New Hampshire’s largest newspaper, the Union Leader, has announced Sunday it’s endorsing Newton “Stay Puffed” Gingrich in the 2012 Republican Tea Party (GOTP) primary race. This of course comes as a near devastating blow to fellow GOTP presidential candidate Mittens Romney.
Union Leader editorial page editor Andrew Cline said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that Romney’s a “very play-it-safe candidate” which is not what America needs right now. “Perhaps in the late 19th century, perfect.”
“He doesn’t want to offend anybody, he wants to be liked, he wants to try to reach out and be very safe,” said Cline. “And that’s not very realistic, but imagine what that would be like as president.”
The paper had narrowed down its choices to Gingrich and Reverend Rick Perry, eventually going with Gingrich because of his political experience, Cline said.
“I’m really not sure precisely what we get out of a President Romney — who might very well be a good president — but we don’t really know,” he said. “Given the choice between the candidate who wants to be liked and the candidate who wants to be respected, we would rather have the guy who wants to be respected.”
Publisher Joseph W. McQuaide wrote in the endorsement that Gingrich is “by no means the perfect candidate,” but is the best one in the running.
“We don’t have to agree with them on every issue. We would rather back someone with whom we may sometimes disagree than one who tells us what he thinks we want to hear,” he wrote.
So, Mittens has been passed over by the largest newspaper in the state of New Hampshire for Newton; wow, no matter how you try to spin it, that’s got to sting quite a bit. But the editor’s right, Mittens wants to be liked and he’s been selling his soul to every new audience, flip flopping back and forth on every issue saying whatever he thinks the current crowd wants to hear; and well frankly, eventually that kind of political foosball catches up with you. Gingrich’s the first viable challenger to King Mittens and he could pull it off, the rest of the Crazy Eights are simply courtesans at this point.