Gingrich culpability in Romney loss

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Free Thinker, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. If Republicans are looking for someone to blame, they should look inside their own tent.

    FORTUNE -- In the aftermath of President Obama's victory over Mitt Romney, there has been a lot of attention paid to how the Obama campaign successfully defined Romney as an out-of-touch corporate raider. And most of the credit has gone to Obama campaign boss Jim Messina, who made a "grand bet" to saturate the summer airwaves with anti-Romney ads while the GOP nominee was still recovering from a drawn-out primary battle.

    But this victory narrative misses a very large point: Messina's gamble was enabled by Newt Gingrich.

    The Romney campaign was well aware that Bain Capital would become a major issue in the general election. After all, the late Ted Kennedy had created the blueprint in his 1994 Senate race against Romney (the only time Romney had run against a Democrat, and lost).

    What it didn't expect, however, was that one of its primary opponents would bring the issue to the fore. After all, John McCain didn't touch the subject four years earlier -- with the only mention of Bain coming from Mike Huckabee, who suggested that Bain's ownership of Clear Channel was why he had failed to secure endorsements from some of the company's conservative radio hosts.

    "No one in the campaign believed that Republicans would attack business enterprise in a primary contest," explains a Romney campaign consultant who declined to be identified. "That was, in hindsight, a big mistake."

    The first jabs came from Rick Perry, who accused Romney in an early January debate of being a "vulture capitalist." But the heavy artillery was manned by Newt Gingrich, who began accusing Romney of "looting" companies. More importantly, a super PAC supporting Gingrich released a 28-minute video titled "When Mitt Romney Came to Town" -- full of ominous music and tales of woe from workers at companies acquired by Bain Capital.
  2. Thanks Newt :)
  3. If Republicans are looking for someone to blame,

    They are not, gesus christ you guys won and can't let it go, trying to figure out what went wrong with the Rep vote, candidate, yada yada.

    It's old news, history, we don't care. You "won". More cake and ice cream on the conservative dime.
  4. you cared enough to sprout off.
  5. Ricter


    Actually, they are. In your case it's settled, "dum ass Americans", a view which will help to keep your party down and out.