President Obama and his campaign staff must be heaving sighs of great relief that Republicans remain stuck in a frivolous, gadfly stage of selecting his 2012 opponent... because absolutely no one believes that former House Speaker Gingrich and his dishonest politics of expediency will ultimately secure the Republican nomination.
Frankly, the giddy specter of presidential nominee Gingrich is just too much of a gift for Democrats to yearn for in year marked by economic malaise and terrible prospects for middle-class voters.
Just imagine the depth of Democratic joy should Newt manipulate his way to the nomination. Vigorous President Obama would be running against an erratic figure 18-years his senior who is well-known for:
- Quietly pocketing $1.6 million from beleaguered quasi-government agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac while simultaneously (and quite ironically) criticizing and campaigning against these agencies.
- Being the only sitting House Speaker in U.S. history sanctioned for a Congressional ethics violation. In fact, Newt was charged with 84 ethics violations charges, most related to income taxes and use of nonpartisan forums for politicking.
- A six-year affair with a staffer, now his third wife, while married-man Gingrich was aggressively pursuing impeachment charges against President Clinton for lying about an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
And that litany excludes Newt's long, littered political path as brazen provocateur and opportunist.
But who, if not Newt or Mitt? Here's the remaining cast of
characters err, candidates, that the Republican Party has thus far put forth, for public consideration:
- Former Utah Gov. Jon "Who??? He's in what race?" Huntsman
- Texas Gov. Rick "Oops" Perry
- Congressman Ron Paul, who wants to abolish Social Security, repeal the estate tax, and profers that welfare "isn't authorized in the Constitution."
- Herman "I did not harrass any women" Cain
- Rep. Michele Bachmann, ultra-conservative evangelical Christian extremist who founded the House Tea Party Caucus
Like I said, President Obama must be heaving a delighted sigh of relief. By all rights, 2012 should not be his year. But Republicans apparently can't get their act together to support a rational, credible, remotely electable candidate.
Certainly, Democrats are thrilled!