Brutal Gingrich Super PAC ad: Meet the men who gave us ObamaCare

posted at 6:00 pm on January 24, 2012 by Allahpundit

Philip Klein calls it the best anti-RomneyCare ad of the cycle. I agree. And thanks to the largesse of Newt’s billionaire buddy Sheldon Adelson, this one’s going on the air in Florida with a $6 million ad buy — so huge that WaPo political blogger Aaron Blake calls it “game-changing.” In fact, despite Newt’s post-South Carolina windfall of campaign cash, it sounds like his Super PAC will be doing the heavy organizational lifting from now on:

They’re hiring field directors, setting up phone banks, building get-out-the-vote teams and crafting a message strategy worthy of a presidential candidate…

And they are doing what Gingrich’s topsy-turvy campaign hasn’t been able to: raise lots of money quickly and build a campaign infrastructure ready to go up against the massive operation of his leading rival, Mitt Romney. How well they succeed could shape what is now widely seen as a two-man contest — and determine how many weeks, or even months, it will take to decide the race…

Winning Our Future appears to be defining more broadly than anyone what super PACs do. The group is testing the Supreme Court decision by using unlimited donations for such on-the-ground activity as phone-banking that might be construed as going beyond protected speech. And, by setting up a shadow campaign complete with field directors, volunteers, poll workers and drivers, they are testing the law that prohibits any coordination between a super PAC and the campaign it supports…

“It would be virtually impossible for Gingrich to raise the funds he needs for an elaborate ground operation at this very late stage of the game,” said Robert Kelner, another election lawyer with the D.C.-based firm Covington & Burling. “The super PAC can do it easily and quickly. It’s sort of a positive thing; they’re taking us back to an earlier time where it was possible to come in from the blue as a viable candidate late in the game.”

Irony of ironies, after Newt’s endless screeching in December about Romney using his Super PAC to hit Gingrich hard while keeping his fingerprints off the attacks, his own chances in Florida and beyond depend more on his own Super PAC than on his campaign. As for the ad, one question: How come they didn’t play up O-Care’s funding coming at the expense of Medicare? That was a cynical yet highly effective line of attack for the GOP in the midterms, and needless to say, given Florida’s demographics, it’d be pure gold for Newt to toss it at Romney. Maybe, after Newt’s costly tangle with Paul Ryan last summer, the Super PAC wants to tread lightly when protecting the status quo on Medicare. Besides, seniors will probably draw the “more ObamaCare means less Medicare” conclusion on their own.

Update: Ah, right, I forgot: They don’t need to talk about Medicare because Newt’s already positioning himself as the Medicare candidate.


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The candidate I was emotionally involved with was Herman Cain. Since that blew up in my face I’m a anyone but Romeny kinda guy, and the candidate that I know for a fact will not take any sh!t and will force tough votes to move in the right direction is Newt Gingrich.

That’s how I feel also. The media destroyed my choice in candidates with innuendos and rumors. The GOP elite has announced over and over the Mittens is the candidate so we are suppose to get out the clothes pins and go to the polls. If nothing else, that would send me off to the “anyone but Romney” camp; but the fact that Romney is a milk-toast, smooth talking, conservative liberal is also a huge factor.

katablog.com on January 25, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Meet the Crazy Uncle in the Attic: Uncle Newtie!

Aside from the fact that Newt Gingrich has ALWAYS SUPPORTED INDIVIDUAL MANDATES…

Newt Gingrich is the crazy uncle in the attic. You hide him when polite company arrives, because you don’t want anyone to know he’s your relative.

Everyone has good and bad ideas, of course. Getting them all tangled up with each other is one of the chief characteristics of Gingrich’s intellectual style. But Gingrich’s ideas are–to use his favorite adjectives: “Truly,” “Profoundly,” and “Fundamentally” CRAZY.

Take Social Security. Gingrich “advocates allowing people to invest some of the funds they currently submit to Social Security in “personal accounts.”

So far, so good; personal accounts can be a useful way of setting aside money today for future retirements — something the government has not been good at — and of democratizing capital ownership.”

But then Gingrich exposes his delusion: His plan guarantees that if people’s investments fail, they will still get all the benefits that current law promises them.

How can the government save money while giving everyone their promised benefits and making up unlucky or incompetent investors’ shortfalls? It can’t. And won’t those shortfalls be larger if people know they can’t lose?

