Michael Savage isn’t known for being polite, moderate, restrained or anything that resembles low-key. He’s out to out-Rush Rush on talk radio, be more controversial, more inflammatory. But, he’s absolutely dedicated to the Republican goal of “making Obama a one-term president,” so he has put his money behind Mitt Romney, sort of.
Savage wrote on his blog “While it’s true that Romney is not as strong a conservative as many would like him to be, the most pressing issue before America today is defeating Barack Obama. And that is something Newt Gingrich cannot do.” Savage’s laundry list of Newt’s flaws was followed with “he will come off badly compared to Obama and look like nothing more than what he is: a fat, old white man.” Though Savage was referring to how Newt will look on television compared to the President, there are a couple of other comparisons that don’t sit well. The President is not Rick Perry or Michele Bachmann. He doesn’t suffer from a lack of intelligence or facts. Though Newt’s strength is supposed to be his massive intellect, he is not smarter than the President. His more controversial ideas come straight from James Bond movies (EM pulse weapons? Really? – and a thank you to Steven Colbert for pointing this out) And he loses facts in his love of bombast.
And then there’s the First Lady comparison.
On a purely personal level, I have no problem with Callista. (Okay, the hair helmet sort of bothers me.) She is a rarity in the world of mistresses – she got the guy in the end. Most mistresses don’t. I don’t like the fact that Newt kept his second wife on a leash for seven years and was not honest enough to ask for a divorce before he was leaving office in disgrace anyway, and I hate the hypocrisy of him conducting the witch hunt on Monica Lewinsky while doing his own intern, but that’s not Callista’s fault. The problem is we’re not French. We would not sit back and chuckle affectionately about a presidential cortege being followed by the wife, two sons, the mistress and her daughter, the way the French did when Mitterand was buried. Just how much are conservatives willing to swallow every bit of moral indignation they stood for during the Clinton administration to accept Callista as First Lady?
Yes, Michelle Obama gets a lot of hateful comments in the conservative media and blogosphere. Rush Limbaugh, who should never comment on what other people eat, loves to drag up a single incident years ago when Michelle ordered ribs at a restaurant. If Rush knew anything about healthy eating, he’d know that an occasional step outside the “healthy” range is not unhealthy, it’s a way to give into temptation without totally blowing your overall diet. It’s about balance. But that doesn’t stop Rush.
Rush is pretty much the polite one in the room where Michelle is concerned. At the bottom of the scum pond is a Yahoo commentator screen-named Dark Clown who advocated the gang rape of the Obama/Robinson women – all four of them.
But, on the world stage, which woman is more impressive, more acceptable across the spectrum of morals and mores, Michelle or Callista? Would Callista be any more accepted in a conservative society than Evita Peron was? Sure, the times have changed, except in a whole lot of countries outside “the West.”
Savage ended his all-caps rant with a challenge for Newt. He offered $1 million for Newt to “set his ego aside…take the money…and don’t run.” Savage said he will get specific about the offer in later blogs.
It might not be a bad idea. Newt gets $1.6 million for “historical consultations” and $60,000 a pop for speeches. The Presidential salary is a real step down in income. Unless Newt could line his investments up and steer lucrative contracts to those companies, the way Dick Cheney did with Halliburton, being President is not a great income move for Newt. The President makes less in a year than Newt’s credit line at Tiffany’s, and he’s sort of honor-bound to pay full taxes on it.
I’m hoping Newt doesn’t take the money. I like Barney Frank’s comment “I did not think I lived a good enough life to see Newt Gingrich as the Republican nominee. He would be the best thing to happen to Democrats since Barry Goldwater … It’s still unlikely, but I have hopes.” Judging from the poll numbers this week, our chances are increasing all the time.