I’m joking, Newt Gingrich is a long way from siding with OWS. However, in his speeches and attack ads against Mitt Romney, Newt sounds a lot like the thousands of Occupiers who actively protested the vulture capitalism that Mitt personifies.
From the New York Times:
Mr. Gingrich sought to frame the issue as reflective of Mr. Romney’s “judgment” and “decisions,” in particular deals in which workers lost jobs and pensions while Bain [Capital] investors profited. “I’ve raised the question, which I think is a totally legitimate question – what about some companies that Bain took over that went bankrupt?’’ Mr. Gingrich asked Greta Van Susteren of Fox on Wednesday night.
Mr. Gingrich is hoping that his anti-Wall Street theme will connect with a deep vein of economic populism in the South, including South Carolina, with its high unemployment and depressed housing market. Speaking here at a convention of senior citizens, he portrayed the pressure on him to reverse course as coming from the establishment, both on Wall Street and elsewhere.
“I’m not going to back down or be afraid to say we the American people have the right to know, and any candidate for president has an obligation to tell us,’’ he said.
“No one tells the American people they aren’t allowed to learn what is going on in their very own country,’’ he said.
How beautifully ironic that a creep such as Gingrich is helping fuel phase two of the movement to wake Americans to the fact that the financial industry has wrecked the real economy and lowered the living standards of most people who have, or had, real jobs. Even funnier is the fact that Mittens left himself open to Newt’s attacks by lying about what he did as head of Bain.
Take it to the streets, Newt!