January 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Mitt made the choice to go ugly first. Live with it.

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Again, why does Mitt need negative ads against Republicans and why is he mostly getting a pass on accountability?

Speakup on January 18, 2012 at 12:03 PM

At least when Newt saw that the mandate didn’t work he admitted it, Romney is still standing by Romneycare.

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 12:04 PM

The old Newt: “I will run a positive campaign”.

The new Newt: “Mitt Romney is a liar”.

Paul-Cincy on January 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Pal, when Mitt ran $90,000 in hit ads against Newt in Iowa, it showed that the only way to win is by running negative ads…Newt has every right to defend himself…the aggressor sets the policy.
Newt, in every early debate tried to keep the candidates focused on Obama, he tried in his ads to do the same…but the others thought differently and took the lead, because negative ads work.
He is defending himself…funny you don’t recognize that, you must be living under a rock.

right2bright on January 18, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Gingrich has yet to hit Willard on free abortions, free cars for welfare recipients, and many early releases for prisoners serving life sentences that Romney authorized to demonstrate his tender mercies for underrepresented minorities like killers and other violent offenders http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/01/the-top-three-conservative-arguments-about-romneys-record-that-no-one-has-made/

i live in mass, although I cannot speak with knowledge on every one of these points as far as abortions are concerned the Massachusetts supreme court said in 1992 all heath plans must pay for abortions.

gerrym51 on January 18, 2012 at 12:04 PM

“Susan Molinari is a liar”………..

………….Newt.

JPeterman on January 18, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Again, why does Mitt need negative ads against Republicans ?

Speakup on January 18, 2012 at 12:03 PM

I will refer you to his 1st place finish in Iowa and NH. He went negative to win, deal with it already.

hanzblinx on January 18, 2012 at 12:06 PM

McCain could have won by making the election a referendum on experience. How’d that work out?

philwynk on January 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM

He could’ve if he hadn’t picked a half-term governor as running mate.

Go RBNY on January 18, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Romney loves negative ads

liberal4life on January 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Your comments are taking their toll. Slowly but surely clipping away at my Conservatism. I’m almost really to buy a tie-dyed t-shirt and a bongo drum.

hawkdriver on January 18, 2012 at 11:58 AM

hawk…you are’nt going to join ‘it’ in the mothers basement, or when ‘it’ beats the drums at an OWS event… are you?
I might!… I think ‘it’ received a medical marijuana prescription, after the operation. The country is screwed up and ‘it’ is having a good time!

KOOLAID2 on January 18, 2012 at 12:13 PM

How’d it work out for McCain? Anybody remember?

philwynk on January 18, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Yeah, he lost because he couldn’t beat Obama…but he beat Mitt, remember?

right2bright on January 18, 2012 at 12:16 PM

i live in mass,

Good for you. MA–especially Boston—has great universities, cultural opportunities etc. But here on planet Earth progressive policies are progressive policies, and Romney’s record of governance is progressive, including RomneyCare with all its new rules, new taxes, its cores assumptions the state supervision of private economic activity to support progressive goals like universal coverage, and its mandates, a program of policy functionally identical to ObamaCare only Obama was never able to deliver a public option, unlike Willard Romney. Free cars for welfare recipients and free abortions are only a part of Romney’s problem. Well, that and he’s a gun grabber.

casuist on January 18, 2012 at 12:17 PM

i live in mass, although I cannot speak with knowledge on every one of these points as far as abortions are concerned the Massachusetts supreme court said in 1992 all heath plans must pay for abortions.

gerrym51 on January 18, 2012 at 12:04 PM

And Mitt appointed a Planned Parenthood executive to sit on that board, and no opposing appointment for pro-life…pretty much sums up his abortion stand.

right2bright on January 18, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Could Gov. Romney use a few of his dollars to give us an example of a negative ad against Obama? Prove to us that he can and will.

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Paul-Cincy on January 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM

By your comment Romney should have been the only candidate in Primaries ,Romney can run as many and as negative ads aginst his opponents but when they do the same they are some how hypocrites?

evergreenland on January 18, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Could Gov. Romney use a few of his dollars to give us an example of a negative ad against Obama? Prove to us that he can and will.

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 12:19 PM

He’s done a few. Go to YouTube and search for Romney ad Bump in the Road.

