In politics, as in dating, first impressions are important.
Poor Newt Gingrich. He could not have left a worst first impression as a candidate for president in the Republican primary.
First, he trashed the Republican Party’s golden boy, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Accusing him of “social engineering” by trying to kill Medicare.
Of course, Newt’s right. But, when you’re running as a Republican, that’s not what you say about the official Republican Party plan.
Next, he endorsed President Obama’s idea of requiring every American to purchase health insurance, or pay a fine. That’s long been Newt’s position. And, again, he’s right. But Republicans are expected to oppose Obamacare, not embrace it.
And, as if that’s not bad enough, then Politico reported that Newt had run up a $500,000 unpaid bill at Tiffany’s, that swank Fifth Avenue jewelry store. Apparently Calista has champagne taste.
Nothing illegal about that. But makes it hard for Newt to relate to middle-class Americans, many of whom won’t make $500,000 in their entire lives, let alone blow it on diamonds and pearls.
Before Newt Gingrich tells us how to balance the budget, maybe he should balance his own budget first.
That’s my parting shot for today.