First many conservatives rallied around the former bankrupt Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSenate committee moving forward with Russia hacking probe Trump must re-engage Africa to halt Chinese inroads Voter fraud allegations reignite squabble MORE
and his birther presidential campaign. Then they rallied around Rick
Perry, the pay-for-play politico who couldn't remember what
government agencies he will close. While they shortchange Ron Paul and
forsake Michele BachmannMichele BachmannEx-rep admires furs amid PETA inaugural gala Why Republicans took aim at an ethics watchdog Will Trump back women’s museum? MORE, they cheer Herman Cain, who embarrasses some
leading conservative women who should have given the various women
raising charges against Cain a fair hearing but were reduced to lame
talk about high-tech lynching, Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill.
Now comes Newt Gingrich, the latest hero of the campaign-fad right and the next candidate to soon implode. Why can't the right rally around the authentic libertarian candidate Ron Paul, the legitimate conservative candidate Michele Bachmann, or find another serious standard-bearer of presidential caliber for conservatives?
Newt believes Barney Frank should go to jail because of ties to a lobbyist, while Newt takes an impressive $1.6 million of Freddie Mac money, according to multiple reports. Does Newt believe Newt should go to jail, too?
Will the investigative sleuths of the House Republicans, paid for at taxpayer expense to run political hearings about Freddie and Fannie, put Newt under oath as a witness too?
How can anyone who supports the Tea Party support Newt Gingrich, the recipient of a massive personal bailout through Freddie Mac money, with a straight face?
And what about Newt's lie that he was hired as a historian by Freddie Mac, and apparently paid $1.6 million, at least, by Freddie Mac, to tell Freddie executives that they stink, if one believes Newt's ridiculous story?
Can't the movement that produced Robert Taft, Barry Goldwater, William F. Buckley and Ronald Reagan do better than Donald Trump, Rick Perry, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich?
More purgatory for conservatives may be coming soon. If Mitt Romney's hostile takeover of conservatives is successful, conservatives will be asked to raise Romney's arms in triumph as the weather vane accepts the nomination, and moves center and left to accommodate the winds of a general election.
All I can say to conservatives, as a Democrat who had higher hopes for Obama, is that I feel your pain.