Sunday, January 22, 2012

Mittout Romney

Readers by now will know US presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has poked a stick in the eye of Mitt Romney by winning the South Carolina primary last night.

A number of commentators, including our colleague The Veteran have voiced their unhappiness at the prospect of either Romney or Gingrich winning the bid and becoming the Republican Party's nominee. I tend to agree but in the absence (and that's critical) of an alternative credible contender, I'm warming towards Newt Gingrich.


Because he's an effective scrapper who can actually lay waste to the appalling American media and to Obama. There's a little bit of Muldoon there with lots more brains.

The other bloke, Romney, looks and sounds like one of those wooden dolls they make in Russia. They talk about Romney's electability and his vast electoral machine as being a major asset. Well, he had those things and tens of millions of dollars worth of TV adverting going for him in South Carolina ans what good did they do? He lost - big time and he'll lose even bigger time in November 2012 against Obama.

Here's an excellent piece of commentary
for background. It's not very long and is worth reading to the end. The money quote:

Newt has taken the worst the media, Romney and the left can dish out, and he’s still standing and fighting with passion and eloquence. Sure, he’d 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.

In every way in the last two weeks, Romney has signaled he won’t fight for the base. He looks like a lost child when trying to answer the taxes issue. He couldn’t stand up to Santorum in the debate. He sounds every bit like Gordon Gekko, not Milton Friedman, when he talks Bain and free markets.

Basically, today’s vote is about Republican grassroots giving the Washington Republican establishment the finger. The base is angry, and right now, only Newt is left to fight for them, as imperfect as he is. We may still end up with Romney, but voters aren’t going to let him have it easily.

The final question I have is "What are the chances of a good candidate coming out of the woodwork at a brokered convention?

BTW, in case you are an illiterate dumb arse, Romney's the one on the left - where he belongs.


Judge Holden said...
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Adolf Fiinkensein said...

You may well agree but you are persona non gratis around here.


Judge Holden said...
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I agree Adolf.
I have warmed to Newt too as I love his fighting style.
He could be the Republican's Newt-ron bomb against the Obamination.
I loved the way he stuck it to the media over his pecadilloes and raised the teleprompter issue.
And if the media are to raise Newt's proclivities, then Obama's past is also fair game.
Maybe someone will get to the bottom, as it were, of what Obama did with Mr Sinclair in the back of that limousine.
After all, if they will investigate the Newt, Palin , etc, to minute detail, surely they will equally vet the president.

Psycho Milt said...

Basically, today’s vote is about Republican grassroots giving the Washington Republican establishment the finger.

They're giving the Washington Republican establishment the finger by voting for the consummate Washington Republican insider? I'm not sure the establishment's going to get the message...

Blair said...

Milt - to be an insider you have to be liked by the people inside. Newt is universally hated by the GOP establishment. That is part of his appeal.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the yanks will go for the conservative among the mr potato heads because ron paul is just too out there with all his truth honesty and liberty stuff. apparently he is an idiot too according to a liberal commentator so that him goneburger

Anonymous said...

They need to go with the Pit Bull Newt, not the perfumed poodle Romney if they have any hope of wresting the White house from the grip of the Big Zero.

Mrs Danvers

Anonymous said...

Newt will guarantee that the USA will continue on with the expansion of the military industrial complex. He is too compromised to do anything but.

I would not be surprised if r Obama trying to get some one-up-manship if Gingrich gains the nomination, actually forces the Iran issue, and starts a fracas which quickly expands into a full scale war; i.e. he'll try a Maggie T on for size. This of course will be disastrous for the middle east, and world economies as oil skyrockets to $200 a barrel, not to mention the hundreds of thousands dead or maimed.
If Ginga goes onto win the whitehouse shuffle, expect more of a move to the destruction of civil liberties, the progressive encroachment over the constitution (as started by GW in response to sept11, and ramped up under obama). As such you can expect the republic to become closer to an Empire, with the Praetorians applying a bit of Martial Law for the citizens own good.