Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment, thou shalt not speak ill of any Republican, first uttered when he was running for California’s governor in 1966, seems to be an anachronism these days since Newt Gingrich, the master and commander of the new system of “Cutthroat Politics,” has unleashed a massive media campaign in South Carolina against the leading Republican candidate for the presidential nomination, Mitt Romney.
He is airing a 25 minute documentary on what Romney’s company, that he co-founded, Bain Capital, did to American companies and the jobs of thousands of Americans.
Coming after Romney’s recent comment that he “liked firing people,” this has got to be a blow to the front runner.
And really, no one knows why Newt is doing this. He hasn’t a chance of getting the nomination.
And Rick Perry’s labeling of Romney’s business as “Vulture Capitalism” is even more mysterious. Perry, who received just 1709 votes in the New Hampshire Primary has even less of a chance of getting the nomination than The Newt.
I recall what they did to Jimmy Carter when Ted Kennedy opposed him in the 1980 primaries, and how this made Reagan’s task at beating Carter in November 1980 so much easier.
John McCain handed the presidency over to Barack Obama when he named Sarah Palin as his running mate. Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry may just be doing the same thing this time around.