Go RBNY on January 18, 2012 at 12:22 PM

The undisciplined tag works for me. Remember when he said he shut the government down because he didn’t get a ride on Air Force One? I really don’t want that guy’s finger on the button.

rogaineguy on January 18, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Gingrich’s answer to news of Romney’s latest burst of advertising flatulence can be found here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2834451/posts Gingrich at least has a better sense of humor than the former corporate raider who profited from shipping high-wage manufacturing jobs to China in favor of low-wage retail jobs stocking shelves at Staples or delivering pizza here in the U.S. Oh, and then there’s the RomneyCare thing.

casuist on January 18, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Good for you. MA–especially Boston—has great universities, cultural opportunities etc. But here on planet Earth progressive policies are progressive policies, and Romney’s record of governance is progressive, including RomneyCare with all its new rules, new taxes, its cores assumptions the state supervision of private economic activity to support progressive goals like universal coverage, and its mandates, a program of policy functionally identical to ObamaCare only Obama was never able to deliver a public option, unlike Willard Romney. Free cars for welfare recipients and free abortions are only a part of Romney’s problem. Well, that and he’s a gun grabber.

you are as entitled to you opinion as I am to mine-what I am saying is being a republican governor of the most liberal state of the union is not the same as being the republican governor of texas

gerrym51 on January 18, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Romney can run as many and as negative ads aginst his opponents but when they do the same they are some how hypocrites?

evergreenland on January 18, 2012 at 12:20 PM

No. Doing the same thing he scolded his opponent for doing makes him a hypocrite.

Go RBNY on January 18, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Newt is working so hard to make sure we get a conservative candidate. I’m sure this will cause him to have another affair.

gerrym51 on January 18, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Molinari goes to the core of the issue. Those who know Newt best, support him least. It has always been all about Newt, when Newt is involved in anything.

jibjab75 on January 18, 2012 at 12:30 PM

you are as entitled to you opinion as I am to mine-what I am saying is being a republican governor of the most liberal state of the union is not the same as being the republican governor of texas

Yes, we both agree that Romney governed without principle during his unremarkable single term as a failed governor who ranked at 48 out of 50 governors in terms of favorability when he was forced to leave office even though his two GOP predecessors enjoyed two terms each, because as a blue-stater Romney governed as a blue-stater. The problem for those of us with a brain in our heads is that now that we have granted you your point about Romney’s complete lack of principle, we are stuck with an unprincipled Romney whose only “achievement” to date is a program of policy functionally identical to ObamaCare, a program that he is “proud” to defend for some reason. I cannot endorse this sort of outcome with my support, or my vote. I will never vote for Romney.

casuist on January 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Newt is working so hard to make sure we get a conservative candidate. I’m sure this will cause him to have another affair.

gerrym51 on January 18, 2012 at 12:27 PM

It always makes me so damned mad when someone thinks of these things before I do.

rogaineguy on January 18, 2012 at 12:33 PM

jibjab75 on January 18, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Yep, Papa Bush hates him because Newt told him going back on his no taxes pledge was wrong and wouldn’t support the cave. Who was right? There are a lot of reasons for politicos to dislike each other, they are all grabbing for the same power.

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Gingrich at least has a better sense of humor than the former corporate raider who profited from shipping high-wage manufacturing jobs to China in favor of low-wage retail jobs stocking shelves at Staples or delivering pizza here in the U.S. Oh, and then there’s the RomneyCare thing.

casuist on January 18, 2012 at 12:25 PM

And then there’s the Freddie Mac thing.

And then there’s the cheating on two wives thing (probably three, lets be honest).

And then there’s the Dede Scozzafava thing

And then there’s the Nancy Pelosi thing

And then there’s the “right-wing social engineering” thing

And then there’s the global warming book thing

And then there’s the Tiffany’s thing

Go RBNY on January 18, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Go RBNY on January 18, 2012 at 12:22 PM

I don’t want to have to search for them. I know this isn’t the general but so far “nice guy, out of his depth” is lame.

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 12:36 PM

rogaineguy on January 18, 2012 at 12:33 PM

You need to aim higher.

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Yes, we both agree that Romney governed without principle during his unremarkable single term as a failed governor who ranked at 48 out of 50 governors in terms of favorability when he was forced to leave office even though his two GOP predecessors enjoyed two terms each, because as a blue-stater Romney governed as a blue-stater. The problem for those of us with a brain in our heads is that now that we have granted you your point about Romney’s complete lack of principle, we are stuck with an unprincipled Romney whose only “achievement” to date is a program of policy functionally identical to ObamaCare, a program that he is “proud” to defend for some reason. I cannot endorse this sort of outcome with my support, or my vote. I will never vote for Romney.

casuist on January 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM

That thing you’re sitting on is not your head. And the matter inside it is not your brain.

rogaineguy on January 18, 2012 at 12:37 PM

All of the candidates are moderate/conservatives. EVERY last one of them has taken a left of center position in policies, legislation and/or philosophies. ALL OF THEM. This means Santorum, Newt, Perry and Romney. Yet you are swatting at nats to define the competitors to your chosen one as being liberal or moderate and not a purist conservative.

