Gingrich’s ‘Graveyard in the Closet’
The GOP establishment has gone into serious panic mode with the very real possibility that Newt Gingrich might end up as their candidate. Three weeks before the opening caucuses, a bevy of recent polls indicate that Gingrich’s surge is solidifying. In Iowa, he leads Romney 22% to 17% in one poll (a second poll has Gingrich with a 10 point lead). In Florida, Gingrich is leading Romney by 15 percentage points (44/29) while in South Carolina, the Newt’s lead is even bigger – 19 points (42/23).
Republicans in the know understand that an Obama/Gingrich match-up almost guarantees an Obama second term. A sampling of conservative thought…
Gingrich has a history of making serious charges that turn out to be self-indictments — witness his recent attack on congressional advocates for Freddie Mac, despite having been one of its well-paid consultants. Gingrich’s language is often intemperate. He is seized by temporary enthusiasms. He combines absolute certainty in any given moment with continual reinvention over time.
These traits are suited to a provocateur, an author, a commentator, a consultant. They are not the normal makings of a chief executive.
Everyone deserves forgiveness for the failures of their past. But the grant of absolution does not require the suspension of critical judgment. Gingrich’s problem is not the weakness of a moment, it is the pattern of lifetime.
Gingrich, however, embodies the vanity and rapacity that make modern Washington repulsive. And there is his anti-conservative confidence that he has a comprehensive explanation of, and plan to perfect, everything.
My favorite line from the piece is use of a Churchill quote where Will advises Gingrich to “stop being a bull who carries his own china shop around with him.“ Good one.
“He is a human hand grenade who walks around with his hand on the pin, saying, ‘Watch this!’”.
Then there’s hate-mongering asshole Michael Savage (I’m not sure if I can find a person more repulsive than I do this low-life, bottom-feeding pile of scum) who has offered Gingrich $1 million if he drops out of the race. Savage’s criticism of Newt include (the caps are his, not mine)…
- HE MADE ADS WITH NANCY PELOSI PROMOTING THE FALSE THEORY OF GLOBAL WARMING.
- HE’S IN FAVOR OF AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS.
- HE’S TAKEN HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FROM FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC, TWO OF THE MOST CORRUPT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS IN HISTORY.
- HE’S CHEATED ON TWO WIVES AND LEFT BOTH OF THEM WHILE THEY WERE BOTH SERIOUSLY ILL, WHICH WILL DESTROY HIS CHANCES AMONG FEMALE VOTERS.
- HE CALLED THE REPUBLICAN PLAN TO REFORM MEDICARE “RIGHT WING SOCIAL ENGINEERING.”
- IN A PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE AGAINST OBAMA, REGARDLESS OF HOW WELL HE DOES, ON TELEVISION, HE WILL COME OFF BADLY COMPARED TO OBAMA AND LOOK LIKE NOTHING MORE THAN WHAT HE IS: A FAT, OLD, WHITE MAN.
Right. One can’t have as president a fat, old white serial adulterer who promotes “false” scientific theories, shows compassion and understanding toward illegal immigrants, makes millions as a Washington lobbyist while, in a rare moment of honesty, is willing to criticize the Ryan budget plan. I’d love for Gingrich to take the $1 million for the simple pleasure of knowing that Savage screwed himself out of a million dollars.
Have I mentioned how much I despise Michael Savage?
In any case, the problem so many conservatives have with Gingrich has to do with his electability due to the
number of skeletons graveyard in his closet as this Ron Paul attack so wonderfully shows.
The irony here is that while some conservative’s are rightfully concerned about which candidate can best beat President Obama in a general election, they’re still willing to leave their best man on the cutting room floor. If you caught any of Jon Huntsman’s performance in last night’s one-on-one debate with Gingrich, you’ll know exactly what I mean. Whether one agrees with Huntsman or not on specific policy, it is undeniable that the man has substance.