Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Primary Day

Oh, yes, they’re still holding Republican primaries. Alas, gone are the days of Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann; all we’re left with is Mitt Romney and… wow, Newt Gingrich is still at it.

Newt Gingrich has got a new hope: the tiny but dangerous state of Delaware.

With Mitt Romney and the national press corps now focused on the general election, Gingrich is hoping to become the Christine O’Donnell of the 2012 race — rallying the state’s conservatives to pull off an upset victory over the more moderate candidate who never saw it coming.

While Romney has ignored it, Gingrich has spent most of his time recently in Delaware, a state with only 17 delegates that will be awarded on a winner-take-all basis in Tuesday night’s primary races, which also include Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York.

The comparison to Ms. O’Donnell is apt; she dabbled in witchcraft, and someone got turned into a Newt. [Rimshot] Except MSNBC is reporting that Mr. Gingrich is dropping hints that he’ll drop out of the race this week. Who knows? Or, more importantly, who gives a rat’s ass? Either way, it won’t change the inevitable, and the GOP is now basically stuck with Mitt Romney. I will give them props for at least going through the motions: “Hey, yeah, we’re all behind him, yip yah, whatever….”

Oh, speaking of dropouts, remember when Jon Huntsman was running for the GOP nomination and he was considered to be the adult in the room? Yeah, those were the days. Well, over the weekend in an interview at the 92nd Street Y in New York he said some not-nice things about the Republican Party, at one point comparing their lock-step mindset to Chinese politics. Somehow that leaked out — I know, I’m shocked, too — and so he had to go into full “I was taken out of context” and “Where is the responsible media?” mode on Morning Joe, as if it was all their fault that he actually was quoted.

Going rogue ain’t what it used to be.