Wednesday, January 04, 2012

"Live by the Newt, die by the Newt"

The title of this post is a paraphrase of a statement from David Corn--"live by the Newt, perish by the Newt." Corn has a new piece at Mother Jones called "Newt the Destroyer":
Newt Gingrich has finally reached his destiny: destroyer of the GOP.

In a bitter and spiteful concession speech last night in Iowa—Kanye West could do no worse—the former House speaker, who finished fourth, signaled a shift in his mission. He would no longer be running to obtain the Republican presidential nomination; he would be campaigning to obliterate Mitt Romney. He would be Sherman; the former Massachusetts governor would be Georgia.
Newt Gingrich was in large part responsible for introducing the kind of slash and burn politics of personal destruction that the GOP has so completely embraced since 1992. It is something like poetic justice then that Newt should be the first prominent victim of the Citizens United decision that made it possible for a group of wealthy Romney backers to anonymously cut the legs out from under Gingrich's campaign just as it seemed he had a chance. It is likewise poetic justice that Gingrich seems poised to turn all his practiced nastiness against the de facto GOP presidential nominee, Mitt Romney. Romney's nomination is all but assured, but Gingrich won't go quietly. He'll wreck Romney's campaign on the way out if he can.

Read "Newt the Destroyer" at Mother Jones.

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