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January 31, 2012 3:28 PM Robocall of the Year

By Ed Kilgore

It being an important primary day and all, I hope it’s okay with readers if we get down in the electoral weeds more than is customary here. And besides, you really do need to get a load of the robocall that the Gingrich campaign is using against Romney among Jewish voters in Florida.

Here’s the text:

As governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney vetoed a bill paying for kosher food for our seniors in nursing homes. Holocaust survivors, who for the first time, were forced to eat non-kosher, because Romney thought $5 was too much to pay for our grandparents to eat kosher. Where is Mitt Romney’s compassion for our seniors? Tuesday you can end Mitt Romney’s hypocrisy on religious freedom, with a vote for Newt Gingrich. Paid for by Newt 2012.

You can read a lengthy defense of Romney on this charge from his friends at Commentary if you like. But what’s interesting is that at this late date, Team Gingrich thinks there are enough Jewish registered Republicans in Florida who are willing on any grounds to vote for a theocrat like Newt to make this a worthy investment of their time, money, and ever-shrinking credibility. (It’s not like it’s under the radar or anything, since Gingrich himself talked about it, even throwing in a strange gratuitous shot at George Soros). Maybe it’s one of those convoluted voter-suppression things; I don’t know. But more and more, Newt’s Florida campaign looks like it was designed by people who could screw up a one-car funeral.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • Danp on January 31, 2012 3:41 PM:

    I wonder what the robo calls would have said if Romney had required halal options.

  • DRF on January 31, 2012 3:43 PM:

    I have no respect for Romney, who has shamelessly lied throughout this campaign season. Therefore, to some extent, this is just karma.

    However, if the Commentary story on this is reliable, Gingrich is flat-out lying here, and at the very least has grossly distorted the facts. This is a blatant and embarassing attempt to gain Jewish votes in Florida.

  • Mitt's Magic Underpants on January 31, 2012 4:03 PM:

    Why nothing about cosmic marriage? Baptizing the dead? Jackson County, MO? 1978?

  • Trollop on January 31, 2012 4:03 PM:

    Newt is meshuga..

  • jjm on January 31, 2012 4:20 PM:

    How many Jewish Republicans in Florida are there? According to Alan Grayson, not that many.

    Anyone know?

  • sick-n-effn-tired. on January 31, 2012 4:24 PM:

    Fuck them both. You want Lies? We have Romney in that clip saying Obamacare is cutting 500 billion from Medicare. Really Mitt? Show me what part of your ass you pulled that number from.
    And yet we have a MSM (including MSNBC) who put that shit up there playing the clips over and over, with absolutely no indication that it is a flat out lie.
    I give up

  • Kathryn on January 31, 2012 4:25 PM:

    I really hope this scorched earth policy of Newtie's costs him clients when he's back on K Street. Far as I'm concerned, Romney and Newt deserve each other, out of control liars both of them. Listening to Gingrich whine about unfair attacks does bring up the gag reflex, I must say. Do some people really listen to robo calls, older folk maybe, like assisted living old?

  • Countme-In on January 31, 2012 4:36 PM:

    Well, it sure beats Grover Norquist's, Paul Ryan's and Newt's plan to go to a fully kosher cat food diet for the nation's senior citizens receiving long-term care via Medicaid.

    But Romney will be flexible come general election time. As we approach November he'll go fully and murderously soylent green to woo the gummint and Obama haters lying at the bottom of the Republican sewage tank.

  • KadeKo on January 31, 2012 4:50 PM:

    "Robocall of the Year"?

    I'm reminded of Ragtime, where the incredibly catchy number "Crime of the Century" describes a murder committed in 1906.

    We have a sitting Democratic president. Let's just say "Robocall of the Year-to-Date". (Unless this is a tag to be updated with every instance of a new low, at which point I send my congratulations.)

  • Crissa on January 31, 2012 4:57 PM:

    While I think that it's nice and proper to provide ethical options of food - since providing a variety turned out to be healthy - but $5 doesn't tell me anything.

    First off, per-person food costs are usually really small, like below $5 a meal, in institutional settings. But if we're talking 5% more or 50% more, this matters more to me than $5.

    Second... Why did it cost $5 more to eat kosher?

  • g on January 31, 2012 5:00 PM:

    this comes from the guy who said: "I'm a little bit tired about respecting every religion on the planet. I'd like them to respect our religion."

  • Crissa on January 31, 2012 5:08 PM:

    Wait... Looking at the article Gingrich has it wrong. The article mentioned separate kitchens for milk and meat - which is a special, more advanced Kashrut that few American Jews follow because it's been retroactively added by guys who don't even know how to cook or clean.

    No wonder if cost $5 a meal if non-kosher meals couldn't be cooked in the same kitchens as either the meat or dairy portions of non-kosher foods.

  • schtick on January 31, 2012 7:27 PM:

    I worked for a Jewish Nursing Home and believe me, some of these other nursing homes could take a few lessons on food from them whether it's kosher or not. They had fantastic food there and it didn't have that about to turn bad smell a lot of nursing homes have. I yanked my grandmother out of one nursing home when I went there after work and it was dinner time. I about gagged and it WAS the food.

  • Anonymous on February 01, 2012 12:49 AM:

    As it turned out, no one (Holocaust survivor or not) was actually forced to eat non-Kosher food because the Legislature over-rode the veto before it went into effect.

    But I guess the difference between "they were forced to eat non-Kosher food" and "they would have been forced to eat non-Kosher food" is a distinction they don't really want to admit.

    BTW, as Holocaust survivors, did they eat Kosher in the camps? Just askin'

  • Cal Gal on February 01, 2012 12:54 AM:

    -> Trollop. Newt is gonif.