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January 22, 2012



It would be a no-win situation for him. Either he has to admit he doesn't know something (difficult for someone of his Jupiter-like ego), or admit to knowing about an avowed racist politician from his home state from more than a hundred years before now.


Well, considering that the Wikipedia article on Tom Watso contains the choice detail that:

"Watson is honored with a 12-foot-high (3.7 m) bronze statue on the lawn of the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta over the legend 'A champion of right who never faltered in the cause'"

..the chance that Newt Gingrich might be familiar with the man is considerably greater than zero.

It also strikes me that the Populist Party of Watson's era, and Watson's involvement in it, have much to tell us about the Tea Party, Newt Gingrich's candidacy, and the election of 2012.


"What irony that the one GOP presidential candidate who fancies and sells himself as a flamboyant intellectual should conduct the most intensely anti-intellectual campaign."

Sullivan has an ongoing "Newt is Dumb" thread, in which he has said "Newt is a dumb person's idea of a smart person." Sounds exactly right to me.

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