The best lines at the ABCTV-sponsored debate this past weekend was Michelle Bachmann’s “Newt Romney”, AKA Newt Gingerich and Mitt Romney. Michelle could show the two not only flip flopping together but also abandoning conservative principles at the drop of a hat. The Daily Beast has been following the two since the debate and the marriage couldn’t last.
Provoked by Mitt Romney, who said that Gingrich should return the $1.6 million he was paid for consulting work by Freddie Mac, Gingrich could not resist retaliation. He said he’d be happy to heed Romney’s advice, provided Romney first “give back all the money he’s earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years at Bain”—the venture capital firm Romney once ran.
The counter-attack was a serious blunder, as Gingrich himself seemed to recognize, issuing a directive Tuesday to his supporters and staff reminding them (and himself) to follow Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment—“Thou Shalt Not Speak Ill of any Fellow Republican.” …. But the biggest danger of Gingrich’s dig at Romney was that it risked angering conservatives. He didn’t go after Romney for his past embrace of man-caused climate change or some other Romney deviation from conservative orthodoxy, but for being an effective capitalist while running Bain.
As Charles Krauthhammer, the conservative Washington Post columnist observed on Fox News, “This kind of attack is what you’d expect from a socialist.”
TheDailyBeast considers this a major blunder by Newly minted Newt as Republican front runner. See all the details here.