Last weekend, my Mom sent me an email. The subject line was “this and that,” and the content did not contradict her choice. Mostly, Mom talked about the family stuff that she, my sister, and I need to deal with in the coming months. And since this stuff doesn’t concern you, I won’t share the details.
But Mom’s closing sentence is something we all might be thinking about. “Newt Gingrich,” she wrote, “scares the hell out of me.”
I know where she’s coming from, and yet, I couldn’t relate to the severity of her fear. In my reply to Mom, I wrote, “I get what you’re saying about Newt, but personally, I don’t think there is ANYTHING more scary than what we went through from 2000-2008.”
And however scary that era was, the fact of the matter is this: situations give way to situations. Wherever we are right now is a direct response to where we have been.
The criminal travesty that was George W. Bush’s presidency is probably the reason our country was willing to elect its first black president.
We needed something different.
The idea was good. The idea was smart.
(And the embodiment of that idea – Barack Obama – happens also to be good and smart.)
And if it weren’t for the fact that racism still boils powerfully in the bowels of America, that swing of the pendulum might have worked.
But it hasn’t.
It is abundantly and painfully clear that our country cannot handle having a black president.
His blackness is the reason for the Tea Party.
His blackness is the reason that Congress is a disgustingly adversarial mess.
And now that our 2012 presidential election is truly underway, you’d think that the Republican party would be able to do something with this situation.
You’d think so…
But, so far, their capacity to launch an organized attack seems untenable.
Romney won the Iowa Caucus… No, wait! He didn’t!
… But, while he was winning the New Hampshire primary, we all believed that he had won in Iowa.
… Then, just two days before Gingrich won the South Carolina primary, we learned that Santorum had been certified for the Iowa win.
… In the meantime, Ron Paul won’t give up, and he’s bringing some new voters into the party as he speaks of policies and ideas that make me question whose side he’s really on.
Can you say “No Front Runner?”
I can, and so can former Florida governor, Jeb Bush.
Per my informants at NPR, Jeb Bush’s decision not to endorse a candidate for the upcoming primary in his state may stem from his plan to jump in at some last minute and become the GOP’s nominee.
a THIRD Bush?
Isn’t that why some people have issues with Gingrich?