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RUSH: I just had some headlines sent to me. This is hysteria. These are headline links. I have not clicked on them, I just had them sent to me. “Will Gingrich Disown Himself?” Commentary magazine, Peter Wehner. Washington Post, Jennifer Rubin: “Gingrich and the Union Leader: Partners in Fooling the Voters.” Washington Examiner, Conn Carroll: “George Will Was Wrong: Newt Gingrich IS a Marxist.” Washington Examiner, Charlie Spiering: “Brit Hume: Gingrich Lashes Out When Upstaged.”

These are all ostensibly conservative publications, all out for Newt. It’s incredible. Another one. Real Clear Politics: “Krauthammer: Newt’s Attack On Romney Is ‘What You’d Expect From A Socialist.'” In fact, let’s grab sound bites five and six. These two bites are what this is all about. Newt did go all socialist on Romney here, in a way. Yesterday morning on Fox & Friends, Brian Kilmeade talked to Romney, had the question: “Newt made clear is that he had a consulting business. He was in the private sector after he left the Speakership and he was one of the people that consulted Fannie and Freddie. Number one, do you believe he’s a lobbyist really? And do you believe that since he took money at Fannie and Freddie, do you believe he should give that money back?”

ROMNEY: I sure do. He was at a debate saying that politicians who took money from Freddie and Fannie should go to jail, which is outrageous in itself, but, look, he says he was in a consulting business, that’s very different than the consulting business other people have been in. He was in the business of connecting folks with government. This was a connection with government kind of business. It’s very different than the private sector.

RUSH: Okay. So that’s that. And then yesterday in Londonderry, New Hampshire, after a campaign event, Gingrich said the following to reporters about Romney’s suggestion that Gingrich return the money he made having worked as a consultant for Freddie Mac.

GINGRICH: If Governor Romney would like to give back all the money he’s earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years at Bain, then I would be glad to then listen to him, and I’ll bet you $10, not 10,000, that he won’t take the offer.

RUSH: Now, a lot of people are upset about that because that’s the way the left talks about capitalists and free market entrepreneurs, that they bankrupt companies and that they lay off employees. You know, the left loves to go out and say that free market entrepreneurs, ah, they take over these companies and they consolidate them and then they fire everybody. They downsize them and they just let everybody go. And Newt offered criticism of Romney that is exactly as it would be said by the left. Sort of when George W. Bush in the 2000 campaign said we’re not gonna balance the budget on the backs of the poor, everybody said, whoa, wait a minute, that’s not what conservatism does. So now these things are flying back and forth, and we’ve got Romney, go back and grab sound bite number 22. Let’s throw it in the mix. It’s 2002 in Worcester, Massachusetts. This is Romney running for governor of Massachusetts.

ROMNEY: I think people recognize that I’m not a partisan Republican, that I’m someone who is moderate and that my views are progressive and so they’re gonna vote for me regardless of the party label.

RUSH: Meanwhile, folks, while all this is going on, can I give you some names? Santorum, Bachmann, Perry. While all this internecine stuff is happening — now, I know, a lot of people are upset with Newt about the way he characterized Romney’s business. That’s exactly the way liberals talk, exactly the way liberals talk. And of course then Romney, getting all over Newt for going to work at Fannie and Freddie while in the meantime Romney is out there saying, (imitating Romney) “Wait a second now, everybody knows elections are won in the middle. I’m not gonna be full of bombast like Newt. I’m not gonna give Republican primary voters a bunch of red meat.” But the Romney quote sounds like red meat. The Romney quote on Newt sounds like red meat, and Newt’s channeling the New York Times.

And, meanwhile, I got all these headlines I just shared with you. Now, Krauthammer says that Newt’s attack on Romney is what you’d expect from a socialist. That’s how the libs talk. “George Will Was Wrong, Newt Gingrich is a Marxist.” “Brit Hume: Gingrich Lashes Out When Upstaged.” Jennifer Rubin: “Gingrich and the Union Leader: Partners in Fooling the Voters.” And over there there’s Michele Bachmann and there’s Rick Santorum and there’s Rick Perry. This isn’t over.


RUSH: Just to put things in perspective here, by the way, folks, I tell you: This stuff with Newt and Romney going back and forth is not necessarily all bad because we’re getting educated here. (interruption) No, Snerdley, it’s not all bad. We got Bachmann, Santorum, Perry out there. We’ve got some genuine legitimate conservatives out there! Look at the hypocrisy that’s being exposed here. I mean, “I’m not a partisan Republican, I’m a moderate,” 2002 and yesterday, Romney. Newt. He’s got his own problems. “Well, era of Reagan’s over. That’s right-wing social engineering.” You have Axelrod out there saying, “Yeah, Newt’s like a monkey climbing a pole: The higher he gets, the more of his butt you can see.” You know, you let one of our guys say that about Obama.

That Axelrod quote is in TIME Magazine. There won’t be anybody up in arms about that. “Oh, no, that’s funny as hell!” They’ll be laughing themselves silly about it. Who thinks that way? Who in the world? Have you ever? I ask any of you: Have you ever in your mind conjured a monkey climbing a pole? Who thinks this way? Here you have the chief strategerist for Barack Hussein Obama thinking about monkeys climbing poles, and when he thinks about it, he sees Gingrich’s butt — and then tells TIME Magazine that’s what he sees! Meanwhile, Romney’s running around saying, “I’m not gonna get involved in bombast. That kind of stuff sends people running to the Democrats.” Oh, yeah, like Axelrod. Bachmann, Perry, Santorum.

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