Conservatives Turn The Dogs Loose On Newt

With Newt Gingrich looking like a potential winner in the Republican sweepstakes to take on the President in November, people are getting nervous.

And when I say people, I’m not just talking about the campaign staffs of Mitt Romney or President Obama. I’m not even thinking about progressive Americans or, for that matter, the reasonable and rational millions who know a dangerous guy when they see one.

No, I’m talking Elliot Abrams, Ann Coulter, Tom DeLay, Matt Drudge, R. Emmett Tyrell, Jr., the editorial staff of the National Review and the many ultra-conservative writers —a virtual rogues gallery of extreme right thinking— none of whom would fall naturally into the “I’m for Mitt” bunch but all of whom are willing to take on America’s version of Napoleon, Newt Gingrich.

Who’d have ever thought it possible?

Of course, these right-wing thinkers know that Mitt Romney is certainly no closer to their own beliefs when it comes to how our society and government should function. They know that Mitt will be whatever you want him to be whenever you want to be it—so long as there’s a victory at the end of that rainbow colored with tortured exercises in flip-flopping and dramatically changed political positions.

So why all the conservative heart wrenching over Newt Gingrich?

Because these people know full well that there is not an ounce of conservative ideology within Newt Gingrich, just as there is no progressive or centrist belief system resting at Newt’s core.

What Ann Coulter understands is that Newt believes only in the ideology of whatever Newt happens to be thinking at any given moment—fully subject to change in the next—and that, so far as Gingrich is concerned, that momentarily ideology is the ideology we should all be worshipping. What Matt Drudge ‘gets’ is that Newt is willing to act out on his latest thought bubble even if it means doing great damage to his country and its citizens, something even Drudge is willing to see as not a very healthy direction for our country or, for that matter, any country.

It turns out that much of the Insufferable Right, including folks like Coulter, Drudge and (gulp)Tom DeLay, love their country enough to try and deflect a dangerous megalomaniac like Newt Gingrich, even if it means re-electing Barack Obama.

I wonder if I’ve been too hard on these people all these years?

Ok. I may be getting a bit carried away but I’m feeling a strange love this morning and feel obligated to explore it.

If you’ve been paying attention to the latest round of Romney television commercials in Florida, this meme has become a centerpiece of Mitt’s campaign as the ads make clear that Newt was, in reality, a constant critic of The Gipper and far from the Reagan ally he now seeks to portray himself to be.

Matt Drudge ran with this ball, posting a headline banner at The Drudge Report highlighting Newt’s “big lie” when it comes to wrapping himself in the Ronald Reagan brand. He even linked readers to serious minded takedowns of Newt, including the Elliot Abrams piece for the National Review and the Emmett Tyrrell knock on Gingrich published in the American Spectator under the title “Our Bill Clinton.”

Ouch.

Even Tom DeLay chimed in during a radio appearance—

He’s not really a conservative. I mean, he’ll tell you what you want to hear. He has an uncanny ability, sort of like Clinton, to feel your pain and know his audience and speak to his audience and fire them up. But when he was speaker, he was erratic, undisciplined.

These neoconservative writers and leaders understand what it means to ‘come out’ against Newt at this point in the proceedings. I think they know full well that they may be playing an important role in the re-election of Barack Obama. However, they are willing to do the right thing for the protection of their country because they know, just as many of us who are oceans apart from these folks when it comes to political philosophies know, that Newt is a very dangerous guy.

So, here’s something you’ve never seen and will, in all likelihood, never see again –

Kudos to the chroniclers of the far-right for putting country first.

Seriously. I mean it.

Good on these people for not wanting to see their country fall into the hands of a megalomaniac like Newt Gingrich. And might I add that it is comforting to know that someone like Coulter still possesses sufficient brain cells not infected with anger and bile to still see evil where evil resides.

We should all sleep better tonight knowing there remains a shred of sanity in the hearts and minds of the far right.

Of course, it wouldn’t hurt to sleep with one eye open.

Rick Ungar

Rick Ungar is an attorney in Southern California and a frequent writer, speaker and consultant on health care policy and politics. He is a contributing writer at Forbes. Readers can reach him at rickungar [at] gmail [dot] com.