Background on Mitt Romney’s “you’re as big a dirtball as I am” line of attack:
A recent newspaper story detailed at great length how campaign strategists for Romney and Newt Gingrich are battling to secure a win for the their respective candidates in the Florida primary. Multimillions are being spent on attack ads, mostly by Mitt, who also hired a new debating coach and “fearsome researchers.” Newt accused Mitt of having mutual funds invested in Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, mortgage lenders backed by (gasp!) big government. Mitt counterattacked with the same charge when he learned Newt also had invested in Freddie and Fannie.
Mitt made his fortune destroying companies and putting people out of work. Newt, a former influence peddler for Freddie Mac, has been fronting since the 1980s for those who want to eliminate social services. Mitt is by far the wealthier of the two, but both candidates are up to their ears in dirty money, and ultimately answerable to the big banks, corporations and individual billionaires (Newt is Sheldon Adelson’s boy) that back their campaigns.
It’s as if John Dillinger and “Pretty Boy” Floyd were arguing who was the bigger criminal, except that Dillinger and Floyd weren’t hypocrites and front men for The Guys Who Really Run the Show, and didn’t harm nearly as many people.
In a just world, all those millions being spent on the primary would go to the huge number of Floridians who have lost their jobs and/or homes in the so-called Great Recession, but I think it’s safe to assume the fate of poor people doesn’t figure into the campaign strategies of these candidates.
In fact, who but a rich person or an imbecile would vote for either of them?
Oh, now I remember — “low information” voters.