We're rapidly approaching peak Meh-cceptance and moving toward the point of the primary season during which bitter Republican rivals proclaim their party's nominee to be the greatest specimen of human accomplishment since Ronald Reagan. But before they anoint Mitt Romney as successor to Saint Ronny, let us pause to recall the awful things they said about him and try to distinguish them from the awful things Democrats have said about Romney.
Our scoring system today honors Newt Gingrich — identify all 6 quotes correctly and you're a "Leader…of the civilizing forces;" 3-5 correct, you're an "Advocate of civilization;" 0-2 correct, you must suffer from a "Kenyan, anti-colonial" worldview.
For each quote, identify whether the speaker is a Democratic operative or a would-be Republican nominee:
1. "[Mitt Romney] is someone who doesn't have a core. He has been on both sides of almost every single issue in the past ten years."
2. "I think there is a sense there is no core to [Romney]"
3. "Mitt Romney has hung his entire candidacy on his role in the private sector, which was as a corporate raider, whose job it was to outsource other people's jobs to other countries, to deliberately bankrupt companies, to dismantle them."
4. "Those of us who believe in free markets and those of us who believe that in fact the whole goal of investment is entrepreneurship and job creation would find it pretty hard to justify rich people figuring out clever legal ways to loot a company."
5. "There is something so grotesquely hypocritical about the Romney campaign."
6. "I know the difference between venture capital[ism] and vulture capitalism and Venture capitalism is a good thing, comes in, gives that gap funding to help these companies get off and get started creating jobs, and work. But Mitt Romney and Bain Capital were involved with what I call vulture capitalism."
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Tags: David Axelrod, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democrats, Games and Challenges, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Republicans, Rick Santorum