Sunday, April 29, 2012
What did Gingrich bring to the Republican contest?
Generally this is considered a risible question. The first thing that Newt brought was that he gave pause to what seemed a xenophobic reaction to Mexicans without papers. Romney effectively used this before to eliminate Perry from the race. It didn't happen that way with Gingrich. As for a positive idea, his idea that kids might work was a good. I can recall trying to get a job unsuccessfully when I was 13 or 14 during the summer. The first place I went to was a construction site where I talked to someone about the possibility; his son was going to work with him he told me. Of course, I was too anxious about being able to make a living. I should have accepted that when I got my education I would find a job. That is the implicitly recommended denial for a happy adolescence. Normal, I might now be like the thousands of unemployed college kids, newly graduated.