Romney to Florida: Say, shouldn’t Gingrich give back the Freddie Mac money already?

posted at 11:10 am on January 23, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

People say they like Newt Gingrich because he fights even if he doesn’t always win, which reminds me of Abraham Lincoln’s assessment of Ulysses Grant as commander of the Union army in the Civil War.  (Say, this historian stuff is catching, isn’t it?) Mitt Romney wants to show people that he can fight with a little passion, too.  In a press avail in Florida, Romney went back on the attack against Gingrich, demanding once again that the former Speaker put his money where his mouth used to be on Freddie Mac (via Greg Hengler):

He said, in a debate actually, that people who profited from the failed model of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae ought to give back their money. Well, the Speaker made 1.7 million dollars in his enterprises from providing services to Freddie Mac. He ought to give it back.

At this late date, it’s hard to remember what came first: the Freddie or the Bain.  It was Newt’s attack on Bain, but not by much, as Romney immediately went after Gingrich on the contract with Freddie and Gingrich’s Tiffany credit line.  Neither attack should put either candidate in a very good light with conservatives; both play on the kind of class warfare that Republicans usually deride, and which Democrats use much more effectively in any case.  It’s a measure of the hardball that both will play in Florida, which both need to put together an argument for long-term support in the primaries.

Romney is also on the attack on Gingrich’s record as Speaker, calling his record a “disgrace” and not an example of “successful leadership”:

Mitt Romney landed here Sunday with a simple message: Newt Gingrich is a failure and a fraud. And a disgrace. And a hapless showman.

Standing under a brilliant orange Florida sunset, Romney delivered his longest sustained critique of the South Carolina primary winner to date — ticking through a list as if he were reading off Gingrich’s Wikipedia page, and undercutting each item as he got to it.

“Speaker Gingrich has also been a leader,” the former Massachusetts governor said. “He was a leader for four years as speaker of the House. And at the end of four years, it was proven that he was a failed leader and he had to resign in disgrace. I don’t know whether you knew that, he actually resigned after four years, in disgrace.

Romney continued: “He was investigated over an ethics panel and had to make a payment associated with that and then his fellow Republicans, 88 percent of his Republicans voted to reprimand Speaker Gingrich. He has not had a record of successful leadership.”

Then Romney got into Gingrich’s post-congressional career.

“Over the last 15 years since he left the House, he talks about great bold movements and ideas,” he told the crowd of several hundred people gathered at a building materials company here. “Well, what’s he been doing for 15 years? He’s been working as a lobbyist, yeah, he’s been working as a lobbyist and selling influence around Washington.”

Well, no one can accuse Romney of not demonstrating an attack offense on the campaign trail.

Gingrich learned faster than Romney on the need to quickly defuse a meme.  Earlier today, the winner of South Carolina says he wants to have his contract with Freddie Mac fully released so that voters can judge for themselves what he did for the GSE:

Newt Gingrich said on Monday that he has requested the release of his consulting contract with Freddie Mac, adding that it would be “very helpful” if the release came before next week’s Florida primary contest.

Asked if he will release the consulting contract between his former company, the Center for Health Transformation, and Freddie Mac, Gingrich told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: “We asked them to work out releasing it. They have a number of confidentiality agreements. I’m very comfortable with it being released.”

“I think it would be very helpful,” Gingrich said, when asked if he would like the release to occur before the primary.

Presumably, Freddie Mac won’t have an issue with it, since the amount of Gingrich’s fees have already been revealed.  The confidentiality agreements probably have more to do with proprietary information that wouldn’t have to be released with the contract, and getting Gingrich’s approval for transparency should allow Freddie Mac to have those contracts in the hands of the media, perhaps early enough so that Florida voters can read them.  However, even if Freddie refuses or drags their heels, Gingrich has already checked Romney’s attack.  By volunteering his approval for release, Gingrich has sent the message that there isn’t anything in the contract that will embarrass him or Republicans, even if it does remind people that he performed some kind of work for Freddie Mac while it was setting itself up for a collapse.

As for returning the money, it won’t happen, nor should it, if Gingrich and his firm delivered the promised services for which he was to be compensated.  But perhaps Gingrich should have kept that in mind before shooting off his own mouth a couple of years ago about others like him who made money from relationships with Freddie Mac.


