Skip to comments.Consensus breaking out: Not Newt
Posted on 12/04/2011 6:04:20 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
On Friday, I suggested that Republicans could pull a name out of a hat and find a more consistent and personally stable conservative than Newt Gingrich. Many smart conservatives seem to agree. (VictorDavisHanson points out that with Gingrich as the nominee the GOP would forfeit the crony capitalism issue; No one has been a bigger crony than he.)
The latest and perhaps brightest warning flare to the right is sent up by GeorgeWill. There are too many delicious lines in his column from which to choose a favorite. (e.g.,There is almost artistic vulgarity in Gingrichs unrepented role as a hired larynx for interests profiting from such government follies as ethanol and cheap mortgages; Gingrich, who would have made a marvelous Marxist, believes everything is related to everything else and only he understands how.) George patiently explains to those who think the conservative movement began with the Internet and is defined by those who can burnish the most withering rhetoric: Conservatism inoculates against the hubristic volatility that Gingrich exemplifies. Yes, Gingrich is what conservatism aims to save us from.
Now, George would choose TexasGov Rick Perry or Jon Huntsman. RameshPonnuru would take MittRomney. There is also RickSantorum to consider. Reasonable conservatives differ on the alternative, but other than sheer contrarianism and temporary amnesia it is hard (for those who want to maintain the ideological health of the conservative movement and win the WhiteHouse) to justify embracing Gingrich. That he is more gregarious, upbeat than he used to be is no reason to choose him as president or to declare he has turned over new leaf.
For those conservatives who are not systematically averting their eyes, Gingrich every day gives Republicans further reason to conclude there is no New Newt, only the same disorganized egomaniac who drove his House caucus to revolt.
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This still won’t help Perry. Nice try though.
I can see the groundswell starting for Willard “Mitt” Romney
becuase his campaign of “Hey, I’m next, right?” has me bowled over.
Jennifer is batshit crazy... Total Mittbot.
Oh, horrors...the establish speaks and they don’t want Newt. It’s good that the people decide, and not the establishment that brought us Dole, Bush I, and McCain.
Now you know I love your posts most of the time. And you know I could easily live with Perry as nominee.
BUT, just because Jennifer Rubin and George Will say so, a consensus this does not make....
Really, George Will calling Newt egotistical is the like the Pope calling Billy Graham too religious.
New tagline ...
It may not be Perry, but lord help us, it’s not Newt!
Please add the disclaimer that Will’s wife works for Perry.
Truth and trust.
Well, C.E.W. we know they aren't the only ones.
Using an establishment RINO pundit’s desperate ramblings to hate on Newt
humping a desperate bisexual male hooker to get back at your husband.
If not newt, then it will be Romney. It’s easy math at this point.
Santorum is so out of the running, he isn’t even traded on Intrade.com (i.e. his chances are less than Cain’s and Cain has suspended his campaign).
We like Newt.
We like Newt.
This is beginning to smell like another McCain look-a-like
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