• Newt Gingrich Mic-Checks Mitt Romney as "Ruthless" Rich

    Metaphorically speaking, Newt Gingrich is the kid who takes his baseball and goes home when the other children refuse to let him pitch, then returns to plow the pitch and sow the field with salt, so no grass may grow there again.

    Literally speaking, Gingrich is the guy who shut down the federal government after an inconvenient seating assignment on Air Force One.

    Which means that, historically speaking, Gingrich's latest toxic meltdown shows remarkable personal growth

    Mitt Romney is depicted as a financier "more ruthless than Wall Street" and a son of privilege responsible for firing thousands of workers in a film bankrolled by Newt Gingrich supporters set to be released today in South Carolina…

    Others depicted in the film include a woman describing how she was fired when eight months pregnant, a mother who had difficulties feeding her family after her alleged job-loss and several women who lost homes to foreclosure. Throughout the film, Romney and Bain are presented as having caused, and profited from, their hardships.

    "Under Romney, Bain was making billions," a narrator says. "At the same time, contributing to the greatest American job-loss since World War II."

    This latest in Eugene Debsian agitprop comes from Winning Our Future, a Super PAC run by former Gingrich aides.

    As for the PAC's funding, sometimes I wonder, who is intelligent enough to amass a fortune that can be comfortably spent on political contributions but stupid enough to squander this discretionary spending on Newt Gingrich? Turns out the answer is Sheldon Adelson, the chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp, who is going the extra mile to save irony by using his casino-generated fortune to pay for a campaign against "vulture capitalism."

    The movie is an alternate history, where Romney owns 15 homes and takes personal pleasure in turning redundant South Carolina workers into Soylent Green, but these are mere details. I can see Gingrich mic-checking Romney at future town halls, "Fundamentally, FUNDAMENTALLY, you have to ask the question, YOU HAVE TO ASK THE QUESTION, is capitalism really about the ability of a handful of rich people to manipulate the lives of thousands of people…"

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


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