CHICAGO, January 23, 2012— Newt Gingrich is the Dark Lord of politics. He is purposely campaigning in a provocative, irreverent, spiteful, and offensive manner.
He is pushing the envelope of decency in his “evil” campaign against his GOP competitors and President Obama.
Listening to him speak one has to wonder if he is insane, entertaining, or performing political stand-up comedy. One thing is for sure. Newt Gingrich is dangerous. Newt Gingrich’s life’s purpose is the quest for absolute power. In the present tense, he seeks the restoration of the power he lost.
Whenever he waddles on stage anger envelopes him like a black aura. Newt Gingrich has the singular ability to replace optimism with the ugly shadow of cold cruel hatred and pessimism.
He is the personification of the Dark Lord, Sauron.
“One Newt to rule them all, One Newt to find them,
One Newt to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Hatred where the Shadows lie.”
Only the simple minded could cheer for such an odious character.
Newt Gingrich has a grandiose delusion that he will be the next President of the United States. Which is why the Democratic Party is treating him like a lightweight. The real threat to President Obama is Mitt Romney.
DNC Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is working night and day to derail Mitt Romney. She would sell her soul to help Newt Gingrich get the GOP nomination.
There is one thing Democrats do really well, better than Republicans. They can count votes, all votes, not just their own. This time out, the president does not only have to win, he needs a landslide. That is the only way he, and his party, can claim an ironclad mandate for their policies.
If the GOP loses and the margin is slim, President Obama loses too.
The president needs to win, at the very least, in the high 50% range. No landslide and he is a lame sitting duck. The White House will be relegated to pomp and ceremony. The Democrats will be seeking their next presidential candidate. The two party war of attrition will continue in the legislature.
Gridlock will be business as usual. The people, as the only losers, will suffer.
Newt Gingrich thinks he is the smartest guy in the room. He is so smart he let his own party oust him from his Speaker’s position and force his retirement, even though he was warned about it ahead of time.
Newt Gingrich has been toiling in the reek and filth of the miasmatic backwater political swamp for years, waiting for his chance at revival and redemption. He grew in ego, wealth, and narcissism.
There had to be a lot of exploding heads in high GOP circles when Newt Gingrich threw his over sized hat in the ring.
Gingrich keeps invoking Ronald Reagan as his personal mantra. Ronald Reagan, the happy warrior, would be appalled at the detestable creature Gingrich has evolved into. Reagan would disavow him.
Over the past few years, political rhetoric has become terroristic in nature. Newt Gingrich kicked it up a notch. He turned political rhetoric into a grotesque art form.
One of the cardinal rules of politics is never turn the opposition into a martyr. It guarantees you will lose. Newt’s ugly references to Mitt Romney and the president will backfire miserably. Newt is appealing to the lowest common denominator.
Anyone with a scintilla of intelligence and common sense can see he is just an angry guy who is in search of absolute power. Newt would not govern. He would rule.
There are plenty of legitimate reasons for Democrats and Republicans to be angry at, disappointed in, or disaffected with President Obama. Making him a martyr will backfire. Making the insults personal, even in an oblique manner, is indecent, vicious, and despicable.
There is no reason to show such disdain and hostility. President Obama has not engendered national hatred, except from some well-funded marginal fringe groups. He is not Jimmy Carter, whose own party turned against him.
Newt Gingrich has to convince Republican voters, nationally, in a compelling manner, that he can win against President Obama. He cannot make that case. All the insults and hubris in the world will not make that happen.
Barack Obama convinced Republicans, and even Evangelical Christians, in a compelling manner, that he was better than John McCain. Which is why so many voted for him.
Newt is out of touch with reality. The reality is political arithmetic. Newt Gingrich will drive many Republican voters to the Obama camp again or they will just stay home.
He cannot convert conservative or moderate Democrats to vote for him. Even most of the independents and swing voters are not that stupid.
Elections are about addition. Newt only knows how to subtract.
There is one last thing to consider, Newt Gingrich’s blatant hypocrisy. Newt Gingrich spent decades as a legislator and lobbyist. His considerable wealth is a direct result of his membership in the Washington elite.
Newt Gingrich is part and parcel of the Washington elitism he rails against. He is railing against himself. Newt Gingrich is the ultimate beltway insider.
Newt Gingrich is running the mother of schlock and awful campaigns. Newt will be shocked and awed when he loses the GOP race.
The Republican Party will breath a sigh of relief.
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Peter V. Bella is a retired Chicago Police Officer, freelance writer and photographer, cook, and raconteur. He likes to be the sharp stick that pokes, prods, and annoys. His opinions are his and his alone.
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