Rightbloggers Explain How Newt Gingrich's Big Win Can Help Someone Other Than Newt Gingrich Become President

tomt200.jpgWas it the video hit his Super PAC put out on Romney? Was it his heroic denunciation of his ex-wife and the Liberal Media (mostly the Liberal Media)? Whatever the reason, Newt Gingrich won a big surprise victory in Saturday's South Carolina primary.

Rightbloggers who've always loved the former Speaker were delighted, and hastened to tell the world how his come-from-behind win will help someone else beat him for the Republican nomination.

To be fair, there were plenty of rightbloggers who just loved Newt and were convinced he'd make a great candidate against Barack Obama.

"Not since President Ronald Reagan," claimed White House 2012, "has a Politician stirred the deepest heartfelt passions & spoken to the sense of disillusionment" etc. He also said that just as Ronald Reagan was known as "the 'Great Communicator,' I welcome Speaker Gingrich as the average ordinary person's 'Great Articulator.'" We wonder if the average ordinary person knows what that means.

But the more common approach was to praise Gingrich for all the things rightbloggers love about him -- his snide tone, his punitive attitude toward the poor, etc. -- and then suggest how someone other than Newt Gingrich (usually Mitt Romney) could profit from his example.

At Ricochet, Paul A. Rahe, peering up from a pile of Great Books, intoned, "Revolutions are moments of rupture. Very few people see them coming. Montesquieu, writing between the lines, and Rousseau, ostentatiously speaking his mind, evidenced a recognition of the moral bankruptcy of eighteenth-century France and forecast that profound changes were in store. But no one paid them any heed..."

Several encyclopedia entries later, Rahe got to the money shot: With the Obama Administration, "we are witnessing an attempt to overturn 'the fundamental laws'... The good people of South Carolina recognize as much. They understand the crisis we face... They want a standard-bearer who can reverse the course that we are now on."

We expected next an "Aux armes, citoyens!" from Rahe, calling conservatives to follow the example of South Carolina's new Fort Sumter and Go Gingrich. So we were surprised when he added, "I am not arguing that Newt Gingrich would do better in November, 2012" than "milquetoast moderate Republicans" had done in previous elections, and reminded us that he himself had "argued that [Gingrich] was unprincipled, erratic, and vulnerable." Far from leading the new revolution with which Rahe had been tantalizing us, South Carolina was actually backing an candidate who was unprincipled and offered no electoral advantage -- politically, the worst of both worlds.

Then Rahe started offering advice to moderate milquetoast Romney. Alerting him that he was "seriously in danger of losing the nomination," Rahe advised Romney to "show fire and put himself at the head of the forces intent on gradually dismantling the administrative entitlements state."

How to do that, and in a hurry? "Were I running Romney's campaign," said Rahe, "...I would get my man up to Washington, DC tonight, and I would have him join tomorrow's March for Life." Apparently the milquetoast moderate could divert the revolutionary ardor of the Republican masses by going to an anti-abortion rally.

Brent Bozell was happy that Gingrich had defeated his most significant opponent in the race, the "liberal media."

Gingrich "tapped into the anger and frustration of not only South Carolina voters, but of the rest of the country," insisted Bozell. "The left-wing media have tried to manipulate this campaign cycle through the systematic character assassination of every conservative in the race. The public has had it."

That's a big claim for a single state primary. So, could we assume that Bozell was jumping in for the big win with Gingrich?

Actually he seemed more interested in Santorum's, Romney's, and Paul's future plans, advising that "Newt's three competitors ought to push back against the media the same way he did this week. If they are smart, they will emulate the refreshing assertiveness that propelled Newt to victory." Great idea! They can get started on that anti-liberal-media program Monday, at the NBC debate, in which they were presumably forced to participate at gunpoint.

At National Review, Michael Walsh thought the loss meant that Romney "finds himself right back where he started this campaign, stuck at around a quarter of the vote. If that's 'electable,' the GOP is in serious trouble."

What then to do? "What counts is passion," said Walsh. "...the GOP bonzes seemed embarrassed by the Tea Party's success. They pushed the 'electable' and 'inevitable' memes as hard as they could in the service of a milquetoast candidate, and the mainstream media, openly rooting for the other side, was only too happy to help them out. As I've been saying, Romney's been the candidate the Democrats have wanted to face all along, in part because of his glass ceiling. Which is turning out to be a glass jaw."