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Well of course.

And Romney should release his 600 other wives from the bunker in Utah.

CorporatePiggy on January 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Will Romney give back all the money he made bankrupting companies

social-justice on January 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM

This is a blatant attack on capitalism by Romney. Gingrich was paid for work provided. Only communists demand you give back money you earned for working.

Romney is using OCCUPY leftists tactics!!

portlandon on January 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM

(kidding)

CorporatePiggy on January 23, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Newt Gingrich is a failure and a fraud. And a disgrace. And a hapless showman.

Meanwhile, Obama is a nice guy in over his head.

lorien1973 on January 23, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Romney hates capitalism. Newt was paid by the government for his services as a private citizen.

Why is Romney using the tactics of the left?

social-justice on January 23, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Romney fights like a girl. It’s hilarious!

tom daschle concerned on January 23, 2012 at 11:13 AM

This is so stupid. Is Romney going to give back money he made from entities Bain invested in that eventually went bankrupt?

flyfisher on January 23, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Evidence Suggests Gingrich Was Right – Freddie Mac Refused His Advice http://bit.ly/sYUntY

Also, Santorum’s charge against Newt is proven untrue http://bit.ly/zuGNLq

Winghunter on January 23, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Gingrich the hot air balloon is bound to go off the rails again at some point.

therightwinger on January 23, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Well if Newt agreed to release the details of the contract, that kinda diffuses that line of attack. Mittens can’t seriously keep demanding that Newt return the money. That’ll leave him wide open for demands that he return any profits made by Bain on failed companies.

Doughboy on January 23, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Hey Ed, I like your reference to Lincoln’s remarks on Grant! My thoughts exactly, :)

txmomof6 on January 23, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Social security is a failed model, too. Should Americans give their checks back, Mitt?

flyfisher on January 23, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Too bad Romney doesn’t attack Obama the same way…but Gingrich answer is classic,

“I think it would be very helpful,” Gingrich said, when asked if he would like the release to occur before the primary.

That’s the way to answer a question, unlike the wishy-washy Romney.
Now it is Newt’s to lose…

right2bright on January 23, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Can this race get any more pathetic?

MeatHeadinCA on January 23, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Wow, look at him in the picture and interview. Is it just me or does he look like he’s aged about five years?

Doomberg on January 23, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Don’t worry, Newt and Mitt secretly like each other. Mitt is simply vaccinating Newt from attacks in the general.

Count it.

antisense on January 23, 2012 at 11:15 AM

No wonder Romney is losing, with this nonsense.

We want someone who will fight 0bama and the MSM, Romney has had more than four years to do so, and failed to do so. Now he’s going to take his “low T” meds, and attack… Newt?

Rings hollow, and simply is tonedeaf.

Rebar on January 23, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Romney goes after Newt, and then builds up Obama about the economy. Yea, Romney’s a whiner, er I mean winner. / What a “fighter” that Romney/

noneoftheabove on January 23, 2012 at 11:15 AM

But Gingrich hates the media, or something.

So I’m voting for him.

RINO on January 23, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Willard has this sense of entitlement

social-justice on January 23, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Romney hates capitalism. Newt was paid by the government for his services as a private citizen.

Why is Romney using the tactics of the left?

social-justice on January 23, 2012 at 11:12 AM

If you’re not liberal4life’s sock puppet, you should at least be paying the guy royalties for his material.

Kataklysmic on January 23, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Will Obummer release details of his relationship with the famed fundraisers DooDad Pro, and xpoiyxpiyxpoiy?

CorporatePiggy on January 23, 2012 at 11:15 AM

I’m a Mittster, today anyway, but that video of Mitt saying his one regret was attacking those he’s running against rather than spending time attacking Obama … that is funny, in the light of his current tactics. I guess Mitt decided to shift gears, and have new regrets to replace his old regrets. “I regret not attacking Newt more”.

