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An Angry Newt Jumps the Shark

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Dec• 29•11

Newt Gingrich has jumped the shark.

The man who has had a “bold” new “solution” daily since the 1980’s  — in direct contradiction to conservative thought — is now attacking conservative icons like George Will and Charles Krauthammer, and revered conservative publications like National Review, through his super PAC “Winning Our Future.” Their crime is in not seeing Mr. Gingrich temperamentally or philosophically suited to be president. “Winning Our Future” has ignominiously labeled them the “Northeast conservative establishment.”

The Gingrich group aims most of its fire at Mr. Krauthammer, though. Here is an email sent from a “Winning Our Future” email today: 

George Will might have fired the first shots and the Wall Street Journal and National Review might have answered the call – but the leader of Establishment Media’s war against Newt Gingrich is now clearly Charles Krauthammer of Fox News.  The long time former speechwriter for ultra liberal Walter Mondale uses several minutes of his time on the “Panel” each and every night to denigrate Gingrich personally while talking down the Former Speaker’s election chances.

“Remember, this is the man who was calling Barack Obama elegant long after most Americans had seen through the teleprompter” said C. Edmund Wright of Winning Our Future, a Super PAC supporting Gingrich and conservative issues.  “He wasn’t quite as bad as David Brooks – who was strangely fascinated by Obama’s pant crease – but Krauthammer and Brooks and Will represent an establishment mentality that is frankly foreign to most Americans and certainly most conservatives.”

Wright added that while he respected Krauthammer’s intellect for many years, “it is really disturbing to see him make the petty denigrating comments about Newt – similar to or worse than what he’s said about Sarah Palin – while pretending that the Speaker’s immense accomplishments never happened.  And the way he cherry picks poll nubers to characterize the race is simply intellectually dishonest.”

On Wednesday’s show Krauthammer insulted the entire field and got in another jab by saying that Newt “is really in decline now” and felt it necessary to call Herman Cain “embarrassing.”

Earlier in the week Krauthammer had made a sarcastic comment about the Pearl Harbor analogy that a Gingrich campaign staffer used snarking about the “cosmic importance of the Newt campaign” and “the grandiosity of Newt.”

“I think what is in decline now is the respect Krauthammer once had among conservatives” said Wright.  “To use Iowa polls as a national trend and to use a staffer’s comments as if Newt had said them himself to make a point is beneath contempt.  So is a cheap shot fired at someone like Herman Cain who is no longer in the race.  Sadly, it is no longer beneath Dr. Krauthammer.” 

Wright theorized that perhaps Krauthammer “is a bit jealous of Newt’s intellect – supported by the fact that Newt was way ahead of the good Doctor on everything from Ronald Reagan to Sarah Palin to the tea party movement.  I am happy to remind folks of that.”

Newt Gingrich may believe he’s winning the future with these head-scratching attacks, but he’s losing the day, day after day. He has melted down even faster than George Will, Charles Krauthammer, and National Review predicted he would. 

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