Romney’s Negativity Showing Signs Of Desperation

Mitt Romney’s campaign is deliberately trying to mislead people in Florida, as they did in Iowa. Evidently. Romney’s history in business is not enough to sway voters to hop on the Mitt Train. So now, the new strategy is negative ads to beat down a rising threat to Mitt’s delusion that he is owed this nomination.

At the center of the new argument is Newt’s ethics violation in the 90s. People who weren’t politically aware of the turn of events back then are now apt to believe Romney’s desperate falsehoods. This Washington Examiner article details more in depth the entire affair.

Given all the attention to the ethics matter, it’s worth asking what actually happened back in 1995, 1996, and 1997. The Gingrich case was extraordinarily complex, intensely partisan, and driven in no small way by a personal vendetta on the part of one of Gingrich’s former political opponents.

Imagine that. Someone who didn’t like Newt drove this train until it reached some utterly remote destination. I bet it was even a bitter Democrat.

The Gingrich case was driven in significant part by a man named Ben Jones. An actor and recovered alcoholic who became famous for playing the dim-witted Cooter in the popular 1980s TV show The Dukes of Hazzard, Jones ran for Congress as a Democrat from Georgia in 1988. He won and served two terms. He lost his bid for re-election after re-districting in 1992, and tried again with a run against Gingrich in 1994. Jones lost decisively, and after that, it is fair to say he became obsessed with bringing Gingrich down.

It wasn’t enough that Newt had engineered a GOP takeover of both houses of Congress, the first time both houses were run by the GOP in 40 years. It wasn’t enough the Democrats of that day had to identify themselves with the generation that lost what was held for four decades. The spark for all of this came from an embittered rival who felt entitled, probably because he was a former actor. It came from a sore loser.

Two days before Election Day 1994, with defeat in sight, Jones hand-delivered a complaint to the House ethics committee (the complaint was printed on “Ben Jones for Congress” stationery). Jones asked the committee to investigate the college course, alleging that Gingrich “fabricated a ‘college course’ intended, in fact, to meet certain political, not educational, objectives.” Three weeks later, Jones sent the committee 450 pages of supporting documents obtained through the Georgia Open Records Act.

So with the inevitable in sight, we now see a similar quality in Mitt Romney and it is evidenced by his campaign’s decision to exploit something that was really quite benign at the time. It was something that Newt just decided to settle so it would go away. For those details, you can read the rest of the article. But it is important to note that of the 84 bogus complaints leveled against Gingrich, 83 were found to have no merit at all. And the one that had some small hint of questionability, the IRS or the Justice Department (under Democratic control) found nothing wrong. The reason Gingrich gave up on the 84th was to get it out of the way was to eliminate distractions at a time when other things were more important.

Sore losers often operate out of desperation, which is often a position of weakness. In my view, this country has seen enough desperation and plenty of weakness from the current leadership. Isn’t it time we have someone who can restore some confidence and strength to this nation? Win or lose with Newt, we will know what he stands for and against. With Romney, can we be so sure?.

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4 responses to “Romney’s Negativity Showing Signs Of Desperation

  1. McCloud

    It’s very depressing, LA. Newt is a true maverick politician, not in the mode the left likes (McCain, flipping over to liberals views every so often) but in the mode of thinking outside the box..sometimes waay outside. Although some of that kind of visionary thinking is needed in a world leader too much of it and we have a wandering, dangerous dreamer. It’s instructive that many people who served with Newt in the House are not backers, even if it’s because they are jealous or he rubbed them wrong. He will need to build coalitions.

    I thought Romney was a half-empty suit in 2008 and he hasn’t changed much today. If he runs they will skewer him and he won’t be able to withstand it. Obama will mop him up in the debates. Yet for some reason the GOP establishment is circling the wagons around him. As I said, depressing.

    • //Although some of that kind of visionary thinking is needed in a world leader too much of it and we have a wandering, dangerous dreamer. It’s instructive that many people who served with Newt in the House are not backers, even if it’s because they are jealous or he rubbed them wrong. He will need to build coalitions.//

      Your points are valid and well taken.

      1. To prevent a dangerous dreamer from straying too far outside the boundaries of sensibility, we do have a Congress and a Supreme Court. If used correctly, they are effective tools in stopping someone wanting to do something incredibly stupid and dangerous.

      2. The people who are turning on him now are likely people who had a bone to pick with him. It’s not that they don’t support them that irks me, it’s the destructive lying that is going on to uplift a flip-flopping moderate over the man who was the root of what is now known as the TEA Party. He is not a progressive like the vulgar nasty Ann Coulter claims, but he’s not as conservative on all things as some other people are.

      Is he a creep for his infidelity? Yes. Is he a liar at times too? Yes. All politicians lie.

      But to go to such lengths to separate him from Reagan, is vile and pernicious at best. Here is what Nancy Reagan said about Newt in 1995: http://youtu.be/ec_Nunb6izo

      Doesn’t sound anything like what Abrams, Tyrrell, Dole, or Delay are saying now. In fact, I don’t remember Delay or Dole having much trouble with Newt when he was fighting with Clinton instead of caving into Bill’s liberal platform (which was nowhere as bad as Obama’s). Newt took the heat, while they sat back and got some of the glory that ran off.

      3. It will be hard to build coalitions when the neo-con wing is out to subvert anything and everything he does. But he will need to build them, and I think he needs to start with the TEA Party wing. He stands for most everything they do, save some of the social issues. He needs to openly court as many as he can, but even that is difficult when Bachmann and others are not willing to support him now. They supported him when they have asked him to make speeches for their pet projects, seminars, and raising money for their causes. But now that he is in danger of actually winning the nomination, he’s the anti-Christ.

      You are 100% right, AC.

      It’s depressing and not because I think Newt is the best person for the job and I think I am right. There are many others better suited to win and would do a better job than him, but they aren’t running. And with this kind of climate, can we blame them?.

      It’s depressing because no matter who winds up winning the nomination, the Democrats will have a whole roll of quotes from desperate power hungry Republicans to use in campaign commercials.

      It’s depressing because there is no one left who gives a shit about the country, but only winning.

      I do believe that Romney bears more responsibility than most (but not all), because he is the one who thinks this damned thing is his… because he wants it. He started this when Newt began to surge the first time around, when Newt was running a positive campaign. I despise any sense of entitlement, from the richest bastard who thinks he owns the world to the laziest bastard who thinks the richest bastard owes him a free lunch. Entitlement is entitlement.

      I am both pissed off and disillusioned at the whole thing and like I have said before, I will vote for the nominee. But I will do it holding my nose and do it because the current occupant of the WH doesn’t deserve more time to screw things up anymore than he already has.

      Thanks for the comments and reading my rants.

  2. McCloud

    Although I posted on my blog that Romney won the debate last night don’t take it as any kind of endorsement. I simply thought he was a different Mitt last night, and come to find out he’s had some debate coaching! He’s still a weak candidate and I believe he’ll be beaten by Obama. His little lie about not knowing about the campaign commercial was so transparent as to be absurd, and the left will hang him metaphorically from the nearest flagpole for doing that stuff in any debate with Obama. They will call him a racist.

    I think some folks are going to gravitate to Santorum now, which hurts Newt. Of course Santorum can’t beat Obama.

    • We are so screwed. We need to set our sights on getting control of the Senate and plan on obstructing for 4 more years.

      Tea Partiers need to target more establishment GOP in the primaries too.

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