Paul-Cincy on January 23, 2012 at 11:16 AM

May 8th, 2011 Setting the record straight by Jackied Gingrich Cushman http://bit.ly/tZre1b

Marianne lied. 6 yr ‘affair’ took place while separated http://bit.ly/w3OeL8

FOX interview. Gingrich explains charge on Bain http://bit.ly/xa4jXe

Comparative video of Romney vs. Gingrich http://is.gd/mJTKaH

Winghunter on January 23, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Yet, none of them are calling for Barack to release :

*School records
*Medical records
*Tax returns
*Moochelle’s contract with that hospital

SouthernGent on January 23, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Newt doesn’t have a problem with it’s release. It’s to late for Mitt.

tinkerthinker on January 23, 2012 at 11:17 AM

You have to bet that Mitt is getting pressure big time from the establishment to step up his game. There is also pressure on his surrogates to do the same.

CommentGuy on January 23, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Newt Gingrich is a failure and a fraud. And a disgrace. And a hapless showman.

Meanwhile, Obama is a nice guy in over his head.

lorien1973 on January 23, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Welcome to the narrative of the 2012 campaign if Newt is the nominee. Good luck guys!

libfreeordie on January 23, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Why is Romney using the tactics of the left?

social-justice on January 23, 2012 at 11:12 AM

File this under “questions that answer themselves”.

bloghooligan on January 23, 2012 at 11:17 AM

This is a blatant attack on capitalism by Romney. Gingrich was paid for work provided. Only communists demand you give back money you earned for working.

Romney is using OCCUPY leftists tactics!!

portlandon on January 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Sorry but the anti-capitalist is Newt Gingrich. Saying that the dirty Freddie money be returned is meaningless political rhetoric. Newt is the one that came out against venture capital.

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2012 at 11:17 AM

This is why Santorum is staying in… Romney and Gingrich seem to have grabbed on to each other and now are close to the each of the cliff. If they aren’t careful they will go over soon and both fall to their death! This seems very personal between the two now!

CCRWM on January 23, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Kurt romney can’t raise an effective attack on Newt Gingrich, but were supposed to accept that he will be effective in attacking obama?

tom daschle concerned on January 23, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Remember folks, Romney demanded this of Gingrich earlier in the campaign. This was the beginning of the fall of Romney. Demanding people give up money they earned fairly? In the private sector?

Romney is proving that he is a lefty. I’m glad this is all coming out now, before was crowned Ms GOP.

portlandon on January 23, 2012 at 11:18 AM

With Mitt’s record in Massachusetts, he needs to be real careful attacking Newt over failed leadership

flyfisher on January 23, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Can this race get any more pathetic?

MeatHeadinCA on January 23, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Just you wait.

Good Lt on January 23, 2012 at 11:18 AM

I’m a Mittster, today anyway, but that video of Mitt saying his one regret was attacking those he’s running against rather than spending time attacking Obama … that is funny, in the light of his current tactics. I guess Mitt decided to shift gears, and have new regrets to replace his old regrets. “I regret not attacking Newt more”.

Paul-Cincy on January 23, 2012 at 11:16 AM

King Willard thought the nomination was in the bag. Something unfortunate happened on the way to the coronation. The subjects found out he was a fraud.

social-justice on January 23, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Romney learned exactly the wrong message.

He shouldn’t be the nominee because he’s just dumb at this stuff. It’s shame he spent so much money of his own and others on it.

beatcanvas on January 23, 2012 at 11:20 AM

IF WE CAN’T SHARE LINKS RELEVANT TO THE DISCUSSION, THIS WEBSITE DOESN’T HELP US, DOES IT!? SOB!

Winghunter on January 23, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Newt is the one that came out against venture capital.

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Came out against venture capital? I hate the Bain line of attack, but that’s hyperbole. Not to mention that venture capital is a tiny portion of what Bain does.

flyfisher on January 23, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Has Romney come up with a better slogan than “America is great because of the greatness of her great people who are great”?

When he does, get back to me. His advisors are saying to fight and be more aggressive or Gingrich is going to blow you out before we get to Utah, your firewall state (rolls eyes). This doesn’t play well for Romney. You can’t pick up an attack you yourself once decried. Hypocritical at best.

Second. What is it Romney has done that makes him such a conservative candidate as a governor?

