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Fred Barnes:

Newt Gingrich has adopted an anti-free market argument—a favorite of the political left—to criticize Mitt Romney. Gingrich accused his rival of making money by “bankrupting companies and laying off employees” in his years at Bain Capital.

Under Romney’s leadership, Bain Capital emerged as a prominent private equity firm, investing initially in startups—Staples was one—then specializing in turnarounds. The company was highly profitable, but was criticized for reducing payrolls and shutting down firms it couldn’t revive. Romney left Bain Capital in 1999.

Whether its investments were successful or not, Bain Capital was engaged in the rough and tumble of free market capitalism. Thus Gingrich’s criticism, coming from a conservative, was surprising.

Surprising?  I’d say pathetic.  Read the rest.

About Charles Mitchell

EFM's resident Yankee, Charles Mitchell, works in the non-profit arena in his native Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Charissa, live near the state capital of Harrisburg with their daughter, Adeline, and are members of a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America.

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2 Responses to So THIS Is Your Conservative Messiah?

  1. Ryan in Texas says:

    I knew it wouldn’t take long for the real Newt to come out. If you’ll cheat on your wife, you’ll cheat on conservatives.

    • Brandon from NJ says:

      “I knew it wouldn’t take long for the real Newt to come out. If you’ll cheat on your wife, you’ll cheat on conservatives.”

      I wonder where people bother bringing out the bouncing checks or ethics charges that Gingrich didn’t face
      up to? Those are also problematic. And tell you that back while he was speaker of the House, he couldn’t
      take responsibility for his own finances. How can you expect a guy who doesn’t accurately keep track of
      his own finances to assume the full responsibility of being chief executive in the Federal Government.
      The whole thing is like picking up sticks of old dynamite.

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