Power, whether in an electoral system or a corporate boardroom, originates with the people who control the nomination of candidates -- not with those who "vote" after this process is complete. The more nominees voters can choose from, the more diverse the actual choices become.
On Medicare, Ryan thundered, "We need this debate." But on the social values that Republicans claim stand at the core of their being, they want no debate, just underhanded cues to appease the social conservatives in their fragile coalition.
Back in Newt's heyday, Doonesbury portrayed Gingrich as a lit bomb with a short fuse. Right and Left seem to be in agreement on his resemblance to trinitrotoluene (or "Newtroglycerine"?). Which leaves only one key question: When will this "Newtsplosion" take place?
"I know that millions of reporters in this country and in Hawaii have claimed that I make a lot of factual mistakes. Well, here and now I want to look the American people right in the eye and give them the facts."
The question is: "What, exactly, in the federal budget will you cut to attack the deficit?" Because the answers to that are going to be the most effective argument to make against the Tea Party movement's surge.