Chris Wallace destroys Newt Gingrich super PAC chief Rick Tyler on the anti-Bain hit piece. “In fact, the couple that you showed me — and forgive me, sir. The couple you showed up, Tom and Tracey Jones say they got a 30 percent raise while Bain owned the plant, and they say they were talking about the people who four years later shut down the plant. They were not talking about Mitt Romney. They also say they were given money to do the interview. . . .Do you think it’s legitimate issue that Newt Gingrich was a member of the equity firm that invested in companies that went bankrupt and that he was sued by the Connecticut public workers fund?” Yowser. Read the whole thing.
Rick Santorum attacks the idea that Mitt Romney has this in the bag: “The establishment is trying to ram down the people of South Carolina’s and everybody else’s throat Gov. Romney, as if he is inevitable.”
While we do practically nothing, Iran wages war on the Syrian people through its proxies. “Qasem Soleimani, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps elite Quds force, was in the Syrian capital this month, one official said on Friday, in what Washington sees as the most concrete sign yet that Iranian aid to Syria includes military hardware. . . . The United States has long suspected that Iran has been aiding Syria’s purge against protesters as Assad tries to cling to power and avoid the fate of other Arab dictators felled by the Arab Spring uprisings.” Suspected, although done nothing about it.
Newt Gingrich continually sabotages his own campaign. “Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was greeted with a standing ovation when he was announced at a barbecue. Too bad the former House speaker wasn’t around to see it.. . .It was just one in a string of clumsy, head-scratching events staged by the Gingrich campaign since the Republican primary moved to South Carolina, a state that the candidate says he must win if he wants a shot at the nomination. The chain of slip-ups raises questions about the campaign’s staffing and organizational skills, issues that have haunted Gingrich during the 2012 race.” Hi speakership was the same way.
Sen. Jim DeMint argues that after the primary fights the GOP will unite for the main event. “Frankly, I think you’re going to see Republicans and Independents unite behind whoever our nominee is because the further we get into this administration the more worried Americans are getting. I think Republicans are going to be very united.”
Mitt Romney obliterates the notion that he has a 25 percent ceiling in the primary. He was up to 37 percent Sunday in the national Gallup tracking poll, a new high.
George Will blasts the idea that Romney has been hurt by the Bain attacks. “Over one 25-year period recently, it was estimated that 15 percent of all American jobs disappear every year to try to create more than that. So it’s the adjective. Is it creative destruction? And in this sense, it seems to me, it’s much better to have this argument now than in October. And in South Carolina, it’s extremely good for Mitt Romney to be attacked now in the vocabulary of the left.” And to have it done so ineptly.