Yesterday, December 30, 2011, Newt was asked questions about his mother and his campaign. Those regrading his mother caused the veteran politician to shed more than a tear or two.
Those present at the Des Moines. Iowa, coffee shop, where the interview took place, all sighed a resounding aww. The majority were females.
Newt went on to detail some of his political aspirations and his childhood. The questioning was by pollster and Republican consultant Frank Luntz. This fact makes this writer wonder if it was all a set up. As Gingrich dabbed his tearful eyes with his handerkerchief this writer began to wonder if there was some tear inducing substance conveniently placed on the said hankie. However it seems that the tissues were supplied after the tears, by his daughter.
Nothing in politicis surprises and so anything is quite possible. It is also possible that having joined forces Luntz knew exactly what to ask to push the tear duct button. Some people however can bring to mind particular sad times in their lifes and start the tears falling. The late UK comedian Norman Wisdom once explained how he could do just that. He would remember his harsh childhood and the tears would fall. This was ideal for an actor and I guess will also be so for a politician.
Gingrich talked about his life and then, according to CBS said that", his mother spent "27 years as an army wife" as part of a culture that valued patriotism and duty. He said that if his mother were here today he would tell her he would "do everything I can as a candidate to be worthy of ourselves.""
Asked if he was able to convince those listening that he was a chnged man Newt went on, "I don't know that I can convince you. I can be a witness and you have to decide whether you're convinced. I would say that I am a sadder and slower person than I was 25 years ago. I have learned a lot of limitations of life, and that in fact sometimes it doesn't work, and sometimes it's very painful, and sometimes you have to go to God for forgiveness and you have to seek reconciliation. I don't ask people to vote on whether or not they approve of my entire life."
Well perhaps that is good news. After all he has a reputation as an unfaithful husband, cheater, womaniser and more in his personal life history.
He told the listeners that he wants people instead consider whether they want to support a "68-year-old grandfather" who has spent over half a century studying what the country needs "and how to get it done."
That may not be a winning hand for the majority of the voting public. It could have been last century but times change. Whilst leaders need experience they also need a fresh approach. The 21st Century has the whole range of problems to deal with right now. Whether America and the World now need leaders from the old guard is doubtful. After all so many of these are responsible for the god awful mess the world is in right now.
Full CBS article here