The biggest difference between Barack Obama and Newt Gingrich, other than where they’d take America, is how they handle grudges.
Both men hold a grudge as tightly as a squirrel gripping an acorn in winter. It’s just that Mr. Obama is adept at keeping his grudges from public view, most of the time – his infamous airport run-in with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer notwithstanding.
Mr. Gingrich, on the other hand, can’t help himself. Literally.
After winning the South Carolina primary, he was all flowers and sunshine toward his primary opponents. But then, it’s easy to be Mr. Magnanimous when you win. Tuesday night, after losing Florida big to Mitt Romney, Gingrich’s concession speech snarled toward the “Massachusetts moderate”; there was no public nod to the winner; and there was no
private phone call either, apparently.
“Newt Gingrich loses Florida – and reminds us why,” was Jennifer Rubin’s take in The Washington Post.
The man who embraces big ideas just made himself look very small. This is what we’re left with? A grudge match to the end?
Like Gingrich, we regret the tone of the campaign; one source reported 92 percent of the broadcast ads in the Florida primary were negative. We wish people weren’t swayed by them, but they are.
But we also don’t need another president who clings so tightly to perceived grievances. Show some class.