Primary Colors

“Primary Colors” was a thinly veiled tale of the 1992 Clinton campaign. Names may have been changed, but no one was innocent. The thing that strikes me watching the movie in retrospect is that it completely ignores the general election. It goes from Stanton getting the goods on Picker to the Inaugural Ball.

I think this is the Republican primary of 2012. If the party plays enough of their cards right, there is nothing the Obama campaign can do to win reelection. There’s a powerful and scary thought. It’s all in the GOP’s hands.

The wannabe elites, the people who talk about the dumb electorate and how perfect Jon Huntsman and Mitt Romney would be at beating Obama, wish for a Republican Party that ended with Richard Nixon. It was a party that was all about fighting the commies abroad and liberal ideology at home. In the 70s, good Christians were Democrats. Michele Bachmann met her husband while they campaigned for Jimmy Carter.

Now the party is a combination of Reaganites, Goldwater types and Rockefeller Republicans. John McCain was a Senator in the Reagan era. In 2012, the one to hold that mantle is Newt Gingrich.

It’s finally Newt’s turn to be at the top of the polls. He’s also one of the only candidates who didn’t do any one thing to get there. He just managed to stick around long enough for people to listen to him. He debates policy, he criticizes Obama, but he has little negative to say about his opponents. Gingrich follows the 11th Commandment.

Perry has all the support and qualifications to run, he’s just not good at the whole speaking and thinking thing. Michele Bachmann’s ideological baggage is keeping her below 10% now. Ron Paul is close, but he’s reached his peak now that he’s talking about a third-party run. Herman Cain is now pretty well telegraphing he wants to be Vice President.

Newt Gingrich is just what a Republican would want in a candidate, except that he’s Newt Gingrich. His baggage is extraordinary, he’s despised by Clinton Democrats and his post-Speaker history is repellant to Republicans. Still, in a field with so many twists and turns and no clear frontrunner, the message is helping the messenger.

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18 Responses to Primary Colors

  1. DeniseVB says:

    I’ll still vote ABO 🙂

    Isn’t it funny the GOP muscled Sarah out of the primaries, yet allows Newt to keep on keeping on. Or any of the others for that matter ?

    It’s almost as though the Republicans are trying their best to lose.

  2. myiq2xu says:

    In 1991 and early 1992 the conventional wisdom was that Poppy Bush was unbeatable and that the Democratic nominee would be “taking one for the team.”

    Bush had won in a landslide in 1988 then his approval rating skyrocketed during Desert Storm.

    The Democratic heavyweights (Cuomo and Kennedy) decided to sit out 92 and wait for 96 when there would be no incumbent.

    But a funny thing happened on the way to the election.

    • DandyTiger says:

      And the Dem party has never forgiven him nor his entire family for stepping out of turn. The nerve of him. Doesn’t know his place.

    • 1539days says:

      Hindsight is 20/20. That’s why a story written years later can pretend the general election of 1992 was a cakewalk for Democrats. Remember how Democrats slammed Bush on the economy in 2004? Only Dean was going after him on Iraq. When the economy and jobs picked up in 2004, it took Kerry months to pivot and go after Bush on the war.

  3. guest says:

    Can Obama do that? (what BC did in that debate — no, he has never run anything, not even a lemonade stand). I am nervous about the Republican candidates — they may just give the second term to Obama despite where he is in his presidency at this time. If it is Newt, Clintonites won’t be too eager to cast their protest votes to him (as you say).

    Watch Tweety, it is worth it:

    They are all fxxking stupid. I want Bill Clinton or his clone back.

    • myiq2xu says:

      I just posted that Matthews clip on the fp

      • guest says:

        OK. There was a thread yesterday on Althouse on how Newt like Obama is sounding all smart and what not (of course without the teleprompter). Obama knew how to get there by hook or (mostly) crook. Then what — we are watching that now. Translating vision or opportunity into something meaningful and tangible is never easy. It does not get easier if you all you wanted was to get to the inaugural ball. Bill Clinton understood that that implementation was the harder part. These fools don’t know how. There was a video on still4hill I saw — Chris Celizza interviewing a Reagan guy who is now Singapore Ambassador. That guy is first point about Obama’s current vacation to SE Asia was about how it is useful to get Obama out of the country and make him look presidential. That was the essence of his SouthAsia trip. When there is no substance, at least get the appearances right, right?

  4. yttik says:

    Uhg, can you imagine having to choose between Obama and Newt? It’s enough to make you hope 2012 really is the end of the world.

    The best argument I heard for Newt is that we need somebody who understands how Washington works, the hypocrisy, the corruption, the crony capitalism. Kind of like you have to fight evil with evil.

    • crawdad says:

      fight evil with evil.

      Sauron vs. Lord Foul the Despiser

    • yttik says:

      LOL, here’s another great comment in support of Newt:

      “I think Newt should be president because he got 1.5 million from Freddie Mac. It shows ingenuity. I’m sure as hell not going to get anything back from those corrupt bastards. It’s the kind of initiative I want to see in my leaders”

  5. DandyTiger says:

    There’s a powerful and scary thought. It’s all in the GOP’s hands.

    And the GOP machine behind the scenes wants the same person in the white house they wanted in ’08. Obama. Romney will make a fine substitute if they think Obama can’t win or is going off the rails, but make no mistake, Obama is their dream candidate: do what they want and destroy the Dem brand at the same time.

  6. foxyladi14 says:

    after all is said and done..I’ll still vote ABO 🙂

  7. alice223 says:

    Ah, I’ve thought all along that Obama will not be allowed to lose the 2012 presidential election. You look at the establishment media elites and you already see it. He will not be *allowed* to lose, no matter what. As I recall, in 2008, the country was threatened if he lost (there would be riots in the street, wasn’t it?). All the rest is theatre, until the king is safely back on his throne.

    • 1539days says:

      There ARE riots in the streets, it’s just not the scary black people the Obots implied.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Haven’t heard from the New Black Panthers lately, what up with them ? Still threatening to kill cracker babies? You’d think they’d be front and center on OWS and all that social and economic injustice whining. 😉

  8. Dario says:

    After seeing all the G.O.P. candidates self-immolation, I see two things:

    1. Mitt Romney will come in second.

    2. Newt is the last candidate that the Republican voters have left that’s not Mitt or Huntsman.

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