Sarah Palin came to Newt Gingrich’s defense on facebook, and it’s been at the top of memeorandum for at least a full day. She said that the “cannibals of the GOP establishment” are employing leftist tactics to take down the tea party. The Romney haters are thrilled. But is Newt really the victim of anti-tea party establishment forces?
I’m thinking it probably has more to do with the fact that quite a few people who know him – and most of those who know him are also Republican politicians because he’s spent most of his life in Washington, DC – don’t like him all that much. Sure, he did some good things to advance a conservative agenda, but then he’s also done some things one could argue advance a progressive agenda. Wasn’t Dede Scozzafava the establishment candidate in the NY23 special election?
Look, politics is tough. Romney’s PAC went after Gingrich in Iowa, and Gingrich didn’t like it. So he went all medieval on capitalism. It wasn’t until he shut up about Bain Capital that he took off in the polls in South Carolina. He went on to have a good debate and won that state’s primary. But his leftist attacks on capitalism, wealth and immigration took their toll and a lot of people started speaking out against him. It’s not like Romney hasn’t been trashed and ridiculed by a good number of folks on our side for years. I’d say that at least half of the conservative blogosphere suffers from Romney derangement syndrome. Does that make Romney the victim of a conspiracy?
Anyway, The Other McCain is on the ground down in the Sunshine State, and threw in his two cents on the matter.
For the past week, Newt’s been swinging wildly, and desperation is not attractive. He’s headed for a failure of Perry-eque proportions here, and the none-too-subtle assertion that Newt’s the victim of an Establishment conspiracy – a myth that even Sarah Palin has apparently bought into — only makes it more embarrassing. …
Anyway, the crowd was large and as rabidly as pro-Romney as any crowd I’ve seen and they didn’t seem any more “Establishment” than any other GOP crowd you might find during this campaign.
McCain’s neither a Romney supporter, nor a Gingrich supporter. He doesn’t like either of them, and sees things for what they are – politics. I hope nobody thinks the general campaign is going to be any easier for whoever turns out to be the nominee. It’s going to be ugly, so at least our side is getting some practice at taking it to their opponents.
Speaking of taking it to opponents, my kids had a wrestling tournament this morning. (They were 1-1 and 2-0, in case you were wondering.) The kids who won today took it to their opponents and didn’t let up. The winners saw the chance to drive their opponents into the mat, and they went for it. The ones who hesitated, and didn’t see the next move coming, lost. It’s easy when someone’s getting the better of one of my guys to think the other kid fights dirty. Or maybe he’s just better. The kids who cried after a tough period or two usually ended up getting pinned or losing by points.
But let’s not lose the big picture. Poh Diaries puts it into perspective:
Here’s the bottom line. I have no dog in this fight. My candidates either didn’t run or imploded on impact. I’m not comfortable with Romney’s apparent weaknesses, and despite his ability to articulate conservatism my gut tells me that a Gingrich nomination and subsequent Presidency would end in heartache as well. But the main point is this, neither one of these men, whether they’re really conservative or not, whether they’re a rino, liberal, progressive, or just opportunistic, is Barack Hussein Obama. And that’s enough for me.
At some point the establishment and the grass roots are going to have to align unless we want another four years of Obama. Until then expect the candidates to continue fighting it out.
As for Newt – for a while there, I was enjoying his debate performances. It wasn’t until he started looking like a serious contender that I started remembering all the reasons I don’t like him. Does that make me part of this vast establishment conspiracy everyone’s talking about?
Update: I just received an email from a New York tea party group saying “we should crush Romney” like “we did to [Rick] Lazio with [Carl] Paladino” in the NY gubernatorial contest. How did that work out for us?
Update 2: Linked by Sentry Journal – thanks!