Sunday, January 22, 2012

Newt's Up; Mitt's Reeling and Rick Perry Is Long Gone

The AltTulsa gang fell behind last week—sorry!—and what a week it was in the Republican presidential sweepstakes.

The most recent headline, of course, is the return of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who pulled off a big victory over his rivals in yesterday's South Carolina primary.

In recent debates, Gingrich delivered the kind of Red-meat Republican rhetoric (yawn…) that Southerners love.

Newt's victory, along with the delayed news of Rick Santorum's victory in the Iowa caucuses, means that three different candidates have won GOP contests this month.

Who woulda thunk it? A real horse race is shaping up for the Republican nomination.

Meanwhile, Sen. Jim Inhofe's favorite candidate withdrew from the race last week. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, once touted as the True Conservative Who Could Beat Obama, was a bust. Despite his claims of divine inspiration, Perry proved to be a weak candidate, even in the South.

That's too bad, since some of us never tired of pointing out his many flaws. Without Perry's gaffs, Michele Bachmann's zaniness and Herman Cain's superficial clap-trap, what will we do?

Oh wait. With an ego the size of Donald Trump's (and that's saying something), Newt Gingrich is a never-ending source of inspired horse hockey. And Mitt Romney has proven to be a regular provider of cringe-inducing misstatements.

Yes, Sooner fans, it's Republican politics at its weirdest, all for the right to lose to President Obama in November.

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