What was up with that hostility Newt Gingrich conveyed last night to the candidacy of Mitt Romney as President-elect Donald Trump’s Secretary of State? From FOX News:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich expressed skepticism Tuesday at reports that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was the frontrunner to be President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state.
“I can think of 20 other people who would be more naturally compatible with the Trump vision of foreign policy,” Gingrich told Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
Gingrich said that Trump would have to consider whether Romney would be a secretary of state “in the John Kerry tradition” and whether the 2012 Republican presidential nominee would “represent the kind of tough-minded, America-first policies that Trump has campaigned on.”
Gingrich added that his preferred choices for secretary of state over Romney included former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl, former U.N. ambassador John Bolton, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Hewlett-Packard CEO and Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina.
And Mike Huckabee, too, in The Blaze:
Former Arkansas Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee, who quickly supported Trump once he ended his own 2016 presidential bid, attacked Romney on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” Wednesday morning as he argued that a Romney appointment would be an “insult” to Trump’s supporters.
“I’m still very unhappy that Mitt did everything he could to derail Donald Trump,” Huckabee said. “He didn’t just go after him from a point of saying, ‘I disagree with his policy on immigration, I disagree with his policy on taxes.’ He attacked him on a personal level about his character and integrity, his honor.”
“When you go after the person who is the nominee of your party, who has been duly nominated by the voters, and then you’re savaging the voters — you’re not just savaging Donald Trump,” Huckabee continued. “So it would be a real insult to all those Donald Trump voters who worked really hard.”
When Gingrich emerged as a top surrogate for then candidate Donald Trump his name was floated as a potential Secretary of State. Sour grapes? If so, then he’s obviously out at Trump Tower. But does the simultaneous statement by Huckabee indicate the message was coordinated and that the two are smearing Romney for the Boss. Sort or a way to slam duck the end of his candidacy with an end zone dance?
Gingrich and Huckabee were rough on Republican pols who openly opposed Trump, and they did a good job, too. But they are either in or out when it comes to Trump. This was either coordinated or the two have broken Michael Corleone’s rule to “never take sides against the family.” .
My own guess is that Romney’s out and that Newk and Huck made sure the door hit him on the way out. Besides, to eliminate Romney is to elevate themselves as GOP power brokers.