I’m going to upset some, but I think the Newt war on Romney is early similar to the Seifert war on Emmer and is worthy of some reflection.
I’m one who thinks Newt Gingrich’s time to be great was over long ago. For the last decade he’s tried to suck all the oxygen out of the conservative tent and has self-appointed himself to be the smartest guy in the room. You shrugged it off since he was supposedly the guy who lead the Contract with America revolution….. Then he sat on that couch with Nancy Pelosi embracing man made global warming.
The jackhole is a populist, not a principled conservative.
Then his hatred campaign against Romney started. Its what the guy who thinks something belongs to him, or if they are the heir apparent and some other person swoops in and steals the show. The front runner turned also ran turns to a negative campaign to make people dislike the person they are losing to in hopes of regaining the momentum. This was the tactic employed by Marty Seifert’s Gubernatorial campaign.
It is a dangerous game because it does a couple things very beneficial for the Democrats. It makes people hate both people and leads activists to hate each other. There are some people who I actually question the intelligence and/or motives of, after the Emmer – Seifert battle. There are Republicans who actually think Emmer killed that lady’s kid from that ad. Wounds first opened by Seifert. Republicans and leaners, no longer trusted Emmer. Sure, people will be very quick to point to Emmer own stumbles but the wounds that cost him votes, volunteers, and donations were first opened by a fellow Republican’s team of desperate consultants and staffers.
Both Emmer and Seifert came out of the endorsement claiming unity and promising to help the GOP win, but it never happened and the waves of dissension (Miss me yet) still wash up on the GOP beaches like a hazardous waste that stifles unity and reenergizes misguided battles of old. We’re left arguing about last years battle, rather than this years.
Am I saying that Marty Seifert singlehandedly made Emmer lose? Absolutely not, but you can’t ignore that ‘Operation Kitchensink” did have lasting effects and was in no way worth it given Emmer lost in the end. There is testing and vetting a candidate, and then there is unleashing the minions to lie and mislead people through whispers and one on one phone calls to the point where people start to hate the other Emmer and refuse to defend him against the lies Dayton was spreading.
That’s exactly what Newt Gingrich is up to right now. He’s determined to capitalize on the anti-Romney populism at any cost. Rick Perry’s decision to drop out and endorse Newt answers the question: Social, fiscal, crony, or compassionate conservative? Clearly not a social conservative as he endorsed the guy who wants to be the next philanderer in chief over Santorum. The obvious choice for fiscally conservatives was Ron Paul. Compassionate conservatives just want to win the argument, not the war. Crony conservatives just want to remain relevant. Which btw Newt got filthy rich himself off of playing on the conservative movement with his American Solutions stuff while also taking money telling people how to defeat conservatism and limited Government…….
Newt needs people to hate Romney. Its his only chance. Some already short sighted conservatives who are easy to be fooled – do hate Mitt Romney. Its a flaw in many conservatives to believe that perfect is achievable, and refuses to accept that good enough is better than socialism. Instead, there’s a wave of sentiment out there that we Republicans just can’t let that (in some cases) a Mormon, (in others) another liberal Republican, (and sadly) that rich SOB successful business guy Romney get the endorsement.
Mitt Romney is far from the perfect conservative candidate. But so is each and every other candidate in the race. Its intellectually dishonest to assume anyone else still standing besides Mitt is a better conservative, cause they aren’t. Each of them has huge errors in their records or current philosophy. The fact is the perfect candidate has either left the race or never bothered to get in- depending on your specific qualities you desired.
Newt wants, no Newt NEEDS – me to hate Romney enough to forget Newt’s own mountains of lies and mistakes he has made. He needs me to ignore how he treated his wives/mistresses all the while trying to grandstand in the Clinton impeachment due to his own marital indiscretions. His sitting on the couch with Pelosi worshipping AL Gore, immigration, or just trying to suck all the air out of the conservative balloon so that he can simply amass more wealth and have people put him on a mantle – is too big of a pill for me to swallow and say yeah, Romney is not to be trusted.
Well, I still don’t love Romney, but I realize that he stands the best chance at beating Obama at this point and has the experience in the private sector to make some changes in the course of America. Everyone else in the race is easily beatable. So easy that I think I could manage Obama’s campaign. Each one (not names Mitt) has major flaws that can be highlighted to either drive away parts of the conservative base or swing voters. Democrats are chomping at the bit for a Newt, Santorum, or Paul candidacy.
They say give them Romney, but that’s only to embolden Santorum & Gingrich and further divide the GOP legs of the stool from each other. Its classic divide and conquer my friends. Newt’s no dummy, he is trying to steal the thunder and become the anti-Mitt, a grassfire being stoked by Democrats because they want Republicans to turn this little fire into a full blown scorched earth forest fire.
Newt’s problem is, I hate him more than the day he got in this race.
There is something to be said about a man who wants something so badly he’ll do and say anything to get it. Lie, cheat, steal…. Newt Gingrich has proven very skilled at each and every one of them which makes him more unfit for office that the current liar, cheater, and thief in the White House.
Great job Newt Gingrich, I hate you.