It’s hard to imagine that Newt Gingrich’s barely-started presidential campaign can survive many more weeks like the one he’s just had. He’s been roundly trashed – and almost entirely by Republicans. Democrats are not finding it necessary to say much of anything; rather, they are (sensibly) content to watch Gingrich try to outdo Donald Trump with the outlandishness of his comments and his behavior.
Just the last couple of days have brought us these delightful tidbits.
- George Will: “This is just not a serious candidate.”
- Rep. Allen West (R-FL), the only Republican member of the Congressional Black Caucus, on Gingrich’s proposal to institute a “poll test” before allowing people to vote: “Well, I don’t think people [laughs] I mean, that’s going back to some times that my parents had to contend with.”
And specifically on Gingrich’s hilarious commentary on Paul Ryan’s Medicare Destruction Act of 2011, there has been no end of consternation on the right.
- Wall Street Journal editorial page: “The episode [over Ryan’s budget] reveals the Georgian’s weakness as a candidate, and especially as a potential President—to wit, his odd combination of partisan, divisive rhetoric and poll-driven policy timidity…. Mr. Gingrich speaks loudly but shrinks from hard choices.”
- Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC): “Terribly disappointed … What he said was absolutely unfortunate…. When you have a conservative fighting for real change, the last thing we need is a presidential candidate cutting him off at the knees.”
- Iowa voter: “You’re an embarrassment to our party. Why don’t you get out before you make a bigger fool of yourself?”
Honestly, I can’t see him lasting much more than a month, since I don’t detect any groundswell of support for the guy, and a lot of internal opposition. What do you think?
UPDATE: Charles Krauthammer piles on: “He’s done. He didn’t have a big chance from the beginning, but now it’s over.”