Saturday, December 3, 2011

As usual, Krauthammer nails it

With the Republican field currently looking like a two person race, Charles Krauthammer takes some time to analayze what these two--Newt and Mitt--are really all about. Krauthammer notes that both are clearly flawed candidates; neither really represents the best that's out there for conservatives and Republicans.

Romney is flawed exactly where Newt is not:
But what distinguishes Gingrich from Romney — and mitigates these heresies in the eyes of conservatives — is that he authored a historic conservative triumph: the 1994 Republican takeover of the House after 40 years of Democratic control... 
Romney has no signature achievement, legislation or manifesto that identifies him as a core conservative.
Gingrich, while possessing core conservative bona fides, suffers from the malaise of an over-inflated ego. He supposes his is a monumental, towering intellect, that it empowers him to do things others could never do. As Krauthammer puts it:
Gingrich has a self-regard so immense that it rivals Obama’s — but, unlike Obama’s, is untamed by self-discipline.
And  the many missteps in his personal life make Gingrich a less-than-sympathetic character. This doesn't bode well, when it comes to the independent vote. Coupled with his history of flip-flopping on issues, there's no reason to suppose Gingrich can do well in this demographic, come election time.

In contrast, Romney is seen as more moderate on many issues, doesn't come with Gingrich's personal baggage, and thus has at least a chance of securing a foothold among independents. The conclusion is clear: right now, Romney stands a far better chance of defeating Obama in a general election than does Gingrich. And if that's the goal--as many say it is--the choice is an easy one to make.

But the General Election is a long way off, still. And it's not a foregone conclusion--yet--that this is a two person race in the Republican primaries. We shall see.

Cheers, all.


  1. As usual with the K-man, a perceptive analysis.

    I disagree with the comment that Obama has self-discipline, however. He's never mastered his over inflated ego, golfs on Memorial Day and is frivolous in habits and manner. He doesn't take the time to remember on whom he last bestowed a Medal of Honor and thinks there's 57 states.

    A disciplined man would have sharpened his public speaking skills by attending Toastmaster's or something, and not have to rely on a teleprompter for a 5 minute speech to grade school kids.

    The indies will finally decide in the debates between Obama and the Repuiblican nominee. Sure hate it for Obama if he has to face Gingrich without a teleprompter.

  2. Gingrich's lack of self discipline is worse, I think, because he not only assumes his views on things are superior, he often offers those views and assumes his brilliance is readily apparent.