Thursday, March 29, 2012

Catch of the Day

Will Wilkinson The Economist's J.F. has a wonderful postmortem of Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign:
NEWT GINGRICH does not eat sandwiches; he fundamentally transforms them, radically changing them from solid foodstuff to masticated bolus to energy.
That's how it starts, and it hardly lets up. Frankly.

I'm not sure what's worse: the pundits who bought the Newt thing after South Carolina; the ones who bought Newt during his late fall polling surge; the ones who took him seriously way back when he got in last spring; or the ones who have been warning us that he was a threat to win a GOP presidential nomination every four years beginning in 1996. Either way, the operative quote goes to political analyst extraordinaire Johnny Rotten: "Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?"

Via Waldman, who adds a nice two cents. Oh, and now that his campaign is over (yes, it is), can I go back to calling him Tom P. Baxter (and I'm not going to be modest: if you enjoyed Wilkinson's post, you'll probably enjoy that one of mine. Holds up nicely, I think).

Nice catch!

(Updated: I had the wrong DiA semi-anonymous blogger. My apologies).


  1. I saw Newt arrive in an airplane that didn't have any propellers! O brave new world that has such people in it!

  2. I can't decide which is my favorite quote from the Gingrich campaign: Newt saying, "I am in all likelihood going to be the nominee," or the aide who said, "Newt and I agreed that the analogy was December 1941," about his failure to appear on the Virginia ballot.

  3. Congrats, JB, for never wavering when Newt was soaring in the polls or when he won SC.

    1. Thanks, but really: people were nuts to buy into this one.


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