Newt Gingrich was once again Captain of Team Republican Wednesday night at the Reagan Library MSNBC/Politico Debate going head-to-head with the “media” and not his fellow candidates for the Republican nomination. When the out-of-his-league Politico moderator attempted to get Newt to weigh in on the health care wedge previously driven between Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Texas Governor Rick Perry on the personal mandate/percentage of uninsured issue, Gingrich responded with this…
“I’m frankly not interested in your effort to get Republicans fighting each other. You’d like to puff this up into some giant thing. The fact is every person up here understands that ObamaCare’s a disaster… It’s a monstrosity and every person up here agrees with that.”
He then took the objection a step further saying,
“I for one… and I hope all my friends up here… are going to repudiate every effort of the news media to get Republicans to fight each other to protect Barack Obama who deserves to be defeated; and all of us are committed as a team; whoever the nominee is; we are all for defeating Barack Obama
Fine points from Mr. Gingrich. As I said in the debate recap, I do think playing the “pushback on the media” card is getting a little tired or at least heading that way, but I do believe Gingrich probably scored some points with viewers unaware that he took a similar position in the last debate. Right-Wingers despise the MSM and nothing breeds more contempt than the thought of that institution working to protect or insulate Barack Obama. I can’t say I believe the strategy will continue to work if he keeps going to that well, but I do commend him for capitalizing on the opportunity while it still exists.