Friday, June 10, 2011

All Her Fault

In the aftermath of the Gingrich campaign fizzle, the meme that is emerging on the right to explain it is that it was his wife’s fault.

The euphemism offered by departing staffers was they disagreed with Gingrich’s “strategy” for the campaign. Indeed, they did disagree. But it was a strategy – a part-time campaign, in effect – that Gingrich’s wife favored.


The last straw for the campaign staff was Gingrich’s decision to go on a two-week cruise in the Mediterranean, from which he returned on Tuesday. His advisers urged him not to go and take so much time from a campaign that was already in trouble. But his wife wanted him to go and she won the argument.

Yeah, that’s right; it’s all her fault. It had nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that Mr. Gingrich himself is a pompous, arrogant blowhard with an impressive talent for saying exactly the wrong thing at the wrong time and, best of all, compounding his gaffes by doubling down on them. The Republicans already have that bit covered with Sarah Palin and her historical re-writes, and besides, Mr. Gingrich uses big words like “Kenyan anti-colonialism.” It’s a lot easier for Fred Barnes to explain to the folks at Fox that it’s all the little woman’s fault.

Well, I guess if Mr. Gingrich wants to make a comeback, the solution is pretty simple: get another wife. It’s not like he hasn’t done that before.