Saturday, February 6, 2016

No Newt is Good Newt

It's hard to see Newt Gingrich as the GOP answer to Obama.

No Newt is Good Newt


(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: Maybe it's me, but I just can't see Newt Gingrich as the GOP's answer to Obama.

BE: What do you have against Newt?

JB: Well, Obama's `08 election and several since in a variety of states suggest voters are interested in new, fresh faces and the 67-year old Newt's a re-run.

BE: Maybe people are ready for "Happy Days" family values again.

JB: But Newt doesn't even do that. Three marriages, that affair back then while blasting Clinton for an affair. And blaming it all on, what, his love of America?

BE: You mean that thing he told the Christian Broadcast Network back in March? Look, his love for America was so great it spiulled over into other areas.

JB: Maybe so. But there's also the fact that he's a household name among GOP voters, has been talking about running for a year and remains in single digits in Republican polls behind Romney, Huckabee, Trump and Palin.

BE: That'll change after today when he formally announces his run via Twitter. He'll start getting more attention. More TV face time. His numbers will go up. He'll raise money and profile.

JB: Too much baggage.

BE: And then there's Callista, the smiling, blonde mannequin who's Newt's third wife, always seen at his side. She'll help.

JB: Yeah, see, I just don't think the Republican Party is interested in nominating a Newt and a First Other Woman.

BE: But Newt was born here in Pennsylvania, a key state. In fact our headline tomorrow is: "Area man runs for president." Come to think of it, isn't he from your hometown of Harrisburg? Maybe you've got a case of homeboy envy?

JB: He was born in Harrisburg, yeah. So what? So was Nancy Kulp, a.k.a. "Miss Hathaway" of the "Beverly Hillbillies." You don't hear me growl about her.

BE: Isn't she dead?

JB: Just like Newt's chances. Grrrr.



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