Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Applause, Applause

Newt Gingrich will “not allow” the people who are hosting the next debate to tell the audience to behave themselves.

“We’re going to serve notice on future debates that we won’t tolerate — we’re just not going to allow that to happen,” Gingrich continued. “That’s wrong — the media doesn’t control free speech. People ought to be able to applaud if they want to. It was almost silly.”

What’s interesting is that he seems to think that his debate effectiveness is based on audience response, and without it, he’s got nothing. (He also doesn’t get the concept of “free speech,” or at least thinks his audience doesn’t get it. The First Amendment has nothing to do with a TV network setting the rules for a debate.) Dog forbid that he should actually have to discuss substance as opposed to one-liners, vaudeville and waiting for an ovation.