Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Republicans' Circular Firing Squad

Fred Barnes at the Weekly Standard believes that Gingrich and Perry have handed a pile of ammunition to Obama and the Democrats with their self-destructive Bain Capital propaganda. Barnes writes:
Republicans have reason to worry. Thanks to Gingrich and company, Democrats have been handed a gift that’s likely to keep on giving all year. Their attacks on Romney as a ruthless, uncaring businessman play into Obama’s reelection theme that the rich are the source of America’s economic trouble. Perry calls Romney a “vulture capitalist,” a tag certain to stick in the minds of voters.
Newt Gingrich had a bad reputation as a hot-head going into this campaign, and he has forever cemented himself to that reputation.  One of the key tactics in Saul Alinksy's "Rule for Radicals" is to goad your enemy into irrational anger wherein he becomes self-destructive, thereby losing credibility and support.  Apparently, Romney did that (probably unintentionally) in his negative ads about Newt.  Newt couldn't contain his anger and reacted in a very public, very self-destructive manner.  In the process, he has revealed himself as a pariah to the conservative movement and, in my opinion, should never again be considered a serious candidate for public office.

36 comments:

RSS Ronald Reagan said...

I just hope enough conservatives will swap over to Santorum ahead of the SC vote (and thereafter) to keep Romney from getting the nomination. At this point, it seems to me that Santorum has become not only the most Reaganesque, but the most electable of the the remaining candidates.

Stogie said...

RSS, I agree completely. A Santorum nomination would be outrageously good fortune for conservatives. If that happens, then we can thank Gingrich for sinking both himself and Rino Romney.

Always On Watch said...

IMO, the GOP is going to put Romney at the top of the ticket because it's Romney's "turn." Ugh.

Stogie said...

AOW, I think it is a certainty that Romney will be the nominee.

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