He turned me into a Newt!

Newt

The RomneyBot 2012 puts the squeeze on Newt.

These guys watch the Repuglican debates so you don’t have to:

• Charles P. Pierce: “(Newt) Gingrich’s political gifts are solely those of an arsonist. Challenged with the reality of what he’s always been, he will bluster and fume and light a dozen strawmen on fire, but he’ll never actually answer the damn question in a way that anyone with the intellect of an andiron would find to be adequate. Asked any kind of decent follow-up, and you can almost see his megalomania collide with his insecurities while he gropes for what comes next.”

• John Nichols: “Ron Paul and Rick Santorum took some pokes at the front-runners—indeed, Santorum got off a decent “there is no difference between President Obama and these two gentlemen” riff late in the debate. But neither of the other contenders stated the obvious: the leading contenders for the GOP nod embody everything that leads Americans to dismiss politicians as crooks.”

• Conor Friedersdorf: “Republican voters, who like the connotation of ‘conservative,’ say it’s a quality they prefer; revealed preference suggests what they actually want is an inconsistent right-leaning opportunist (George W. Bush, John McCain) who helps them evade certain kinds of cognitive dissonance (like hating deficit-financed government health care in theory and loving the budget-busting Medicare prescription-drug expansions in practice).”

And so on.

Meanwhile, the RomneyBot 2012 outputs some tax info and it ain’t pretty. None of his more than $42 million in income in 2010 and 2011 came from wages — it came from “a profusion of investments, as well as stock dividends and interest payments,” according to The Washington Post. And his tax rate last year? 13.9 percent. Ouch. That’s gotta sting. I tip better than that for bad service.

Notes Steve Benen: “(E)ven if Romney argues that he’s simply playing by the rules — taking advantage of existing tax loopholes to pay lower rates than much of the middle class — this doesn’t explain why Romney is eager to exacerbate issues on tax fairness with his tax plan that makes the problem worse.”

Steve adds: “Romney and his aides believe these materials should end the discussion. That’s backwards — the larger debate is just beginning.” Let’s hope so.

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7 Responses to “He turned me into a Newt!”

  1. Larry T. Says:

    My hope is the Repuglicans end up so disgusted by these mediocre candidates that they just stay home on voting day. Since so many “people are stupid” the only hope we have of keeping these right-wingers out is to have not many of their supporters bother to vote. Will Obama show any coglioni (hey, we’re in Sicily after all) with his State of the Union address?

  2. barry Says:

    So Patrick… based on your title, can we- the motley citizenry- dress them all up as witches and threaten to throw them in the pond? Of course we should also hope there’s no Sir Galahad around to talk sense into us.

  3. High Plains Drifters Says:

    I thought this was interesting:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/01/rush-limbaugh-resentment-cultural-insecurity-fueled-gingrichs-rise/251932/

    I understand not being crazy about Romney. But falling in love with Newton Leroy?

    And the only way it makes any sense is that a certain fringe element of the GOP thinks Gingrich will get some zingers in on Obama during the debates, and that embarrassing Obama on stage a couple of times is a good trade for losing the election.

    Given everyone’s debate performance so far, I can already see Obama’s strategy: “Mr Moderator, I’d like to give all of my allotted time to my opponent, and, if you don’t mind, I’d like to return to my room to watch American Idol while he embarrasses himself.”

  4. High Plains Drifters Says:

    // “(Newt) Gingrich’s political gifts are solely those of an arsonist. Challenged with the reality of what he’s always been, he will bluster and fume and light a dozen strawmen on fire, but he’ll never actually answer the damn question in a way that anyone with the intellect of an andiron would find to be adequate. //

    Is it just me, or have Newt’s supposed zingers been duds that, for whatever reason, dim witted spectators seem to find amusing?

    Disgusted at John King: “I’m disgusted you’d ask me about things I did in a debate. I’ve such a sleezeball, bringing up my behavior has no place in a dignified setting such as this.”

    Romney only has business experience because he’s a failed politician: So, what he’s saying is, it’s not what experience you have, but whether you got it in the right way? Isn’t that the sort of elitist thinking that they’re supposed to hate? If Wayne Gretzky really wanted to play basketball, but was too short, does that mean his hockey records don’t exist?

    There isn’t a single supposed high point in Gingrich’s debate portfolio that holds up to three seconds of scrutiny. Like we’ve been saying, he’s what a dumb person thinks smart looks like.

  5. High Plains Drifters Says:

    Heard some tax expert say that Romney’s off shore accounts are insignificant, that they didn’t significantly reduce his tax burden. Yeah, right … he’s going to go to the trouble of moving money all over the world just for the fun of it? People with money don’t do things with their money unless there’s a way to make more money in the process. That’s just simple physics.

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