With the Herman Cain train about to run out of…steam, attention turns to the next flavor of the month, old Newtron Bomb himself. The Balloon Juice crowd delights in taking him apart. Personally, I don’t think the FSM likes us nearly enough to grace us with Newtered as the GOP nominee.
Don’t get me wrong, Gingrich would make a perfectly awful candidate, his likeability (or lack thereof) dwarfed by both his track record and his hypocrisy. The current state of the economy points to the fact that the policies Gingrich and his party have championed for decades have, and would continue to, fail.
As to his supposed intellect, there isn’t enough popcorn in the world for an Obama-Gingrich debate. Gingrich is merely an A-list grifter who has the capacity to play the role of a learned man; he may present himself as a political Hawking amongst the GOPers, but to everyone else he’s rather Wile E. Coyote-esque. Krugman summed it up as well as anyone can: “a stupid man’s idea of what a smart man sounds like,” thus pointing out the problem with both Gingrich and the GOP base.
Right now, he’s Mr. Fifteen Minutes (and that’s so long as he can keep his mouth shut). His time will pass soon enough, because the bag men of the GOP may be stupid, but they’re not THAT stupid.