Monday, April 6, 2009
Newt on the pulpit
Happened to glimpse the ubiquitous Newt Gingrich for a few moments on TV as he intoned his recurring sermon on President Obama's alleged flawed policies. His stated matter-of-fact truths reflect the glib style of a bored Bill O'Reilly, which says "What I am saying is so universally true that it hardly needs to be said except for all of the dummies in my audience." Gingrich has been on a glide path since he was rushed out of Congress in the 90's as a misbehaving blowhard. But he doubtless wakes up each morning refreshed by his presumption that he is a profoundly wise and gifted conservative father figure within a shrinking southern-based political party. He does get a bit peckish at times, offering last year's failed McCain gambit that he might have to run for president in 2012 if the less mindful among us don't shape up by then. Class dismissed.