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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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    Darkstar58 | December 7, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    wow, this is what Romney thinks will help him?

    I mean, isn’t he paying attention to Michele Bachmanns increasing irrelevancy the more and more she obsessively attacks anyone and everyone in her attempt to get herself attention?

    And isn’t he aware that pulling in RINOs and (bad-idea) Establishment Types to run his hits for him is about the last thing that will get him support? I mean, we already don’t like him because we see him as a RINO-Establishment type himself! He’s kinda just proving our point…

    And seriously, is this the type of “attack” that will make people feel better when he is expected to go after Obama?

    I just don’t see how anyone can honestly support Mitt – he’s been running for the presidency for 6 years and yet his only real qualification remains the endorsement from the Establishment we hate, the Media we distrust, the Progressives we fight and a President (Obama) we want to fire…


       
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      Subotai Bahadur in reply to Darkstar58. | December 8, 2011 at 12:42 am

      I just don’t see how anyone can honestly support Mitt – he’s been running for the presidency for 6 years and yet his only real qualification remains the endorsement from the Establishment we hate, the Media we distrust, the Progressives we fight and a President (Obama) we want to fire…

      Oh bloody right! That is beautiful. And it is so stolen, and will be used elsewhere. I just wish I could afford a billboard. As for your information on Romney’s immigration plans, consider it also stolen[*].

      [*]-all such thefts will be used with proper accreditation [smile]

      Subotai Bahadur


     
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    Darkstar58 | December 7, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Oh, btw, in case anybody missed it, we are starting to get an idea of Mitts still-secret Immigration plan
    http://www.redstate.com/moe_lane/2011/12/07/mitt-romney-flip-flops-a-grenade-into-illegal-immigration-debate/

    and his full quote:
    (originally from http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/romneys-secret-plan-end-illegal-immigration/242106 )

    “Virtually every Republican I know that’s spoken about illegal immigration says the same thing. I listened to Lindsey Graham the other day and he said, ‘secure the border, stop the flow of illegal aliens into the country, and then we can address the issue of what to do with the people who are here illegally today.’

    “I do have my own thoughts on that. I actually have a plan in mind, I haven’t unveiled it. There are other people I’d like to sit down with and review it with me.

    “I went down to Florida and met with Jeb Bush six, seven months ago, laid out what I thought would be a complete plan to deal with permanent immigration policies with regards to our legal system to simplify it. Number two, how to deal with those who are here illegally today. And number three, how to secure the border.

    “And every piece of advice I’ve received from people who talk about this topic say get the first job done first, because if you talk about the other jobs you get highly confused whether you are going to create incentives for people to come here illegally to take advantage of whatever program you might describe.”

    Oh goody – securing the border is already point 3 to him, and his idea team seems to be Graham (who complained Fox was behind hatred for his Amnesty plan) and Jeb Bush (who has an Amnesty Plan himself…)

    Things have become very clear.
    Obama’s speech yesterday clarified that he is going all in for socialism and the destruction of our once great America.
    Romney, by his actions as described in this post, made it clear that he is the representative of the Republican establishment and that he is counting on that establishment together with his money to get the nomination.
    Romney just doesn’t get it. I hope he does not get the nomination.


     
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    jakee308 | December 8, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Is Romney this clueless?

    Does he think we’re that stupid?

    Doesn’t he understand why “Poppy” lost his election?

    I didn’t know this about Newt. Knowing it NOW gives me a different perspective on Newt. A good one.

    Who’s Romney’s next attack dog? Jennifer Rubin? Oh wait . . .

    Really? John Sununu? The adviser that cost 42 a second term?

    Yes, Virginia. In Mittville there really is a Santa Claus.


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