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Did Newt Gingrich just swiftboat ‘Massachusetts moderate’ Mitt?

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich makes a campaign stop in Laurens, South Carolina

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Former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, pictured above campaigning in South Carolina, where he decisively was victorious yesterday, now goes on to Florida in his quest to prevent the coronation of “Massachusetts moderate” Mitt Romney as the 2012 Repugnican Tea Party presidential nominee.

My bad — I just now watched the Newt Gingrich ad in which Gingrich states, correctly, of course, that “Massachusetts moderate” Mitt Romney hails from the state that brought us supposedly ultra-liberal Democratic presidential candidates Michael Dukakis and John Kerry. (Of course, it’s not the denotation there that is critical to the ad’s effectiveness, but it’s all of the ad’s connotations.)

The ad was talked about primarily as the ad that nails Mitt for speaking French — just like John Kerry does (the ad features brief clips of both of them speaking French) — but the ad in general likens Romney to Kerry and Dukakis and essentially asks how anyone from Massachusetts can be a real conservative.

The French connection (indeed, the ad is titled “The French Connection”is interesting, however. It serves several purposes, I think: It’s meant to indicate Romney’s supposed otherness and supposed un-Americanness (maybe even treason?) and Romney’s supposed effeteness (the French, after all, are cowardly and weak, no?); and, of course, it’s a great slur steeped in the anti-intellectualism that is so much a part of the American right wing (many if not most of whom cannot speak or write even their mother tongue correctly): He speaks French! Fluently!

It also, of course, speaks of socioeconomic class: John Kerry is rich and John Kerry speaks French. Mitt Romney is rich and Mitt Romney speaks French. They both went to expensive, exclusive Ivy League schools, where they had the luxury of learning French.

This long has been a problem for the Richie Rich wing of the Repugnican Tea Party: How to appeal to the Cooters and Skeeters and Jebs and Jethros — the “tea party” wing of the party whose votes the Richie Riches need in order to win elections — when the Richie Riches are about as far away from rednecks as you’re going to get.

However, up until now, for the most part the Repugnican Tea Party candidates who appeal primarily to the rednecks haven’t openly, publicly assaulted the aristocratic wing of their party, so Newt’s attacks on Romney’s lofty socioeconomic status seem rather novel. (“Kamikaze,” actually, might be the better word for it…)

Apparently Gingrich’s attacks on Romney in the deep red state of South Carolina worked wonders. I mean, Gingrich beat Romney in South Carolina yesterday by double digits, and since 1980, whichever Repugnican presidential primary candidate who won South Carolina also went on to win the party’s presidential nomination.

And if Gingrich wins again in Florida on January 31, it could be all over for Romney. It doesn’t matter how well Romney has been polling in the upcoming primary states as of late; if he widely is perceived as a losing candidate after having lost South Carolina and Florida, it could start a rapid domino effect that will make his previous support in those upcoming states evaporate rapidly — just as it did in South Carolina.

Romney, we know now, didn’t actually win the Iowa caucuses; the state’s Repugnican Tea Party now says that Rick Santorum won, and, as The Christian Science monitor notes, Santorum having won Iowa, Romney having won New Hampshire and Gingrich having won South Carolina “is the first time in modern GOP primary history that three different candidates won those three states.”

This indicates a Repugnican Tea Party that still is in serious disarray and that might not be sorted out for weeks to come. And if Mitt does manage to make it out of primary season alive, he might be so badly damaged that his chances of beating President Barack Obama in November are greatly diminished — and, ironically, all along Romney has polled better against Obama than have any of his primary season competitors.

We know what we would get with a President Gingrich, I think. One of Big Brother’s main slogans was:

WAR IS PEACE

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

Possessing intellect — such as knowing a foreign language — is a weakness, you see, among those who can barely speak their own native English (a.k.a. Newt’s base). And the only way to be “safe” from “terrorism” and other “evil” is to have perpetual warfare against the “evildoers,” which a chickenhawkish President Gingrich no doubt would embrace, just as chickenhawk George W. Bush did. And don’t even get me started on the topic of freedom (freedom, oh, freedom — that’s just some people talkin’…).

President Thomas Jefferson apparently could speak Latin, Greek, French, Italian and Spanish on top of English. “President” George W. Bush barely fucking could speak English. That’s how “far” we Americans have come.

And now, we have in Newt Gingrich a man who essentially would represent a third (and maybe a fourth) term by George W. Bush.

I mean, it’s no accident that upon his recent departure from the race, Texas Gov. Rick Perry — who also had wanted to continue the policies and practices of the unelected Bush regime — endorsed Newt Gingrich.

P.S. For all of the undeserved shit that First Lady Michelle Obama gets from the wingnuts, I find Gingrich’s current wife, Callista (pictured below in South Carolina last week), to be (like Newt) a fucking skank ho. I mean, when she was his aide she apparently had an affair with Newt for six years while he was still married to his second wife (with whom he’d been having an affair while he still was married to his first wife).

