The January Surprise

For those wondering ,”Where is Herman?” I guess he is out of the dog house with his wife (his charge cards are maxed out at Tiffany’s, even with the Newt discount), so he has now decided to make himself relevant again.

For those that watched the video, did Herman goose that lady in the red top? Old habits die hard. But more importantly , is there any significance to be gleaned from the fact that when Herman came on stage, he greeted everyone except Newt? No eye contact, no hand shake, no words, no acknowledgement at all that he was even on stage, this seemed odd to me. Yeah, he made up for it later.

Naturally, the timing was propitious given the latest Florida poll results. A Newt victory there would be put Romney clearly on the mat.

The text of the speech seemed a bit odd to me as well. A 7 minute endorsement speech and all we know about Newt is that he is a patriot, not afraid of bold ideas, and he cares, that is all the qualifications he can come up with? I thought the Edmund Burke/evil reference was also misplaced. The cavalier throwing of the word “evil” around is just as bad as going to the racist well all the time. Nothing is gained with this tactic, and much is lost.

I’ve decided that, as much as I liked Herman in the past and how much he has brought to the Republican table, I hope he goes the Sarah Palin route, makes lots of bank selling books and speaking fees, but stays out of politics. I don’t even want him as a VP nod and think there are much better more qualified people (Marco, I’m looking at you).

So will this endorsement help Newt with a Florida win?

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  1. Seattle Outcast

    I don’t know about most people, but an endorsement of a political figure is likely to have the opposite effect on me as they intend. I figure it’s primarily the fault of the press, that would endorse any fucking far-left idiot out of habit, which would cement my opinion of who to vote against. It’s a great way to learn about politics: the local newspaper posts a huge section just before the election of people that are now confirmed as stupid, corrupt, paid for, or completely out of their depth, and tells you that you should vote for them over the people that are much the same, only slightly less so, or not in the pocket of the unions but of business.

    Thing is, I’ve frequently made up my mind about the pool of candidates very much in advance, and at this point I’m waiting for them to do something stupid or out of character. Having someone I previously supported to some extent endorse someone I’d like to tar and feather merely changes my opinion of the person doing the endorsing (for the worse) and leaves my opinion of the endorsed unchanged (at best). If they endorse someone I already supported, then it doesn’t for me confirm that I’m on the right track, it simply tells me that the endorsed politician hasn’t yet committed political suicide.

    Sarah Palin was one of those people I supported, right up to the point where she decided to be a public moron and wink at the camera with a “you betcha!” At that point she might as well have eaten a bullet as she became political kryptonite. She’s unelectable, and just wish she’d go away – she’s just too fucking polarizing and too easily dismissed for a large variety of reasons. She does too much harm to her own causes.

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