Senior Statesman Makes Sense: "What It Will Take to Win"

Too bad Newt left his own movement when it appeared to stall. This is a man who cannot stand to be left out.
It's really a great loss of talent, but not of character. I wouldn't trust him to get behind me.

Posted by james wilson at January 9, 2010 10:56 AM

"The combination of Obama, Pelosi and Reid is creating the most decisive moment since the 1850s."

I have no opinion if that is true or not but what interests me is how people -- left and right; this is totally non-partisan -- love to claim that "this moment/election/conference etc in history is the most important in decades if not centuries."

We all like to think, I guess, that we are at the center of some great historical event and that our efforts have the chance to help push things one way or another so that our actions will be remembered for a thousand years. It's a search for meaning and maybe a bit of immortality. I don't knock the impulse -- I just question the accuracy.

I've learned to nod my head and ignore such proclamations when they come from my side of the table and so I recommend that those in Newt's general camp take such grandiose bombastic rhetoric as...well....grandiose bombastic rhetoric

Posted by David Sucher at January 9, 2010 11:21 AM

David your comments in themselves are a "we all like to think, I guess" I am at the center comment. Read Lincoln's Speech on the Repeal of the Missouri Compromise and see how it compares with the current efforts to expand Federal power into medicine in all the states. Fines and jail time for people who refuse to buy what the Feds demand they buy, because, you know, health care is a 'right'? Now there are noises that Pres. B+ et. al. are sniffing about IRA's and 401K's. Federal regulations on incandescent light bulbs for gosh sakes...? Read Lincoln's speech. And, perhaps, the Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms, of July 6, 1776. Remember, the 'Shot heard round the world' was precipitated by the British attempt to seize the Colonists' firearms and powder.

Posted by Kerry at January 11, 2010 5:24 AM