n South Carolina, a few days prior to his stunning 12-point victory over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Newton Leroy Gingrich was talking ‘real’ reckless.
During a stump speech in the Palmetto State, a Gingrich supporter declared, “We need somebody who’s going to bloody Obama’s nose.”
To which Gingrich replied, “I’m not trying to bloody his nose, I’m trying to knock him out.”
It was vintage Gingrich — the human hand grenade — who has convinced himself and it seems the vast majority of the rabid right-wing of the Republican Party that he, not Romney, is the only one equipped to go toe-to-toe with Barack Obama in the General Election.
However, after two listless debate performances by Gingrich in Florida this week – including last night’s — where he basically got his ass kicked by Romney , maybe Gingrich needs to drastically sharpen his forensic skills before he can even dream of standing on the same stage with the President.
But, facts have never stood between Newt Gingrich and the over-arching narrative of his life — political expediency.
Forget that Gingrich has virtually no chance of being the GOP nominee. Forget that President Obama is smarter than him, more charismatic than him and infinitely cooler than him. Newt gives his people what they want; he gleefully tosses pounds of political red meat to the GOP radical base.
He talks about President Obama favoring a European Socialist government model.
He talks about Obama drawing inspiration from Saul Alinsky, as if the Hillbillies he’s hustling have any idea who the hell Saul Alinsky was.
Gingrich talks about President Obama being “the finest food stamp President in history.”
And the right-wing of the Republican Party – which is fueling the ‘anybody but Romney,’ movement and therefore propelling Gingrich – predictably howl at the moon and chant, U-S-A every time Newt channels George Wallace.
Newt gives them what they want.
What they want is somebody who will get in the President’s face. What they want is somebody who will tell him about himself. What they want is somebody who will put Obama in his place.
But, what they really want, what they really, really want deep down in their desperate souls is for somebody to stand in front of the President of the United States of America, while the world is watching, and call him a nigger!
That’s what they really want and that horrific moment would trigger a visceral release from the collective bowels of the Radical Right that would rival Krakatoa.
That is the fantasy of the Far Right and for the moment Newton Leroy Gingrich is their fantasy man. He may not literally call President Obama a nigger, but he is happy to attempt to treat him as such with impunity.
Clearly, Gingrich and his cronies underestimate President Obama at their own peril.
Obama lunged headfirst into the nation’s most cut-throat political arena, the nefarious Cook County machine and emerged diamond-hard and ready to rumble.
In 2000, he lost a Democratic primary race for the U.S. House of Representatives to incumbent Bobby Rush, a former Black Panther, who took the young Obama to school. Rush, the Chicago street fighter, cleaned Obama’s clock by a two-to-one margin, but the self-proclaimed, “skinny kid, with big ears and a funny name,” never lost another political race.
He never lost a debate to John McCain in 2008 and he is poised to tap that GOP-ass up again in 2012.
The dude who didn’t blink when he gave the order to put a bullet in bin Laden’s dome is the same cat prepared to turn the GOP nominee out in the general, whoever he is.
During his epic battle with Hillary Clinton in 2008, then candidate Obama offered this admonition to those who mistook him for being soft: “I may not throw the first punch, but I almost always throw the last.”