Pat Caddell infamously refers to the Republicans as the "Party of Stupid" and witnessing the way the conservative media is reacting to the GOP primaries it's hard to make an argument against that assessment.
Here, in early December, it's pretty obvious how the race has evolved. Cain is history. He's just not a "NO" but a "NEIN! NEIN! NEIN!" Bachmann, Santorum, Perry and Huntsman are stuck in the single-digits. Ron Paul has his loyal band, crucified on a cross of gold, silver dimes and isolationism. That leaves Gov. Romney and Speaker Gingrich.
It seems none of the conservative literati really likes Romney. He makes the reddest of the red blue through the cold winds that blow through his debate performance vs Ted Kennedy and his blue record in the blue state of Massachusetts. But they seem to like the former Speaker even less.
And here is where the damage is done. What happens if the primary voters don't agree with the commentariat and hands the nomination to Gringrich anyway?
What you get is a DNC dream ad, informing the independents and the swing voters just how "scary" Newt really is. Can't you see it now? As ominous music plays in the background, a woman's voice intones, "Even conservatives think a Gingrich presidency would be a disaster. Mark Steyn calls him, 'a lily-livered ninny whom everyone thinks is a ferocious right-wing bastard...' Ramesh Ponnuru says Gringrich 'is temperamentally unsuited for the presidency.' If Gingrich makes the people at National Review nervous, why should we put him in the White House? Barack Obama. Four more years of steady leadership..."
We, the Ricochet membership, are free to discuss the pros and cons of any candidacy. Nobody is going to say, "Don't vote for X! EJ Hill thinks he's nuts!" But the brightest lights in our universe? Why do they have to be so dim?