Newt’s Secret Ingredient

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. One Newt day is not enough. I hereby declare that from now on, Tuesday will officially be renamed “Newtday”, the moon shall hereafter be referred to “Newt is Great”, and a thirteenth month shall be inserted between August and September and called “Gingrober”.Report

  2. Kyle Cupp says:

    All of his magnificent writings and statements should be gathered and published in a single tome titled the Newt Testament.Report

    • E.D. Kain in reply to Kyle Cupp says:

      Oh my, that’s a lovely idea.Report

      • Dennis in reply to E.D. Kain says:

        I suppose the first commandment of the Book of Newt shall be “thou shalt not commit adultery, except that thou subsequently forceth thy wife on a hospital gurnee to sign divorce papers so that thou mayest remarry to the adulteress as thy next wife.”

        Ahh, Republican family values – using your first wife’s daughters to tell the world that the reason you moved on to your third wife is that your second wife is a bitch. It’s scary when the Addams Family has better values than the “family values party.”Report

  3. MFarmer says:

    Newt’s wandering eyes are the least of his problems. As Colbert said, at least he asked for permission — a true gentleman.Report

  4. North says:

    Impossible. He cannot win. No democrat or person on the left individually or collectively could possibly be that lucky.Report

  5. Nob Akimoto says:

    We should be thankful that the basic building blocks of the universe are partly due to him. Newtrino theory should be taught in every school.Report

  6. James K says:

    In some ways I actually think it would be better for the Republican party in the ling run if they nominated someone like Gingrich or Santorum over Romney.  Regardless of who they nominate (as of writing this The Republicans have a 43% chance of winning according to Intrade and 40% according to iPredict) I believe they’ll lose, but if Romney is the Republican candidate a lot of Republicans will say “we lost because we nominated a moderate, we need a real conservative”, and 2016 will be a re-run of of 2012.

    But if a Gingrich or Santorum is nominated, Obama will win big.  And hopefully that will lead to the Republican base re-examining its preferences because the GOP’s current direction is bad for them, an ultimately i think for the US.Report

  7. Racism. The answer is racism.Report

  8. wardsmith says:

    Happy Newt Year almost coincided with Chinese New Years (the 22nd this year). Happy Chinese New Year to all you dragons and everyone else. I wasn’t around because I’ve been partying with my Chinese friends.

    Murali, do they do New Year’s big over there in Singapore?Report

    • Murali in reply to wardsmith says:

      do they do New Year’s big over there in Singapore

      Yes. There is a two day public holiday on monday and tuesday. But people often take long weekends as well and in many cases if New Year’s eve (which this year fell on the 22nd) falls on a weekday, employers usually give a half day off so that everyone can go home for their family reunion dinners. Also, a lot of businesses take the opportunity to “re-open” and start anew by hiring a lion dance troupe. (A lot of families also do the same) People exchange mandarin oranges and Peranakan (Straits Chinese) sweets like pineapple tarts are often exchanged as well. Often, married couples give their unmarried relatives red packets (hong bao(s)) which contain money.

      Your wife is chinese right? Do you guys celebrate it in a similar way?

      Anyway, here’s to you and your family! Xin Nian Kuai Le and Gong Xi Fa CaiReport

  9. James Hanley says:

    Can somebody explain South Carolina voters to me?  They reject a true conservative (Santorum) because he’s a Catholic in favor of a pseudo-conservative who’s a twice-divorced…Catholic.  What gives?  I just don’t understand the southern mind.


    • David in reply to James Hanley says:

      I would attempt an explanation, Mr. Hanley, but any explanation must be predicated on the very dubious notion that your conservative party is operating in some semblance of rationality. It is entirely possible that this is not the case. It could perhaps be the fact that Mr. Santorum is from your northern region, which your southern region traditionally has an animosity to, while Mr. Santorum previously represented a neighboring state in the southern region?Report

    • It’s easier when one keeps in mind that politics, to a whole lot of voters, is about identity. Gingrich knew how to take on the right persona at the right time with the right audience.Report

    • Michael Drew in reply to James Hanley says:

      James, just saw this question of yours here, and I offered a theory at Elias’s place last night:

      […]But I do think that the flirtation with Newt is instrumental not genuine for conservatives. They could be backing a viable and true conservative in Santorum, but they are backing Newt instead. This tells me they are more interested in sending the message that what they view as their concession in eventually acceding to a moderate for the sake of removing Obama does not come freely – that it is offered in return for an implicit promise to them to be paid in office – than in actually denying Mitt the nomination. This is being done to try to show that they have the power to derail Romney’s plans, even if they are interested in pursuing detente with him.

      I think it’s as much what Will says above as all that, but I think there’s a bit of this too. But who knows?


  10. Robert Cheeks says: