By Roger F. Gay
Of the three stooges in the Republican presidential race, Newt Gingrich most strongly symbolizes the corruption that has been transforming the United States from the greatest nation on Earth into a bankrupt shell for the games of petty dictators. His confused self-portrait, a Washington outsider with loads of Washington insider experience, only suggests that corruption defines his core identity more than the role of politician. America has been through enough trouble and heartache over Newt Gingrich. He represents what we want to expunge from Washington, not our hope for the future.
His campaign failed. At this point, he can only be in for the money, book sales, and vanity. Understanding the vanity part requires some effort, as he regularly experiences rejection and expressions of outright disgust throughout his stumblings around the campaign trail. At some point in the future, when he hopes people have forgotten who he is (a miscalculation on his part that we would have forgotten already), he imagines that staying the full course will look good on his resume.
One can more easily imagine that continuation of his embarrassing campaign efforts could serve as both punishment and as a public example of the most rotten aspects of the current political “establishment.” There has been some benefit to public education, by trotting out the truth of what he presents as proud accomplishments. Newt Gingrich lives in the reverso-world, where defense of liberty means limiting and controlling it, balancing a budget means dramatically increasing spending and covering it over with debt, “family values” means destroying the institution of marriage and rights related to families, and the conservative goal of welfare reform is to break the grip of Constitutional rule to allow absolute arbitrary control of all aspects of personal life by a politically controlled bureaucracy. At the root of it all; not a political ideology, but money and power. Like the others in the “establishment” crowd, he's just interested in stealing stuff.
The problem is that we have something more important than Newt Gingrich to deal with. Corruption is forcing the United States into a deep gully and the sooner we start pulling ourselves out the better. We still have two more stooges to push off the stage, and Newt Gingrich, now playing the sad clown in the Republican race, is still a distraction. We waste valuable time whenever a Gingrich troll breaks into a discussion, tries to overload us with personal attacks, or engages in other underhanded mischief. (His supporters reflect his character.)
Most do not want Mitt Romney to be the nominee. We need to focus attention on the mechanisms of his on-again off-again front-runner status. He's never been the front-runner because he'd be a good president. He wouldn't. He's never been the front-runner because people like him. They don't. He's never been the front-runner because he'd be a strong contender against Barack Obama. He probably can't beat him. And then there's Rick Santorum, the only alternative to Mitt Romney that the establishment controlled media will acknowledge. What can people possibly imagine when they think of him as President of the United States? Can they seriously imagine he could win the presidency?