Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Taking the Mitt-ens off

Another perspective on the upcoming New Hampshire and South Carolina Republican primaries:

2nd Witch:
"Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and howlet's wing,--
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble."
Macbeth (IV, i, 14-15)

Alright, let's get ready to rumble.  After months of holding my tongue, sheathing my sword, and eyeing the Newt, it's time to let loose.  The voters are finally getting their say.  Santorum may not be into three-some's, but he's in one now.  This is going to be delicious.

I hope we'll continue to have Newt to kick around some more.  He's the most entertaining figure in the race, and many of us have been getting marvelous traction from Newt humor at dinner tables all over Manhattan, San Francisco, and LA.   I am amazed by the media's and public's perception that Gingrich is a great debater---- he's basically a rhetorical bully who synthesizes arguments based on totally false premises.  Next chance you get, listen very carefully to the first few words or sentence of a Gingrich argument. If you accept the premise (which he usually rushes through to get to his 'larger' point), he's perceived as making a strong case. Yet, his rhetoric is full of straw man arguments, special pleading, gross generalities---all the tricks we learned in high school debate.  He's an arguer, not a debater, and a cry-baby, too, when Big Bad Mitt-ens finally takes off the gloves....

This would all be such good fun if it didn't actually mean anything---but it does, and soon we're no longer going to be amused.

Stay tuned to BobOnARoll......

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