Gingrich had a six year affair with Callista Bisek -- now Callista Gingrich -- before divorcing his second wife

AFP (that’s French) photo

That, and the creepy Callista Gingrich looks just like the femme fatale (there’s some more French!) in Tim Burton’s “Mars Attacks!”:

Careful! She bites

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Generic, but no actual, Repugnican beats Obama in the polls

It’s interesting: A majority of those Americans polled recently say that President Hopey-Changey doesn’t deserve a second term (he doesn’t), but when Barack Obama is pitted against the Repugnican Tea Party front runners — when the choice is made much more real — suddenly a second Obama term apparently doesn’t seem so bad after all.

An Associated Press-GfK nationwide poll taken December 8 through December 12, for instance, found that 52 percent believe that Obama should be voted out of office in November 2012, while only 43 percent believe that he should be re-elected.

The same poll, however, found that only 42 percent would vote for Newt Gingrich, while 51 percent would vote for Obama over Gingrich. The same poll found that Obama barely would beat Mitt Romney, 47 percent to 46 percent.

A Reuters/Ipsos nationwide poll also taken December 8 through December 12 similarly found that Obama would beat Gingrich, 51 percent to 38 percent, and that Obama would beat Romney, 48 percent to 40 percent.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal nationwide poll taken December 7 through December 11 found that 45 percent said they probably will vote for the Repugnican Tea Party presidential candidate in November 2012, while only 43 percent said they probably would vote for Obama.

Yet in the same poll, Gingrich garnered only 40 percent to Obama’s 51 percent, and Obama beat Romney by a hair, 47 percent to 45 percent. (Also in that poll, Obama soundly beat Ron Paul, 50 percent to 37 percent).

A USA Today/Gallup nationwide poll taken December 6 and 7 had similar findings: Obama barely beat Romney, 47 percent to 46 percent, and beat Gingrich definitively, 50 percent to 44 percent.

Yet a CBS News nationwide poll taken December 5 through December 7 found that 54 percent believe that Obama should not be re-elected, while only 41 percent believe that he should be.

What gives?

Well, for one thing, it’s incorrect to assume that only those who lean to the right believe that Obama shouldn’t be re-elected. I’m a foaming-at-the-mouth leftist, but if a pollster were to ask me whether President Hopey-Changey deserves a second term, my answer would be Oh, hell no. (The Wall-Street-coddling, war-mongering, Constitution-violating Barack Obama is a “socialist”? I wish!)

Obama & Co. have alienated the “professional,” “sanctimonious” left, very apparently craving the votes of the “swing voters” more than the votes of the actual left. Of course, give the “swing voters” the choice between an actual Repugnican and a Democrat who acts like a Repugnican (President Hopey-Changey, for instance, can’t sing the right wing’s icon Ronald Reagan’s praises enough), and they will vote for the actual Repugnican, but in November 2012 we will find out how smart Team Obama’s strategy of shitting and pissing all over its base has been.

It seems clear that Mitt Romney has the best chance of unseating Obama, but it remains to be seen whether the Repugnican Tea Party voters will focus on ideological purity or on general-election electability in their primaries and caucuses that are to begin shortly.

I remember the fight for the 2004 Democratic Party presidential nomination: Those who focused on ideological purity supported Howard Dean, while those who focused on electability (like I did) supported John Kerry (who, in my estimation, still did better against George W. Bush than Dean would have; I love ideological purity, but to me at the time, preventing a second disastrous term of the treasonous, unelected BushCheneyCorp was more important than was ideological purity).

We’ll see whether the Repugnican Tea Party set will choose their Howard Dean or their John Kerry, so to speak. If they choose Gingrich (or even Ron Paul), then Obama’s re-election is fairly assured.

If they wisely choose Romney, however (I say “wisely” because the point of elections is to win them, not because I have any love for Romney [I’d never vote for an active Mormon for any office, since they’re all theocrats who answer to the cabal of evil old white men in Salt Lake City]), then, the polls indicate, it will be a close presidential race.

And Team Obama might just find out that its strategy of believing that those of us on the left have nowhere else to go was fucking suicidal, because, it seems to me, if we leftists withhold our support of Obama, as I am doing (I’m not giving him my vote or a fucking penny), Mitt Romney just might win in November 2012.

If a Romney victory means finally teaching the smug Democratic Party establishment sellouts once and for all that no, they cannot shit and piss upon their fucking base without repercussions, then perhaps it would be worth it.*

*Not that I’m holding my breath, of course. Instead of focusing on what an awful, uninspiring, milquetoast presidential campaign Al Gore ran in 2000 — he didn’t even win his home state, for fuck’s sake — the Democratic Party hacks instead blamed (still blame) Green Party candidate Ralph Nader.

History has demonstrated that the pseudo-progressive hacks who call themselves Democrats don’t learn, but only blame actual progressives for their own miserable electoral failures.

