Archive for January, 2012


Why Newt Connects

January 22, 2012

In discussing the Thursday evening debate – specifically the “open marriage” question posed to Newt Gingrich by CNN’s John King, Steve Benen observes:

Over the course of just three minutes, we learned exactly why Gingrich is a competitive presidential candidate: he understands the Republican id perfectly.

Never mind that Newt has terrible favorable/unfavorable poll ratings among the wider universe of voters:  28.5%/58.6%, or a net MINUS 30%.  Never mind that polls show Romney more likely to defeat Obama in November.  Newt did best in South Carolina last night even among voters who said that ability to defeat Barack Obama was the most important factor in choice of a candidate.

That “Republican id” really just wants someone who will get in Obama’s face and talk nasty to him.  Chalk it up to Obama Derangement Syndrome.

Good news for Democrats!


Is it bigotry?

January 22, 2012

Most of us would agree that it’s bigoted to vote against someone because his religious faith is different from yours.

Then we read that the Mitt Romney campaign is busing in Mormon students from the DC area to work in his South Carolina campaign.

What’s the flip side of bigotry?  Was it bigotry for Catholics to support JFK in 1960 – BECAUSE he was Catholic?

Was it bigotry for blacks to support Obama – BECAUSE he is black?  (It’s hard to tell if that actually happened.  Blacks always seem to vote Democratic by 90%+ margins.)

If it’s bigotry to say “I won’t vote for the Mormon,” is it bigotry to work in someone’s campaign BECAUSE you and he belong to the same church?

– Graychin