Mitt hits the panic button

He calls Gingrich "zany" and gets an endorsement from a non-witch. But he's swinging and missing VIDEO

Topics: Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, 2012 Elections, ,

Mitt hits the panic buttonMitt Romney(Credit: AP/Steve Pope)

Gee willikers, former GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney denounced his latest rival, disgraced former House speaker Newt Gingrich, in his harshest language yet, calling him “zany” in an interview with the New York Times. Beltway folks think that shows Mitt’s fear and ferocity, I think it shows him, again, as an animatron politician devoid of passion who’s stuck in the 1950s. Zany? Gidget was zany. Gingrich is a dangerous huckster, who will apparently say anything to get elected.

Romney does seem desperate, whether his goofy language captures it or not. He rolled out an endorsement from the truly zany “I am not a witch” Christine O’Donnell, a woman whose moment passed sometime before she cost the GOP the Delaware Senate seat in 2010. Was she supposed to be a stand-in for Sarah Palin? Give Palin some credit; she has some loyal followers. O’Donnell is no Palin, she’s a punchline. And yesterday’s punchline to boot.

Romney is also hitting Gingrich with the label of “unreliable,” pointing to the many positions on which he’s changed his mind. Again, as when the former Massachusetts governor attacked Gingrich for converting to Catholicism, noting that he’d practiced the same religion his whole life, it’s a stupid line of attack, since religion isn’t a big positive for the Mormon Romney. Neither is ideological constancy. As I’ve said, he and Gingrich are Flip and Flop. If it ever comes down to a two man race, they can stage a debate in which they whack one another with policy papers on which they’ve changed their position, and we can see who turns out to be the last man standing.

I had the dubious pleasure of discussing Romney’s panic attack with former RNC chair Michael Steele on “Hardball” today. Steele disapproved of Romney’s attacks, in particular an ad that used Gingrich’s famous sofa summit with Nancy Pelosi calling for action on climate change, as smearing Gingrich for a type of brave leadership that ought to be praised. I’d agree with that – except Gingrich already said his Pelosi/climate change appearance was “one of the dumbest things I’ve done in years.” Newt doesn’t want credit for that one, Michael.

Here’s our “Hardball” segment. Below is my Tuesday night talk with Ed Schultz and Ezra Klein about Rudy Giuliani’s preposterous claim that Gingrich can’t be tagged as a “elitist.” Schultz does a great job debunking the myth of the Reagan Democrat. Watch.

You Might Also Like

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy


More Related Stories

Featured Slide Shows

  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • 1 of 8
  • Close
  • Fullscreen
  • Thumbnails

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Sonic's Bacon Double Cheddar Croissant Dog

    Sonic calls this a "gourmet twist" on a classic. I am not so, so fancy, but I know that sprinkling bacon and cheddar cheese onto a tube of pork is not gourmet, even if you have made a bun out of something that is theoretically French.

    Krispy Kreme

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Krispy Kreme's Doughnut Dog

    This stupid thing is a hotdog in a glazed doughnut bun, topped with bacon and raspberry jelly. It is only available at Delaware's Frawley Stadium, thank god.


    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    KFC's Double Down Dog

    This creation is notable for its fried chicken bun and ability to hastily kill your dreams.

    Pizza Hut

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Pizza Hut's Hot Dog Bites Pizza

    Pizza Hut basically just glued pigs-in-blankets to the crust of its normal pizza. This actually sounds good, and I blame America for brainwashing me into feeling that.

    Carl's Jr.

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Carl's Jr. Most American Thick Burger

    This is a burger stuffed with potato chips and hot dogs. Choose a meat, America! How hard is it to just choose a meat?!

    Tokyo Dog

    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Tokyo Dog's Juuni Ban

    A food truck in Seattle called Tokyo Dog created this thing, which is notable for its distinction as the Guinness Book of World Records' most expensive hot dog at $169. It is a smoked cheese bratwurst, covered in butter Teriyaki grilled onions, Maitake mushrooms, Wagyu beef, foie gras, black truffles, caviar and Japanese mayo in a brioche bun. Just calm down, Tokyo Dog. Calm down.


    7 ways Americans have defiled the hot dog

    Limp Bizkit's "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water"

    This album art should be illegal.

  • Recent Slide Shows



Comment Preview

Your name will appear as username ( settings | log out )

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href=""> <b> <em> <strong> <i> <blockquote>