COMMENTARY | If Republicans thought they had a legitimate chance at defeating President Barack Obama in the 2012 election, their odds seem to be fading fast. Thanks to the weak candidate pool they have to offer, the presidential hopefuls are making themselves look worse than ever.
In a new web ad for his campaign, Newt Gingrich continues his attack on the former governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney. He compares Romney to other politicians from the Bay State, but what makes it so ridiculous is that at the end of the ad, which can be viewed on The Ticket at Yahoo News, the voiceover says, "Just like John Kerry, he speaks French too!" It then proceeds to show Romney speaking in the foreign language.
What this has to do with anything is beyond me. The only thing is really says is Gingrich thinks that having the ability to speak a language other than English is detrimental to the campaign and will hurt Romney's chances against Obama.
I guess this makes sense when you consider the United States is one of the few countries in which its citizens only speak English, and not very well at that. To me, I think it makes a person not only more intelligent, but it opens up the possibilities of developing stronger relationships with other countries.
The former Speaker of the House received only 10 percent of the votes in New Hampshire and 13 percent in Iowa. It's unlikely that he'll surpass all of the candidates, including Romney, and get the nomination. All he is doing is trying to make the only legitimate candidate who has a chance at beating Obama look bad, and he's not doing a great job at it either.
Gingrich, who is not known for his strong moral character by any stretch of the imagination, has gone on a rampage of attacks trying to make Romney look bad and only continues to damage his own, not-so-great reputation. According to the Huffington Post, even conservatives "see Gingrich's assault on Romney's career in private equity as the undoing of years of painstaking work to repair his image and reputation."
With less than ten months to go before voters go to the polls, it's beginning to seem more and more like they're making a great effort to achieve something other than the presidency. This group makes politicians look worse than the characters in "Dumb and Dumber." The thought of any of them running our country is frightening.