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Hume says Gingrich exhibiting ‘road rage’ symptoms

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Jeff Poor
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On Wednesday’s “The Laura Ingraham Show,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, fresh off his fourth-place finish in Iowa, floated the possibility that he could work with former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum to defeat former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the race for this year’s GOP presidential nomination.

Gingrich explained this could be an “outsider” tandem that would be strong enough to beat Romney. But according to Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume, that idea showed a lack of political judgment that could be clouded by “road rage.” (RELATED: Full coverage of Newt Gingrich)

“He told our friend Laura Ingraham this morning on the radio he could envision a combination between him and Rick Santorum,” Hume said. “That really doesn’t make any sense.”

“It appears to me that Newt Gingrich at this moment, his judgment about the political situation is clouded by a sort of road rage against Romney and I’m not sure it will get him far,” said Hume.

Hume then added that the endorsement Romney received from Arizona Sen. John McCain Wednesday would help in New Hampshire, but probably not with conservatives.

He dismissed, however, the notion that Romney and McCain are a part of the so-called Republican establishment.

“This has been one of the most peculiar bits of conventional wisdom of this whole year — which is that the moderates are the establishment and the Republican Party,” he said. “The Republican Party is dominated by the conservative wing for several decades. If you look at a man like John McCain, he was a renegade. He was constantly at odds with his party, with his party leadership and so on… The moderates are the outsiders in the Republican Party, not conservatives.

“Look at who is posing as an outsider — Newt Gingrich former Speaker of the House and Rick Santorum, a former senior member of the Republican Senate leadership. Those guys are not outsiders,” Hume said. “They are at least former insiders. That’s not to say there is anything wrong with that, but it’s an interesting bit of conventional wisdom.”

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