Monday, August 13, 2007

Run, Newt! Run run run RUN!!!!

Because if Rudy's personal life is red meat to those who pontificate on 2008, then believe me, they're going to salivate when the Newtster enters the race.

He hasn't announced and he already has a detractor.


So the writer of "Gingrich thumps the senator on Fox" (Aug. 6, Letters) praises Newt Gingrich as a dynamic speaker worthy of public support while condemning Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis. While I usually say a public figure's private life is none of our business, Gingrich is an exception. This man left one of his wives on her sickbed so he could marry his mistress. Anyone who would be so cruel to another human being doesn't deserve our respect.

KEITH ENSMINGER
Merced

Oh yeah, and Gingrich has admitted to fooling around on his wife while he was trying to nail Clinton.

But never mind that. Newt has declared that candidates' personal lives should be off limits. Gee, dude, why don't you just wear a big placard that reads, "I'm Running, And I'm Warning You Not to Bring Up My Lousy Luck With Women"?

And once again, he compares campaigns to reality TV. From CNN:

"These aren't debates," the former Georgia congressman said. "This is a cross between [TV shows] 'The Bachelor,' 'American Idol' and 'Who's Smarter than a Fifth-Grader.'"

"What's the job of the candidate in this world?" asked Gingrich. "The job of the candidate is to raise the money to hire the consultants to do the focus groups to figure out the 30-second answers to be memorized by the candidate. This is stunningly dangerous."

Say, Newt, didn't the right-wing movement gain power by way of 30-second catchphrases and soundbites? The kinds dreamed up by political insiders and establishment figures like you? Soundbites such as "Contract on with America"? Or calling an estate tax a "death tax" so you could scare people into voting to for tax breaks for the ultra-rich? At what point did you decide it was a bad idea? November, 2006 perhaps?

If Newt runs, he'll represent the absolute dregs of the GOP field--a reverse McCain, an insider pretending to be a "maverick" while flip-flopping in ways that the McRomneyanis of the campaign trail would envy. He says he'll decide by October. It can't come soon enough.

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