2012 Election: Drudge? Palin? Cain? What Killed Newt?
In a Republican primary that’s become cliché in its weirdness, another candidate has seemingly crashed and burned over the last week. It’s former Speaker Newt Gingrich. And after winning South Carolina by double-digits, it looks like he’s set to lose Florida by a similar margin.
It’s hard to tell how, exactly, this happened. But it might come down to a distilled combination of three people: Matt Drudge, Herman Cain and Sarah Palin. As we wrote last week, the Drudge Report was brutal in its attacks on Gingrich, and not for anything substantial: Just because he criticized former president Ronald Reagan as being a shitty guy behind closed doors during that administration’s tenure.
Then, three Republicans came to Gingrich’s aid. Unfortunately, they were Herman Cain, Sarah Palin and Fred Thompson, all of whom are known for nothing outside their Republican celebrity status; none of whom have any real political accomplishments to speak of, unless personal wealth counts. Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs is calling this “another dreaded Sarah Palin Kiss of Death.” So, yeah: That failed!
Now, according to an average of polls from NBC, Insider Advantage, PPP, Rasmussen and others, former liberal social medicine provider Mitt Romney leads Gingrich by 11.5 points, with Ron Paul and Rick Santorum lagging somewhere in the single digits, watching their equal-in-strength, opposite-in-substance radicalism fade away faster than an early 2000s rock-rap band. And meanwhile, Gingrich is still walking a fine line on Romney’s record of gangster capitalism—proof the Occupy movement has made a dent, even in the Republican party, according to members of the Occupy movement.
The primary is tomorrow. The inevitable Republican candidate Romney is getting closer to becoming a reality.