by Chris Haire
I never thought this day would come. Hell, I never even thought it was possible. But I agree with Ann Coulter, and it scares the living shit out of me.
I mean, if I was a unicorn, I would have dropped a baker's dozen of sprinkle-covered sugar cookies in my britches the second I heard that Coulter was bashing Newt Gingrich for more or less being a boastful little bigot who was putting the needs of his own morbidly obese ego over the needs of his party — and his country.
Here's what the high propagandess of the Republican Party had to say on Fox and Friends about the serial adulterer from Georgia:
"Having a candidate who calls Obama a Kenyan colonialist or socialist, that is not what you need, and at the same time, with Newt Gingrich you get the name calling for the president, very popular with the tea party crowd, not so popular with independents, and, he won’t put a fence on the border but wants amnesty for illegals and took 1.6 million from Freddie Mac and he attacked Paul Ryan’s plan on Social Security and with Newt Gingrich you throw out the baby and keep the bath water!”
And Newt wasn't alone in drawing Ann's ire. So too were the good GOPers in South Carolina:
“Apparently, South Carolinians would rather have the emotional satisfaction of a snotty remark toward the president than to beat Obama in the fall.”
Wow. Just wow. I mean, ... ooh a sugar cookie. Wait a second that's just a Girl Scout cookie.
Anyhow, I'm as shocked as Coulter that South Carolinians went for Newt. With the election of Tim Scott and Nikki Haley, I thought we had put the days when a race-baiting tub of fryer fat like Gingrich could rally the Southern Strategy wing of the Republican. But I was wrong.
Evidently, all you have to do is proudly call the nation's first African-American commander in chief a "food stamp president" and accuse Fox News contributor Juan Williams of being the type of person to whom work is an alien concept. Now you can either read bigotry into that last bit there or not. It's your call. But it's clear to me exactly what Newt was saying: Juan Williams is a lazy black man just like all the other members of his shifty race.
However, when it comes down to it, Newt's not-so-subtle racist jabs may have won him South Carolina, but they probably won't win him the GOP nomination, no matter how much Gingrich's Palmetto State fans want to see him put that uppity Obama in his place on national TV.
And if that happens, South Carolina's importance in future GOP primary races will be in jeopardy. We'll be just another a small state that picks also-rans and fringers on the way to the first true-blue Republican primary contest, Florida, the place where voters pick presidents.