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Born-Again Bainers

By The Reverend Published: May 29, 2012

December, 2011....Newton Leroy Gingrich....

“I would just say that if Gov. Romney would like to give back all the money he’s earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years at Bain that I would be glad to then listen to him. I’ll bet you $10, not $10,000” – he said, referring to Romney’s $10,000 bet in Saturday night’s debate – “that he won’t take the offer.”

Gingrich on Bain....January..

"The Bain model was to go in at a very low price, borrow an immense amount of money, pay Bain a great deal of money and leave," Gingrich said earlier this year. "Now, I'll let you decide if that's really good capitalism. I think it's exploitative. I think it's not defensible."

January, 2012...

....a pro-Gingrich Super Pac is spending more than $3 million on airtime for a 27-minute long documentary telling the story of people who lost their jobs after companies Bain had invested in shut their doors


Pope Rickolous Santorum chastised Gingrich for going after Bain Capital....then Newton blames his own criticism of Bain Capital on Obama....

“I’m here to implore one thing of you. I think you’ve missed the target on the way you’re addressing Romney’s weaknesses. I want to beg you to redirect and go after his obvious disingenuousness about his conservatism and lay off the corporatist versus the free market. I think it’s nuanced,” said Dean Glossop, an Army Reservist from Inman, S.C.

“I agree with you,” Gingrich said. “It’s an impossible theme to talk about with Obama in the background. Obama just makes it impossible to talk rationally in that area because he is so deeply into class warfare that automatically you get an echo effect. … I agree with you entirely.”

Rickolous Santorum was reminding Gingrich that companies like Bain Capital, having already bought and paid for the Republican Party, should be kept out of any criticisms of Republican candidates. Bain, and the like, pay for presidential campaigns...so according to Rickolous, Gingrich should just leave Bain out of it and instead, concentrate on the fact that Romney is not a conservative. (insert your own snark here)

That was back in January, I know, a lifetime ago. Here's a Gingrich spokesman, R.C. Hammond, back 5 months ago, sounding like President Obama.....quick, someone alert Corey Booker, Harold Ford Jr and Ed Rendell.....

“It was Governor Romney’s decision to base his candidacy, in large part, on his background as a portfolio manager. Thus, it is entirely legitimate to ask questions about whether he is accurately presenting how he conducted himself during that career.”

For the record, here's Obama saying the same thing...

"...And the reason this is relevant to the campaign is because my opponent, Governor Romney, his main calling card for why he thinks he should be president is his business experience. You know, he’s not going out there touting his experience in Massachusetts. He’s saying ‘I’m a business guy. I know how to fix it.’ And this is his business.”

Then, just over this holiday weekend, Gingrich went on the Sunday Village programs having apparently experienced yet another born again moment and said, basically, 'You know what? I'm basically full of sh*t, and always have been. people should know better than to take anything I say seriously...hell, I don't.'

Or something along those lines....

"The Bain model was to go in at a very low price, borrow an immense amount of money, pay Bain a great deal of money and leave," Gingrich said earlier this year. "Now, I'll let you decide if that's really good capitalism. I think it's exploitative. I think it's not defensible."

"Sure, I went straight at him on the Bain issue," Gingrich said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." Now a Romney backer, Gingrich said Bain is a losing issue for Democrats.

Reminded that he had at one point in the primary campaign demanded that Romney convene a news conference to explain "what happened to the companies that went bankrupt and why did Bain make so much money out of companies that were going bankrupt," Gingrich said Sunday: "I think he did that."

"Bain as an issue doesn't work because people look at it in balance and they say, 'Yeah, you can pick a couple companies that lost. You can pick a lot of companies that succeeded,' " Gingrich said.

Mitt Romney sets forth his business experience at Bain, his alleged knowledge and journeyman's experience shuffling money and paper, as his primary qualification for the job of President of the U.S. Mitt Romney was the first person to introduce Bain Capital into the campaign. That makes Bain Capital fair game.....you know, like Valerie Plame was to CIA agent outers like Scooter and Cheney.

Contrary to Gingrich's 19th Nervous Born-Again Breakdown....Bain DOES work as a political issue, and that explains why the Newt tacked that way during the early going of the GOP primaries. Americans are not particularly fond of corporate raiders, or bosses who deliver pink skips, or quarter-billionaires justifying non-local money boys gutting a longstanding local company and walking away with millions.

Bain doesn't just WORK as an issue in the election. Bain is a GREAT issue that exposes the heart and dark soul of what conservatives often confuse with free-market capitalism.

And because Bain Capital is a great campaign issue for the political party of the 99%......the usual assh*le subjects, Newt, Rudy, JohnnyMac, Corey, Harold, and Ed were all dispatched by their Masters to keep Bain Capital off the campaign discussion table.

Ain't gonna' happen.

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