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Newt Gingrich has released yet another attack ad hammering Republican front runner Mitt Romney. Newt 2012’s new web ad, “The French Connection,” reminds voters that Mitt Romney is a “Massachusetts moderate” who loves Democrats, hates Ronald Reagan, and — just like fellow Bay State millionaire John Kerry — Romney speaks French (the horror!)

The ad is just the latest in a long series of Gingrich attacks against Romney over the past few weeks. Since Gingrich plummeted from front-runner status after being hit with a barrage of attack ads funded by the pro-Romney Super PAC Restore Our Future, Gingrich has called Romney a liar and released an ad reminding voters of the time Romney strapped his Irish Setter to the roof of his car. Additionally, a pro-Gingrich Super PAC released a brutal 30 minute film about Romney’s time as a Bain Capital corporate raider.

At this point it’s clear that Gingrich’s campaign philosophy is “if I’m going down, I’m taking Mitt with me.”

UPDATE: Mitt Romney isn’t the only GOP candidate who speaks French. As Foreign Policy’s Joshua Keating points out, Newt Gingrich lived on an Army base in France from the ages of 14 to 16. Although Gingrich claims that he only “had enough French to survive,” he did manage to cite multiple French language original sources in his doctoral thesis about Belgian colonial policies in the Congo.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.