As I told Keith Olbermann on Current-TV Saturday night…In all my years in politics, I’ve never seen anything like this: A candidate leaps from 20 points behind to 12 points ahead, in just one week.
But that’s what happened with Newt Gingrich, who crushed Mitt Romney in South Carolina with a double-digit win. And, suddenly, Mitt’s winning the nomination doesn’t look so inevitable, after all.
To me, it proves three things. One, no matter how well he did in Iowa and New Hampshire, most Republicans still don’t like or trust Mitt Romney.
Two, Republicans really, really hate the media. They fall madly in love with anybody who beats up on the media. And nobody does it better than Newt.
Three, Republicans hate Barack Obama so much they’d nominate a serial adulterer and champion of “open marriage” if they think that candidate could beat Obama in November.
And that’s how Newton Leroy Gingrich, who has more baggage than a Fed-Ex cargo jet, won the South Carolina primary. Which is great news – for Democrats!
When he announced his own retirement from Congress, Barney Frank said: “I never thought I’d live such a good life that I would see Newt Gingrich be the nominee of the Republican Party.”
Looks like Barney – might get his wish.
That’s my parting shot for today.