JP1986UM on January 23, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Romeny is showing some fire – about time.

gophergirl on January 23, 2012 at 11:21 AM

The subjects found out he was a fraud.

social-justice on January 23, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Considering that, even after running for the nomination for four years, he couldn’t get over 25-26% – he didn’t fool many people to begin with.

Rebar on January 23, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Sorry but the anti-capitalist is Newt Gingrich. Saying that the dirty Freddie money be returned is meaningless political rhetoric. Newt is the one that came out against venture capital.

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Hypocrisy much?

cozmo on January 23, 2012 at 11:21 AM

While Mr. Gingrich certainly was paid well for his consulting work, it also appears, at least to this point, he was being quite honest in his description regarding both his role as a consultant, and Freddie Mac’s repeated unwillingness to follow the advice Gingrich offered regarding their “insane lending practices”.

Kind of like Obama ignoring his “consultants” on the pipeline…this could play out to be even better for Newt.
Mitt wanted the info out, now that it comes out he may regret ever attacking.
Mitt, here is some advice…you are behind because you are attacking the wrong person…we want the person we believe can beat Obama. Concentrate on the real target and it will help you…Newt phrases most of his attacks against Romney cleverly, it makes you think Mitt can’t beat Obama…Mitt attacks his opponents separate from Obama, and after awhile it sounds like someone crying “wolf”…subtle but important this time around.
Negative ads work, but this election, the negatives have to be tied to Obama…

right2bright on January 23, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Welcome to the narrative of the 2012 campaign if Newt is the nominee. Good luck guys!

libfreeordie on January 23, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Defend Obama’s record. Let’s start with Keystone.

Kataklysmic on January 23, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Romney’s readying the kitchen sink as we speak…

bloghooligan on January 23, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Newt is the one that came out against venture capital.

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2012 at 11:17 AM

The timeline is clear.

1.Romney demanded that Newt give back money he earned as a private citizen.

2.Gingrich attacked Romney over his record at Bain Capital.

Gingrich did not attack venture capitalism. He simply showed that Mitt Romney, who keeps holding up his “private sector experience” isn’t the patron saint of the working class.

If Romney wants the GOP voters to forget about his failed Governorship record, and focus on his “private sector experience”, then he can’t cry about when people point out parts of his “private sector experience”.

portlandon on January 23, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Since Freddie is some kind of government shell can the Obama administration stop the release of the contract?

Cindy Munford on January 23, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Romney to Florida: Say, shouldn’t Gingrich give back the Freddie Mac money already

So why does Romney hate Capitalism?

Snorkdoodle Whizbang on January 23, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Why does Mitt hate capitalism?

He is using the tactics of OWS?

Who is keeping his hippy tent warm?

tetriskid on January 23, 2012 at 11:22 AM

So now Mitt is anti-free markets?

Cool.

stenwin77 on January 23, 2012 at 11:22 AM

CorporatePiggy on January 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Gingrich is the only person in this race that has had multiple wives hypocrite.

scotash on January 23, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Welcome to the narrative of the 2012 campaign if Newt is the nominee. Good luck guys!

libfreeordie on January 23, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Glad you agree that Obama is an incompetent in office? Run with that one.

lorien1973 on January 23, 2012 at 11:23 AM

I guess Mitt decided to shift gears, and have new regrets to replace his old regrets. “I regret not attacking Newt more”.

Paul-Cincy on January 23, 2012 at 11:16 AM

There is a difference between attack dog Newt and attack dog Mitt. In SC Newt attacked the media, for example. In FL, Mitt is calling Newt a disgraced leader. In other words the attacks are personal which did not work out well for Newt when he called Mitt a liar in IA. It will be interesting to see which attack dog Newt is in FL and how the personal attacks resonate with the voters.

Personally, they both need to stop the personal attacks be it calling the other liar or disgraced leader. It is perfectly possible to attack one another’s ideas without doing the Dems work for them.

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Romney’s readying the kitchen sink as we speak…

bloghooligan on January 23, 2012 at 11:21 AM

From which one of his houses is the sink coming from?

stenwin77 on January 23, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Don’t worry, Newt and Mitt secretly like each other. Mitt is simply vaccinating Newt from attacks in the general.

