For all the money, the Super PACs, the inevitability of Mitt Romney being the GOP nominee to take on President Obama - Mitt just can't seem to close the deal.
Mitt Romney couldn't wait to get out of South Carolina. Not only did he lose in a landslide in South Carolina today...he lost Iowa yesterday! Mitt's collapse in my view started with his interview with Matt Lauer where he accused you, me and most Americans of being "envious of the the rich"...the "99% are envious of the 1%".
Mitt is so far removed from reality that he probably thought that would go unchecked. Most Americans don't begrudge the wealthy - they simply want a fair shake in life. Since the Lauer interview we've come to learn that Mitt owns the Cayman Islands! He's sheltered huge amounts of his wealth from US taxes and that is legal and there's nothing wrong with it. But you can't expect the American people in this economy to give you a pass when you're accusing the president of "class warfare" and you're uberwealthy and most of your money is overseas.
Newt Gingrich understood South Carolina. He knew that dog whistle racism could be turned into foghorn racism. That's why he spent so much time introducing his JOBS plan for America...putting black 3rd grade students to work cleaning toilets! That kind of sillyness, bigotry and racism goes over well in SC!
South Carolina was the first state to secede and the last state to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr...just sayin...racism is alive and well in SC and Newt was the toe tappin' fiddle player!
At the same time Newt honed in on Mitt's "tax problem" prompting Mitt to say he might realease one years taxes in April. Well I got news for Mitt...if he doesn't realease his tax returns before the Florida primary vote...his campaign is OVER! This issue will NOT go away. Newt won't let that bone go and neither will the press or the American people!
Newt won the "bigotry sweepstakes" in SC, but Florida is another animal. A large elderly population, a huge Hispanic population, conservative but not nearly the dog whistle crowd that inhabits SC. Telling Floridians about 3rd grade black toilet cleaners ain't gonna fly in Florida.
Calling President Obama "the food stamps president" won't fly either. And repeating the lie that stupid and ignorant South Carolina bought won't sell..."president Obama has put more people on welfare than any president in history".
That is an absolute lie...Dubya Bush did!
On to Florida and - the TRUTH!