Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Newt Gingrich has used his considerable debating skills to cover up weaknesses in his life story and campaign strategy. He is like the salesmen in Glengarry Glen Ross who push worthless swamp land on unsuspecting homeowners. He relies on the brio of words, words, words to give a shine to his personality that doesn't belong there. As such, he is an example of anti-PR and lack of transparency, but it worked for him in South Carolina and it might work for him in Florida as well. That is not surprising. Richard Nixon convinced Americans that he was the right President for the time -- and he did good things until he self-destructed. So, it is possible that Gingrich can sell his way to the nomination of the Republican party, but is it likely that he can sell himself all the way to the Presidency? One hopes not, but never underestimate the ability of great salesmen to baffle 'em with bulls**t.