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Newt Gingrich concern trolls the Obama campaign on Bain attacks

Conservatives cringed when Gingrich and Perry launched their anti-“vulture capitalist” attacks on Romney during the GOP primary, knowing Romney’s opponents were drafting a general election blueprint for Obama. With much of the oppo research already done, Team Obama can’t get enough of Bain Capital-based attacks.

Today, the Left is gleefully using Newt Gingrich’s Monday appearance on Piers Morgan’s show as evidence that Bain attacks are fair game.

"I think there are things you can legitimately look into at Bain Capital." — Newt Gingrich, 5/21/12

— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) May 22, 2012

Bain developments are now more like a WWE soap opera angle now. Gingrich turns on Romney, again, and Booker goes rogue.

— Now Media News (@NowMediaScott) May 22, 2012

SURROGATEFAIL RT @jimacostacnn: Gingrich on Piers: "I think there are things you can legitimately look into at Bain Capital."

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) May 22, 2012

See, you have a Cory Booker-style turncoat too, righties! Disunity in the Republican ranks!

Sigh. In actuality, Gingrich’s point was this:

@dankennedy_nu I actually think that's exactly what he meant, yes.

— Rick Klein (@rickklein) May 22, 2012

@jmartpolitico @rickklein I think Newt's point was: He tried Bain attacks & they didn't work; Obama didn't go to school on Newt's putt.

— Rich Galen (@richgalen) May 22, 2012

Obama should trade Booker for Gingrich MT @jimacostacnn Gingrich: "I think there are things you can legitimately look into at Bain Capital."

— Ethan Klapper (@ethanklapper) May 22, 2012

Seems the Obama camp is getting the same toxic response Gingrich/Perry did when it come to Bain Capitol all I can do is ROFLMFAO

— Steven Bravo (@the_str) May 22, 2012

But the fact remains that Gingrich and Perry did smooth the path for Obama, and as conservatives predicted, their words are coming back to haunt them:

As much as I like Newt, his dumb attacks on Bain Capital gave Obama scuzballs like David Axelrod an opening. http://t.co/OSkovr5h #tcot

— Matthew Vadum (@vadum) May 22, 2012

Democratic super PAC Priorities USA wasted no time in putting out a video reminder of how Romney’s opponents went after him on Bain.

Getting the gang back together: @Priorities2012 video revisits Newt, Perry, Huntsman, Palin's anti-Bain attacks http://t.co/AiOXLicx

— Michael Falcone (@michaelpfalcone) May 22, 2012

So Gingrich’s concern trolling on Bain is going to be about as effective as his primary campaign. Some of his other points in the interview were more on target:

How can you be the president with the worst unemployment record since the Great Depression — the longest period of deep unemployment since the 1930s, and pick a fight over job creation?

Stick to that, Newt.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/05/22/newt-gingrich-concern-trolls-the-obama-campaign-on-bain-attacks/

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