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Why Gingrich Will Lose: ‘Newt Wears Arrogance Like a Zebra Wears Stripes’

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.



56 Responses to “Why Gingrich Will Lose: ‘Newt Wears Arrogance Like a Zebra Wears Stripes’”

  1. Adjoran
    December 7th, 2011 @ 2:09 am

    Pelosi won’t have to release secret ethics files.  Once the details on the record are examined, Newt will likely be toast.  The Ethics Committee Chief Counsel gave a long summary at the hearing as to why he felt the slap on the wrist was a travesty.

    Read his testimony now – or you’ll be force-fed it repeatedly next year by Obama.

  2. FenelonSpoke
    December 7th, 2011 @ 5:22 am

    And Obama’s arrogance is better?
    Not for me, and Newt’s preferable to Romney./

  3. Anonymous
    December 7th, 2011 @ 7:51 am

    And for the 50th time for those even slower on the uptake, once Newt endorsed her, he was trapped — he had to back that endorsement to the hilt as a matter of party loyalty.

    If he’d avoided commenting on the race entirely, he wouldn’t have had to do that.

  4. Bob Belvedere
    December 7th, 2011 @ 9:15 am

    He is one of those people who doesn’t like a movement or group he cannot manipulate or control.

    The man’s ego is even bigger than his enormous head.

  5. Bob Belvedere
    December 7th, 2011 @ 9:19 am


  6. Andrew Patrick
    December 7th, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

    I know you don’t censor what ads appear, but this post would be more persuasive without Alan Grayson’s mug appearing at the bottom of it.