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March 09, 2007

Gingrich Cops To Having Extramarital Affair During Starr Wars

Lot of dirty laundry coming out. It's nice that he admitted it.

People may like Gingrich -- I do, mostly -- but be aware of his ginormous negatives.

Let's say he does run. Let's say he wins the nomination.

29-49 positive-negative, for net minus twenty negative.

For sake of comparison, Rudy's is 64-21 (net plus 43) and even Hillary!'s is 54-42 (net plus 12).

That's a hard row to hoe, my friends.

I have a theory about so many people don't like Gingrich: a certain anti-intellectual impulse that much of the American populace shares. (Including me.) Not a bias against intelligence per se, but intellectualism specifically, theorism, "book-larnin'," what have you. Clinton was whip-smart, but he was perceived, I think, as a political animal and a practically-minded one, and, thanks to his endless infidelities, definitely a man of the flesh rather than one of the mind.

And Gingrich just isn't a guy you can mistake for "just good folks." He's a brainy, smart-mouthed, silver-tongued Harvard-type who just happens to be a firebrand ideological conservative, laying claim to two archetypes the American people don't seem to like all that much.

When George W. Bush got defeated in his run for Congress, way back in the '70's, it was partly because his opponent painted him as a Yale-educated carpet-bagging fancypants braniac from up northaways. (No, really.)

He vowed he'd never get "out-Bubba'd" again.

Gingrich just has no Bubba in him, except for the somewhat ample waist and interest in the Civil War.

Could be that, or, you know, the relentless shellacking he took from the liberal media throughout his tenure. Yeah, that $450,000 advance for his book in a fair auction at which several mega-publishers were bidding... that sure looked crooked to the media.

Hillary!'s multimillion dollar advance as a just-elected Senator? Not so much. Not so much.

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