Newt: a Zombie-Like Refutation of Fitzgerald’s Truism about Second Acts in American Lives


The topic that I am about to treat in this post might be a provocative starting point for a discussion in a wide range of courses: a course on rhetoric or argument, a course on mass media or news reporting, or a course on recent American political history, the nature of celebrity, or the increasing confluence of political and economic influence and celebrity. Moreover, despite the hyper-partisanship that seems to turn any discussion of politics or political figures into a cause for controversy that seems to strain the bounds of academic freedom, I doubt that any discussion of Newt Gingrich’s political career—and, in particular, his recent career—will provoke outrage, or even any sort of strong emotions, in anyone.

Earlier this evening, I was watching the reincarnation of Crossfire on CNN. The show now features Newt Gingrich and S.E. Cupp, representing the political Right, and Stephanie Cutter and Van Jones, representing…

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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