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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Adieu to Newt

Yesterday’s op-ed column by Frank Bruni in the New York Times argues that it’s time to stop paying attention to Newt Gingrich.  Newt, however, has no intention of retiring gracefully. I think what motivates Newt at this point is not winning, which even he can see is not in the cards, but the Oscar Wilde dictum "There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about."

It’s time to say good-bye to Newt
He’s been a lot of fun
But lately not a single race
Occurred in which he’s won.

He said one time that it was clear
He’d be the candidate
But now it seems he’s lost his touch,
He’s starting to deflate.

He says the most outrageous things
That cause widespread dissension
His motive in most every case
Is just to get attention.

Reporters have deserted him
His statements they ignore
He’s now become irrelevant
To those who know the score.

Newt says that he’ll continue on
And fight until the end
There’s no one thinks he’s got a chance
But Newt can still pretend.

He harbors stubborn fantasies
That in a wild convention
They’ll nominate him in the end -
A sad misapprehension.

I can’t believe he really thinks
That it’d work out this way.
What motivates him to go on
Despite what many say?

I think that Newt has come to see
by some he is abhorred,
But what he really cannot stand
Is just to be ignored.  

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