There's another GOP debate tonight! Batter the hatches!
They thought he was dead. They thought they killed him in Iowa. They thought wrong. Newt Gingrich is back, baby! And like the awful B-Movie he is, he's out for revenge. At first it was just about teaching that damn Mittens a lesson, but the Newtster messed around and race-baited his way into a South Carolina primary win. Then Mittens lost Iowa several weeks after winning it. And now it's all come up Gingrich. Even an old sex scandal couldn't stop him. He just kept swinging and won't go down.
If I didn't find the man completely repugnant I'd almost admire his audacity.
I never thought I'd see anyone run for president out of pure spite, but Newt is doing it and he's not backing down in this game of chicken he's playing with the Republican Party.
Like Sherman's march to the sea, he's burning everything down in sight, and since they don't have government reconstruction programs for severely damaged political parties, the GOP has no choice but to either fight to the last viable candidate standing or accept defeat.
Time to put out the big guns.
Or the National Review. Or the American Spectator. Or Ann Coulter.
If they do, Gingrich comes off looking like a dangerous, anti-Reagan, Clintonian fraud.
It’s as if the conservative media over the past 24 hours decided Gingrich is for real, and they need to come clean about the man they really know before it’s too late.
Even former GOP presidential nominee (and eventual loser to the slickest of all Willies) Bob Dole is putting up the dukes:
“I have not been critical of Newt Gingrich but it is now time to take a stand before it is too late,” Dole said. “If Gingrich is the nominee it will have an adverse impact on Republican candidates running for county, state, and federal offices. Hardly anyone who served with Newt in Congress has endorsed him and that fact speaks for itself. He was a one-man-band who rarely took advice. It was his way or the highway.”
Got Newt beef? Thy name is Conservative performance artist Ann Coulter:
"Re-elect Obama: Vote Newt!"
Convicted criminal and former GOP mob enforcer Tom DeLay:
“He’s not really a conservative. I mean, he’ll tell you what you want to hear. He has an uncanny ability, sort of like Clinton, to feel your pain and know his audience and speak to his audience and fire them up. But when he was speaker, he was erratic, undisciplined.”
EVERYBODY (in the GOP) PANIC!
“It could happen, and it would be a disaster,” said the conservative, who spoke on condition of anonymity to protect private conversations. “All of us who were around and saw how he operated as speaker — there’s no one who’s not appalled by the prospect of what could happen. He thinks he embodies conservatism and if he wakes up one day and has a grandiose thought, he is going to expect all of us to fall in line behind him.
“There’s just so much risk on so many levels,” the official continued. “Everyone’s thinking, ‘It could really happen.’ He could win the presidency if there’s a way to win with 45 percent — a second recession or a third-party candidate. The immediate worry is him winning the nomination and losing the election, tanking candidates down-ballot. In a worst-case scenario, you could see unified Democratic governance, and we’d be back where we were in ’09 and ’10. It’s insane.”
Think the media is over-hyping all this dissatisfaction in the professional conservative ranks? FOX News Senior Negro Correspondent Juan Williams says the media is only reflecting the reality that GOP voters don't like this batch of heated up leftovers the Republicans are offering up as Obama opponents this year. When a discussion on FOX News lead to folks belly-aching that the primary fight between then Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton was covered very differently from this Gingrich-Romney bust-up, Williams pointed out the obvious.
Juan Williams agreed that the (mainstream) media characterized tension between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton differently, but pointed out a notable distinction: “You didn’t have a majority of Democrats saying ‘Gee, we wish someone would enter this contest like a magical man or woman on a carpet and come and rescue us all,’” but “most Republicans feel that way because it’s such a mediocre field.”
And it isn’t just the mainstream (aka left-leaning) media, he argued. Conservative publications are also echoing Mitchell’s narrative. The fact is, he continued, that Republicans aren’t rallying around Romney, and they have questions about Gingrich. That’s what’s going on right now, he said, rather than some sort of “grand conspiracy” among branches of the MSM.
True. Obama or Clinton was the most wonderful situation for Democratic voters. Even at its most vitrolic, with charges of sexism and racism a-flying, I was going to happily back whoever became the nominee. Everyone likes AWESOME choices! Our Republican voter breathern have the opposite problem. They have what we had in 2004 ... or worse, 1988. I feel for you. It's tough when it keeps coming up "Dukakis In A Tank."
I just wonder though what exactly the "establishment" hopes to accomplish by bouncing Newt from the race ... if there's still enough time to stop him. GOP voters are still only about as excited about Mitt Romney as they are over a discounted brick of expired Velveeta food product pushed to the front shelf in the Wal-Mart Super Center.
What do you do when no one will do?
From Jennifer Rubin at The Washington Post:
There is no shame in backing a candidate who eventually loses, The shame is in doing nothing while privately fretting that conservative ideals and the GOP may be irreparably harmed by Gingrich’s nomination.
Yeah! Defeat's not so bad! So you couldn't come up with someone who could beat Obama when he was actually beatable! It's a two-party system. GOP ain't going nowhere. Have some integrety and get out there and fight for what you believe in GOPers! Which is for Newt to not be your nominee. If you don't do it and get him out the race now, Obama will just do all the things you didn't do, and get himself re-elected come fall.
The choice is yours.