Newt derangement syndrome
I’m starting to develop a real case of it. Conor Friedersdorf reminds us that many of the things conservatives now claim to have hated about the Bush years — the costly prescription drug benefit, No Child Left Behind, and more — were things Newt Gingrich supported. Why doesn’t any of this matter to Republican primary voters? Is it because Newt gooses their conservative ids? Because he reminds them of the glory days of Clinton-hating and 1994? I can’t figure this out. There is no sense in it. The man’s mind is a mess, which wouldn’t be the worst thing if he were a good leader, but the record very much shows otherwise (ask Sen. Tom Coburn).