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The other day in my straw poll of runners for the Republicans in 2012 I finished by saying it’ll be different by 2012.  I should, of course, have said Tuesday.

Because in September’s issue of Esquire, which I only ever read for the articles, there is a profile of Newt Gingrich: The Indispensible Republican.

By yesterday he had raised as much money as the other Republican candidates together.  That’s Romney, Pawlenty, Palin and Huckabee.  And then his wife spoke out.

Married for eighteen years, after his earlier, messy, grubby little divorce, Marianne had supported him through thick and thin.  But mostly thick.  The scandals, the defeats have never made it an easy ride.  Now he has rewarded that support by throwing her over for another woman.   He is finding that a Marianne scorned has a sharp tongue etched with bitterness.

“There was something strange and needy about him.   He was impressed easily by position, status, money.  He grew up poor and always wanted to be somebody, to make a difference, to prove himself, you know.  He has to be historic to justify his life”

We will need to wait until after the publication has been widely read to see which way this will run.  But back in the 1990’s Marianne once said she could end her husband’s career with a single interview.

Maybe she just did?

Copyright David Macadam 2010

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