Newt Gingrich won the South Carolina primary last night, despite competitor Mitt Romney having been ahead in the polls for the past few weeks up until Texas Governor Rick Perry dropped out of the race and Gingrich’s numbers in the state soared. Romney won the same percentage of the vote (27%) that polls showed him having two weeks ago when he led 27/24 over Rick Santorum.
The Republican party could have wrapped up their nomination process and voted for their best candidate in the field, Mitt Romney, but decided to be stupid about it and give Gingrich a reason to keep campaigning hard and dragging this thing out longer than it needs to be.
Hugh Hewitt on the results:
“We’re ready to take out some of the balloons we’ve been storing,” is how Democratic strategist Donna Brazile greeted the idea that Newt would win by a significant margin in South Carolina, an hour before the polls closed and Newt was indeed declared the winner. She was echoing James Carville, who said much the same thing. So what is it that makes these two lefties happy about Newt’s win?
They think they know that tonight’s result means one of two things — Newt as the GOP nominee, which they pray for, or a battered and bloodied Mitt Romney as the president’s opponent, which they will settle for.
Newt is good at delivering speeches and one liners, but is otherwise has a hit and miss record and is a bit of an embarrassment. Don’t we already have a president with that exact resume?
I dont even wanna think about having to choose between Newt Gingrich and Barack Obama until i absolutely must. On the issues, he is supportable but just has sOooOo much BAGGAGE, is sooOOOo douchey in so many ways and theres no reason for it.
Theres an alternative named Romney and he’s squeaky freaky clean, just as good a public speaker and debater, has just as good small government/tax/lower regulation plans and ideas and NONE of the Newt-Negatives. Newt would be a great cabinet appointment in the Romney administration but the dudes not electable and his wife – whom im sure is very nice and i wish them lots of happiness (big-ups to my boy for marrying a blonde thats the same age as his daughter) – is just too awkward and coo-coo-bananas looking to be our first lady, especially compared with the picturesque perfection that is Obama’s family.
People dont vote on ideas, they vote on style, appearance, deliverability, reliability and then ask themselves “does this person scare the shit out of me or not?” and if the answer is “less than the other guy” then they vote for them.
Romney is the only one who can win that fight against Obama.
“Apparently, South Carolinians would rather have the emotional satisfaction of a snotty remark toward the president than to beat Obama in the fall,” Coulter, the author of “Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America,” said. “We saw it in the debates when Gingrich would say things that didn’t really make sense. That is what you usually associate with Democrats, which I described in my last book, ‘Demonic,’ how mobs behave.”
Some of what Gingrich has said might appear to make sense, she said, but should be analyzed more closely.
“Something that sounds like it makes sense like, ‘Mitt Romney doesn’t have influence over his super PAC — that makes you wonder if he’ll have influence as president,’” she continued. “How many times does Mitt Romney have to say it is illegal for a candidate to have influence on the super PAC. It is not, interestingly, though, for a president to have influence. So it makes no sense if you think about it for all of three seconds, but it sounds like it makes sense. It is just like what you get from liberals most of the time and the cheers and yahoos, and that is what we kept getting from this audience.”