The latest polls have Newt Gingrich in the lead, and this past weekend he received a major endorsement from an important newspaper in New Hampshire. Okay, what’s that all about? Why are people suddenly thrilled with Newt? I’m missing something here. I’m not a Republican, so that’s part of why I’m missing it. But even so, why would anyone want to vote for Gingrich? Not to be harsh, but the guy just doesn’t seem like fun. He seems kind of humorless and stern … and square. (Remember “squares”?) I mean … when I look at Newt Gingrich, I don’t say to myself: “Hey! He looks like he would be so much fun to hang out with and talk to about pretty much anything because he’s so sweet and adorable!” But maybe that’s just me.
For instance … I’m sure that this is a picture of warm and fuzzy Newt cheerfully listening to a question from gay activist/author/radio show host Michelangelo Signorile. I’m sure that these two guys are having a friendly, easy chat about a fun topic, but somehow I’m just not feeling the warmth here.
So, it’s me then. Except — Remember when Republicans used to be a total hoot? Remember when they used to camp it up — like Mayor Giuliani — dressing up like Marilyn Monroe, and going shopping for perfume with his billionaire boyfriend?
Well, come to think of it, not all Republicans were that wild. In fact, none of them were, to be honest. But at least for eight years we had Rudy keeping us entertained — that is, when he wasn’t doing truly foolish stuff, like trying to get our cops to enforce the “no jaywalking” laws. Banning jaywalking in Manhattan? Good luck with that one!
But back to Gingrich … I will have to try to lose my biased perception of Gingrich as a stick-in-the-mud. Like Mitt Romney said in his Bad Lip Reading Video : “Gotta keep my mind free”. (He also said: “If Madonna married a real giant, that would be good”. Whatever.)