Spinning In Place
"The environment the media created said there was only
one issue out there that mattered." That was what Newt Gingrich
said to shift the blame from his cynical prediction that by stressing
Bill Clinton's infidelity in their last smattering of ads (you
remember, the two women discussing it over coffee in the kitchen)
they would win overwhelmingly and have the last laugh. In truth,
it was not the media and it was clearly not the people's interest
in the President's sex life that turned the election. It was
the Republican's political misjudgement of what the American
people are really made of. Exit polls indicated that the majority
of voters felt the Republicans were overplaying their hand to
hurt the President in the elections, even though they knew that
the charges did not rise to the impeachment level. 65% said the
Republicans were being distracted from the country's business
by this witch hunt (that was mid-October). And even in his ridiculously
self-serving GoPac Goodbye Speech, Newt stated that he was only
leaving because he was unselfishly putting "country above
self." "The issues," he stated, "are bigger
than one person." Well, after all is said and done, as usual,
more is said than done. The lesson, Newt, was to remember that
American politics, while distracted by scandal and fueled by
rumor, is far, far more than just those things. In the end, issues
win elections. And, in the end, good, fair governments hold majorities.
Hey Newt, for all of your encouragement of the "morality"
issues, you forgot the most basic moral action of all: do unto
others, as you would have them do unto you."
Is all of this in any way reassuring to you?