Sunday, January 29, 2012

Politics of Desperation

In past contest Newt Gingrich has labeled Mitt Romney a "Massachusetts Moderate". Today Mr. Gingrich upped the intensity of the attack calling the former govenor a "Massachusetts Liberal". As the former house speaker's prospects begin to shrink in Florida and the relevancy of his campaign seems to be called into question he has criticized the character of the front runner and indicated that he is simply too "dishonest" to be president. This ironically coming from the only sitting Speaker of the House to be found guilty by his peers of ethics violations. This is only the newest attack from the Gingrich campaign that seems to be below the belt and increasingly infantile.

When providence works against the former speaker he bemoans the "republican elite", the "media elite", the "old guard", etc. The one figure Mr. Gingrich does not lay blame on is his own performance in the primary. After a dismal debate performance he doesn't lick his wounds and prepare for the next contest like other candidates but dwells on the defeat and levels charges of a "stacked" audiences and other similar excuses for the reason behind the upset. This demonstrates poor sportsmanship and juvenile serial whining. Nothing new from the man that shut down government over the seating arrangements on Air Force One while in route to the funeral of Yitzhak Rabin.

I don't think the Romney campaign has addressed these grievances and I don't think they will. These attacks will only hurt the former speaker. America does not smile on a poor sport. We like to win and the only thing we dislike more than a looser is a poor one. Over the next several weeks the race will get even more nasty on all sides but we have to remember that we need to come back together as conservatives to defeat President Obama and the democrats no matter who the nominee turns out to be.

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Anonymous said...

I love how Newt is blaming Romney's dishonesty for his sliding in the polls......An independent study done showed Newt as the biggest liar of all the candidates saying inaccuracies almost 60% of the time

Terrye said...

Cry me a river....

Alan said...

Projection. It invariably happens when one is in the wrong, knows it, and is trying to escape from it without facing the truth. It's usually Democrats who are guilty of projection.

Machtyn said...

@Alan: What's different between what the Democrats do and what Gingrich and his SPACs are doing? "King of Bain", "Blood Money" - both of those are primed for Obama's campaign.

Alan said...

I am saying that Gingrich is doing what Democrats do, i.e., they accuse others of what they themselves are guilty. Gingrich accuses Romney of epic dishonesty, but it is Gingrich who is the dishonest one.

Anonymous said...

Courtesy of First Read:

Romney leads Newt Gingrich by 15 points, 42 percent to 27 percent in the crucial state. Rick Santorum is third with 16 percent, followed by Ron Paul with 11 percent. Just 4 percent said they were undecided.

"The bottom line in all this is Romney's sitting in the driver's seat going into Tuesday," said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion at Marist College, who conducted the poll.

If Romney pulls off a victory of that magnitude, he could be on a glide path to the nomination. But there are warning signs for the Republican Party that the primary has taken a toll on Romney and the rest of the GOP field. Each of the candidates struggles in a general-election matchup with President Barack Obama in this swing state, especially with independents.

You have to admit Sarah has not done Newt any favors.

By the way did you notice this part? "there are warning signs for the Republican Party that the primary has taken a toll on Romney and the rest of the GOP field." In other words, this long protracted primary has hurt the eventual candidate Romney and made him just that much easier for Obama to defeat in November.

And Palin's continued beating of the war drums to encourage Gingrich to fight to the last is to encourage this contest to go on until Romney is so battered and bruised that he will simply wave a white flag and crumple in defeat five minutes into his first debate with the President.

Romney should send Sarah a thank-you note.

dgenetaylor said...

Peggy Noonan had it right on Dec 31, 2011: Beating Newt will only make Romney stronger: see Journal:
And it has! Who will not acknowledge Romney's improved level of passion in debate on Thursday night--his improved ability to defend, attack, and defend again. And his political team in on their game; witness the NBC ad. Bring it on Newt--you're going down; and Mitt is stronger than ever.