The great thing about Newt Gingrich is that he is, if nothing else, incredibly fun to have around. He's constantly opening his mouth and saying stuff, and that stuff is almost without exception ridiculously entertaining.
Take, for example, this new thing he just said on Laura Ingraham's radio show when confronted with the dissonent logic that his continued presence in the Republican primary race is actually helping his nemesis Mitt Romney to win the nomination [video]…
Ingraham: Mitt Romney is helped, most analysts believe, by the fact that you're remaining in this race. And in the end, if you help hand Mitt Romney this nomination, then what will you have accomplished if Mitt Romney becomes the nominee?
Gingrich: I don't believe that. I think one of the reasons that Mitt Romney's been much less effective since Santorum emerged is that he's had to split his attacks. It's very hard for him to attack both of us. There's real danger, from his perspective, that attacking one of us just drives votes to the other, and he still doesn't get the votes.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is Newt Gingrich. He has such a knack for saying things that almost make a lot of sense until you think about them for seven seconds.
Okay, so, let's look at this real quick: By staying in the race, Newt is forcing Romney into dividing his resources between two fronts and causing him to worry about attacking one side too hard for fear that all his opposing support will coalesce on the other side, creating one stronger opposing candidate. Right?
Okay. Doesn't this also divide resources across to campaigns? Couldn't one campaign, collecting all of the anti-Romney money be more effective than two battling limited bank accounts? And wouldn't one Gingrich dropping out force a coalescence of support on Santorum's side? Wouldn't that be better for the supposed "conservative cause"?
Eh, maybe. But it certainly wouldn't be good for the I'm Newt Gingrich, everybody point your cameras at me! cause. And isn't that what really matters here?
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Tags: Laura Ingraham, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Primaries, Republicans