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The Florida Smear Campaign [Prof. Thomas Sowell Calls It Like It Is!]
National Review | January 31, 2012

Posted on 01/31/2012 1:36:19 PM PST by Steelfish

January 31, 2012

The Florida Smear Campaign Mitt Romney’s Fraudulent Attacks on Newt Gingrich. Thomas Sowell.

The Republican establishment is pulling out all the stops to try to keep Newt Gingrich from becoming the party’s nominee for president of the United States — and some are not letting the facts get in their way.

Among the claims going out through the mass media in Florida, on the eve of that state’s primary election, is that Newt Gingrich “resigned in disgrace” as speaker of the House of Representatives as a result of unethical conduct involving the diversion of tax-exempt money. Mitt Romney is calling on Gingrich to release “all of the records” from the congressional investigation.

But the Wall Street Journal of January 28, 2012, reported that these records — 1,280 pages of them — are already publicly available online. Although Speaker Gingrich decided not to take on the task of fighting the charge from his political enemies in 1997, the Internal Revenue Service conducted its own investigation which, two years later, exonerated Gingrich from the charges.

His resignation was not due to those charges and occurred much later.

Do the Romney camp and the Republican establishment not know this, a dozen years later? Or are they far less concerned with whether the charges will stand up than they are about smearing Gingrich on the eve of the Florida primaries?

There are also charges made about what Congressman Gingrich said about Ronald Reagan on March 21, 1986. But this too is a matter of public record, since his remarks are available in the Congressional Record of that date, so it is remarkable that there should be any controversy about it at this late date.

On that date, Gingrich praised Reagan’s grasp of the foreign-policy issues of the day but ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: establishment; fl2012; newt; republican; rino; rockefeller; romney; rush; santorum; sowell; teddyroosevelt; thomassowell; waronnewt
This is an excellent read where Sowell makes a point-by-point and devastating analysis of the claims made by Romney against Gingrich. It's definitely a MUST-READ.

So why aren't the other "true" conservatives speaking out? Where the hell is Rush? Hannity?

1 posted on 01/31/2012 1:36:26 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/289700/florida-smear-campaign-thomas-sowell

Interesting comments to the article follow.


2 posted on 01/31/2012 1:38:18 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

Newt will win Florida today, because the number of people who will actually go into a voting booth and pull the lever for Mitt Romney is very limited. People who figure they should vote for Romney will not bother to vote at all.


3 posted on 01/31/2012 1:42:09 PM PST by Haiku Guy (As soon as Romney / Is not "inevitable" / He drops like a stone)
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To: Steelfish

Sowell is one of the best conservative writers around


4 posted on 01/31/2012 1:42:10 PM PST by therightliveswithus
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To: Steelfish

Sowell calls intentional smears as a kind of “voter fraud” and indirectly accuses Romney of doing just this.


5 posted on 01/31/2012 1:43:11 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish
I would like to see Newt win just so I could see Coulter's hair stand straight up and her eyes bug out.
6 posted on 01/31/2012 1:47:59 PM PST by DManA
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To: Steelfish

“Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud.”

Romney is guilty and I will never vote for Romney.


7 posted on 01/31/2012 1:55:26 PM PST by onyx
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To: Steelfish

ok...Sarah Palin and Tom Sowell and Rick Perry and Fred

and Mike Reagan and some tepid support from Levin ...but he does excoriate Mitt

good company at least


8 posted on 01/31/2012 1:55:54 PM PST by wardaddy (I am a social conservative. My political party left me(again). They can go to hell in a bucket.)
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To: Steelfish

“Where the hell is Rush? Hannity?”

They’re with Romney.


9 posted on 01/31/2012 1:57:53 PM PST by reasonisfaith (Or, more accurately---reason serves faith. See W.L. Craig, and many others.)
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To: Steelfish

I don’t think any of our candidates, the ones we like that is, are helped by focusing on smear campaigns, now that there are robocalls claiming Romney forced Holocaust victims to eat non-Kosher meals. It’s pretty much anything goes at this point.


10 posted on 01/31/2012 2:01:21 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Haiku Guy

The problem may be the absentee ballots which Romney mailed to thousands of voters. The uninspired and lazy may have returned them - especially if they were postage paid. (Is that legal?)


11 posted on 01/31/2012 2:01:45 PM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason...... to celebrate life and embrace the future.)
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To: Steelfish
Sowell calls intentional smears as a kind of “voter fraud” and indirectly accuses Romney of doing just this.

