Unctuous doesn’t begin to describe Newt Gingrich’s "serious look" at a 2012 presidential run.
Isn’t that a fine "how do you do" to return to from a nice vacation:
The Republican defeats in the last two election cycles have presented an opportunity for Gingrich to return to prominence, noted more than one Republican strategist.
"Since Republicans don’t hold power, there’s a void of leadership," said Ron Bonjean, a Republican strategist. "And Newt Gingrich is trying to take advantage of this opportunity as much as possible and try to assert himself as one of the leading voices of the Republican Party."
…That could include, the strategist said, the possibility running for president in 2012.
I don’t care what sort of convenient "wipe myself clean with the spirit of the Lord" conversion Newt Gingrich claims to have made just before the next election cycle.
There is no stain remover strong enough to get rid of his self-inflicted pit stains. None.
Or am I the only person cynical enough to see the "Catholicism as slate cleaning by proxy" presser in the offing? I can already hear the Newtie line:
The Lord has blessed me with my lovely
thirdwife and family, and has forgiven me my sins. I only hope that the American public can do the same, although I don’t deserve it. **insert penitent glance here** I only want to serve my country in the best way that I know how. And if the Lord sees fit to bless me in that way, I’ll devote everything I have to more discreet affairs more profitable ethics violationsworking hard for all of us.
Tell me I’m wrong. Please.