New Romney Florida ad: You don’t really want to nominate a disgraced Freddie Mac shill, do you?

posted at 5:00 pm on January 23, 2012 by Allahpundit

I understand why he’d want to hit Newt hard on Freddie in Florida, which has taken a beating from the housing downturn. What I don’t understand is what he’ll say when Newt reminds the world tonight that Mitt put more than $250,000 in mutual funds that invested in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, among other government entities. Romney will come prepared with some sort of spin, but I think details are almost meaningless to most voters with tu quoques like this, especially with a candidate like Mitt who’s already perceived as two-faced. (Why is a guy who’s famously worth nine figures calling on anyone to give back some of their earnings, anyway? Terrible optics.) The takeaway will be Newt telling Mitt that his hands are dirty too and therefore he’s in no position to judge, and that’ll be that.

Question: If, like me, you’re clinging to the vaporous hope of a late entrant and/or brokered convention, how should you be rooting in Florida? For Newt, right? If Romney holds off Gingrich there, he’s back on track for the nomination, even if the slog will be longer than he first expected. If Gingrich upsets Romney, establishment Republicans will wet themselves in terror at the thought of an allegedly unelectable candidate becoming the nominee and will scramble to head Newt off. Maybe that means pushing someone new into the race or maybe it means propping the two of them up in various ways so that delegates split three ways between them and Ron Paul and no one has a majority at the convention. The Mitch Daniels fans are pleading with him again to reconsider, which makes sense insofar as Newt’s rise seems to have neutralized character attacks in the race. (In Daniels’s case, any attacks would be aimed at his wife, not at him, which makes them even more unlikely.) The problem with Daniels as a late entrant, though, is that he too would be seen as an “establishment” candidate, perhaps even more so than Romney. He’s a Bush guy, after all, and would have plenty of wealthy donors behind him, which Gingrich would frame as an attempt by “insiders” to rig the election twice at the expense of grassroots conservatives after having failed to do it once with Romney. If establishment Republicans really want to stop Newtmentum, they’d need a candidate with grassroots cred to blunt Newt’s pushback. Jindal seems like the most obvious option to me: He’s a free agent now that Perry’s out of the race and he’s universally respected among grassroots conservatives. But could he win a three-way race with Romney and Gingrich (or, rather, a four-way race with Paul) at this point? Hard to imagine. I think it’s brokered convention or bust.


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King of Negative campaigning is back.
This smacks of desperation.
Willard needs to know is NOT entitled to the nomination.

social-justice on January 23, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Very effective ad. Go Mitt!

nonpartisan on January 23, 2012 at 5:01 PM

You don’t really want to nominate a disgraced Freddie Mac shill, do you?

No, and I don’t want to vote for an uber-RINO liberal cult member either Mittster.

CorporatePiggy on January 23, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Better than a Mormon.

You-Eh-Vee on January 23, 2012 at 5:03 PM

mud fight! yeah!

nathor on January 23, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Well, seeing Romney has the GOP to hide behind, and PAC’s that he just can’t ask to stop running negative ad’s.

I for one would like to see Romney go toe to toe with Newt, I would love to see Romney get his political glass jaw shattered.

RobertInLexington on January 23, 2012 at 5:03 PM

You can’t say willard fluffs on substance.

tom daschle concerned on January 23, 2012 at 5:03 PM

I think it’s brokered convention or bust.

posted at 5:00 pm on January 23, 2012 by Allahpundit

3 months ago, did you think a brokered convention was even in the realm of reality?

portlandon on January 23, 2012 at 5:04 PM

I issue a challenge – unless you are old enough to remember the
truth about this do not respond.

Newt was “Palinized” before she was. He was sold out by his
own party because they wanted the power Newt was giving to the
people back in their own little dirty hands. It was a crock then
and it is a crock now.

Amjean on January 23, 2012 at 5:04 PM

What I don’t understand is what he’ll say when Newt reminds the world tonight that Mitt put more than $250,000 in mutual funds that invested in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, among other government entities.

