Oh, did I miss another one? Darn.
From what I can glean from the overnight instant analysis, Mitt Romney kept his cool, Newt Gingrich didn’t land any big roundhouses, Rick Santorum made enough noise to remind everyone that he’s still around, and Ron Paul was Ron Paul. The vote is on Tuesday. Oh boy oh boy I can’t wait.
Apparently the prospect that Newt Gingrich could be the GOP nominee has enough people in the Establishment so freaked out that they are hauling out anyone they can find to talk trash about him before it’s too late. They even got Bob Dole to chime in on the bleak future of the party if Mr. Gingrich is the nominee. The statement, put out by the Romney campaign, also reaches back to 1996 when Mr. Dole was running for president and the Democrats were able to successfully marry Mr. Gingrich’s bomb-throwing in the House to Mr. Dole’s leadership in the Senate, and thereby costing him the election against Bill Clinton.
He was very unpopular and I am not only certain that this did not help me, but that it also cost House seats that year. Newt would show up at the campaign headquarters with an empty bucket in his hand — that was a symbol of some sort for him — and I never did know what he was doing or why he was doing it, and I’m not certain he knew either.
Not to be outdone, there’s pushback from the Newt-backers such as Michael Reagan and Rush Limbaugh — pompous asses go for solidarity, I guess — so even though the debate last night might have sealed the deal for Mitt Romney here and the Inevitability Express rolls on, the battle isn’t over yet.