Columnist Richard Cohen offers a thoughtful answer.
This has come up, directly and indirectly, more than once on the forum. Cohen's comments apply quite directly.
The Republican establishment that has now risen up to smite the bratty Gingrich has only itself to blame. For too long it has been mute in the face of a belligerent anti-intellectualism, pretending that knowledge and experience do not matter and that Washington is a condition and not a mere city.
The truth is, the Republican Establishment all but ceded control of the party, or at least the public face of the party, to Fox News (and Rush Limbaugh) in January, 2009. Party leaders, demoralized by John McCain's electoral landslide defeat, faded into the background and obediently followed Fox News' often-hysterical lead as Rupert Murdoch's cable channel unveiled an unprecedented effort to demonize and delegitimize the newly elected president.
Two years ago, despondent conservative and former Bush speechwriter David Frum, noting the sweeping power that Ailes was accumulating, observed that, "Republicans originally thought that Fox worked for us, and now we are discovering we work for Fox."
That sounds about right, but I don't get the sense Huntsman's feet have ever touched the earth.Detritus wrote:You all got the syllogisms (syllogisma?) wrong, since you're leaving the current POTUS out of the equation. It should be:
Obama : Hillary Clinton :: Romney : Huntsman