...favor Gingrich. 16% Santorum, 9% Paul, and 3% Romney.
Sadly, my fellow Tea Partiers seem to agree that the most despicable thing ever is to question Newt Gingrich about his ex-wife during a presidential debate. I tried and tried to think of more despicable things. I stopped at #126 because my hand was tired. #1 was "Cheating on your wife."
Ross Douthat says something I've been saying to anyone who will listen (admittedly, a handful of non-conformist Tea Partiers): the Big Ideas Man is remarkably short on Big Ideas. Quick, name two. That's right: Newt Gingrich has nothing to say about entitlements, which, let me remind you Tea Partiers, is the crux of the debt issue you've been marching in the streets for.
Oh, yeah: there's the idea about sending federal marshalls after judges he doesn't like. And making kids work as janitors in their schools. Stop and think exactly how either one of these two propositions would work. Do you want a president to be able to sic the Feds on judges? Does anyone think that Mr. Big Ideas would actually ever follow through at the federal level on work programs in public schools? What ever happened to eliminating the Department of Education? Oh, yeah: that wasn't one of his Big Ideas.
And then there's the "99 Weeks is an Associate's Degree" "idea". Again, it's glib, but when you stop and think about it, it's another entitlement. An entitlement, I might add, that is another layer on the 43-layer jobs-training-program cake. People who do not have post secondary degrees already get assistance for re-training and education when they are laid off. How about we just cut unemployment back to a more reasonable time period? Don't answer that: Cap'n Courageous wouldn't want to lose any votes.
So there you have it. They want a "fighter." And apparently the don't care that this fighter loved Global Warming until a couple of minutes ago, was sure that life begins at "successful" implantation until November 2011 when he mysteriously changed his mind, and has never suggested one single thing to reduce the size of government. For good measure, this "fighter" kneecaps his fellow Republicans on the central issues and slices and dices capitalism and free enterprise when it suits him.
For the life of me, I cannot fathom how people see Newt as "the" conservative.