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Thomas Sowell On Romney’s Anti-Newt Attack Ads in Iowa

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 9: 00 AM

Thomas Sowell wrote an interesting column yesterday on the all out anti-Newt campaign Mitt Romney has launched in Iowa.  Romney, through his SuperPac, has spent more on anti-Newt ads in Iowa than all other candidates combined.  These ads seem to be working as Newt’s numbers in the latest Iowa polls show a sharp decline.  Professor Jacobson says that “Getting people to hate Newt is the easy part, giving us a reason to vote for Romney is the hard part.”

Thomas Sowell thinks we should be focusing on the present and not the past, even Newt’s past which does have some troublesome spots.  He quotes favorably Winston Churchill who said,  “If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost.”  If we are going to look to the past, concrete accomplishments in office are a better test of a candidates worth.  Gingrich engineered the first Republican takeover of the House of Representatives in 40 years — followed by the first balanced budget in 40 years. The media called it “the Clinton surplus” but all spending bills start in the House of Representatives, and Gingrich was Speaker of the House.

As speaker, Gingrich can take credit for welfare reforms that enabled people stuck in dependency to gain a new birth of freedom and self worth, pride of accomplishment and the personal dignity that comes with that.  No small matter which positively affected the lives of thousands who were otherwise condemned to a life of little hope outside of permanent welfare addiction and the sort of wasted existence that entails.

Sowell writes:

Did Gingrich ruffle some feathers when he was Speaker of the House? Yes, enough for it to cost him that position. But he also showed that he could produce results.

In a world where we can make our choices only among the alternatives actually available, the question is whether Newt Gingrich is better than Barack Obama — and better than Mitt Romney.

Romney is a smooth talker, but what did he actually accomplish as governor of Massachusetts, compared to what Gingrich accomplished as Speaker of the House? When you don’t accomplish much, you don’t ruffle many feathers. But is that what we want?

Can you name one important positive thing that Romney accomplished as governor of Massachusetts? Can anyone? Does a candidate who represents the bland leading the bland increase the chances of victory in November 2012? A lot of candidates like that have lost, from Thomas E. Dewey to John McCain.

Concentrating on Newt Gingrich’s past, rather than the nation’s future, could mean a second term for Barack Obama, and that will be a huge loss.  Romney is just too close to a re-run of the disastrous McCain fiasco of 2008.  Republicans really are the stupid party if they allow it be repeated in 2012.

Pat Caddell has wisely said that Obama will have a hard time getting re-elected in 2012, but he may get enough help from Republicans to pull it out.

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