It's one thing to enter a ring with a single opponent, but what if you had to enter with three -- one candidate with unlimited money and two titans of political swing to back him? That is exactly what former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is facing right now.
People see Newt's primary GOP opponent as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, but I don't. I think the battle is with Romney's and his cronies' staggering wealth. Last week, The Washington Post exposed that there are 41 mega-rich individuals who bankroll Romney's campaign and his purchase of the seat in the Oval Office: "Nearly a dozen of the donors have contributed $1 million or more. ... Some of Romney's biggest supporters include executives at Bain Capital, his former firm; bankers at Goldman Sachs; and a hedge fund mogul who made billions betting on the housing crash."
In Florida, for example, they collectively spent $15.4 million to run about 13,000 negative ads against Newt (not Obama). Compare that with the 200 ads that Gingrich's campaign ran. Romney's campaign spent more on ads in Florida alone than John McCain spent during his entire presidential run. Given that monstrous media assault, I was actually pleasantly surprised Newt received more than 500,000 votes, compared with Romney's 700,000.
Newt's second major opponent is the mainstream media, or MSM. All it takes is a quick flip through the major network channels to hear the pro-Romney accolades and defenses being offered via a variety of news anchors.
For example, after Newt spanked (with great audience fanfare) CNN anchorman John King at the South Carolina presidential debate for asking Newt to defend himself against his ex-wife's accusations on ABC, CNN sent in its veteran bulldog, Wolf Blitzer, to host the Florida debate.
The next day, after his full-court press against Newt before a national audience, Wolf was on CNN gloating over his victory over Newt. Wolf said, "I was ready for him. ... I wasn't going to let Newt get away with that again" -- "that" being Newt's ability to shut down the power grid of the MSM. So much for unbiased hosting and objective media!
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