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In New Contract, Newt Goes Green

At ten o'clock today, Newt Gingrich will be debating John Kerry on the climate crisis.

"Terry and I wrote A Contract With the Earth to push conservatives back to their environmental roots vis-à-vis Teddy Roosevelt," Gingrich tells us.
Like his 1994 Contract With America, Gingrich's book will highlight a 10-point plan that the publisher, Johns Hopkins University Press, says "promotes ingenuity over rhetoric" and calls for a "bipartisan environmentalism." It's already received endorsements from Nature Conservancy President Steve McCormick and Wildlife Society Executive Director Michael Hutchins.
Ingenuity over rhetoric? It is rather ingenious; like when Clinton lifted the boards off the Republican platform, leaving them with nothing to stand on. Can Newt pull it off? Can he sell Americans on a 'Contract for the 21st Century?' God I hope not.

I want to do some digging on the word contract. It doesn't sound like a 21st Century word to me. Barely sounds like the 20th Century. All I can think of is tenement stories like, Will Eisner's A Contract with God.

I still hold to my conviction that it will be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, then for a Republican to enter the White House in January 2009. But as Jesus amends, "with God all things are possible." (Mathew 19:26)

If 2008 is 1968, and Gore is Nixon, then let Gingrich can be Hubert Humphrey. Look forward to more historical analysis. I haven't even had time to read the 1968 election wiki. Questions for a later date: who will be the George Wallace vote splitter? Will there be a Robert Kennedy? The anti-war protests of the Summer of '07 will pale in comparison to the Summer of '08; so, will the conventions go as smoothly as they did in 1968? Mmm, history.

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