The Wussy Factor

Frank DeMartini

The Wussy Scene from Fast Time at Ridgemont High

The Famous Wussy Scene

There is a famous scene from the classic high school movie “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” from the early 1980′s in which one of the characters, Dimone, said that another character, Ratner, is a wussy.  This was the first time I had ever heard that word and I thought it was funny.  Ratner replies, “What’s a wussy?”  Dimone responds “half wimp, half pussy.”  Well, unfortunately, that is my opinion as to why Newt Gingrich is soaring to the top of the polls whether you like it or not.  He is the only one of the three main candidates left that is not a wussy.

This wussy factor played in the 1980 campaign in which Bush, Sr. took on Ronald Reagan for the Republican nomination.  At that time, Bush had the wussy factor and he could not overcome it.  He was seen as the elitist northeasterner.  Reagan, on the other hand, was the gun slinging western bad ass who could take on the commies and the problems facing America.  We all  know what happened there.  Reagan got the nomination and the rest is history.

Then, in 1988, after eight years of the Reagan revolution, Bush, Sr.  ran again, this time as the heir apparent.  The wussy factor was gone.  He could state he was the follow-up to the Great Communicator and, who could forget his bold declaration, “Read my lips, no new taxes!”  At that point, we all knew this was a man’s man.  (Of course that promise turned out to be a lie and Mr. Bush failed in his re-election bid in 1992).

As stern as he can get!

Unfortunately for Romney and the mainstream Republican Party, we have the wussy factor coming into play again and Gingrich is playing it to the hilt.  Don’t you just get the impression that when Romney speaks, he either doesn’t believe what he is saying or he just doesn’t have the guts to fight about it.  Plain and simple, he is a wussy.  And, the public has finally figured it out.  In fact, the latest polls show the Romney campaign is in a tailspin and that is not even taking into account that his tax returns show the man had Swiss bank accounts until 2010.  Just wait until that one hits the mainstream in full force.  Up until now, he was clean and a wussy.  Now, people won’t be too sure about him being clean.  He will just be a wussy.

The same thing is also true of Rick Santorum.  When he makes a point, it’s the same as Romney.  There is no conviction or fight in his tone.  He’s just talking.  Whether he believes it or not, he is not going to instill that confidence necessary in the electorate to get him the nomination:  again the wussy factor.

This is not that case with Newt Gingrich.  Gingrich with all of his baggage and all of his past political screw-ups that were carefully laid out in my colleague Tim Ross’s column on Monday, “Anyone but Newt,” is currently leading in all major polls.  In fact, he is soaring to new heights that only he could possibly screw up himself at this point.  And, usually when he is the front runner, he does tend to screw up.

Is this man Ronald Reagan?

Newt is not a wussy, plain and simple.  Newt is a man’s man.  Newt is the gunslinger from the deep south.  Newt is the fighter that will take on Barack Obama and either bury him politically or die trying himself.  And, fortunately or unfortunately, depending on where you stand right now, that is what the Republican Grass Roots wants.  They want a fighter whether he win or lose in November.  They do not want a wussy.

This has got the mainstream of the party literally freaking out.  Since Saturday after the South Carolina primary, I have heard numerous times on Fox News and many other media outlets that if Gingrich wins in Florida, the mainstream of the party will openly abandon Romney and start looking for an alternative to Newt.  In other words, all hell will break loose and we probably will have the dreaded brokered convention.

However, if that happens, Newt will continue to fight because that’s just what he is and God help the Party if they draft another wussy to take him on.

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5 Responses to The Wussy Factor

  1. jim hull on January 25, 2012 at 8:44 am

    putting ethnicity before service to the office, ( ” i want to be the first candidate of spanish origin…) is never a good strategy.

  2. KK on January 26, 2012 at 12:20 am

    I have to agree with you on this one Frank. Right or wrong Newt is doing the fighting that true conservatives have been longing for since the socialist in chief moved into the White House. The GOP will never begin the turn back to conservatism with Romney at the helm. It will just be Democrat lite. I don’t believe the naysayers that scream that Newt can’t elected either. That’s what they all said about Reagan too.

  3. Keats on January 29, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Great article! Agreed.

  4. Keats on January 29, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    can you explain “brokered convention” more thoroughly? Thank you.

    • Frank DeMartini on January 30, 2012 at 7:02 am

      A brokered convention is one in which none of the candidates come into the convention with enough delegates to get the nomination on the first ballot. After the first vote, the delegates are released from their required voting and back room deals are cut in hopes that one of the candidates can achieve the required number. With each new ballot, more dealmaking is made in “smoke filled” rooms until a candidate is chosen. It is theoretically possible that someone who is not even running can end up with the nomination as a compromise candidate. This has not happened in either of our major parties in a long time because the primary process has been developed to stop it from happening. However, if all four candidates stay in this race and continue to pick up delegates, it is entirely possible.

      In fact, there are many Republicans saying secretly that this is what they want as they are not truly happy with any of the candidates. Right now, Romney appeals to the mainstream bigger government GOP and Gingrich appeals as the alternative. There is no compromise candidate in the wings. In fact, Ron Paul can theoretically have enough power at the convention to basically pick the nominee depending on how many delegates he has.

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