Returning home yesterday, I didn’t have much time to chime in on the events of the day–and it was quite an eventful day, with the president’s chief of staff stepping down and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich melting down.
It might take a man with Dr. Jung’s insight to explain just why the candidate has been lashing out so vehemently against one of his competitors for the Republican nomination. And he may, in attacking former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s record at Bain, have completely marginalized himself within his party. “In less than a day,” Jennifer Rubin observes
. . . the Newt Gingrich attack on capitalism has failed miserably to elevate Gingrich or to make Mitt Romney a less-desirable nominee. The reaction is nearly uniform.
Rush Limbaugh, the uber-Romney critic, pronounced himself “uncomfortable” with Gingrich using the rhetoric of the left. Politicoreports that Gingrich managed to rally the conservative blogosphere — around Romney. “Conservative bloggers who are often critical of Mitt Romney were rallying to his aid Monday, arguing that criticisms of his time at Bain Capital are ineffective and out-of-bounds for those who value the free market.”
His attacks seem to resemble a scorched earth strategy rather than an attempt to engage his rivals in a serious debate:
A longtime GOP campaign operative and Romney supporter told me, “Newt’s just dynamiting bridges behind him on the way out of town now. The entire party from top to bottom sees it. Everyone knew he was volatile, but using a Michael Moore hit-job on capitalism just confirmed it.”
One wonders if he’ll show any class tonight in his concession speech. Or continue to stew in his sour grapes.
Now, here’s the real question for consideration. Newt Gingrich first ran for Congress the year Richard Nixon resigned. He has experienced first-hand negative campaigning. Did he assume he would be immune in the current contest?
Given his baggage about which conservative bloggers and pundits have been talking for years now, why wasn’t he prepared for negative ads?