Count it.

antisense on January 23, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Heh, heh. Great tactic!

PatriotGal2257 on January 23, 2012 at 11:23 AM

the fat, cheating blowhard should return the money ASAP!

nonpartisan on January 23, 2012 at 11:23 AM

this is proof even a dumba$$ can make 250 million. mitt gonna go around and tell certain people how they can earn a living? sounds like another clown we already have

rik on January 23, 2012 at 11:23 AM

People say they like Newt Gingrich because he fights … Mitt Romney wants to show people that he can fight with a little passion, too.

This isn’t “fighting”; this is more sludge. And this isn’t push back, because Mitt is the one who began it all in the first place by pouring a ton of negative advertising on Newt in Iowa.

This new attack makes Mitt look small just as his gift to Newt of a cake did the other day. Mitt opened a Pandora’s box in Iowa and now is crying because it seems that strategy has backfired.

Mitt now appears petty and unlikable. His brand is not improving.

Burke on January 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM

lorien1973 on January 23, 2012 at 11:12 AM

What’s your point? //////////

Cindy Munford on January 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Gingrich going after Romney on Bain = Bad
Romney going after Gingrich on consulting = good

Romney fluffin’ nutball.

Gingrich going after Romney on Bain = Good
Romney going after Gingrich on consulting = bad

Gingrich supporting nutball.

Gingrich going after Romney on Bain = Bad
Romney going after Gingrich on consulting = bad

Normal person

Which are y’all?

cozmo on January 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM

You know, Ed, if you’re going to write about Romney’s attack and include that huge quote about Newt’s resignation, then you should bring in this by Brent Bozell from December:

Bozell Statement: Newt Was Found Innocent Nearly 13 Years Ago – Networks Have Yet To Report It

in which he also links to a column he wrote in February 1999:

Newt Is Vindicated, But Nobody Knows It

Otherwise, you’re just letting the Romney meme hang there right in the post and as if it were fact.

INC on January 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Romney,

Why don’t you and Bain give back the pension funds you cleaned out of the companies you bought, ran into debt, and closed down?

St. Nikao on January 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Will Mitt send Newt a cake if the contract is released?

Cindy Munford on January 23, 2012 at 11:25 AM

From which one of his houses is the sink coming from?

stenwin77 on January 23, 2012 at 11:23 AM

No! Bad!

What this shows is that Romney is simply more comfortable at attacking a republican (hapless! disgraced! failed!) than Obama (nice guy!)

lorien1973 on January 23, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Romney learned exactly the wrong message.

He shouldn’t be the nominee because he’s just dumb at this stuff. It’s shame he spent so much money of his own and others on it.

beatcanvas on January 23, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Exactly, just like Gingrich was wrong for Bain. Though Gingrich at least learned his lesson and dropped bain and went after Obama, now here is Romney making the same mistake.

Romney is attacking capitalism and Newt instead of going after Obama and his enablers.

Romney is not only a step behind Newt he can’t even manage to learn the right things when someone else has already made the mistake for him. Gingrich had to back off but here we have Romney doubling down on the same wrongheaded attack strategy.

Unless Romney starts getting ahead of issues the Obama machine will run circles around him in the general.

Skwor on January 23, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Gingrich did not attack venture capitalism. He simply showed that Mitt Romney, who keeps holding up his “private sector experience” isn’t the patron saint of the working class.

portlandon on January 23, 2012 at 11:22 AM

You are wrong. That attack on Bain was so over-the-top propaganda that it was utterly discredited. It may come as a shock to you but not every business that gets an infusion of venture captial makes it. To blame Romney for corporations failing years after he left as CEO is just as dishonest as Gingrich is on many many issues.

Happy Nomad on January 23, 2012 at 11:26 AM

In the meantime, Santorum hammers both on a REAL issue: their support for individual mandates.

michaelo on January 23, 2012 at 11:27 AM

According to Romney:

Capitalism is good when you’re Bain and laying off people. Capitalism is bad when you’re Newt and working as a consultant for the federal govt.

Capitalism is good when you buy an 11K sq ft house on the beach, like Romney. Capitalism is bad when you buy your wife some bling at Tiffany’s.

angryed on January 23, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Second. What is it Romney has done that makes him such a conservative candidate as a governor?

