Newt Gingrich tops the list in the race for the GOP nomination, according to a new national survey. – Gingrich at top of pack for first time in CNN polling

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National polls don’t mean much, but the notion of President Newt is frightening.

“Morning Joe” started off with a bang Monday morning, when Mika Brzezinski zeroed in on Mr. 1%, Newt Gingrich, then didn’t let go.

Upon hearing the truth, the right immediately went berserk. So, it wasn’t surprising that NewsBusters channeled virulent sexism in their title: “Mika Brzezinski’s Anti-Newt Rant Drives Her To Emotional Brink.” Yeah, those unhinged broads who care about the 99%. We’re always being pushed to the “emotional brink.” Weasel Zippers added this to the misogynistic pile-on, saying Brzezinski was “…Literally Driven To Verge of Tears On Live TV.”

This illustrates part of the reason the disgraced former Speaker of the House is leading in the wingnut primary. Republicans today can only insult and deride the 99%, including anyone who stands up for Occupy’s message, because conservatives today are even more beholden than Democrats to the 1%.

Nothing David Frum can write will bring them back from the brink, unless they decide beating Pres. Obama is more important than proving how low their common denominator can go. From Frum:

America desperately needs a responsible and compassionate alternative to the Obama administration’s path of bigger government at higher cost. And yet: This past summer, the GOP nearly forced America to the verge of default just to score a point in a budget debate. In the throes of the worst economic crisis since the Depression, Republican politicians demand massive budget cuts and shrug off the concerns of the unemployed. In the face of evidence of dwindling upward mobility and long-stagnating middle-class wages, my party’s economic ideas sometimes seem to have shrunk to just one: more tax cuts for the very highest earners. When I entered Republican politics, during an earlier period of malaise, in the late seventies and early eighties, the movement got most of the big questions”“crime, inflation, the Cold War”“right. This time, the party is getting the big questions disastrously wrong.

It’s interesting that the only person with a decent foreign policy among all the contenders, including Pres. Obama, is Jon Huntsman, but he can’t get the time of day from the crazies. He also can’t reach the 99% either.

Republicans don’t do that anymore.

Unfortunately, neither do most Democrats.