Well, no worries then -- just nominate Gingrich and watch the votes roll in, yes? Actually, Walsh, too, was more interested in another candidate's future plans: "Romney has simply got to come up with a more cogent rationale for his candidacy than he has up to now if he has any hope of becoming president," he said. "He can't run for CEO any more... If this loss tonight makes Romney a stronger, better, more articulate candidate, terrific."

What sort of line should Romney take? Walsh didn't say, but a clue came in his portrayal of the Democratic campaign strategy: "Obama and his party are running on a platform of contempt for America." Well, then, it should be easy: All Romney has to do is wait for Obama to say that he hates America, and come back with a zinger.

Howie Carr, while beating up on Romney as "Dudley Do-Right," worried that as the nominee Gingrich would do poorly in an actual Presidential election -- though, like his success in South Carolina, that too would all be the fault of the Liberal Media.

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"To the 'Jersey Shore' MTV crowd," said Carr, "Newt would come across as a fat, nasty, pasty old man. They're not going to realize what a boob Barack is, because they're boobs, too." MTV crowd? Wait, when did the U.S. Presidential election become a text-your-vote thing? Will ESPN fans still have the franchise?

At The Weekly Standard, Fred Barnes just straight-up told us "What Mitt Must Learn from South Carolina." Declaring that after South Carolina "Gingrich becomes, at the very least, co-frontrunner with Romney," and "could blow past Romney with the energy of his campaign and strong performances in the two televised debates in the next week," Barnes advised Romney to focus on "supply side economics and tax reform," because it worked for Reagan thirty years ago and, when all is said and done, Reagan Reagan Reagan. "Romney does have a robust initiative on curbing entitlements, the biggest cause of rising debt," said Barnes. "It's been praised by Paul Ryan, the popular Republican policy thinker. But you don't hear Romney say much about it." Yeah, that's weird Romney isn't telling anyone how he wants to gut Social Security and Medicare. The man obviously knows nothing about politics.

Erick Erickson, RedState chief, CNN commentator, and conservative purity enforcer, denounced Romney as the "milquetoast moderate from Massachusetts" (say, notice a pattern here?) and said South Carolina was "a rather desperate scream to get another player on the field. It is a red flag. It is the giant 'Danger' sign ahead for the general election."

So, would that player be Newt Gingrich? Erickson seemed not to think so: "Party leaders who have invested so much in Mitt Romney," he said, "might want now to ride on to a brokered convention and find someone acceptable to everyone."

A brokered convention! The impossible dream of political nerds everywhere! Well, Erickson's not the only one -- Joe Scarborough, former GOP chairman Michael Steele, and some other rightbloggers talked about it too.

Erickson added this: "Sure, [Gingrich would] probably be an erratic President, but right now Republican voters don't care about his Presidency. They care about the fight with the left both Mitt Romney, and the Washington Republican leaders like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell don't seem inclined to engage in."

We think we get it now: The race for the GOP nomination isn't about winning the Presidential battle. It's about who has the best game face.

Some rightbloggers couldn't even pretend. On Saturday night, Washington Post blogger and Santorum fan Jennifer Rubin headlined, "Santorum inspiring, Gingrich down in the dumps in South Carolina." Well, deadlines are a bitch, and -- wait, she posted this after Gingrich won?


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jimdav2002
jimdav2002

Newt 2012: Because Some Of Us Just Want To Watch The World Burn.

OhioOrrin
OhioOrrin

The GOP will become increasingly moar irrelevant as its contentious base fractures. ron paul is the only gop candidate attracting new voters & yet libertarians are marginalized becoming just another fracture. and the gop has mortgaged its future by trading the growing hispanic demographic to attract zenophobic older whites which is a shrinking demographic. in the end, the gop will be reduced to a regional southern party fractured from western libertarians & NE moderates.  

Roger Ailes
Roger Ailes

They think of Newt as the fat, nasty, pasty old man who isn't Howie Carr.

pat
pat

I believe the NBC debate is on Monday.  The SOTU in on Tuesday.

Glennis Waterman
Glennis Waterman

"Sure, [Gingrich would] probably be an erratic President, but right now Republican voters don't care about his Presidency. They care about the fight with the left both Mitt Romney, and the Washington Republican leaders like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell don't seem inclined to engage in."

Well, it's kind of comforting to hear them saying flat out what we've known for years - it's not about governing, it's about the tribe.

SomeJerkface
SomeJerkface

Weren't you panicking that the primary wouldn't stay interesting, Roy?