The re-writing of history regarding Reagan has become less factual and more ‘conservative’ than what he accomplished, too. Reagan singed abortion legislation in California. This legislation changed significantly from abortion okay if mother will die, to any and all abortions good to go. He gave us amnesty (very liberal) and a revolving door.

This purist test is what is keeping the Democrats in power. Let’s take over the legislatures with purists first. This is a slow process. We have 2012 to get rid of some more progressives, let’s work on that.

uhangtight on January 18, 2012 at 12:38 PM

All of Newt “the only guy who can beat One-bama” Gingrich’s baggage has yet to hit the fan. Romney has been holding back releasing just enough to get the job done.

Newt has “a whole grave yard full of skeletons”.

NickDeringer on January 18, 2012 at 12:40 PM

That thing you’re sitting on is not your head.

Well, duh. Who but a Willard supporter would sit on their head? Thank you, however, for repeating my entire sermon word for word as it helps to get the word out. No Willard. Never. No way. Ever. That sort of thing.

casuist on January 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Yes, we both agree that Romney governed without principle during his unremarkable single term as a failed governor who ranked at 48 out of 50 governors in terms of favorability when he was forced to leave office even though his two GOP predecessors enjoyed two terms each, because as a blue-stater Romney governed as a blue-stater. The problem for those of us with a brain in our heads is that now that we have granted you your point about Romney’s complete lack of principle, we are stuck with an unprincipled Romney whose only “achievement” to date is a program of policy functionally identical to ObamaCare, a program that he is “proud” to defend for some reason. I cannot endorse this sort of outcome with my support, or my vote. I will never vote for Romney.

lack of principle got obama elected

gerrym51 on January 18, 2012 at 12:43 PM

That Molinari ad is brutal in its simplicity.

I like it.

JohnGalt23 on January 18, 2012 at 12:00 PM

While Molinari was and is a RINO, I know a few conservative members who were in the House back then who, unfortunately, would agree with what she’s saying about Newt in the ad. That’s a real problem for him.

TXUS on January 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Romeny is trying get Newt’s goat, Newt needs to stay calm and fight back on the merits, its impossible to win by trying to out bad someone, easier to win the out good your opponent race.

Speakup on January 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM

And then there’s the Freddie Mac thing.

And then there’s the cheating on two wives thing (probably three, lets be honest).

And then there’s the Dede Scozzafava thing

And then there’s the Nancy Pelosi thing

And then there’s the “right-wing social engineering” thing

And then there’s the global warming book thing

And then there’s the Tiffany’s thing

Go RBNY on January 18, 2012 at 12:34 PM

And then there’s Romney being on the wrong side of pretty much every issue before he ran for president:

McCain opposition research book on Romney published

The Apostle Paul did not have a change of heart like we’re expected to believe Romney did.

Affirmative action, gay rights, abortion, stem cells, guns, Iran, Taxes, Bush Tax Cuts, immigration, education, Global Warming, Planned Parenthood… the list goes on and on and on.

29Victor on January 18, 2012 at 12:46 PM

And then there’s the Tiffany’s thing

Go RBNY on January 18, 2012 at 12:34 PM

That’s funny. The same folks who reject Newt for his anti-rich rhetoric are blaming him for being rich. :)

Archivarix on January 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM

TXUS on January 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Lots of people hate the boss.

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 12:57 PM

That’s funny. The same folks who reject Newt for his anti-rich rhetoric are blaming him for being rich. :)

No just being a spendthrift

gerrym51 on January 18, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Yep, “chaos” is the operative word. More historical perspective here via Rush Limbaugh interview with Tom Delay, where he talks about the problems they had with Newt’s ever-shifting agenda.

Meanwhile, Romney should also remind voters that Newt isn’t organized enough to get on all the ballots, took a cruise immediately upon announcing his candidacy, lost his entire staff as they fled in protest. Even if he managed to defeat Obama, I worry he’s too undisciplined to be an effective Chief Executive of the United States of America.

PS: Remember all the hype about the “new Newt”, the “mature Newt” who (with Calista’s help and his conversion to Catholicism) has changed from his days as Speaker? HA!

