I am not a great admirer of Newt Gingrich. He has indeed had a bad personal life (although not as bad as is often claimed), and he says nice things about dreadful people (“Teddy” Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, “F.D.R.” and so on) which is hard to take from an historian. So I can understand why, for example, Glenn Beck can not stand Newton Gingrich.
However, it is not his real flaws that have defeated Gingrich – hardly anyone went to vote in Iowa (where Newt was well ahead – till he suddenly was massively behind) or in Florida (ditto), saying “what Gingrich says about Teddy Roosevelt is totally wrong – I can not vote for a man who says nice things about Teddy Roosevelt”.
Newton Gingrich was defeated in Iowa and Florida (and Florida really is as important as people say it is) by a TIDAL WAVE OF SMEARS.
In Iowa Gingrich ran a “positive campaign” (all about his plans for a 15% flat rate income tax and so on) and was well ahead – till suddenly a vast wave of millions of Dollars of “negative ads” hit him over the head.
And in Florida he was hit over the head again – by the most expensive Republican primary campaign in the State in history. Gingrich was outspent between 3 to 1 and 5 to 1 (depending on how one calculates it).
And what did the ads say?
They said that he took money from Freddie Mac (will actually it was his company, – but sort-of true so far), and then at once the ads used the words “charges ethics violations” (as if the ethics charges were about the Freddie Mac contract – which is not true, the ethics charges were BS smear campaign similar to what the left did to Sarah Palin some years later).
And then the ads end with “resigned in disgrace” as if Gingrich had been guilty of all these (undescribed) “ethics charges”, and had then resigned. Actually he was innocent of virutally all of them (and the thing he was “guilty” of was absurd – saying he was Speaker of the House when he went to give some lectures at a college and HE WAS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE) and did not resign the Speakership till YEARS LATER.
So the ads were, basically, B.S. – but they WORKED.
They were on all the time – millions upon millions of Dollars (thanks to Goldman Sachs and so on – for, inspite of his wealth, Romney does not fund a lot of this campaign) and Gingrich could not compete (no great finanical industry support for him, the plan to audit the Federal Reserve, put the Wall Street credit-money junkies into a panic).
O.K. Romney has won by big money and a smear campaign – but that is not my point.
My point, my question, is as follows…
Does Romney have the ability and the courage to do to Barack Obama what he has done to Newt Gingrich?
Well Romney lacks the ability – he will not be able to outspend Obama in the way that he outspent Gingrich.
The Obama forces will spend at least a BILLION Dollars on their campaign. They will reverse the money advantage that Romney has just had. And the “Progressives” (the early 20th century American Progressives were often what were called in Europe “Fascists” – but the modern ones are dominated by Marxist doctrines), will lie without shame about Romney. Expect to hear lots of tales about Mormanism and so on – they will be lies, but that DOES NOT MATTER (does anyone think that the “mainstream” television stations, i.e. all of them bar Fox News, will call the Obama forces on anything they do? actually, of course, they will help Comrade Barack and co as much as they can).
And the courage?
Will the Romney forces have the courage to tell THE TRUTH about Obama in the way they dishonestly SMEARED Gingrich?
Will they run ads about Barack Obama’s life long Marxist associations and background?
His many years of active friendship with terrorists such as Mr and Mrs Ayers? Remember the Weathermen organization was still murdering people as late as 1981.
Will they run ads that show the material in such books as “Deconstructing Obama” (which shows, amongst other things, that Bill Ayers is the real author of “Dreams From My Father”), and “Radical In Chief”, “The Manchurian President” and “Red Army” – all showing Comrade Barack’s life long far left activities.
Will the Romney forces even run ads about Mr and Mrs Obama’s (and their friends and associates) financial corruption?
Will the material in such works as “The Case Against Barack Obama”, “The Culture of Corruption” and “Gangster Government” be made into television ads?
Will the Romney forces show true passion, true HATRED?
Or will it just be more boiler plate from milktoast Romney – such as we had yesterday.
“President Obama was elected to lead, he has chosen to follow, and now he should get out of the way”.
What the bleep does that even mean?
Does it mean that Barack Obama has been inactive as President? If so it is not true and (more importantly) not effective – because the things he has done (wild “Stimulus”, Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, having Bin Laden killed, having lots of other enemies killed, and so on….) are too well known to pretend he has not done anything.
Of course it is a bit difficult for Romney to attack Barack Obama on POLICY (as Romney is the only Republican candidate who does not even want to get rid of the Department of Energy – and then there is the little matter of Romneycare, and Romney’s support for the “Stimulus” and so on…. and Romney can not really attack the Credit-Bubble Federal Reserve either, as he supported its antics), but he does not have to waste everyone’s time with silly nonsense about Barack being inactive.
However, I can hear the political consultants now….
“You must not hit President Obama with tough ads and specific charges – as that would be RACIST, and people like Barack Obama as a person, and his nice family…”.
The same advice that these people gave to JOHN MCCAIN in 2008.
So we are likely to see a campaign that it is a massive financial DISADVANTAGE (not the massive financial ADVANTAGE that Romney has had all his life), and a campaign that specializes in weak, meaningless, waffle. Rather than hard hitting charges to make people STOP “liking Obama as a person” – by exposing him as the scumbag he is.
It is possible that Romney campaign against Obama will not go well.
And, please people, do not mention other candidates against Comrade Barack – these “other canidates” have vastly LESS money than Romney has (let alone the Barack Obama forces have), and will show no more courage in putting on real negative ads (with real HATE filled charges) than the Romney campaign will.
Remember ads about policy DO NOT WORK – otherwise Gingrich would have won Iowa (he was ahead when the ads were about policy – then they turned negative and he was destroyed).
What works is spending LOTS OF MONEY on negative ads that are HATE filled (designed to inspire hatred and contempt for a person – this works even against a person who was previously liked, see Florida).
In the case of Barack Obama the charges would actually be TRUE – but I very much doubt that the Romney campaign (let alone any third party candidate) will have the courage to run them. Fear of being called “racist” by the media will prevent that.
Oddly enough there was one man who might have had the courage to run ads denouncing Barack Obama as the Saul Alinsky style scumbag that Barack is.
Newton Gingrich – who, for all his faults (which are all too real), actually has some courage (some old plain grit) to stand up to charges of “racism” from the media. But he has just been destroyed.
Now we must all “rally round Romney” (to fight Comrade Barack and the Red forces – with their plan to utterly exterminate, sorry “fundementally transform”, the United States and, indeed, the West as a whole) – but rally round with little hope.