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Thursday, December 15, 2011
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Two of the better political commentators out there right now are Margaret Carlson and Peggy Noonan (IMHO). They both have a lot of insight into national politics. And both made very some interesting comments recently about Newt Gingrich and the moon. As you know, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich got into a little tussle at last Saturday night’s GOP presidential debate about Gingrich’s proposal to set up lunar colonies for mineral mining. Romney cast it as a wacky, delusional idea while Gingrich defended it as visionary and inspiring, the bold stuff that makes America great.

A few days after the Dec. 10 debate, Ms. Carlson wrote an essay reviewing Mr. Gingrich’s recent eclipse of Mr. Romney in the GOP presidential stakes. Despite her article’s broad scope, she selected a catchy article title focusing on the lunar controversy: “Gingrich No Loon to Preach Moon in Hard Times”. Obviously, Ms. Carlson thinks that Gingrich’s moon gambit will not hurt him, as it reflects that which makes him so attractive to the T-party factions that now “occupy” the Republican big tent. I.e., the loony faction has found a fellow traveler in Newt, after brief flings with Bachmann, Perry and Cain.

Ms. Noonan’s article was published in the Wall St. Journal just before the evening of the debate. In it, she spoke about the apprehensions that Gingrich is causing amidst the old-school, not-so-loony sectors of the GOP. In doing so, she was rather prescient – she appears to have predicted the Gingrich lunar issue a few hours before it landed! Here’s what she said:

What they fear is that he [Gingrich] will show just enough discipline over the next few months, just enough focus, to win the nomination. And then, in the fall of 2012, once party leaders have come around and the GOP is fully behind him, he will begin baying at the moon. He will start saying wild things . . .

Hey Peggy, pretty good! A political commentator has to be ahead of the curve, and Ms. Noonan definitely was out in front of the moon thing. (Except that Gingrich is saying wild things well before the nomination . . .)

◊   posted by Jim G @ 7:48 pm      

  1. Jim, As to Gingrich: I found an interesting comment on him (once again, I forget where).

    The comment was in reference to Gingrich’s stint as leader of the house. The commentator said (I parapharse, of course) that Gingrich tends to talk well during debates, come up with good ideas, etc.

    However, the commentator noted, in the past when he actually *got* in office, Gingrich was all about Gingrich. He lost his focus on other things that were not himself. That includes getting what he wanted, making himself look good in the eyes of the people he represented, exercising his power–all for a *me-me-me* approach to his tenure in the office he held.

    The idea was that presumably the leopard does not change his spots. MCS

    Comment by Mary S. — December 16, 2011 @ 10:19 am

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