Typical for a party that cannot run on it's own record
What do you mean?
My understanding was that at this point it was Gingrich who was running, and that he was trying to deal with his own record. He was apparently quite outspoken about other people's records, real and exaggerated, yet quite thin skinned about his own. Why shouldn't the man run on his own record? And why shouldn't journalists investigate him the same way as he encouraged them to investigate Whitewater, President Clinton's bedroom habits, and Barney Frank's sex life? I don't particularly like the investigative habits of the press about bedroom material in general, but Doctor Gingrich was aggressive about his demands that these avenues be explored when he felt he could exploit the results to his advantage.
It is a foolish man who makes such accusations who doesn't lead a blameless life himself, and it is a foolish man who tries to blame others for creating the atmosphere in which it may feel like a guilty pleasure to point out Doctor Gingrich's own hypocrisy. Doctor Gingrich's base will, of course, forgive him anything. He is a man who is capable of inspiring that sort of loyalty, and he is a fluent and convincing speaker with whom I have almost complete disagreement. That doesn't mean that everybody does or should.
I have trouble with his advocacy of such things as apprenticeships in the way he's set them forth. An apprenticeship is supposed to teach somebody a craft and to give them status and a leg up to mastery and an entry to a profession with a specific skill set and an honored tradition. Carpenters, plumbers, upholsterers, vintners and barber/surgeons were all crafts that began with apprenticeships.
The apprenticeships that I haver seen suggested by Dr. Gingrich were part-time low paying jobs, like janitorial work, with no complex skill sets and no actual level of mastery involved. They are, near as I can tell, a way of using child labor as a way of undercutting the cost of low-paying jobs that are customarily taken by adults on the low end of the poverty scale to support families at poverty or just above poverty wages.
This is one of the reasons, by the way, that child labor laws were made illegal early in the last century, in addition to the fact that it stole childhood from children, and sometimes put children into positions where they were in actual danger. The thoughtfulness of Doctor Gingrich has seldom failed to astonish me. I can say this with all sincerity. He spurs me to suggest adjectives that the most broadminded of people here would shudder to consider.
Doctor Gingrich, while seeking to limit knowledge of the details of his previous record, certainly seems to be willing to forge ahead in the creation of a new record that may even surpass his old in its potential for the requirement of suppression, that is if his current suggestions about blaming others for the need to keep his record quiet are to be believed. Ms. Pelosi is apparently at fault for the problems with the record, not because she has threatened to say anything about them, but because it's to Doctor Gingrich's advantage to play the victim here. As I recall, the congress that got rid of Doctor Gingrich was a Republican one, wasn't it? Or do I have that wrong?
The Democrats have plenty to answer for, but the quality of the Republican Presidential field is not one of them. Blaming the Democrats for these guys is simply a waste of time, and trying to smear all the Democrats and all the newspapers in the world will not make Newt Gingrich into a silk purse. You're going to have to find a candidate that the American people think is better than Obama, and as good a job as you've done tearing down Obama, and as much as I may agree with some of the criticisms you have, and as many criticisms as I might have on my own, The Republicans still have a HUGE problem on their hands here.
This doesn't mean they won't solve it. This doesn't mean they can't win the Presidency or control the power balance in the country or both. But the Republican field looks pretty strange, on the whole, to almost everybody but the Republican die-hards, and even a lot of them seem to be scratching their heads.