NYT Rips The Lid Off Romney’s Gunsels

Restore Our Future, the pro-Mitt Romney Super PAC that has spent $3 million on TV spots in Iowa during the past three weeks, should really have been named Destroy Newt’s Future.

From today’s New York Time Page One feature:

Group’s Ads Rip at Gingrich as Romney Stands Clear

DES MOINES — The attacks began three weeks ago and have not let up since: Television ad after television ad slamming Newt Gingrich for having “more baggage than the airlines,” for being fined by Congress for ethics violations, for his position on illegal immigration, even for admitting that he has made mistakes on the campaign trail.

Democrats and Republicans alike have singled out the $2.8 million-and-counting air deluge as the biggest factor in Mr. Gingrich’s precipitous drop in polls of Iowa voters and Mitt Romney’s corresponding rise, reshaping the critical first contest of the Republican primary season to Mr. Romney’s benefit.

The ads, which continue to blanket Iowa days before the caucuses here, were created and paid for by people with deep knowledge of the Romney campaign’s strategic thinking, close relationships with Mr. Romney’s most generous donors, and even research on what television viewers like and dislike most about Mr. Romney himself.

That’s the essence of GOP Super PAC Attacks: Promote the agenda of a particular candidate without technically “coordinating” with his (or her) campaign.

But, as the Times piece makes clear, that’s just splitting hairs.

Of which Mitt Romney has none. (Split hairs, that is.)

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5 Responses to NYT Rips The Lid Off Romney’s Gunsels

  1. Bet China has some really great ideas for ads.

  2. Bill Schweber says:

    Gunsels? Have you been reading/watching “The Maltese Falcon” again? Has Dashiell Hammett visited you lately?

    • Campaign Outsider says:

      No, Bill, but I do own a manuscript copy of Hammett’s story “On the Make,” which was the basis for the 1935 film Mr. Dynamite.

  3. Bob Gardner says:

    If Romney really has gunsels, that could be serious trouble for him. (That is, if I remember the Maltese Falcon correctly.)

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