August 09, 2007

Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich was on CSPAN last night speaking at the National Press Club in Washington discussing the present state of the American election process.
Especially critical of this years early campaign and endless debates Gingrich remarked, "These aren't debates, this is a cross between 'The Bachelor,' 'American Idol' and 'Who's Smarter than a Fifth-Grader.'"

In that same vein I would suggest that after each debate the candidates should gather at tribal council throw one of them off the island (campain trail) until they get the number of candidates whittled down to the final two or three.
He also lamented the money needed this year and in reference to the last election cycle Gingrich said "For the most powerful nation on earth to have an election in which Swift Boat veterans versus National Guard papers becomes a major theme verges on insane," Americans would likely agree.

Gingrich is a marvelous speaker, has some unique insightful ideas for addressing the nations woes and has been mentioned as a presidential candidate. His entry would interject some welcome dialog into the debates, unfortunately his past baggage would be a problem for the republican base and every story about him would end like this one on CNN.

"Gingrich stepped down as House speaker in 1998, after Republicans lost seats amid the drive to impeach then-President Bill Clinton over allegations that he lied under oath about a sexual relationship with a White House intern.
In March, Gingrich acknowledged he was having an affair of his own around the same time. He insisted he was not a hypocrite because Clinton was not impeached for the affair -- but for lying about it.
The Senate acquitted Clinton the following year, and his wife, former first lady turned-New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, is among the current Democratic front-runners."

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