JP1986UM on January 23, 2012 at 11:21 AM

I have asked that question now for over one month…not one Mitt supporter has provided even an inkling of any conservative movement Mitt has been involved in, not one conservative appointment (no, Planned Parenthood is not conservative).
You won’t get any answer, no response, they just ignore the fact that Romney has never shown (talked but not shown) any inclination to implement or even back conservative policies.

right2bright on January 23, 2012 at 11:27 AM

What’s your point? //////////

Cindy Munford on January 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM

My point is that when Romney attacks a republican; that person is “hapless! failed! disgraced!” but when he attacks Obama he says “nice guy!”

It’s not helpful to Romney at all. It just cements the idea in conservatives’ heads that Romney is not going to stick up for them if he’s elected. And that’s not what he needs right now.

lorien1973 on January 23, 2012 at 11:27 AM

angryed on January 23, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Yes, but then again Romney thinks capitalism involves government forcing 2 private parties to enter into a contract.

lorien1973 on January 23, 2012 at 11:28 AM

My point is that when Romney attacks a republican; that person is “hapless! failed! disgraced!” but when he attacks Obama he says “nice guy!”

lorien1973 on January 23, 2012 at 11:27 AM

You don’t want Mittens to offend independents do you? /s

angryed on January 23, 2012 at 11:28 AM

People who live in glass houses:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2012/01/21/romney-supervised-medical-testing-company-guilty-of-massive-medicare-fraud/

http://openchannel.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/01/19/10183455-more-scrutiny-for-romney-overseeing-marriott-during-years-of-kickback-charges

A consultant has no responsibility for the actions of a company. But a board member does.

Is Francesco Schettino now Romney’s campaign strategist?

Jim M. on January 23, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Mitt will breakdown and cry tonight at the debate.

Typhonian on January 23, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Between Mitt’s continued attack on capitalism, and his remarks last week that “The economy is getting better, but none of it is because of Obama”, I think he is starting to crack up. I also think the Romney campaign team aren’t as brilliant as they think they are.

portlandon on January 23, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Wow, Mitt is getting desperate.

The Rogue Tomato on January 23, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Alright Romney. Now that is what I am talking about. Let the fight begin and may the best man win!!!!

Natebo on January 23, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Mittens:

So anyone that has ever worked for the federal govt should give the money back? Soldiers too?

angryed on January 23, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Turn about is fair play?

Bmore on January 23, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Well of course.

And Romney should release his 600 other wives from the bunker in Utah.

Corporatepiggy on January 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM

What’s funny is that Newt Gingrich is the one in the race who actually has had multiple wives.

Anybody who is thinking that Newt Gingrich is a conservative needs to see this:

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

Ruiner on January 23, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Romney…. Newt….

Newt… Romney…….

Can’t we do any better than these two losers?

A second look at Bachmann? Huntsman? Roemer? Perry? Even Santorum?

At this point, I fear that the average uneducated American idiot is going to choose 0bama over either of these two guys.

UltimateBob on January 23, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Yes, but then again Romney thinks capitalism involves government forcing 2 private parties to enter into a contract.

lorien1973 on January 23, 2012 at 11:28 AM

LOL.

True conservatives like Romney put people in Jail or fine them for not buying Health Insurance.

portlandon on January 23, 2012 at 11:31 AM

newt measuring the curtains of the oval office, and callista is at Tiffany’s looking for something bright and shiny to wear on election night. it’s over mitt!

GhoulAid on January 23, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Decent point by Romney using Newt’s words against him but I wouldn’t hold Newt’s feet to the fire on this unless in comes out that he was in support of the policies that led to the crash and made money off it.

and I can’t help but feel the mob mentality of Gingrich supporters. Romney has a base that is solid and moves a little bit here and there but is more or less on board with the Governor’s plan and/or electability. Gingrich supporters are much less principled and many of them previously supported someone else, in many cases numerous times. They react off of the latest soundbite or surge when it comes to any candidate.