And I wouldn't be surprised if Newt makes a campaign issue out this "fraud"...it speaks directly to Romney's character (or lack thereof).

12 posted on 01/31/2012 2:02:28 PM PST by RoosterRedux (Newt: "Why vote for the guy who lost to the guy who lost to Obama?")
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To: reasonisfaith
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I really like Rush Limbaugh ... sincerely ...


But it's "incredibly" IRONIC how Rush will exort U.S. Soldiers to "fight bravely with courage" to WIN the Battle ...

... and then Rush Limbaugh does a "champagne toast" for folks like Senator Macro Rubio ... who EXHIBITED THE GUTS to run for the US Senate as a "complete underdog" ...

and yet ... besides mega-pontificating for (so many) new advertisers ...

and then the "Two-If-By-Tea" product line ...


Rush Limbaugh is a ... "freaking political coward" ...



This "is NOT" the same Rush Limbaugh who helped in Clinton's impeachment, or helped Bush-43 win in 2000 ...

He's become a "gentrified" "sexified" ... golf-tournament "Celebrity" ...



Sorry, Rush ... "facts are facts" ...




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13 posted on 01/31/2012 2:13:10 PM PST by Patton@Bastogne (Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin in 2012 !)
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To: Steelfish
I take it that you didn't LISTEN to Rush, today.

Oh, one more question for a thread I'm running.


14 posted on 01/31/2012 2:18:10 PM PST by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die!)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

That sounds too much like a defense of Romney. That’s not what I meant. I think smearing with false charges is wrong.

I want to support Gingrich, because he’s the leader, but he keeps saying these outrageous things. Is it too much to ask that a candidate not blatantly lie, even in a “good cause”? It makes it hard to support him. Like when he said gave ABC names of friends who would refute his ex-wife, and later his campaign admitted that there were no friends.

That’s what keeps pulling me back to the “unelectable” Santorum, he doesn’t appear to be blatantly lying about anything, just the normal degree of shading the truth.


15 posted on 01/31/2012 2:23:44 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Steelfish
There is no law against it, so it is up to the voters, not only in Florida but in other states, to punish it at the ballot box — the only place where punishment is likely to stop the practice.

How do you stop media from amplifying a lie over and over and over again? They become willing or (best case scenario) unwitting co-conspirators in the propagation of a lie. The damage is done, the seed is implanted in an unsuspecting viewer.

16 posted on 01/31/2012 2:32:54 PM PST by PGalt
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To: CharlesWayneCT

The other thing about Santorum is that he is not running trash ads against his opponents, and when he says anything, it is to their face in the debate, at which time they all had a chance to respond. I’m liking Santorum more and more. Yes, like Michele Malkin said, he did veer off into the big government stuff a little, but look at the rest of them. In comparison, it is nothing much. Besides I do believe Santorum understands that the safety net stuff is all fine and dandy when you can afford them, and not to bankrupt the country trying to widen the net. Michele’s article was very good. I like the way he campaigned in Iowa. That is what I like...to see, talk to...the person, not just get robo calls, etc. I hope that people begin to see that he is the most conservative of the candidates we have left. ..and then vote for him. THAT would truly smack the establishment in the face. They don’t think he can pull it out, but if Newt and Mitt keep this up, he may be the candidate left standing.


17 posted on 01/31/2012 3:10:00 PM PST by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: Steelfish

I think Mitt is Nixon with a nicer smile.


18 posted on 01/31/2012 3:34:44 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Shery; onyx; Freee-dame; maica
I've never been less excited about a field of candidate, since Bachmann and Caine dropped out.

I wouldn’t vote for Willard Milhous Romney, but I couldn't get up much excitement for Newt either.

I didn't decide until I was walking into the polling place, and I marked my card for Santorum.

19 posted on 01/31/2012 3:38:06 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Steelfish

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/289700/florida-smear-campaign-thomas-sowell

Interesting comments to the article follow.

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Interesting reading, comments included. This really is a war isn’t it? Our own homegrown war.


20 posted on 01/31/2012 3:42:35 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: Travis McGee; Freee-dame; maica
Santorum is as negative as the others, and Romney started the scorched earth in Iowa.

The GOP Establsihment can GTH and take Romney and Santorum with it.

TEA PARTY for me. GO NEWT!
Brokered convention here we come, I hope. No Romney-nomination!

21 posted on 01/31/2012 4:00:54 PM PST by onyx
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