Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Fleischer rips Newt's kosher ad

CNN's Ari Fleischer particularly objects to the Gingrich campaign's allegation of religious bigotry in its controversial Holocaust radio ad.

"There's a reason calls like this are made at the very last hour, because it's really an attack that goes beyond bounds.

It's not accurate. In this case, what happened in Massachusetts was residents of Jewish senior citizen homes did get kosher food. This was to pay for an increase in even more spending on kosher food, and Romney vetoed that trying to close a budget gap.

What I really don't like about the ad -- this is classic Newt -- is he brings in this religious freedom. This has nothing to do with religious freedom."

I keep posting on the kosher issue not just because it's completely surreal (read Fleischer's middle paragraph), but also because it shows just how desperate the Gingrich campaign seems to have gotten.

For a campaign that's fervently insisting it's in it for the long haul, this sounds like an enormously short-term, panicked operation.