Cross Post from IfLizWereQueen
Yep. No doubt about it. Ole Gingrich won last night and he will make a formidable opponent for Obama. Unlike Romney, who no doubt is intelligent and viscous, Gingrich is all that and more. Gingrich is clever, thinks on his feet and likely writes most of his own stuff. Unlike Romney, nothing is lost in translation because Gingrich’s words are connected to the horse’s mouth. There little feedback time delay between what he thinks and what he says. Also, unlike President Obama, Gingrich has a knack for knowing the hot buttons of Americans and he is willing to push them all. President Obama seems to be totally out of touch with Main Street America. It’s not that Gingrich represents us any more than Obama, but Gingrich seems to at least be aware of what makes us tick and what really ticks us off. Gingrich goes for the knockout while President Obama plays the ropa dopa game. That game may have worked with McCain and Romney, but it won’t work with Gingrich because Gingrich is no gentleman, and he is not above sucker punching.
Already this morning I read where Ginrich is comparing Obama to Jimmy Carter. Now that’s a heck of a metaphor since in the minds of most Americans Jimmy Carter, while intelligent and a kind person, is viewed by many Americans as having been a weak and ineffectual one-term President. It’s what I would call a “bless your heart” attack. On the one hand Carter is a kind man while on the other hand, he was a one-term President.
But let us not forget that even Rick Santorum is still a viable candidate. It’s all about electoral votes. The candidate with the most wins.
Gingrich: 21 – Romney 18 – Santorum 16.
At least at this point in the campaign: Even Santorum is still in the race. It’s all about electoral votes. Gingrich, who the profane argue has outdone Jesus Christ by arising from the dead three times, holds the lead having gone from zero to 21 electoral votes last night; Romney follows on his heels with 18; and Santorum follows even closer on Romney’s heels with 16 electoral votes.
Ron Paul? Not so much. Paul has garnered only 11 electoral votes. Think of this as a marathon that has just begun. Gingrich is already at the 21 mile marker and Paul is back at the 11 mile marker.
The only reason Paul should be in this race at all is to obtain national exposure that he could never get as a third party candidate. But if Ron Paul doesn’t run as a third party candidate at the end of this dog and pony show, he should have once and for all proved himself for what he really is–just another Wall Street shill like the rest of them.
The Ironies of the Gingrich Win
*See note below for photo credit.
Irony #1: To Win the Presidential race, Gingrich may have to Pass off Moderate Republicans as Socialists.
The only way that Gingrich may able to garner enough votes is to show that Obama is a Wall Street shill just like he showed the majority of the American people what a private equity company like Bain Corporation really does. In order to do that, he will alienate much of the old guard from the Republican Party. Simply calling Obama a “socialist” won’t work this time around. Thanks in part to Gingrich’s recent pulling back of the curtain, and three years of the progressive bloggers along with only four months of OCCUPY, the American people much more about how Wall Street works than they ever have in the history of our nation. Many of them are beginning to see that Obama and the leadership of the Democratic Party are not that different from the middle of the road Republicans. Many Americans are letting go the myth of the two-party system and its 4 year cycles of presidential sideshows.
Gingrich’s challenge will be to pass off moderate Republicans as socialists because if Obama is a “leftist socialist”, then moderate Republicans are too. This, I don’t think that even Gingrich can accomplish.
It is ridiculous that these candidates stand up and refer to Obamacare as socialism when in fact it would be more accurate to call it “WallStreet Investor Care”–a right-leaning program since it forces 50 million Americans to buy services from Wall Street corporations and the only ones who really benefit from it are the ones who work for a corporation.
Irony #2: A 15 year Anniversary
Gingrich won his first Primary and captured the lead in electoral votes on January 21, 2012. On that same day and month in 1997 Gingrich’s Congressional colleagues voted 395-28 to penalize him $300,000 for misconduct. See this article from Washington Post.
Note: Eighty-four ethics charges were filed against Gingrich during his term as speaker. After extensive investigation and negotiation by the House Ethics Committee, Gingrich was penalized $300,000 by a 395–28 House vote. It was the first time in history a speaker was disciplined for ethical wrongdoing.
* This image is a work of an employee of the United States Farm Security Administration or Office of War Information domestic photographic units, created during the course of the person’s official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image is in the public domain.