I could not miss this opportunity to acknowledge the South Carolina sweep by Newt Gingrich tonight. Nicely done. Newt took all voter categories and all 23 delegates. Mitt Romney, despite his war chest and TV ads, got bupkis for his efforts. Even the ABC hit piece using Gingrich’s ex-wife Marianne clearly had no legs.
Look at the facts. Ron Paul, while right on many positions, came in last and will continue to do so. Rick Santorum, given concern over Newt’s moral past, should have taken the Evangelical vote. Instead he stood helplessly by as Evangelicals and married women defied the pundits, ignored Newt’s past sins, both alleged and admitted, turning out decisively across the state for the former Speaker. Governor Santorum put a positive spin on finishing third but he is not catching fire. Santorum’s Iowa win fizzled quickly. He is my pick to take one for the team. Mitt Romney is no longer the presumptive nominee having seen that expectation steam rolled by a fiesty, reinvigorated Newt. By comparison, Romney appears weak. It is painful to watch him waffle on releasing his tax returns. He refused to label Obama a Socialist when questioned by Bill O’Reilly, choosing instead to identify America’s worst President as “wrong”. Do you think? Obama blinked over the Strait of Hormuz a few days ago. There is no reason to believe Romney would not do likewise.
Weak leadership can not strengthen America. Gingrich knows dithering and empty threats emboldens your enemies and increases the risk to America’s safety. In his own words Speaker Gingrich establishes the correct course of action for dealing with those who threaten peace. “You kill them.” If the decision had to be made, Newt Gingrich would not lead from the rear as Obama did on Libya causing increased and needless loss of innocent life.
Great win Mr. Speaker. Now on to Florida to do it again.