Gingrich in Nevada Last Night: Romney Is the ‘George Soros-Approved’ Candidate

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Gingrich's press conference. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)Photo: STAN HONDA/2012 AFP

While Romney spent his victory speech in Nevada last night doubling down on his "Obama is bad for the economy" message, Gingrich opted for a more low-key press conference where he dispelled any rumors of an imminent withdrawal and vowed: "We will go to Tampa." The rest of his remarks, however, made it clear who his real opponent is, not Obama but Obamney. Not only has his campaign resurrected "Obamneycare" (which has got to have Romney seeing red and Tim Pawlenty kicking himself), but last night he debuted another attack-label for Mitt "the Massachusetts moderate" Romney: He is now also the "George Soros–approved candidate," a reference to the liberal financier loathed by the right.

Gingrich was talking about an interview in Davos where George Soros made the following remarks:

If it's between Obama and Romney there isn't all that much different, except for the crowd that they bring with them. Romney would have to take Gingrich or Santorum as a vice president and probably have some pretty extreme candidates on the Supreme Court. So that's the downside.

Imagine the hysterical glee when Gingrich (or one of his staffers) heard that gem coming out of George Soros's mouth. Now he can really go all out on the I'm-the-only-true-conservative-up-against-the-mean-old-Establishment-and-all-that-money, which is exactly what he did last night.

So we stopped and said, alright, the entire Establishment will be against us, the scale of Wall Street money starting with Goldman Sachs will be amazing, and the campaign will be based on things that aren't true, then how do you define the campaign for the average American so they get to choose do they want two George Soros-approved candidates in the general election or would they like a conservative versus one George Soros-approved candidate.

Looks like Gingrich is settling in for the long fight after all. He made clear at the press conference that he plans to wrest as many delegates out of Romney's balled-up fists as he can (with special attention, it seems, being paid to Ohio and Arizona). And along the way, you can be sure he'll trot out the "George Soros–approved candidate" line at least another 4,000 times.