Johnny Coelacanth
Johnny Coelacanth

How does Jennifer Rubin stay employed? There are good writers living in the streets, fighting with packs of wild dogs for their meals, and this crazy bitch is in the Washington Post. The mind boggles.

DocAmazing
DocAmazing

 Gingrich is popular because he takes on the Liberal Media--like FOX's Juan Williams?

When FOX is called out as liberal, you've definitely left the realm of normal.

Robert MW Stanford
Robert MW Stanford

Newt would be a terrible candidate for the GOP.  His use of populist rhetoric and misguided wrong use of terms like good and bad capitalism all under mine the ability of the GOP to argue for free market solutions to current problems. It reveals that either Newt does not understand how a free market works or he ism ore interested in trying to win the votes of social conservatives that may be wary of "wall street types", then making good arguements about capitalism.

http://www.examiner.com/bloomi...

Dr. Ron Polland
Dr. Ron Polland

Google the phrase, Newt was right, and read about all of the issues and "controversies" for which Newt came out on the right side of all of them. He was even right about Paul Ryan's Medicare plan for which he was universally crucified by his own party. But, now, Ryan agrees with Newt and has adopted Newt's plan for Medicare.

Newt was right about the price of gasoline and how to lower it, the importance of finding work for young African Americans, right about energy independence, right about the Palestinians, right about the Super Committee, and, yes, right about mining the moon for Helium3 - the true fuel of the future. Most people forgot that Obama supported a manned mission to Mars in 2020. But, then he preferred making Muslims feel good about themselves instead.

The only advantage that Obama has over Newt is massive voter fraud on a par with anything Putin, Ahmedinejad, or any other tinpan dictator could pull off.

At some point, people will have to wonder if Newt is right about so many different things, and Obama is so wrong, why would Newt not wipe the floor with Obama pointing out the hundreds of anti-American, anti-Capitalist, anti-Constitution, anti-Israel, pro-Islamic, pro-Marxist, and pro New World Order things that Obama has done in three years.

Turns out rhat all the dead people who voted for Obama in 2008 have more sense than the those living to vote for him again.

Dirk
Dirk

something fail

edroso
edroso

Quite right, thanks. Fixed in text.

Torgo
Torgo

The American people DEMAND more political, posturing bullshit!

Strelnikov
Strelnikov

The GOP is nearly done, intellectually. Any problem and their solution is "Tax cuts, bomb Iran."

edroso
edroso

Actually, Some Jerkface, I'd much prefer to talk about something else, but it's hard when the horses are running. Sigh, the awful responsibilites of the Fourth Estate.

KWillow
KWillow

I wonder the same thing about all Salon writers, except Greenwald. There is so much talent out there, intelligence, expertise and wit.  Instead they use plodding plowhorses to drag out their dreary "viewpoint" on whatever  topic they are assigned.  Its depressing.

Provider_UNE
Provider_UNE

In this case "crazy" is a feature not a bug. 

Someone has to assist in pushing the leading edge of the Overton window beyond the rim of the galaxy. How else is the right wing going to bring drawing and quartering back into the realm of acceptable debate.

In 20 years crushing a childs testicles to extract information will be seen as the liberal solution to our problems. Rubin is simply in the vanguard

SFAW
SFAW

Actually, Newtie got a three-fer (or hit the Trifecta) with going after Williams: 1) Media elite (or should it be "elitist media"?)2) Colored3) Quasi-latino

Of course, that Trifecta pales (oops) in comparison to the one he'll have when he goes after the (1) blackity-black (2) Kenyan (3) Mooslim that Newtie's running against. Plus, also, too, Williams wasn't a Soros-funded community organizer. Yet.

Glennis Waterman
Glennis Waterman

Not only that, Williams is his Fox News colleague and actually wrote an op-ed praising Gingrich's "vision" and "daring" back in August.

Pretty shitty of Gingrich, I think, just as a human being.

Provider_UNE
Provider_UNE

I think realm of reality, or realm of sanity might be a more appropriate ending.

But I think we are dealing with ergo propter hoc: Juan is dusky hued, therefore liberal media....Skreeeeeeto's.

GeoX
GeoX

I'm having trouble with this "nearly" you speak of.

Al Swearengen
Al Swearengen

Newt is human?  I've always thought he was a latex sack full of well-trained cockroaches.

Roger Ailes
Roger Ailes

Newt was just helping Juan back to his place.

Horatius
Horatius

You couldn't have done that without throwing a gratuitous insult towards cockroaches, could you?

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