Friday's National Press Club on NPR featured former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. I had heard that he was going to be on, and wasn't quite sure what to expect. Here is a man who lurks in my brain as one of the evil bastards that badgered the Clinton Administration during the late 90's, was aligned with the religious right, and stood out as someone I wished would disappear from the Washington scene. But that was years ago, and I may be "mis-remembering" how things actually were back then.
However, I have never heard a presentation as clear, thoughtful, frank, and in my opinion - spot on, as Newt gave in addressing the issues of Medicare, Immigration, Terrorism, and Healthcare. I was floored, and started wondering, why I should hate this man?
Is it that anyone who can string more than two words together intelligently sounds good to me? Is it that I want to have a CIC that sounds like he made it past the third grade?
It's so hard to remain hopeful when it appears that our country is getting raped and pillaged by the current administration and their big business backers. Am I a simpleton in thinking that words could actually become deeds? That there is someone in politics who really cares about where this country is going? That we could once again have a President that understood how to be more than a puppet to big business?
Are there any politicians whose primary goal is more than just creating enormous wealth for his/her family by robbing our nation blind?
Is there anyone out there who will actually act for "the good of the country"?
It's starting to look like Newt might be a contender for the '08 Presidential Race, and based on the proposed solutions he laid out yesterday, I'd vote for him. That is, IF I was made to believe that he could actually accomplish any of his well-presented solutions to the problems of Health Care and Immigration.
So I ask you, with complete sincerity. Why should I love, or hate, Newt Gingrich?
(What do I know from politics?)