These are the folks who backed George H.W. Bush against Ronald Reagan in 1980; sat back and watched Bob Dole take one for the team in 1996; and generally want a candidate who feels comfortable in his own Ivy League skin and alligator shoes.
But if you think they don’t like Gingrich, they have total disdain for Rep. Ron Paul, whom they consider a disheveled, quirky and deranged little man. Of course, that much of what Paul says makes complete sense does not stop them from deriding him as a loose cannon that see conspiracies and Trilateral Commissions around every corner.
So a funny thing happened on the way to the Iowa caucus this year. The “Establishment” hero, Mitt Romney, losing ground, decided to launch a not-so-subtle attack against Gingrich. His efforts included quotes from disgruntled ex-colleagues of the former House speaker and all sorts of veiled references to how Romney was a real “family man.” The whole effort fell flat on its face, and Romney plummeted in the polls to fourth place.
But these grand leaders of the Grand Old Party don’t go down without a fight. And they have an unusual weapon to use this go around. It is none other than the man they laugh about behind his back, Dr. Ron Paul.