Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 01/29/2012
Gingrich: The most persecuted man in America?
“The one incident from Newt Gingrich’s speakership that stands out in most people’s minds is the pout-a-thon concerning Air Force One….
“… quintessential Newt Gingrich — thin-skinned, self-absorbed, destructive and, yes, “petty.” He excels in converting his own missteps into tales of martyrdom. All of this has manifested itself in the campaign in big ways and small…
“…When Gingrich experiences the normal rough and tumble of a campaign, Sarah Palin (another perpetual mainstream media exploiter) claims that the attacks are “Stalinesque.” From her house, she might see Russia, but her understanding of Stalin is nonexistent; Stalin, of course, prevented free elections and the robust expression of free speech.
“Gingrich boasts of his association with Ronald Reagan and then becomes unhinged when Reagan’s former advisers beg to differ about Gingrich’s fidelity to the president. He goes bonkers, accusing them with no facts whatsoever of being part of a grand scheme. The notion that respected conservatives would simply be fed up with his puffery and concerned he might actually win and thereby ruin the party and the conservative movement is foreign to him.Once again, he’s the victim when in fact he’s simply been caught misbehaving (in this case, in excessive opportunism).”
Cassi Creek: The former Speaker seems determined to shoot himself in both feet by continuing to behave like a spoiled middle school nerd who wants to run the entire school but who has no social skills beyond sitting in a corner and sulking.
The mainstream GOP is demonstrating their unwillingness to be represented by Gingrich and the teavangelists, but they remain unwilling to step on his candidacy in order to salvage some semblance of a political campaign for 2012. Jennifer Rubin comes about as close as anyone in trying to push Gingrich from the martyrdom and teavangelist planks of the GOP platform.
What is going to be necessary is a brutal and bloody public dismissal of Gingrich by the GOP powers. I can see the banner – “Newt Find Other Work – Don’t phone home!”
PS, Keep Palin with you