Gingrich has just made such a fatal and terrible error, going to Romney’s LEFT on immigration, it will play up for everyone the reality hidden in Gingrich’s campaign and ignored for some time – a history of critiquing conservative policies when it suited him. Gingrich mocked the idea of ‘self-deportation’ – that we could and should simply ENFORCE IMMIGRATION LAW through worker verification and in so doing, encourage less of to happen:
“You have to live to in a world of Swiss bank accounts and Cayman Island accounts and automatic $20 million a year income for no work to have a fantasy this far from reality,” Mr. Gingrich said. “This is an Obama-level fantasy… He certainly shows no concern for the humanity of people who are already here.”
Via HotAir, Jorge Bonilla calls it “heartless 2.0” an act of His-pandering towards lawlessness at its worst:
However, his [Gingrich] statements at today’s Univision forum disqualify him, in my opinion, from further consideration among those of us who respect the Rule of Law.
Breaking the Republican boycott of Univision (at least, among Presidential candidates) was in bad form. This boycott came about as a result of Univision’s attempts to coerce Senator Marco Rubio into an interview. Gingrich was the first to announce that he’d break the line in order to sit down with Jorge Ramos. What’s worse, he did so in order to attack Mitt Romney’s immigration positions. In so doing, he smeared Romney as an “anti-immigrant”, which is what Univision and the Hispanic Left label anything that is not an unprotected, wide open border.
Such demagoguery is an insult to those of us that are of Hispanic origin and support fair immigration reform. There are a great many of us who silently support immigration reform which is respectoful to those who paid the price and played by the rules. We get smeared enough in the Hispanic media, without having to hear such pap fly from the mouth of someone who aspires to challenge our Demagogue-in-Chief. Such language is acceptable if you are currying the favor of the Jorge Ramoses and Ruben Navarretes of the world, but is well beneath someone who aspires to the Presidency of the United States. It is particularly troubling that Gingrich seems to readily reach for the language of the Left when attacking his primary opponents.
History will note that the end of Rick Perry’s campaign was neither his “oops” moment, nor his “third agency” faux pas. Perry’s goose was cooked the minute he smeared opponents of the DREAM Act as “heartless”. As far as I’m concerned, Heartless 2.0 is also the end of the Gingrich campaign.
I thought Joe Scarborough was being facetious or his mischeivous MSNBC self when he said that “Newt Gingrich is not a conservative” on Sunday. He declared both Romney and Gingrich were not conservatives, and mentioned how conservatives fought him in the House in the 1990s. “Look it up” he challenged. Well, some folks are looking things up, and Gingrich’s grandiose claims of conservative credentials are coming under fire and starting to look more threadbare. This may well be the Heartless 2.0 harpoon that sends Gingrich back into a tailspin.
We’ve swept a lot of warts and deviations from conservatism to get a ‘not-Romney’ candidate. After a demagogic and hispandering comment like this, one wonders – is it worth it?