The pro-Gingrich Super PAC “Winning the Future” has released a teaser trailer of its lengthy attack video on Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital, which Jonathan wrote about earlier today. After watching the preview, it’s hard to believe a conservative group made this film, because it echoes so many of the class warfare tropes that have been coming from the Obama administration and Occupy Wall Street recently. I can’t imagine many conservative South Carolina primary voters sitting through 27 minutes of this demonize-the-rich rhetoric, but it will definitely provide the Obama campaign with plenty of free attack fodder if Romney becomes the nominee:
This is actually a fascinating preview of the kind of attack ads the Obama campaign would run against Romney, and it will be interesting to see how it plays out on a smaller scale in South Carolina. But it’s really not going to help Gingrich to be associated with attacks like this. Has anyone else noticed that Gingrich’s loudest critiques of Romney have basically been recycled left-wing talking-points: first he went after the pro-Romney Super PACs, and now he’s attacking Bain. It’s a bizarre strategy for a primary.
Rick Perry also appears to be jumping on the anti-Bain bandwagon. Question for the candidates: Is this really going to be the issue you hit Romney full-force on? Not health care reform? Not flip-flopping on social issues? This one? Seriously?
“There is something inherently wrong when getting rich off failure and sticking it to someone else is how you do your business and I happen to think that’s indefensible,” said Perry. “If you’re a victim of Bain Capital’s downsizing, it’s the ultimate insult for Mitt Romney to come to South Carolina and tell you he feels your pain, because he caused it.”
If Rick Santorum is smart, he’ll stay far away from this fight. Gingrich and Perry are risking a major backlash by making Romney’s Bain tenure an issue.