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Fun with Newt

Posted on the 14 December 2011 by Erictheblue

Everyone is having fun with Newt!  Over at the New Yorker site, John Cassidy, whose Rational Irrationality blog is consistently a joy to read, has solicited responses from friends and correspondents to a simple question: "What is the nicest thing you can think of to say about Newt Gingrich?"  You can follow the link to his compilation; I can't repress the impulse to set down a few of my favorites.

  • He and his wife both have nicely combed hair.
  • Newt Gingrich is definitely less evil than Hitler.
  • He's taller than James Madison.
  • He hasn't shut down the government in years.
  • Cheerfully provides his current wife with bling.
  • His mother seemed to like him, in that interview with Connie Chung. Remember?
  • For a fat man, he doesn't sweat that much.
  • There's not two of him.
  • He's the one to get Obama reelected.

Meanwhile, Cassidy's colleague Ryan Lizza surveys conservative opinion.  These are his ideological fuck-buddies speaking. I know Romney is a bore and a toady, and that a randomly selected Republican voter is apt to be unconnected to any hinge, but, really, Newt Gingrich? Seriously? Go on!

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