We predict Palin replaces Gingrich

18 Jan

We realize we seem to be doing nothing but stomping on Newt Gingrich.

It’s not intentional.

Sarah Palin isn’t running, Michele Bachmann has disappeared, and Rick Perry is riding off into the sunset.

There’s just so much Newt to talk about.

Anyone who knows Newt Gingrich knows that Newt Gingrich is – and always has been – all about Newt Gingrich.

Newt Gingrich doesn’t give a damn about the Republican Party.

And Newt Gingrich sure doesn’t care about ousting President Obama, unless he’s doing the ousting.

If Newt Gingrich can’t be the nominee, then Newt Gingrich will burn the whole place to the ground.

And that’s just what he’s done since plunging in the polls.

Furious over the TV ads the pro-Romney super PAC ran against him in Iowa, Gingrich abandoned his promise not to speak ill of his fellow Republicans and set out on a course to destroy the Republican front-runner.

He acknowledged as much in the run-up to the New Hampshire primary, “My real goal was to make sure that Romney did not win here by a big enough margin to develop real momentum.”

In other words – take Romney down, even if it brings down the entire Republican Party.

This is the new Newt.

He’s miles away from the old Newt, at least the facade.

In early Republican debates, Gingrich scolded moderators for trying to split the party’s candidates, force them to criticize one another.

“I’m frankly not interested in your effort to get Republicans fighting each other. You’d like to puff this up into some giant thing. I for one … and I hope all my friends up here … are going to repudiate every effort of the news media to get Republicans to fight each other to protect Barack Obama, who deserves to be defeated, and all of us are committed as a team. Whoever the nominee is, we are all for defeating Barack Obama.”

Newt’s descent into the nasty should surprise no one.

He’s clearly a man who cannot control his appetites.

His decision to split for a vacation in the Greek islands during the first days of his campaign caused his campaign team to resign en masse, leaving him so rudderless he couldn’t even get on the ballot for some state primaries.

Without a disciplined team of advisers around him, Gingrich’s true character is shining through.

His facade as an avuncular, even-tempered man of moderation has given way to the true Newt: angry, impulsive, irrational, undisciplined.

For years, Mr. Gingrich played the coy party leader, teasing conservatives as he toyed with the idea of running for president.

He played the game in 2000, and again in 2008.

But like Sarah Palin, he had no intention of running: Instead, he was busy making big bucks as an author and paid speaker at $50,000 a pop.
Each campaign cycle he would emerge, hit the TV circuit, hype his latest book, and then disappear into the shadows again.

Here’s the fallout of Gingrich’s scorched-earth campaign for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination: he has lost his position as de facto head of the Republican Party – forever – and with his departure, we see Sarah Palin assuming his longtime role.

Newt was once the main speaker at the conservatives’ top summit, the Conservative Political Action Conference.

He thrilled conservatives year after year with his die-hard right agenda.

But next month Palin will be the keynote speaker and we suspect Gingrich will be a former candidate for the 2012 presidential nomination.

The job swap will be complete.

Palin will play the same role as Gingrich once did: pushing the Republican Party to the right as she cashes in on books and speeches.

She’ll toy with a run in 2016 should the Republicans lose this November but pull back.

By 2020, she’ll jump in – and be crushed, just like Gingrich has been.

And by then, there’ll be another conservative leader in the wings to take over her role.

Same as it ever was.

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