. . . “locust capitalist” a lot if Mitt Romney manages to steamroll his way to the nomination with the help of the establishment conservative press. It’s going to happen; it’s just a matter of when. What’s a “locust capitalist?” you may ask. Well, this tweet should explain it:
The term is likely coming down the pike well before the Democrats have a chance to use it. Already, a Gingrich-aligned SuperPAC is preparing to unleash unholy terror on Mitt over his years at Bain Capital, and if the hype is to be believed, it’s going to be absolutely devastating.
The movie begins with a cinematic tableau of Americana, as the narrator intones, “Capitalism made America great. Free markets. Innovation. Hard work. The building blocks of the American dream. But in the wrong hands, some of those dreams can turn into nightmares.”
A shot of an American flag, waving in the breeze is replaced by gathering storm clouds, as the narrator continues: “Wall Street’s corporate raiders made billions of dollars. Their greed was matched only by their willingness to do anything to make millions in profits … nothing spared. Nothing mattered but profits. This film is about one such raider and his firm.”
At that point, a black-and-white photograph of Romney appears on the screen, as the narrator alleges that “Romney took foreign seed money from Latin America” to exploit “dozens of American businesses” and the “thousands of employees that worked there.”
“A story of greed,” the narrator intones. “Playing the system for a quick buck. A group of corporate raiders, led by Mitt Romney. More ruthless than Wall Street. For tens of thousands of Americans, the suffering began when Mitt Romney came to town.”
And if the pro-Newt SuperPAC doesn’t do Romney in, we all get to look forward to a steady stream of ads like this from the Obama campaign and groups like MoveOn.org:
Conservatives have a choice in this election. They can either go along with the establishment that has served them so poorly in recent years, or they can buck that establishment and line up behind a man who stands in stark contrast to Mitt Romney. That man is Governor Rick Perry.
For every steel mill worker who lost his job under “locust capitalists” like Mitt Romney, Rick Perry can produce ads with energy and high tech sector workers who relocated to Texas to find work under his tenure. As Barack Obama tries to claim credit for a barely-recovering economy in the months ahead, Rick Perry will be able to look him in the eye and say, “You’re welcome.”
And the sad fact is, between Romney’s current biggest rivals for the nomination — Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum — both have played a key role in creating the conditions we find ourselves in today. Only Rick Perry offers the solutions to fix the mess we’re in, and has a genuine record of accomplishment to point to as an executive.
For a long and detailed account of Rick Perry’s positions, achievements and qualifications, have a look at this piece put together by RedState diarist, constitutional. It’s an impressive and convincing mustering of the facts that shoots down all the myths that have dogged the nation’s best governor, thanks in large part to the acquiescence of the GOP establishment and the mainstream conservative press.