The Republican presidential race has come to this -- The Adulterer jumping through hoops for the amusement of The Donald.
Or, as I told my wife just a little bit ago, "Our fathers fought the Nazis for this."
After a nearly hour-long meeting at Trump Tower, Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich emerged for a joint news conference, during which the former House speaker defended The Donald from slams from Ron Paul that Trump moderating a debate would create a "circus" atmosphere.THE SORRY spectacle of America today -- not to mention the sorry spectacle of our politicians' whoring debasing a profession that used to be simply about sex for money, not betrayal for campaign contributions and sweet future lobbying gigs -- is an offense against the sacrifices of our forebears and a mockery of their dreams.
"I'm actually very surprised that one of my friends would have said that," Gingrich said, noting that an actor who appeared with a chimp (Ronald Reagan) became president, as well as a former peanut farmer. "This is a country of enormously wide-open talent. You know, Donald Trump is a great showman. He's also a great businessman. ... I think that we have to be open to new ways of doing things and new ways of approaching things."
He added, "I thought it was great when he agreed to do it. ... It's part of the process by which Americans (choose)."
Gingrich said he got Trump to agree to create a system of, as he put it, "Apprenti," where 10 New York City school kids in the poorer schools can apply for an apprenticeship of some kind. The obvious branding aside, it's not immediately clear that the New York City Department of Education will be interested.
This is what the fall of spent empires looks like, when decadence of spirit turns into the destruction of mind and will. We can only pray that God's mercy is much greater than God's justice.
Given the evidence at hand so far this election cycle, that may be a real long shot.