Sunday, November 27, 2011

Rooting for Newt

It's highly unlikely Newt Gingrich will win the GOP nomination. But if by some miracle he did and faced President Obama in the general election, Obama would win in a landslide. Hence my support for Newt. (C'mon dude, make my day.) Crushing Newt on Election Day 2012 would also benefit the party that once played the honorable role as the loyal opposition. Andrew Sullivan sums it up: "The silver lining is surely that a Gingrich candidacy would put out there in clear and uncompromising terms the reality of today's Jacobin GOP. If a Gingrich candidacy were to give us an Obama landslide re-election, it would underline the death-throes of a "conservatism" reeling since the collapse of the Rove project under Bush and Cheney. It would kill off conservatism as it has been and allow for some kind of reformist brand to put down roots. It would give us Huntsman in 2016, or some variant thereof." Rational Republicans better hope this scenario, or some variant thereof, plays out even if Mitt Romney is (as is likely) the party standard bearer. Otherwise, the GOP has a date with oblivion.

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