• Newt Gingrich Suddenly Not Such a Huge Fan of Super PACs for Some Reason

    The rise of Super PACs and the unlimited international corporate influence over U.S. politics will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the greatest aides to the ideal of American exceptionalism since the drafting of the Declaration of Independence.

    Except for the fact that it sucks and is stupid and Mitt Romney is a jerk

    The former House Speaker two years ago called the new legal framework that gave rise to unlimited fundraising by outside groups a "great victory for free speech" and predicted that the biggest of the recent federal court decisions deregulating campaign rules would make "it easier for middle-class candidates to compete against the wealthy and incumbents." Then he got a taste of the new rules in Iowa.

    After weeks of withering attacks by a super PAC supporting his rival Mitt Romney, Gingrich won’t stop talking about the injustices of unchecked spending — specifically the $3 million spent attacking him. He even coined a name for it, saying he got "Romney-boated" by his chief opponent's "millionaire friends."

    Frankly, nowhere in the actual verbiage in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision does it specifically mention anyone maybe using Super PAC money against anybody named "Newt Gingrich." Had there been any mention of anything like that, I'm sure Newt Gingrich would have opposed it at the time.

    I have to say, historically speaking, this new development is one of the greatest threats to democracy since the Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor.

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    Tags: Mitt Romney, Money, Newt Gingrich, Primaries, Republicans, Super PACs


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