At Univision forum, Newt spews “Heartless 2.0”
posted at 10:47 pm on January 25, 2012 by Jorge Bonilla
I admit to being entertained by the Gingrich candidacy. I was intrigued by the notion that this Clinton-era throwback could somehow reinvent himself to the point of becoming the Great Conservative Hope that could vanquish the Obama Menace once and for all. His grandiloquence and idearrhea are not congruent with a candidacy that did not, until recently, exceed single digits. I thought that the end had come when his top staff defected to the Perry camp. But Newt did what Newt does, namely, to hold fast to the belief that technology and mad debate skillz would eventually win the day.
And Newt was right. He gained strength as Romney remained static and the also-rans faltered. The Not-romneys dropped one by one, and Newt eventually went on to win the South Carolina primary, which brings us to where we are today.
The base seems to have largely forgiven the serial adulteries, his fondness for the individual mandate (which has brought Romney so much heat), and his flirtation with the cult of AGW. None of that seemed to really bother the base, so long as he articulated a passionate case for conservatism. I was put off the Bain attacks, because capitalism suffered collaterally, but I am just as guilty of being entertained by all the journo-punching (as would any conservative in search of a champion). However, his statements at today’s Univision forum disqualify him, in my opinion, from further consideration among those of us who respect the Rule of Law.
Breaking the Republican boycott of Univision (at least, among Presidential candidates) was in bad form. This boycott came about as a result of Univision’s attempts to coerce Senator Marco Rubio into an interview. Gingrich was the first to announce that he’d break the line in order to sit down with Jorge Ramos. What’s worse, he did so in order to attack Mitt Romney’s immigration positions. In so doing, he smeared Romney as an “anti-immigrant”, which is what Univision and the Hispanic Left label anything that is not an unprotected, wide open border.
Such demagoguery is an insult to those of us that are of Hispanic origin and support fair immigration reform. There are a great many of us who silently support immigration reform which is respectoful to those who paid the price and played by the rules. We get smeared enough in the Hispanic media, without having to hear such pap fly from the mouth of someone who aspires to challenge our Demagogue-in-Chief. Such language is acceptable if you are currying the favor of the Jorge Ramoses and Ruben Navarretes of the world, but is well beneath someone who aspires to the Presidency of the United States. It is particularly troubling that Gingrich seems to readily reach for the language of the Left when attacking his primary opponents.
History will note that the end of Rick Perry’s campaign was neither his “oops” moment, nor his “third agency” faux pas. Perry’s goose was cooked the minute he smeared opponents of the DREAM Act as “heartless”. As far as I’m concerned, Heartless 2.0 is also the end of the Gingrich campaign.
A Spanish-language version of this post is available at El Tercer Riel (The Third Rail).