To many, this did not come soon enough.
That the Texas governor, Rick Perry finally dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination for president.
But he did go out with a sort of bang by endorsing former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich in his bid for the GOP nod.
This is for anyone in South Carolina reading this.
So Carolina, do not vote for Newt Gingrich. If you want to keep the race going with an authentic conservative alternative, you must vote FOR Rick Santorum.
But Mr. RVFTLC, Newt will take the Dear Leader, President Obama, out in the debates!
But we will be lucky to see one debate let alone multiple debates no matter who the Republican nominee is.
But Mr. RVFTLC, Newt is full of ideas.
Yes, Mr. Gingrich is always full of ideas. And he says a lot without giving much thought. Take the assault on Bain Capitol. It was straight out of the Saul Alinsky handbook. And yet Mr. Gingrich does not seem to get why many of us would defend the good work of Bain Capitol. Mr. Gingrich, even the government at many levels (not the federal one) have had to shed jobs. That is what happens in the real world.
But Mr. RVFTLC, he is angry and that is what we need. A real fighter.
Yes, I do agree. But, and this is important, one that can thread the needle. Call it the Happy Warrior if you will. Like it or not, voters do not like angry people. And sometimes, Mr. Gingrich comes off as too much on the anger and not enough on the smile.
But Mr. RVFTLC, what about three marriages?
Ahh, there is a rub. And it maybe the rub that does him in.
Ronald Reagan was the first divorced man to be elected president. His divorce from first wife Jane Wyman was not because Mr. Reagan was shtooping the secretary. It was because Miss Wyman felt his political activities were cramping their life. It was irreconcilable differences but not scandal. And by the time Mr. Reagan ran for California governor, he was happily married for 14 years to the former Nancy Davis.
But Mr. Gingrich has not had the same situation.
Now on his third marriage, Mr. Gingrich has had another woman ruin the other two.
The latest former Mrs. Gingrich. Marianne Gingrich in an interview with ABC News seems to say that Mr. Gingrich wanted an "open marriage". Where he can have Marianne and his then paramour, Calista.
Oh yeah. Forgot this nugget. Too bad the second former Mrs. Gingrich was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis nine months before divorce proceedings began.
Look, I think people forgive one failed marriage. Two, and the circumstances make a lot of people turned off. And that, like it or not Gingrichnistas, is all you would hear from Team Obama.
So, if you are in South Carolina, it comes down to Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum.
And I ask you to vote FOR Mr. Santorum.
In almost every way he is the opposite of Mr. Gingrich.
A solid guy married to his wife, Karen, for 21 years. Have six children. A very blue-collar background. From a large swing-state, Pennsylvania. And has won races where he was written off almost every single time.
I want to keep the debate within the Republican party going. But to do so it must be between two men that are serious and do not flail all over the place.
If Mr. Romney is the eventual nominee, what better than to be sparring with some one like Mr. Santorum? Both are offering a different and positive vision for the United States. Both are disciplined. And it will be much easier for the party to unite no matter who wins.
But I just think that while a long shot falls in Rick Perry, he backs another long shot in Newt Gingrich. And in the end it all helps Mitt Romney.