The Republican primary contest has been a highly amusing comedy of errors
as first one and then another of a large group of misfits steps forward onto the
stage and does a series of prat falls that would make the old-time silent movie
First, Herman Cain swept to the front of the pack in the
opinion polls. Then a series of sexual harassment cases fell out of his closet
and he began to lose a bit of his luster. Now, he seems to have suffered intense amnesia in feeble attempts to reply to policy questions. The "heroic"
former governor of Texas assumed that he would inherit the job so recently
left by that hurricane of public policy, George W. Bush, and he soared like an
eagle until he was felled by a black rock and lost his memory. Meanwhile, the
old standby, Mitt Romney, peripatetic candidate for president, is standing by once
again, seeming to find it best to keep his mouth shut inasmuch as each opening
of that orifice results in a charge of "flip-flopping."
Now, the American people are being treated to another "front-runner," none
other than the indefatigable Newt Gingrich! This man was once the Speaker of
the House but there was a little glitch. Just as they were preparing to impeach
Bill Clinton for his affair with Monica Lewinsky, it was learned that he was
himself enjoying a wee fling with his own gorgeous secretary. This, of course,
required his resignation as well as those of a couple of predecessors before a
new Speaker was found who appeared to possess skirts that were clean enough.
This resignation allowed him to be safely out of office before the investigation
into the activities of Jack Abramoff.
Not happy with his lot as a happily-married, rich-and-getting-richer
"adviser" to the firms affected by the activities of Congress, Newt has decided
that he is suited for the presidency. And the movers-and-shakers of the party
appear to agree, albeit counting on the recurrent amnesia of the voters. At first, it was such a crazy idea that laughter would seem
appropriate. However, politics has not been funny for a very long time now. It
is deadly serious and, if we did not eat George Bush's mushrooms and we can remember further back than yesterday, this possibility is entirely
As a reminder -- Newt Gingrich is the same man who suggested that the answer
to the problems with finding welfare would be to put all the children into
orphanages. "Those who cannot afford to support their children shouldn't be
allowed to have them." Shocking and abhorrent? Stay tuned! Now this paragon
of virtue has a new answer for the shortages in educational funding. It is so
simple on the face of it that somebody of limited intelligence just might take
In a recent speech Newt said that the problem could be solved by "firing the
union janitors and hiring the kids to clean the schools!" This would "teach
them how to work." This hair-brained solution was posited in a recent speech
which was documented by Maggie Haberman in Politico
recently. Yep, same
ole Newt. The frightening part is that there will be some Republicans dumb
enough to vote for him!
You doubt it? They elected George Bush, didn't
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