The Republican reality TV show is basically over. The biggest difference I see between the “debate”/primary sideshow and American Idol is that I don’t think the winner of Idol is predetermined.
While the rest of us bit our nails once or twice as illusion kicked in and it seemed for a moment like Perry, could conceivably get elected, the men behind the curtain had their moment of fear in South Carolina. You could almost hear Romney and the Republican honchos mutter, like Apollo Creed in Rocky I, “This guy thinks it’s a real fight!”
Don’t get me wrong – I am not a Gingrich supporter, but I am grateful to him for exposing the farce for exactly what it is. The moment it seemed like he actually had a shot, the machinery kicked into high gear. Bob Dole and John McCain got dragged in for endorsements. Untold amounts of superPAC money flowed in to buy the election for the most qualified candidate, the one who appears to check the polls each week to see what he believes.
So Newt has to face the fact that the game was rigged, the status quo wins, and his political career will soon be over. BUT, I have good news for him – a far greater opportunity is his if he chooses to seize it – rich and famous science-fiction author!
I used to think of Newt as a loose cannon, until I heard of his plan to colonize the moon. I was delighted! In this tapioca pudding election year, to hear a “serious” candidate talk of lunar outposts changed my estimation of him. This man has too much imagination for politics! He could be the next Ray Bradbury! Think of it – he has enough name recognition to guarantee publication. He could either devote himself to learning the craft or hire a ghostwriter. Heck, if Sarah Palin can “write” a book…
All of us have known defeat in our lives, and it’s hard, but Newt, if you ever find yourself with enough time on your hands to read this blog, just please give it some thought. And meanwhile, in the words of a very deep thinker, “Live long and prosper, dude.”