[Jennifer Rubin] Newt Gingrich is as clueless as he is presumptuous. Yesterday, he trekked around Florida comparing himself to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Mitt Romney to the party-switching milquetoast Charlie Crist. Rubio was having none of it and in a rare moment decide to intervene in the GOP presidential race. He put out a statement: “Mitt Romney is no Charlie Crist. Romney is a conservative. And he was one of the first national Republican leaders to endorse me. He came to Florida, campaigned hard for me, and made a real difference in my race.” Boom.
A good reminder of the options available and not taken. Bush pioneered the no-stimulus recovery in 2001, to bad (but Republican) result. Obama largely played along to GOP TARP plans in 2009, including lowball public assistence and austerity. Hillary's wrapping herself around Obama as she must, but we know she's not a kumbaya idealist. Will she learn the real lessons behind the rhetoric - both in economic and foreign policy? How will/would she govern during the next crisis? I think it's a given she's not out to be either Bill or Barry's 3rd term. Will she find her own 3rd Way? Will she pull out her Saul Alinsky? Will she stay content with the 1 big idea per year mode? Or will she open up multiple fronts like FDR? We'll likely see come January.