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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Republicans attack each other

Absolutely surreal to watch Newt Gingrich on CNN this morning, bashing Mitt Romney for being a greedy bastard.  Of course, I agree with him - sucking the value out of companies (30% of the companies that Bain Capital invested in ended up in bankruptcy) is not at all the same kind of glorified capitalism that creating businesses represents.  Mitt *is* a job killer, much more than a job creator.  But to have a Republican making that argument is just another bizarre twist in an election year that gets weirder and weirder all the time.

The only thing that really annoyed me about the segment was the way that the reporter (Soledad O'Brien, who I normally admire and enjoy) didn't say a word to Newt while he ranted about Mitt the job killer - specifically, why didn't she ask Newt how many jobs *he's* created in his life?  He's an extremely wealthy man, and his activities over the last decade have involved nothing other than generating that wealth, through speaking engagements, books sales, and his non-lobbying efforts.  I suppose he's created a few jobs for accountants, but other than that, his efforts have been focused on filling his own pockets.



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