The latest Rasmussen poll shows that Florida Republican primary voters have been turned away from Mitt and are now a solid plurality for Newt (41%-32%). Looks like Newt’s popularity has surged and may have some staying power.
Except for the unpleasant fact that a whole lot of people find Newt, himself, to be an unpleasant sort. The graphic, from Conn Carroll’s piece in the Washington Examiner, shows a pretty convincing story. As Carroll puts it, “America does not love Romney, but boy do they hate Newt.”
I don’t hate Newt. I just think he’s a brilliant man and, like so many brilliant men, ineffective. He’s too hung up on his own big idea-that’s-going-to-change-the-universe this very minute. Next minute it will be another idea. His past failures as Speaker should be instructive.
Newt lost me when he who claims to be a conservative Republican attacked Romney for being a successful capitalist. His attacks could have come from Barack Hussein Obama or Michael Moore. That they came from the alleged tea-party favorite does not speak well for the listening comprehension of some of my conservative brethren.