Because investing in funds that run across several agencies did not allow the GSE’s to keep pimping out subprime mortgages. Lobbyin…. historical analysis by someone who knows neither the history nor mortgage lending while interacting with Congress did pave the way for subprime loans to be pimped out.

Zaggs on January 23, 2012 at 5:04 PM

I think it’s brokered convention or bust.

Might be the best to happen to the land, and a good history and constitution lesson.

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2012 at 5:04 PM

No, and I don’t want to vote for an uber-RINO liberal cult member either Mittster.

CorporatePiggy on January 23, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Cult member… Stay classy.

V7_Sport on January 23, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Another desperate Romney ad going nowhere fast.

Fletch54 on January 23, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Very effective ad. Go Mitt!

nonpartisan on January 23, 2012 at 5:01 PM

that will play well in Florida, and so it will here, in Cali too, when the times comes :-)

jimver on January 23, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Lifted from another thread.

Falcone is a donor to John Sununu.

batterup on January 23, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Just sayin’

a capella on January 23, 2012 at 5:05 PM

This just keeps getting better and better. By that, I mean worse, except for the entertainment, and traffic, value.

cozmo on January 23, 2012 at 5:05 PM

The question you have to ask:

What has Mitt Romney EVER done for the conservative cause?

Anything at all?

nicktjacob on January 23, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Maybe it’s just me, but I think we should vote for the guy who will have Obama urinating in his pants during the debates – we need to get this man out of the White House. We can deal with Newt, we can’t survive any more Obama.

turfmann on January 23, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Newt was “Palinized” before she was.

Amjean on January 23, 2012 at 5:04 PM

The difference was that Palin didn’t do anything to bring it on and Gingrich was guilty.

V7_Sport on January 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

He’s a quitter and he let us down once before.

We know that he will put personal pleasure before duty – he used his position of power to get his turtle wet.

If he breaks his vow to people he knows, how will he treat the country.

We already know he’s corrupt, we don’t need to find out just how corrupt.

Besides, do you think the three wives are the only ones?

You let them lynch Cain on flimsey evidence – do you think that there aren’t a half dozen women scorned in the wings???????

Wander on January 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Lanny Curry, GOP chair in FL, said this a.m. on Fox that they should all quit the turdfights and focus on what’s good for the land, as opposed to Obama.

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

From @AKaczynski1

2004 Fannie Mae Foundation pamphlet featuring on of their keynote conference speakers Mitt Romney.

http://content.knowledgeplex.org/kp2/cache/documents/106926.pdf

Mitt Romney 2011 campaign literature for a fundraiser. The underlined name has lobbied for Fannie Mae.

http://twitpic.com/8auds0

tetriskid on January 23, 2012 at 1:13 PM

h/t tetriskid

portlandon on January 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

I’d take Bobby Jindal over any of these rubes in a heartbeat.

CTSherman on January 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Hey Mitt, how about “11 stunning revelations from Larry Summers’ secret economics memo to Barack Obama”, “Keystone” “Rand Paul’s junk getting touched by the TSA” or “Solyndra”?

JPeterman on January 23, 2012 at 5:07 PM

If Gingrich upsets Romney, establishment Republicans will wet themselves in terror at the thought of an allegedly unelectable candidate becoming the nominee and will scramble to head Newt off. Maybe that means pushing someone new into the race or maybe it means propping the two of them up in various ways so that delegates split three ways between them and Ron Paul and no one has a majority at the convention.

So let me get this straight. Say Newt wins back-to-back primaries, perhaps both by double-digit margins. Doesn’t that mean the base is starting to coalesce around his candidacy and rejecting the establishment candidate? We can sit here and debate Newt’s electability til we’re blue in the face(or red since he’s a Republican). But bottom line is if the GOP elites try to dump Mittens in favor of another anti-Newt candidate, they’re gonna give off the appearance of A)complete chaos which not only hurts Newt in the eyes of the electorate, but also makes their party look incompetent and panicky and B)that they couldn’t give a rat’s ass about what the voters want.

