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    Romney sending John Sununu to attack Newt is a second unexpected Christmas present

    Romney sending John Sununu to attack Newt is a second unexpected Christmas present

    As I noted the other day, Mitt Romney’s new strategy is to send out surrogates to attack Newt.

    Tomorrow it is former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu, a big name in New Hampshire politics but someone whose name is associated with two of the most major conservative failures in the post-Vietnam war history of the Republican Party.

    As Matt Lewis points out, Sununu holds a grudge against Newt because Newt tried to stop George H.W. Bush from breaking his “no new taxes” pledge:

    With former Speaker Newt Gingrich surging in the polls, Mitt Romney has finally decided it’s time to go on the  offensive. One of the men Romney has lined up to attack Gingrich is former New Hampshire Gov. John  H. Sununu. The feud is not new.

    As a former chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush,  Sununu has a grudge against Gingrich — who fought Bush’s budget deal that  included raising taxes.

    Here’s an excerpt from a 1990 Fred Barnes article that describes a meeting for Bush’s  re-election efforts:

    Sununu attacked congressional Republicans for abandoning the president. House Republican whip Newt Gingrich, who led the opposition to the budget deal, wasn’t invited to the meeting. But he was on Sununu’s and [former OMB director Richard] Darman’s mind. “You could see the Newt chip on their shoulders,” said one Bush adviser. “It was a strikingly bad discussion. The death embrace [of Sununu and Darman] grew tighter.”

    There’s more.  As Lewis points out, Sununu’s other claim to fame is that he convinced Bush to nominate to the Supreme Court a New Hamphire state court judge who Sununu assured Bush was a rock solid conservative notwithstanding indications otherwise.  That person was David Souter.

    Sununu serving as surrogate Romney attack dog is the second unexpected Christmas present for Newt after Nancy Pelosi’s failed blackmail attempt, because it shows that all the wrong people hate Newt for all the wrong reasons.

    Update 12-8-2011 — More on Sununu’s grudge against Newt for fighting H.W. Bush’s breach of his “no new taxes pledge” here.


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    I think that Newt (or any of the other candidates who might want to seriously damage Romney) have just been handed the sword. A simple TV ad is all that is needed, simple visual overlays of Romney, Sununu, The Supreme Court building, Justice Souter, and a couple of shots regarding very liberal decisions with audio that goes something like this:

    John Sununu is out there vouching for Mitt Romney and attacking Newt Gingrich’s Conservative principles. Really? Are we REALLY going to listen to Sununu, a man who vouched for David Souter as a “Conservative?” The same David Souter who was such a Liberal Socialist on the Supreme Court that it inspired the rallying cry amongst Conservatives and Republicans alike of “NO MORE SOUTERS.”

    No more Souters, no more RINOs. No more Mitt Romney.

    [fade to black, end commercial].

    Yes, I’m taking a little liberty with the “Socialist” shot, but, as discussed elsewhere, the populace has lost sight of the “liberal” label confusing the idea of classical liberalism (which is now libertarianism) with modern liberalism (which is Socialist-Statism).

      Henry Hawkins in reply to Chuck Skinner. | December 8, 2011 at 1:14 pm

      Romney has now added surrogate attack dog Jim Talent, former congressman… who once supported Gingrich on the precise same issues he now attacks on Romney’s part.

      Attack dogs, yes, but without teeth. Romney’s going to gum Newt to death.

      This just in, Romney viciously attacks Obama:

      “He’s a poopy-butt and his mommy dresses funny.”

        Darkstar58 in reply to Henry Hawkins. | December 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm

        Oh, I didnt hear that one.

        The only one I caught was that song he was signing:

        “Newt, Newt,
        Smells like poop
        was sent down the garbage shoot

        his big fat belly,
        came out smelly
        tell him to go straight to hell-y”

        And I mean, I thought it was kind of cute, but not sure I consider it a real Presidential like move on his part…

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    yorkie01 | December 9, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Mormon Romney needs to note that John Sununu is of Arab American Muslim background. You’re not going to make it Romney simply because you’re a wimp but you need to go after this obama turd.

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