January 18, 2012
A Fig Leaf for Newton
Consider this an entry into the suggestion box for Newton Leroy McPherson Gingrich...
You're a brilliant guy. But brilliance is not a job requirement (or even much of a benefit) for the chief executive of... well, anything. But particularly the chief executive of the United States, the POTUS.
What we need in a president is (a) administrative skills, (b) a presidential mien, (c) charisma, (d) gravitas, and above all, (e) leadership. A dollop of imagination and creativity helps to turn a good president into a great historical figure; but without the bedrock requirements of a to e, a president's nothing but sass misspelled.
I think it's long overdue to burst your bubble: You are never going to be President of the United States... and you would be a dreadful disappointment if you ever managed it, a conservative Barack H. "Bubble Boy" Obama.
But that doesn't alter the fact that you're a brilliant, entertaining, and illuminating guy. So can't we put our heads together and find you a better gig than your current booking? Because, to be honest, man, you're running long.
First, let's identify your forte: What you have going for you more than any other characteristic is a scintillating, opalescent, amethystine tongue; if you were Irish, I'd say you'd kissed the Blarney Stone. So let's run with that for a moment.
Have you ever considered that your enduring legacy, your finest moment, your immortality might come from... just -- speaking? Ponder this: Instead of running for the presidency, a frutile and footless task, wouldn't your time be better spent barnstorming the country, giving pep-talks for conservatism and Capitalism and priming the GOP brand?
I honestly believe that the best way for you to save our country and perhaps Western Civ itself would be to terminate your interminable campaign, and get the Republican National Committee to fund a permanent job for Newt Gingrich, yourself, to spend the next ten years speaking at every gathering of a minyan or more of eager ears; to let the gospel of liberty, individualism, American exceptionalism, innovation, Capitalism, and genius ring from every village and every hamlet.
And, oh yes, to leave administration to the administrators, of greater or lesser brilliance.
At least that's how it looks to me. Mitt for la Casa Blanca, but Newton Leroy for the masses!
And while we're at it, let's talk about that "mining the Moon" idea; I have some colleagues who can give you a goatload of suggestions...
Hatched by Dafydd on this day, January 18, 2012, at the time of 12:14 AM
The following hissed in response by: BigLeeH
I am something of a fan of Newt. He makes the debates more fun -- ok, somewhat less tedious -- than they would be without him. He is obviously the smartest guy on the stage and can outsmart anybody -- including, most especially, Newt Gingrich. That's his only slight problem as a candidate for POTUS.
So, to recap the role you have prescribed for Newt; lots of speeches, source of new ideas, safe separation from the levers and buttons of administrative power with which he might be idly tempted to fiddle.
Egad, you are on to something, Holmes. He would make a perfect President ... of the Senate!
I'd also like to see him as ambassador to the UN or maybe Secretary of State. I love undiplomatic diplomats.
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