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The Sage Speaks


In the kind of article that makes you wonder if the journalist in question is in on the joke or not, Newt Gingrich has finally uncovered some of the vacation-generated Deep Thoughts that will surely propel him to victory:

For most presidential candidates, Alzheimer’s is a third- or fourth-tier subject, at best.

But as Gingrich sees it, Alzheimer’s, as well as other niche topics such as military families’ concerns and pharmaceutical issues,are priorities for passionate patches of the American electorate. By offering himself as a champion of pet causes, Gingrich believes he can sew together enough narrow constituencies to make a coalition — an unconventional one, yes, but a coalition nevertheless.

I think we can all agree that it takes an intellectual of the first rank to have discovered that Alzheimer’s is bad and that a cure would be desirable, and I’m sure the explanation for how increased funding can be squared with massive upper-class tax cuts will be forthcoming.   It’s hard to see why his support can’t actually be measured by conventional numerals.

My next suggestion for a coalition:   alcoholics, the unemployable, angry loners…although come to think of it, I think Paul and Bachmann have that demographic sewn up.

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