So our good friend the Perfesser Gingrich won South Carolina tonight. More proof that spite as an end in itself motivates the modern GOP — in this case it was against the librul media, and on behalf of a serial adulterer, you know, because he’s our philanderer. There is no coherent agenda, no vision for what the country should be like, no brighter future in mind. Just f@# you — why? — because f#$# you.
Speaking of the modern GOP, a commenter to Andrew Sullivan basically has it right:
… [A] Gingrich nomination would be poetic justice – or maybe just justice. Gingrich didn’t transform the GOP alone, but he is arguably more responsible than any one person for the Republican party becoming the cynical, reckless, destructive piece of s@# it is now. I am not a fan of the Reagan Administration, but there is a big difference – as Newt would say a “fundamental” difference – between the party of Reagan and the one Newt was so instrumental in shaping, the current, decadent GOP.
The Republican Party of today is the party of Newt. I think the best bet for reforming it is for Republican grassroots to nominate someone who so thoroughly exemplifies it, and have him lose spectacularly. It would also be cathartic for the country if Obama finally grasped the nettle and took the opportunity to definitively crush, rhetorically as well as electorally, Gingrichism and its variants.
Ah well. It’s just South Carolina, right? The phony will win the nomination eventually.