Newt Gingrich finished in fourth place in last night’s Iowa Caucuses – and he’s steaming about it.
Gingrich didn’t drop out. Something about the way Romney wins rubs his opponents the wrong way. So instead of calling it quits, Gingrich rose to his Des Moines podium like a wounded adolescent and gave one of the most petulant political speeches ever delivered.
He denounced his opponents for their negative attacks on him, and then vowed to “tell the truth” about his opponents. He promised a debate that would clarify the choice between a “Reagan conservative” like himself, or “a Massachusetts moderate who, in fact, will be pretty good at managing the decay but has given no evidence in his years in Massachusetts of any ability to change the culture, or change the political structure, or change the government?”
Gingrich also took time to denounce Ron Paul’s foreign policy as “dangerous” to the very survival of the American nation.
So Newt is going to launch himself at Mitt Romney, in the same way that Mike Huckabee did four years ago. The best result for Gingrich would be that in attacking Romney he revives his campaign. But it seemed clear that destroying Romney would be satisfying enough for him.
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