Two weeks ago, George Will wrote a column in which he said Newt Gingrich "would have made a marvelous Marxist." At the time, it seemed a little over the top, but Gingrich managed to prove Will right yesterday when he leveled this attack Mitt Romney:
I would just say that if Gov. Romney would like to give back all of the money he's earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years at Bain, that I would be glad to listen to him.
These are not the words of a conservative who believes in the free market system. This is the world view of a socialist bent on redistributing wealth. Charles Krauthhammer told Bret Baier just as much on Special Report last night:
What kind of attack is this of one so-called person of the right to another? What conception of capitalism do you have if you are attacking your opponent for entering what is the risk taking of capitalism? It's the old line from Schumpeter, which is that capitalism is creative destruction and this kind of attack is what you would expect from a socialist.
Earlier in the program, Brit Hume offered similar analysis:
It was only a matter of time before Gingrich said something that would remind conservative primary voters why he is a terrible choice for the Republican nomination. This is it.
Gingrich was paid for “strategic advice” by a government-sponsored loan company which used its government-granted competitive advantage to help build a bad mortgage house of cards that nearly brought down the entire U.S. economy when the bubble popped in 2008. Romney ran a private investment firm that acquired numerous companies in an effort to make money by making them more profitable. In some cases, there were layoffs. And some companies failed. But numerous others, including the office supply chain Staples, grew into large enterprises that created thousands of jobs.
This is the kind of risk-taking, free market capitalism that most people who call themselves conservatives applaud. Indeed, attacking Mitt Romney for engaging in it has been a staple of the left’s critique of Romney for years.