Buy Danish on January 18, 2012 at 1:00 PM

And then there’s the Tiffany’s thing

Go RBNY on January 18, 2012 at 12:34 PM

That’s funny. The same folks who reject Newt for his anti-rich rhetoric are blaming him for being rich. :)

Archivarix on January 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Nah! It is his inconsistency as you have pointed out.

Gunlock Bill on January 18, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Could Gov. Romney use a few of his dollars to give us an example of a negative ad against Obama? Prove to us that he can and will.

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 12:19 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EP2GsRzROF8

What are you going to say now? Prediction: pretend this didn’t happen and in a few days go back to parrot the same talking points.

joana on January 18, 2012 at 1:03 PM

So, the Newtron campaign willing admits that the only way for Obama to win a debate with Romney is to keep Romney from speaking!!!

LOL!!!!!!

Gunlock Bill on January 18, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Here’s the “unreliable leader” ad starring Jim Talent.

Buy Danish on January 18, 2012 at 1:05 PM

People should read what Senator Tom Coburn wrote about Gingrich and his leadership in his book “Breach of Confidence” – a small bonus in a book which is arguably one of the most insightful books on how modern DC works.

Actually, Coburn has recently stated he’d “have difficulty supporting Gingrich as president of the United States”.

Susan Molinari is on the ad because of her leadership position under Newt’s tenure as the speaker. Conservatives like Coburn wholeheartedly agree with her.

joana on January 18, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Could Gov. Romney use a few of his dollars to give us an example of a negative ad against Obama? Prove to us that he can and will.
Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Seriously? BTW, I don’t see Palin expending much energy in that direction. She wants our candidates “vetted” but ignores the “vetting” of Newt Gingrich (for instance, she doesn’t call him out for the Soviet-styled propaganda used in the PAC ad), misstates Perry’s statements on “vulture capitalism”, pushes only one candidate to release his tax returns, and demands that Mitt prove he created 100,000 jobs – something easily verifiable by going to the websites of Staples and Sports Authority. So yeah, I think it’s about time Palin’s comments be “vetted” and she turn her attention to the “crony capitalist” in the White House instead of smearing the GOP with that unsubstantiated charge she made way back in her Iowa speech.

Buy Danish on January 18, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Here’s the “unreliable leader” ad starring Jim Talent.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CFBPW6-AKR0
Buy Danish on January 18, 2012 at 1:05 PM

I’m glad this is getting out. Suggests that, despite his strong points, Newt is fatally flawed.

Paul-Cincy on January 18, 2012 at 1:19 PM

joana on January 18, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Very nice, make it shorter and put it on TV and it will help Gov. Romney immensely. I don’t go to candidates sites and I don’t receive emails so I don’t do talking points. Love or hate what I say but the comments are mine.

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 1:20 PM

That’s not even close. The WOF ad is much more effective. The Romney ad is the same ol’, same ol’ so-and-so says this about the candidate. Those resonate with me about the same as somebody hocking a sham-wow.

LtBarnwell02 on January 18, 2012 at 1:22 PM

I’m glad this is getting out. Suggests that, despite his strong points, Newt is fatally flawed.
Paul-Cincy on January 18, 2012 at 1:19 PM

It’s sad to say, he’s got nothing on Achilles when it comes to fatal flaws. Or Icarus or Narcissus for that matter.

Buy Danish on January 18, 2012 at 1:24 PM

I think this helps Romney in the general election to be seen as moderate.

I know thats not the general opinion on Hot Air-what can i say

gerrym51 on January 18, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Except Romney’s not a moderate by any stretch of the imagination, unless you are using moderate as a code word for “liberal.” An actual track record of moderate policy would be more Newt’s flavor, where has done some conservative things (his accomplishments as Speaker in the 90s) and some liberal things (such as the Pelosi couch ad or the Scozzafava endorsement). Romney has no such conservative track record other than vague campaign rhetoric and promises.

The term “moderate” has become incredibly distorted this election.

Doomberg on January 18, 2012 at 1:42 PM

I think that Romney ad is pretty powerful stuff, and I’m not much of a Romney supporter.

MTF on January 18, 2012 at 1:49 PM

When Newt was rising in the polls, his strategy was to go after Obama with a little bit of schooling of the media. It was working well. All I am saying is the Gov. Romney might want to try it. The popular consensus is that Obama is going to go after Gov. Romney for his change of views through the years, people grow, learn and times change. Gov. Romney has it within his power to get the base and middle I don’t understand his reluctance.

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 1:51 PM

So Pres. Bush 41, going back on his promise not to raise taxes wasn’t the real culprit, it was the fault of Newt, who tried to warn him. Too funny.

