In the Republican race for the presidential nomination, it’s NRA time again.
No, not the National Rifle Association.
Or the National Restaurant Association.
This NRA stands for Never Romney Anytime.
This week it’s the GOP getting old-schooled again. It looks like it’s Newt Gingrich’s time to go to bat and knock Romney out of the game.
Rick Santorum must be feeling pretty good about this. Not that Newt is in for a second or first place poll position, but that everybody in the race is getting a chance and his will probably come in December. Sooner than that, once the media starts digging up all the dirt on Newt —- professional and personally.
In Iowa on Monday, Newt said the GOP is taking a second look at him.
Really? It’s tough enough looking at him the first time without thinking that he looks like the guy who did a bad job tuning the engine on your Ford Focus.
Newt looks like the creepy maintenance guy at an all-girls boarding school.
He looks like the guy who works in the meat department at Ralphs.
Last week’s threat to topple the Mittster was Herman Cain. But he ran into a world of trouble with accusations of sexual harassment from several women. He tried to defuse the charges with not very well-intended humor while blaming everyone from the media to Rick Perry’s campaign for initiating the stories.
Cain dropped to third place in the most recent poll, most notably because he is losing support among Republican women, who may not believe the allegations but aren’t crazy about his cavalier attitude dealing with the issue.
His image as someone who has trouble with women was accentuated by some of the sly remarks he was saying in public during his media scrutiny.
OK, some have been a tad uptight over his “Princess Nancy” remark about former House Speaker Pelosi, or his belly laugh at the expense of someone joking on camera that Anita Hill is supporting him.
The politically correct police tend to get thin-skinned at times.
Even so, Herman was a little too snarky about it for his own good.
Cain’s wife, Mrs. Cain, said her husband “totally respects women.”
Maybe so, but he didn’t help himself with his quote from a recent interview when he said his name for GOP presidential nominee rival Michele “Repeal Obamacare” Bachmann is “tutti frutti.”
He could probably backtrack on that and say he meant that moniker to be for Bachmann’s husband.
Or, he could cover his tracks by saying that’s the Little Richard song for Bachmann and that all his competitors have a nickname of a famous song. For instance:
1. Mitt Romney: “Mr. Roboto”
2. Newt Gingrich: “Never Can Say Goodbye”
3. Rick Perry: “Comfortably Numb”
4. Ron Paul: “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”
5. Rick Santorum: “You’re Having My Baby”
6. Jon Huntsman: “Nowhere Man”
And the song he has for himself: “Ain’t Nothin’ Like the Real Thing, Baby.”
But seeing how his popularity is waning in the polls, his song may be more to the tune of “Hit the road, Jack.”
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