For 16 years, Newt Gingrich has performed a solo performance art piece where he dances right up to the line of running for president, only to pull back at the last possible moment. For reasons that surpass my ability to understand them, this has only increased his overall mystique with the political press, which enables him to repeat this performance every four years. But on Tuesday, it looked as if Gingrich was going to finally jump into the race and be the first man in the field who could be considered a serious contender.
In the latest round of polling attempting to figure out what voters today might do in 2012, one opponent is doing great against Obama: Imaginary Generic Moderate Republican Candidate! What is this knowledge going to reveal about political realities, for you and me? A hot sack of sweet nothing, that's what! As soon as he/she is no longer "imaginary," he/she loses his/her luster. And as soon as he/she is revealed to be a "moderate," the GOP primary voters will set themselves to the task of digging his/her eyes out, with spoons.