“Sleep walking through history”

Newt Gingrich is a historian.

That makes him kind of unique among contemporary political figures who forget history; who rewrite history; and who sleep walk through history (his line).

At last night’s Republican National Convention, Newt Gingrich said it is no longer acceptable to have our leaders lie to the American people about the threat of Islamic terrorism. We can no longer ignore history.

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The Chris Christie effect

When Hillary Clinton is sworn in as the next president of the United States, the Chris Christie effect will long be talked about.

I refer to last Saturday’s debate.

Governor Christie cut Marco Rubio off at the knees in one of the most consequential debate moments in a long time…

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Abortion as self-defense?

By contrast, Marco Rubio refused to budge on life issues despite the political expediency of watering down one’s convictions, as Messrs. Bush and Christie did. Said Rubio:

“I would rather lose an election than be wrong on the issue of life.”

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Chump change

Before he went into business for himself, I remember the night that we were having dinner and my dad made a big announcement to the family. He had been offered a new sales position with a firm that was a competitor to his present employer and he had accepted it. But the big part of the announcement was, “If I exceed my quotas, I can earn twenty thousand dollars in my first year.” A hush fell over the table as mom, grandma and I were awestruck as we tried to contemplate that massive amount of money …

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