Newt Gingrich is on the rise in the polls for the Republican presidential race. He still seems an unlikely nominee--someone who views himself as the reincarnation of Winston Churchill and who happens to be as philosophically inconsistent as was Churchill. You know, health insurance mandates are good; no, they are bad. Fix Medicare; no, don't touch it. Vote for all those tired old agriculture subsidies; no, reimagine America. That sort of thing.
His predilection to lecture the American people also is not a noted vote-getter. But maybe that wouldn't be quite such a liability if he was running against Barack Obama, who lacks Bill Clinton's ability to connect with voters. (The latter might have been a fraud, but he was such a good fraud!)
Still, the potential of a Gingrich nomination has led to speculation about who might be an appropriate running mate. One of my friends--a sadly cynical fellow long active in New York Republican politics--has come up with the perfect choice. Rudy Giuliani.
Think of it. Gingrich-Giuliani. As my friend puts it, it would be the Henry VIIIth ticket! Just what you would expect when it comes to the Republican Party, whose leaders seem to have such a hard time living up to their rhetoric about morality. Certainly a perfect choice for values voters ... .
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