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Newt’s ad is stupid.

rubberneck on January 18, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Newt’s ad is stupid.

rubberneck on January 18, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Spoken like a true Romney supporter. The words “liberal,” “Pelosi,” “fat,” “pot-bellied,” “idiotic,” or “dumb.”

29Victor on January 18, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Except Romney’s not a moderate by any stretch of the imagination, unless you are using moderate as a code word for “liberal.”

Precisely. Willard on grounds of his history of governance is a “social progressive,” just as he himself once attested in a rare moment of honesty supported by lucidity. For the rest of his waking hours Willard bustles about his business in an imaginary world where if you say it, it must be so.

casuist on January 18, 2012 at 2:05 PM

molinari is an old school live off your family name rino like mitt
what they really yearned for was a not make you actually work while
you enrich yourself and run away at the first sign of trouble kinda rino like hastert. you mitt fans can lick that crap from the bowl but don’t expect the rest of us to sell our souls to mitt. what has mitt ever led politically? mitt’s entire( as he would phrase it) raison d’etre is to outdo daddy. he’ll find that obama is not a throw to the wolves neophyte that he face in his only electoral win(netting a whopping 49.5%). romney is pitching you fools like a cheap buyout and you’ll be just as satisfied

rik on January 18, 2012 at 2:11 PM

And what is it that is now pushing Newt up in the polls again? An attack on Obama policies and a dig at the press. You would think someone might notice and buy a clue.

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 2:15 PM

hey ed

rik on January 18, 2012 at 2:20 PM

The old Newt: “I will run a positive campaign”.

The new Newt: “Mitt Romney is a liar”.

Paul-Cincy on January 18, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Gingrich v3.0: I apologize for going negative.
Gingrich v4.0: Romney is a vulture.
Gingrich v5.0: I agree, we should stop the negative ads.
Gingrich v6.0: Romney picks the bones of companies and fires people.
Gingrich v7.0: I am only raising concerns about his record.
Gingrich v8.0: Bain was exploitive.

csdeven on January 18, 2012 at 2:20 PM

hey ed how about just showing us the ads and leaving out your biased opinion about which is best?

rik on January 18, 2012 at 2:22 PM

rik on January 18, 2012 at 2:22 PM

That’s not how it works.

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 2:26 PM

cindy i think you mean that’s how it IS because it doesn’t work

rik on January 18, 2012 at 2:30 PM

The reason Newt was ahead in the polls awhile back was because he was NOT negative and vigorously attacked odumbo and his administration, i.e. he was exactly on point and just what conservatives wanted to hear. His poll numbers started falling when he let Romney suck him in and then went negative. If he would revert to the primary cause, defeating odumbo, his polls would shoot through the roof. A good example was the standing ovation he got at the debate.

ultracon on January 18, 2012 at 2:31 PM

I’m amused how much Romney fears Gingrich. Romney hasn’t attacked Paul of Perry or Santorum that badly.

Is this a flaw in Romney’s armor? Is Gingrich really that much of a threat?

timberline on January 18, 2012 at 2:33 PM

He’s done a few. Go to YouTube and search for Romney ad Bump in the Road.

Go RBNY on January 18, 2012 at 12:22 PM

You’re wasting your time. Romney’s record of going after Obama is long and strong. Just watch the debates. While Perry and Gingrich spout socialist propaganda during the debates, Romney focuses on Obama.

So as you can see, there are some who just refuse to be educated.

csdeven on January 18, 2012 at 2:35 PM

rik on January 18, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Except for the Quote of the Day, our host always have commentary about the articles they link. Sometimes you will like them, sometimes you will not but it is always how it has been.

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 2:35 PM

ultracon on January 18, 2012 at 2:31 PM

I would have liked to see him stay that course but Romney’s ads were hurting him. Oh, well, it all works out in the end and we know the truth about all of them.

Cindy Munford on January 18, 2012 at 2:38 PM

what hurts romney his undeniable baccarat glass jaw.

rik on January 18, 2012 at 2:38 PM

People that Gingrich used in his 30 minute attack on free market capitalism are on Fox right now exposing the lies told about Romney in the ad.

Once again, bad Gingrich is exposed for the vindictive narcissist that he is.

csdeven on January 18, 2012 at 2:38 PM

cindy i think i understand the concept. just don’t try claim that it works. working is not the same as being.

rik on January 18, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Search the archives from 2007

Go RBNY on January 18, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Care to suggest a particular month in 2007?

timberline on January 18, 2012 at 2:41 PM

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