This GOP presidential primary campaign offers an important reminder; for every scathing political comeback that makes it into the history books, there are loads more that flop—or worse. The latest attempt to one-up a rival comes from Newt Gingrich. It falls into the latter category.
Newt recently took issue with rival candidate Mitt Romney’s quip that Gingrich’s failure to get on Virginia’s primary ballot was like “Lucille Ball and the chocolate factory.” It means basically that his operation was a botched effort.
So Newt, rather than proving that his field operation was sound, decided it was time to get witty. He’d show Romney…er…by showing up at a real chocolate factory Wednesday, apparently thinking this was some kind of clever comeback.
“Gov. Romney had a cute line yesterday about my team resembling Lucy in the chocolate factory, and I just want to say, here I am in the chocolate factory and now that I have the courage to come to the chocolate factory I hope Gov. Romney will have the courage to debate me one-on-one,” Gingrich said Wednesday to reporters.
Then, he seems to thought he would look even more clever if he actually got in there and started making the chocolate himself. There’s even video:
I guess it is possible he hadn’t seen the Romney pic. Still, if he had thought about it, he probably would have realized that what he thought was some kind of brilliant comeback ended up making him look more Comedy Central than C-Span.