Just a few days ago he was the man. He would cruise into South Carolina giving him two wins in row, show over, by summer with would be him and old man Paul.
Newt was done, the man has more baggage than most small airports. The Republican hierarchy wasn’t pleased with his Bain attacks on Romney. THEN, the second wife put him on blast for world to see. Infidelity, Open Marriage, that wouldn’t resonate with ultra conservative South Carolina. Romney was a shoo in….
But, Newt-good old hound dog Newt-who stripped off his nice Sears persona after Iowa, and returned to the I’ll chew you up if you get near my bone. The Newt, some of us have grown to love. Screw everybody, I’m gonna get nasty! I don’t care who likes it!
Mitt Romney, is camera ready. Thin,fit, hair gelled into place. Newt Gingrich, isn’t, he stands with a meanness that says, I hate being on a this frigging diet! Mitt, is the polished ,he missteps from time to time but his persona is so cool that no one barely notices.
Watching the two to them is like watching Barbara Walters and Joan Rivers. It’s just a matter of time-and it won’t be long. And as much Joan makes you cringe, you find yourself cheering for her frankness. From the moment Newt said”“I realize the red light doesn’t mean anything to you because you’re the frontrunner,” he said. “Can we drop a little bit of the pious baloney…” Political pundits across the nation stood up and said Newt’s back!
With his second’s wife’s interview on Nightline, a day before the South Carolina debate. One might think Newt was out for the count,
Newt, should buy CNN’s John King flowers and chocolates.
The first question at the CNN sponsored debate: John King asked Gingrich a controversial question about an interview ABC conducted with his ex-wife Marianne in which she said the former Speaker wanted an “open marriage.” Gingrich then attacked King, calling his second wife’s claim “trash” and saying he was “appalled” that King would open a presidential debate with such a question. His response was followed by a thunderous applause from the audience!
Another smooth move by Gingrich was having is tax returns available hours before the debate.
Within hours, Romney once double-digit lead over Gingrich began slipping.
On Wednesday, there was confusion out of Iowa, the state where Romney beat Jon Santorum by 8 votes. It seems eight precincts never turned in certified results. Iowa GOP State Chairman Matt Strawn said in a statement Thursday that the party could not declare a win.
Two central committee members said the group held a conference call Friday night to discuss the “confusion” about the results of the caucuses and directed Strawn to issue a statement making it clear that the party considered Santorum the winner. A winner by 34 votes
On Saturday, Newt Gingrich who once trailed Mitt Romney as much as 14 points in South Carolina, won the winner take all primary by 13 points.
The former heir apparent, who rarely mentioned his opponents, was clearly angry Saturday, however, he still played nice and didn’t directly mention Newt’s name.
It’s been a shockingly bad week for Mitt Romney. With Huntsman and Perry out. Last Tuesday, it was clearly his game, he’d won Iowa, and New Hampshire, he was going to cruise in and out of South Carolina and after Florida it would come down to himself and Ron Paul.
As it stand today it Advantage, Newt.
It’s either luck or brilliance, Newt has painted Romney into a corner. In the following days, we will see tax returns from Paul and Santorum. Newt will continue to talk about Bain, he will also suggest Romney has something to hide by not disclosing his tax returns.
Romney the business man who has created over a hundred thousand jobs may have something to hide. We know he paid 15% vs Gengrich 31% in taxes. The BIG questions is how will voters react when he opens his books? During at time when americans are angry at big business What if he Invested in American corporations with large operations on foreign soil employing non americans workers? As a millionaire, his money could be invested in many tax havens,shelters foreign banks that may place him squarely in the elitist corner, Newt is attempting to place him in. This could well be the illegal nanny for Mitt, and lend suspicion to the man who say he’s the one who can generate jobs.
The other challenge for Romney, is with Newt’s momentum, can he afford to continue to take the high road. Will he use the PAC’s again to generate mud? And should he get in the pen with Newt, the mud would certainly help Santorum and Paul, who is beginning to look like the elder statesman.
For Politicos the next fess days could be the playoffs……