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Newt and the Ides of December

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My new column catalogues just a few of the rhetorical hits on Newt Gingrich coming from inside the Beltway.
He must feel a bit like Caesar on his way to the Forum. Actually, many of his opponents say he just feels like Caesar, period.

This is fascinating, a dredging up of every old debate and grudge match from 1992 forward, mixed into and recast in an era of war and terrorism and new technology. When will Bill Clinton weigh in on Newt? Team Obama must be begging him to stay silent until, say, October, 2012?

Establishment Republicans know this and tremble. Some very non-Establishment Republicans know the same thing and tremble. I’ll talk with some of both on today’s show –Mark Steyn and former Missouri Senator Jim Talent to name two– and hopefully Newt himself. He must be having as much of a good time as his old foes are having a bad one.

Newt should, however, withdraw from the Trump carnival. Reince Priebus is right. The Donald would be a bad moderator even if he wasn’t holding out the possibility of going third party, but that declaration gives Newt his out.


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