I don't understand the Palins' support of Newt Gingrich. This is troubling. Palin appeared to have a fairly good grasp of limited government philosophy, so why is she supporting this frustrated, bloated Napleon? Well, her husband, but from what she's said lately, she's urging voters to support Gingrich. Is it purely political manipulation, afraid Romney is going to become a quick winner too strong for a challenger later on? Did Palin have plans to jump in the race? Does she need Gingrich to keep Romney weak?
Anyone who believes Gingrich is a rebel fighting the establishment in order to beat back Big Government Republicanism doesn't really understand Gingrich or the principles of limited government. Herman Cain also loudly came out in support of Gingrich. They are both from Georgia, but Gingrich is the opposite of what Cain claimed to support during his campaign.
Gingrich will say or do anything at anytime when it's expedient. Gingrich is now calling Romney a Massachusetts liberal when not too long ago Gingrich was sitting with Pelosi and rubbing shoulders with Al Sharpton. Gingrich has proposed many Big Government ideas -- recently wanting to spend government money on colonizing the moon. Gingrich is not the type of person who will adhere to the principles of limited government conservatives -- he'll use their support as a prop to position himself to the right of Romney, then forget about them if he becomes the nominee.
But, Palin knows Gingrich is not going to be the the nominee, so she can only hope that Gingrich keeps Romney from running away with the race, so that she or some other Republican she's supporting can jump in. If there's another Republican who wants to run, they ought to jump in and run. I guess they're hoping for a brokered convention, but this is a terrible career move for Palin. I've defended her from what I saw as unfair attacks in the past, but anyone who criticizes this move will be on the mark.
Just another side show. I have to believe this silliness is just a political illness that strikes those who get too close, and that it will go away when a winner emerges.