Do These People Even Understand What They Are Saving?
It is becoming clear that the next, and last “Anybody But Mitt” candidate for the Republican nomination for President will be Newt Gingrich. The reason is simple, there are no other players available for that role. So the Wall Street Journal, which would like Mr. Romney if he would just disavow his
health care plan is now starting the Newt boomlet. Massachusetts
First up to bat is editorial page writer Dorothy Rabinowitz. She writes how Mr. Gingrich could win.
His rise in the polls suggests that more and more Republicans are absorbing that fact, along with the possibility that Mr. Gingrich's qualifications all 'round could well make him the most formidable contender for the contest with Barack Obama.
And most of her article is effusive to the point of nausea. But inadvertently she also describes why Mr. Gingrich is totally unsuited for the office. For example
He began with the declaration that Americans were confronting the most important election choice since 1860. America would have the chance in 2012, Mr. Gingrich said, to repudiate decisively decades of leftward drift in our universities and colleges, our newsrooms, our judicial system and bureaucracies.
The most important election since 1860? The election was about whether or not slavery of African men and women should be extended into the new territories of the United States and whether or not states had the right to leave the union. The election of 2012 will have issues like whether or not to lower the corporate income tax from 35% to 25%. In Mr. Gingrich's world these two issues are equivalent.
Then there is this.
Mr. Gingrich predicted, too, that late on Election Night—after it was clear that President Obama had been defeated along with the Democrats in the Senate—the recovery would begin, at once. His audience roared with pleasure. No other Republican candidate could have made the promise so persuasive.
which seems to suggest that just the election alone of Mr. Gingrich would change the economy, (if it does it will not be for the better) and that the audience is just ignorant enough along with Ms. Rabinowitz to believe that.
And in conclusion
Finally, Mr. Gingrich announced that as the Republican nominee he would challenge President Obama to seven Lincoln-Douglas-style debates. "I think I can represent American exceptionalism, free enterprise, the rights of private property and the Constitution, better than he can represent class warfare, bureaucratic socialism, weakness in foreign policy, and total confusion in the economy."
No Mr. Gingrich, based on everything you have said and done so far in this campaign and before, you can’t. But that is not to say Mr. Gingrich will not continue to rise in the polls, after all he is all the "anybody but Mitt" folks have left.