What happens when the narcissistic ideologues running for an office are more concerned with enacting revenge against the candidate who “wronged” them by getting more votes than they are sticking to the party platform and playing for the team? Exactly what’s happening in South Carolina, that’s what.
Mitt Romney is taking hits from his “friends” in areas that his enemies have traditionally been too mealy-mouthed, spineless, and/or complicit to address. Typically the GOP has dominated political discourse and the media narrative because they make a cohesive effort to stick to the ‘gospel’ talking points and not slag each other. Also, if one of their members was under attack, they usually rushed to defend him, not to ignore his plight or join in the kill — unlike Democrats. Also, the GOP usually tries to simply one-up each other in who can be the most puritanical, homophobic, asshat and attack on a personal basis only.
But this time the GOP has run aground on it’s own hate. Gingrich and Perry aren’t taking the George W. Bush route of saying their opponent has a fictitious black love child and is also gay. Nope. The dumb bastards are going after Romney for things that are the sacred cows of the right wing: money grubbing and misogyny. Worse, they are telling the truth. The King of Bain ad is a pretty accurate summation of what those kind of companies do to middle-class America while sucking huge profits up for the top 1%. There are those on the right who are rushing for damage control by insisting that Bain did the noble work wherein it took companies, “reorganized them and then sold them for profit”. Since everyone in America knows downsizing and preordination mean lost middle-class jobs, either through speed-up or outsourcing, this doesn’t help Romney that much.
And that numbnuts Perry is being a smart mouth to the “Kingmakers” in his party, which is as stupid as I have always thought he was.
Basically, if Romney gets the GOP nomination then his fellows have done a shitload of Barak Obama’s reelection campaigning for him, and the Dems don’t even have to put up with the accusation of “going negative” or running a “smear campaign”. Even if Gingrich snags the nomination from Romney, he is very unlikely to win the Presidency because he has no credit with the fiscally conservative or evangelical GOP base. They all know he is a lying, whoring, me-first kind of scummy, cheating, goat blowing, turn-coat. Perry is not going to elected because there is a level of moron even the GOP won’t go for. Jesus loves you Perry, but the voters know you couldn’t pour piss out of a boot if there were instructions on the heel.
How I wish Molly Ivins was alive to see this.