New Gingrich ad: America’s starting to look like Cuba

posted at 1:20 pm on January 30, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

It wouldn’t be a Florida presidential primary without Cuba playing a big part in the debate, and Newt Gingrich doesn’t fail to deliver on some red meat here. In a new ad that has gone out in both English and Spanish, the ad shows one Cuban-American warning that the US is “starting to look like the country my parents fled.” The language is actually harsher in Spanish than English:

In a new Spanish-language ad, former House speaker Newt Gingrich suggests — through Cuban-American speakers — that President Obama is headed down the same path as Fidel Castro.

“My parents came to America looking for freedom and opportunity, and now America is starting to look like the country my parents fled,” says a young man in the English version of the ad.

“With things like government-run health care, and taxing businesses out of business,” a young woman continues. “But Newt Gingrich wants to rebuild the America that we love.” The man returns to say, “My family knows what it is to lose the country they love. They won’t stand by and watch it happen to this one.”

The Miami Herald translated the Spanish version, in which some of the language appears to be a little harsher — “socialized medicine” is used intead of “government-run health care.”

It’s more than a bit hyperbolic — we’re not even approaching the UK and Canada yet, let alone Cuba — but the Cuban card usually makes for good politics in Florida.  Marco Rubio certainly talks about the experiences of his family as Cuban exiles as a learning experience that guides his political philosophy, although I’m not sure that he’d go so far as to say that America’s looking a little Castroish these days.  Ted Cruz has done the same in Texas to good effect.  Both of these men have more personal connections to that comparison, but that doesn’t really make a lot of difference; no one expects Gingrich to say soy un Cubano, either.  Best of all, the ad attacks in the right direction — Barack Obama — rather than back into the GOP.  Think of this as a water’s-edge boundary, only applied to the primary race.


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They think Obama isn’t a liberal, for God’s sake.

isn’t that the point

gerrym51 on January 30, 2012 at 2:27 PM

But, since you appear to think Rush doesn’t know what he’s talking about, I guess that means Gingrich should ignore his advice.

Flora Duh on January 30, 2012 at 2:11 PM

You’re right, Rush is WAY out in front on this one. What a visionary.

Sage advice from a couple of months ago.

He’s still been one of the main ones pushing this waste of time candidacy from the reptile.

NoDonkey on January 30, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Maybe I missed something, but didn’t the most prominent Cuban-American who’s parents escape just endorse or at least defended Romney?

Zaggs on January 30, 2012 at 1:32 PM

I had heard (from a Cuban-American source) that Senator Marco Rubio, whose parents are Cuban-American, is campaigning with Romney, without having publicly endorsed him.

If Gingrich is going after the Cuban-American vote (predominantly Republican) in Florida, blaming Obama for “socialized medicine” (and not attacking Romney directly) is a good strategy. Cuban-Americans are probably livid at Michael Moore’s film portraying Cuban health care as better than American health care (they know better, from family members who remained behind), and Romney’s main weakness is his approval of Romneycare in Mass.

But if Romney does win the GOP nomination, he will need the Cuban-American vote to win Florida, and it is better for both Gingrich and Romney not to attack each other in ads aimed at Cuban-Americans.

Steve Z on January 30, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Romney picked up the endorsement of Luis Fortuño today. For anyone who’s been watching, that’s the Governor of Puerto Rico.

There’s hope for us Hispanic Republicans yet.

JoseQuinones on January 30, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Flora Duh on January 30, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Oh…I know Duh!
It’s almost embarrasing. Those two are getting slutty about it.
Santy and Dr. Spock, not so much.

KOOLAID2 on January 30, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Rubbish Newt. Florida is dominated by diaper-wearing jews from New York.

As I said in the other thread, these are the people you need to pander to. Tell them that when they take their next vacation to the moon base, there will be plentiful government subsidized gefilte fish on the moon and kosher hotdogs.

CorporatePiggy on January 30, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Doesn’t “soy un Cubano” translate to “I am a toasted pork and cheese sandwich”?

