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By Subhash KateelA radio host’s worst nightmare, that Herman Cain will suspend his campaign, has apparently made way for a Democrat’s biggest dream, that Republican mad professor Newt Gingrich will become the GOP’s front runner.   Some have even call his candidacy heaven-sent.  But to anyone that cares about policies that affect people’s lives more than the politicians who create them (or fail to), the Democratic glee over candidate Newt is sort of pathetic and reminds me how much a lot of Democrats still sort of suck.

To be clear, Newt Gingrich is a jackass.  He has been accused (controversially) of saying that his first  wife (of three) was not “pretty enough to be the wife of the President.”  He hid having an affair with a staffer at the same time he was pushing to impeach Bill Clinton for lying about having an affair with an intern.  In a bizarre mix of Protestant work ethic, Catholic guilt, and nationalist chest thumping he actually blamed his infidelity on loving the country too much and working too hard.
But as Newt’s biggest fan under 30, Juan Gil, admitted on my show, Newt isn’t known for not being an ass, but for being an ideas person.  He was, after all. the man behind the Contract With America.  But even the success of his ideas is more of a testament to how much some Democrats suck than to how great he is.
As PhD student and Newt hater, Charles Heck, pointed out on the same show, Newt was a big fan of bank de-regulation.  Some would say it was his idea (or the banks that backed him) to repeal key provisions of the Glass-Steagall act.  Several economists say that the repeal of those key provisions helped create banks that became too big to fail and the economic crisis that came with it.  Even Newt admits in retrospect that the repeal was a bad idea.  But like every other bad idea that Newt successfully made into a good idea, the repeal would have never happened had it not received bi-partisan support in Congress and been signed into law by then President and Republican bad-idea executor Bill Clinton (if I have to remind you, he was a Democrat).
Fine that was the past.  But even with Newt’s rare admission, neither Democrats nor Republicans seem to be in a hurry to fix the precise things that screwed our economy in the first place.  More importantly both parties continue to fail miserably at stopping the economic bleeding that is staining each and every one of our non-1%-er streets.
Don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean that all Democrats suck all the time at everything.  As I am writing this, I got word that Miami Congresswoman Frederica Wilson introduced the Mandatory Foreclosure Mediation Act to help prevent unfair foreclosures.  But honestly, even if you gloat about barely losing a two-way  “who sucks more?” contest, you are still a loser.
I am often told that I don’t understand the game of politics.  Folks are right, I don’t.  If I wanted to watch a game, it would be a UFC (Ultimate Fighting) match where the stakes aren’t as high as you know, more wars that kill people, higher unemployment, foreclosures that destroy livelihoods and stuff like that.   Even then, the best UFC matches, like the recent Dan Henderson victory over Shogun Rua are the ones where fighters fight their hearts out as if people’s lives depend on it.
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