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Mitt Romney heads south
February 7, 2012 - Ron Hart
January 23, 2012 -
By Ron Hart "No one really won the South Carolina bar fight; everyone ended up beaten and dusty."
With one response to a CNN reporter's cheap shot, Newt Gingrich resurrected his campaign. When John King asked Newt about the comment from an ex-wife that he had asked for "an open marriage," Newt leveled the guy – and won South Carolina. Newt discovered that evangelical Republicans dislike, even more than infidelity, a smug, biased, leftist "moderator."
Oddly, women seem to let the open marriage thing slide. As for men, the only thing most men would prefer to an open marriage is an open bar. If you combine that with football on a flat-screen HD TV and serve hot wings, you would carry 99 percent of the straight male vote.
Newt getting newer and more blonde wives could be good for the economy. Any time a man marries his mistress it is a job creator, because then he will need to add a new mistress.
Just imag (Enlarge) TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 23: Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks with people during a Roundtable on Housing Issues on January 23, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Mitt Romney continues his campaign ahead of the January 31st Florida primary.
JOE RAEDLE, GETTY IMAGES ine how much fun it would be to have Newt in the White House and a new First Lady every two years.
Newt was floundering. He apologized for his Obama-like attack against Romney for his success at Bain Capital, then he nimbly pivoted to distinguish himself as a neo-con against the more pacifist, but spot-on right, Ron Paul.
I am troubled by the warlike rhetoric of some of the GOP candidates. The job description of the president comes down to protecting the USA; a close second is assuring China that we are good for the money. Yet "protecting" America, in these candidates' eyes, means – to our detriment – occupying and nation-building in countries that take our money and resent us. Ron Paul has it right. But that still gets you booed in South Carolina, a state that, since 1861, has had an affinity for starting wars that do not end well.
Much of what Newt boldly said resonates with many. He has gone from capturing some of the white vote to cutting into Mitt's lead among the really white vote. This could send Mitt Romney back to the Vineyard Vines catalog from which he sprang. Sadly, Newt's over-the-top comments made him the winner in South Carolina, much like voting for the WWF wrestler who spews the most bravado before a match. It has me thinking WTF?
The Left howled when Newt suggested that overpaid union janitors in schools could be replaced by students working part-time to help their schools, develop work habits, and earn some spending money. The Left thinks kids should work for free at ACORN or at community organizing, calling it "volunteering" or "community service." The Left is OK as long as no one makes any money.
Now that a recount has Mitt coming in second to Rick Santorum in Iowa, all he has is his New Hampshire win. That only gives Romney nine delegates and a lifetime supply of blueberry-maple syrup. Then Rick Perry dropped out and endorsed Newt (which explains Perry's new Tiffany cuff links).
Newt is always willing to seize a political advantage. Using the same capital gains and dividend laws he favored, his campaign is using Obama-like tactics of envy.
"Shame on you, Mitt Romney, for paying the legal 15 percent tax rate, which is barely a tip for good service at a restaurant."
Never mind that Romney's money, estimated at $250 million, was already taxed once when he made it. The dividends he currently pays 15 percent on were already taxed 35 percent at the corporate level before they got to him. Then he pays a Massachusetts state tax of 5.3 percent. And let's not forget that Mitt's estate will have to pay another 55 percent in the death tax when he dies. I find Newt's whining about Romney's taxes disingenuous, but that is the odious nature of politics.
Taxes are so high that economic engines like Mitt Romney and countless other producers, who could be investing in, growing and employing people via new businesses, "go Galt" on us. They choose to be less productive by going into politics or, worse yet, creating an idle, rich heiress like a Paris Hilton or a Kardashian – who then votes Democratic.
The Left has to be giddy with the bloody South Carolina GOP primary. It was like a bar fight in an old Western movie: the candidates kept pounding each other in the face and rolling out the door of the saloon, brawling all the way to the next venue, still a-fightin'. Everyone ended up beaten and dusty, and no one really won. 2011 Benjamin Franklin Award Winner!
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Ron in a recent appearance on Fox28 (WPGX) program NewsView - with Lee Sullivan
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