And so the race is suddenly fluid again, as South Carolina works its usual magic. Palin and Perry have now put their weight behind Gingrich; that might lead to an evangelical surge away from Santorum to Newt. But wait! More drama: Newt's ex-wife is going on Nightline tonight to say that Gingrich asked her to stay married for public appearances but allow him to keep his relationship with Callista, Super-Catholic, as well. What will Father McCloskey make of that? Jesus:
Marianne said Gingrich conducted his affair from “my bedroom in our apartment in Washington” and during the time he led the impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton—a time when Marianne defended his ethics. She said Gingrich proceeded with the divorce only months after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, when a doctor had advised she not have any stress. At the time of the divorce, Marianne said Gingrich told her that Callista was “going to help him become president.”
I have no problem with how people want to arrange their marriages however they want; it's their business, not mine. And I find Newt's ex-wife timing on this pretty bitter. Hell hath no fury … I guess. But coming from the man who made a career out of trashing the Clintons' marriage, it's a little rich. Will that stop Newt's surge?As Bubble would note, who can say?
Meanwhile, the anti-Romney rhetoric is still white-hot. John Hawkins, of Right Wing News, doesn't hold back:
If you were trying to come up with the most atrocious candidate imaginable to go toe-to-toe with Barack Obama in 2012, you couldn't do much better than Mitt Romney. He was an unpopular moderate governor who lost 2 out of the 3 major elections he's run in and whose signature issue Romneycare is an enormous failure. Moreover, he's so uninspiring that he makes Bob Dole look like Ronald Reagan and that's before you consider his incessant flip-flopping that makes it impossible to really know where he stands on any issue. Romney's candidacy also runs counter to almost every political trend in the book right now. He's the antithesis of everything the Tea Party stands for — a moderate establishment-endorsed, principle-free Rockefeller Republican. On the other hand, he's like a bad guy straight out of central casting for the Occupy Wall Street crowd, a conscience-free 1 percenter who makes $10,000 bets and lectures the public about how corporations are people — while hordes of poor and middle class Americans that he fired trail in his wake telling tales of woe about how Romney made their lives into a living hell.
Mitt Romney is Plastic Man. The name matches the candidate's smile and the power to stretch oneself matches Romney's ability to tie himself into knots as he tries to explain his rapidly evolving political positions.