I refuse to believe that Newt Gingrich will win the Republican nomination, if only because it would make me physically ill to think that the key national political players, with the exception of Barack Obama, will have remained more or less unchanged since I was in 5th grade. Aside from that, tactically, he’s got a house-of-cards ground game. And, he’s plainly a louse in every possible sense of the word. But clearly, these things don’t much matter to the people that seem ready and willing to hand him a victory in Iowa.
Ron Paul correctly describes Newt Gingrich as a “serial hypocrite.” And Newt’s giving his supporters a chance to climb aboard that bandwagon. After three years of claiming to be angry about a President who is an arrogant, elitist statist, they’re going to throw their support behind someone who:
- Compared a fellow candidate to a challenged student
- Claims he invented supply-side economics and defeated communism
- Claims government should be small, except for those times when people like him know better, be it regarding prescription drugs, space exploration or education….then it’s pedal-to-the-floor on legislation and spending
- Sneers at capitalism
You got that? In order to remedy the wrongs brought on by an arrogant, out-of-touch, big government enthusiast, conservatives are turning to the most arrogant, out-of-touch, big government enthusiast in their field. You can’t make this stuff up.
Note: It really doesn’t bother me that he talked down to Michele Bachmann, just pointing out that he’s capable of oozing condescension (in a way reminiscent of how Obama reacted to, say, Steve Kroft, for example), something that allegedly really bothers Tea Party-ish folks. For a take on Newt’s loathsomeness that’s more aligned with my thoughts, here’s Jacob Sullum.