Oh, Newt, Newt, Newt . . . how mighty are the fallen; and how far have they fallen.
The architect of the Contact for America; the thorn in the side of the Clinton Administration, and arguably one of the most effective Speakers of the House of Representatives in the history of that institution — doesn’t understand the sea change that has happened with the Tea Parties and the 9-12 Movement over the summer.
Watch him on Greta Van Sustern last night. Clearly he still thinks he has some kind of chance as a Presidential candidate in 2012:
Newt scolded national conservatives for voicing their support for the true conservative in the race Doug Hoffman. He said conservatives are “misinformed” despite the fact that Scozzafava received only a 15% conservative rating in 2008. Newt also attacked conservative candidate Doug Hoffman during the segment saying he lived outside the district.
Newt told Greta that Scozzafava was supported by Republicans in her district. He slammed Hoffman for raising funds outside the district but did not mention that Scozzafava received $200,000-300,000 from the NRCC.
Newt needs to back off.
Obviously, this is going to get uglier before it gets better. Newt still thinks the Republican Party is the Party of thee “Big Tent,” apparently unaware that the Conservatives are fleeing the backroom deals and gentleman’s agreements of both parties for real Conservatives.
Apparently he’s also unaware that anyone who disagrees with Scozzafava gets the cops called on them. Other pundits have been less charitable:
“Newt’s hurt himself a little bit,” said David Keene, the chairman of the American Conservative Union and a pol with experience in intra-Republican squabbles that dates back to the Ronald Reagan-Gerald Ford primary battle of 1976. “It’s obviously not fatal, but if you go with the establishment all of the time, people assume that you’re part of the establishment. And that’s not a good place to be.”
Craig Shirley, a longtime Republican strategist who is working on Hoffman’s media outreach, called Gingrich a “friend” and would not disparage his decision. But he warned that “conservatives are going to point the finger at the NRCC and the Republican establishment for running hundreds of thousands of dollars on ads attacking Doug Hoffman.”
“Newt for 2012?” wrote Michelle Malkin. “No thanks… constantly invoking Reagan isn’t going to erase the damage Gingrich has done to his brand over the years by wavering on core issues and teaming up with some of the Left’s biggest clowns.” Washington Times editorial writer Quin Hillyer wrote that Gingrich was “choking and sputtering” and had “lost touch with the concerns of the people he should be listening to.” Robert Stacy McCain, a conservative journalist whose occasional collaborator Lynn Vincent helped write Sarah Palin’s memoirs, labeled the former speaker “an unprincipled partisan hack.”
Yeesh! Harsh as that seem, you have to wonder why Newt is backing the obviously wrong horse in this fight. Scozzafava’s been so left you can almost see her coming back around the other side.
Honestly, I can’t see Newt recovering from this immense faux pas. Perhaps before last night he had a glimmer of a chance . . .