Prior to the revelation that Adelson Inc. will vomit up another $5 million to the Gingrich super PAC, I confess I thought our bitchy little area megalomaniac (and/or spouse) might cease bankrolling Pig Newton.
Allow me to 'splain...
Con job performance settings dialed to industrial strength, Gingrich once convinced Adelson that Newt, too, thinks one country's interests must be protected above all others, right or wrong and no matter what, and that country is Israel. Adelson has been financing Gingrich's phony baloney "policy" slush funds ever since. So when Adelson pooped out the first $5 million to Newt's vanity presidential campaign a few days after the Iowa caucuses, well, it looked as if there was no threat that Gingrich could actually be competitive. Adelson might have been just throwing a dog a bone as small token of appreciation.
But then! (Your Gleaner's more thorough review of "but then" and what it means for the NV GOP caucuses will be in CityLife later this week.)
In the last year or so, it has not been unusual for Gingrich's favorable rating to be 30 points upside-down. I'll leave it for others to confirm (assuming it can be confirmed; too lazy/bizzy to look), but presumably Gingrich's favorable rating has not been higher than his unfavorable rating at any time in the current century.
One might have expected that some cooler head among Adelson's courtiers would have humbly but carefully explained to Sheldon and Dr. Mrs. Adelson that Newt Gingrich will never be president of the United States, ever, and that nominating him all but guarantees Obama's reelection -- a prospect that surely must horrify Adelson as much as it horrifies all of Adelson's fellow paranoid and irrational (albeit non-billionaire) Americans bitterly inhabiting the unhinged right wing.
Giving Newt money so he can satisfy his anti-Romney bloodlust: Amusing.
Giving Newt money so he can win the nomination and thus assure that Obama will coast to victory: Priceless (or more accurately, $10 million so far).
It goes without saying but just as a reminder -- nobody tell Republicans that Gingrich is unelectable until after he wins the nomination. That goes double here in Nevada, because if Gingrich beats Romney here, where Romney is expected to win easily, it could go a long way toward assuring that the centrist in the White House gets a second term.