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The fairy dust WORKED!

So on the heels of a young gay man having beglittered Repugnican Tea Party presidential aspirant Newt Gingrich at a book signing in Minneapolis earlier this week, advising Gingrich to “feel the rainbow” and to “stop the hate” (see video grab above), the latest Gingrich campaign-stop snafu that they’re reporting is that Gingrich’s cell phone went off in the middle of a campaign pitch in Iowa — and that the ring tone was Abba’s “Dancing Queen.”

That’s gay enough, but Gingrich’s response to the ringing cell phone is even gayer:

“I love that sequence. The energy. The excitement,” he said of the ring tone, which was taken from the musical “Mamma Mia.”

Showtunes. Abba. “Dancing Queen.” “Mamma Mia.”

Yup. Just toe-tappin’ good fun…

Gingrich vows to plod ahead*, which makes me happy, because with campaign stories like this, it would be a crying shame for him to give up now.

*Gingrich, who is widely known for his Donald Trump-like low-self esteem, recently described his current presidential campaign as “something that happens once or twice in a century, a genuine grassroots campaign of very big ideas,” adding that he “[expects] it to take a while for it to sink in” for us mere mortals as to how momentous his current presidential campaign is.

Of his turbulent campaign startup, he helpfully, humbly explained, “Ronald Reagan’s opening week in the 1980 campaign was filled with bumps. It happens if you’re the candidate of ideas.”

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Newt has been Trumped

Even a casual political observer can see that it’s already over for Repugnican Tea Party presidential aspirant Newt Gingrich, who seems to have flamed out about as quickly as did Donald Trump (whose presidential aspirations, I’m guessing, never were serious).

The only question now is when Gingrich will acknowledge that it’s all over.

In one week, Gingrich has been skewered for having criticized Repugnican Tea Party U.S. Rep. Paul Pretty Boy Ryan’s plan to destroy Medicare — after all, Eddie Munster cum J.C. Penney catalog model Ryan is being groomed to be the party’s next Ronald Reagan (although there sure seems to be an awful lot of Next Ronald Reagans…) — and Gingrich was even the victim of a public attack with fairy dust.

Gingrich has been raked over the coals for having told the truth about Ryan’s plan to destroy Medicare. Gingrich, on Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” called Ryan’s plan “radical” “right-wing social engineering.”

How you back away from such a strong statement as that I don’t know, but the Repugnicans now are reporting that Ryan and Gingrich have kissed and made up, no hard feelings, blah blah blah.

While Gingrich has been lambasted for not having marched in lockstep with the Repugnican Tea Party, even Paul Ryan seems to recognize that he’s politically toxic, as he decided earlier this week not to run for a U.S. Senate seat in his home state of Wisconsin that because of a retirement is up for grabs in November 2012. (I had wanted to see a showdown for the Senate seat between Ryan and fairly progressive Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold, but alas, that is not to be…)

Yesterday, Gingrich was “attacked” during a book signing in Minneapolis by a young man who proclaimed, “Stop the hate!” and sprinkled him with glitter:

In this image taken from video, a protester dumps ...

Associated Press photo

(I’m, um, guessing that the young man is gay and that he was making a statement about Gingrich’s homophobia. To the young man I say: You go, girl!)

I have a feeling that if he keeps campaigning, Gingrich is going to be embarrassed like this frequently.

However, I wouldn’t be surprised if Gingrich keeps on going. In polls taken over the past month, Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump occupied the top four slots of Repugnican Tea Party presidential favorites, so with the two of them having dropped out* within the past week, this pretty much leaves Gingrich’s toughest competitors Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin, and Palin hasn’t announced that she’s running.

But Gingrich has not only the present, but has contemporary American history, against him. Since Dwight D. Eisenhower, no U.S. president has not been at least the governor of a state, a U.S. senator or U.S. vice president before moving on to the Oval Office. (Take that, Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul!)

While Mitt Romney isn’t widely loved among the Repugnican Tea Party, I still expect him to emerge as the 2012 Repugnican Tea Party presidential nominee.

Increasingly, it seems, no one else wants that job.

P.S. I finally watched the video of Gingrich’s beglittering, and yes, it was a harmless protest against Gingrich’s history of homophobia.

“Nice to live in a free country,” Gingrich remarks falsely as he brushes away a shitload of glitter from the table on which he’s been signing copies of his book after the protester has been escorted away.

Why is it when wingnuts make statements like that, that they just love freedom, especially their opponents’ freedom, they’re just not believable?

*A wingnut recently left a comment stating that I’m ignorant for having stated that Barack Obama’s having ordered the assassination of Osama bin Laden was meant to boost Obama’s political standing, but not long after bin Laden’s assassination, both Huckabee and Trump bailed out, so, it seems to me, yes, bin Laden’s killing certainly coincided at least with the period of time in which Repugnican Tea Party candidates need to be deciding whether or not they’re going to run against Obama.

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