January 6, 2012

OF COURSE, THERE'S AN ALTERNATIVE THEORY....

Newtonian exceptionalism (Dana Milbank, 1/06/12, Washington Post)

The self-adulation envelops him: "largest capital-gains tax cut in history . . . only time in your lifetime . . . as good a campaign by a legislative body that was run in American history . . . largest one-party increase in an off-year election in American history."

Me! Largest! First! Best! Gingrich talks often on the stump about "American exceptionalism," but his campaign seems to be based on the theory of Newtonian exceptionalism.

Some say that he continues his long-shot campaign because he's driven by his loathing of Mitt Romney -- but his attacks on the front-runner have been inconsistent. Some say that he's trying to provide a conservative alternative -- but his candidacy, by splitting the conservative vote, is doing the opposite.

A better explanation is that his campaign bus is on an ego trip. 

...perhaps Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich are staying in precisely because the best hope of nominating the most electable candidate is to divide the anti-Romney vote. The Bush/Rove guys could easily come up with enough cash to keep Newt in until Santorum is toast.

Posted by at January 6, 2012 4:01 PM
  

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