Posted on | December 6, 2011 | 56 Comments
“It is Newt Gingrich’s turn on the Republican presidential candidate carousel . . . For some reason, the conservative punditry hive mind is collectively suggesting that the carousel may stop with Gingrich on top. Whether it’s their weariness with the poll swings or comfort with a familiar face, I can’t say for certain. It isn’t conservatism. . . .
“Last week, he told Jake Tapper of ABC News that he had the nomination wrapped up. ‘I’m going to be the nominee,’ he said.
“Even his supporters must have gasped when he said that. . . .
“On another occasion, Gingrich explained that he’s not a natural leader, because ‘I’m too intellectual; I’m too abstract; I think too much.’
“Newt wears arrogance like a zebra wears stripes. . . .”
– Yates Walker, “Newt Gingrich’s Coming Fall,” Daily Caller
You can let polls do your thinking for you. You can let the media do your thinking for you. You can jump on a bandwagon because somebody told you that a candidate is the only “practical” alternative to Mitt Romney, or tell yourself that anybody who criticizes Gingrich is a Romney stooge, and that Newt’s the only GOP candidate who can beat Obama next year.
Or you can think for yourself and tell all the pundits and pollsters to go straight to hell.
As for me, I remember October 2009, when Tea Party activists were doing everything they could to help Doug Hoffman win the NY-23 special election, and Newt Gingrich went on TV — over and over and over again — to praise Dede Scozzafava as the best choice for conservatives.
Some friends say I’m wrong to carry a grudge like that, and you may feel differently about Gingrich. It’s a free country and you can believe whatever you want to believe. But I’m a neutral objective journalist, and it is my obligation to tell you this fact: Newt will self-destruct, and the only question is whether that self-destruction will come sooner or later.
There are people praying it comes soon — that’s an objective fact.
- Dec. 1: The Raven Keeps Calling Newt’s Name
- Nov. 28: This Vintage Pin-Up Girl Is Not Endorsed by the Manchester (N.H.) Union Leader
- Nov. 27: Newt Gingrich Wins Coveted GOP Primary Endorsement From … Bill Clinton?
- Nov. 26: BOOM! Michele Bachmann Publishes Gingrich’s 2004 Pro-Amnesty Letter
- Nov. 16: How Bad Is Newt Gingrich?
- Nov. 14: ‘You Have to Answer for Santino, Carlo’