Hugh Hewitt

Can Newt take the country when all of his one-time Beltway allies are pounding him with arrow, cannon and missiles from their permanent encampment on the Potomac?

It is one thing to take on the vast legions of Romnians spread out across every primary state, but the really dangerous stuff to Newt is coming from behind.

It isn’t clear who played Casca in this D.C. drama. George Will and Charles Krauthammer, the two heaviest pieces of artillery in the conservative print arsenal fired at the former Speaker at roughly at the same time. Doc Tom Coburn, the rock-ribbed conservative senator from Oklahoma got deep into Beltway lines –a Sunday show—before getting a knife into Newt. Cassius has to be Ann Coulter, whose column displayed the restraint for which she is known, and she has the lean look down.

Mark Steyn, the noblest conservative of them all because he lives in the Live Free or Die State and because his new best-seller "After America" is so unsparing, plays the role of Brutus in tonight’s performance. He delivered a searing estimate of Newt on my show. Steyn has no brief against Newt going back to the ‘90s. “He, only in a general honest thought, And common good to all, made one of them.”

With more arrows in him than the proverbial Custer, the question now is whether Newt can merely stagger on a few more hours in the manner of the villain Joey Graza from Larry McMurty’s Streets of Laredo who, after being riddle with lead shotgun pellets by Captain Call’s second-in-command Peaeye, still managed considerable more mayhem until a butcher brought him down, or whether, like the first Terminator, Newt takes licking and licking and just keeps tickin’ after reassembling his parts. (The Terminator came from the future to save the present; Newt sees himself as sailing out of the past to save the future.)

Hugh Hewitt

Hugh Hewitt is host of a nationally syndicated radio talk show. Hugh Hewitt's new book is The War On The West.