Opinion: Newt Gingrich getting by with some help from friends

Seth Cohen

Seth Cohen

Seth Cohen is a columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact him at [email protected].

During the South Carolina primary on Friday, Newt Gingrich made a stunning performance. His numbers in the polls are going up, but where is Newty getting his support?

Here are three people that come to mind: Chuck Norris, Rick Perry and Sarah Palin. One of these things is not like the other. One of these things just isn’t the same, as these three names popped up for Gingrich’s campaign.

After suspending his campaign, Perry decided to show his support by endorsing Gingrich — this was the right thing to do. Perry kept blathering on about conservatism and the country needing bold conservative leadership, which is a nice change of pace for the country to look toward, but still not the best efforts for a new Commander in Chief.

Here’s the thing: the United States doesn’t need conservative or liberal leadership. It doesn’t even need a Democratic or Republican point of view on leadership. We just need leadership itself. It was a long fight, but he just couldn’t keep up in the end.

Sarah Palin … anytime I think or say the name out loud, I either think of Tina Fey, Alaska, teen pregnancy, Russia or a Disney movie. Her run for vice president in 2008 with John McCain was, as some experts say, one of the reasons why McCain lost his chance as President.

In a 2010 article by Michael Crowley published in The New Republic, Crowley says Palin wasn’t exactly to blame. But at the same time, she didn’t contribute much to the campaign.

“Yet what Palin did to actually help — as opposed to not hurting — John McCain is a different question,” Crowley said. “It’s hard to imagine that anything happened last night which dims Barack Obama’s very sunny prospects. Palin certainly didn’t introduce any damning new facts about Obama’s record, or even particularly clever new iterations of old ones. John McCain may have gone to bed last night pleased with the thought that Palin didn’t melt down. But as Palin would say, that’s looking backwards.”

Now she’s supporting Gingrich … sort of. She said on Tuesday if she were from South Carolina, she would vote for him in Saturday’s primary.

Now to the man himself: Chuck Norris, yes, in sheer defiance against God’s will, he will be supporting Gingrich. He says Gingrich has the knowledge and leadership skills to run the country and knows when to own up to his mistakes.

I can neither confirm nor deny whether or not this is funny for fear of the former “Walker, Texas Ranger” star coming up to my apartment and killing me in my sleep without suspicion, because he can and you all know it. In all seriousness, Gingrich has a lead in the polls with Mitt Romney right behind him. Only time will tell as to who will shed more light in the near future.

Contact Seth Cohen at [email protected].