Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Beldar to Newt: Ryan's plan is the plan
In the category of "brutally harsh but on target within micrometers," Dr. Krauthammer has fairly chronicled Newt Gingrich's self-immolation over the weekend.
We might think of the political parties as two rival crowds cheering opposing teams at an athletic contest. I'm thinking Texas/OU in the Cotton Bowl every fall, but pick your own favorite rivalry as you follow me in this metaphor.
There's a point in every play when the ball has already been snapped, and it's too damned late to call an audible. If one of the players (or would-be players) ignores that, and tries to change the play after it's already begun, that can result in nasty things, like a fumble that is returned for an easy touchdown by one's opponents.
Newt's singular credential is as the ex-Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and the first GOP speaker in decades.
Members of his same party, in that same House, have already voted for the Ryan budget. All but four voted for it.
Gingrich himself had said that he'd have voted for the Ryan plan if he were still in the House. He knew what the play was.
But anyway, come last Sunday, there was ole Newt — and well after the ball has been snapped, he's doing something completely different. He's fading back for what, a Statue of Liberty toss-back? He's yellin' "Red-Blue! Social Engineering, hut!" And he trips and stumbles into the whole rest of the backfield and knocks down half the offensive line. Eventually Newt is standing 40 years back behind the line of scrimmage, right next to — you guessed it, Ron Paul, who was one of the four GOP House members who voted against the Ryan plan. (From the opposing team, Jerry Brown floats out somewhere to the left, where he's become entangled with the Goodyear blimp, which has been hijacked by Ralph Nader.)
Now, don't misunderstand. This was a spectacular screw-up by Newt, but for the rest of the team, the play's not over. It's not even a busted play yet.
But Newt has fully earned the boos he's getting from his team's fans. If I were coaching, I'd send him to the bench.
UPDATE (Tue May 17 @ 1:55am): Dr. K's on-target, but Ace wins for snark: "I'm just saying, right now, I'd like to see some of the same authenticity and realness in Gingrich that I see in Mitt Romney."
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(1) Gregory Koster made the following comment | May 17, 2011 1:31:33 PM | Permalink
Dear Mr. Dyer: You're not doing so badly on the image you conjure up, but you are right about Ace's winning. It stings to write this, because I thought Romney would be a great Prez in 2008. I stil think he has a lot to offer his country. But not as Prez, not this year, nor ever. RomneyCare did him in, as it should have in 2008. Us Romney backers should have paid more attention then.
Gingrich is hopeless. He too, could have had a lot to offer the country, not again, as Prez, but as a counselor. No more. Such imbecility as his "Right wing social engineering" crack should sink him for good. Stick to your alternate history novels with Forstchen, Newt.
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