That’s a very dangerous approach to take to a Presidential primary for a major party. Especially since conservatives and Tea Partiers are essential to any GOP general election victory. Disenfranchise them and you may as well kiss the entire Republican party goodbye.

Doughboy on January 23, 2012 at 5:07 PM

V7_Sport on January 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Guilty of what? Bad husbanding?

andy85719 on January 23, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Newt was “Palinized” before she was. He was sold out by his
own party because they wanted the power Newt was giving to the
people back in their own little dirty hands. It was a crock then
and it is a crock now.

Amjean on January 23, 2012 at 5:04 PM

hahaha, Newt, da people’s man :-)…New the empowerer of da proletariat :-)..dude, that spot is already taken by the community organizer in chief :-)….try something else, maybe it will stick :-)…

jimver on January 23, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Romeny is a Democrat . . . .never forget!

Pragmatic on January 23, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Mitt attacks Newt, but calls Obama “A nice guy who is in over his head.”

Newt says about Obama: “I don’t want to bloody his nose. I want to knock him out!”

Mitt is a whimp who is afraid of Obama. Go Newt!

Kaffa on January 23, 2012 at 5:08 PM

How do you spell “Revenge of the Tea Party”?

….Newt Gingrich

shomegirl on January 23, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Anyone who believes a broken convention is possible is an imbecile. With the current rules of delegates allocation + how nationalized political races have become since the early 80s, it simple can’t happen.

joana on January 23, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Romney will come prepared with some sort of spin

I dont know. He hasnt been good on defense. I doubt Gingrich will respond like he did in Iowa. He will hit back harder.

Flapjackmaka on January 23, 2012 at 5:08 PM

JPeterman on January 23, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Indeed. Fight the real enemies!!!

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Sniff Sniff Sniff

The Mittens desperation stench is getting nastier and nastier.

angryed on January 23, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Romney is so toast:

Mitt Romney taps former Bachmann strategist for debate prep

http://t.co/o8nOaoky

andy85719 on January 23, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Brokered conventions are a pipe dream offered by the chattering classes (of which Allah is now a member apparently) in hope of actually making the conventions interesting.

Not going to happen. Get over it.

All your dream candidates didn’t run because they were chicken-shit. Why would we want them installed at a convention as opposed to the people that actually ran a campaign?

grahsco on January 23, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Right. Romney should attack on ethics. He already got as much mileage as he’s going to get on Freddie Mae.

cd98 on January 23, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Great Ad — Go Mitt! What good has Gingrich ever done for the Conservative Cause other than embarras us?

lhuffman34 on January 23, 2012 at 5:09 PM

V7_Sport on January 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Guilty of what? Bad husbanding?

andy85719 on January 23, 2012 at 5:07 PM

The same crap the nutballs have been spewing in all the other threads. New thread, time to start over. They are paid by the word don’tcha’know.

cozmo on January 23, 2012 at 5:09 PM

The difference was that Palin didn’t do anything to bring it on and Gingrich was guilty.

V7_Sport on January 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Guilty of bringing upon him 82 baseless ethics charges that were thrown out?

angryed on January 23, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Cult member… Stay classy.

V7_Sport on January 23, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Whacked, twisted version version of Christianity, written and edited by a guy who wanted to validate his own polygamist relationship with his 16 year old serving maid.

What’s the problem?

You-Eh-Vee on January 23, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Hey Mitt, do you or do you not believe in Global Warming?

Kini on January 23, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Good Ad. Good work GMR.

Brett McD on January 23, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Someone should send Romney a urinal cake, now that he’s all full of p!ss and vinegar.

/

Christien on January 23, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Here’s the man the self proclaimed true conservatives are in love with:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyeB36ctO5I&feature=player_embedded

Not conservative. Not close. Not stable.

Swerve22 on January 23, 2012 at 5:11 PM

From @AKaczynski1

2004 Fannie Mae Foundation pamphlet featuring on of their keynote conference speakers Mitt Romney.

http://content.knowledgeplex.org/kp2/cache/documents/106926.pdf

Mitt Romney 2011 campaign literature for a fundraiser. The underlined name has lobbied for Fannie Mae.

http://twitpic.com/8auds0

tetriskid on January 23, 2012 at 1:13 PM

h/t tetriskid

portlandon on January 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Well well well. Isn’t THAT interesting?