I have the feeling it makes no difference what the topic is. It’s the names that are important….if it’s Romney attacking x then Romney must be wrong….if it’s x attacking Romney then x must be right. They are the anti-mittbots….which is one reason they didn’t even blink when the horror of Republicans using real populist class warfare was right in front of their noses. One can only hope that this group of people is defeated, and not just because Obama will wipe the floor with the irreparably flawed Gingrich.

Zybalto on January 23, 2012 at 11:31 AM

True conservatives like Romney put people in Jail or fine them for not buying Health Insurance.

portlandon on January 23, 2012 at 11:31 AM

But only at the state level. So it’s all good.

angryed on January 23, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Kurt romney can’t raise an effective attack on Newt Gingrich, but were supposed to accept that he will be effective in attacking obama?

tom daschle concerned on January 23, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Why would Romney start attacking Obama now? The guy sat on the sidelines quiet while Palin, Ryan, the TEA Party, Levin etc. fought like heck to highlight the Marxist takedown of this country. I can’t stand Romney and hope his run ends soon. Plus he reminds me of the elitist we’re all sick of. You know the ones who think they are smarter than us, more enlightened than us and who look down on us. So they appoint themselves to think and make decisions for us all while being derisive of us.

CCRWM on January 23, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Should anyone who worked or did work for them have to refund their salaries also? this is nonsense. did Newt put in place the bad policies? No.
Romney is flailing

exceller on January 23, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Romney hates consultants. He is anti-capitalist

social-justice on January 23, 2012 at 11:33 AM

lorien1973 on January 23, 2012 at 11:27 AM

You do know I was teasing right? If things to change pretty quick Gov. Romney would appear to be unteachable. Not good.

Cindy Munford on January 23, 2012 at 11:34 AM

newt measuring the curtains of the oval office, and callista is at Tiffany’s looking for something bright and shiny to wear on election night. it’s over mitt!

GhoulAid on January 23, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Hopefully a nice bright set of white pearls for Callista and the Reagan Oval Office decor for President Gingrich. :-)

Punchenko on January 23, 2012 at 11:34 AM

This isn’t an attack on capitalism, it is an inquiry about an organization which we ought to be talking about with or without Newt Gingrich, in relation to the harm it has done the economy and where the candidates stand on Fanny, Freddy and the current direction of Obama continuing to support more government interference in housing.

Everyone else on the list is a democrat: Franklin Raines, Jaimie Gorelik, Rahm Emmanuel, etc.

This isn’t about income.

Fleuries on January 23, 2012 at 11:34 AM

So anyone that has ever worked for the federal govt should give the money back? Soldiers too?

Mitt is only using Newt’s own words against him. Newt was the one who said that Freddie Mac money should be returned. Explain to me again what exactly Newt did to be a “historian” for almost $2M??

Priscilla on January 23, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Mittens:

So anyone that has ever worked for the federal govt should give the money back? Soldiers too?

NEWT FREAKIN GINGRICH himself said ppl who made money from Freddie Mac should give it back, genius.

therightwinger on January 23, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Will Romney give back all the money he made bankrupting companies

social-justice on January 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM

LOL
Sure. As soon as the mothership comes back for him.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 23, 2012 at 11:35 AM

This isn’t an attack on capitalism, it is an inquiry about an organization which we ought to be talking about with or without Newt Gingrich, in relation to the harm it has done the economy and where the candidates stand on Fanny, Freddy and the current direction of Obama continuing to support more government interference in housing.

Everyone else on the list is a democrat: Franklin Raines, Jaimie Gorelik, Rahm Emmanuel, etc.

This isn’t about income.

Fleuries on January 23, 2012 at 11:34 AM

It is an attack on capitalism. Newt provided his services as a PRIVATE CITIZEN to someone who wanted to pay top money for it.
Romney hates consultants and private contractors of the fed gov.

social-justice on January 23, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Mitt is only using Newt’s own words against him. Newt was the one who said that Freddie Mac money should be returned. Explain to me again what exactly Newt did to be a “historian” for almost $2M??

Priscilla on January 23, 2012 at 11:34 AM

And Gingrich was properly excoriated. Are you going to go after Romney for this?

Didn’t think so.

cozmo on January 23, 2012 at 11:36 AM

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