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South Carolina Vote Was “Primal Scream”, Newt Gingrich “Not Sustainable”

January 22, 2012

The main thrust of the Sunday news shows was to undercut the victory of Newt Gingrich in the South Carolina primary, and to restate the need for, and the desire of, the GOP establishment to retake the nominating process.

Through it all this morning I had a hard time not smiling over the fact that too many of the establishment Republicans were involved with creating and coaxing the more unbalanced elements of their party to raise hell in 2009/10.  The Tea Party movement with too many witless followers has made for a real quandary within the Republican Party.   That was evident on Saturday night when Newt Gingrich defeated Mitt Romney by 12% in the first southern primary.

I wonder just how did the GOP think they were going to rein in this element that they encouraged and elevated for pure political purposes?  Now that the GOP can not control them, (and Speaker Boehner knows that more than most) do Republicans have buyer’s remorse with what is now coming back to haunt them? 

If this Republican/Tea Party mess did not potentially impact the entire nation with the nomination of a truly unstable person we could all just sit back and watch the absurdities play out.  But the fact is the animals may get out of their cages, and that is the reason everyone is watching, and all need to be concerned.

Joe Scarborough appeared on “Meet The Press” and made the most pointed statements which I sense reflect many of the establishment members of the GOP.  He stated that the voters of South Carolina were releasing a “primal scream” with the votes cast for Newt Gingrich.  But everyone knows, he went on to say, that Gingrich is “not sustainable” as a candidate, and will cause harm to the party if nominated.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said this morning that no one knows if Gingrich will again have an event that will bring shame to the party if he becomes the nominee, much like when the former Speaker was removed from his position and charged with ethics violations, and made to pay a steep fine.

Over the next many days there is going to be a pressurized campaign on Gingrich like he has never felt before.  It will be relentless and brutal.  The Romney forces need to toughen, and just as important, hone and define their message.

By the end of January, and following the Florida primary,  the GOP needs to have taken the party back from the element that is only able to undermine it.

The Republican Party created the mess, can it now fix it?

The next ten days will provide the answer.

America needs the GOP to succeed in their efforts at reining in the Tea Party, as we have seen what the teabaggers in Congress can do when left to the own industries.

  1. January 23, 2012 1:25 PM

    Newt Gingrich Won South Carolina Because He Articulated Conservatism. Period!
    He’ll win Florida.
    He’ll win the general election. He’ll beat Obama.

    Don’t doubt me. skip.

  2. January 22, 2012 12:20 PM

    I to, think Florida will go for Newt. The smart voters will anyway.

  3. January 22, 2012 12:14 PM

    Florida is the 4th largest state in the U.S. and a great cross section of retired and working people. If I could afford it, I’d be a snow bird.

    This will be interesting and might be very telling about the General election.


  4. January 22, 2012 11:57 AM

    I think Florida will go for Newt.


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