Since Steve Huntley went to the Middle East on a junket once, we can acknowledge his stature as foreign policy columnist for the Sun-Times but when he doubles as political prognosticator, its too much. Take, for example, his view expressed the other day that Republican candidates are light on ideas and need leadership. It evinces the views of Newt Gingrich who
50% genius and 50% nuts as Henry Hyde called him
believes no one is equipped to be president but healthough he isnt quite ready to join the list. Sure, thats right. Nobody has any creative ideas but Newt.
As one who knew Newt as a House backbencher, I freely acknowledge that he is a fountainhead of ideas
but the man has been utterly unable to manage to keep a majority which he had as Speaker organized. He is the one who, having become a Republican Speaker for the first time since Joe Martin in 1946
allowed himself to fall into materialistic excess and seek to build up his estate by writing books with one hand, taping university courses at the same time, dickering with publishers about fat royalty rights
all the while conducting an extra-marital affair with someone elses wife
and issuing orders based on the whim of the moment which caused unutterable chaos. Newt is getting by with a good number of kudos for his innovative ideas but what is not being stressed is that this man has been utterly incapable of organizing a three-car funeral.
Of course if anyone is light on ideas, its Huntley for being suckered into writing the column that plays into Newts hands. Youre telling me that Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney and John McCain are light on ideas having engaged in far more administrative tasks that Sir Newt? Give me a break.
One thing that I may have overlooked, of course, is that Huntley probably got a pat on the back for criticizing Republicans from the twin Canadians, Michael Cooke and John Cruickshank, who are busily converting what used to be a worthwhile newspaper into a rag hardly worth more money than the Reader which to its credit is distributed free.