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Newt Gingrich’s Ongoing Candidacy Draws Ire of GOP Establishment

April 17, 2012

“…Gingrich has decided to dig in, campaigning this week in North Carolina and Delaware and mapping out a shoestring strategy to get to the Republican convention in Tampa… 

Establishment Republicans say they’re ready for Gingrich to get out of the race and warn that anything he does to damage the GOP now will haunt him to the last days of his career. 

Gingrich himself told reporters in Delaware this week that he’s absolutely not getting out of the race, mostly because he doesn’t have to. “My experience in history is it’s not over until it’s over and that currently it’s very clear that Romney does not today have a majority of the delegates.” … 

Shirley added Gingrich has very little to lose and could even position himself as a leading conservative voice after the 2012 elections by staying in the race now. “If Romney becomes the nominee, but loses in November, there’s going to be all that soul-searching and handwringing. In that universe, Gingrich would have a major role.” … 

But patience is wearing thin for Gingrich’s Don Quixote moment inside the GOP establishment, which has been skeptical of Gingrich’s motivations from the beginning of the race, but has become infuriated with his inside-the-tent swipes at everything from Paul Ryan’s budget plan to retroactive hits on Freddie Mac and TARP, which Gingrich had once supported… 

“If he’s out there being destructive to the brand, he will never be able to recover from that,” Fratto said… 

“They know I don’t care about their opinions,” Gingrich said. “I don’t go to their cocktail parties. I don’t go to their Christmas parties. The only press events I go to are interesting dinners when the wife insists on it.” 

He went on to eviscerate the current Republican Party as intellectually lazy and more interested in playing golf than working to be true to the Founding Fathers. 

“The Republican Party is a managerial party that doesn’t like to fight, doesn’t like to read books,” he said. “This is why the Tea Party was so horrifying. Tea Partiers were actually learning about the Declaration of Independence. They wanted to talk about the Federalist Papers. It was weird. They could be golfing.” 



Sabre-rattling from the GOP? I thought Newt was a non-factor? Must be something is afoot, like perhaps Romney is not doing as well as The Establishment would like us to believe? I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it unless proven otherwise: Romney is going to have a VERY tough time reaching that magic 1144 number. 

What if the GOP manages to squeak out win for their boy? My contention is that they can’t do this without a lot of crossover votes in open primary states, and those voters won’t return in November to repeat their performance for Mitt. Where will that leave the average American citizen? Totally screwed by an elite group of people that as Newt said, would rather be playing golf. 

So maybe a little sabre-rattling back at the GOP is in order. You keep giving us unacceptable candidates who can’t possibly beat our opponents, and the Grand Old Party is going to be toast. 


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One Comment
  1. This is the post that got me banned from RedState. Go figure.

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