BardMan on January 23, 2012 at 5:11 PM

BACHMANN’S STRATEGIST HELPING MITT ROMNEY PREP!!! Tip of spear?

andy85719 on January 23, 2012 at 5:11 PM

You can’t say willard fluffs on substance.
tom daschle concerned on January 23, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Not to sure about that, but he certainly has plenty of fluffers.

CTSherman on January 23, 2012 at 5:11 PM

The difference was that Palin didn’t do anything to bring it on and Gingrich was guilty.

V7_Sport on January 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

I’ve seen you post this in several threads today. Please provide proof that Newt Gingrich was found guilty and run out of Congress because of his guilt.

Thanks.

AmayasNana on January 23, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Romney has no problem attacking fellow republicans but he cannot bring himself to calling Obama a socialist

social-justice on January 23, 2012 at 5:11 PM

BREAKING: Gingrich’s former consulting company will release his contracts with Freddie Mac before tonight’s debate

andy85719 on January 23, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Romney has no problem attacking fellow republicans but he cannot bring himself to calling Obama a socialist

social-justice on January 23, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Because deep down Romney hates Republicans and admires Obama. It’s who he is.

angryed on January 23, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Newt was “Palinized” before she was. He was sold out by his
own party because they wanted the power Newt was giving to the
people back in their own little dirty hands. It was a crock then
and it is a crock now.

Amjean on January 23, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Oh so very true…

tinkerthinker on January 23, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Good grief, Allah, if you don’t know the difference between pimpimg for Freddie Mac and helping it avoid regulation, and investing some of your money in its paper as a part of a balanced portfolio, I can’t help you.

rockmom on January 23, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Newt is a sure loser. Mitt is a likely loser.

Somebody get off their r and shake something to get somebody else, that can excite the base and lacks nutty ultra-extreme edges, to jump in.

anotherJoe on January 23, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Romney is so toast:

Mitt Romney taps former Bachmann strategist for debate prep

http://t.co/o8nOaoky

andy85719 on January 23, 2012 at 5:09 PM

In house resources…

the_nile on January 23, 2012 at 5:14 PM

I’ll raise you two RINOs, a Liberscarian, and an Ego-maniac.

Limerick on January 23, 2012 at 5:14 PM

What fool is running Romneys campaign? You just got your butt handed to you and now you want to go dirty? Now is the time where you show what you have that makes you a better choice than Newt, not this.

Sultanofsham on January 23, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Anyone who believes a broken convention is possible is an imbecile. With the current rules of delegates allocation + how nationalized political races have become since the early 80s, it simple can’t happen.

joana on January 23, 2012 at 5:08 PM

I’m 90% with you joana. It’s a pipe dream. Besides, once the primaries go “winner take all”, someone is going to pull away from the pack.

my 10% caveat. Don’t underestimate the level of GOP desperation. Like Rush said today, they simply can change the rules.

WisRich on January 23, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Romney Viewed Affordable Housing As Right, Not Privilege

Before his current laissez-faire incarnation, Gov. Romney backed, practiced extensive intervention in the market.

tetriskid on January 23, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Mitt Romney taps former Bachmann strategist for debate prep

oh God! Romney channeling Bachmann? Cant wait….

