If you’ve been watching the Texas governor’s caucus results in Iowa, primary results in New Hampshire, and the current polling data in advance of South Carolina’s primary, Rick Perry’s pending 11:00 AM decision to withdraw from the GOP Presidential race is hardly unexpected.
Rick Perry will drop out of the presidential race on Thursday and endorse Newt Gingrich, Fox News confirms, a decision that comes just two days before the South Carolina Republican primary.
The decision comes after the Texas governor, who once led the field of GOP hopefuls, endured disappointing finishes in the leadoff Iowa and New Hampshire contests. While he is polling only in single digits in South Carolina, his decision to withdraw could end up giving a boost to one of his opponents should his supporters gravitate toward a particular candidate.
Perry’s decision and endorsement was more or less inevitable, but was the timing of the announcement now, after the revelation of Marianne Gingrich bitchfest to ABC News, seems designed to shore up Gingrich’s hopes of defeating Mitt Romney in South Carolina.
I think we’re witnessing an interesting dynamic at play here.
The media clearly favor a Romney/Obama matchup in the general election as opposed to a Gingrich/Obama debate in the general election, and I don’t think it has much to do with electability. The MSM/DNC has crunched the numbers and has come to the realization that Obama is almost assuredly a one-term President. What the media is hoping to do is knock Newt Gingrich out of the race so that Romney wins the Oval Office, in the hopes that “moderate Mitt” will be less inclined to undo as many of the liberal gains that have been enacted during Obama’s term. Their greatest fear is that the “angry little muffin” will come in and go all “constitutional” on them, spearheading a Republican House and possibly Republican Senate in a great reshaping and undoing of the liberal agenda of socializing the United States over the past 40 years that they were so close to completing.
I hasten to add that there is no guarantee that Mitt Romney wouldn’t enact reforms as well, as he most assuredly would, but Mitt doesn’t seem to have the visceral hatred of progressivism that permeates Newt’s rhetoric and actions.
By all accounts, Rick Perry was going to drop out after South Carolina anyway, but his timing of dropping out today strongly suggests that his endorsement was calculated to blunt the impact of the Marianne Gingrich interview that ABC News was going to run just days in advance of the SC primary in hopes of giving Mitt the win and knocking Newt out of the race as well.
Rick Santorum is a nice guy, but He’s a big government guy, just like Romney. He doesn’t scare the Washington elites, or the MSM/DNC. Gingrich is a loose cannon, and scares the crap out of them. They want him out of the race. Perry stepped up and took (an inevitable) one for the country.
South Carolina’s primary just became a lot more crucial, and interesting.