#rsrh The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly on this Byron York piece.

Executive Summary: Newt Gingrich doesn’t have an oppo research team that can and will find out basic details about the surrogates being used to attack Newt Gingrich*, let alone get those details out there for the edification of the voting public.

  • The Bad.  Well, obviously this is bad for Team Newt.  But it’s also potentially bad for the GOP, because if he does get the nomination then Gingrich will see no particular reason to change strategies for the general; and, speaking as an unaffiliated opposition researcher myself, there is going to be the Mother Of All Target-Rich Environments this go-round.
  • The Good.  On the other hand, if Romney gets the nomination then maybe we’re going to see a thorough airing of the Other Side’s dirty laundry in public for a change.  If: I am not entirely confident that Team Romney plans to get down there in the mud and go hammer and tongs at Team Obama.  I was sure that Team McCain would – especially after they ported in a Wasilla kinfe artist to take the traditional attack dog position in the campaign – and look what happened there.
  • The Ugly.  What the media will call the 2012 general campaign, if Romney decides to get down there in the mud.  And never mind that both party’s bases are kind of itching for a gutter war right now.

Via Hot Air Headlines.

Moe Lane


  • Kay B. Day says:

    I suspect if Team Romney leaps into the mud, they will look at Team Obama and say, ‘Welcome, cousin.’ My God, what we have come to in a year when we could have had it all (with a nod to Adele).

  • HeartbreakRidge says:

    Romney had better import a true conservative attack dog as VP if he gets the nod, and perhaps not hamstring *this* dog like old Cranky Pants did.

  • Rob Crawford says:

    HeartbreakRidge: I expect Romney to do the establishment’s bidding. He will select a conservative governor for VP, then he and his campaign will do everything possible to destroy that governor.

  • acat says:

    Romney will not get down in the mud. He’s got people for that!

  • Rockphed says:

    You have an asterisk in first sentence, but no note down at the bottom. Is it a typo, or a forgotten note?

  • DaveP. says:

    “Jumps into”? Maybe, “Wallows deeper”.

  • Skip says:

    There’s no chance Romney gets in the mud – he’ll only do that against the people he really disdains. Conservatives.

  • Moe_Lane says:

    It was a forgotten note. I shall leave it, in case I remember what it was. 🙂

  • K M Scane says:

    There is not an Establishment Conservative alive who can street fight. If any of them could, we would not be having this confab. Each and every one of us knew we needed someone with *Chutzpah*. But this is what we got. Flaccid treacle, and That is Me, being kind.
    I think of what we coulda’, shoulda’ had, and then guess at our futures. Fun,or gleeful are not a words I can use,can you? Is this to much of a downer? Dashed hopes can do that to a guy….

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