I wonder where Chris Matthews buys his Jekyll and Hyde elixir, because that stuff would really sell in a big way. It has got to be some kind of mixture which includes Sterno and Mad dog 2020. One day he's a Dick Morris impersonator and the next he actually makes sense.
Like this: "Newt Gingrich as a reformer? I mean, I guess I remember --I said the other night it reminds me the line about Doris Day, I knew her before she was a virgin."
The media is trying to transform Newt back into a person who can be a champion of moral values after he left the Hill in disgrace. Well with the Andrea Mitchell's of the world saying things like:
MITCHELL: Newt Gingrich is a reformer. Well he actually, in fairness to Newt, he was a reformer when he created the Republican revolution.
MATTHEWS: We do remember. But we also remember some of us with even short memories remember why he left, why hes no longer speaker. I mean, it wasn't like he left because he had been canonized. He had a few problems.
MITCHELL: There were a few problems there as well, but he has completely changed his image. Theres so many acts in American politics, he has reinvented himself and he is now becoming one of the standard bearers of lobbying reform as he travels around this country and today in a Washington news conference"
Oh Andrea, wasn't Newt the man who informed his first wife, Jackie Battley, that he wanted a divorce just as she had received a diagnosis of cancer? Then he cheated on the "cheatee" Marianne Ginther, telephoning her in Ohio during Marianne's mother's birthday party to inform her that he didn't want her as his wife any more during Clinton's problems.
I know we've all made mistakes, I certainly have, but isn't it a little unsettling that suddenly Newt is trying to regain some credibility as a man of high morals and the press is jumping in feet first? It reminds me of a guy who loves to make strange telephone calls to young assistant's which include loofah's and falafel's.
Update: Jane at FDL says: " The notion that the temperate puritans of the GOP are now going to clean up Dodge having caught their first fetid whiff of Tom Delay's imprudence is a real knee slapper.--There is not one member of the GOP in any position to be on a high horse over this one....read on