quote for the afternoon

“When Newt Gingrich is trying to pull you back to the center, you’ve gone so far right that the average voter can’t see you any longer.” ~ Ezra Klein

Pretty much.

Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. Klein, ever the sage, would be far more on point, well, if he were more on point. But two salient factors stand out in my mind:

    1. Gingrich isn’t “pull[ing anyone] back to the center”: He’s trumping party line over ideological line. Whether Hoffman’s decidedly more conservative line or the party line is what ought to prevail I’ll leave, at least momentarily, but this is not the emergence of Gingrich the Moderate; it’s simply Gingrich the Republican would-be kingpin.

    2. I know not too much about Hoffman, and that he has the Republican “elites”, notwithstanding Newt, on his side, of course troubles me, but the simple fact is that, however she may rate nationally as a “moderate”, and though she isn’t a “radical leftist” (http://themoderatevoice.com/50319/dede-scozzafava-the-real-record/), as her opponents to the right have charged, she’s not really a “moderately conservative” Republican, as some have argued. Maybe a moderate, but not a moderate conservative. Fiscally, she seems to be fairly centrist, maybe a little left-leaning; but socially, she’s decidedly to the left.

  2. Jivatman says:

    Newt Gingrich cheated on his wife at the same time he was wasting four years of the taxpayer’s time and, and putting the entire nation on hold, prosecuting Clinton.

    He’s a Republican first, whatever ideology he holds comes a distant second.