Flapjackmaka on January 23, 2012 at 5:14 PM

BREAKING BREAKING: Gingrich’s former consulting company will release his contracts with Freddie Mac before tonight’s debate. Now we will know what Gingrich was doing ad Freddie and if it is innocuous, Romney might look really bad.

andy85719 on January 23, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Newt Gingrich was under FBI investigation for bribery

By Andre C James
Jan 6, 2012

Little known to the American public Newt Gingrich and his then wife Marianne were the subject of a US Justice Department criminal investigation in the late 1990s involving a $10 million bribe of the world’s largest private arms dealer, Sarkis Soghanalia
Unaware that Soghanalian was an FBI informant
, it is alleged that Marianne Gingrich whilst working for the Israel Export Development Corporation (IEDC) tried to facilitate a bribe to the tune of $10 million so that her husband could use his influence to lift the arms embargo against Iraq in order for Soghanalian to collect an outstanding payment of $54 million from Saddam Hussein.
In a series of interviews before his death in October 2011, Soghanalian claimed that people representing the Gingrichs advised that the money should not be paid directly to Gingrich but to a fund set up by the Institute for Advanced Strategic & Political Studies (IASPS), an Israeli/US think tank. According to its website, the IASPS was founded in 1984. It is connected to the Likud Party in Israel and maintains ties to conservative politicians in Israel and the United States.
Tony Khater, Soghanalian’s top aide, claimed that, “The FBI was aware of every contact Sarkis had with these people. The FBI told Sarkis to push for meetings with Gingrich and his wife. The FBI instructed Sarkis to attend the meetings, if they could be arranged.”
According to a Justice Department official, the objective of the 2 yearlong investigation “…was to see if Gingrich, through his then wife, was involved in an attempt by political associates to solicit bribes.” An FBI agent that was active in the case said, “The investigation was called off before we were permitted to finish making a case.”

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/317440#ixzz1kK255zHx

al on January 23, 2012 at 5:15 PM

So the GOP race is coming down to whose hands are less dirty?

Sorta like making sure that the guillotine blade they are going to use on you has been sharpened lately.

Horace on January 23, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Great Ad — Go Mitt! What good has Gingrich ever done for the Conservative Cause other than embarras us?

lhuffman34 on January 23, 2012 at 5:09 PM

That is such a stupid comment that I am going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume your only about 18 yrs. old.

KickandSwimMom on January 23, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Romney has no problem attacking fellow republicans but he cannot bring himself to calling Obama a socialist

social-justice on January 23, 2012 at 5:11 PM

He calls Obama a European-style Socialist, which is accurate. Calling Obama a marxist is hyperbole.

cd98 on January 23, 2012 at 5:16 PM

BREAKING BREAKING: Gingrich’s former consulting company will release his contracts with Freddie Mac before tonight’s debate. Now we will know what Gingrich was doing ad Freddie and if it is innocuous, Romney might look really bad.

andy85719 on January 23, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Did Newt approve the release or is this another MSM/Romney ambush?

WisRich on January 23, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Major backfire for Romney, Newt takes Florida with South Carolina numbers and huge momentum.

Rebar on January 23, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Anyone who believes a broken convention is possible is an imbecile. With the current rules of delegates allocation + how nationalized political races have become since the early 80s, it simple can’t happen.

joana on January 23, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Funny, I’m hearing different.

tinkerthinker on January 23, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Newt Gingrich was under FBI investigation for bribery

He WAS? So did they find him innocent?

Flapjackmaka on January 23, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Who paid for it?

Jindel isn’t ready for prime time, Mitch still doesn’t have the pipes and more people in the race are intended to nominate Romney, who’s candidate is he again? Oh yeah the please don’t rock our boat GOP establishment.

Speakup on January 23, 2012 at 5:17 PM

I’ll raise you two RINOs, a Liberscarian, and an Ego-maniac.

Limerick on January 23, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Just shoot me now, would ya?

JPeterman on January 23, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Romney’s flailing again. If he loses FL, I think his entire base of support (such as it is) will collapse as the whole phony electability-myth edifice comes tumbling down. Romney has problems with Gingrich but yet he’s going to take on that Dem machine and beat Obama. Idiocy.

ddrintn on January 23, 2012 at 5:17 PM

The question you have to ask:

What has Mitt Romney EVER done for the conservative cause?

Anything at all?

nicktjacob on January 23, 2012 at 5:05 PM

I have asked this same question on this site numerous times and all I have gotten is the same as you:

C-R-I-C-K-E-T-S! And that is because the answer is:

N-O-T-H-I-N-G!!!!!!!!

they lie on January 23, 2012 at 5:17 PM

The question you have to ask:

What has Mitt Romney EVER done for the conservative cause?

