The Professor is on the move again. He has a sugar daddy funding his PAC and is preparing a can of whoop-ass for Mittens. He just released an ad for South Carolina hitting Romney for being pro-abortion and his PAC will release their “King of Bain: When Mitt Romney Came to Town” campaign documentary on Wednesday. The elbows are getting sharper and GOP potentates are getting nervous over criticisms of Mittens for earning millions by screwing American workers. Some like Kristol are in the public hand-wringing phase–more will follow him.
Meanwhile folks attribute motives of rage and vengeance to the Professor and very few folks see any method to his madness. And yet, this is Newt’s best play to win the nomination. If Romney can’t stand up to the intense bashing and drops in support, then folks in wingnutopia will thank Newt for exposing the squish before President Obama had a chance to crush him–and if Mittens is brought low, then the only choices left will be Newt, Ron, John and the Ricks. The Professor is betting that he’ll win that fight. This line of attack is a smart play and his best chance to become the Republican nominee. It is also a very low risk strategy for Newt–there are no hits to his reputation that could damage his future earning power. He will always be able to run a new grift and this confrontational path just might win him the GOP nomination and fantasies of being elected President.
And best of all, if it doesn’t work out Newt will be fine. He’ll have branded himself as a fighter who tried to stop the Party from making the mistake of nominating a squish like Romney. If Mittens takes the hits and wins in November folks will just say it was Newt being Newt and thank him for toughening Romney up. OTHO, if Romney is beaten by President Obama, Newt will get to say he tried to warn folks–that he tried to save the party–and was just a lonely prophet. Regardless of any outcome Newt’s stock and earning power will increase. His grift will keep going.
I expect him to come in fourth tonight–maybe even third. However it turns out, he’ll call himself the comeback kid and keep on keepin’ on. At a certain level semi-pro grifters like Romney must just be in awe.