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Chan Lowe: Newt Gingrich, candidate?


Newt Gingrich is a bloated example of an egomaniacal politician who has been around so long that he’s actually begun believing what his toadies and backers tell him.

“You’re the only one with the moxie, the brains, the ideas, and above all, the fundraising power, to beat the Pretender in the White House,” they whisper seductively into his ear. Since it’s what he wants to hear, why should he discount their sage advice?

Gingrich is such damaged goods that it’s hard even to know where to begin.

My favorite story about him, though, is when he brought divorce papers to his wife as (so she alleges) she lay recovering from cancer surgery in her hospital bed. At the time, he was cheating on her. Later he was steppin’ out on his second wife with his future third wife even as he led the charge during the Clinton impeachment hearings. You can’t get much more breathtakingly hypocritical than that.

Of his past marital behavior, Newt says he believes in a forgiving God, and that by implication, if He has forgiven him, then voters should, too. I’m not sure all the evangelicals who tend to vote in Republican primaries would agree with this line of reasoning; they’re still having trouble forgiving President Obama for being a Muslim born in Kenya, and he isn’t even guilty of those things.

Then there’s the personality issue. I think Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post put it best when he said, “He frightens the children.”

I hope Newt goes all the way and officially runs, because he’ll keep things interesting. He’ll lose, but he’ll lose dirty, and he’ll fry all his colorless Republican primary opponents to a crisp as he scorches the earth behind him.

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OMG! That's hilarious....excellent

A good thing about Gingrich is that no matter how hard the DNC looks, they wont find any skeletons in his closet. He is a completely known factor. I doesnt matter who runs for the RNC...Obama is a 1 term loser...just like his patron presdident Carter

Talk about scaring children ,I couldn't think of anything scarier than being a child near Eugene Robinson unless I was wearing a wet suit to catch the bombastic spray that flies out of his far left loon mouth.

One of the best political cartoons yet from Chan. We're lucky to have him.

Newt "toys" with the idea of running every year; he has become the Pat Paulson of the Regressive party. Neither was ever taken seriously. Newton needs to feel relevant, and not a Trivial Pursuit answer to a question about 90s politics (or a recurring hack on Rupert's foreign owned / Saudi financed channel).

Here's a guy who had to step down in shame amidst almost half a million dollars in ethics violations, imagining himself running again. If he possibly won in a longshot, would he QUIT again?

This is like the failed VP nominee / failed governor of Alaska, who also quit the job voters handed her. If she possibly won in a longshot, would she QUIT again?

These are among the frontrunners of the Regressive party. It really is a shadow of its former self.

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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