Bamboozled in South Carolina Republican Primary


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Bamboozled in South Carolina

-by Scott Rohter, January 2012

 My mother used to say that there is a sucker born every minute.  By the latest calculations there are over 243,000 suckers in South Carolina today, who voted in large numbers for Newt Gingrich on Saturday in the South Carolina Republican Primary.  They preferred Newt over Mitt by almost a 2 to 1 margin, giving Newt Gingrich his first major Primary victory.  Romney received 167,279 votes or 27.8% of the vote, to Gingrich’s 243,153 votes or 40.4% of the vote.  Rick Santorum got 102,055 votes for 17%, and Ron Paul got 77,993 votes for 13%. To see all of the results, county by county, click here on this map link.

I think North Carolina is called the “Tar heel State”, and South Carolina is the “Palmetto State”.  But maybe we should just start affectionately referring to South Carolina the “Tar head” State, because so many of their residents were bamboozled into believing that Newt Gingrich is a real conservative. They bought all of his “bullgeschikta”, hook, line, and sinker!  I am still scratching my head and wondering how they could believe him.  Don’t they know he has a long political track record of doing exactly the opposite of what he says?  We say we don’t like “The Political Establishment” and all of “The Insiders” in Washington.  Hell, Newt Gingrich is “The Political Establishment!”  Newt Gingrich is the ultimate insider!  Well it’s too late now for South Carolina. They already cast their lot!  We just have to go on.  We can’t have a “do over”.  We’ll just have to do better in Florida.

But in South Carolina, way too many people were taken in by the power of Newt Gingrich’s oratorical swagger.  Many un-sophisticated South Carolinians were just plain hornswoggled!  All of them didn’t lose their minds, but enough of them did, to give Newt Gingrich the victory in Saturday’s South Carolina Primary, and at least 23 of its 25 delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida on August 27th.

I just wish that voters in general, Republicans and Democrats alike, would be a little more perceptive, well actually a lot more perceptive, if you really want to know the truth!  And it’s one good reason why I’m actually glad that we still have an Electoral College:  i.e. To save us from ourselves!  I heard a comment from someone I know, who said that they were encouraged by all of the applause that Newt Gingrich had received at the last debate, when he expressed some very popular conservative opinions.  Why should that come as a surprise to anybody? The country is basically conservative, no matter how much of the media that the liberals own, and hammer us with literally day and night! The country is still conservative.

But why would a fellow conservative be encouraged to hear people applauding Newt Gingrich, who is not a conservative, as he pays calculated and grudging lip service to conservative ideas?  I wasn’t encouraged.  I was horrified!  I didn’t see a vision of a conservative resurgence in that room.  I saw the sheep being led to the slaughter!  I saw the TEA Party Movement being effectively nullified.  For Pete’s sake people, wake up!  Newt isn’t the good shepherd.  He is the wolf!  I know, Barack Obama is a wolf too.  But you better wake up folks, wolves run in packs.  We have our own wolves, and in case you don’t know it, Newt Gingrich ain’t the good shepherd!  So all of that applause that Newt Gingrich received when he spoke, actually made me nauseous.  Yes, he was articulating conservative ideas.  But there was just one huge problem with that.  He was only expressing them!  He doesn’t believe in them!  So what, if people liked what they heard.  They were all being bamboozled!  They were all being duped.  See all of my articles on Newt Gingrich right here, or on    

Newtworthy or Not

Newt Gingrich Update

Newt Gingrich: Progressive Establishment Republican

What Newt Kind of Conservatism is This?

The Greatest Title of All

The Most Important Qualification to be President

Misplaced Notion of Party Loyalty

 I spent a lot of time on the phone last week calling the Republican County Chairs and Co-Chairs in South Carolina.  In South Carolina they call their Co-Chair, an Executive Committeeman.  I was trying my best to get them to vote for Paul, or Santorum, or Romney, just anybody but Gingrich.  I was also trying to remind them of the weighty words of our Founding Fathers, and what the most important qualification to be President of The United States really is.  But alas, it was all to no avail.  They are obviously all much smarter than I am!

One interesting thing that I noted was, as my calls got closer to the Georgia – South Carolina border, not only did people have a slightly different accent, but they also had a much different opinion of Newt Gingrich.  They knew enough about the real Newt, so as not to be taken in by him, or by all of his nice sounding words.  Now that really was encouraging.  One particular County Republican Chairman told me that he knew he made a mistake in 2008, by supporting McCain over Romney, and he wasn’t going to make that same mistake again!  He told me that he would be voting for Romney this time around.  I said, he’s not my first choice, but I’ll accept that.  He sure is a lot better than Newt Gingrich. We both agreed on that.

My biggest concern with Mitt Romney has always been his views on individual mandates, and his position regarding ObamaCare, but he has already indicated that he would sign legislation to repeal ObamaCare.  So that issue is effectively off the table now.  As I see it then, the decision just basically comes down to comparing the size of the baggage that Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney carry around with them.  After rummaging around in each of their closets for a while, I think that Mitt Romney’s closet looks a lot less cluttered than Newt Gingrich’s does.  So if I can’t have Ron Paul or Rick Santorum in the end, then I guess I will be voting for the flip flopper over the serial hypocrite!

What we really need to do is elect enough real conservatives to Congress from all across America, so that no matter who is in the White House in 2013, he won’t be able to sign any more freedom sucking legislation, because no such legislation will ever make it to his desk!  And we need to get a Bill to repeal ObamaCare to the President’s desk as the first order of business in 2013 before this usurpatious overreach becomes too deeply embedded in our country to stop it. We need to make sure that whoever our next President is, that he signs that legislation to repeal ObamaCare.

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About Scott Rohter

Property rights activist and author of Oregon House Bill 3453 and Senate Bill 929 which seeks to bring the Oregon State Constitution into compliance with the United States Constitution. Also successfully opposed the Oregon DMV practice of allowing police officers and other law enforcement officials to anonymously report alleged bad drivers in Oregon. Author and publisher of the website called lessgovisthebestgov,com which advocates for a return to the principles of limited Constitutional government.
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