Tuesday, January 31, 2012
There is nothing quite as demeaning as an opponent feeling sorry for you. Mitt Romney is using pity as a rhetorical weapon against Newt Gingrich. It's working. Gingrich brought it on himself and deserves humiliation. Romney is helping the process. There is a good reason for the tit-for-tat. Gingrich proved himself a bully in South Carolina -- and a liar. He won the state with his performance, and Romney couldn't afford to let him do it again. If Gingrich was going to bash him, Romney was going to bash back -- and hard. Expressions of pity for the failings of Gingrich were one more example of rubbing it in. Maybe Gingrich will be less divisive as the campaign unfolds, but don't bet on it.