As I wrote about before, it has been clear for some time that the oligarchy wanted the next election to be between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. That is the kind of election they like and almost always get, between two candidates who will both favor their interests and are nice and predictable and unlikely to do anything impulsive.
But as I wrote in a series of posts immediately after the 2008 election about the future of the Republican party, ever since John McCain impulsively added Sarah Palin to the ticket, the Republican party’s social conservative base has been feeling its oats and has been wanting to move out of the back of the bus and into the driver’s seat. We are seeing that struggle between four groups vying for the leadership play out more in the open now, with the old-style conservatives fearing being driven into the wilderness.
While the oligarchy has been mostly successful in beating down the challengers to Romney, Newt Gingrich’s vampire-like ability to return repeatedly from the dead and now win the South Carolina primary convincingly must be causing them some heartburn. Despite his pro-oligarchic attitudes, his outsize ego and unpredictability make him a hard person to control and thus highly undesirable to the oligarchy.
We can now expect to see the oligarchy go all out to drive a stake through the Gingrich campaign’s heart. It can no longer be done in the quiet backrooms and will be out in the open and will be fun to watch.