But wait. It gets better! Gingrich has managed to devise a plan that actually increases the program’s long-term cost. The price tag for Gingrich’s originality, based on estimates of similar proposals in years past, would be several trillion dollars.”

“The plan simply assumes that spending on the rest of the budget will be cut so dramatically, and the increased national saving will so boost economic growth and thus tax revenue, that we will be able to afford a much-larger Social Security program.”

Like I said: THE CRAZY UNCLE IN THE ATTIC.

mountainaires on January 25, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Like I said: THE CRAZY UNCLE IN THE ATTIC.

mountainaires on January 25, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Newt’s ad merely tells Romney’s history. No one is calling him a crazy guy who thinks he’s going to be a god one day—even though THAT’s a complete and verifyable truth. But Mitt’s supporters feel absolutely free to lodge personal, unproveable, ugly, demeaning charges against Newt. I read an article within the last couple of days in which the author talked about the serious problems Mitt has with the press because of his arrogant advisors and that there’s a growing problem with his supporters who are reminiscent of the nasty, no holds barred attacks and lies leveled by Obama supporters in 2008.

You people do your candidate NO good using lies, innuendo and totally unsubstantiated and subjective imagination to destroy another human being.

Mr Character tied his dog to the roof of his car and I think you can tell a lot more about a person’s character by how they treat their animals than how they deal with a woman who declared war on you in the press WHILE you were married.

Portia46 on January 25, 2012 at 10:49 AM

mountainaires on January 25, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Do you think that typing in bold is going to get people to listen to you more? Most folks just skip comments that seem so desperate.

jistincase on January 25, 2012 at 11:01 AM

How dare he expose Romneycare as Obamacare? Shut up all of you and vote for Romney now. You fools ask what does Romney have to vote for him? Well earth to you peasants… Romney has the Presidential looks, the shiny hair, and the ability to speak 500 BS words in 30 seconds without knowing what the hell he is talking about or where does he stand on the issue… I think that would be more than enough to vote for him…LOL…

mnjg on January 25, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Do you think that typing in bold is going to get people to listen to you more? Most folks just skip comments that seem so desperate.

jistincase on January 25, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Peasant jistincase, shut up and vote for Romney now… ;)

mnjg on January 25, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Yes, but he didn’t implement it and now sees the error of his ways. (Heh!) Well of course he supported it, but now he sees it is a toxic mess and is using this time to crush the person who continues to stand behind it. If Romney had simply acknowledged that RomneyCare was a bad thing, he would be in the lead right now.

andy85719 on January 24, 2012 at 6:30 PM

This is very likely true. He picked a h*ll of place to draw a line in the sand.

Just Sayin on January 24, 2012 at 6:34 PM

This is a great ad!

Brings to mind something I heard Karl Rove say months ago; something to the effect that Romney would have to disavow RomneyCare if he wanted to win the primary race.

Sure does make one wonder about the things Mitt decides to not flip-flop on ie RomneyCare and briefly on the tax release issue.

IndeCon on January 25, 2012 at 11:22 AM

This is a great ad!

Brings to mind something I heard Karl Rove say months ago; something to the effect that Romney would have to disavow RomneyCare if he wanted to win the primary race.

Sure does make one wonder about the things Mitt decides to not flip-flop on ie RomneyCare and briefly on the tax release issue.

IndeCon on January 25, 2012 at 11:22 AM

I Mitt Romney disavow Romneycare, now nominate me peasants…

mnjg on January 25, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Ouch!!

Poor little Mittens……the truth catching up to you can be a real b!tch during an election year.

Tim_CA on January 25, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Poor Romney-heads. It was all fine-and-dandy when Romney’s Super Pak attack ads against Newt were running in Iowa, wasn’t it? All they had to do was throw their hands up in the air and look the other way and claim Romney had nothing to with it! Remember? NOW, when a Super Pak ad that supports Newt runs and attacks THEIR boy, it’s suddenly foul play and out of line, right? Typical, hypocritical Romney-heads in full view here.

jfs756 on January 25, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Leaves out the fact that Gingrich, himself, has come out in support of an individual mandate in the health care law, while Romney has consistently opposed it, even vetoing an employer mandate when it was proposed in his own state.

Not that anyone will pay that any mind… we’ll just elect the Newtman and then when he weasels around about overturning Obamacare, we’ll all scratch our heads and wonder where that fabulous conservative that we heard tearing things up in the debates went.

Book on January 25, 2012 at 12:16 PM

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