Monday, October 26, 2009

Newt Again

Stop the presses: Newt Gingrich is thinking about running for president in 2012.

[crickets]

As Michael J.W. Stickings points out, every time the disgraced former Speaker of the House — who got tossed out on his ass by his own party for losing seats in the House in 1998 and making the centerfold of Hypocrites Digest for having an affair with an office staffer at the same time he was going after President Clinton for having an affair — feels as if he’s not getting enough attention from the news media, he proclaims that he is considering running for president, but only if he feels the call:

C-SPAN: “If you were to run, what factors would you take into account? What would lead you to think about running?”

GINGRICH: “Callista and I are going to think about this in February 2011. And we are going to reach out to all of our friends around the country. And we’ll decide, if there’s a requirement as citizens that we run, I suspect we probably will. And if there’s not a requirement, if other people have filled the vacuum, I suspect we won’t.”

In other words, “I might deign to bless the fortunate people of this land with my magnanimous presence and allow them, my humble servants, to obsequiously genuflect in my general direction.” Hoo boy. To quote from E.K. Hornbeck in the screenplay of Inherit the Wind, he’s the only person I know who can strut while sitting down.

Some of my fellow progressive bloggers have been wondering why it is that all the old and largely discredited voices of the GOP — Newt Gingrich and John McCain in particular — are showing up on all the talk shows; what can they possibly add to the conversation that isn’t either griping or self-aggrandizing? It actually serves two purposes: first, it reminds us of what we had to put up with when these losers were actually in power and there was the possibility that one of them could have become president, and second, given the lack of any leadership in the Republican Party other than the bloviators on cable TV and talk radio, there’s no one else to talk to. So while it may irritate some people to have to endure them on the chat shows, being reminded every now and then of what a complete buffoon Newt Gingrich is only helps the Democrats.