Shelly’s Long Shelly Game

Feb 21 2012 @ 11:39am

Adelson is injecting a second round of $10 million into Newt's Super PAC. Dave Gilson wonders why. One theory:

It's all about Romney. According to this theory, advanced in the Wall Street Journal, Adelson knows that Romney will be the eventual nominee but is keeping Gingrich in play in order to hurt Santorum, thereby giving Romney a nudge. Got it? But this theory hinges on Gingrich going soft. Time's Michael Crowley writes that "Adelson was not thrilled with the Mitt-bashing his money funded in South Carolina, and it's possible that he's giving on the condition that Gingrich's camp doesn't disembowel Romney." Adelson's $20 million may not buy Newt the nomination, but can it scratch his ego while simultaneously declawing him?

Yes, I had to read that twice too. Has it occurred to anyone that as a casino owner, Adeldson has an interest in not pissing off any major GOP politician anywhere? Steve Kornacki advances related points. Michael Crowley echoes. Ed Morrissey is more cynical

Adelson has committed to funding Romney’s super-PAC if he wins the nomination.  This looks like a bit of political jujitsu to keep the Not Romney vote split long enough for Romney to skate to the nomination.

Grace Wyler adds

[T]he more money Adelson commits to Gingrich, the more powerful he becomes — not only with Gingrich, but also with Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. This logic is the underlying reason why Super PACS are reshaping presidential elections. It is likely that there will always be someone with a lot of money and Machiavellian instincts who, for a relatively low price, can refinance a campaign overnight and buy a seat at the table, regardless of who ultimately wins the race. 

More on the Greater Israel fanatics's political chess here