There has been some major movement in the Republican Presidential race in Iowa over the last week, with what was a 9 point lead for Newt Gingrich now all the way down to a single point. Gingrich is at 22% to 21% for Paul with Mitt Romney at 16%, Michele Bachmann at 11%, Rick Perry at 9%, Rick Santorum at 8%, Jon Huntsman at 5%, and Gary Johnson at 1%. – Paul Closes in on Gingrich (PPP)
If anything describes Newt Gingrich it is “serial hypocrisy,” to quote Ron Paul and his video above, which got airtime on cable.
The negative incoming on Newt Gingrich is having an impact, which it should.
The daily barrage from conservatives from George Will to Charles Krauthammer to Joe Scarborough, who has been ruthlessly cold, is another problem.
Newt’s real problem, however, is himself and the cumulative history of his past and what he’s been doing with his life, that when digested, has got to be impossible for any principled conservative to stomach.
On another Newt note, during an Iowa focus group, Craig Berman, a Tea Party guy who was about to join the Gingrich campaign as their new political director in Iowa, evidently jumped the shark. From the Des Moines Register:
“A lot of the evangelicals believe God would give us four more years of Obama just for the opportunity to expose the cult of Mormon,” Bergman said during the focus group, according to The Iowa Republican. “There’s a thousand pastors ready to do that.”
In a statement, the Gingrich campaign nixed Bergman’s hire, saying he “agreed to step away from his role with Newt 2012.” The rest of the response from the campaign talks about how this is “inconsistent with Newt 2012Ã¢â‚¬Â²s pledge to run a positive and solutions orientated campaign,” without calling out and blasting what is clearly religious bigotry. Gingrich’s people obviously don’t want to offend these so-called religious people, because they might lose their votes.
If there is any political justice (there rarely is) and if Iowa conservatives have any real core (I’m not sure they do, especially those bigoted evangelicals), Republican primary voters will give the nod to Ron Paul.
Not being on the ground in Iowa, however, I’m wondering if his supporters will be able to handle the caucus atmosphere. I’ve experienced a caucus before and they’re not for the uninitiated.