Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Newt Gingrich: The de facto leader?

REPUBLICANS ARE now said to be regarding Newt Gingrich as the "de facto" head of the party. In return, Gingrich, who has been giving a lot of speeches for his supper these days, has publicly stated that if the party has a "vision" he will be a candidate for president in 2012. How reassuring it must be for a leaderless party to be de facto-ing a marathon GOP insider who spends more time talking about the vision thing than your friendly optometrist.

However, if you can trust the vision of those pundits who insist on calling Gingrich from his de facto bullpen, he has climbed above Rush Limbaugh in the GOP ranks for the party's affection. (Actually they might prefer Dick Cheney, but vision or no vision, he no longer qualifies to be a de facto.) To demonstrate his own peculiar witless desperation to maintain parity on the Republicans' short list of purported de factos, Rushbo saw an opportunity to again reinforce his own bigotry by attacking Sonia Sotomayor's accident.
"Now the question is," the Great White Whale spouted, "would a white male judge have fractured his ankle in the same circumstances?"

Better think of something, quick, Newt. He's not going away quietly.


PJJinOregon said...

The GOP changes leaders as quickly as Imelda Marcos changed shoes. And with good reason. The GOP seems run down at the heels, has a hole in its soul and can't untangle the knot in its straight laces. What the GOP needs is a pair of new running shoes, but they're too comfy wearing their old in-house slippers.

Grumpy Abe said...

Are you suggesting they need new heels?

fargo said...

Remember back in 1994 when the Republicans took control of the House and Senate? George Will wrote a famous column in which he declared the Clinton Presidency effectively over. Will anointed Bob Dole the "de facto head of foreign policy" and Gingrich the "de facto head of domestic policy" .....anyone remember how that "de facto" dream leadership team worked out?