Dick Polman discusses the Republican presidential nomination contest with long-time Republican activist Rich Galen. Mr. Galen seems to despair of the course of his party.
His comments on Newt the Gingrinch are particularly interesting:
By the way, we had to ask: What’s up with Newt? Why does your old boss insist on staying in the Republican race long past his sell-by date? Could you provide some character clues that would help explain this?
Galen surely did: “Newt’s world has always been inside his head. He’d have 15 ideas a day (back when Galen worked for him), and at least one would be deadly. It was my job to sort out the deadly one…He has the attention span of a five-year-old…He truly believes that if Romney doesn’t get the 1144 delegates (by convention time), he’ll have one last chance to get the delegates to chant his name.”
But how can Newt possibly believe that?
Because, as Galen put it, Newt operates within “a reality-distortion field….And he’s 68 years old, so what else is he going to do with his time? Go to the zoo?”
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