January 21, 2012
Well, it’s not all that hard to predict what comes next. Reuters photographer Joshua Lott telegraphed it in this photo on the group photographer campaign Tumblr blog, Red Elephant. Simply, Gingrich’s gets bigger and bigger — particular in the cranial area, given his truly prodigious, but insatiable mind — and then he explodes.
Lott is not exactly out there on a limb, by the way. For a couple more visual example of the physics, try the big scary head from photog Eric Gay or the illustration from DonkeyHotey at DKos. But Santorum painted just as clear a picture in the last debate. He said:
Grandiosity has never been a problem with Newt Gingrich. He — he handles it very, very well. (Cheers, applause.) And that’s really one of the issues here, folks. I mean, a month ago, he was saying that, oh, I’m — it’s inevitable that I’m going to win the election and it’s — I’m destined to do it.
I don’t want a nominee that I have to worry about going out and looking at the paper the next day and figuring out what is he — worrying about what he’s going to say next.
I mean, and — and — and — and let’s just be honest. I mean — (cheers, applause) — I mean, Newt’s a friend, I love him, but at times you just got to — you know, sort of that, you know, worrisome moment that something’s going to pop. And we can’t afford that in a nominee. We need someone — I’m not the most flamboyant and I don’t get the biggest applause lines here, but I’m steady. I’m solid. I’m not going to go out and do things that you’re going to worry about.
I’m telling you. Something’s gonna pop.
(photo: Joshua Lott caption: Mitt Romney, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich on a television screen in Johnston, Iowa.)