I am absolutely amazed as to where the Republican nomination process has gone. Not in a million years, would I have thought that Republicans running against Mitt Romney would have come out against capitalism!
What? Against Capitalism? The Republicans are for free market capitalism! Well…now you kinda have to question that. Lead by Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Rick Perry have all come out swinging against Mitt Romney’s time at Bain Capital. Romney has championed his experience as a businessman and pointed directly at his time at Bain as reason why he is the best qualified to get us out of the economic morass we are in.
So what does the rest of the crowd have to say? Rick Santorum said that Romney was just a CEO and said, “I just don’t think it’s a skill set for what a president needs. We don’t need a manager.”
Rick Perry called what Romney did at Bain ‘vulture capitalism’ saying, “There’s a real difference between venture capitalism and vulture capitalism. I don’t believe that capitalism is making a buck under any circumstances.”
And then there is Newt Gingrich. Newt is naturally upset because it was Romney’s super PAC’s that took him down in Iowa. Newt figured that since he was the front runner going in that it was a shoe in for him, but the attack ads by Romney’s super PACs changed that and Newt ended up a paltry 4th behind Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul. So now Gingrich is out for blood. He has setup on his website a very straight to the point page called ‘NOT ROMNEY!’ He has also been on the attack against Romney’s time at Bain, saying Bain was ‘looting’ businesses under Romney’s tenure.
Like I said, I am absolutely amazed as to where this has gone. Republicans attacking capitalism and the free market? You know who else is shocked? Rush Limbaugh. Rush was on the air in almost bewilderment, wondering what on earth is going on. He said Gingrich was going ‘Perot’ on Romney. Rush said that Gingrich was sounding just like Obama. Rush didn’t limit his criticism to Gingrich though. He also questioned Santorum’s and Perry’s attacks on Romney as well.
Amazing…simply amazing. This could be one of the major turning points for the 2012 election. Do not think for a minute that Obama will not use all of these attacks himself. Now Obama can just stand back, playback what other Republicans have said about Mitt Romney (should he be the nominee), and smile. Way to go Republicans.