In their desperation to remain relevant, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry have resorted to aping liberal know-nothingism on the economy. Both have launched absurd attacks on Mitt Romney–really, attacks on investment firms in general. Here is Perry:
Mitt Romney’s going to have a hard time coming into South Carolina and making the people here think that he’s anything other than just a rich Wall Streeter who took advantage of their businesses.
People lost their jobs, they lost their pensions, they lost a lot.
…. shutting down these businesses — with the only real reason that most people can see — was so that Bain Capital could profit and he could get richer.
How stupid is Perry? Shutting down businesses makes you rich? Then we have Gingrich:
Is capitalism really about the ability of a handful of rich people to manipulate the lives of thousands of other people and walk off with the money? Or is that somehow a flawed system?
What the hell is Newt talking about? His excuse, apparently is that Democrats will say equally dumb things:
Speaking earlier at a town hall, where journalists outnumbered actual employees by a wide margin, Gingrich said nominating him “leads to a very interesting campaign,” dismissing claims that by attacking the likely nominee now, he was hurting his party’s chances in November.
“If someone’s going to crumble, they’d better do it before the nomination,” he said.
GOP primary voters should punish Gingrich and Perry for their disgraceful behavior and their betrayal of conservative principles, but no matter how poorly they do from here on, they have already done a great deal of damage.