Anything at all?

nicktjacob on January 23, 2012 at 5:05 PM

You mean besides spending the last 4 years helping elect Republicans?

Gunlock Bill on January 23, 2012 at 5:18 PM

He calls Obama a European-style Socialist, which is accurate. Calling Obama a marxist is hyperbole.

cd98 on January 23, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Obama and Co. are proposing a committee to regulate the amount of profit some companies can have. Fair Profits Board. Marxism is: “To each according to his need, from each according to his abilities.” A Fair Profits Board is by definition Marxism.

andy85719 on January 23, 2012 at 5:18 PM

al on January 23, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Yep. Washington insiders are at DEFCON 1. Scramble the bombers.

WisRich on January 23, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Did Newt approve the release or is this another MSM/Romney ambush?

WisRich on January 23, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Newt approved the release.

andy85719 on January 23, 2012 at 5:19 PM

As I understand it Romney has already saturated the state with ads, this is a yawner. Romney will practice answering the attacks he thinks Newt will make, if Newt wings it Romney is done. Without a practiced answer it all “I love America and Americans!! Oh and puyppies, and the elderly, and Americans did I mention Americans. and that I love them?”

Theworldisnotenough on January 23, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Hey Mitt – how about giving us a reason to vote FOR YOU and just not against Newt?

This ad will only backfire among undecided GOPers here.

Common Sense Floridian on January 23, 2012 at 5:19 PM

He calls Obama a European-style Socialist, which is accurate. Calling Obama a marxist is hyperbole.

cd98 on January 23, 2012 at 5:16 PM

No he says Obama wants to turn America in a European-style Socialist.

Find me a quote where he calls Obama a socialist, communist or Marxist. All these terms accurately describe Obama by the way

social-justice on January 23, 2012 at 5:19 PM

I for one would like to see Romney go toe to toe with Newt, I would love to see Romney get his political glass jaw shattered.

RobertInLexington on January 23, 2012 at 5:03 PM

It so happens there’s a debate tonight at 10 on NBC. You may get your wish to see Romney v. Gingrich.

Outlander on January 23, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Where can I get a job as a historian for $1.6M? I am in need of some seriuos cash.

What has Gingrich being doing since he left congress?

dmnari on January 23, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Jindal seems like the most obvious option to me:

Yes.

Weight of Glory on January 23, 2012 at 5:20 PM

As I understand it Romney has already saturated the state with ads, this is a yawner.

I imagine. It must be pissing off Floridians.

Flapjackmaka on January 23, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Question: If, like me, you’re clinging to the vaporous hope of a late entrant and/or brokered convention, how should you be rooting in Florida? For Newt, right? If Romney holds off Gingrich there, he’s back on track for the nomination, even if the slog will be longer than he first expected. If Gingrich upsets Romney, establishment Republicans will wet themselves in terror at the thought of an allegedly unelectable candidate becoming the nominee and will scramble to head Newt off. Maybe that means pushing someone new into the race or maybe it means propping the two of them up in various ways so that delegates split three ways between them and Ron Paul and no one has a majority at the convention. The Mitch Daniels fans are pleading with him again to reconsider, which makes sense insofar as Newt’s rise seems to have neutralized character attacks in the race. (In Daniels’s case, any attacks would be aimed at his wife, not at him, which makes them even more unlikely.) The problem with Daniels as a late entrant, though, is that he too would be seen as an “establishment” candidate, perhaps even more so than Romney. He’s a Bush guy, after all, and would have plenty of wealthy donors behind him, which Gingrich would frame as an attempt by “insiders” to rig the election twice at the expense of grassroots conservatives after having failed to do it once with Romney. If establishment Republicans really want to stop Newtmentum, they’d need a candidate with grassroots cred to blunt Newt’s pushback. Jindal seems like the most obvious option to me: He’s a free agent now that Perry’s out of the race and he’s universally respected among grassroots conservatives. But could he win a three-way race with Romney and Gingrich (or, rather, a four-way race with Paul) at this point? Hard to imagine. I think it’s brokered convention or bust.

