The next big thing in politics is here and one of its first victims is Newt Gingrich. The new super PACs (political action committee) have come out of the chute with both guns burning powder, spewing defamations and wreaking havoc on Newt and his crew. With his Iowa campaign shot full of large calibre holes by super PACs, which Gingrich says are Romney supporters, Newt is re-loading and promises to be well armed going into the New Hampshire primaries. No more small arms for him, he’s reloading with the big guns and has a PAC or two of his own. It would seem that he has a “shock-and-awe” campaign planned against Romney in New Hampshire. According to an Associated Press report a full page ad in the New Hampshire Union Ledger that labels Romney a “timid Massachusetts moderate” will hit the streets at about the same time Newt’s plane touches down on the runway. Gingrich’s New Hampshire campaign may be a make or break situation for him. New Hampshire favored Romney in the 2008 campaign, that considered it will be interesting to see how Newt will fare in New Hampshire and may be a good indicator of the effectiveness of the PAC campaigns that no longer have to acknowledge the approval of the candidate for their efforts on his or her behalf.
The relatively new ruling by the Supreme Court that allows anonymous campaigns on behalf of a candidate is a big game changer. Adding anonymity to campaign ads is sure to introduce negativity and possibly even outright lies and other derogatory statements about a candidate that are outside the political realm. Could it even draw the character and reputation of a candidate’s family into the fray. Let’s hope not but we’ll see.
What about you? What do you think about this new tool introduced into politics by the Supreme Court? Is it for the better or for the worse? Regardless of your political preferences this new approach to politics is bound to effect your candidate sooner or later.
With that in mind please comment and state your opinion of the newly won freedom of the PACs to operate in anonymity. Will political accusations become dirtier than what they already are? Please comment with objectivity and firm support of your opinion but please do not engage in name calling and emotionally charged and subjective statements.