The Long Knives are out for Newt
In addition to the Erickson confession I noted earlier today, others are out to get Newt today. Ann Coulter devotes an entire column dealing with Newt’s affiliation with Alvin and Heidi Toffler (and throws in a gratuitous reminder of his infidelity) while Quin Hillyer at the American Spectator addresses The Fallacy of the Master Debater.
It seems that many conservatives aren’t happy with the current Not Romney.
Coulter’s piece is amusing to me, as it focuses on Newt circa 1995, when he was the Hero of Heroes to the GOP. I don’t recall much concern of Newt’s futurism at the time. As such, it is amusing for the retconning of his tenure as Speaker.
I think that Hillyer makes some valid points. Specifically:
People see Gingrich handle himself well in eight-way debates (an easy task when no other candidate has even bothered criticizing you all year because you seemed so irrelevant), and they imagine that he’s the one to take the fight to Obama.
He goes on to list a bunch of what he considers unconservative positions that Gingirch has taken, but more importantly notes that one-on-one debates are a different creature.
A dissenting view from Rush Limbaugh: The So-Called Conservative Media Attacks Newt Gingrich.
It will be interesting to see the difficulty that conservatives have in deciding between Mitt and Newt.