Please say it isn’t so. The “conservatives” attempt to find a candidate other than Romney to coalesce around has sunk to a new low. Newt continues to surge in the polls. Bachmann came and went. Perry came and went. Cain came and went and came and went again. Santorum never came. Now they’re seriously considering Newt? I don’t know what to say.
Putting aside Newt’s personal baggage and just looking at policy, Newt personifies everything that is wrong with modern “conservatism.” Newt appeals to many movement types because he has a ready policy for every problem. If the liberals complain about some problem they want the government to fix, then the Newts of the world are there with a counter proposal for a government fix for the same problem that attempts to throw some bone to the “free market.” This has nothing to do with principle and nothing to do with conserving anything. It is a way to provide cover to timid “conservatives” who are afraid of being caught in a debate with liberals without some policy proposal to fix whatever the issue of the day is. Is there a problem with inner-city poverty. Well then we need enterprise zones. Is there a problem with poplution. Well then we need a market in carbon credits. Is there a problem with the uninsured? Well then we need an insurance mandate and subsidies. Etc. etc. etc.
I would gladly take Bachmann, Cain, Perry or even Santorum before I would take Newt. Newt is insufferable. Please make this stop. If Newt is the nominee then I will be forced to decide if I should slash my wrists or gouge out my eyes. Or maybe the government could give me a subsidy then I could shop on the free market for the wrist slashing service of my choice.