What if a journalist had asked JFK this sort of question in 1960? Or Clinton in 1992?
Of course, none would have. The press pack half a century ago was fully aware of Kennedy’s proclivities; but he allowed them such access to himself, and gave such good interviews that, with a knowing wink, they all went along with it. Then, as now, the overwhelming majority of the fourth estate had long since discovered that its own interests lay very much on one side of the (completely phony) left-right political divide.
How blind the press must believe the American public to be. That they have no idea, none at all, of the magnitude of the hole the United States has dug itself into over the past century. Like Europe, America is careering, with ever-increasing speed, towards its inevitable date with reality. If a leader existed who really could extract the world’s foremost power from this fate, would the voting public really give a damn about his private life? Former House Speaker Newton Gingrich would agree, and his disembowelling of debate moderator John King—an all-too typical product of modern Western journalism—in the clip above, was magisterial.
In any case, I doubt Gingrich has the potential to become that leader. A commensurate Washington insider, he is in essence a business-as-usual guy; while mouthing agreeable platitudes about freeing up business, work ethic and self-reliance, he shows no sign of having a plan to fix the underlying malaise that is dragging America the way of all history’s great empires.
The other two remaining GOP candidates, Romney and Santorum, are no better really. While adopting different focuses (foci?), they are, in my opinion, really just three different brands of the same snake oil. The minor differences between them, while being endlessly pored over by the press, in the end won’t make a tinker’s cuss worth of difference when it counts. A bit like a lot of previous U.S. presidential elections, except this time, the arithmetic is no longer adding up; America in 2011 lost its ability to kick its problems four or more years into the future. The next president, whoever it is, faces a moment of truth that his nation has not had to confront since the American Civil War. Long regarded as mankind’s “last best hope”, the United States may well find some of its most entrenched beliefs challenged well before the 2016 election. So don’t believe any promises you may hear from these three between now and November—they simply won’t be deliverable. And as for the Democratic incumbent…
Ummm… there are only three GOP candidates left, aren’t there? I think my eyesight’s getting blurry.