Newt Gingrich: Talking 'crazy' or 'crazy like a fox'?
Newt Gingrich is 'too crazy' or 'too impulsive' to be president, according to the Romney campaign – and the GOP establishment. Will that tactic work?
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As the Mitt Romney campaign turns their guns full force on Newt Gingrich, we’re noticing a not-so-subtle subtext in their arguments against him. In essence, they seem to be hinting: this guy is a little crazy.
In a media conference call yesterday, Romney supporter and former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu referred to Gingrich’s “irrational behavior,” while former Missouri Sen. Jim Talent called him “not a reliable or trustworthy leader” and accused him of “saying outrageous things that come from nowhere.”
“When you look at candidates, say: ‘Is this the kind of person who’s always going to make me proud in the Oval Office and [I’ll] never have to worry will embarrass America? That I’ll never have to worry will do something that will just make me ashamed?’”
“He had a new idea every 13 seconds. He just made everyone crazy. There was too much turmoil.”
And Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan calls Gingrich a "human hand grenade." In a searing column today, Noonan writes about how many establishment Republicans are absolutely terrified at the prospect of Gingrich becoming the party nominee: