Now that the Manchester Union Leader, the biggest newspaper in New Hampshire, has endorsed Newt Gingrich, you have to wonder how many different ways can the Republican base tell Mitt Romney they really don’t like him?
I think it’s safe to say that the only way that Newt Gingrich will ever sit in the Oval Office is if he takes the deluxe tour of the West Wing, but even so, it’s got to be a slap to Mr. Romney, who at one point actually lived next door to New Hampshire, can’t get a nod from this bastion of Yankee conservatism.
The Union Leader is nothing if not consistent in endorsing outlier Republicans candidates. Their record includes endorsements of Pat Buchanan (1992 and 1996) and Steve Forbes (2000), so among a field of nothing but outliers, the only surprise is that they went for Mr. Gingrich instead of someone more along the lines of their hard-core beliefs, like Michele Bachmann.
But in a way, you have to have a little sympathy for poor Mr. Romney, who by now must be wondering, “Who do I have to f**k in this town to be loved?”