Skip to comments.Newt Gingrich commits a capital crime (George Will attacks Gingrich again)
Posted on 12/14/2011 9:00:49 AM PST by Qbert
Newt Gingrich the friend of his detractors, to whom he offers serial vindications provided on Monday redundant evidence for the proposition that he is the least conservative candidate seeking the Republican presidential nomination: He faulted Mitt Romney for committing acts of capitalism.
Gingrich did so when goaded by Romney regarding his, Gingrichs, self-described service as a historian for Freddie Mac, which paid him more handsomely than anyone paid Herodotus. Romney was asked by an interviewer about the $1.6 million Gingrich earned, or at any rate received, from Freddie Mac, the misbegotten government-backed mortgage giant. In the service of Washingtons bipartisan certitude that too few people owned houses, Freddie Mac helped produce the housing bubble and subsequent crash. It did so even though it paid Gingrich $30,000 an hour. That is about what he received if, as he says, he worked for Freddie Mac about an hour a month, telling it that what it was doing was insane.
Anyway, Romneys interviewer mischievously asked him if he thought Gingrich should give that money back to Freddie Mac. Romney said, I sure do.
Soon thereafter, Gingrich, when asked about Romneys cheeky judgment, replied: I would just say that if Governor Romney would like to give back all the money hes earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years at Bain Capital, that I would be glad to listen to him.
Gingrich is reusing the attack honed by Ted Kennedy in 1994, when Romney suffered a 17-point loss in attempting to take Kennedys Senate seat.
Romney surely anticipated that such an attack would come but from Democrats, in the general election, not from a volatile Republican. He now understands Rep. Paul Ryans response when Gingrich attacked his entitlement reform as right-wing social engineering....
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de·flec·tion [ di fléksh'n ]
...(3.) Act of diverting attention: the act of directing people's attention or criticism away from something
I am sick of all this
I wonder what is going on with all these folks I usually respect, going off on Newt? Will, Steyn, Krauthammer, etc...
How would George Will know anything at all about what it tkes to be a conservative?
Or, put it another way, when Will highlights Gingrich's flaws (if they are flaws, which is a different issue), and does so on behalf of Mitt, then he has become a Mitt-bot.
We are not voting for Mitt.
I am done with all of them.
“It did so even though it paid Gingrich $30,000 an hour. That is about what he received if, as he says, he worked for Freddie Mac about an hour a month, telling it that what it was doing was insane.
I’d take $30,000 an hour from anybody willing to pay me for my opinions. What I don’t understand is what the opinions were that give everyone such agida...aren’t there any paper trails? Emails? Notes passed in the lunch room?
George Will won’t be happy until he gets Barry re-elected. Who even listens to that idiot anymore?
“How would George Will know anything at all about what it tkes to be a conservative?”
Up in his eucalyptus tree, George -is- the conservative koala.
Very, very, very, VERY niche ecology there. Ann Coulter’s tree is nearby, but they have never mated or had offspring.
Not so fast. The Athenian people reportedly awarded Herodotus 10 silver talents, which is about 300 kilos.
At present prices, that's (verrry roughly) $320,000.
Comparing prices from one era to another is amazingly difficult, but there is at least a chance H's 10 silver talents had more purchasing power than Gingrich's dollars.
H could certainly buy more slaves with his silver, while G could buy more electronics.
“...when Will highlights Gingrich’s flaws (if they are flaws, which is a different issue), and does so on behalf of Mitt, then he has become a Mitt-bot.”
Here’s an interesting take on the Bain issue:
WILL = ROMNEYBOT
The same George Will who called Gingrich a Marxist. I wonder if he would call Obama a Marxist? George has lost all credibility with me.
An ecology with which anyone outside the Washington beltway is entirely unfamiliar.
I’m starting to think I should support Newt based on who is opposing him.
George Will is dead.
I'm about ready to say goodbye to Fox News.
Me too. Its proof that the whole lot of 'em have NO idea of the stakes in this election - its just a game.
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