Stop Whining About Negative Campaigning!
I’m gonna speak just for me. I am getting tired of the whining about negative campaigning. I’m getting tired of the whining from everybody about it. Not just the candidates, I’m getting tired hearing about it from everyone. What in the world is politics? What is it, if not this? I’m gonna say something to the Gingrich people here. Newt is really caught up in this notion that Romney is saying things about him that aren’t true. I’m telling you, I’m having a tough time relating to being upset about that. As someone who is routinely lied about every day and has been for 25 years, it comes with the territory.
Now, I know that one of the problems that Newt has is he doesn’t think he can combat it. Romney is outspending Gingrich in Florida $15 million to $3 million. Gingrich has been outspent by $12 million in Florida alone. So I’m sure Newt feels that he’s unable to combat it and repel it. Unlike me, he doesn’t have a microphone every day, and I do. But I don’t use it to deal with the critics. I ignore ’em. Newt and that Juan Williams episode, what was it about that that had people standing up and cheering? It was conservatism. I’ve long maintained that whoever can articulate conservatism the most consistently, the most confidently and the happiest is going to win this thing. And that pretty much could overcome any of the negatives.
My advice is not listened to and I don’t expect it to be. I’m not in that business. And Newt said that he was off his game in the last debate last Thursday ’cause Romney was telling such outrageous lies about him that he was shell-shocked. Now, I don’t know if that is a ploy for sympathy or what, but what in the world do either of these two guys think is gonna happen when either one of them ends up facing Obama? I don’t care who’s telling lies in the Republican campaign, they are pikers compared to what’s gonna happen when the Democrat campaign begins. And something else that I’m pretty confident in saying. As hard-hitting and go-for-the-throat and take-no-prisoners as Romney’s going after Newt, he will not do this going after Obama. A lot of people out there are praising Romney, “Hey, this is politics. Hey, frankly, it’s what a campaign’s supposed to do. A campaign’s supposed to be able to mount a full-fledged assault.”
Romney, a lot of people are giving him credit for that document dump last Wednesday and Thursday all over the media that took Gingrich out. That’s what campaigns are supposed to do. Yeah, it’s the way it’s played, but I’m gonna tell you, it ain’t gonna be played that way against Obama. If you are deciding that you like Romney’s toughness the way he’s taken out Newt, I got something for you. He isn’t gonna do that against Obama. Do you think the Republican Party’s got the guts to do that against Obama? (interruption) You think so? You think so? It’s interesting you think so. Have you seen any evidence? No, you haven’t. Have you seen any evidence of any Republican going after Obama the way Republicans are going after each other? You haven’t. In fact, when Romney’s had the chance, (imitating Romney) “Oh, gosh, you know, I just think he’s in over his head.” Has he said something as innocuous as that about Newt?