My preference is not to write about politics per se. I’m more intrigued by the ebbs and flows of the powers that propel differing perspectives and ideas that in turn become the obstacles on political battlefields. I don’t give a damn about who’s running for office — they’re all just different sides of the same stained coin anyway — but it’s fascinating to see how the argument over (e.g.) federalism gets framed by people who urge the Federal government to butt out of states’ sovereignty when it comes to civil rights like gay marriage and illegal immigrants, but urge a Federal statute for carrying guns and declaring that birth begins at masturbation. (I may have that last one wrong.) How “income inequality” becomes “class warfare” or “socialism.” Etc.
I love exposed hypocrisy, and the more sanctimonious the hypocrite, the funnier it is. Which brings us to the Newt and his omnipresent puss here in Florid-duh where the ‘Pub primary concludes next Tuesday.
The so-called ‘Pub establishment has sounded the alarm. Make that, “pressed the panic button.” Among the high and mighty who have trashed him highly and mightily are Elliot Abrams (National Review), Man Coulter, Mathilde Drudge, and Tom DeLay. Here’s a tidy little summary. Here’s Lefty Bob Dole. There’s plenty more all over the place.
They’re truly worried, and it’s richly rewarding, because they stood silently by for the last 4 years as their own party operatives kept lowering the bar, cheapening the dialog, dumbing down the arguments, and debasing the debate. They handed the reins over to the Evangelicals and Teabaggers who drove the party apparatus so far off the trail they can’t find their way back. The Kenyan Muslim Socialist wants to ban Christmas, take away your guns, declare Sharia Law, raise your taxes, and pee in the punch bowl, while the elite liberal Jewish media protect him by refusing to expose his evil deeds — and holy shit, did you notice that he’s Black?
Where was the collective STFU from Abrams/Coulter/Dole/Drudge/Delay? Not until Newty made typically ignorant, off-the-mark generalizations about Mittens and Bain Capital, actually criticizing the holy free market, do they finally climb on their hind legs to denounce what they themselves, through their tacit approval, hath wrought.
Great stuff. It worked so well for a while — look at the 2010 elections! But now it’s all out of hand and they’re scrambling for cover. Like warty witches boiling foul weeds and stinking carrion in an iron pot, their spell reversed their own fortune — they turned something shiny into a lowly Newt. Now they’re in un-do mode.
This is just wonderful to behold, and so close to home it’s downright delicious.
My predictions are almost always wrong, but I make them anyway:
- Mittens will prevail in Florida, but Newty will show a strong second, and he’ll keep on rolling.
- Santorum will drop out and back Mittens — yes, there’s a good deal in it for him — while Ryan, with nothing to lose, keeps on truckin’.
- Newty might actually take another contest or two, like Arizona, but he’s on his way out…..and watching him crash and burn will be more spiritually rewarding than seeing Jesus Tebow and the Denver Broncos lose.
Oh, and the Giants will beat the Patriots again. But more on that later.