Ripping into Newt and Mitt

Conservatives are roasting the Republican candidates. Very colorfully. Democratic ad-writers, pay attention.

I rarely, if ever, agree with the dour George Will, but he does know how to turn a phrase. On Mitt Romney, “a conservative of convenience”:

Romney’s main objection to contemporary Washington seems to be that he is not administering it.

But Will really takes off on Newt  Gingrich:

Newt Gingrich at CPAC, Feb. 20, 2010

Gingrich, however, embodies the vanity and rapacity that make modern Washington repulsive. And there is his anti-conservative confidence that he has a comprehensive explanation of, and plan to perfect, everything.

Granted, his grandiose rhetoric celebrating his “transformative” self is entertaining…. There is almost artistic vulgarity in Gingrich’s unrepented role as a hired larynx for interests profiting from such government follies as ethanol and cheap mortgages. His Olympian sense of exemption from standards and logic….

His temperament — intellectual hubris distilled…. [his] grotesque opportunism — tarted up as sociology….

Gingrich, who would have made a marvelous Marxist, believes everything is related to everything else and only he understands how.

Will told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham,”He’s the embodiment of a nation in deep peril. The stage has to be lit by the fires of crisis and grandeur to suit Newt Gingrich.”

Politico reports that a Republican strategist explained that Gingrich “only has two modes — attack and brag.” Another GOP insider said, “He’s going to blow up at some point, and I’m just hoping it comes before he gets the nomination.”

With friends like these, who needs enemies?

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