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Newt and Big Media

Say what you will about the substance of Gingrich’s campaign or his marriages and the circumstances under which they went kaput. But it was sure fun to see him yank down CNN’s pants (and ABC’s) over their attempted mugging with Marianne. And what Newt said about the “elite media protecting Obama” by attacking Republicans was right on the money. The leftist media have been shilling for Mr. Obama for the past five years, what with thrills up their legs, comments about him being “God,” and their fierce uncuriosity about his missing college and financial records, absence of Harvard Law Review articles, passport records, name changes, personal finances, terrorist connections, ghost-written books, his sojourn in Pakistan, ad nauseum. It’s heartening for a POTUS candidate point out the pattern in a tone that doesn’t sound like a whine.

But it’s not enough. Where the media have hounded Newt and Mitt about their tax record, business records, and past sins, the GOP’s nominee should echo those same demands concerning Mr. Obama and hammer on it till it gets some traction. At some point, even the rudderless middle-of-road voter will begin to wonder why GOP nominees have to bare it all while Mr. Obama steadfastly conceals it all. In a campaign where distrust of D.C. is already factoring heavily into the outcome, sowing some richly deserved distrust of D.C.’s wholly-owned elite media is sure to help matters.

GOP’s Ivy Leaguers be hatin’ on South Carolina

The great thing about Gingrich’s win in South Carolina is that it reminded the GOP’s northeastern clique that other parts of the country 1) vote, 2) matter, and 3) are in no mood to obey their betters.

Note to the Ivy League wing of the GOP: lots of people outside the Boston-D.C. corridor have somehow formed the impression that you’re a bunch of godless, amoral, unpatriotic, big-spending, media-attention-craving, bribe-taking, gutless RINO sellouts more eager to cut a deal with home-grown Marxists than to defeat them with courage and wisdom and the principles of of the Constitution.

Who can say where the rabble gets such ideas!

But perception being sorta-kinda like reality and all, you have to take these yokels into account. If they can vote a thumb in your eye, they’re in a mood to do it good and proper. Over the next couple of years, see what you can do about changing their impression of you. And with deeds, not spin. It’s almost like they’re catching on to the spin thing.

otherbrothersteve@gmail.com

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