Is Newt the only Republican who senses those pesky ‘ole winds ‘o change ‘a blowin’? Of course it all could be backdraft from his own hot air, but The Newtster has his pulse right on America, again, in his wicked-clever, backhanded way.
For instance, he’s running around TV Land wagging his finger in the faces of fellow Republicans, saying essentially that Repugs will not get McCain into the White House by trotting out that same ‘ole, same ‘ole
Attwater Rovian-based Stupid White Southerners People Strategy.
That bellowing those two toxic words (Jeremiah Wright) will not only make the bellowee look like a lard-butt drooler, the whole Rev. Wright stuff simply doesn’t have the legs Republicans seem to imagine it has… in political advertising and in what passes for political analysis on Media Farms such as Fox News.
Tom Baxter in Southern Political Report today echoes a similar albeit Newt-Lite sentiment:
Coupled with Obama’s sweeping victory in the Democratic primary Tuesday in North Carolina, where the state GOP ran an ad linking him (Obama) to both leading Democratic candidates for governor, the Louisiana election last weekend suggests that Obama won’t be so toxic for down-ticket Democratic candidates in the South this fall. A better way to say that might be: no more toxic than the average Democratic presidential candidate is for the party’s candidates in Southern races.
Full story here. Other than The Newtster and a very few assorted other party operatives, Republicans aren’t exactly known for their cultural intuition. In these here times of mind-boggling connectivity, cultural intuitiveness applied to political strategy has never been more critical. (And given how portly Newt has become, he’d better lay-off the carbs and exercise more if he wants to keep firing on all his most relevant cylinders, but I diverge…)
Then again, November is a’ways away. Plenty of time for some fresh party mischief making, eh?!