Newt Gingrich's claims he was running a "relentlessly positive" campaign have been ... questionable. That meant he was restricting himself to meta attacks on his competitors for the Republican presidential nomination: they were nasty lying cowards who should be ashamed of themselves for attacking a relentlessly positive gentleman such as himself, but he wasn't really going after their records.
But that was last week's Newt Gingrich. Now, as he sinks in the polls:
"I think New Hampshire is the perfect state to have a debate over Romneycare and to have a debate about tax-paid abortions, which he signed, and to have a debate about putting Planned Parenthood on a government board, which he signed, and to have a debate about appointing liberal judges, which he did," said Gingrich, starting in Marshalltown, Iowa, the case he'll take to the Granite State and beyond next week.New York magazine spells out what Gingrich is saying there:
So there you have it: Gingrich, who trails Romney badly in the Granite State, plans to use the week between the caucuses here and the primary there to rip Romney a new one; and in doing so, weaken him in South Carolina, where Gingrich (for the moment) is polling strongly and is at the head of the pack.
C'mon, who really expected Newt to stay positive? This is, after all, the guy who went after Bill Clinton over his affair with Monica Lewinsky while Newt himself was having an affair with the woman who became his third wife (after cheating on his first wife with the second - at least he's consistent!), the guy who shut down the government because he was forced to ride in the back of Air Force One; the man who Joe Scarsborough described as a "bad person." The guy who "discussed divorce terms with...(his first wife)...while she was in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery." The first Speaker of the House to be reprimanded and heavily fined (for the amount of $300,000) for unethical behavior in the history of the Republic.
Yeah, that guy.
Gingrich is, and has been throughout his political career, a blatant hypocrite, an opportunist, and a bad liar; possessed of an almost megalomaniac sense of self-importance, a largely undeserved reputation for "thinking big/outside the box," and the humility - or, lack thereof - of a professional athlete.
Gingrich's drop in the New Hampshire polls on the eve of the Iowa caucuses merely serves to demonstrate that even conservative Granite State voters aren't quite as gullible as one might think. Like I said, Newt's a bad liar, too.
Tomorrow, Iowa conservatives will give Newt the back of their hands. Believe it.