Newt Gingrich, commie radical

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Actually, more likely Newt Gingrich, Scorched Earth Opportunist, but whatever, we'll take it: Newt -- he the friend of plutocrats and one-time lobbyist for predatory lenders -- is launching an assault on Mitt Romney, calling him, in essence, a capitalist pig who exploits the workers.

The fact that it's true makes the story even more fun. As does the fact that Romney has run so far to the right in the primaries that Obama -- by any standard in serious trouble -- now has a natural line of attack against the candidate most likely to offer him a credible challenge.

Here's CalBuzz:

The Occupy Wall Street movement has succeeded in pushing the issue of the nation’s vast wage and wealth disparity onto the agenda of the 2012 campaign. While Republicans in the past have been successful in dismissing discussion and debate about the Third World levels of wealth concentration in the U.S. as unpatriotic “class warfare,” the inarguable facts about the massive gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else are now well-known by many mainstream voters, at a time when Romney stands as a central casting character representing the 1%.

Paul Hogarth at BeyondChron says that " many of us wish that Democrats had the chutzpah to be this scathing and direct," and I can't argue with that. The good news is that the Newtclear Bombs in South Carolina will probably work: Romney's going to win the nomination, and everybody knows it, but the blitz of revenge ads may wound Romney enough to convince the Obama folks that this is the line of attack to use during the general election.

In other words, Newt is pushing the Democratic party to the left, legitimizing the class warfare that the Republicans so love to denounce as unAmerican.

How much do we love this?

Comments

that's why Obama is reputed tof ear him the most, as Romney is capable of taking centrists votes away. So i find it odd that you think he is "so right-wing" (although of course almost everyone is right-wing by your standards.

In fact, Romney usually gets criticised for being not right-wing enough, at least within his own party.

Anyway, his comment about firing workers was only saying what most people are saying these days - the public sector is unaffordably too large. Politicians usually get into the most trouble when they are honest and tell the truth.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 11, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

Like.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 11, 2012 @ 12:16 pm

Remember? The onslaught on almost all laws protecting us, our economy, and the environment, from corporations, that was led by Newt Gingrich?

Gingrich is about as much of a 'populist' and friend to the 99%, as Hitler was a friend to the proletariat of Germany. This stuff is deadly dangerous pretense and we need to take that reality seriously.

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Jan. 11, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

The sad part is all those banker pigs Newt is screaming about are the same lot who are at the White House right now.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 11, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

Guest # 1 didn't just take Romney's remark about firing people out of context; Guest # 1 completely put words in Romney's mouth that Romney didn't say. Romney didn't say he liked to fire workers. Romney didn't say he wanted to fire public sector workers. What Romney said was that he liked to fire insurance companies if they did a bad job. Guest # 1 is a liar. The question is: is Guest # 1 Newt Gingrich or Rick Perry?

Posted by Guest on Jan. 11, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

Kudlow nailed it on his show this past Monday, when he directly interpreted Romney's comment as a positive statement about the inevitability of pruning in the unaffordable public sector.

He should be hailed for honesty rather than castigated for speaking the unspeakable.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 11, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

Of course its out of context, but here's a test: If you were making the point about the need for competition, can you imagine yourself saying, "I like being able to fire people..." ?

I cannot and it goes to his character as a leader.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 11, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

crucial and critical skill for a leader.

On what planet should a leader retain unaffordable dross?

Posted by Guest on Jan. 11, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

with all of this negativity coming out so early in the election process, isn't there a chance that Romney will take his hits from it now, still win the nomination (which is looking inevitable) and then there be a sense of fatigue from this line of argument?

brutal primaries can toughen a candidate up for the main event
ask Obama

Posted by DanO on Jan. 11, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

I think it's great that Newt has raised the money from Adelson to "test-drive" attacks on Romney. We can learn which ones resonate best with those utterly weird people who identify as "independents." Who are these people anyway?

Posted by Ericthefez on Jan. 12, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

With Newt firing the first salvo, maybe O'bomber will be re-elected.
http://www.webcasts.com/kingofbain

Posted by Patrick Monk. RN on Jan. 12, 2012 @ 1:35 pm