Newt Gingrich is finished.
For anyone who has been following the Republican presidential primaries, this goes without saying in the electoral sense. However, I’m referring to Gingrich’s status as a respectable elder statesman and sensible presence in the American body politic. Since finishing an embarrassing fourth place in the Iowa caucuses, after boldly stating that he would be the eventual GOP nominee no less, he has decided to ship off to New Hampshire in hopes of saving his ego trip from coming to an unexpectedly early end.
Opting to spend a war chest, or at least what might be considered one for his cash-strapped campaign, on negative ads against Iowa winner and national frontrunner Mitt Romney, politicos from coast to coast are wondering just what exactly it is that Gingrich is trying to achieve. His poll numbers have gone from bad to worse; being eclipsed by Rick Santorum requires a special kind of skill. His fair weather friends in the talk radio entertainment business are now moving on to greener pastures. His once remarkably solid base of disaffected Tea Party voters seems fractured between Santorum, Ron Paul, and even Rick Perry. None of his former colleagues from his turbulent four year reign as speaker of the House appear willing to boost his candidacy. Any way one looks at the situation, nothing really seems to be going right for Newt.
As I said a few days ago, Gingrich’s sheer idiocy masquerading as supreme arrogance is defeating him in a way in which none of his competitors possibly could. By throwing all of his might behind destroying Romney in an intensely personal fashion, a move which many a pundit has said will not rally the base necessary for actually defeating the former Massachusetts governor, he exposes himself to be a vindictive and petty has-been. Such a man is not suited to hold any position of power over others; one can deduce that his fellow Republicans nearly overthrew his speakership during the late 1990s for this very reason.
Newt 2012 can be looked at as a textbook example of an exercise in futility; with nowhere left to go, it implodes because Gingrich wants to strike back at the fellow who defeated him in a fair and just manner. Instead of gracefully accepting his loss by adhering to Ronald Reagan’s eleventh commandment, which he once trumpeted, Gingrich has chosen to close his checkered political career by not merely scraping, but actually carving through the bottom of the barrel. What a shame; few sights are sorrier than someone making a very public, very expensive embarrassment of himself.Powered by Sidelines