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The new frontrunner?

Alex Rued, a student at Hamilton College, has written a column for The College Conservative arguing that Newt Gingrich has discredited his own capitalism bona fides by attacking Mitt Romney’s:

GOP candidates, recurrently garnering media attention for their inanity rather than insight, have yet to recoup Americans’ faith in politics. In fact, last month’s Gallup polls revealed unprecedented levels of cynicism regarding our political system and the electoral process. Congress’ job approval rating stands at a meager 17%, the worst in Gallup history, and 70% of Americans “can’t wait for the campaign to be over.”

To make matters worse, Americans are learning very little from this dreaded campaign process. After enduring over twenty debates, voters are still uncertain who they will support come November,[1] while those who have decided on a candidate remain unenthused.  Even the candidates themselves have grown weary of debating, a process that Romney’s strategist Stuart Stevens aptly refers to as “a cruise that’s gone on too long.”

The only person that seems to have truly benefited from the primary debates is intellectual giant Newt Gingrich, whose ratings soared in the initial debate period.  The New York Times bestselling author churns out numerous books each year, devises solutions on issues ranging from health care to UN insufficiencies, and sets up think tanks like neighborhood lemonade stands. Americans were relieved to find a candidate who could name three government agencies with ease and had a list of exclusively consensual extramarital affairs; for a fleeting moment, Gingrich was the favored GOP gem.

But then, Gingrich attacked Romney’s private-sector success. This unfounded criticism, a potentially fatal blow to his conservative platform, reminded America of his careerist tendencies and lack of real world experience, both of which may have precipitated the once-frontrunner’s downfall.

Read the full column at The College Conservative.

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