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Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Republicans' Gordon Gekko unleashes the forces of fear against Newt

There's capitalism and there's capitalism. There's the good kind that creates jobs, produces valuable services and products, leads to technological advances, and creates choices and freedom for consumers and employees.

And then there's the Mitt Romney/Gordon Gecko/George Soros kind. That's the kind where creepy characters make a few calls, pull a few levers, buy and sell other people's achievements, then take a profit.

Mitt Romney's corporate raider capitalism is not the kind that built America, but it could be the kind that destroys it.  Romney's similarity to Oliver Stone's fictional character is eerie, even down to the slicked back hairstyle the two share. Romney is not a criminal, but neither is he inspiring.

So without much to motivate people to vote for him out of enthusiasm, he is trying to scare voters out of choosing Gingrich by unleashing a pack of media hounds like the flaky Ann Coulter, who now is a Romney booster.  Only a year ago, Coulter complained that if the Republicans pick her current candidate of choice, it would be the same as handing the 2012 election to Obama. But for her, Gingrich just isn't conservative enough. So she goes with Romney?

The Democrats must be enjoying the specticle of Republicans accumulting ammuniation for President Obama to use against them in the fall.

Cornell Law Professor William Jacobson writes on his blog Legal Insurrection that:

It’s really no surprise. As Mitt Romney has faltered from inevitability to modest favorite, a chorus of pro-Romney voices in the media and Republican Party is insisting that if Newt is the nominee, we not only lose the presidency we also lose the House and fail to take back the Senate.

It’s pure conjecture. If a bad week can cost Romney 20 points in South Carolina, it can cost him that much in Ohio, or Florida, or Virginia in the general election. Current polling is interesting, but overstated in its import.

Yet the argument is stated with absolute certainty.

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