Conservatives cringed when Gingrich and Perry launched their anti-“vulture capitalist” attacks on Romney during the GOP primary, knowing Romney’s opponents were drafting a general election blueprint for Obama. With much of the oppo research already done, Team Obama can’t get enough of Bain Capital-based attacks.
Today, the Left is gleefully using Newt Gingrich’s Monday appearance on Piers Morgan’s show as evidence that Bain attacks are fair game.
SURROGATEFAIL RT @jimacostacnn: Gingrich on Piers: "I think there are things you can legitimately look into at Bain Capital."
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) May 22, 2012
See, you have a Cory Booker-style turncoat too, righties! Disunity in the Republican ranks!
Sigh. In actuality, Gingrich’s point was this:
Seems the Obama camp is getting the same toxic response Gingrich/Perry did when it come to Bain Capitol all I can do is ROFLMFAO
— Steven Bravo (@the_str) May 22, 2012
But the fact remains that Gingrich and Perry did smooth the path for Obama, and as conservatives predicted, their words are coming back to haunt them:
— Matthew Vadum (@vadum) May 22, 2012
Democratic super PAC Priorities USA wasted no time in putting out a video reminder of how Romney’s opponents went after him on Bain.
So Gingrich’s concern trolling on Bain is going to be about as effective as his primary campaign. Some of his other points in the interview were more on target:
How can you be the president with the worst unemployment record since the Great Depression — the longest period of deep unemployment since the 1930s, and pick a fight over job creation?
Stick to that, Newt.