Every time Newt Gingrich loses an primary election to Mitt Romney, he gets angrier and angrier to the point that it becomes disturbing. Newt Gingrich displayed that same level of bitterness and anger last night after it was declared that Mitt Romney won the Nevada Caucus.
Rather than give a speech in front of his supporters, Newt Gingrich chose to hold a press conference in which he goes on a deranged rant on Mitt Romney. Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post described this press conference as a mixture of "Howard Dean’s scream and Richard Nixon’s White House farewell speech."
You can watch him melt down on the video below:
While Newt Gingrich was delivering his rant, Saturday Night Live opened up with a skit spoofing Newt's plan to establish a colony on the moon by 2020:
It was an unfortunate coincidence for Newt Gingrich to have SNL run this skit while he's giving his angry press conference because it now fuses two ideas about Gingrich together. He's both angry and crazy.
Even John Stewart couldn't resist poking fun at Newt's plan for a lunar colony:
John Stewart adds new dimension to the public perception of Newt's character and may have done the most damage to Newt Gingrich's image because he brilliantly tied his history of infidelity with his outlandish idea to establish a lunar colony.
The public perception of Newt Gingrich is a serious problem for him. It doesn't help the fact that Gingrich's favorability ratings are low because of his conduct as Speaker of the House during the 1990s and that he's unfaithful man to both his wife. People are starting to become even more unhappy about him now that its been revealed that his relationship with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are closer than he explained it to be.
However, rather than change the public perception of him, his behavior is only increasing his unfavorability ratings even further. Newt Gingrich is now justifiably being portrayed as an angry, bitter, vindictive politician and Newt's only behavior confirms that. Newt's press conference made his bad night of losing to Romney even worse and doesn't help him at all. Moreover, he's now being compared to Ron Paul in that they are both politically loony because they offer ideas that are neither economically feasible, politically possible or make sense. Ron Paul maybe crazy, but he's not angry or bitter. Newt has both negative qualities.
Newt Gingrich will get even more angry and crazier as he drives voters and political donors to the Romney Camp. But he has no one to blame but himself.