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Friday, May 4, 2012

It's Over for Newt

Newt Gingrich announced that he was suspending his campaign, but did not fully endorse Mitt Romney’s candidacy for President.  He said instead that he considered Mitt Romney ”conservative enough” compared to Barack Obama, whom he called the “most radical, leftist President in American history.”  That’s a relatively low hurdle since American history doesn’t have a strong record of leftist Presidents.  In any event, Mitt Romney issued a statement in which he praised Newt’s  “…creativity and intellectual vitality to American political life. During the course of this campaign, Newt demonstrated both eloquence and fearlessness in advancing conservative ideas….Ann and I are proud to call Newt and Callista friends and we look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead as we fight to restore America’s promise.”   All this was too much for Fox commentator Shepard Smith, who said, “Politics is weird.  And creepy.  And now, I know, lacks even the loosest attachment to anything like reality. “  Right on, Shep.

Newt has finally called it quits -
His campaign lost out to Mitt’s.
Although he didn’t offer to endorse
He said that Mitt would be, of course,
Conservative enough for Newt
Compared to our President’s repute 
As radical, leftist President
With no historical precedent.
Mitt responded gracefully
If not exactly truthfully.
He said that he and Newt were friends
And’d work with him for common ends.
A guy on Fox went kind of freaky
And said that politics were “creepy”
And had no relation he could see
To anything like reality.

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