HEART OR HEAD?
Alright electorate, here's a question for you:
Do you vote with your heart or with your head? Mind you, this isn't a throw-away question. It matters.
It matters a lot.
***SERIOUSLY, I WANT TO KNOW YOUR ANSWERS; SO EMAIL/TOUT/TWEET AND I'LL POST THE FIRST FEW***
But most people probably won't answer the former because that would mean admitting that on many occasions emotions are overruling intellect.
Though that's exactly what some believe is happening with Newt Gingrich. Fans of the former speaker are so thrilled with his tough talk and brazen challenges to Barack Obama that they've latched on. He tugs at their political heart strings with lines like this:
"How does a Columbia-Harvard graduate, who was the editor of the law review ... supposedly the best orator in the Democratic Party," Gingrich asked recently. "How does he look himself in the mirror and say he's afraid to debate a West Georgia College professor?"
Adding he'd like them to be 3-hour debates, with no moderator. And he wants 7 of them!
(Hear the challenge below)
If that's not throwing down the gauntlet quite hard enough, Gingrich also said should the President refuse, the GOP candidate will set his schedule to follow Mr. Obama's so he can chase him around the country and make a spectacle of the entire ordeal.
The applause is always deafening. Gingrich is no rookie. Nor, must I point out, do I believe all of his followers are doing so solely because of his rhetoric. Many, especially in the Tea Party, see his policies as those most deserving of enactment.
But those who DID jump on to the Gingrich bandwagon for the wrong reasons may safely jump off when and if it slows down to a disappointing speed. As the attacks on Gingrich continue (inevitable once one becomes the front runner) some are finding themselves less enamored.
Mitt Romney hopes ads like this, and the corresponding website actually called www.NewtandNancy.com, will chip away at his massive lead and legions now chanting his name.
It may be working. The newest figures from Public Policy Polling show his "favorability" in Iowa has dropped a whopping 19 points in just one week. A huge dip. 3 weeks can be a millennium in politics, which is almost how long we have before the caucuses.
The more people address Gingrich's persona and policies, the more they'll have to ask themselves the question at the top of this column: heart or head?