Ugly, Ugly, Ugly

Carol Platt Liebau
Posted: Jan 09, 2012 7:19 PM
Either the class envy of the left has seeped further into the supposedly "conservative" bloodstream than any of us wants to admit, or else Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry are willing to sell out the principles of capitalism for their own political gain.  Either way, their attacks on Mitt Romney are beneath them -- and do more to undermine their own conservative credentials than they do Romney's record.

As anyone who has read my posts here knows, I believe Romney is the best choice in the field.  That being said, there are plenty of legitimate avenues for criticism of him (as for us all).  But his work at Bain Capital isn't one of them -- at least if you claim to believe in capitalism and conservative principles.  It's especially rich coming from guys -- one of whom exemplifies the practice of cashing in on one's public service by influence-peddling, and the other whose only experience with a non-government job (along with honorable service in the military) was on his family's farm (again, honorable, but hardly an extensive private sector career) -- whose private sector experience is limited, at best.

There's something ironic, at least for me, in seeing Romney routinely derided as the flip-flopping ideological opportunist in this race when Gingrich and Perry are selling out the principles of free enterprise that they've long claimed to champion in increasingly desperate bids to win votes.

Go after Romney all you want.  It's child's play compared to what the Obama people will do.  But I'd hoped for better than Occupy Wall Street-type rhetoric from two men who have long tried to define themselves as the true "conservative" in the race.