Permit to laugh thrice at this lunacy. The only obvious candidate at this point would Sarah Palin and you avoid the name like plague. Anyway, it’s quite amusing to watch people who told Palinistas that her late entry is a pipe dream but somehow Jindal could play a deux ex machina. Congratulations, you have lost the last iota of respect one may’ve had for you as an independent commentator.

promachus on January 23, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Romney is an arrogant person who thinks the nomination can be bought. Conservatives are refusing the product he is selling. He is not a conservative and he also went to the left of Ted Kennedy during his days at Massachusetts

social-justice on January 23, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Romney has no problem attacking fellow republicans but he cannot bring himself to calling Obama a socialist

social-justice on January 23, 2012 at 5:11 PM

That’s because Oromney is a closet socialist.

Time to come out of the closet, Oromney, and quit being a scumbag liar.

they lie on January 23, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Hey Mitt, how about “11 stunning revelations from Larry Summers’ secret economics memo to Barack Obama”, “Keystone” “Rand Paul’s junk getting touched by the TSA” or “Solyndra”?

JPeterman on January 23, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Plus, a little Fast and Furious just to reinforce Mitt’s committment to the 2nd Amendment.:)

a capella on January 23, 2012 at 5:21 PM

That is such a stupid comment that I am going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume your only about 18 yrs. old.

KickandSwimMom on January 23, 2012 at 5:16 PM

They do that on purpose, pretend… stupidity…troll

tinkerthinker on January 23, 2012 at 5:21 PM

You know who has spent all his time in Washington? Newt Gingrich. It’s fine if you want him as your Candidate choice, but don’t try to make him out to be something he is not…. An outsider….

sandee on January 23, 2012 at 5:21 PM

This is why Santorum may end up as the alternative to Romney.

Blaise on January 23, 2012 at 5:21 PM

The difference was that Palin didn’t do anything to bring it on and Gingrich was guilty.

V7_Sport on January 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Ahhhh…. no. He was exonerated of all the charges.

All.

Not some.

Not a few.

All.

Facts are stubborn things. If you want to take shots at him, than do it based on facts (and yes, the same goes for shots at Romney, Santorum, and – God help us – Ron Paul). Leave the smearing to the Left. They’re better at it… it’s in their DNA apparently.

Snorkdoodle Whizbang on January 23, 2012 at 5:22 PM

AP,

What are the chances of Gingrich going yard again on another lead-off hanging curve?

Christien on January 23, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Republicans attacking someone just for making money? OUTRAGE!

This is an ATTACK ON CAPITALISM!
Why does Mitt Romney HATE CAPITALISM?

Masih ad-Dajjal on January 23, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Great Ad — Go Mitt! What good has Gingrich ever done for the Conservative Cause other than embarras us?

lhuffman34 on January 23, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Oh, I don’t know. I’ll bet Newt can spell “embarass.”

Horace on January 23, 2012 at 5:23 PM

What fool is running Romneys campaign? You just got your butt handed to you and now you want to go dirtynegative? Now is the time where you show what you have that makes you a better choice than Newt, not this.

Sultanofsham on January 23, 2012 at 5:14 PM

But Palin said the candidates (INCLUDING NEWTRON) needed more vetting.

Let the vetting of Newtron Gingrich CONTINUE!!!!

Gunlock Bill on January 23, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Romney is doing what everyone always tells us won’t work, negative ads. I guess that is what you do when you have NO conservative accomplishments to tout. At least when Newt speaks it is with confidence in the American spirit and respect and love for the country that comes through and that is what connects to voters. Romney has taken his campaign down a very dark road and that does not bode well for him.

JannyMc on January 23, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Great Ad!!!!
I especially liked that he did it himself and approved this message. I guess he is a fighter and the gloves are off.

Natebo on January 23, 2012 at 5:23 PM

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