The poisonous practice of irresponsible smears is an issue that is bigger than Gingrich, Romney, or any other candidate of either party.
I really like Thomas Sowell’s stuff. He ranks at the top of my list (with Mark Steyn) for producing cogent political columns that are always perfectly articulated. Both writers have consistently supported conservative views.
However, I was dumbfounded a couple of weeks ago when I realized that Steyn was supporting Demolite Mitt Romney. At least that’s my take on his recent NRO post.
Now, Sowell turns out to be more befuddling. On the day of Florida’s primary election he has published a column deploring the lies spread by Romney and Obama’s media.
Had Sowell published today’s treatise earlier, thousands of GOP voters in Florida might have been enlightened. However, he didn’t write such a column until today; the day of the Florida GOP primary.
Perhaps one or two people will read today’s column — after they vote for Romney.
Thomas Sowell at NRO:
The Republican establishment is pulling out all the stops to try to keep Newt Gingrich from becoming the party’s nominee for president of the United States â€” and some are not letting the facts get in their way.
Among the claims going out through the mass media in Florida, on the eve of that state’s primary election, is that Newt Gingrich “resigned in disgrace” as speaker of the House of Representatives as a result of unethical conduct involving the diversion of tax-exempt money. Mitt Romney is calling on Gingrich to release “all of the records” from the congressional investigation.
But the Wall Street Journal of January 28, 2012, reported that these records â€” 1,280 pages of them â€” are already publicly available online. Although Speaker Gingrich decided not to take on the task of fighting the charge from his political enemies in 1997, the Internal Revenue Service conducted its own investigation which, two years later, exonerated Gingrich from the charges. His resignation was not due to those charges and occurred much later.
Do the Romney camp and the Republican establishment not know this, a dozen years later? Or are they far less concerned with whether the charges will stand up than they are about smearing Gingrich on the eve of the Florida primaries?
More NRO bullshit:
Yesterday (yep, yesterday) the rag published a column by Brian Bolduc that explains “Why Newt Left the House.” The tag line: “He didn’t have the votes to be speaker.” The article explains:
On November 3, 1998, Republicans lost five seats in the House of Representatives, shaving their majority to 223 seats, leaving them with a dangerously thin margin.
The “dangerously thin margin” was 7 votes because at that time Newt needed 216 votes to win. Also at that time, there were at least a dozen disgruntled GOP old-timers still in the House and they were still pissed at Newt because he had removed them from committee assignments and leadership roles where they had served in lockstep with Democrats for many years.
That’s the “leadership style” old members of the House are out on the campaign trail carping about.
Pick who you want to run against Obama but it’s high time full-time liars like Romney are taken out of the mix.