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Obama Uses Newt Against Romney

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich, on the eve of suspending his roller coaster presidential bid, said in an interview with USA TODAY that he will embrace Mitt Romney’s candidacy Wednesday and is ready to campaign for his former rival. – USA TODAY

A NEUTERED NEWT GINGRICH will endorse Mitt Romney today. Gingrich said he wouldn’t run in 2020. No, I’m not kidding.

Obama reelect promptly jumped on the opportunity to use Gingrich’s words against Romney against him again.

Dave Weigel nailed the problem and dug up the old Kennedy ad above, the facts of which I actually remember from 1980. That I’ve been a student of the Kennedys since I was a kid, coupled with the fact that I stood in gas lines in New York City while Pres. Carter suggested we all put on a sweater, as the hostage crisis ticked on day by day, all make Weigel’s point hit home to me.

Obama’s ad (see below) is just too antiseptic, too easy and predictable.

Both Romney and Obama are cut-out political dolls of the big corporate parties, which all of their ads mimic. I prefer campaigns with grit, gall and lots of heart, which certainly describes Teddy’s 1980 campaign to a tee. Never mind it was hopeless and seen by insiders as disastrous for Democrats, though it was actually more about Carter, but was still one reason Barack Obama didn’t get a challenger this year.

The big question now is whether Mitt will help Newt with his debt, which is an embarrassing example of hubris run amok. If Mitt Romney needs Newt Gingrich, so paying his debt will help him, I’m not sure that says anything good about the GOP nominee.

Newt Gingrich ends his White House dream today with his political committee facing a mountain of debts — owing about $4 million to scores of businesses and campaign workers around the country who fear they will never get paid.Yahoo! News

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2 Responses to Obama Uses Newt Against Romney

  1. fangio May 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    The high inflation Teddy speaks of was a direct result of the vietnam war, which his brother perpetuated. the high interest rates were put in place by Carter’s Fed chairman, Paul Volcker. Those rates eventually broke inflations back, albeit with a lot of suffering for working men and women. High gas prices were a result of this countries policies in the middle east for fifty years which included overthrowing Iran’s democratically elected government at the behest of the American oil companies in the nineteen fifties. The installation of the young Shah ( what goes around comes around ) eventually caused the hostage crisis. Carter’s allowing the ousted and hated Shah to enter this country for medical treatment enraged the Iranian’s and only brought to the surface all the years in which we supported him. Carter was a victim of historical events and tried to be honest with the country, but the people in this country don’t want honesty, they want to be patted on the head and told everything is going to be taken care of; in essence, they are children and get treated as such.

    • Taylor Marsh May 2, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

      Ronald Reagan got the credit Warren Christopher earned and deserved. The problem with Carter is he was a lousy politician against someone the former GE salesman who’d been allowed to tour the country for that corporation before they got wind. By that time he’d honed his pitch to steel.

      I knew the thread we go off topic from the ads, but that’s okay. The Kennedy ad was powerful & much better than what we see today.

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