Tag Archives: Newt Gingrich

Do Campaign Ads Work?

Here’s a question Mitt Romney might do well to ask himself. Politicians and scholars alike debate the efficacy of high-dollar ad buys, and the importance of tone (positive or negative?). In fact, it’s a subject we’ve discussed here before, because to date the academy’s reached no resolution on the question of whether negative campaigning is […]

Creative Destruction: the Bain Argument

For a first post back, I’d like to revisit a subject that I missed during my self-imposed exile: Newt Gingrich’s decision to try to flank Mitt Romney from the left as well as the right, but taking a few compelling shots at the latter’s business record. If this is something from which we’ve all moved […]

The Law of the Constitution

By all accounts, today in Iowa, Speaker Gingrich goes to face a great defeat, with pundits expecting him to lose by something close to double digits to both the ideologically vacant Mitt Romney, and faux-constitutionalist crank Ron Paul. Gingrich’s fading fortunes come as a credit to the intelligence of Iowa caucus voters, but the continued […]

Gingrich Obsoletes Beck

And so the torch passes from one schlock historian to the next. But the winner, at least in this case, might be the facts. In brief, Newt Gingrich went on that which remains of Beck’s show last night, to pitch his candidacy to Beck’s pre-primed, radicalized base. But Beck led off in typical fashion by […]

The Republican Party as a Shakespearean Anti-Hero

Longtime readers will remember how much I enjoy the theater of politics, and its tendency to produce characters whose fortunes rise and fall in an almost Shakespearean fashion: like Macbeth or Othello, these are likable figures who somehow lose themselves, and everything they’ve built, based on one outsized character flaw. In years past, we’ve had […]

Reconciling Gingrich to His Tea Party

Allow me to surprise precisely no-one with the following: though bemused by his faux-intellectualism, something other sites are picking up on, too, we’re not big fans of Newt Gingrich here. In fact, I don’t think many people are. I once knew a director of his district office, who had nothing but bad to say about […]

Does America Need a Foil?

The late Derrick Bell proposed (pdf) — in a theory that I don’t entirely buy — that America only pursued desegregation, and only ended Jim Crow, because racial equality obliquely benefited elite whites, in that it terminated a major Soviet propaganda point. Russia, the theory goes, gained some traction by arguing that for all of […]

Newt Gingrich’s Intellectualized Ignorance

In what other field would I have to write this post? Where else would we find a Republican Party so bereft of leadership that its voters (and elites) would actually consider Newt Gingrich as a viable alternative to Romney, and a plausible Republican nominee? We should be so lucky as to have him win, but […]

Is the Supreme Court’s Mandate Binding?

I know, dumb question. But bear with me. Jennifer Rubin for the Washington Post highlights an odd question kicked to several of the current Republican contenders: do they think Congress could (and should) pass a law under the Fourteenth Amendment’s “enforcement clause,” overruling Roe v. Wade? Let’s state the painfully obvious — this is a […]

Newt Gingrich Takes Courageous Stand Against Medicare, Civil Rights

In a Constitution explicitly premised on limited powers, the Tenth Amendment reservation of unallocated rights to the people or the states is essentially a “truism” — a restatement of a result that was already obvious to any careful reader. Put another way, the Tenth Amendment “added nothing to the [Constitution] as originally ratified.” United States v. Sprague, 282 U.S. 716, […]