I vaguely recall that the indefinite article shouldn’t be used — “soy Cubano” or “no soy Cubano”, but not “soy un Cubano”.

It should be noted that John F. Kennedy’s famous “I am a jelly doughnut” speech at the Berlin wall had the same issue. (“Berliner” is a man of Berlin; “ein Berliner” is a jelly doughnut.)

cthulhu on January 30, 2012 at 2:53 PM

CorporatePiggy on January 30, 2012 at 2:49 PM

I see, it’s all the “JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS” as usual.

Glad you took some time out of occupying Oakland to weigh in on this important topic.

NoDonkey on January 30, 2012 at 2:56 PM

NoDonkey on January 30, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Well that clearly went way over your head.

Try to keep up.

CorporatePiggy on January 30, 2012 at 2:57 PM

The Cubans will go for the most conservative candidate and that won’t be Romney. Puerto Ricanos tend to be more liberal because they have not lived under the likes of Castro. Cubans know that Romney won’t drastically undo the radical leftist structure Prez Foodstamp has put in place. It will be business as usual under Squints Romney, as the would-be elites, who like their gravy train, well know. Moreover, Rubio’s campaign manager is working for Gingrich I heard somewhere.

kenny on January 30, 2012 at 3:01 PM

As I said in the other thread, these are the people you need to pander to. Tell them that when they take their next vacation to the moon base, there will be plentiful government subsidized gefilte fish on the moon and kosher hotdogs.

CorporatePiggy on January 30, 2012 at 2:49 PM

How is this different than saying just give blacks “watermelon & fried chicken”?

It isn’t.

Can we get the Banhammer out AP?

Irritable Pundit on January 30, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Pointing out blatant pandering by Newt to one ethnic group (mine as it happens) is insulting?

CorporatePiggy on January 30, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Yeah, go liberty!

Schadenfreude on January 30, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Its come to this ? What, Florida does not have an Andrew Jackson ?

FlaMurph on January 30, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Newt Mitt for the individual mandate, before he was against it and still for it.

hanzblinx on January 30, 2012 at 1:24 PM

FIFY.

Bill C on January 30, 2012 at 4:00 PM

If it becomes clear that Willard has this sewn up in a couple weeks the Chicago attack machine will really gear up and he’ll be down by five just before the convention. He’ll then choose a “moderate” for the VP spot to “balance the ticket. (Only a conservative with no political future would want to go down with that ship.) Maroni’s proudest son will go down by 10 on election day and the losers will, of course, whine that it was the fault of Gingrich, Santorum and Paul who did not give the establishment candidate a clear field at the start.

There have been hundreds of posts on the individual mandate but very few about what to do if the Supreme court actually does the right thing and that question becomes moot. If Romney is the candidate the health care issue is lost in either case since he has zero credibility on this issue.

Annar on January 30, 2012 at 4:09 PM

dirtseller on January 30, 2012 at 1:44 PM

I am in principle against divorce…that being said your response made me laugh out loud!

RedLizard64 on January 30, 2012 at 4:24 PM

I think that the conservatism of the celebrity endorsements speaks for itself

RedLizard64 on January 30, 2012 at 4:38 PM

we’re not even approaching the UK and Canada yet

So we are 65% Medicare and Medicaid with the other 35% heavily regulated like the Italian cartels circa 1925. With Obamacare the first fraction grows, and the second fraction is more heavily regulated at the national level.

Whereas Canada and UK have 97% socialized health.

I think it is not so far off Ed.

AshleyTKing on January 30, 2012 at 9:54 PM

we’re not even approaching the UK and Canada

ap·proach

transitive verb

a : to draw closer to

Yeah, our health care is approaching the health care of Canada and the UK. Obamacare is just getting started. But in a few short years the process will accelerate, we’ll feel the pain — and then “hyperbole” will be the least of our problems.

RightKlik on January 31, 2012 at 2:17 AM

Newt for the individual mandate, before he was against it

Barack: Against the mandate before he was for it.

Mitt: For the Massachusetts mandate. Still for it.

Whose current position is best?

RightKlik on January 31, 2012 at 2:27 AM

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