January 10, 2012


Anti-Romney -- Or Anti-Capitalism? (ROSS KAMINSKY, 1.10.12, American Spectator)

I've never seen a baseball player get three strikes on one pitch, but former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich just accomplished the political equivalent. During a Sunday morning Republican debate in New Hampshire, Gingrich suggested that a Super PAC supporting him will be attacking former Massachusetts governor and venture capitalist Mitt Romney's business history.

Strike one: As Quin Hillyer notes, Gingrich may have inadvertently tipped his hand exposing illegal coordination between his campaign and a PAC.

Strike two: Regardless of the impact of criticisms by Newt-backers on Romney, Newt has shown himself to be too bitter, petulant, and vengeful -- in short, too immature -- to be a serious candidate for the presidency.

And -- the most important and least discussed -- strike three: The PAC's impending assault combined with Gingrich's words during Saturday morning's debate that "I think it's a legitimate part of the debate to say OK on balance are people better off by this particular style of investment?" show less an attack on Romney than attack on capitalism itself, something that should be anathema to a self-described "Reagan conservative."

...are the attacks on Mr. Romney for saying he likes being able to fire people, from peers who just months ago were insisting that it's vital for political executives to be able to fire people.  Remember when Reagan conservatives used to think firing the PATCO strikers was a pivotal moment in our history?

Posted by at January 10, 2012 6:59 AM

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