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My view: Gingrich accusation reveals weakness

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  • Mr. Bean L.A., California
    Jan. 11, 2012 11:15 p.m.

    @Christy:

    "Has the act of taking over companies, breaking them up, selling them off, leaving communities forever changed, people jobless and without a pension 'a good old fashioned' practice you approve of...?"

    Sure some jobs were lost. But many more were saved because companies were streamlined and made viable.

    "I can't believe Republicans, the self-professed party of God and morality, are backing (for the most part) a vulture capitalist over a 'community organizer'. Says a lot."

    The community organizer has trouble organizing the nation to get it going and keeping it from going further into debt. We don't need that kind of a turkey in the White House.

    "Thankfully, President Obama is going to win a 2nd term anyway..."

    In which case this country will be in a world-a-hurt.

  • Christy Beaverton, OR
    Jan. 11, 2012 4:45 p.m.

    What's 'old fashioned capitalist'? Has the act of taking over companies, breaking them up, selling them off, leaving communities forever changed, people jobless and without a pension 'a good old fashioned' practice you approve of, FF?

    I can't believe Republicans, the self-professed party of God and morality, are backing (for the most part) a vulture capitalist over a 'community organizer'. Says a lot.

    But have at it. Vote against your own economic interests. Thankfully, President Obama is going to win a 2nd term anyway, and the economy will continue to improve, no thanks to the GOP and their regressive policies.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 5:28 p.m.

    It would appear that the weakest link in his campaign is himself.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 1:58 p.m.

    Gingrich and Obama both have something in common. They BOTH think its O.k. to take taxpayer money DIRECTLY via "Solyndra" and in Newts' case Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

    Its NOT O.K. to make money the "old fashioned capitalist" way via Bain Capital!

    Newt IS NOT a conservative, he just wants our support!

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 1:21 p.m.

    Gingerich's real flaw is his corruptibility.

    But he does illustrate the danger posed by PACs. And by the Supreme Court's twisted Citizens United decision.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Jan. 10, 2012 10:04 a.m.

    Love the picture of Newt with his halo.
    I think we ought to ask his ex-wives whether we should vote for him.

  • Sandy Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 9:54 a.m.

    Well said. Wish this were being read nationally. Newt is so volatile, so inconsistent, so inappropriate for the role of president. His call for positive campaigning--wouldn't we all love it--was completely hypocritical after his behavior while a member of Congress.

  • CJ Murray, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 7:01 a.m.

    Must totally agree with this one. They have all attacked each other and tried to contrast their differences but Newt has now taken it to a new level. Newt and the rest of the field are now attacking Romney for his role in American capitalism. If they want socialism why don't they run in the Democratic primary? Mitt created jobs at Bain, he turned around the financial situation of companies where it was possible, sometimes it isn't, that is life.
    Take a look at "venture capitalist" Obama who spent 500m of our money to promote a green company for his own political agenda and lost the money. His stellar management of GM has resulted in a 40k car that costs more than that to build and now catches fire. Mitts sorry opponents are now taking the Obama view that some people were laid off so Mitt is evil. I hope and expect that this is going to blow up in their faces in a big way. The American people aren't as stupid as Newt, Obama, and might I say, Huntsman, think we are.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 6:22 a.m.

    While I feel Gingrich is deeply flawed an I would never support him in a million years, I think he is more right than not about the back channel coordination between the Romney campaign and and the Super PACs. Don't kid yourself, and a former politician like the writer of this piece should know better - unless a firm Romney supporter, at which point one can consciously ignore reality.