The first of our Political Miscellanias for 2012.
1. Newt Gingrich v. The Food Stamp-President-Gingrich demonstrated at the debate last night why he was once in first place in the race. He is unwilling to let the media set the terms of the agenda; in the cut and thrust of debate he is unmatchable; and he is invincibly politically incorrect, at least on the stump. As to the importance of early jobs, he is correct. My high school job, scrubbing dishes and floors, taught me some valuable early lessons about work, money and savings that have stood me in good stead throughout my life.
2. Santorum won Iowa–It looks like Rick Santorum probably won the Iowa caucus. I have heard that his margin of victory is probably about eighty ballots.
3. Jon Huntsman drops out-Every Democrat’s favorite Republican has dropped out of the race. Mandarin Chinese teachers in this country are devastated. Huntsman’s campaign never took off, and his Waterloo arrived swiftly when he came in third behind Ron Paul in New Hampshire. Although it obviously did not help him, Huntsman will always have a warm spot in my heart for this campaign commercial:
4. Rick Santorum and the bigots-One service that the Rick Santorum campaign has thus far provided to the nation is to bring anti-Catholic bigots among the nation’s elites out of the woodwork.
5. Newsweek and the Birther–Newsweek, the floundering news magazine which was overpriced when it sold for a buck a while ago (that is the entire magazine, not an issue) decided that it would be fun to give Andrew Sullivan, a blogger last noted for his last stand insistence that Sarah Palin did not give birth to Trig, a cover story in which he called Obama’s critics stupid. Go here to read a masterful evisceration of the article by Joel B. Pollack at Big Government. ( Note to Newsweek: you are not really helping Obama when you use a head shot that makes him look like a sullen Mussolini.)