Newt Gingrich has had a brutal week since announcing his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination: supporting the individual health-insurance mandate on Meet the Press, then denying that’s what he meant and vowing to repeal Obamacare, with its onerous individual mandate; attacking the House GOP budget proposal that changes Medicare as “right-wing social engineering;” enduring the revelation in Politico that he owed up to $500,000 to Tiffany’s on a revolving account. (That’s a lot of bling, Mr. Speaker.)
An Iowa voter marched up to Gingrich in a Dubuque hotel lobby and suggested he “get out before you embarrass yourself further.” There was plenty more, but hey, blog posts are not supposed to go on forever.
None of it was Newt’s fault, however. The running dogs of the media ate his homework.
Rick Tyler, Gingrich’s spokesman fired off a classic rant against the media and political elite in an email to the Huffington Post. It makes Spiro T. Agnew’s famous “nattering nabobs of negativism” look and sound lame.
“The literati sent out their minions to do their bidding,” Tyler wrote. “Washington cannot tolerate threats from outsiders who might disrupt their comfortable world. The firefight started when the cowardly sensed weakness. They fired timidly at first, then the sheep not wanting to be dropped from the establishment’s cocktail party invite list unloaded their entire clip, firing without aim their distortions and falsehoods. Now they are left exposed by their bylines and handles. But surely they had killed him off. That is the way it always worked. A lesser person could not have survived the first few minutes of the onslaught. But out of the billowing smoke of tweets and trivia emerged Gingrich, once again ready to lead those who won’t be intimidated by the political elite and are ready to take on the challenges America faces.”
OK, calling the former speaker of the House an outsider is a bit ludicrous, but we “sheep” in the media have been ripping him and probably isn’t any fun. After a few boneheaded moves during his rollout many pundits are already saying that Newt for President is over. Really? The week fits the bigger narrative about Gingrich – that he’s an undisciplined communicator and gaffe machine – but maybe he should get more than a few days to make his case.