One man seems to be having a lot of fun in the Republican debates, even though almost no one gives him any chance of contending for the nomination. Free of expectations for success, Newt Gingrich has turned himself into a reliable on-stage rally leader for party unity as well as a voice for attacking the media’s moderators when the questions cross the line into advocacy, at least in Gingrich’s mind. Last night I summed up my feelings on Twitter about Gingrich, writing that I “[d]on’t want him as our nominee, but love having him on our side.”
Gingrich probably feels — publicly, at least — that he has a chance of winning the nomination. However, his repeated efforts to provide cover for the other candidates on the stage rather than go on the attack doesn’t allow him much opportunity to differentiate himself from the frontrunners, or even the pack. But as an e-mailer pointed out to me earlier today, the roles he has chosen for himself fit very nicely into another mold: the running mate.
As bad as Barack Obama is, there are worse options out there. One of those worse options is Newt Gingrich.
If Newt was the GOP nominee, I would vote for Obama.
If he was the candidate to be one heartbeat away from the presidency, I might still have to vote for Obama.
Yes, he’s that bad.