I think they were seduced by Newt Gingrich’s bombastic political style tailored especially to their combative sensitivities invoked their passionate hatred of the president and they were blinded by the goal of defeating him; they didn’t just want to bloody his nose, they wanted to knock him out, to paraphrase Gingrich. "Never hate so passionately that it blinds you," I’ll tell my grandchildren and recall this episode to illustrate the point. In wanting to see the president manhandled by a bomb thrower, South Carolina Republicans lost sight of reality and voted as if they were Obama’s Trojan horse loading failure into the Republican nomination process; failure which will only ensure Obama’s reelection. Just when the movement to defeat Obama was going so well, along comes this odd looking gift the voters of South Carolina handed the rest of the country, a win that will result in defeat. With a congressman who shouted “You lie” at the president of the United States of America, you just know at the grassroots, these people are not ready for this more sophisticated art of politics.
South Carolina Republican voters would also make bad chess players. Politics, like chess, is played best the more moves one can see down the road. The best chess players are dispassionate when it comes to which piece captures the opponent’s king. A checkmate by a cleverly moved pawn is as sweet as a checkmate by a powerful knight, but the player has to recognize and react to the true nature of reality on the board, you can’t force your knight to make the capture if it is not in the position to do so and you’re a loser when you don’t use the piece in the best position to make the win just to suit your whims. South Carolina has played its significant card in the 2012 presidential race: helping Obama by giving Gingrich a boost, knowing that its 7 electoral votes have been preempted in the Democratic electoral strategy.
The outcome in South Carolina has awakened the anxiety of the Republican Party’s big wigs. They fear that South Carolina has placed the entire party in peril. They fear that a Gingrich presidential candidacy would damage the party’s candidates up and down the line, so they are trying to undo the South Carolina results by speaking out against Gingrich. They are desperate to make the South Carolina outcome an aberration. They are speaking out to stop Gingrich in Florida; they want to slow his momentum and ultimately kill his candidacy. One can only look on in utter amazement as Republican pillars from Ann Coulter to Bob Dole warn against the nomination of Nuclear Newt. Even the former House majority leader and former exterminator of household pests and democracy (and soon to be jailbird), Tom DeLay has called Gingrich an erratic leader as speaker of the House. Wow! South Carolina’s conservatives are further out there in space then Ann (our blacks are better than their blacks) Coulter and Tom (roach-spray) DeLay!