Despite the massive wave of Tea Party type people in America, the GOP candidates that have so far risen to the top are basically big government Republicans Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. How could these two jump out ahead of the pack while the others flounder? Glenn explains why people are gravitating back towards the establishment GOP.
After looking at recent comments form Ann Coulter where she said we need "to have an electable candidate" - Glenn pointed out that a major issue that the GOP is having right now is that they are simply settling for someone who might have best chance at beating Obama.
"I really respect Ann Coulter. I think she's really smart, and I like her. I like her because she's absolutely unafraid," Glenn said.
He did, however, disagree with her.
"Look, you think these problems are going to go away if Barack Obama is not in office? Look, I want Barack Obama out of office as much as anybody," Glenn said.
"I want somebody who understands the Constitution, can articulate the Constitution, can articulate what small government means, can articulate what business means, how it happens, can articulate what the responsibility of individuals are on charity and the responsibility to not engage on those things with the federal government because then it's a bloated government. I want somebody who can articulate those things but actually means them when they say it."
As for Gingrich's rise over Romney, Glenn believes the established GOP is backing Gingrich over Romney.
"You can't tell me that Mitt Romney is a big government guy and not tell me that about Newt Gingrich. I'm convinced that the established right is all for Newt Gingrich. They don't want Mitt Romney. They've made that determination. I think that the GOP will take Mitt Romney because I think he'll play ball, but there's problems with Mitt Romney, you know. He's a big Wall Street guy. He's flip‑flopped. You know, there's problems with Romney," Glenn said.
"Gingrich has all those problems times three," Stu added. "Honestly I think, I think a lot of people on the right are looking for an alternative to Romney because they don't like him and they are looking and they see Gingrich as the only other guy who performs well in debates."