Never thought I'd say this...

by Lynn Benson
November 13, 1998

Fury clenched my nerve endings when I saw this week's Newsweek rag-azine at my local supermarket.

The cover is a big picture of Newt's face, over which is the headline "The Loser."

Talk about kicking a man when he's down. Wonder if they sent along a bottle of lemon juice to bathe his wounds.

Anyway, I've never been a big fan of Newt Gingrich. But now I admire him.


Because when he didn't come through on his promises to greatly increase the number of Republican members in the House and the Senate, he resigned.

Is that what makes him a loser, Newsweek? The fact that he held himself accountable for his actions, and in so doing, left the job that he was elected to do?

Newt gets dubbed a "loser" for following through on his personal accountability. Clinton's ratings soar after he announces that he lied to the American people.

I really don't understand politics.

Of course, Newsweek could always come back whining, "we only meant that Newt lost his job, and lost the elections. We certainly didn't mean to infer that we find him to be the Charlie Brown of 1998."

But they probably won't bother.

I never thought I'd say this, but I'm saying it now:

Poor Newt Gingrich.

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